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Keith Cooper has been at 5 events

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X-Rite Photo276Join +Jeff Lazell and +Andy Biggs this Friday August 1st for a G+ Hangout. Andy is a highly experienced and well traveled wildlife photographer who has lead photo safaris to some of the most exotic places on earth. Come and hang out as they discuss  #safaris   #wildlifephotography   #travel   #conservation  Andy's recent switch to #mediumformat  digital and more!Google+ Hangout with Andy Biggs2014-08-01 21:00:005  
X-Rite Photo276Come join @110146939041400933746 and @111772222071720240926 as they discuss Chris' photographic work with the #surfing  community, shooting on location, workflow tips and tricks, color management and all things photographic. It's all part of +X-Rite Photo's #summerfullacolor  so be sure to check out http://www.calibratecolor.com/welcome#xrite-summerfullacolor for more events and great savings!G+ Hangout with +Chris Orwig2014-07-30 00:00:0019  
X-Rite Photo276Come join +Jeff Lazell and +Chris Orwig as they discuss Chris' photographic work with the #surfing  community, shooting on location, workflow tips and tricks, color management and all things photographic. It's all part of +X-Rite Photo's #summerfullacolor  so be sure to check out http://www.calibratecolor.com/welcome#xrite-summerfullacolor for more events and great savings!Google+ Hangout with Chris Orwig2014-07-30 00:00:008  
UK Photography Community359,702The +UK Photography Community cordially invites you to take part in a "Bokeh Image Event" photographed in United Kingdom & Crown Dependencies, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions. DISCLAIMER: By entering your image into this event you give UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner. Please visit out *About* page for more details. WHAT TO POST: - goes without saying that the image *must* fit the theme! - a maximum entry of !!!!  *THREE*   !!!!! images per person - image *must* have been taken in UK or Crown Dependencies - image *must be your own* and you must own the copyright - software manipulation *is* permitted, e.g. creating a reflection - images taken prior to the event *are* permitted for this event, however try and get out and do something specifically for the event (you know you want to) - please *do not* post all images in one go: spread them out - please *add a comment* to the image, re location and relevance to UK - you *can* include links in your comments to profile / website / elsewhere - *anyone* in the world can post an image - you *must* have circled the +UK Photography Community  - if you're stuck or have other questions, just post a question on the event! YOU WILL BE REMOVED / SHAMED / BLOCKED IF YOU: - post more than 3 images - post anything off topic or non-UK / Crown Dependencies - fail to add the location                  WHEN TO POST & START/END TIMES This is a weekday event and runs to Friday Morning. When the event starts a red button titled 'Add Photo' will appear at the top. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text at the time you post, so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image. Your image should be close to the top of the stream depending how busy it is and how many people are posting images :O)) OTHER INFO - Please consider mapping the location of your image via +PlusPhotoMap  - For a definition of Crown Dependencies, please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies HOW TO JOIN THE UKPC COMMUNITY Please visit +UK Photography Community *ABOUT* page for details. If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts, please add us to your circles :O))  We are looking forward to seeing your images  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community mod team!Show Us Your Bokeh2013-06-04 00:00:0070  
UK Photography Community359,702The +UK Photography Community cordially invites you to take part in an Event based on the theme 'Industrial' photographed in United Kingdom & Crown Dependencies, shared by professional and non-professional photographers - no exclusions. DISCLAIMER: By entering your image into this event you give UKPC permission to feature your image (if chosen) within our page banner. Please visit out *About* page for more details. WHAT TO POST: - goes without saying that the image *must* fit the theme! - a maximum entry of !!!!  *THREE*   !!!!! images per person - image *must* have been taken in UK or Crown Dependencies - image *must be your own* and you must own the copyright - software manipulation *is* permitted, e.g. creating a reflection - images taken prior to the event *are* permitted for this event - please *do not* post all images in one go: spread them out - please *add a comment* to the image, re location and relevance to UK - you *can* include links in your comments to profile / website / elsewhere - *anyone* in the world can post an image - you *must* have circled the +UK Photography Community  - if you're stuck or have other questions, just post a question on the event! YOU WILL BE REMOVED / SHAMED / BLOCKED IF YOU: - post more than 3 images - post anything off topic or non-UK / Crown Dependencies - fail to add the location                  WHEN TO POST & START/END TIMES This event runs from Saturday 11th May 2013 - Tuesday 14th May 2013. When the event starts a red button titled 'Add Photo' will appear at the top. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text at the time you post, so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image. Your image should be close to the top of the stream depending how busy it is and how many people are posting images :O)) OTHER INFO - Please consider mapping the location of your image via +PlusPhotoMap  - For a definition of Crown Dependencies, please see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_dependencies HOW TO JOIN THE UKPC COMMUNITY Please visit +UK Photography Community *ABOUT* page for details. If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts, please add us to your circles :O))  We are looking forward to seeing your images  :O)) Best Wishes from the +UK Photography Community mod team!Industrial2013-05-11 08:00:0076  

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2015-04-20 09:34:45 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Printing long panoramic prints...

