All we need is Ben Stiller running down the stairs and it’ll be like the movie, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
I drove out to Skyline Drive recently to catch the sunrise. Almost didn’t make it, my alarm was set for 4AM but when it went off the volume was a little low so I didn’t wake up! The radio kept playing and around 4:30 I woke up and realized what had happened. My plan was to leave the house at 4:30, so I was a little late!
Looks like a new DPP version 126.96.36.199 has been released, at least in Canada. In the Canon Rumors forum a user posted a message with the link to the new version of DPP on the Canadian website. Decided to test the same images I tested before to see if the bug in DPP when processing raw images from the Canon 5D Mark III is still there.
On August 23rd, 2011, the Washington DC area was hit with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake (Washington Post article about the earthquake along with a Huffington Post article about the earthquake). Needless to say, we aren’t used to earthquakes in Washington DC! Most offices and companies sent people home afterwards, wanting to make sure the structure of the office buildings were ok for employees to return to work.
The last set of raw sample images from the new Canon 5D Mark III turned out to be very popular. (Low ISO samples here and High ISO samples here) Last month the site shared 124G worth of data to the web. The low ISO samples I wasn’t totally happy with because a lot of them were of the tulips in Washington, DC, which were nice, but with the really low ISO and not a lot of sun light there was motion blur. So I’ve shot some more raw sample images and are sharing them for others to see.
Recently I was looking for a photo messenger bag to purchase. It seemed like all the ones I kept finding just weren’t the correct size for what I wanted. I wanted one where I could fit a camera attached to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens into the bag and also put in another large lens or two. Ideally, one where I could have two bodies with lenses attached in the bag. Finally I came across this bag, and here’s my review of the Tamrac Photo Messenger 9 Camera Bag, Model 469.
The last test I did on the Canon 5D Mark III camera to check its Auto White Balance I got some people commenting that I should shoot raw, that the result I got was to be expected from AWB. I’ve shot raw ever since my first DSLR would allow me to, that was the Canon 10D. But sometimes it would be nice if the AWB would work better than it does because just shooting raw or shooting a custom white balance, still doesn’t help you from having to manually adjust just about every image. So an AWB comparison test was in order.
Purchase the Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral print directly from the artist.
Purchase the Cherry Blossoms at the Washington National Cathedral print alone or framed through Fine Art America.
The Tidal Basin around the Jefferson Memorial isn’t the only place in Washington, DC that has beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom every spring. There are lots of little areas here and there that have cherry tress that also bloom. One area is the Washington National Cathedral. On the side of the Cathedral is a garden area with a bench outside a stone wall. Over this bench is a large tree that was just full of blossoms. Made for a very interesting artistic HDR picture.
Did some tests to check how well the Auto White Balance works on the new Canon 5D Mark III. Raw sample images are provided along with JPEGs processed through DPP Ver 188.8.131.52. Canon cameras always seem to have a hard time with AWB and looks like the new Canon 5D Mark III is no exception to this fact. I tested three different bulbs (2 compact flourescent and 1 incandescent) with both a white and black background. I tested AWB, custom white balance, and also tungsten for the incandescent bulb. The CFL bulbs were rated at 2700K and 6500K for their color temperature. All shots were taken at ISO 400 with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens set to aperture priority mode f/5.6. Shutter speed was allowed to adjust to whatever the metering system decided it needed to be since the bulbs were of different brightness.