Posts Tagged With: Canon

Montrose Mud Moto Mayhem

This weekend was the first Montrose EnduroCross race of the year. I got to go and take photos again. It was a terrible, rainy, muddy, sloppy, gross mess. And I loved it! 🙂 The racing was great, although a little slower and rougher than normal. Fantastic day of racing!

Find the full set on my Facebook Page.

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19th Black Canyon Car Show

I was glad to have gotten out to the 19th annual Black Canyon Classics: Colorful Colorado Car, Truck, and Rod Show last weekend. Saturday I was only able to be there until about 9am, so I’m sure I missed out on some cars that were incredible. What I saw while I was there was a whole range of really great entries. From new cars to antique tractors and everything in between. It was a pretty nice turnout and a really beautiful day for a car show.

Here are my best shots from Saturday’s show.

While you’re at it, take a look at Friday Night’s pics and The 2013 Car Show.

If you are interested in purchasing any prints from this post (or any of my other photos) send me an email – suzytbo@gmail.com.
I am also going to be offering glamour car shoots in the near future.
I will be posting details on prints and car shoots soon.

Don’t forget to check out the Black Canyon Classics Car Club Site.

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Motorcycle Trips and PhotoStudio 6

A couple of weekends ago I took a trip to the wonderful (and luckily close-by) Ouray, Colorado with my husband on our big, loud Yamaha RoadStar cruiser. We spent the night at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is an amazing place to stay if you ever get the chance. They have fabulous rooms, spring-fed hot tubs, amazing views, and since it is in Ouray it is within walking distance of everything. On Sunday we drove over Red Mountain Pass to the town of Silverton for lunch. Before we stopped we drove up Molas Pass a little way and found a caravan of Ford test vehicles at the overlook. Including a future model Mustang. It Was Gorgeous.

A few days ago I finally bought the editing software that I downloaded a trial of a long time ago and really liked. ArcSoft PhotoStudio6. It’s simple to use, feature-rich, and works wonderfully. It has HDR and RAW editing features, great enhancement ability and pretty much every other feature I could ask for. I only have two minor complaints: the first would be that you can’t reorder layers, they are stacked on the front as you make them, the second is that there are no fancy presets for HDR editing. The sliders work well, but some ‘artistic’ presets would be a nice addition. I’m more than happy that I finally decided to actually buy it.

Here are the results of the two combined – the trip and the software.
Enjoy!

 

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Out and About

I went out wandering on Thursday with the kiddos. We went to a little garden by the river and to the duck pond at the park. It was a pretty great day, with some pretty great pictures, too!

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Somebody Has A New Macro Lens!

Ok, so for a couple of weeks now I have been looking at pictures taken with converted macro lenses. These are not just regular off the shelf macro lenses, these are converted 35-80mm lenses. As it turns out if you simply take out the front group of elements the lens suddenly becomes a ridiculously close macro lens. And I do mean RIDICULOUSLY close.

Here is the full frame version of the first shot that I took with this lens
(hand held, not the best light, suffering slightly from camera shake)

35-80mm Super Macro

And here is the 100% crop (click for full size image).

35-80mm Super Macro 100% Crop

I am LOVING this new lens 🙂

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To RAW or not to RAW

In my last post I mentioned that I was going back and forth between shooting in RAW format and regular JPEGs. I’ve read a lot of articles on both sides of the issue. There are some photographers that brush off RAW shooting as only for those that need to constantly correct their pictures in order to get a good image out of it. There are many other (equally as talented) photographers that swear by RAW and never shoot in anything else.

So, what’s the big deal about RAW images that make them so superior? Are they really so much so that they border on cheating? How much CAN you do with a RAW image that you can’t do with a JPEG? Well, first off, my answers all come from a non-Photoshop angle. As much as I would love to be able to have actual Photoshop, the closest I have is ArcSoft PhotoImpression 2000. That’s right a 12 year old, made for Windows 98, Photoshop-esque program. Actually, I LOVE my Photo Impression – so much so that the next editing software I’m getting will be ArcSoft [PhotoStudio, to be specific]. Back on point, all of my comparisons will be based off of what can be done with a RAW or JPEG image OUTSIDE of any Photoshop programs- using just the standard-issue Canon Digital Photo Professional software.

I did a few test shots today, while shooting in my Canon T2i’s RAW+L mode [RAW+JPEG on some brands, I believe]. I took a few over and under exposed pictures and sat down with the laptop to see what I could make of them.

The first shot was a terribly over exposed sunflower. The kind of shot that you would get if you went from a shady spot to direct sun and forgot to adjust your exposure settings [oops!]. As you can see in the original, the pedals are washed out almost to the point that you can’t even distinguish them from the completely sunned-out background.