A 10 foot long print, produced on Epson's new SC-P800 printer, the replacement for the SP3880

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html

Most reshares: 13

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2015-05-26 10:31:30 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

It's that time of the year when some of the cacti in our conservatory decide to flower.

These two are the first
#cactus  

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers

Most plusones: 259

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2015-05-26 10:31:30 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

It's that time of the year when some of the cacti in our conservatory decide to flower.

These two are the first
#cactus  

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers

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2016-02-01 11:50:04 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Yay, Canon 1D X mark 2 full specs leaked

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_1Dx_mk2.html

Yay, Canon 1D X mark 2 full specs leaked

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_1Dx_mk2.html___

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2016-01-11 13:22:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Photography talk in Leicester on 1st February

Photography talk in Leicester on 1st February___

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2015-12-23 15:28:14 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

My first attempt at making a pork pie from scratch (8 inch diameter)

Hot water pastry and masses of spices and herbs

A mere 1.5kg of pork went into it... (shoulder, streaky bacon and belly pork)

#christmasfood  

My first attempt at making a pork pie from scratch (8 inch diameter)

Hot water pastry and masses of spices and herbs

A mere 1.5kg of pork went into it... (shoulder, streaky bacon and belly pork)

#christmasfood  ___

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2015-12-23 15:17:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Making a 3.2 metre panoramic print

From testing Epson's new P400 printer for a review.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson_sc-p400-printer.html

Making a 3.2 metre panoramic print

From testing Epson's new P400 printer for a review.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson_sc-p400-printer.html___

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2015-12-23 15:16:43 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Making a 3.2 metre panoramic print

From testing Epson's new P400 printer for a review.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson_sc-p400-printer.html

Making a 3.2 metre panoramic print

From testing Epson's new P400 printer for a review.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson_sc-p400-printer.html___

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2015-12-15 12:44:49 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Light snowfall in Colorado - no doubt several feet thick at the moment

+All Things Monochrome  curated by  +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Bill Wood +Dorian Stretton #allThingsMonochrome

Light snowfall in Colorado - no doubt several feet thick at the moment

+All Things Monochrome  curated by  +Charles Lupica +Brian Cox +Enrique Pelaez +Bill Wood +Dorian Stretton #allThingsMonochrome___

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2015-12-15 12:05:03 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Even a dull day is a nice day to drive down the Oregon coast...

Even a dull day is a nice day to drive down the Oregon coast...___

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2015-12-12 16:57:29 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Bus stop - from testing a new ND2-400 variable density ND filter

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/filter/nd2-400.html

Note how the LED brake lights no longer give smooth trails

Bus stop - from testing a new ND2-400 variable density ND filter

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/filter/nd2-400.html

Note how the LED brake lights no longer give smooth trails___

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2015-12-02 16:39:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Sunshine in North Wales in the Autumn...

It seems that Alice Liddell, the little girl that inspired the character of Alice in Wonderland, visited Llandudno many times during the 1860s and to celebrate this, the town has an Alice in Wonderland Trail:
http://www.alicetowntrails.co.uk/

This statue of The Mad Hatter - with the Little Orme in the background - has pride of place on the promenade.

Sorry about the rather strange crop of the image, I didn't notice there was a little old mad sitting on the bench directly behind the statue. Curiouser and curiouser ;0)___Sunshine in North Wales in the Autumn...

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2015-11-30 16:13:52 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Some thoughts about the business aspects of trying to earn a living as a photographer

Some thoughts about the business aspects of trying to earn a living as a photographer___

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2015-11-26 15:25:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Testing a new light carbon fibre tripod at night http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/accessories/mpb-harrier-tripod.html
King Richard III statue at Leicester Cathedral

Testing a new light carbon fibre tripod at night http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/accessories/mpb-harrier-tripod.html
King Richard III statue at Leicester Cathedral___

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2015-11-23 11:26:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Can you get decent photo prints from a cheap but good office printer? Not the sort of printer I normally test, but it was interesting to see what the HP ENVY5540 could do, and the costs.

