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 Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Although many are still on backorder, you can purchase Kirk & Really Right Stuff plates and L-brackets for the 6D Mark II at B&H and the items will be shipped as inventory replinishes.
 
Both Bryan and I are big fans of camera L-brackets. Being able to simply loosen an Arca-type clamp, rotate the camera and reclamp to change orientation is extremely convenient. [Sean]
 
Note: I'm fairly confident that the picture showed for the in-stock Kirk Camera Plate for Canon 6D Mark II is incorrect; the picture shows the L-bracket, but you only receive the bottom (base) portion of the two-piece L-bracket for that price.
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Post Date: 9/19/2017 7:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has select Westcott Light Modifying Products, including a few from their popular Apollo series, nicely discounted for a limited time.
Post Date: 9/19/2017 7:00:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the SmugMug Films YouTube Channel:
 
The roar of the engine. The curves of the body. The power behind the wheel. Easton Chang captures the heart, soul, and beauty of automobiles through his photography. Get an eyeful of gorgeous cars through his lens, but buckle up tight first.
Post Date: 9/19/2017 6:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
The Profoto A1 might be the smallest flash we’ve ever made, but it’s still built to the same impossibly high standards we’ve set ourselves over the last fifty years.
 
Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that's both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light.
 
Thanks to a smart magnetic mount built into the head, light shaping tools and modifiers can be clicked on and off quickly and easily. Within seconds you're being creative with light, shaping it. It also has a zoom function that allows you to make fine adjustments to the spread of light by simply twisting the zoom ring on the head, and for accuracy it has a modeling light built-in to the head – so you can see what you're going to get before you press the shutter.
 
We made it our mission to make A1 the first on-camera flash that's easy to use from the box. The user interface is simple and intuitive with a large high-contrast display at its center. The less time you spend learning and fiddling, the more time you'll spend shooting. And that's ultimately what counts. Despite its size, or lack of it, the A1 punches above its weight in a good number of key areas.
 
Battery life is key when a photographer is right in the thick of the action, because the last thing they need to have to stop mid flow to change the batteries. The A1 has its own Li-ion high capacity battery built-in which lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade. So, you can shoot for longer with confidence.
 
And this is a flash that can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that's every 1.2 seconds at full power. Put simply, you'll never miss a shot.
 
And while it's true to say the Profoto A1 is our very first on-camera solution it's also just as effective off-camera as a standalone unit, and integrated into a larger system of lights. That level of versatility is possible because Air Remote is built-in, which means the A1 offers seamless connectivity with freestanding lights like another A1 or bigger Profoto lights like the B1X.
 
And with AirTTL you'll get a perfect exposure super-fast. Better still, you can lock the exposure with a single 'click' while still being free to fine tune that exposure in manual, giving you even greater control.
 
So, this is so much more than our smallest flash yet. This is shooting on the move, shooting with confidence and shooting with light shaping excellence. This is shooting off-camera and for the first time with Profoto, on-camera. This is the Profoto A1 – the world's smallest studio light.
 
Features A1
 
  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
  • 5 dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
  • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
  • Air Remote built-in.
  • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
  • 1.2s recycling time.
  • TTL/MAN switch.
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
  • Auto focus (AF) assist.
  • Large Hi-Res display
  • Support for Canon, Nikon and later for Sony
Specifications
 
Profoto A1 Flash Specifications

B&H has the Profoto A1 Flash available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/19/2017 5:37:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter available for $69.95 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
  • Use With Film or Digital
  • Wide Outer Ring Reduces Vignetting
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-Year Warranty
Post Date: 9/19/2017 5:15:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 18, 2017
B&H will be closing for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday. If you need something soon, order it now to avoid a delayed shipment.
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 1pm ET on Wed Sep 20 through Sat Sep 23.
We will reopen at 9:30am on Sun Sep 24
 
Online Orders
Online checkout will be available until 6:45pm Wed Sep 20.
Regular checkout will resume at 8:15pm Sat Sep 23.
 
Shipping
Orders placed before 11am Wed Sep 20 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Sun Sep 24.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 9/18/2017 2:53:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L Photo Daypack available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, up to 3 Lenses & Accessories
  • Stores 15" Laptop or 3L Hydration
  • Removable Camera Compartment
  • Trap Door for Full Daypack Conversion
  • Variety of Storage Pockets
  • Front Tripod/Monopod Mounting System
  • Breathable Padded Airflow Harness
  • Compression and Sternum Straps
  • Daisy Chain Attachment Points
  • Seam-Sealed Rain Cover Included
For several years I've been looking for a program or plugin that was able to convert my photos into a realistic looking pieces of painted artwork. A few months ago, I finally found a solution that gave me the results I was hoping for.
 
The solution – called Topaz Impression – is software that can be used as a standalone program (accessed via Topaz Studio) or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
 
With tons of presets and the ability to personalize those presets for your own unique look, Impression gives you another tool to improve sales conversions with your clients. Take your shot, process with Impression, then have your converted image printed on canvas for an impressive result.
 
You can see a before/after example of a shot I took recently atop this post with additional processed examples shown below.
 