In the JPEG edit I was able to pull out a little color, enough that you can see the pedals without the center becoming just a black dot. Still no details and the colors are still all washed out. ->fail.

With the RAW image I clicked on my new friend ‘linear’ under the brightness and contrast sliders. A few minor adjustments and I had a detailed, well-exposed image that I actually kind of like. [side note: when you first click ‘linear’ on a picture it will usually make it super dark with a ton of contrast until you adjust the exposure area in the box above]

Next up was a dark pink rose that was really blown out.

Editing in JPEG was rendered pretty much useless. Again I got some of the color back, but that was about it.

The RAW version came through with flying colors, even grabbing the details in the dew drops on the petals and the veins on the leaves.

The next shot was a just slightly over exposed rose [think: sun just peeked out from behind a cloud]. Nothing majorly wrong, but it could use some help with color tone and some blown out highlights.

The JPEG edit didn’t turn out bad, the leaves are darker green and the rose is nice and pink. Still not very much contrast, but it’s an alright shot.

The RAW edit, however, came out wonderful. The leaves don’t have that yellow-ish hue that the JPEG image does and the flower is the nice deep pink that it should be.

On the other side of the spectrum, I took an under exposed picture of some lamb’s ear. Again, nothing majorly wrong, but it’s missing out on some highlights and the shadows are pretty dark.

Editing the JPEG brought up the highlights, but also washed out some of the nice deep green color in the mid-range.

Using the RAW image I was able to bring out more highlights and at the same time keep the darker shadows and the richness of the color and leaf detail.

My final comparison was more of an afterthought, so it is one of the pictures that I took a couple weeks ago of a corn field. It’s a picture that I already liked a lot, so I was curious as to what more I could do with it.

I edited the JPEG copy and brought out the golden tone that the fields have and got a little more shadow detail to come through, too.

The RAW version captured more of the golden hue that I was looking for, thanks to being able to adjust the white balance from the original shot. I also got a bit more shadow detail from it. The only downside to this one was that the blue sky faded a bit from the white balance adjustment.

I personally love the RAW format for what you can do with it. Almost every time I switch from RAW back to JPEG I miss some great shot that I could’ve saved with some clicking and sliding. The only real disadvantages that I see with it are time and space. It takes milliseconds longer to shoot in RAW and if you’re shooting in burst mode some lower performance cards struggle to keep up and can give you 10 seconds or so of unusable lag time after a 4-5 shot burst. You also need a bigger card for the larger RAW files [I run a 16 or 32gb all the time, so it’s not an issue no matter what mode I shoot in]. Once you are done shooting the files you are putting on your computer are larger and therefor take longer to copy [2 minutes instead of 20 seconds], and for all intents and purposes you have to convert them before you can share/upload/archive them, which takes a few minutes. Also you need more storage space on your hard drive if you are going to keep the original files. I only keep the RAW files for the pictures that I really like and think are worth keeping extra data on.

My opinion is this- If you are a purest, if you Never edit your pictures, if you delete any pictures that aren’t perfect from the beginning, or if you are really crunched for time when going through your latest batch of shots, then go on ahead and keep just shooting in JPEG mode. It’s just fine for most scenarios IF you get all your settings exact the first time. Otherwise, go for RAW. It’s more adaptable, more fixable, and overall, less prone to screw you over if you don’t have your settings exactly right when the million dollar photograph shows up in front of your lens.

So yay for RAW and yay for photographers in the 21st century who aren’t afraid to admit that we’re not perfect and who love the tools that we have available to help us capture our world just a little better.

[Edit: Since originally writing this post I have gotten a class 10 sd card to use. Even with this card I get at least 4 seconds of processing time after shooting an 8 shot burst sequence. I find that if you are at an event where you will be shooting burst mode mostly or entirely [ex: horse races] then shooting in JPEG is the way to go. There is almost no lag time with even a mid-class card and therefore I would say the benefits of immediate recovery outweigh the lack of adaptability that you come across. ]

Have you had any RAW experiences? What do YOU think of the RAW format?

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The New Camera Is Here!

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and bought my new Canon T2i! I’m still figuring it all out and playing with the settings and such quite a bit, but so far I LOVE it! I have a feeling I’m going to be Very happy with this purchase!
Here are a couple of the first pictures I’ve taken with it.

Evidently the aperture is quite a bit more sensitive on this camera than on my PowerShot – so the only part really in focus ended up being the depressed center of the flower.

A little better command of the aperture settings for this shot.

…And one of my super floppy dog, just for fun!

And next time I’m going to remember to shrink the pictures down a bit before I upload them.. So it doesn’t take a day to load the full-size image when you click on it! haha

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