Can you get decent photo prints from a cheap but good office printer? Not the sort of printer I normally test, but it was interesting to see what the HP ENVY5540 could do, and the costs.___

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2015-11-20 16:25:32 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A short review of a new carbon fibre monopod I tried out. Not just for big long lenses, it's useful for wide angle architectural shots when I don't have enough room to set up a tripod

A short review of a new carbon fibre monopod I tried out. Not just for big long lenses, it's useful for wide angle architectural shots when I don't have enough room to set up a tripod___

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2015-11-19 14:09:23 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I've had a chance to try out Macphun's new Aurora HDR software, and I have to say they've done a good job on producing some HDR software that is easy to use and, for someone like myself who dislikes the more lurid 'HDR styles', some software that can also emphasise a more realistic approach.

The weather hasn't really been optimal to take specific test sets of images, but I hope the examples I've shown give a good feel for what can be achieved?

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/aurora-hdr.html

As ever, this is the sort of software that you need to try out to see if it fits your own styles and tastes

I use the software in conjunction with Photoshop, so the layers functionality is quite familiar. For LR fans, I'd suggest that this is something to really look into, if you don't have layer use experience.


I've had a chance to try out Macphun's new Aurora HDR software, and I have to say they've done a good job on producing some HDR software that is easy to use and, for someone like myself who dislikes the more lurid 'HDR styles', some software that can also emphasise a more realistic approach.

The weather hasn't really been optimal to take specific test sets of images, but I hope the examples I've shown give a good feel for what can be achieved?

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/aurora-hdr.html

As ever, this is the sort of software that you need to try out to see if it fits your own styles and tastes

I use the software in conjunction with Photoshop, so the layers functionality is quite familiar. For LR fans, I'd suggest that this is something to really look into, if you don't have layer use experience.
___

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2015-11-13 15:09:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The second part of my article published by X-Rite about the business side of being a photographer

The second part of my article published by X-Rite about the business side of being a photographer___

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2015-11-11 16:02:14 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The business of photography part 1

X-Rite have published the first part of an article I wrote for them about the business side of being a photographer

The business of photography part 1

X-Rite have published the first part of an article I wrote for them about the business side of being a photographer___

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2015-11-10 22:03:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Topaz have just announced a new plugin for adding/editing textures and effects to photos.

Topaz Texture Effects Review

Topaz have just announced a new plugin for adding/editing textures and effects to photos.

Topaz Texture Effects Review___

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2015-09-14 16:38:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

This is the view of my garden from my deck chair - taken in mid-August.

On Saturday we returned from a lovely holiday in North Wales where we had beautiful weather - sun on the sea and mountains :0) Today it's raining heavily and the garden now looks very different. The tomatoes you can see in the right fore front of the pictures are now bear of leaves - heavily pruned in an attempt to allow as much light in as possible to ripen the fruit. The green grapes have now ripened, although most are now gone, eaten by our neighbourhood blackbirds (sorry +Keith Cooper no homemade wine this year ;0) and the flowers on the orange crocosmia and bright pink impatiens are now gone - only the begonias are holding on.

In a couple of weeks I'll start the business of putting the garden to bed for the winter but yesterday I wandered around the garden (it doesn't take very long ;0) and... more »

This is the view of my garden from my deck chair - taken in mid-August.

On Saturday we returned from a lovely holiday in North Wales where we had beautiful weather - sun on the sea and mountains :0) Today it's raining heavily and the garden now looks very different. The tomatoes you can see in the right fore front of the pictures are now bear of leaves - heavily pruned in an attempt to allow as much light in as possible to ripen the fruit. The green grapes have now ripened, although most are now gone, eaten by our neighbourhood blackbirds (sorry +Keith Cooper no homemade wine this year ;0) and the flowers on the orange crocosmia and bright pink impatiens are now gone - only the begonias are holding on.

In a couple of weeks I'll start the business of putting the garden to bed for the winter but yesterday I wandered around the garden (it doesn't take very long ;0) and planned for next year - and that's the nice thing about a garden, because although it's starting to look a little sad right now, there is always next year.___

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2015-09-13 13:10:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

A 3TB disk in our server failed, so I thought I'd look inside.

