N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A: Blog https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog en-us (C) Jean-Daniel Gagne. No Reproduction is allowed and none will be tolarated. (N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) Sun, 03 Jun 2018 11:08:00 GMT Sun, 03 Jun 2018 11:08:00 GMT https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/img/s/v-5/u462107579-o621232720-50.jpg N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A: Blog https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog 120 120 NOUVEL ATELIER DANS LE SUD-OUEST AMÉRICAIN DU 21 OCT. AU 1er NOV. 2018 https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2018/3/nouvel-atelier-dans-le-sud-ouest-am-ricain-21oct-au-1er-nov-2018 The Beginning at Sunrise, UTThe Beginning at Sunrise, UTDétails sur l'atelier de Photographie dans le Sud-Ouest Américain: http://www.naturephotographycanada.com/sud-ouest-oct-2017

 

Les détails sont maintenant finalisés. Nous partirons le 21 octobre pour la tournée des parcs.

Je donnerai un atelier de photographie de paysage dans cette magnifique région.

 

voici le lien->  Ode to the artist, AZOde to the artist, AZ

 

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Je sais tout... ou presque ;-) https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2018/3/je-sais-tout-ou-presque Samedi le 10 mars, je partais pour la ville reine dans le but de suivre une formation de juge en photographie donnée par la CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art). Ce fut une journée fantastique durant laquelle une formation très bien structurée nous a été enseignée.

Il arrive à l’occasion que je sois invité comme juge par différents clubs de photographie et cette formation me permettra d’être plus juste car elle complète parfaitement l’expérience accumulée au fil des années passées sur le terrain. 

Somme toute, une journée fort bien investie!

 

JD

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EXPOSITION 2018: NATURE SAUVAGE, LA VIE, L’EAU ET LE FEU https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2017/12/exposition-2018-nature-sauvage-la-vie-l-eau-et-le-feu Northern Gannet - Ballerina - Bonaventure Island, QCNorthern Gannet - Ballerina - Bonaventure Island, QC

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Nouvelle

exposition du

4 janvier

jusqu’au

31 janvier 

2018,

 

je tiendrai une exposition solo au 2e étage de la boutique Lozeau Full Moon Rise, UTFull Moon Rise, UTDétails sur l'atelier de Photographie dans le Sud-Ouest Américain: http://www.naturephotographycanada.com/sud-ouest-oct-2017 de la Plaza St-Hubert. Le thème sera Nature Sauvage: la Vie, l’eau et le feu où seront présentées des photographies animalières d’amérique du nord, ainsi que des paysages de l’Islande et du Sud-Ouest américain.

 

Bienvenue à ceux qui voudront se joindre à nous lors du vernissage le 18 janvier de 18h à 21h.

 

adresse: Boutique Lozeau, 6229, rue St-Hubert, Montreal. (coin de St-Hubert et Bellechasse)
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An other great trip to the US South West with a great group of participant https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2017/10/an-other-great-trip-to-the-us-south-west-with-a-great-group-of-participant

Beside the fluke with Air Canada 6 hours delay for our take off, we had a great trip to the South West photographer's wonderland. Landing in Vegas after a 5 hours flight, we took our 4X4s to head north to Zion, our first destination in this workshop tour.

All in all, we did ___ destination from Zion to Page, AZ. We did shoot evening and morning at Bryce Canyon where we saw a superbe full moon rise over the Canyon and then a stop to my favorite coffe shop up on the cliff of a powerful landscape, before going on top of Boulder Mountain to shoot a forest of yellow aspen trees to end up in Capitol Reef. The following days saw Goblin Valley, Canyonland with a magnificient sunset at Dead Horse Point, the early trail to shoot Delicate Arch, then shoot other arches in the sunset. 

 

We did the the mysterious trail to the house on Fire, then a scary switchback road to Monument Valley which we shot at snset and sunrise. Even though, it is not the best subject to photograph, we could not pass the Grand Canyon without taing a few shots along the south rim. We enede out trip by staying in Page to photograph Horseshoe bend at sunset and Antelope Canyon twice since it was so popular with the participants.

 

All in all, we did nearly 2 000 Km in 11 days, with lots of keepers !

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Light !

 

Jean-Daniel

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QUELQUES TRUCS POUR DÉVELOPPER LES FICHIERS RAW https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2017/5/quelques-trucs-pour-developper-les-fichiers-raw

Le post-traitement d’une photographie fait partie intégrante du processus photographique. Vous photographiez en format JPEG? Alors, le post-traitement sera fait automatiquement par votre appareil, ce qui ne vous empêchera pas de faire des retouches par la suite. Par contre, si vous utilisez le format RAW, c’est vous qui devrez en faire le traitement. Voici donc quelques balises utiles pour obtenir un résultat optimal.

