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 Saturday, December 3, 2016
My favorite wildlife subject lighting comes from a low-in-the-sky sun behind me, but ... wildlife is not always (not often?) cooperative. In this case, the elk was in the shade while the incredibly-colorful background remained in direct sunlight of a setting sun.
When the subject is in the shade and the background is in direct sunlight, you are most likely going to have a different white balance for each. Usually, the sunlit background will be warmer in color than the shaded subject. However, that is a difference I sometimes welcome. Adjust the overall white balance for the subject and the background becomes especially warm/golden. This is often an ideal situation for fall foliage, making the colors especially vibrant.
For this image, I used an exposure that pushed the red channel nearly against the right side of the histogram (nearly R=255) and let the rest of the image fall where it may. I initially thought I would have a complete silhouette (totally black elk), but there was plenty of light remaining in the shade to work with. While I could have very significantly increased the brightness of the elk in this photo (and did use a +3 shadow adjustment), I chose to keep the animal dark to emphasize the outline.
A mature bull elk with a set of headgear this big is ... really big. Creating a very strong background blur while including most of or the entire animal in the frame requires a large sensor camera, a long telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/4 created what you see here.
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/3200s
ISO 640
7646 x 5097px
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Post Date: 12/3/2016 3:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center has the following reduced bags right now:
Note: From what I understand, very few Shape Shifter backpacks remain in the Outlet Center inventory. [Sean]
Outlet Center Deals
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SHAPE SHIFTER$264.75 $149.75
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (MIST GREEN)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (HARBOR BLUE)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (MIST GREEN)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (HARBOR BLUE)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (MIST GREEN)$84.75 $35.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (HARBOR BLUE)$84.75 $35.00
LOW RIDER STRAP$31.75$19.75
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Post Date: 12/3/2016 6:06:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 2, 2016
Through 8:30am Eastern Time Saturday, authorized Canon retailer has the following discounts on Canon and Tamron gear.
Promo code savings will be shown on the final confirmation page for the order.
Flash Sale Deals
ItemReg. PriceCoupon CodeSale Price
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II$5,999.00 TMSP1161127664$5,699.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R$3,699.00 TMSP1161127664$3,399.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III$2,499.00 TMSP1161123035$2,249.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135 IS STM$1,849.00 TMSP1161122269$1,649.00
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM$2,799.00 TMSP1161123035$2,549.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM$1,649.00 TMSP1161125475$1,599.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$1,949.00 TMSP1161129668$1,799.00
Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM$1,999.00 TMSP1161121255$1,924.00
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC USD$749.00 TMSP1161125475$699.00
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2$1,399.00TMSP1161122269$1,199.00
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:38:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has Refurbished EOS 80D Kits nicely reduced right now with free shipping.
Canon Store EOS 80D Deals
All refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses purchased from the Canon Store come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 3:21:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the LensRentals Blog:
by Roger Cicala
We recently tested the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S lens and were mightily impressed. Optically it was better than I’d ever expected. We had idly talked about doing a teardown when stock allowed, but we got an unexpected opportunity yesterday: one of our week-old copies had some significant dust in both the front and rear lens groups. We know (like hopefully you know) that some dust doesn’t affect images, but our customers like their lenses dust-free, so we decided to open this one up and clean the dust out of it and to take a few pictures while we were doing it.
I try to identify where my head is whenever I write about anything, so you’ll understand when I go all fan-boy or all snarky. Like everyone else, my expectations going in have a lot to do with my impressions coming out. In this case, I told Aaron before we started that given how awesome this lens was optically that I expected Nikon’s optomechanics were going to modernize, too. Unlike previous Nikon lenses, I thought this lens would have nice, modular construction, no soldered wires running hither and yon, not so much Kapton tape holding stuff down, and maybe even some curved circuit boards. You know, like a lens from the 21st century, not like one from the 1980’s. Aaron didn’t think so.
Well, I was a little bit right but mostly wrong. There is some real modularity and superb construction to this lens. There were also big chunky square circuit boards and wires soldered hither and yon held down with Kapton tape. None of which has anything to do with making a lens take better pictures or making it last longer, but it does make it a pain to take apart and work on.
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 1:24:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

A few days ago Kai Wong announced that he had left DigitalRev. Now his cameraman and oftentimes partner in front of the lens, Lok Cheung, has also officially announced his departure from the Hong Kong based retailer.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 12:36:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has the DJI Intelligent Battery for Phantom 3 Drones available for $99.00. Compare at $149.00.