The photo shows the head assembly, with the 6 heads reading the 3 disks (top and bottom surfaces)

Also a quick test of stacking images using a stackshot motorised macro rail.

Lens is a TS-E90mm with 44mm of extension tubes. Main image is from 15 stacked shots (50MP JPEGs) using HeliconFocus. Although OK at this scale, for a big print, I'd want to double the number of shots. There is a 100% crop where if you look carefully, you can see the variation in sharpness.

50MP effectively reduces the DOF of each image, it makes the difference between sharpest and a 'bit out of focus' a bit more obvious.

Stacking lots of 50MP RAW files does definitely slow down the process, compared to the 18MP 100D files I've used for a lot of macro

A 3TB disk in our server failed, so I thought I'd look inside.

The photo shows the head assembly, with the 6 heads reading the 3 disks (top and bottom surfaces)

Also a quick test of stacking images using a stackshot motorised macro rail.

Lens is a TS-E90mm with 44mm of extension tubes. Main image is from 15 stacked shots (50MP JPEGs) using HeliconFocus. Although OK at this scale, for a big print, I'd want to double the number of shots. There is a 100% crop where if you look carefully, you can see the variation in sharpness.

50MP effectively reduces the DOF of each image, it makes the difference between sharpest and a 'bit out of focus' a bit more obvious.

Stacking lots of 50MP RAW files does definitely slow down the process, compared to the 18MP 100D files I've used for a lot of macro___

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2015-09-13 13:09:02 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

A 3TB disk in our server failed, so I thought I'd look inside.

The photo shows the head assembly, with the 6 heads reading the 3 disks (top and bottom surfaces)

Also a quick test of stacking images using a stackshot motorised macro rail.

Lens is a TS-E90mm with 44mm of extension tubes. Main image is from 15 stacked shots (50MP JPEGs) using HeliconFocus. Although OK at this scale, for a big print, I'd want to double the number of shots. There is a 100% crop where if you look carefully, you can see the variation in sharpness.

50MP effectively reduces the DOF of each image, it makes the difference between sharpest and a 'bit out of focus' a bit more obvious.

Stacking lots of 50MP RAW files does definitely slow down the process, compared to the 18MP 100D files I've used for a lot of macro

A 3TB disk in our server failed, so I thought I'd look inside.

The photo shows the head assembly, with the 6 heads reading the 3 disks (top and bottom surfaces)

Also a quick test of stacking images using a stackshot motorised macro rail.

Lens is a TS-E90mm with 44mm of extension tubes. Main image is from 15 stacked shots (50MP JPEGs) using HeliconFocus. Although OK at this scale, for a big print, I'd want to double the number of shots. There is a 100% crop where if you look carefully, you can see the variation in sharpness.

50MP effectively reduces the DOF of each image, it makes the difference between sharpest and a 'bit out of focus' a bit more obvious.

Stacking lots of 50MP RAW files does definitely slow down the process, compared to the 18MP 100D files I've used for a lot of macro___

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2015-09-01 15:42:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I've still got the monitor here for a while, so let me know if there is anything you wanted to know?

A new monitor...

I've been testing the new 27" BenQSW2700PT, which offers hardware calibration (3D LUT) and a near Adobe98 gamut. It also comes with a display hood.

Unlike many other high spec monitors, this one isn't designed for the printing and pre-press market, and misses out on some of the extra features that are of little use to the average working photographer (fortunately that makes it somewhat cheaper ;-)

#monitor   #BenQ   #review  ___I've still got the monitor here for a while, so let me know if there is anything you wanted to know?

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2015-09-01 15:39:38 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A new monitor...

I've been testing the new 27" BenQSW2700PT, which offers hardware calibration (3D LUT) and a near Adobe98 gamut. It also comes with a display hood.

Unlike many other high spec monitors, this one isn't designed for the printing and pre-press market, and misses out on some of the extra features that are of little use to the average working photographer (fortunately that makes it somewhat cheaper ;-)

#monitor   #BenQ   #review  

A new monitor...

I've been testing the new 27" BenQSW2700PT, which offers hardware calibration (3D LUT) and a near Adobe98 gamut. It also comes with a display hood.

