Happily, this solution cost no more $. I was able to reverse the horizontal mounting from the left to the right, quite simply, actually, and that did it
The mecablitz flash head is now completely clear of the gimbal mount and the camera has relatively full tilt, again.
I suppose it is a little awkward, considering the normal left-hand side operation of the mount, but it is flexible enough for the change around and does work from the right-side, too. I can achieve about 210° of y-axis rotation with it now. 0° being completely horizontal ... from -82° on the decline to +118° on the ascent, before the mount meets the mecablitz's hot-shoe adapter. Anything on the hot-shoe precludes any further rotation. Regardless, this +118° is well past vertical (90)° and I can always rotate the x-axis 180° around and track back down.
EDIT: I took a few to kind of show the operation, now
I suspect you would like this, Pete. It can really handle all the weight.
It's just the extortionate prices that put me off.
I think I'll try the Indian Sidekick and see how it goes.
I don't have anything really heavy as yet.
This, basically ...
clears the way for acquisition of the 300mm f/2.8 and 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lenses.
I said it "clears the way" ... (tap tap tap) :p
Good luck with that Indian unit. It does not appear to have a throat-lock on it, to keep the world from spinning.
I start class today - Digital Darkroom. Good thing is the school upgraded to CS5 so there should be no compatability issues with the photos I work on at home and bring to school.
I'm looking forward to the class and learning advanced blending techniques. :cool: Stay tuned. :)
"Digital Darkroom", here, involved the panorama shots, collage images, face symmetry and a few other novel images. Personally, I thought there would be more to it. I suppose things evolve over time and as the software changes. Not every curriculum is the same, so trying to find parallels and standards is still a little rough.
I have found that self-exploration offers a whole lot more, in the BIG picture. Photography is still at the whim of the photographer. I suppose that is part of the attraction. Just getting out there and getting the shot. Learning the skills to cultivate it ... that is where the formal training seems to be the most advantageous. Having someone knowledgeable to assist in "developing" those skills is a boon.
Good Luck, Darin.
Don and everyone,
Originally Posted by DonSchap
The digital darkroom class I'm taking this semester has a series of weekly assignments pretty much dictated by the instructor along with a midterm portfolio and final portfolio of our choosing that utilizes the techniques learned in the class. This weeks assignments involved resolution (knowing its limitations and optimizing for output to printer, web, etc), perspective control using the crop tool, adding text, touch-up tools, and preliminary image blending within the same image and between two images. Pretty basic and mostly stuff I already knew. But, I did not know you could use the Clone Stamp tool to select from one image and clone onto a second image. Here's the example I did:
The rest of the weekly assignments go through each of the tools in PS and include beauty touch-up, blending, merging, probably panorama, graphics, etc. Stay tuned.
Part of today's class and workflow - blending two images. The background photo is one I took this past 4th of July. The fighter is from a web based stock photo agency. The result.
Now, you're having fun!
I am not certain what exactly gave it away, but I could tell you were not there to photograph this out-of-this-world event, Darin. I mean, who knew?
These are exciting variations in our chosen hobby and definitely worthy of investigation and manipulation. Good job.
Add more: perhaps an over-the-shoulder, out of focus X-wing tip to give it perspective, point of view and depth. :)
How to you size the clone from one image to the next?? I tried to select the image I wanted to clone and transform it to a smaller size but that didn't work. Something else to try and put to use.
In your destination image, you want to create a new blank layer. Go to your source image and with the clone stamp tool, select a portion of the image you want to clone. (Note, if your source image is the same size or nearly the same size as your destination image, you might want to use the image resize function in PS to downsize it somewhat at first, but larger than what you think you will ultimately need.) Return to your destination image, make sure your new blank layer is selected and start cloning. You don't need to be exact because you can clean up the edges by erasing and/or masking on the clone layer.
Once you get your cloned image cleaned up, you can then use the transform tools to downsize the cloned image to the size you want. You can reposition using the move tool as well.