Product Highlights
  • Intelligent charging, cell health display via the DJI Pilot app, one-touch power check onboard
  • Compatible with Phantom 3 drones only; will not work with the Phantom 2 or Phantom 1
  • 4,480 mAh at 15.2 V (4 cells in serial, 4S)
  • Simple slide-in design means no unsightly wires or difficult plugs to connect
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 11:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses,
Thank you for using Tamron products.
We have learned that, when attaching the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) to the Canon EOS M5, which will soon go on sale outside Japan, the camera power is turned off or is not turned on, making it impossible to use the camera.
We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience the issue may cause.
An investigation is currently underway in detail about the connections between the Canon EOS M5 and our lens, and as soon as we know more we will post a notice on the Tamron website.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:06:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Glow SpeedLight Bracket for Beauty Dish and 16X16" Softbox available for $19.95. Regularly $50.00.
  • Mounting Bracket for Speedlite to Softbox and Beauty Dish
  • Softbox Kit in Case
This is a very inexpensive kit considering that a 16X16" softbox is included. And with all Adorama Glow Beauty Dishes currently on sale, bundling this adapter with the purchase of a beauty dish makes a lot of sense. [Sean]
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:05:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow Eastern Time, B&H has the Azden PRO-XD 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Lavalier System available for $139.00 with free shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • For Camcorders, Mobile Devices, & DSLRs
  • 2.4 GHz Frequency Bandwidth
  • Auto Frequency Scan and Sync
  • Over 100' Range
  • Mic and Headphone Outputs on Receiver
  • Transmitter with Line and Mix Inputs
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Includes Mini Output Cable
  • Includes USB Cable and Charger
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 7:10:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Saturday Eastern Time, B&H has the Tenba Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Navy Blue) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 17"
  • Fits DSLR 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
The Plum-colored version is also on sale and accessible via the links above.
Note: I misread the time the deal expired when initially posting this deal. I thought the deal ended in 40 minutes but instead it ended in 40 hours (through Saturday midnight).
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 6:22:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Laura Morita
ou've scrimped and you've saved. You've researched and planned. And the time has finally come: VACATION. Unfortunately, vacation doesn't happen often enough, and when it does come, you want to have nice photos. Sure, you'll take plenty of pictures with your phone and maybe even a point and shoot, but is there room on your vacation for your more professional gear? Well, I say “yes.” As a somewhat "expert" vacationer to Hawaii, there's no way I could imagine traveling there without packing at least some of my gear. This article will outline some of the considerations I make in deciding what gear to pack, when to bring my camera with me on outings, and knowing how to not completely ruin a trip for my kids with an overabundance of pictures.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Interested in underwater housings? You may want to check out Bryan's review of the Ewa-Marine U-B 100.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:51:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Joel Grimes has traveled the globe creating award winning images making his subjects look larger than life. Whether it is a celebrity or an everyday person, Joel believes that lighting plays a huge role in that process. The biggest challenge for photographers, learning lighting, is two fold: First, with so many options on the market, choosing the right strobe, modifier, etc… can be so overwhelming. Second, lighting is generally taught from a technical approach, making it way too complicated. We have engineers trying to teach artists, totally overlooking the creative process. This is a recipe for disaster. Have you ever heard the acronym KISS, keep it simple stupid? Joel has this saying, “You can rock the world with one camera, one lens and one light”.
To learn lighting, you have to start by using one light. Master one light, and you can master ten lights. Follow Joel as he shows you how to create amazing portraits by using just one light.
Joel Grimes Photography:
B&H carries lighting equipment.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikkei Asian Review:
Private sector moving into frontier long dominated by government
TOKYO -- Canon is helping Japan build a low-cost "mini-rocket" for future satellite launches as private companies seek to give the country's lagging space industry greater thrust.
Engineers from Canon Electronics, a unit of the Japanese imaging devices maker, have joined a team led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, that is building what stands to be the world's smallest satellite launch vehicle -- about the size of a utility pole.
The company's experience designing and manufacturing devices such as digital cameras will help the team choose the best rocket parts as well as make key control instruments smaller and lighter.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
via Canon Watch
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:33:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 1, 2016
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • 1" 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • FlightAutonomy with Redundant Sensors
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
  • Remote Controller Included
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Post Date: 12/1/2016 11:27:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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