Posts Tagged ‘zoom’

A lot of people get longer lenses just because they can get closer to their subject. I don’t argue with them but they don’t realize with zooming in the perspective changes also. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just check this video.

Moody Images

Posted: June 16, 2012 in Blog
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You can take a look at a picture and fall in love with it without any special reason. After a while you’ll start thinking what made me fall in love with it? There isn’t anything extra special so is it’s composition? Subject? Anything else? Sometimes it is a mood in the image. You can feel it but it is hard to describe. Of course it isn’t always there but you can create it using light or even post processing. But believe me, not every time it works perfectly.

Here are some more photos of animals held in capture. Most of them are shot with 300mm f/2.8 or 200 f/2. BTW I really felt in love with 200 f/2, it is just amazing and worth the price tag. Super fast, super sharp, superb in every single aspect.

Canon, Inc. is a huge company as almost everybody know. They host an event called Canon Zoom (in Czech republic) and during it the best of Canon’s gear travels between three big and nice zoos. For the last few years we’ve visited Zlín, Brno and Prague. Here is a small video from 2011 in Czech language so if you aren’t familiar with it, maybe in 2013 we’ll make a English version of it also.

Anyway this event is huge and fantastic. Everybody can try new gear and we had a ton of it. Several 5D Mark IIIs, 1D Mark IV, 1Dx (awesome camera, felt in love with it and I’m shooting with it a lot), 7Ds, 60Ds, 300 f/2.8, 200 f/2 and on. If someone needs help there are people to help them with it be it a decision of purchase, or some technical help. Of course I was part of this event, couldn’t miss it.

 

Photos of the booth were taken by Oldřich Drnec.

It’s absolutely amazing, how close you can get with 300 f/2.8 + 2x extender and 1D Mark IV …

We can define it very easily, it is the amount of angle that lens can capture. How I said, very simple. But how to use it and how it can help you? With wider lenses you can get a lot of stuff in the photo. These lenses are great for landscapes, journalists etc. Sometimes you have to narrow the angle of view to get less objects in photo.  Here is a short video done by Mark Wallace and Adorama TV.

There is another reason why you should know something more about the angle of view. Using wide and ultra-wide lenses you can pick one subject in the foreground and make him stand out in comparison with background. Cameras don’t see in 3D space, so closer objects are bigger and objects furhter away are smaller. This proportion is increased when you use wide lenses.

On oposite site, sometimes you need that flat look and using wide lens won’t work. A perfect example for this are portraits. You can break the rule, it isn’t carved in stone, but you have to know how to use it otherwise you won’t have good results.

Here are some examples of using the angle of view. First I was wide and wanted to capture the whole scene. But after some time I’ve realized, the top isn’t so good. I just zoomed in and excluded it from the picture.

Rock in River

Rock in River

Rock in River Processed

 

The Infinite Road Uncorrected

Hi to all. During my exam period at the university I didn’t pass throught one exam and I’m waiting for second term. This term is planned on February 1st and my last exam was taken on January 17th. So this whole time I’m at home having nothing to do, because most of my friends are in Prague or spread around whole republic and, Slovakia, Russia, USA, UK, Austria, Australia and more countries around the world. So the only way how to keep in touch with them is using Social Network. Also because the bad weather I didn’t go out and make some pictures but today everything changed! 🙂

HDR from the Walk, Unprocessed

The temperature was quite good, about 0°C (32°F), no rain, no snow but just the sky wasn’t anything interesting. To be honest the sky was just one huge plane of grey color mixed sometimes with darker and lighter grey. And I wanted to go out in these conditions and shoot landscapes? Yes, not nature but landscapes!? I really had to be crazy ….

But really, the tip for today, and not just for today is simple. If the sky doesn’t look good, don’t put it into the scene. It is simple and effective. At least you won’t have that boring plane of grey color on the top of your images. Also sometimes this can help and you can use it to your advantage. With this plane made by clouds you get a free extra super large softbox and that is cool for portraits. This can be the plan B when weather isn’t so great outside.

In the begining of the post I put two images, both weren’t finished. The Infinite Road isn’t bad at all, but the white balance is absolutely somewhere else than it should be and with the HDR you can see a really bad blue tint. Here are the final images. For the road I used only Lightroom 3 to process it, for the HDR I had to jump into Photoshop, set black, white and grey point using curves and than I used a plug-in. The secret ingredience … Nik Software Color Efex and it’s Brillance/Warmth preset. Hope you’ll enjoy them.

The Infinite Road Processed

HDR from the Walk Processed