This image was created with the hand held Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, the 2XIII teleconverter (hand held at 400mm), and the Canon EOS-5D Mark III. ISO 200. Thought that I was at ISO 400….: 1/400 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode.
AI Servo Rear Focus AF active at the moment of exposure. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to see the spectacular larger version.
Is the EOS-5D Mark III–2X III Teleconverter–70-200f/2.8L IS II a Viable Combination?
In a word. Yes. The combination is incredibly sharp. In addition, I tried it a bit for flight photography with somewhat mixed results in very difficult conditions; there were no hangers. I am not sure how I got to ISO 200 but I love the end result above. See the animated GIF below for image clean-up details. NIK Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast at 30% and White Neutralizer at 60%.
Image clean-up involved a combination of Clone Stamp Tool and Patch Tool work to execute the Divide and Conquer strategy and a series of flopped and warped Quick Masks that were fine tuned with Layer Masks. All as described in detail in Digital Basics and Robert’s O’Toole’s APTATS I (Quick Masks) and APTATS II (Layer Masks). I first lightened the image during ACR conversion and then again using the Curves filter in NIK Color Efex Pro. As soon as I saw the shade of blue water I knew that White Neutralizer would make it sing.
As regular readers know NIK’s Color Efex Pro 4 is now an integral part of my workflow. Click here for an excellent NIK Color Efex Pro Tutorial. And remember, you can save 15% on all NIK products by clicking here and entering BAA in the Promo Code box at check-out. Then hit Apply to see your savings. You can download a trial copy that will work for 15 days and allow you to create full sized images.
The BIRDS AS ART 1st International Bird Photography Competition has been going great guns. Additional folks are getting in on the fun each day. And many folks who had previously finished their entries have been taking advantage of the extension by uploading even stronger images. Thanks to those who responded to my Hand of Man pleas; it is now one of our strongest categories. While each of the following categories has some very strong images there is still room for improvement: Small in the Frame/Environmental, Pleasing Blurs, Youth, and especially Captive (photographs of captive, zoo, pet, or rehab birds).
Important Contest News
While you may upload images until 11:59pm eastern time on April 30, 2012, the very last day for registering for the contest and for making eligible B&H purchases will be Monday, April 23, 2012. This will give us time to process your registrations and verify your B&H purchases and will give you time to upload your images successfully. Good luck to all.
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Below is a list of the gear used to create the images in today’s post. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2XIII teleconverter. I also use it a lot–depending on the situation–with the 1.4X III TC.
Canon EOS-5D Mark III. Man, I am in love with this camera body. Both the files and the AF system are superb. I cannot wait to get to Morro Bay.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
The Lens Align Mark II. I use the Lens Align Mark II pretty much religiously to micro-adjust all of my gear an average of once a month and always before a major trip. Enjoy our free comprehensive tutorial here.
BreezeBrowser. I do not see how any digital photographer can exist without this program.