Le RAW est comme le négatif de votre photo et a une apparence fade. Il offre par contre plus de possibilités que le format JPEG pour ce qui est des réglages après la prise de vue, ce qui est utile en photographie aviaire où les situations sont souvent imprévisibles et difficiles. Quelque soit le logiciel utilisé pour le post-traitement, la règle d’or est de traiter les photos avec modération afin que le résultat soit fidèle au sujet – sinon, il en résulte souvent des images trop saturées ou d’une netteté exagérée. En outre, une photo ratée ou floue pourra rarement devenir un chef-d’œuvre. Investissez vos efforts sur vos meilleures photos..

Pour traiter vos fichiers RAW, vous pouvez débuter en utilisant le logiciel fourni avec votre appareil ou en recourant à des logiciels populaires tels que Lightroom, Photoshop ou Photoshop Elements. Parmi les nombreux logiciels de post-traitement disponibles sur le marché, aucun n'offre de recette miracle pouvant s'appliquer à toutes les photographies. Les amateurs qui n'ont pas d'expérience avec ce type de logiciels peuvent débuter avec un traitement de base et apprendre à l’adapter à chaque situation.

 

Recadrage

Tout en faisant attention de ne pas cadrer trop serré, appliquez-vous à positionner l’oiseau en cadrant de façon à obtenir à l'avant un espace libre équivalant à environ deux fois l’espace derrière le sujet, ce qui aura pour effet de donner de la perspective. Et ce n’est pas parce que votre appareil photo utilise le format 3:2 ou 4:3 que vous devez terminer avec le même format. Vous pourriez recadrer au format 8 x 10, 5x6, 5x7 ou au format carré.

 

L’équilibre des blancs

Vérifiez l’apparence générale de l’image afin qu’elle ne soit ni trop bleue ni trop jaune en réglant la température de couleur (chaud-froid) à l’aide du curseur.

 

Luminosité équilibrée

L’histogramme montre sur une courbe l’exposition de toutes les parties de la scène. Une image avec une exposition équilibrée correspond à une courbe centrée. Dans l’histogramme, l’extrême gauche représente les tons noirs, l’extrême droite, les tons clairs et le centre, les tons moyens. Chaque photo est particulière, et il y aura tantôt plus de tons clairs, tantôt plus de ton foncés selon la couleur du sujet et la luminosité environnante. Corrigez la luminosité en déplaçant la courbe vers la gauche ou vers la droiteettentez de l’amener vers le centre.

Si l’image est surexposée, diminuez la luminosité de quelques degrés afin de ramener l’histogramme vers le centre. Il n’est pas nécessaire de le centrer parfaite ment mais plutôt de corriger les extrêmes dans le sombre et le trop lumineux. Si l’image est trop sombre, augmentez la luminosité un peu, mais sans exagérer, car une hausse trop élevée risque de créer du bruit numérique dans la photo.

 

Contraste, tons clairs et tons foncés

Augmentez le contraste de +25 à +30 %, ce qui corrigera les tons extrêmes comme le blanc et le noir afin d’éliminer l’effet mat. Diminuez ensuite les tons clairs (hautes lumières)de 50 à 75 %; s’il y a beaucoup de blanc ou de pâle dans la photo, ce réglage permettra de récupérer les détails dans les zones comme le plumage, le ciel et les nuages. Augmentez les tons foncés de 50 % pour faire ressortir des détails dans les ombres.

 

Les blancs et les noirs

Renoncez à l’ajustement des blancs à moins qu’ils ne paraissent gris. Dans ce cas, augmentez le niveau des blancs de quelques degrés en faisant attention de ne pas perdre les détails. Le niveau des noirs sert à ajouter de la séparation et à enlever un peu de fade aux éléments noirs. Diminuez la luminosité de 5 à 10 % dans les noirs si les zones sombres sont fades ou grises ou s’il y a trop de bruit dans ces zones. Surveillez votre histogramme afin qu’il n’y ait pas trop d’excédent aux extrémités.

 

La clarté 

La clarté agit sur le contraste des tons moyens dans la photo. L’augmenter de 25 % est un très bon début et conserve l’aspect naturel de la photo tout en augmentant son impact.

 

La vibrance et la saturation

Ces deux réglages sont similaires. La saturation augmente l’intensité de toutes les couleurs. La vibrance influe uniquement sur les couleurs les moins saturées. On appliquera une augmentation de 5 à 10 % pour l’une ou l’autre, pas plus. C’est souvent dans la saturation que les photographes exagèrent.