Topaz Impressions Example 2

Topaz Impressions Example 3

Topaz Impression Example 4

While the retail cost of the software may seem a bit steep, I think it is well priced considering the convincing quality of the images I've processed with the software. Fortunately, for a short time you can save 40% (through Sept. 29, 2017) on the software making it a really great deal. [Sean]
 
Purchase Topaz Impression
Post Date: 9/18/2017 11:53:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Deals-All-Year – 99.8% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens available for $9,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $10,999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2017 8:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Deals-All-Year – 99.8% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2017 7:41:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 9/20, use coupon code EMWALL18 at AdoramaPix to save 18% on the following:
 
  • Metal Prints
  • Canvas Prints
  • Photo Collages
  • Framed Prints
  • Wood Prints
Post Date: 9/18/2017 7:37:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through October 31, Gitzo is offering mail-in rebates up to $50.00 on its carbon fiber monopods, including Bryan's current favorite, the Gitzo GM4562 Series 4 Carbon Fiber Monopod. For details, see below.
 
Gitzo Sept - Oct Monopod Rebates
 
DescriptionModelRebate
Amount
CARBON MONOPOD SER.2 4SGM2542$40.00
CARBON MONOPOD TRAVELER SER.2 6SGM2562T$40.00
CARBON MONOPOD SER.4 3SGM4532$50.00
CARBON MONOPOD SER.4 4SGM4542$50.00
CARBON MONOPOD SER.4 6SGM4562$50.00
CARBON MONOPOD SER.4 5S LGM4552L$50.00
Post Date: 9/18/2017 7:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rotolight NEO On-Camera LED Light available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3150 to 6300K Variable Color Dial
  • 1077 Lux Brightness at 3' Distance
  • Color Temperature & Brightness Display
  • 9W Power Draw
  • 0-100% Flicker-Free Dimming
  • CRI > 95, Skin Tone CRI > 99, TLCI > 91
  • Flicker Free at Any Frame Rate
  • Accepts 6x AA Batteries
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Hole, Swivel Shoe Mount
  • AC Adapter Included
Post Date: 9/18/2017 5:30:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic (White) available for $139.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mono Digital Recorder with Lavalier Mic
  • Records 24-Bit/48 kHz BWAV File Format
  • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
  • 1/8" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Single AAA Battery Records 10 Hours
  • Built-In Limiter Function
  • Low-Cut Filter Reduces Wind and Rumble
  • Dual Recording Mode
  • Easy-to-Read OLED Display
  • Case, Windscreen, Mic Clip & USB Cable
 Saturday, September 16, 2017
It was late (about 10:30 PM) and I still had a nearly-4-hour drive home. But, I couldn't help myself and made another stop in Jersey City/Newport. I had been in New York City since early afternoon, walking many miles with a heavy pack as I finalized my scouting in the Brooklyn Bridge Park area around Dumbo. The date was September 11th and the goal was to get at least a high quality image of the city with the Tribute in Light illuminating vertical miles of the night sky.
 
I hope to share an image captured from the primary-selected location later, but periodically the tribute lights are turned off to allow the attracted-by-the-light birds to disperse. I had my initial location images and, not knowing how long the lights would remain off, I decided to pack up and head for a completely different view of the city.
 
The attraction from of this different location? Along with a great city skyline view including the tribute lights being visible closer to the ground than from my first destination, seawalls reduced the wave action on the Hudson River, producing a cleaner reflection in the image and providing interesting leading lines. What I could not have planned for was the black-crowned night heron choosing to roost on a nearby piling. A sidewalk lamp provided just enough foreground illumination for the bird and wall to be brightness-balanced with the city lights in a set of four images bracketed up to a 1 minute exposure at f/11, ISO 100. And, the bird remained motionless long enough to be sharp in one of those frames.
 
After photographing here for nearly two hours, I decided that I had this location covered, including alternative framing using two camera/tripod setups. It was 12:15 AM when I packed up and headed to my car. Then I saw a slightly different angle that I needed to capture. I unpacked a camera and captured one more set of images. As it turns out, that last set was my favorite from the entire trip, the one I am sharing here.
 
A key for composing this image was to use a camera position that was level for both tilt and roll. While the city buildings being rendered rather small in the frame and the tallest building, One World Trade Center, having a tapered shape and being positioned close to the center of the frame, can take a slight camera tilt without looking bad, the bold-in-the-frame pair of bright lines running up the border of the frame were completely unforgiving. Any camera tilt up or down results in those lines tilting inward or outward (respectively) from perspective distortion, appearing unnatural.
 
To create this final image, four 1-stop-bracketed images were processed in Photomatix and the result was polished in Photoshop.
 
For this daytrip, I was focused on getting the best-possible image quality from known-excellent gear. For me, that meant a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L loaded with a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R bodies and three lenses, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.
 
Yes, I also have the f/4 versions of all three of these lenses and carrying those would have meant a lighter load. While the f/2.8 aperture was not important to me for the amount of light it could take in, I like the lights in a cityscape to become starbursts and wider aperture lenses typically render more prominent starbursts than their narrower max aperture counterparts when used at narrow apertures. The f/2.8 lenses were my choice primarily for that reason alone. The overall focal length range covered by these lenses was ideal for my pursuit. I used all three (and I had the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens in the car if needed).
 
For support, I used the RRS TVC-34 and RRS TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripods with RRS BH-55 and RRS BH-40 Ball Heads used respectively. Really Right Stuff gear is among the best made and these particular models are simply excellent.
 
While the World Trade Center building attack being memorialized by the Tribute in Light was extremely tragic, the lights themselves are beautiful and add a great element to the New York City skyline. On each September 11th, when the Tribute in Light becomes visible in the night sky, south Manhattan and the New York City perimeter become especially inspiring for photographers. I no longer remember the 4:15 AM arrive-home time and how tired this trip made me the next day, but I'll long remember the time there and the images captured, reinforcing the "Never Forget" slogan.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/16/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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