Some Nikon D850 thoughts

October 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Some Nikon D850 thoughts The D850 is the first DSLR that attempts to combine high megapixel fine art and action photography in one camera. My experience so far suggests it does so very well. The image quality at ISO 64 slightly improves on the D810. The focus, responsiveness and high ISO performance, while not quite in the D5 league, is not far off...
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D850 Setup

October 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
D850 Setup Playback Display options = Highlights and Overview Image Review = On Auto image rotation = On Rotate tall = Off Photo Shooting Menu Primary slot = XQD Secondary slot = Overflow Image Quality = RAW NEF compression = Lossless NEF bit depth = 12 bit Auto ISO sensitivity = ISO 6400 min shutter speed 30s Picture control = Neutral sh...
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The highlight clipping thing

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
There has always been a debate about how to expose correctly. Back in the day, as they say, when the choice for most photographers was either to shoot colour negative or colour slides, the common wisdom was to under expose to preserve highlights in slide film and expose normally for negative films. Slide films could render only a truncated exposure...
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1DXMKII Cfast Card Reader not recognized by Image Rescue Software

February 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
1DXMKII Cfast Card Reader not recognized by Image Rescue Software I had an oops moment, accidently formatting my new sandisk cfast 64GB before transferring the CR2 files to my computer. I tried running several image recovery programs including RescuePro and Image Rescue 5. Even though the Sandisk Extreme Pro 2.0 Card Reader was visible in both wind...
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Canon 1DXMKII Setup

February 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My Canon 1DXMKII Settings Shoot1 Color space = Adobe RGB Shoot1 Picture style = Neutral, Sharpness = 4 Shoot2 Img type/size = RAW Shoot3 Beep = Enable Shoot3 Release shutter without card = ON Shoot4 AF method = FlexiZoneAF Shoot4 Grid display = 3x3 AF4 AF area selection method = Main dial AF4 Orientation linked AF point = Separate AF pts: A...
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E-M1 Settings

September 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Olympus E-M1 Settings Shooting Menu 1 Picture mode = Muted Record mode (Shower head icon) = RAW Shooting Menu 2 Bracketing = Off/On Focus bracket = On, # shots = 100, Focus differential = 3 Anti-Shock / Silent = On, Set delay as req'd or 0 Custom Menu *A: AF mode = S-AF+MF, Movie = C-AF *A: AEL/AFL = S3/C4/M1 *A: MF Assist: Magnify = Off, Pe...
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Granola Inspired Cookies

August 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
These cookies are based on a granola recipe. Recently I've become a grandfather, so pulling it together, I'm calling them my Grandola cookies. Grandola Cookies Group A 1 c chopped almonds 1 c chopped walnuts 2 c oatmeal ¼ c quinoa flakes ¼ c wheat germ ¼ c wheat bran ¼ c oat bran ⅛ c sesame seeds ⅛ c sunflower seeds Mix group A, spread...
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ICBC - Getting it Right

July 14, 2016  •  1 Comment
Rear Ended I had the misfortune of being rear ended by a dodge ram pickup while I was waiting for a red light. The driver must have been distracted as he did not apply his brakes and plowed right into me. I was temporarily stunned, my 4Runner was pushed along the guard rail and then into the vehicle in front of me. After getting out, assessing the...
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Some camera improvements I'd like to see

January 29, 2015  •  1 Comment
Implement automatic micro fine tuning for every lens. The reason we pay big bucks for the best camera bodies and lenses is to be able to resolve the finest details in our images. Especially for telephotos I'm finding I have to micro fine tune adjust (MFA) every lens. Even then, when you buy a new body or lens it is a bit of a crap shoot whether eve...
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Canon 7DMKII Setup

December 04, 2014  •  1 Comment
My Canon 7DMKII Settings The default settings for the Canon 7DMKII are not terribly useful. I make these changes: Shoot1 Image quality = RAW Shoot2 Color space = Adobe RGB Shoot3 Picture style = Neutral, Sharpness = 4 Shoot3 High ISO speed NR = OFF Shoot3 Highlight tone priority = OFF Shoot5 AF method = Flexi/zoneAF AF4 AF area selection met...
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Lightroom history

October 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Lightroom release history Version 1 February 2007 Library module Develop module Web module Print module Crop tool Slideshows History Hierarchical keywords XMP import/export Labels/Flags Virtual copies and snapshots Stacks TAT tool Red eye tool Spot removal tool Compare view Multiple catalogues Painter tool Version 2 July 2008 (18...
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October 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
What is DotTune DotTune is a method to set AF fine tune for a given lens on a given camera. The technique was first proposed by Horshack on DPReview in this post and at Fred Miranda for Canon and Nikon. The technique uses the green focus dot in the viewfinder to determine the correct focus, based on changing AF fine tune values. This works because...
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Au revoir Telus

May 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
My Telus Mobility Experience Three years ago I signed a Telus contract, where for $62/month I got a Google Nexus S phone, and as it turns out, a few headaches as well. Over the 3 years the actual phone experience was not bad, with few dropped calls and fairly complete cellular coverage, so I would give Telus fairly good marks in this regard. Anothe...
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If Nikon and Canon were customer oriented

May 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
If Nikon and Canon were customer oriented Nikon and Canon (Canikon) have lead the way for the last 15 years in the transition from film to digital cameras and hold the global market share for DSLRs. They are the leaders because they already had market share, comprehensive lens and attachment lineups and some of the best image quality available. The...
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Image Editing Strategy

November 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
I've been thinking about my image editing requirements and future strategies for a while now, what with the Adobe Creative Cloud debacle and the general maturing of digital photography. Upon reflection my editing can be divided into DAM, raw edits, compositing and merging. Digital Asset Management At present I use Lightroom for my asset management...
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