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In Topic: Lightroom CC just released

22 April 2015 - 12:20 PM

Feel it is an underwhelming upgrade. Very little really of value for me. Except that I needed the D7200 Raw converter. I guess since Adobe already have our money through the CC system there isn’t really any need for them to make a product that makes you want to upgrade. Pity.



In Topic: Distortion with Zen dome and Olympus 9-18mm - JPEG vs RAW

22 April 2015 - 12:00 AM

I can’t see your photos. But sounds like the JPG software is applying some lens correction to the lenses inherent distortion, which is causing the softness.



In Topic: Wide Angle Question Tokina 10-17 vs. 11-16mm?

15 April 2015 - 02:51 AM

The Tokina 11-16mm has 104-84 degree view compared to the Tokina 10-17mm with 180-100 degree view.



A point that causes much confusion clearly explained. Photographers are used a set relationship between focal length and field of view. It is true until you get to fisheyes. Fisheyes operate on a different scale, think of them like a different currency. 10 USD not the same as 10 AUD!

In Topic: Edge of light and dark

11 April 2015 - 02:40 AM

Trying to think of a similar lighting shot to show as an example. The first photo in this gallery is a good example of what you want to do technically (although it is of a boring sponge, not an exciting crab)!





In Topic: Edge of light and dark

11 April 2015 - 02:36 AM

The interest in this photo is the clinging crab and the view through the reef. You have done well to observe a great combination of cool critter and background that is both beautiful (with the deepwater sea fans in the cave entrance) and communicates much about the main subject, where and the way it lives its life.


But, because of a lack of time (because of the current!) you have missed the opportunity of creating a really powerful image.


The sand is a major distraction, adding nothing to the image and massively out competing the more interesting subjects by being so bright. The blue of the hole through the reef is way too dark to contribute as well as it should. Your shutter speed is way too high, a slower shutter speed would allow the background to be seem much more clearly.  


As the shot is now, you should crop away much of the sand and do what you can to brighten the blue coming through the cave. Given the chance to shoot it again you should have moved to your left and got closer. Filling the frame much more with the crab and the background. Although with these crabs they are often shy during the day, so if you had a zoom lens , I would have zoomed in a bit to maintain a bit of personal space for the crab.


I would concentrate my lighting on the crab, this will keep the tunnel nice and dark (its atmosphere will be lessened if you allow strobe light to spill down the tunnel). With a single strobe, lift it up a little higher to avoid over lighting the sand. With two strobes I would use crossed strobes in 10-2, allowing the light to fall of quickly, but more naturally than with inward lighting)