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 Sunday, June 25, 2017
Catchlights in a subject's eyes are usually desirable in a photograph. A bright reflection in the eye creates a sparkle that brings the subject to life. While this applies to human subjects, it also applies to wildlife subjects.
 
This mother black bear (I know that she is a mother because she stashed her 2 cubs high up in a huge hemlock tree 100 yards/m or so behind her) was hunting for food in the woods in Shenandoah National Park. The woods were quite dark due to a heavy tree canopy, but there was a small clearing in the direction the bear was headed. I moved ahead of her and positioned for what I envisioned being the ideal situation that could develop ... and the bear was unusually cooperative.
 
The clearing of course had an opening with sky visible. Sky, especially the sun if the sky is clear, is bright and can create the desired catchlights. However, the angle on the eyes still must be correct to get that reflection.
 
A key point here is that bears generally walk with their head hanging down low and a downward viewing angle on animals' eyes seldom results in a catchlight. This is another good reason to get level with (or even below) your animal subjects, increasing the likelihood of catchlight reflections being created.
 
The other issue created by the head-down walking is the that bear's head falls below most of the beautifully-rich-green plant life in this area. While a bear back showing above the green plants may be interesting, visible eyes are usually required to pass for a keeper image for most serious bear photographers.
 
So, in order to see the eyes in this location, I needed the bear to look up. In a case where I couldn't have planned things any better, this bear hit the clearing, stopped and looked around.
 
This was a randomly moving animal. Though it was not moving fast, it was a moving most of the time and its was a bit unpredictable, including making 180° direction changes at times. I had the camera in M (Manual) mode, but was using the camera's autoexposure system via the Auto ISO setting. With these settings, I could simply roll the top dial to get the shutter speed I thought I needed at any moment.
 
If the bear stopped walking (though even then it was always moving its head from side to side), I immediately took insurance shots at confidently-fast shutter speeds and then quickly began shooting bursts at longer exposures in attempt to get some even higher-grade images without motion blur (the longer shutter speeds resulted in lower ISO settings for lower noise). The 1/250 setting used for this image is not close to stressing the capabilities of this image stabilized lens at 560mm on a monopod (used over a tripod for setup speed), but the bear was still moving some. Fortunately, the 1D X II image quality is extremely good at the auto-selected ISO setting of 2500 used here. When the bear began moving, I quickly rolled the top dial to get an action-stopping shutter speed again.
 
The vibrant green foliage in Shenandoah National Park works very well for wildlife images. The wet bear hints at the recent weather conditions. There had been dense fog and a considerable amount of rain and as the 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 2500 camera settings hint, this image was captured under heavy cloud cover.
 
Though this bear appears to be lit by flash, no flash was used. The lighting is all natural ambient light. The bear's position in the opening meant that just enough cloudy sky was visible to brighten the scene and create a nice sparkle in the bear's eyes.
 
So, those are some lessons from a momma black bear. I hope that you learned something that can be applied to your own photography!
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/250s
ISO 2500
5262 x 3508px
Post Date: 6/25/2017 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 23, 2017
Yesterday we reported that the 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses were scheduled to begin shipping today based on information posted by B&H on the items' product pages. However, B&H has changed the availability expectations on their website as follows:
 
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens – "Coming Soon"
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens – "End of Jun 2017"
 
However, Sigma posted press releases today which state that both lenses are scheduled to begin shipping in "July 2017."
 
So... it looks like preorder customers will be waiting a little longer to receive their new lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 10:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens page.
 
The first comparison I wanted to see was the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G vs. f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. When set to f/4, the f/2.8 lens becomes clearly sharper, (mostly). There are many combinations to explore.
 
