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Nickcanada
06-27-2009, 09:25 PM
I'm back home, and you guys need to tell me when my post processing is off. I looked at the files I posted when I was on my trip from my laptop and damn did I screw them up! way too saturated and way too much contrast! I calibrated my laptop before I left but I guess it's still way off.... or maybe my desktop is off, what do you guys think?...



We took a Gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain... before a rain storm.... well it was hail up in the mountain but I'm sure it was rain down below.

G10 pretty much straight out of camera. It may seem a little dull but it was very hazy. edited in DPP.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1008.jpg

If you were wondering what a gondola is well it's a lift that carries you up a mountain... not really an artistic shot but just to show you what I'm talking about.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1012.jpg

This is me on the top of the mountain. Picture taken by my wife with the G10. I'm gonna talk more about the G10 later but it's wonderful for this kinda quick shot. Little shots like this mean a lot to me when I'm on vacation and using a DSLR all the time isn't always practical. Edited in LR and I used the GND tool on this one.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1027.jpg

50D 85mm 1.8 @ F8 ISO 100 1/400. GND tool used in LR
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1319.jpg

This next shot was taken at 11:30 at night. Twilight lasts forever and it seemed like it never really got dark out. I shot this with the 35mm 1.4 @ 7.1 ISO 100 SS 30seconds. I used a CP and GND filter.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1511.jpg

I really like the 35mm for landscapes. I've never really spent any time thinking about landscape photos or taking landscape photos but for shooting in the mountains the way I did I like the 35mm on my crop body and didn't really feel the need to go wider much. This shot was edited in DPP and is pretty much OOC and by that I mean my settings in DPP were. 0 exposure adjustment (used a GND filter and CP), Landscape picture setting, +1 contrast, 0 colour adjustment, +2 saturation, 4 sharpness.

50D 35mm 1.4 @ 6.3 SS 1/100 ISO 100. hand held.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1521.jpg

portrait version of the same scene.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1523.jpg

Banff's main street midday with 35mm 1.4 and GND. I believe that is Stoney Squaw mountain in the background. I think I need to darken the water in the foreground to match the exposure in the sky.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1587.jpg


That's just a quick cherry pick. I've got a bunch more and I'm gonna redo the ones I've already posted because they suck! haha.

I really enjoyed taking these pictures which hasn't been the case with landscapes in the past, maybe it was just the excitement of being in the mountains... I don't think I'm thinking objectively about the photos right now because I'm still on that mountain high but that's okay I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

Nickcanada
06-27-2009, 09:40 PM
Few more for now.

The little shack we stayed at. Banff Springs taken with the 200mm. It was crazy hazy the whole week so a lot of my shots reflect that. Could use a horizon tweak eh?
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1685.jpg

Little critter. Taken with the 200mm 2.8
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1664.jpg

It looks HDR but it's not. GND filter and CP and the rest is the light and the haze.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1625.jpg

Random shot taken with the 200mm 2.8.... great lens.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1682.jpg

And a little tribute to our chariot for the week our trusty and comfortable Rav4 rental.
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http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_1549.jpg

faisal
06-27-2009, 10:01 PM
You rented a Rav4!!!! :eek:
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Anyway coming to the pictures....please number them!!! :p

I love the 5th one....just the way the water with mountains look while the red sweater your wives wearing really adds to the shot. I don't know how to explain it exactly but I just like it. The little critter shot is nice as well. Btw my sister commented on your shack that if you were living in a shack, I've been living in a cube all my life. ;)

TenD
06-27-2009, 10:42 PM
I've alway been in Banff for skiing, I've never been there in the summer. It looks like I'll have to go there in the fall sometime. Maybe this year. Nice shots, keep them coming.

Gintaras
06-28-2009, 07:54 AM
nick, i agree with Faisal, the 5th shot works best for me though i wonder if you asked your wife to sit still for 30secs?
red jacket of your wife did excellent job too :-)))

Gintaras
06-28-2009, 07:56 AM
this G10 seems to be a nice backup to your 50D

Spinning
06-28-2009, 08:02 AM
wow those are beautiful!

cdifoto
06-28-2009, 09:41 AM
I'm back home, and you guys need to tell me when my post processing is off.
It's off. I think they just need a little more curvy...ie they're a bit on the flat side. Looks like a helluva trip though! Welcome back. :D

michaelb
06-28-2009, 06:47 PM
Some good stuff Nick. How did you like the ND grad? #5 and #11 are my favorites. I too am amazed that your wife sat still so long in #5!!

adam75south
06-29-2009, 07:15 AM
i like one of your wife sitting by the water...and little critter. looks like you had a great time.

FLiPMaRC
06-29-2009, 09:13 AM
:cool: Greats pics Nick. Thanks for sharing.

Nickcanada
06-29-2009, 02:04 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah they might be a little dull looking but that's pretty much how the landscape looked. A lot of the time it looked like those old movie stage backgrounds. Yeah my wife was a trooper, she complained a lot the first few days we went out shooting because it got cold at night but that night she had three sweaters and then her jacket.:rolleyes:

and Faisal, that Rav4 was pretty comfortable and roomy. There were no places we needed a 4WD so the size was mostly for luggage and camera stuff. It has this cool trap door in the floor of the trunk where my camera bag and tripod fit perfectly. ;) Good on gas too. We got an average of 8.8L/100Km.

cdifoto
06-29-2009, 02:28 PM
That Rav4 actually looks pretty sharp. I remember when they first came out thinking they looked like wussmobiles.