Unlike many other high spec monitors, this one isn't designed for the printing and pre-press market, and misses out on some of the extra features that are of little use to the average working photographer (fortunately that makes it somewhat cheaper ;-)

#monitor   #BenQ   #review  ___

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2015-08-25 22:42:05 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

The blackbird that eats my grapes...
...actually grapes on the vine from the house next door that have grown through the hedge, so perhaps technically not my grapes ;-)

#birdsgallery  

The blackbird that eats my grapes...
...actually grapes on the vine from the house next door that have grown through the hedge, so perhaps technically not my grapes ;-)

#birdsgallery  ___

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2015-08-25 22:35:21 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Software update review: Topaz ReMask V5

Image cutout plugin

Software update review: Topaz ReMask V5

Image cutout plugin___

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2015-07-27 19:22:52 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Despite what some might suggest, you don't need super expensive lenses to benefit from using a camera like the Canon 5Ds.

Testing that includes one I paid all of £2.50 for

#Canon

Despite what some might suggest, you don't need super expensive lenses to benefit from using a camera like the Canon 5Ds.

Testing that includes one I paid all of £2.50 for

#Canon___

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2015-07-27 15:31:42 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Based on my testing of the 5Ds, comparing print quality rather than just pixels on a screen...

Based on my testing of the 5Ds, comparing print quality rather than just pixels on a screen...___

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2015-07-19 22:53:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?___

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2015-07-19 22:35:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?___

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2015-07-19 22:33:15 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?

Comparing cameras
How does the Canon 5Ds compare with previous cameras?___

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2015-07-18 11:20:18 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The other honeysuckle growing in the trees at the end of the garden.

The other honeysuckle growing in the trees at the end of the garden.___

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2015-07-18 11:08:03 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Finally, the hostas in the garden are flowering

Finally, the hostas in the garden are flowering___

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2015-07-18 10:37:29 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Out in the garden this morning and the hover flies have found the honeysuckle blooms.

+HQSP Flowers  curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers

Out in the garden this morning and the hover flies have found the honeysuckle blooms.

+HQSP Flowers  curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers___

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2015-07-13 11:56:32 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How the Canon 5Ds shutter sound differs from the 1Ds3 and my 2003 1Ds.

Add a lens and the 5Ds is very much quieter - this is without the 1/4 second mirror lockup delay I normally use with the 5Ds on a tripod

How the Canon 5Ds shutter sound differs from the 1Ds3 and my 2003 1Ds.

Add a lens and the 5Ds is very much quieter - this is without the 1/4 second mirror lockup delay I normally use with the 5Ds on a tripod___

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2015-07-05 19:07:10 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

So, what has a taxi company got to do with how you run your photography business?

A new business model in the US is not something I'll ignore just because it addresses the sort of photography I'd never do..

So, what has a taxi company got to do with how you run your photography business?

A new business model in the US is not something I'll ignore just because it addresses the sort of photography I'd never do..___

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2015-07-02 14:49:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Do Sparrows like cheese - well this one does, helping himself to the remnants of +Keith Cooper 's lunch.

The composition is a little odd as this little fellow made himself comfortable just 2 feet away from me. Luckily I had the camera in my hand, so just grabbed what shots I could ;0)

Do Sparrows like cheese - well this one does, helping himself to the remnants of +Keith Cooper 's lunch.

The composition is a little odd as this little fellow made himself comfortable just 2 feet away from me. Luckily I had the camera in my hand, so just grabbed what shots I could ;0)___

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2015-06-18 11:00:01 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

5Ds detail at f/1.4
The Canon EF 50/1.4 is never the sharpest lens at f/1.4, but this example at 1250 ISO (1/160) gives an idea of just how much detail there is to be had in its very thin DOF.

The 100% crop has had no special sharpening - just a small amount in the RAW processing.

The big jump in resolution from my 1Ds3 is quite noticeable in that with thin depth of field, the zone of sharpness looks thinner, making focus accuracy that bit more important.  Of course the image created by the lens itself has no different characteristics, it's just the detail from the sensor.  Worth knowing, but nothing to get unduly concerned at, since the 5Ds sensor resolution is still less than a 760D (~equiv to 61MP on a full frame sensor).

From my 5Ds info page at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_5ds.html

I'm now off on a short holiday, sow... more »

5Ds detail at f/1.4
The Canon EF 50/1.4 is never the sharpest lens at f/1.4, but this example at 1250 ISO (1/160) gives an idea of just how much detail there is to be had in its very thin DOF.

The 100% crop has had no special sharpening - just a small amount in the RAW processing.