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:10:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
June 23, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm. Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm (35mm equivalent of 620mm) and provides a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (4.8in./24.9oz.)[2] is Tamron's accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system. Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables photographing a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes. The 18-400mm will be available in the U.S. at the end of July at $649.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto
    The new Model B028 is the world's first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday shooting. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.
  • Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto and macro
    The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.
  • Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamron's basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses
    Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 4.8 in. and a weight of 24.9 oz.[3] A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamron's philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday photos with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.
  • HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction
    The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamron's exclusive HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.
  • Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm
    Despite its compact size, Model B028 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions (such as a dimly lit room or at dusk) and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The shake-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
    The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses[4]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
  • User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use
    With an eye toward active outdoor photography, Model B028 features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.
  • Compatible with TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product
    The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens's firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
  • External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use
    While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B028 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lens's functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design.
Specifications
 
ModelB028
Focal Length 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33' - 4° (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance*17.7 in (0.45m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio12.9
Filter Size72mm
Maximum Diameter79mm
Length** for Canon 4.9 in (123.9mm)
for Nikon 4.8 in (121.4mm)
Weight for Canon 25 oz (710g)
for Nikon24.9 oz (705g)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance
(For Canon : EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used)
2.5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon
Model B028

* The minimum object distance may change if camera is used in live view mode.
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
 
B&H has the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 6/23/2017 5:44:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight Pacific Time, Amazon has the Dell Latitude 3379 2 in1 Laptop available for $499.99. Regularly $799.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 13.3" Full-HD (1920x1080) Touchscreen Display, and Backlit Keyboard
  • Get reliable performance from the Intel Core i3-6006U 2.0GHz Processor
  • 4GB 2133MHz DDR4 memory - For Multitasking Power, 128 GB SSD
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 2x2, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI/USB 3.0/USB2.0/Micro SD Card Reader/Noble Security Slot
  • Windows 10 Pro is so familiar and easty to use, you'll feel like an expert. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and comes with great built-in apps like Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, and Video
Note: While a laptop like this may not feature the best specs for photo editing, it seems like it would be a great device for easily showing off one's portfolio(s) to potential clients. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/23/2017 5:20:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 22, 2017
Surprisingly, the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lenses are scheduled to start shipping tomorrow, the day immediately following the acceptance of preorders (source: B&H).
 
Trusted Retailers
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/22/2017 8:36:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center inventory has been refreshed with many popular products in stock with attractive discounts.
 
In stock inventory includes:
 
  • Airport Takeoff
  • Retrospective Leather
  • Retrospective Lens Changer
  • Retrospective Laptop Case
  • Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo
  • Urban Approach
  • CityWalker
  • FPV Session
  • Perception
  • My 2nd Brain
  • Turnstyle
Post Date: 6/22/2017 8:13:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Dremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printer as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and has the printer marked down to $599.99 (from $899.99).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The most reliable consumer-grade 3D printer allows printing for countless hours
  • Pre-installed extruder enables quickest time to 1st print and seamless out-of-box experience
  • Full-color LCD touch screen to easily modify settings and navigate through print files
  • Accompanied by Dremel’s world-class customer support with the industry’s best 1-year warranty
Post Date: 6/22/2017 7:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: Through midnight tonight, B&H has the Miops Camera Trigger available for $129.00 with free shipping. Regularly $219.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Trigger Camera and/or Flash
  • Lightning, Laser, & Sound Trigger Modes
  • Smartphone App / Bluetooth Compatible
  • Time Lapse Function
  • HDR Function
  • External Port
  • Adjustable Sensitivity
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Note: I've owned the Miops Camera Trigger for a little more than a year now and it's seen a fair amount of use in that time. It's a fantastic lightning trigger (the best I've used) and it also has the ability to trigger the camera remotely using a smartphone. See my post 3 Reasons Why I Love the Miops Camera Trigger for more info. [Sean]
 
Lightning Over Savannah GA June 28 2016

Post Date: 6/22/2017 5:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The wait is almost over; the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses will be available for preorder from B&H at 1:00am Easter Time (roughly 2 hours after this post).
 
We expect there to be high demand for these lenses; be sure to preorder early if you want to receive your lens ASAP. Be sure to use the links above to support the site.
 
