Landscape 2013

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby sury » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:19 pm

This could be posted in Pano too but the focus is on landscape than Pano technique so I chose to post it here.
This is from atop Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, California (about 25 miles north of Napa town). Calistoga is known
for springs and mud bath. The winery is situated on a big knoll or a small hill. The access is through a tram. This
shot is a 24 image stitch panning from south to west and since I tried to keep the sky not blown the foreground came
dark. I used Katrina fill flash in PS7 and over laid over the original and kept the sky from the original. Poor man's HDR if
you will.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Birma » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:29 pm

A big view Sury. I am struck by the similarity of the country side here to the UK; gentle hills and green valleys. I like the cloud formation in the sky.
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Birma » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:48 pm

Here are a couple from a very brief trip out after work to catch the last of the light while testing a new body and lens. There was a very photogenic rain cloud that conveniently moved across the hills on the horizon as the sun set. It was very chilly out (2 or 3 degrees centigrade) and the attractive vista was somewhat spoilt by the bonfire in some waste ground near the road behind me where someone seemed to be burning plastic and old tires.

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2013 Teme Valley - Rain over the valley by Birm, on Flickr

Both with Sony A99 and KM 17-35mm f/2.8-4 (D). I'm going to start another thread describing my full-frame adventure (see here http://www.photoclubalpha.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=7529&p=78044#p78044 ) :) so just a few comments on the lens here. I am very interested to investigate which wide-angle I am most comfortable with on FF. I like the Sony CZ 16-80 on APS-C and so something 24+ on FF would seem to be ideal. The Sony CZ 24-70 is a big purchase and if 28+ was sufficiently wide for me then the Sony or Tamron 28-75 would be less painful for the bank balance. However perhaps even wider would be better. I have not enjoyed using the Tamron 11-18 range on APS-C, but maybe there is a different feel to ultra wide on FF? I decided to get hold of a second-hand 17-35 (f/2.8-4) and then with my 24-105 (and 35-70) I could investigate what I felt most comfortable / useful with on FF before making a bigger investment in glass. I tried shots at 17, 24, and 35 and the ones at 17 on FF were may favourite. Obviously very early days and no decisions yet.

The KM 17-35 is a nice enough lens. Vignetting and soft in the corners at 17mm (perhaps just as would be expected with this field of view). Zooms and focuses nicely for sedate landscape shooting. Big flare in the first shot, but the sun is in the centre of the frame (nice to have an EVF in these cases to protect the eyes!). Seems crisp enough over most of the frame and the corners improve as you zoom in.
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby sury » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:12 pm

Nice shots Andy. I love the first one for the sunset. Your photos along with others are giving
me ideas about exploring more likely discovering the pleasure of using wide angles.
Widest I have is a 24f2 and then 24-70f2.8. Personally it was a relearning my composition
methods (or more like habits) since I always did stitching with a zoom.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:16 pm

Yes, I love the first shot too, Andy.
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Birma » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:40 am

Thank you Sury and Doc.
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby sury » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:14 pm

From the outing couple of weeks ago. CZ2470 on A900.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby pakodominguez » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:22 pm

Birma wrote:... Both with Sony A99 and KM 17-35mm f/2.8-4 (D).

I am very interested to investigate which wide-angle I am most comfortable with on FF. I like the Sony CZ 16-80 on APS-C and so something 24+ on FF would seem to be ideal. The Sony CZ 24-70 is a big purchase and if 28+ was sufficiently wide for me then the Sony or Tamron 28-75 would be less painful for the bank balance. However perhaps even wider would be better. I have not enjoyed using the Tamron 11-18 range on APS-C, but maybe there is a different feel to ultra wide on FF? I decided to get hold of a second-hand 17-35 (f/2.8-4) and then with my 24-105 (and 35-70) I could investigate what I felt most comfortable / useful with on FF before making a bigger investment in glass. I tried shots at 17, 24, and 35 and the ones at 17 on FF were may favourite. Obviously very early days and no decisions yet.

The KM 17-35 is a nice enough lens. Vignetting and soft in the corners at 17mm (perhaps just as would be expected with this field of view). Zooms and focuses nicely for sedate landscape shooting. Big flare in the first shot, but the sun is in the centre of the frame (nice to have an EVF in these cases to protect the eyes!). Seems crisp enough over most of the frame and the corners improve as you zoom in.

The ZA 24-70 f2.8 is definitely a great lens and surely worth it's expensive price.
The Sony/Minolta 28-75 f2.8 is a good option (good IQ, great at close focus, the Sony version is SAM and, in my own experience, focus a little faster and more accurate than the Minolta) I don't think you need a zoom that starts at 24mm if you already have the 17-35 f2.8-4. In order to avoid vignetting or soft corners, use the 17-35 at f11 (and a slim filter, not the regular ones). At the long end, this lens can be soft if wide open
I don't believe the 24-105 is good enough for 24MP full frame cameras -It was quite good on the 7D; just OK on the A700 and if you got FF I fear you'll be disappointed.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Birma » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:29 pm

Thanks Pako. That's useful advice.

Any thoughts on the latest Sigma 24-70 or the forthcoming Tamron 24-70?
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby dewarp » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:57 am

I recently got a variable ND filter. I took this shot with it last Sunday. With hindsight I should have lowered the ISO to give a longer exposure, but its OK I guess.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby sury » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:07 am

Nice contrast between dreamy soft water and harsh rocks. Love it.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby dewarp » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:21 am

Hi Sury

You beat me to it! I decided that I had lightened the image too much and swopped it out for the un-lightened version. Meanwhile you viewed the old one! - but its not too different.

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby sury » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:00 pm

This one certainly is a bit less differentiated than the replaced one, if my memory serves me right.
This is less bimodal and more landscape like.The other one was more like I want to emphasize the
rugged land and calmer seas

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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby Birma » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:59 pm

Hi Peter - that is a really nice picture. I like the colours, and the lighting, with the sweep of the bay leading you through to the sky with great cloud formations. There is a very interesting quality to the image overall. I assume this is from PP, but it has the feel of an illustration or painting. How do you do this? I am a bit of a sucker for silky smooth sea, although sometimes waves can provide some nice splashes of texture in close.
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Re: Landscape 2013

Unread postby dewarp » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:23 am

Hi Birma

As with most of my stuff, a lot of PP was involved. I took about 60 images over a period of about an hour as the sun went down. These were a combination of straight shots and long duration ND filter shots (obviously with the camera fixed on a tripod). I selected about half a dozen images that had specific advantages and converted to TIFF. I then combined the good points of about four of these images. I removed one large rock outcrop that ruined the composition. I then shifted the colours slightly towards the split complimentary yellow-purple-blue, which is probably what gives it the "painting" feel that you sense. The image as presented here is a bit disapointing when compared to the print, but I guess that's normal.

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