Napioa - Wind Origins

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Mar
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comment What swirly bokeh technique is this and how can I achieve it?
Good point. The busier the background and the better it is lit the better the result.
Feb
28
comment How to fix wavy horizon in panoramas, ideally in LR?
Thanks, I downloaded Hugin and it does not support dng files and that's a deal breaker for me. I will get a trial of PTGui which does support dng and see how that goes. $90 seems a fair price. I would certainly like to have a more advanced sofware for doing night panoramas as those are stacked and require usually more than 15 images.
Feb
27
comment How to fix wavy horizon in panoramas, ideally in LR?
i didn't correct distortion, good point. i didn't think it was necessary since i took this with a 50mm prime so there isn't that much distortion. Still, i went back and corrected distortion using the lens profile and re-built the pano. Much better but still some issues.
Feb
27
comment How to fix wavy horizon in panoramas, ideally in LR?
Looks interesting but is this an effective tool for the horizon problem? I don't much care about the boundary although it would be nice not to have to use photoshop for that.
Dec
14
comment How can I avoid circular banding artifacts in clear skies when de-noising?
Assuming this is a RAW file?
Dec
2
comment Should 8x10" prints be actually 8x10?
my 8x10" prints are almost exactly 2mm smaller on both the short and the long side which is the maximum tolerance based on the link you provided. However I did some reading and it seems that most 8x10" frames and mats have an overlap from 1/4 - 1/2 inch so I should be good.
Oct
29
comment Are these spots on the sensor or the lens?
almost certainly sensor dust. just clean the sensor and you're good.
Oct
29
comment Best approach for accurate & fast focusing of fully manual lenses without live view. Focus chip, focusing screen or another approach?
I have since reconsidered the "without Live-Wiew" part and installed magic lantern on my backup body. I decided that the ML options are quite fantastic especially the half press button 10x magnification, picture in picture with 10x magnification, focus confirm and focus peaking. Amazing. No need for chips or focusing screens anymore.
Sep
30
comment Help!!! How can I deblur a wedding pic?
Always shoot burst at weddings so you can replace swap out faces and expressions. Badly blurred image can only be sharpen in fictional TV shows (someone mentioned CSI).
Sep
24
comment Best approach for accurate & fast focusing of fully manual lenses without live view. Focus chip, focusing screen or another approach?
Thanks! Exactly the kind of feedback i was hoping for. I guess i just don't understand how does the Eg-s work? How does it achieve accurate focus? Sorry, only started considering this as an option yesterday. When using the standard focusing screen for example,I feel that without magnifying the image, there is just no way to focus accurately. How does one work with the Eg-s?
Sep
11
comment How do I align bracketed exposure panoramas in photoshop?
Also helps to apply lens profile to the HDR's before doing photomerge especially vignetting and geometry. Some photomerge options allow to correct vignetting but you may get e better transition with the actual profile applied.
Aug
25
comment is it possible to take photographs of the Milky Way with a Panasonic FZ-30 camera?
You will not be able to photograph the milky way with this camera. You may be able to capture some stars at best but astrophotography is pretty demanding = fast prime lenses, high ISO, large sensor, etc.
Aug
20
comment Which photo sharing site or photo hosting service can post full size photos to a Facebook page?
It's about displaying photography on Facebook... So i beleive it falls under "techniques and best practices"which is the 4th item down that list. Facebook, being currently one of the largest, most popular online "gallery", is a way to show photography and I believe it qualifies. If not then every question about showing photography online or in a physical gallery, framing and printing of photography would be off topic, no?
Aug
20
comment Which photo sharing site or photo hosting service can post full size photos to a Facebook page?
Thanks David! Smugmug link looks good. Flickr looks awesome except for the Flickr.com and I am currently not on Flickr. I was deciding whether to go with Smugmug or Zenfolio and chose Zenfolio and mostly dislike it. I am going to consider a blog and switching to Smugmug next year. BTW, nice photos!
Aug
18
comment Which photo sharing site or photo hosting service can post full size photos to a Facebook page?
Thanks for your answer! I have a cloud service with google drive and I don't think i can get a direct link there. (works better - i get a full size icon but also obscured by the image file name link) I am able to get a direct link from Zenfolio but only certain smaller image sizes work in Facebook (up to 580 x 387) and clicking the image redirects to the direct image. I am hoping to redirect to where the image is presented on the website so users can comment or place an order. I may have to just post a link to larger view instead of trying to bend technology to my will...
Aug
13
comment Astrophotography Canon 17-40mm f4L vs Samyang 24mm f/1.4 how much of a difference would there be?
You can find many comparisons online but because post processing is involved, often heavy, side by side becomes a moot point. You will have less noise and brighter stars less coma, more corner sharpness. I may post an image in my answer.
Jun
17
comment Why did manufactures stop including DOF scales on lenses?
They will put it on the Otus series and charge an extra grand for it.
May
21
comment Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?
Thanks John. Will give it a go with a piece of glass. I will try it then post some results. I will also try some shots with the same lens (once it arrives) with and without glass and compare.
Apr
14
comment Why am I am seeing rings (banding) instead of smooth graduation in my sunrise pictures?
Thanks. I realized it was probably display related but your answer clarifies it. I am also using a laptop and it wasn't plugged in at the time which may or may not have compounded the issue. i tried full res export and it looks fine i think although my display isn't large enough to view in full res and full size but it does look like its fine. i will try to print a sample to see what it looks like.
Apr
5
comment Moon with a foreground
A common technique used by most is taking a a shot of the moon and a seperate shot of the foreground then combining/masking the 2 in post.