Update: Adorama also has the lenses available for preorder.
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has most of Apple's recently announced MacBooks and iMacs in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 12:34:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon is featuring the Neewer NW620(GN58) LCD Display Manual Speedlite Flash as a Gold Box Deal and the flash is marked down to $39.09, compared to $45.99 originally.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Powerful flash with high guide No.58(ISO 100, 180mm), supports M/MULTI/S1/S2 flash mode
  • Manual zoom 18-180mm, Super speed charging recycle: approx. 2.9 s
  • Battery Life: 100-1500 flashes; Flash time: 1/200s-1/20000s; Flash control: 8 levels of output control(1/128-1/1)
  • Vertical rotation angle: -7-90 degrees, horizontal rotation angle: 0-180 degrees
  • Additional function: PC synchronous, Power saving mode, Over temperature protection
Note: I don't usually recommend purchasing camera equipment featuring pricing that seems too good to be true, but... I find this flash intriguing.
 
First, it's actually a well reviewed product on Amazon. Second, it's ridiculously inexpensive, so even if it only lasts a 12 - 18 months with moderate use, it will likely have been a worthwhile investment (at least for anyone experimenting with lighting, maybe not for professional work unless backups are available). And third, although this flash only features manual control, its built-in slave should make it an especially useful tool for background lighting. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/21/2017 11:09:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I've been using The Photographer's Ephemeris for several years now and it's one of the most useful photography apps I've found. By the looks of it, the app is getting even better. I'm hoping an Android version is not too far down the pipeline. When the iOS app launches, you'll be able to find it here. [Sean]
 
From The Photographer's Ephemeris:
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris 3D (TPE 3D) is a unique natural light visualization tool for outdoor and landscape photographers. It’s a 3D map-centric Sun, Moon and Milky Way calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.
 
Watch a sunrise from the future in a rich simulation of sunlight, moonlight and starlight set against the actual topography of your planned shooting location.
 
Need to see when the arch of the Milky Way will rise between two mountain peaks? Need to see what time in the afternoon the valley will lose direct light in September? Watch the light unfold under clear skies hours, days, weeks or years before you’re actually there in person.
 
Availability
 
We plan to soft launch TPE 3D in select markets (including Ireland and New Zealand) on Tuesday, June 20 2017.
 
We expect to make the app available worldwide on Tuesday, June 27.
 
TPE 3D requires iOS 10. It runs on all devices that support iOS 10, but more modern devices benefit from higher detail in the 3D topography and higher resolution shadows and stars.
 
Pricing
 
We plan to launch TPE 3D as a paid app, selling individually for $19.99 in the US ($30.99, Australia, 21,99 € Eurozone, £19.99 UK, based on current Apple pricing tiers).
 
A bundle will be available making TPE 3D available to users who already own TPE and/or The Photographer' Transit at reduced price. The bundle will launch at $24.99 in the US, for all three apps.
 
That means that if you have already paid $8.99 for TPE, you can purchase the bundle to add TPE 3D and TPT for $16.00. If you already own both TPE and TPT, you can complete your bundle for $12.00, representing a 40% discount off full price for TPE 3D.
 
(All pricing is subject to change.)
 
We expect to offer a pro subscription for future enhancements such as satellite maps and full offline support.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:32:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.02 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.21 billion, with Creative revenue growing to a record $1.01 billion.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.56 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $312 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved record revenue of $495 million, which represents 29 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 46 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 42 percent and net income grew 43 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $645 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.07 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2 million shares during the quarter, returning $266 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
“Digital transformation continues to be the burning agenda for creative professionals, enterprises, governments and educational institutions,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe is the go-to company for creating world-class digital customer journeys from design to delivery to measurement and monetization.”
 
“Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We're excited about the strong business momentum we have as we enter the second half of fiscal 2017 and remain confident in our ability to drive strong revenue and earnings growth in the future.”
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 8:54:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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