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 Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos leads along some spectacular coastline. "Trail", however, is a rather generous term for much of what is encountered here, especially west of Blowing Hole. Very sharp rocks (the ironshore formation limestone you see in the foreground in this image) and thick brush (with occasional very-deep holes beneath) take the place of anything resembling a trail.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands have the world's 3rd largest reef system protecting it, but along this trail, the reef comes close to shore. This means that, on a normal day, waves hit the coast hard. And, on a windy day, things become rather spectacular along this section of the trail.
 
The winds on this day (like the entire 9 days of this trip) were sustained at just over 30 mph and gusts were reaching 50+ mph. The waves were crashing into the cliffs and blowing up in dramatic fashion, easily visible from the causeway over a mile away.
 
Upon arriving at this location, I determined that I could safely approach the cliff and I did so cautiously. I didn't take a rain cover for the camera or a rain coat for me on this trip, but ... after thinking about the situation for a while and watching my daughter figure out how to cover her camera with extra clothes and a hat for a lens flap, I couldn't resist the opportunity. The waves were too beautiful and mesmerizing to leave uncaptured.
 
What I had was the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L's rain cover and the plastic bags I always store in the backpack. The large garbage bag, with three holes torn into it, went over me (it was cool out and with the wind, I was cold) and a 2-gallon clear heavy plastic food storage bag nicely wrapped around the camera with the lens directed through the opening. I held the bag tightly around the lens hood and could see the viewfinder through the bag reasonably well – well enough. The front of the lens was not protected aside of the hood, but holding the camera downward under my body during times when spray was hitting (most of the time), kept it dry. I had a dry microfiber cloth readily available for cleaning the lens when my timing was not stellar.
 
When a wave was timed to hit while there was little or no sea spray in the air, I would quickly move the camera into position and shoot an image (or burst of images) as the wave crashed and violently blew upward. I was learning the Sony a7R II camera's capabilities, but ... this scenario proved challenging and my sharp image percentage was not as strong as I had hoped. Still, I made some nice images.
 
With the quick-shooting tactic, getting the camera perfectly level (or even close to that) proved challenging (it proves challenging to me on a good day) and this shot was a bit tilted. The horizon over an ocean makes any tilt obvious and this one needed repaired. However, simply rotating the image was going to result in more of the scene being cropped out that I was happy with. I could have used a wider focal length to shoot with (the Sony a7R II has plenty of resolution), but ... I was already using that tactic. This wave was simply bigger than I had anticipated.
 
How did I fix the tilt? I used the Lasso Tool in Photoshop to select and area above and below the horizon where the non-splashing water is meeting sky (on the right side of the frame), being careful to draw through areas lacking details. I then copied the selection (CTRL-C) and pasted it into a new layer (CTRL-V). I pressed CTRL-T (Free Transform) and rotated the copied waterline until it was level. Using a layer mask with a soft brush, I hid the borders of the copied layer and smoothed out anything that appeared out of place in the result. The image was effectively leveled and I didn't have to crop off any of the splash.
 
Being in the wave zone of a rough sea is not safe and in addition to watching for photogenic waves approaching, I was constantly watching for trouble. Twice I successfully ran to drier ground when monster waves hit directly in front of me, but twice I had very large waves splash completely over me, sending buckets of water pouring from myself and the bags (enough to make a water cooler dumped over a winning football coach appear like a Dixie cup). The described bag technique, while not optimum, kept the gear (and most of my shirt) dry and allowed me to capture some fun pics.
 
Big waves are fascinating – I could spend hours watching them.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
31mm  f/9.0  1/200s
ISO 200
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 2/19/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It appears Sigma is set to announce four new Global Vision lenses at the upcoming CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2017 (Feb 23-26). Two of those lenses – the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – have already shown up on Sigma's website under the News section (the links to the actual press releases do not work).
 
Sigma News on SigmaPhoto

The other two lenses rumored to be part of the 4-lens announcement are the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art. If the rumors prove to be true, this will be one of the most exciting round of Sigma Global Vision lens announcements to date.
 Saturday, February 18, 2017
Adorama has the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid with Lead Acid Battery available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,389.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-in EL-Skyport radio receiver
  • Compatible with the ELS Transmitter Speed
  • 8 Frequency Channels with 4 Groups
  • EL-Skyport Speed Sync mode
  • Unique control from an iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Additional features can be found when used
  • Two power outlets
  • Pre-flash detector system to enable the use of Quadra RX
 Friday, February 17, 2017
Originally announced a few months ago, it looks like this free 90-day Adobe Photography Plan offer is still live. And considering the current discounts on Datacolor Spyder products, there's never been a better time to invest in a color calibration system.
 
From Datacolor:
 
Receive a 90 day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan with the purchase of a qualifying Spyder product!
 
Datacolor and Adobe work hand-in-hand to offer the complete package for your photography workflow. Save time, money and frustration –with an efficient editing process and more accurate viewing, proofing and printing. Don’t miss out on the ultimate photography package from Datacolor and Adobe!
 
Try a complimentary 90 day trial OR add 90 days to your current plan if you already have a subscription.
 