The big jump in resolution from my 1Ds3 is quite noticeable in that with thin depth of field, the zone of sharpness looks thinner, making focus accuracy that bit more important.  Of course the image created by the lens itself has no different characteristics, it's just the detail from the sensor.  Worth knowing, but nothing to get unduly concerned at, since the 5Ds sensor resolution is still less than a 760D (~equiv to 61MP on a full frame sensor).

From my 5Ds info page at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_5ds.html

I'm now off on a short holiday, so will get a chance to try it out 'for real'

#canonphotography  ___

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2015-06-15 20:47:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Oh, it's awake - best think what to do next :-)

Oh, it's awake - best think what to do next :-)___

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2015-06-15 19:16:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Why the Canon 5Ds will be great for my architectural work ;-)

One quick test...

A simple test of the 5Ds against my old 1Ds3

The picture was shot with a TS-E90mm lens at f/6.3
One shot shows the field of view and the other two, a 100% crop of an in camera JPEG.

The point is not to see how sharp things are, but to get a feel for how much more data you are getting from the 5Ds.
The final image shows both files at the same magnification i.e. how much of a crop of the 5Ds image would give the same resolution as my 1Ds3.

Remember, that these are JPEGs out of the camera, so any comparisons of quality are essentially pointless ;-)

#Canon   #5Ds  ___Why the Canon 5Ds will be great for my architectural work ;-)

One quick test...

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2015-06-15 19:14:56 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A simple test of the 5Ds against my old 1Ds3

The picture was shot with a TS-E90mm lens at f/6.3
One shot shows the field of view and the other two, a 100% crop of an in camera JPEG.

The point is not to see how sharp things are, but to get a feel for how much more data you are getting from the 5Ds.
The final image shows both files at the same magnification i.e. how much of a crop of the 5Ds image would give the same resolution as my 1Ds3.

Remember, that these are JPEGs out of the camera, so any comparisons of quality are essentially pointless ;-)

#Canon   #5Ds  

A simple test of the 5Ds against my old 1Ds3

The picture was shot with a TS-E90mm lens at f/6.3
One shot shows the field of view and the other two, a 100% crop of an in camera JPEG.

The point is not to see how sharp things are, but to get a feel for how much more data you are getting from the 5Ds.
The final image shows both files at the same magnification i.e. how much of a crop of the 5Ds image would give the same resolution as my 1Ds3.

Remember, that these are JPEGs out of the camera, so any comparisons of quality are essentially pointless ;-)

#Canon   #5Ds  ___

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2015-05-26 15:45:45 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Sometimes I don't want to go out with all the big lenses and gear I use for my architectural photography.

A nice smaller backpack - that's also fine for my 'assistant' +Karen Cooper ;-) :-)

Sometimes I don't want to go out with all the big lenses and gear I use for my architectural photography.

A nice smaller backpack - that's also fine for my 'assistant' +Karen Cooper ;-) :-)___

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2015-05-26 10:53:44 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Tiny cacti, grown from a mixed bag of seed last year - no idea what they are or how they will eventually look.
Some might even flower...
#cactus  

Tiny cacti, grown from a mixed bag of seed last year - no idea what they are or how they will eventually look.
Some might even flower...
#cactus  ___

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2015-05-26 10:35:06 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Another cactus that had no open flowers on Sunday.
It's flowering time in our conservatory :-)

This one is grown from seed. In a few days the flowers will start dripping a clear sweet nectar.

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers

Another cactus that had no open flowers on Sunday.
It's flowering time in our conservatory :-)

This one is grown from seed. In a few days the flowers will start dripping a clear sweet nectar.

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers___

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2015-05-26 10:31:30 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

It's that time of the year when some of the cacti in our conservatory decide to flower.

These two are the first
#cactus  

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers

It's that time of the year when some of the cacti in our conservatory decide to flower.

These two are the first
#cactus  

+HQSP Flowers curated by  +Anja Wessels +kaatje jansen +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas #hqspflowers___

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2015-05-12 16:47:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Some changes in our garden...

This picture needs a bit of a backstory - as it's not really about the picture at all.

I've lived in our house for 7 years now and when I moved in there wasn't much of a garden and the wall that ran between our garden on the gardens of the houses behind us was a cats' paradise - we called it Cat Highway 101. There was constant coming and going as the cats roamed around the gardens in our neighbourhood - all using the same wall.

We live very near to the city centre and commuters used the roads all around us as a great source of free parking.

