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Eldborg – A Time-lapse

This is a video of a time-lapse sequence captured on March 28, 2014 in Iceland.

 

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Canon Releases EOS 7D Firmware version 2.0

Canon finally released its significant upgrade/update to the EOS 7D.

The firmware can be downloaded from this link

Version 2 of the firmware will provide users of this body the following:

Speed, the 7D will now shoot 130 Large/Fine JPEGs or 25 RAW.  This compared to 126 and 15.  The big jump is for RAW files.  The shooting rate remains at 8 fps.

The 7D will now be compatible with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2  using the 7D’s USB connector.  GEO Tagging is not possible with Video.

For Video buffs the camera will provid custom audio recording.  The firmware will enable manual control of sound recording levels in 64 steps.  Visual indicators will warn you of custom recording.

Something that Nikon has had now will be available in the 7D.  Customization for Auto ISO in M, P, TV, AV and B modes.  You will be able to set upper limits up to ISO 6400.  The 7D will always auto adjust ISO for best exposure.

The firmware will now allow in camera processing to modify White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO Noise Reduction, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction and Lens Aberration Correction to RAW images capture.

JPEG images can be resized in camera from “L” to “M “ and from “M” to “S” JPEG.

An in camera rating system will be available.  A five step star rating will be available during image playback/review.

Using the “Q” or quick control button you will now be able to apply protection to images, rotate and resize then, see the highlight alerts and AF point displays.

A real neat feature with this upgrade is custom file naming. You will be able to set the first four characters of the file name, no more _IMG.  Image quality can be applied to the file name too.

How about this: “time zone settings”, you can not only define time zones, but also daylight savings time.

Significant improvements in the speed of scrolling images that have been magnified for review.

 

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Canon 7D evolves – New Firmware 2.0.X

A new significant firmware update to the Canon 7D is eminent. The new firmware will bring significant enhancements to this already great camera.

Speed, the 7D will now shoot 130 Large/Fine JPEGs or 25 RAW.  This compared to 126 and 15.  The big jump is for RAW files.  The shooting rate remains at 8 fps.

The 7D will now be compatible with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2  using the 7D’s USB connector.  GEO Tagging is not possible with Video.

For Video buffs the camera will provid custom audio recording.  The firmware will enable manual control of sound recording levels in 64 steps.  Visual indicators will warn you of custom recording.

Something that Nikon has had now will be available in the 7D.  Customization for Auto ISO in M, P, TV, AV and B modes.  You will be able to set upper limits up to ISO 6400.  The 7D will always auto adjust ISO for best exposure.

The firmware will now allow in camera processing to modify White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO Noise Reduction, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction, Distortion Correction and Lens Aberration Correction to RAW images capture.

JPEG images can be resized in camera from “L” to “M “ and from “M” to “S” JPEG.

An in camera rating system will be available.  A five step star rating will be available during image playback/review.

Using the “Q” or quick control button you will now be able to apply protection to images, rotate and resize then, see the highlight alerts and AF point displays.

A real neat feature with this upgrade is custom file naming. You will be able to set the first four characters of the file name, no more _IMG.  Image quality can be applied to the file name too.

How about this: “time zone settings”, you can not only define time zones, but also daylight savings time.

Significant improvements in the speed of scrolling images that have been magnified for review.

Unfortunately the release date is still up in the air but August looks like the month.

See more on the Canon site

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Another image from last week’s workshop

The Grist Mill in Brewster lends itself to exposure stacks even when the dynamic range does not exceed 5 stops.

Brewster Grist Mill

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Cape Cod on Sunday

On the last day we were fortunate to get some sun.  There was no opportunity for sunrise images as the fog had not lifted.  After a brief classroom session we went to the Audubon Sanctuary in Wellfleet.  This tree caught my eye.  A few layer modifications and NiK Color Efex 4 to give it a border.

Spring - a visual impression

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There is beauty in a dead flower

This is a single flower from hydrangea bunch from our back

Hydrangea Cross-lit

yard.  Last year’s bloom that was nice and crisp.  The lines and forms were so inviting.  This was shot indoors with cross-lighting so as to bring out detail and texture.  Conversions to monochrome in NIK Silver Efex Pro.

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IR imagery in Incandescent Light

Going a step further with the same Iris,

Faux IR Iris

I took an image with my IR camera and adjusted it in Lightroom 4 so as to take the background to black. As the light was an incandescent source the true IR was not evident. Additional adjustments in LR4 yielded this.

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Iris Close-up – the effect of white balance

Decided to do some close-up work this morning with an iris (indoors).  The flower was lit with two simple reflector based workman’s lamps each with a 60 W incandescent bulb.  The first setup was created with auto white balance fooling the camera a bit to consider a cloudy situation thereby enhancing the warm tones.

Iris 1 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f4 - image stack (AWB)

This next image is with a slightly different composition and crop created after doing a custom white balance to have color accuracy despite the mixed light.   Both images were photographed using the identical background.

Iris 2 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f2.8 - Image Stack (Custom WB)

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Great Meadows WLR – Concord

Woke up to blue skies and decided to check out Great Meadows.  There is not much happening except Canada Geese fighting for good nesting spots and Red Wing Blackbirds that were in abundance.  The dried up marsh grasses and cattails make for fairly drab backgrounds but for this image I decided to leave a lot of negative space while composing.  It is more like calling to the nothingness at Great Meadows today.

Red Wing Blackbird - Canon 7D, 500 mm f4, iso 200, f5.6, 1/800 sec

 

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Boston Skyline March 19, 2011 Super Moon Night

Boston Skyline

While cleaning up bring to make more room on my Macbook for the upcoming photo tour and workshop to India next week I came across this image.  This was captured about a year ago on the night of the “super moon”.  I am looking forward to doing a lot of night photography and time lapse images on this trip.  In particular the Taj Mahal – we will be in Agra the night after the full moon but hopefully will get some good opportunities.

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