Qualifying Products
 
How it works:
 
Step 1: Purchase a qualifying Spyder product
Step 2: Install and activate your Spyder product
Step 3: Click the redemption link in the Spyder activation email
Step 4: Your Adobe redemption code will be sent to you by email
Step 5: Visit Adobe to redeem your 90 day trial
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tenba Messenger – Small Photo/Laptop Bag (Plum) available for $37.95 with free shipping. Regularly $104.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 15"
  • Fits D- SLR Camera and Three lens Kit
  • Water-repellent Cordura Nylon Bag
  • Removable Photo Insert
  • One Large Zippered Pocket on Flap
  • Two Zippered Pockets on Front Flap
  • Over 20 Assorted Interior Pockets
  • Molded Grip Handle
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
Through this weekend, B&H has the Phottix Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon available for $89.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Flash Trigger
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 328' Range
  • Four Channels, Three Groups
  • Remote Power Control of Groups in TTL
  • Remote Manual Flash Power Control
  • Supports High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec.
  • Flash Head Zoom Adjustment
  • Second-Curtain Sync Functions
  • Firmware Upgrade via USB Port
 Thursday, February 16, 2017
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (DVD) available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Note: If you don't need Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements 15 on its own is currently marked down $30.00.
B&H has the DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal available for $1,799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range
  • GPS-Based Flight Control System
  • Vision Positioning for Indoor Flying
  • Live 720p HD Monitoring with Lightbridge
  • Thrust-Boosted Motors / New Propellers
  • Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms
  • Unobstructed 360° Shooting
  • Dual Transmitter Operation Supported
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Review.
 
While the beauty of this lens is immediately recognizable, the image quality it delivers is looking very nice as well. Here are some comparisons:
 
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Classic (15mm Milvus has the same optical formula)
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Classic
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens
 
B&H has the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 2/16/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Viewer VL Wireless Live View Remote Kit with AV/Shutter & Infrared Cables for Select Canon Cameras available for $159.95 with free shipping. Regularly $224.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Select Canon Cameras
  • Wireless 3.5" Live View TFT-LCD Monitor
  • Record Video with Select Canon Cameras
  • Wireless Transmitter with Built-In CCTV
  • AV & 3.5 mm Shutter Release Cable
  • FreeWave Viewer VL Infrared Cable
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • Four Radio Channels
  • 2 Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries Included
  • Brightness and Contrast Adjustments
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Atomos Ninja Star Recorder with 64GB CFast Card available for $175.00 with free shipping. Regularly $475.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Records 1080p 10-Bit, 4:2:2 via HDMI
  • ProRes HQ, 422, and LT Codecs
  • Micro-HDMI Input & Loop Output
  • Stores to CFast Cards
  • 64GB CFast Card Included
  • Audio Line-In
  • Audio Level Indicators
  • 5-Hour Battery Life
  • Mounting Plate with 1/4"-20 Thread Holes
  • Lightweight at Only 4.6 oz
 Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 
From the DigitalRev In-Focus YouTube Channel:
 
The lightsaber is one of the most iconic movie weapons of all time, but did you know that many of the most iconic lightsabers in Star Wars lore started their lives as photography equipment? With an entire cottage industry springing up around lightsaber replicas in the wake of ‘The Force Awakens,’ we take a look back at how exactly how the lightsaber hilt came to be, and explain just why Star Wars may be the bane of many photography collectors.
Post Date: 2/14/2017 1:17:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
02/13/2017 – As quadcopter design continues to evolve, so does our Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones. Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel. Its custom divider set allows maximum room for extra accessories and gear, including a small camera kit, and features a dedicated 15” laptop compartment.
 
“We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
  • Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
  • Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also features YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.6” W x 19.7” H x 9.3” D (34.5 x 50 x 23.5 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 19” H x 8.3” D (33 x 47.8 x 21 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (32 x 44 x 3.5 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack in stock. And don't forget, you'll receive a free gift when you order from Think Tank Photo using our links.
Post Date: 2/14/2017 1:16:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
02/13/2017 – There are times when uneven terrain simply forces photographers to carry their rolling camera bags. Now, with our Airport TakeOff V2.0, you can convert your roller to a backpack. And since the new version is 15% lighter, you can carry your gear to the next location more comfortably. Sized to meet the needs of the traveling professional, the Airport TakeOff V2.0 fits most U.S. domestic and international airline carry-on requirements.
 
“The Airport TakeOff V2.0 features a custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability, making it easier to roll down the street,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “A newly added tablet carry in the laptop pocket and dedicated smart phone pocket in the front flap insure photographers’ tools are easily accessible and at the ready.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Pocket for tripod mount or water bottle on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • Cable and combination lock included for securing the lockable zippers
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed-cell PU
  • foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Top compartment cradles large camera bodies for a perfect fit
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, CF cards, filters and accessories
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels and feet
  • Extra tall wheel housings protect bag from scrapes and scratches
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Grab handles on three sides for lifting bag into the overhead bin
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Business card holder on top for identification
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag is constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, Poly 600D, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, SpanKodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, 320G airmesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers, clear mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 5.3– 6.8” D (33 x 47 x 13–17 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.5 x 53 x 22 cm)
  • Laptop Pocket: 11.4” W x 16.3” H x 1.4” D (29 x 41.5 x 3.6 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 9.8” W x 9.4” H x 0.8” D (25 x 24 x 2 cm)
Weight: 7.0–8.7 lbs. (3.2–3.9 kg) depending on accessories used
 
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff V2.0 Rolling Camera Bag available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/14/2017 10:16:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Brilia BB-110C Bare-Bulb TTL Flash for Canon Cameras available for $129.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $159.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Bare Bulb Design with 80Ws Output
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 56' at ISO 100 and 28mm
  • Coverage: 28mm with Reflector
  • Tilts from -7 to 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Wireless Slave Functionality
  • Stroboscopic Mode; Power-Saving Function
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • HV Power Port & PC Sync Terminal
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