La netteté

La netteté agit sur la périphérie de toutes les formes comprises dans la photo.

La netteté est composée de quatre éléments : 

• le gain règle l'intensité de la netteté;

• le rayon, soit la distance autour du contour des éléments dans la photo, devrait demeurer sous 1,5pixel;

• les détails définissent comment les choses seront prises en compte par la netteté. Bas : seuls les contours très prononcés seront touchés. Haut : la moindre ligne dans la photo sera touchée;

• le masquage protège les plageslisses de l’effet de la netteté, qu’on voudra conserver douce.

En général, on peut utiliser un gain de 60 avec un rayon de 0,7pixel, des détails de 25 et un masquage de 0 si l’ISO n’est pas élevé, et un gain par tranches de 10 au-delà d’un ISO de 1250 pour les appareils récents.

L’élimination du bruit numérique

Appliquez au besoin par tranche de 10 %, mais attention de ne pas exagérer car cela enlève de la netteté.

 

En conclusion

Tous ces réglages peuvent être appliqués sur la totalité de la photo ou uniquement sur des éléments spécifiques grâce au pinceau, au filtre gradué électronique ou à l’outil radial.

 

À noter que la plupart des logiciels de développement sont utilisables gratuitement pour une période d’essai de 30 jours. 

 

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) adobe development jpeg lightroom raw vs https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2017/5/quelques-trucs-pour-developper-les-fichiers-raw Sun, 28 May 2017 20:03:10 GMT
OUT THE SONY A7R II, WELCOME CANON 5D MK IV : My experience and thoughts on the Canon 5D MK IV https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2017/4/my-experience-and-thoughts-on-the-canon-5d-mk-iv There are times when stars are aligned... That was last Chrismass vacation period when my Pro rep offered me a $500 discount on a brand new 5D MK IV. And after heighteen months working with the A7R II for landscape photography, I was considering it's limitations and issues: the identified zone in focus which is not quite right, a very poor battery life which has been a problem in Iceland last September even though I had 4 batteries and 2 chargers, the lack of joystick to choose the focus points, the loosening Metabones IV in colder conditions (below 60F) and the weird yellish/greenish and strange sky colors in certain situations to name a few.

If I was rich, I would have maybe kept the A7R II as a backup for landscape photography, but the colors were still a problem for me and I am not rich...

I have been using the 5D IV for nearly 4 months now. No, it does not have 42mpix, but 30 are plenty to print big. There are a lot of details in the files, colors are perfect, and I am back with a great menu system, bigger LCD, superb autofocus, and 7i/s. The camera allows for rapid changes in the setups when these are needed. I love Canon colors in their Pro and Semi-Pro bodies. They are just right. The dynamic range of the files are also great and a lot better than the 5D III (almost 30%+), and the noise level at ISO 1600 and 3200 is low compared to past 5D cameras. These ISO level I use when the 5D IV is used as my wildlife backup or for anything else than landscapes. I foresee some great results with the starlights shots or moorises.

One cool thing with the camera is the the new touch screen which becomes very useful for still shots on a tripod or video when changing focused elements and seeing the focus passing from one to the other very smoothly: that is a plus. This screen is like a smart phone for many actions.

The 5D IV is proven to be a very solid, reliable and well thought camera with enhanced capabilities and it feels right in the hand and well balanced when used with super tele lenses. So far, I would not go back to the A7R II at all.

Best of life,

JD

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20 DAYS IN ICELAND - A Photography Challenge PART 1 https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2016/10/20-days-in-iceland---a-photography-challenge Iceland, on the road to LandmannalaugarIceland, on the road to Landmannalaugar

It's has been almost a month now, that I was returning from my long planned photographic adventure in Iceland. After many months of preparation, route planning and subject research, I was always wondering how the weather would be influencing our photography opportunities.

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Well, let's say that weather has a big impact on your day to day planning in Iceland; in fact I should be talking about half day to half day planning since the weather changes continuously. Rain and high winds were the main obstruction to our plans. Over the 20 days, it did rain half the time. We did experience high winds for the third of the time we were there but we managed to shoot anyway with patience and get good results. On two occasions, we could not shoot at all due to very high winds. These very high wind days were for reviewing taken photographs since we could not drive with our 4X4 camper because it was too dangerous to drive it.

