Handy little guide to building a polarizer for the iPhone
As much as I love HDR imagery there is always a fine line as to when it goes too far and makes shots look unreal.
For still images I think this can be a real problem as it makes the shot difficult to relate too and overall less accessible.
HDR video on the other hand makes the real look surreal, with bold colour and and odd tonal range. The key difference, for me at least, is that video is a format where is visual is constantly changing and there for provide the key elements needed to relate to the scene.
Well some very clever people over at sovietmontage have now managed to achieve this effect using a beam splitter and 2 Canon 5D MK 2 DSLRs.
The guys over at Photoship can build you an electric helicopter system with autopilot and microwave download – yes you read that correctly – for about $18000. Now that’s not that expensive when you consider what you are getting and it also represents the top end of their offerings with cut down versions much cheaper.
Recently I bought a starter set of graduated filters from Cokin in what they call they P series.
This consists of a holding mount to hold the filter plates, the filters themselves, and a adaptor ring – read more here
This weekend I went out to play with them and found that I was getting a horrible pink cast over my images when I was staking filters.
At first I thought it was the white balance but even the raw images have come out like this. Now its possible to effectively remove the cast in Photoshop, but it is not the point. I wanted to spend less time in front the computer and getting more shots correct ‘in camera’.
After a quick search on Google I found this article on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentbat/2372603825/
It effectively tells me that the Cokin ND filters are, to be blunt, cheap and if the effect they give is not what you want (you bought a neutral density filter you expect it to be neutral) pretty useless.
Take a look at the sample picture below take from the post on Flickr and see what I mean.
Now I know the pink does sort of look nice in the example, but its not neutral and it certainly wasn’t what I wanted.
After reading the responses on Flickr and a few other sites it would appear that this is a know issue with the Cokin ND range and seems to stem from the fact that they let in to much Infra-Red light.
Based on this alone I am now looking to upgrade my filters to either Singh Ray or more likely to Lee Filters (http://www.leefilters.com/camera/) which are excellent. If it wasn’t for the cost I would have bought them in the first place, but as with all things in photography – it seems you only get what you pay for.
So this weekend my sister gave birth to her second child, a beautiful little girl called…. well they are still deciding on a name, but she is very cute either way.
EDIT – We have a name, so let me introduce you to Isabelle Olivia Carter.
I was at my friends house the other day and while he was playing some records I decided to experiment with a very shallow depth of field using my new 24-70mm L.
Focusing on the record needle I wanted to use to the light from the turntables and his computer to provide a background with more interesting things going.
Alpha Q was quite happy as this was his first “DJ photo shoot”.
We’ve seen slow versions of everything lately: slow food, slow travel, slow shopping, slow dentistry. (We might’ve made one of those up.)
But have you tried slow photography? It’s like a yoga class for your camera.
Long conversations with subjects, patient exposures, and delicate macros will lend your photos a new calmness and longevity — so vital in these rush-rush go-go slam-crash rock-and-roll times.
Join the Slow Photo movement, and soon you’ll be measuring exposures not in fractions of a second, but in fractions of an eon.