Nickcanada
06-29-2009, 05:03 PM
Some good stuff Nick. How did you like the ND grad? #5 and #11 are my favorites. I too am amazed that your wife sat still so long in #5!!

Thanks, I liked the GND a lot actually. I've had it for a while but never really utilized it well. I'd try to mid day scenes with it and obviously it's not made for that. It is better then simply relying on the LR grad tool.

Here is a 7 shot pano I did. I used the light room grad tool on this one.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/Untitled_Panorama1-2.jpg

cpaussie
06-29-2009, 05:37 PM
Beautiful photos Nick, I really like your last photo with the rainbow.
You have taken great shots to remember your holiday.
Where about is Banff? Looks like a nice place to go and visit. :)

Mark_48
06-29-2009, 05:56 PM
That Rav4 actually looks pretty sharp. I remember when they first came out thinking they looked like wussmobiles.
I tried one out a year ago and almost bought one. Wasn't practical, couldn't load 10' boards inside for my woodworking hobby, so I bought a Honda Accord which will fit 10' boards inside from trunk end to the top of the dash (rear seat folds down with a hole through).

The RAV is a nice vehicle. Could of loaded heaps of photo gear in it.

michaelb
06-30-2009, 10:39 AM
Thanks, I liked the GND a lot actually. I've had it for a while but never really utilized it well. I'd try to mid day scenes with it and obviously it's not made for that. It is better then simply relying on the LR grad tool.

Here is a 7 shot pano I did. I used the light room grad tool on this one.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/Untitled_Panorama1-2.jpg

Wow, that's a fantastic shot Nick - I'd love to see a larger version.

I like the GND tool in LR too, sometimes I use an ND grad and then use the ND grad tool in LR to "adjust" the effect.

faisal
06-30-2009, 10:55 AM
I find these crossover SUVs kinda incomplete.....but I suppose it's comfortable and big enough being a Toyota (We have two Toyota cars in the family...)

That panorama is really nice...love the way the mountain on the left looks....beautiful!!!

Nickcanada
06-30-2009, 01:47 PM
Beautiful photos Nick, I really like your last photo with the rainbow.
You have taken great shots to remember your holiday.
Where about is Banff? Looks like a nice place to go and visit. :)

Thanks! Banff is in Alberta, Canada. There were a ton of Aussies and Kiwis. A lot of people I met there are from places far away and take on part time jobs in Banff or the surrounding area to finance their vacations... pretty cool.

Nickcanada
06-30-2009, 02:04 PM
Wow, that's a fantastic shot Nick - I'd love to see a larger version.

I like the GND tool in LR too, sometimes I use an ND grad and then use the ND grad tool in LR to "adjust" the effect.


I'll upload a larger version tonight.

I hear what you're saying about using the filter and LR. By the end of the trip I was using the filter just so I wasn't blowing out the sky, trying to get the foreground as bright as I could. knowing I'd be able to bring it back down in post.

Nickcanada
06-30-2009, 07:11 PM
you can now upload a full res version of that pic here. (http://brownrigg.exposuremanager.com/p/black_and_white/untitled_panorama1-2full14)

Gintaras
07-01-2009, 07:17 AM
Nick, I understand using GND in mountains is challenging because lighting conditions are so difficult. I have not tried it in mountains myself yet but for normal landscapes works fine. The guy I know is doing mountain photography is blending layers (whatever it means) from several shots after using tripoid and filters. He told me he spends 1-2 days on some images.

cdifoto
07-01-2009, 08:39 AM
Blending layers = combining exposures.

Nickcanada
07-01-2009, 09:54 AM
yeah, I took a bunch of different exposures on a tripod with the intentions of blending them or doing some tone mapping trickery.... I'm lazy though so maybe later! hahah.

Nickcanada
07-02-2009, 09:49 AM
Peyto lake pano.

G10 I think this pano is like 9 shots long. I took them in portrait format at the widest setting on the G10 and still couldn't get the peak of the mountain in! too bad.

Peyto lake is a very cool turquoise colour due to the glacier melt waters that contain rock minerals. The glacier is in the far left of the image and you can see the runoff turn the lake that fantastic colour. This was probably the coolest thing I experienced on the trip.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/Untitled_Panorama1low.jpg

A little G10 fill flash..

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_0764-1.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/IMG_0783.jpg

faisal
07-02-2009, 10:20 AM
Was there a way to go down to the lake???

Nickcanada
07-02-2009, 10:29 AM
Was there a way to go down to the lake???

Of course! but we didn't. I've got some lake side shots of a different lake I'll post up latter.

FLiPMaRC
07-02-2009, 11:37 AM
:eek: Amazing! Thanks for sharing your trip :cool:

Nickcanada
07-02-2009, 11:43 AM
:eek: Amazing! Thanks for sharing your trip :cool:

Thanks! much appreciated!

michaelb
07-02-2009, 08:01 PM
I'll upload a larger version tonight.

I hear what you're saying about using the filter and LR. By the end of the trip I was using the filter just so I wasn't blowing out the sky, trying to get the foreground as bright as I could. knowing I'd be able to bring it back down in post.

I checked out the larger version Nick - amazing shot, just beautiful.



Peyto lake pano.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k162/nickandaline/Untitled_Panorama1low.jpg



Awesome Nick; Almost looks like a fisheye shot.