Iceland, a country of many facesIceland, a country of many faces

But grey days and winds do provide dramatic skies and other opportunities. That is why Iceland is so interesting. Beside the weather, it is the nature that impresses and strikes the eyes in Iceland. On this volcanic island, nature is at it's best. Since the population is rather small with 330,000 people, what impressed us is usuallu the wide spaces of land. Than, the nature's creation with it's multitude of rivers, falls, volcanoes, it's greens even in automn, it's colored lichen in mid september, it's numerous glaciers, thermal rivers, the sheeps and the famous icelandic horses.

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Iceland is a photographer's paradize but can also be a photographer's nightmare, so be well prepared. And be mobile. I would recommend a 4x4 camper for moving around the island. This type of vehicule is expensive but allows you to go on every roads (F roads included) and allows you to be independant for night camping and feeding since you can camp for the night practically everywhere in the country, and allows you to be independent for food since it's equipment includes gas burners, fridge, sink, etc. So you save on hotels and restaurants. For the lenght of our trip, we had food in restaurants in 3 occasions. A cold night in Landmannalaugar, IcelandA cold night in Landmannalaugar, Iceland

this adventure has been one of the most interesting I had to organize and execute. With more than 5,000 photographs, we manage to drive 4,500km and cover all the planned subjects. But even with 20 days, you cannot cover everything. That is why a return from my part to Iceland is something that I will have to plan again.

JD

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An expensive new Canon 5D MK IV https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2016/8/an-enpensive-new-canon-5d-mk-iv Canon has just launch it's new 5D serie camera, The 5D MK IV.

With 30.4 mpix, 4K video, dual pixels sensor, 4K video, wifi and GPS, this new camera is a slight improvement in terms of technology compared to the previous MK III version.

I am really uncertain about investing in this camera. In fact, the price of the MK IV is at par with the 5DS at 50 mpix. At $4,500 CAD, it is more expensive  than the Sony A7R II with it's super backlit sensor of 42 mpix by about $700.  And more expensive by about $1K compared to the previous version 5D III.

For now, I will keep reading about it and wait until a discounted price comes up.

Too bad...

JDG

 

December 2016 Addendum.

I shall receive a 5D MK IV in a few days for testing.

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May 21 2016, Prochaine Conférence \ Next Conference https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2016/4/may-21-2016-prochaine-conf-rence-next-conference

 

Je donnerai prochainement une conférence sur la photographie de paysage le samedi 21 mai au Club Photo Mauricien.

 

I will soon be giving a conference about Landscape Photography on Saturday May 21st at the Club Photo Mauricien.

 

 

 

Les coordonnées sont / Coordinates are:

Heure: 9ham à 12h

Club Photo Mauricien

Salle Régionale - Poly 303

Maison de la culture

1425, Place de l'Hotel-de-ville

Trois-Rivières, QC

 

​J'ai bien hâte de rencontrer les photographes de la Région de la Mauricie!

I am looking forward to meet the Photographers from the Mauricie Region.

 

JD

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Still Working on the Spirit Bear adventure https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2016/3/still-working-on-the-spirit-bear-adventure

 

 

 

When I come back from a good photography expedition, I usually do not rush to work on all my photographs.

I keep some for a later time; a time where I could have a distance from the moment I took the photograph and where I could live again the moment as I develop the raw file from memory.

My expedition on the British Columbia west coast reminds me some of great memories: the great humpback whales, beautiful sea landscapes, luxurious forests, acrobatic bald eagles, the great grizzly bear, the black bear and the Sacred Spirit Bear.

Here is the superb Kitasoo legend about the Spirit bear:

This legend starts ten thousand years ago when the world was covered by frozen glaciers. The glaciers were covered in ice and snow. No one knows how long it had been like that, but the first story recorded was of Raven, The Creator.

In this Kitasoo First Nations story of Raven, long after he had descended from the heavens and created The Green. Raven wanted something to remind him of the Long White Time of before. So he chose Bear, the keeper of dreams and memory to help him out. Raven sought Black Bear out. He didn’t have to go far, as he is always seen as a constellation of the stars in the night sky.

Raven made a pact with Black Bear. Black Bear agreed after he was given huge assurances from Raven, that he could live in peace and safety for all time, by letting one out of every ten Black Bears turn white. This was for a reminder for Raven of the misery of the great ice age of before. The White Bears to this day are still called Moksgm’ol, by the Kitasoo and T’simshian people.

Now, in the Great Bear Rain Forest of the Pacific Northwest, Kermodes still roam. Only now, their population is down to about four hundred. We would like to acknowledge the many efforts by private, provincial and federal government organizations that have stepped in to ensure the continuing habitat of the Great Bear Rain Forest in the Pacific North West, home to the Sacred White Spirit Bear.

