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  1. #81
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    Geeez you guys, I gave you a free shot and no one took it

    A successful bird shot, as in portraiture, has the eye clearly in focus.

    Unfortunately this location is facing south, the "eye" is in shadow and that's probably as good as it will get, sigh..

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  2. #82
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    Sorry Don, been busy lately. For the past few days I've skimmed a few places but haven't posted anything, and I didn't even use the internet for the last 48 hours. (afterthought, its sad that seems like a long time). I thought about that lens, but then I'd want the new version for full time manual focusing which I frequently need for wildlife, then the range wouldn't be long enough, so I might want the 1.4 teleconverter, and then the price would be pretty high. I wouldn't care about that even, but the resulting combination would be so large and heavy* I would not want to use it very much, so I decided I will stick with the nice but slow focusing 70-300 which I do use. It sure is slow to focus though, and I need IS.

    How much does stepping the aperture down help? The 70-300 has such narrow depth of field at f/5.6, I can only imagine f/3.5.

    * According to my lens comparometer, which compares lens sizes and shapes to common household objects, it is the size of a large can of spaghetti sauce but 50% heavier.

  3. #83
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    I was expecting the lens to be large but... this is the first time I've mounted the "lens" to the tripod and not the camera

    We'll see if that is a deterent to taking it for a walk. I've considered trading the 70-300 for the EC - 14 but I'm going to wait and see, I love the reach and size of the 70-300 and the image quality is no slouch either...

    What it may come down to is the upgrade was for image quality and you use what you have to to get that.

    So far I've only had time to shoot a few test shots, aperture mode at f7, wide open it did seem to have a pretty narrow dof.

    Long story, short. I was recovering from carpal tunnel surgery this past month or so and now I'm back to work, less time to play, sigh...

    I did go crazy and bought a 12-60, now the LONG wait for it to arrive. And my 4' x 4' x 4' light tent was in the mail today. Soon to arrive are some larger CF bulbs from Alzo and they will go in two new soft boxes I built.

    More fun to come

    Cheers and have a good trip, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  4. #84
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    Greetings,

    More lighting fooling around...

    First test of my new home made soft boxes ( 2 - 4 x 26w 5500k), I still need to make a boom light for the backdrop, had to use 2 - 65w 4100k with shoot through umbrellas from the side for the test...

    One shot is with the 50mm and the other the 50-200mm, can you tell the difference

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    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  5. #85
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    Greetings,

    A piece "made" during an introduction to glass blowing workshop.

    Shot in a 28" light tent with one 26w CF boom light, white foamcore clipped to the sides of the tent, black paper backdrop.

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    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  6. #86
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    Nice start Don, but you're getting reflections of a goodly bit of your studio equipment there. Can you set up the tent with an enclosed front and a lens slit?

    Continuing the studio trend for a bit, I was trying out a new suction-cup tripod with my standard lenses. For the fact that I was using a $5.00 tripod/ballhead with my E-510, it actually worked out rather well (yes, that's a Zeiss optical zoom on a phone).
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  7. #87
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    Quote Originally Posted by jekostas View Post
    Nice start Don, but you're getting reflections of a goodly bit of your studio equipment there. Can you set up the tent with an enclosed front and a lens slit?
    Didn't help.

    This particular shape was impossible not to get some reflections, I chose that shot for the "interior fire".

    In comparison, this is a 15 second exposure with no lights, tent opening facing north, south is blocked with the backdrop, east side is open and west side is covered with white foamcore..... mid afternoon on a very cloudy day.

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    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

  8. #88
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    We were talking about shooting glass and lucite objects the other day. I used to light them from the bottom, sometimes with light coming through a hole in a solid back drop, other times on a sheet of glass, sometimes with a focusing pin spot. It was always a challenge and there were all sorts of tricks.

  9. #89
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    Does this count as studio lighting?
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  10. #90
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    One last shot before transitioning back to making sawdust

    50mm, brand new chain, 26w CF boom light in 28" light tent.

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    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
    Product Photography

    Olympus E-3 ~ E-30
    ZD 50 ~ 7-14 ~ 14-35 ~ 14-54 ~ 12-60 ~ 35-100 ~ 50-200 ~ EC 20
    Velbon tripod/ball head
    Slik tripod/Jobu Jr 2 Gimbal

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