Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Canon babe

Taken last spring. It incorporates the two best things in the world. A beautiful girl (with a nice "haircut", don't you agree?:)) and a Canon.

I had to censor it, since adsense ("provider" of google ads that are on my blog) doesn't allow to post mature/pornographic content...



EDIT: It seems like some of you can't see the image. Here's the link: http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/3020/img012901mr4.jpg

Monday, May 28, 2007

Without a worry in the world

Sometimes I wish I was like him. Or even that I was him. Without a worry in the world. without the enormous stress I'm facing everyday lately...

Monday, May 21, 2007

A few more 85L snapshots

I don't know why, but I like those photos in a strange way - as snapshots ofcourse. The first and main reason why I'm posting is, because I figured out you don't respond well to solely textual posts. I can understand why, after all this is a photo blog. So let's get down to it.

Yeah, that's me muthafuckaz (foto: Nikolaj Lukež). ISO 800+ 2 stops in rawshooter. Yeah baby, it's a Canon (check the post before this one, LOL):



Min dof+bokeh showoff


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sigma SD14 Hi-ISO sample

Take a look at the crop. I guess the first words out of your mouth are going to be: what the fuck is that?!?

I friend of mine took this snapshot (ISO 1600) while he was playing with the camera:


Enlarge it, it gets worse:

Friday, May 18, 2007

Sigma SD14

I just got it, so you can expect a few samples over the weekend. I'll do some on tomorrow's slo-foto workshop. And ofcourse I'll bother my friends and take a few session shots, if I'll have the time for it (yeah I work every day, even on Sunday).

I'm really looking forward to see whether foveon is just more or less a marketing trick or it really makes a difference. It's really a shame that Sigma doesn't make any fixed focal lenght portrait lenses (medium tele, 85 mm or so). I guess 18-50 2.8 macro will have to do.

First impressions: Nice big vewfinder, only 5 AF points crummed in the centre, dial with only relevant modes (P,A,S,M no P&S stupid modes eg night portrait etc), AF seems pretty fast in low light, AF assist lamp. I'll write more about IQ during the weekend. That's the most important thing anyway.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Visual interpretation of DOF

DOF as in depth of field. To me the most important aspect of the technical part of photography. Even more important than bokeh and sharpness. That's why I love primes. And that's why I'll use primes 'till I die. Zooms are just necessary evil, I avoid using them whenever possible.

Visual interpretation of DOF taken with 350D and 85L II at f1.4 (enlarge it!):

A nice bokeh quote

Taken from dpreview forums, I couldn't agree more:

Give me a world with no edges,
A happy space knowing nothing about outlines.
Grant me, please, the round joy
Of thoughtlessly floating on the blurred
Background of my photographs.

If someone doesn't get the picture, here's what I mean:



Saturday, May 12, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My 350D looks like new:)

It has been cleaned and polished (Maxi Brill rox!). Sensor is finally dust free, the dust "build up" was impressive. But who'd notice that, if he/she uses f1.8 almost exclusively. Lately even f1.2 (unfortunately these good days are over). Finally studio shots won't be full of spots:). Ok I rarely shoot in the studio with my camera, but nevertheless it's nice to know, that if I'll shoot in the studio, I won't have to clone the dust spots away.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Canon 1D mkIII hands on preview

Unfortunately a 5 minute preview. But enough to see the significant step forward, that Canon has made with this model. The size remains the same, while being a lot lighter. The specs don't show the real picture regarding the camera weight. It feels like it's half as light as its predecessor. They finally got rid of the clumsy controls, AF is even faster, now it's insanely fast. And the sound of the shutter at 10 fps is orgasmic.

When production model (this was pre-production) will be available, I'll do a complete test. I guess sometime in June...

Sunday, May 6, 2007

I don't wanna return this kit tomorrow!

Kit=Canon 1Ds mkII+85 1.2L II.


Photo: Andrej Jerše

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Hip hop honey

Canon 1Ds mkII+85 1.2L II. Fresh, straight out of the camera (through rawshooter ofcourse).







Friday, May 4, 2007

Micro DOF?

Hell yeah! Coming on your computer screens this weekend.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Finally!

A day with 85L and a model:D. Most of the shots are taken at ISO 800, since I noticed that when I was half way through the session. It was cloudy and I didn't find it weird to have such high shutter speeds, because I got used to having them at f1.2 (the first day I couldn't believe the difference and was checking ISO settings too). Ok it doesn't matter for web size anyway. You can still check the bokeh, colours, DOF and sharpness. But I feel a bit stupid nevertheless...

Ok, here are the photos, all of them straight out of rawshooter and all of them, except for the first one, are taken at f1.2:




EDIT: I've just done a few minor adjustments to this one...

A kiss for all my readers. Contrast is untouched. Colours are so saturated, that I add much less contrast in Rawshooter (shadow contrast also boosts colours), than with my 85 1.8, not to mention the 50 1.8, which has completely "washed" coulours compared to both 85's especially the L version.

f1.2, ISO 100+1 stop in rawshooter,1/2000

100% crop

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Another day with 85L and without models

Holidays sux! I ain't got no models. Everyone is on vacation, out of town. I hope I'll have more luck tomorrow, I hate to waste lens like this, since I have to return it next monday.

Anyway here's a snapshot of my father that I took while we were eating Chinese...@f1.2 ofcourse.