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I am late to report on my SouthWest 2015 trip - Day 8th https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/9/i-am-late-to-report-on-my-southwest-2015-trip---day-8th I am there, right now, at the Grand Canyon. We are on our 8th day of our Utah-Arizona tour. Usually, I am there to give a workshop but this year, it is with my wife that I am doing the tour. A more relaxing speed that allows me to do some scouting on new locations.

 After a full moon rise and eclipse last night, a soft morning in Monument valley. This shot is about an ordinary Mesa but the light was great and so were the clouds.

 

cheers.

 

JD

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USING THE A7R II WITH CANON LENSES - Part 2 Shooting landscapes and noise https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/8/using-the-a7r-ii-with-canon-lenses---part-2-shooting-landscapes-and-noise I did not have much time yet to test in details the new A7R II. But I did have a bit of time to get out and shoot On two occasions.

Right up front I should say that I particularly do not like the A7R II back LCD to review the pictures. Maybe it is a question of fiddling the right setup for the screen... but I miss the 3.2 in screen of the Canon 5D III. One more thing about the A7R II LCD: just like the old D800E, if you zoom up till the max, your photograph gets blurred. This means the LCD resolution is not wide enough to cope with the file size of the A7R II and it becomes difficult to verify on the field if your shot is sharp or not. So don't zoom in the picture to the max and find your sweet spot.

A7R MK II.         Test 1 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ f/16A7R MK II. Test 1 with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ f/16

A7R II, Canon 70-200mm handheld with five axis steady shot, at 70mm, f/16,1/30s, ISO 200

On the photograph side, I am quite impressed with the results. Lots of details. And it will be a bit of adaptation for me to be able to focus at the right place for the shots I want in focus from front to infinity. Today, I have tried the focus peaking. Using the camera at various apertures, the focus peaking really helped knowing and finding the perfect manual focusing to get the best results.

To use the focus peaking (I am using the yellow color to identify zones in focus), you have to put your lens in manual mode and set the focus peaking on. It works well although you have to find the right front and back equilibrium with the peaking when you want your pictures to be at the hyperfocal.

A7R II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, at 42mm, f/16, 1/26s, ISO 50, polariser, NDGrad 3s,tops no steady shot, tripod and wired trigger

The focus peaking works particularily well with the Canon lenses. The two first shots were done with autofocus at about one third distance from the front. The next ones were done with focus peaking.

Also, the next shot was done in a darker area and post processing involved getting details in the shadows almost at 100%. The results are quite impressive with details coming out and no real noise in dark areas and shadows. 

A7R MK II.  Test 3 with Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS @ f/16A7R MK II. Test 3 with Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS @ f/16

A7R II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, at 45mm, 1/15s, f/16, ISO 200, tripod, wired trigger, no steady shot.

ThIs shot was done at ISO 200. I like this one that shows the depht of field and the details. What I like to call the little 3D effect in a photograph. Here the A7R II is performing.

The next two shot were done at ISO 1600 with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L. A7R MK II Test 4 with Canon 11-24mm f/4L @ f/16A7R MK II Test 4 with Canon 11-24mm f/4L @ f/16Testing the A7R MK II with Canon lenses and Metabone Smart Adapter IV.

A7R II, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, at 12MM, 1/1600s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, tripod, wired trigget, no steady shot.

A7R II, Canon 11-24mm f/4L, at 11mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, tripod, wired trigger, no steady shot.

As you can see, the noise is practically unexistant

My next post will be about shooting in low light at ISO 1600 and 3200.

Best of light,

Jean-Daniel (JD)

 

FINAL NOTES: After a year and and half shooting with the A7RII, I have concluded that the camera was not good enough for me. The weird colors in many situations that I tried to correct and sometimes was not able to do so, the flimzy size, the poor battery life (was especially annoying in Iceland) and the lack of button to manoeuver and some other annoyances like a loosening Metabones IV adapter in colder weather not recognizing my Canon lenses were enough for me to sell the camera. I then acquire a Canon 5D MK IV and the 5DS R for my landscapes photography and as a backup to my 1DX II for my wildlife and sport photography.