At the beginning of last year things changed. The council put in a residents' parking scheme and traffic - and so pollution - has dropped off considerably and we - after starting work in the garden in early spring to find an unacceptable amount of cat poo! - cat-proofed our garden (along with a couple of the neighbours behind us). Cat Highway 101 is now no more than a local access road for the 2 cats, Scooby and Thelma, that live next door.

The reduction in cats and pollution has had an amazing effect - we now have birds! In the the trees and rooftops of our street instead of just pigeons and magpies, we now also have Blue Tits, Great Tits, Gold Finches, Wood Pigeons, Wagtails and Blackbirds...

...And the arrival of the Blackbirds is where this story links with the photo - because this is a photo of Charley, and Charley is a fledgling Blackbird. The male Blackbird made his presence known in the garden some 4 months ago - to be joined by his lady friend some 2 months later. About 4 weeks ago I was delighted to spot Charley - the first baby bird we've had in our garden since I moved here. At the weekend, while taking this picture, I realised that there wasn't just Charley, there was Syd too! 2 baby birds - wonderful! Syd is, I think, slightly older than Charley as he's sleeker and you can see his resemblance to an adult bird. Charley is still quite fluffy and has the wider mouth of a baby still being fed by his parents - mainly his dad.

I'm still not confident enough to start feeding the birds as the cats are still about - indeed I discovered Scooby within just 2 foot of Charley the other day - but we'll keep and eye on the situation as we want to encourage more birds into our tiny urban garden. Well - birdsong is much nicer than traffic noise :0)___Some changes in our garden...

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2015-05-02 12:54:23 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The new Spyder 5 colorimeter from Datacolor for display calibration/profiling

With all the various kit I've got, it still gives the best calibration for my projector/laptop.

The new Spyder 5 colorimeter from Datacolor for display calibration/profiling

With all the various kit I've got, it still gives the best calibration for my projector/laptop.___

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2015-04-20 10:26:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Printing long panoramic prints...

A 10 foot long print, produced on Epson's new SC-P800 printer, the replacement for the SP3880

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html

Printing long panoramic prints...

A 10 foot long print, produced on Epson's new SC-P800 printer, the replacement for the SP3880

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html___

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2015-04-20 09:34:45 (10 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Printing long panoramic prints...

A 10 foot long print, produced on Epson's new SC-P800 printer, the replacement for the SP3880

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html

Printing long panoramic prints...

A 10 foot long print, produced on Epson's new SC-P800 printer, the replacement for the SP3880

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/epson-sc_p800_review.html___

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2015-04-20 09:32:10 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Epson P800 review

I've been testing the replacement printer for the 17" A2 SP3880. The P800 has a roll paper attachment and new inks.

Epson P800 review

I've been testing the replacement printer for the 17" A2 SP3880. The P800 has a roll paper attachment and new inks.___

2015-04-14 15:26:17 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

With hundreds of photos of Leicester (my home city) I'm often asked about using them for stock photos or prints. Rather than clutter up our existing pages, I've finally put the first 450 into a new photo library - much easier using smugmug to build it than mess around with wordpress ;-)

With hundreds of photos of Leicester (my home city) I'm often asked about using them for stock photos or prints. Rather than clutter up our existing pages, I've finally put the first 450 into a new photo library - much easier using smugmug to build it than mess around with wordpress ;-)___

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2015-04-08 18:58:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

My wife Karen has been working on this collection for some time - please do pass it on if you know of anyone liking this sort of jewellery

My +Etsy  shop is now open: 
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KarenAtSilverTree?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav

A big thanks to the lovely +Ellie Kennard for suggesting I open the shop.

It's a mixture of gemstone, glass and crystal Sterling Silver jewellery, with a capsule bridal collection and some men's accessories too. The picture shows all the pairs of earrings (except the bridal ones) in the shop right at this moment - but they're all one-offs so if you like a pair you'll need to hurry (wishful thinking much ;0)

I bought most of my supplies from fellow Google+ members so here's a name check - as my jewellery would be nothing without your lovely products and fab customer service. So thanks to +Beads Jar UK +Jillybeads Ltd +The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Limited +Beads Direct  and a special mention to +Shipwreck Beads in Washington state in the US. I've not used their beads for this collection (although there are a couple of pieces waiting in the wings), but the last picture in my shop 'about section' is of me in their shop - well warehouse really as it's huge!

Hope you'll take a look and pass my details on.
Thanks x___My wife Karen has been working on this collection for some time - please do pass it on if you know of anyone liking this sort of jewellery

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