 

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) A7RII CANON METABONE NOISE SHARPNESS https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/8/using-the-a7r-ii-with-canon-lenses---part-2-shooting-landscapes-and-noise Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:48:50 GMT
USING THE SONY A7R II WITH CANON LENS - Part 1 - First encounter https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/8/using-the-sony-a7r-ii-with-canon-lens---part-1

I received my new A7R II last yesterday around 6 pm. It's dark a bit outside since it's been raining all day. I am a bit nervous about the results after reading acclaiming and bitching posts on the Web about the camera... Focus problems, noise... First thing first: put the New Metabone IV (v2) on and try the Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS on. This lens was not yet listed in Fred Miranda's list of compatible lenses for autofocus. Camera on... Setup time, zone and a few things like focus point to be centered and small to start with... Easy to do. The camera comes with a charger and two batteries...good.

Aim at a few things inside lighted with soft house lighting... Very interesting, because it's pretty quick to focus at various things. I had the the first A7R before and it's day and night in terms of focus speed and it's not hunting like the first one (A7R). Checked the results... It's all sharp where I focused. I am shooting wide open to start with. I would not say it's as fast to focus as my 5D III, but it's really not far from it. I should do comparison test later on that.

I go out and it's very cloudy; dark clouds so the lighting is not great. The autofocus works perfectly. I try a few ISO from 4000 down to 320 to check the camera stabilization system. It works ok. It's certainly no more than 4 stops. I shoot at 70mm and get sharp shots at 1/15s if I stay very stable but I get more good results at 1/25s. Still for the first time and for a quick test, I am happy so far. 

What I discover though, is the camera freezes the viewfinder for about 1s while it is saving the file after the shot. So it's not going to replace my 1DX ;)

In hand, the A7R II feels better than the A7R. A little more chunky, a little more heavier. The  camera noise level while taking a photograph is lower than before. Less clunky.

The photograph noise level seem to be fair for a 42mpix camera. My first impression is that it is similar for it's presence, to the 5D III. More to come on that. They forecast rain again today but sunny tomorrow. So I will do some more tests tomorrow.

In conclusion for the first day: good in hand, fast focus, the camera stabilization system seems to work well and noise level does not scare me.(and I am very picky on this one. So much that I disregarded the 5DSR after testing a few shots in store)

SEE USING A7R II WITH CANON LENSES - PART II

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) A7R A7R2 A7RII AUTOFOCUS CANON NOISE landscape lenses metabone_IV photography smart https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/8/using-the-sony-a7r-ii-with-canon-lens---part-1 Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:55:11 GMT
Grizzly Bears Photograph "UNIQUE PRIVILEGE" is doing it again ! https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/7/grizzly-bears-photograph-unique-privilege-is-doing-it-again I just received the latest edition of the Canadian Geographic and oh Surprise! The have made a

3/4page print of my shot of two grizzlies with one scratching the neck of the other. The title is

"Unique privilege" and it's one of my favorite shots in the Great Bear rainforest. And a surprise

doesn't happen without a second one. One of my friend photographer told me this photograph is

actually exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa!

Special favor.Special favor.Exhibited at Canadian nature Museum 2015

This particular photograph made its way to the final round of the World Wildlife Photographer of

the Year in London, En. and was published in full page in the Canadian Wildlife Foundation

magazine.

I'm Happy!

J.D.

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) Canadian Foundation Geographic Grizzly WWPY Wildlife https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2015/7/grizzly-bears-photograph-unique-privilege-is-doing-it-again Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:55:16 GMT
In the preparation for my next adventure with the Grizzlies in the BC Rain Forest https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2014/8/in-the-preparation-for-my-next-adventure-with-the-grizzlies-in-the-bc-rain-forest                                 Flying Fur !, BCFlying Fur !, BCPublished in the Canadian Geographic Special Edition "Best Wildlife Pictures 2012"
Khutzeymateen, BC

The excitement is starting to grow as I am in the preparation for an other adventure with the Grizzlies in the BC Rain Forest near Prince Rupert. Because of float planes flight restrictions, I have been given a weight limit for my gears so it's starting to be quite a challenge to choose and pack all the photo material and required clothing, especially when you don't know if it is going to be always cold or warm, if it is going to rain for 8 days or not (more certain than not).

And so I have finally chosen the photo gear I will bring on the trip: Canon 1DX & 5D III, Sony A7R+Metabones EOS adapter, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 200-400mm f/4L IS+, 16-35mm f/4L IS and 24-70mm f/4L IS. All this in a Thinktank Streetwalker Hard drive bag including Thinktank Hydrophobia for the 200-400mm and one for the 70-200mm. I am also bringing two Hyperdrive backup units, Gitzo GT3541LS, my modified Arca Swiss/RSS ballhead + Wimberley Sidekick, battery chargers, iPad, wired triggers with timers. All totalling 42 pounds. Woe.....I am allowed 60 pounds... !

So I am left with 18 pounds of clothing...not really a place to be fancy dressing... :) I may drop the A7R if need be but I would love to take landscapes with this one. We'll see.

It will be the second time I go with Ocean Light II Adventures gang. My first was in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Santuary, a BC provincial Park to protect grizzly bears. It's a remote area where only a few guided can go. Our guide Tom (whom I call the bear whisperer) is probably the best for the Khuzeymateen and for the area I am going to which is the Great bear Rain Forest, a remote area south of Prince Rupert.

Count down is started T-19 days

Stay Tuned for the stories

JD

 

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) Great bear black forest grizzly rain spirit https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2014/8/in-the-preparation-for-my-next-adventure-with-the-grizzlies-in-the-bc-rain-forest Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:09:17 GMT
Home Made filter holder for Nikon AFS 14-24mm f/2.8G https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2014/8/Filterholder-nikon-14-24mmm I just received my second Nikon afs 14-24mm f/2.8G lens. The first one was sold 2 years ago when I came back to Canon gear. Nevertheless, it is probably the best ultra wide angle lens going starting at 14mm (Roger Cicala from Lens Rental says the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS seems better wide open than the 14-24mm...). 

Before going to Nikon, I was using the 14-24mm on my Canon 5D II and was getting great results from 14 up to 20mm. That is when I ordered the SW150 filter system from LEE. I kept the whole LEE chi bang when I bought my 2 Nikon D800Es and did Tuscany using Exclusively Nikon gear (besides my Fuji X20). The problem with the SW150 is that it is a huge system: huge holder, huge filters and a heavy metal gear to put on the lens in order to use the filter. I needed a small bag just to carry the SW150 system. I came back to Canon last year for personal reasons: 5D III for landscape & 1D X for my wildlife shooting, and then this year, I bought the Sony A7R  ( which offers me the D800E results with the possibility of using my Canon lenses), for landscape shooting. 

I needed a very wide lens for my landscape and interior shots. I thought about the Canon 14mm f/2.8L II (been there), then the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (been there as well) but none offered at the same time sharpness in the corners at f/11 & f/16 and as much linear without image deformation.

So I started to think about the Nikon 14-24mm again. Oh no, not the patio door filter system again. After surfing on the Web about ideas, I came across a video by Ben Jacobson talking about making a filter holder with a Nikon 14-24mm lens cap. I ordered the material and worked on it for about 3.5 hours over two days: I took my time and took a thinking break between two steps in my "creative manufacturing" process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is the little recipe to make a home made Nikon 14-24mm filter holder that works without any vignetting:

Material you need:

1 Nikon afs 14-24mm f/2.8G spare cap (around $19.00 at BH)

1 X-PRO 105mm ring (I chose the one with the 105mm thread at BH $75)

1 X-PRO filter Holder ( $91 at BH)

1 sheet of black foam board 3/16th inch thick

Self adhesive velour or Flock paper #55 ( $20 at Edmundoptics for 2 sheets of 20x30in..yeas you can do your bedroom with the remaining)

a Dremel  with a cutting and a grinding tool

Here are the steps:

1. On the Nikon cap,

2. Use the Dremel to cut the bottom of the lens cap

3. Use the Dremel to grin the "lip" on the outside of the cap.

    Do this step by step so the ring (thread first) will fit right in but not too easily.

4. With the Dremel, grin the inside of the lens cap so it will fit easily on the lens hood. 

    Again do this step by step until the cap can cover the lens until the small wings of the hood can

    emerge a little pass the lip. This is to ensure there is no vignetting at all.

    Make sure the cap is really easy to put on the lens because we will cover the inside later.

5. Place the adhesive velour inside the cap. If it is too tight on the lens, remove and grind again.

6. Glue the adapter ring on the grinded lip of the lens cap

7. Install the filter holder on the ring.

8. There are 2 filter slots on the holder. The neutral filter will be used in the second slot (away from the lens)

    Let's create an anti-glare frame that will fit in the first slot to protect light from reflecting on the filter:

    Cut a 130mm x 130mm (or 130 wide X 140mm long) square in the foam board

    Cut a second square of 115mmx115mm centered inside the one you did, leaving about 15 mm of border all around.

    Then press the filter on two opposite borders for about 5mm with something flat to make the frame thinner,

    fitting inside the holder slot 1.

9. Insert the anti glare frame in the first slot

10. Install the kit on your 14-24mm and make sure the tip of the smaller wings of the hood can be seen when

      seen from the top, just passing or flush to the edge of the ring; this way, there won't be any vignetting

Voilà !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers all!

JD

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) 14-24 Nikon filter holder https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2014/8/Filterholder-nikon-14-24mmm Sun, 03 Aug 2014 23:31:35 GMT
An other great trip to the Southwest https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2013/11/an-other-great-trip-to-the-southwest Full moon rise in Bryce Canyon 2013 Indeed we had a great workshop trip this year in the Southwest. With the last shooting that was exceptional at the Wave in Cayote Butte North.

But first, the group I had this year was exceptional. NO they did not come at once when I was calling them for the next destination but they were motivated, creative and full of fun just like a group of old friends.

The weather has been perfect: cool, sunny but I would have taken more clouds. Water level was quite low and that was surprising. Although we did not have to see the fall at Sinawava temple in Zion, the colors were great and we had many opportunities for creative photographs as well as for the trophees.

One particular moment was whe we shot the full moon rise in Bryce. Many visitors did not know about it, but we aware and ready in the best location.

I was planning to give an other workshop in 2014 but, this kind of workshop is demanding; 12 days is quite a long trip and I might just reduce the number of destination down to Zion, Bryce and Page surroundings where we could do a few shootings like Horse shoe bent, Lower Antelope Canyon and White Pocket if we cannot do Cayote Butte North. The wave 2013The wave 2013

I am also reviewing and planning my personal trips and potential local workshops for 2014. I am thinking about giving a workshop in the Quebec province in the Fall, potentially in the Laurentiens, in the Eastern Townships or in Charlesvoix. I am evaluating the needs from people and from special requests I am receiving by emails.

 Stay tuned.

best of light!

 

jD

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) Arizona Utah landscape photography workshop https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2013/11/an-other-great-trip-to-the-southwest Sat, 23 Nov 2013 05:23:18 GMT
Back from a 14 days shooting trip in Tuscany & Venice https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2013/5/back-from-a-14-days-shooting-trip-in-tuscany-venice

This was one of the top locations I was allowed to see in my life. We left on April 19 and were back on May 1st. We stayed one week in the Tuscan country side, discovering many great back roads ( it's never a problem to get lost when you have a GPS and maps which I had), enjoying the great nature and landscapes. The views are simply spectacular ! I shot a lot of photographs which will be screened and developed in the coming weeks... well, soon. No one can go in Italy and not go to Venice. I took time to shoot on the Island of Murano where the famous glass blowers and designers execute one of the oldest art in this region. Florence was our last location before returning home. The pleasure during this trip was also about celebrating the national anniversary of the Liberation day and the Notte Bianca in Florence, a celebration of music, food and wine all night everywhere in the city until dawn.

And I took also a lot of notes on locations, views, landmarks in the country side but also I have made new discoveries in terms of landscape photography, places to stay. And let me tell you that I have found a perfect base location for a future workshop in the Tuscan country side that could take place in 2014. Stay tuned for the coming photographs and news about this location.

JD

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2013/5/back-from-a-14-days-shooting-trip-in-tuscany-venice Wed, 15 May 2013 12:08:08 GMT
Canadian Wildlife Federation choose "Winter Princess" for Calendar 2013 https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2012/11/canadian-wildlife-federation-choose-winter-princess-for-calendar-2013

I have learned yesterday that the Canadian Wildlife Federation have chosen one of my favorite pictures, a resting Snowy Owl to be used to represent January in their 2013 Calendar. The photograph entitled "Winter Princess" was shot in 2005 with a 5D and super tele with extender.

 

I am pleased to support the CWF for their work on wildlife conservation.

 

Best of light!

 

JD

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2012/11/canadian-wildlife-federation-choose-winter-princess-for-calendar-2013 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:58:32 GMT
Grizzly shot in the finals of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2012/4/grizzly-shot-in-the-finals-for-the-wildlife-photographr-of-the-year-2012 Special favor.Special favor.Exhibited at Canadian nature Museum 2015 Two days ago was my birthday. And on that morning, a surprise came in through email. A letter from the organizers of the Veolia & BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 international contest congratulating me for being chosen for the shortlist of the finals and asking for the high resolution file of one my photograph. In their email, they mentioned having received over 48,000 photographs from 98 countries.

Even if the story ends here, it made my day and week. I won't show you the picture until I get the final results around May 18th (I am superstitious).

 

Stay tuned...

 

JD

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(N A T U R E - P H O T O G R A P H Y - C A N A D A) Photographer Wildlife of the year https://www.naturephotographycanada.com/blog/2012/4/grizzly-shot-in-the-finals-for-the-wildlife-photographr-of-the-year-2012 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:45:19 GMT