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« on: May 17, 2012, 03:26:01 PM »
Interesting idea, but not for me. I just see After Effects masks everywhere rather than the skaters' abilities.
« on: April 21, 2012, 12:03:22 PM »
This has the potential to be a fantastic image, but unfortunately it's been Flickr-"fine art"-ified to death (or red-and-blue-ification if you prefer). There's a weird texture at the bottom which doesn't really do anything for the image at all, unless it's there in an attempt to mask the strange blurring/feathering which itself seems to be a disguise for poor compositing. It also doesn't help that it's yet another levitation image, but that's not obvious so it's easier to ignore.
Shame, because the lighting, pose, make up and costuming are all fantastic. I love the splash of light on the lid of the little basket.
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:41:21 AM »
Very nice. I'd like to see it a little more tightly composed and without the random shiny line in the background. And perhaps the light just a teeny bit closer to get the light to just barely spill under the eye to silhouette the eyelashes.
Love the texture, the feeling of serenity, the non-afraidness of shadows.
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:24:02 PM »
I watched this on the main site when it went up... I think it's worth the watch, but I'm a Canon guy. I guess it's like Apple fans watching a keynote recording. I'm still annoyed that it cuts off during Larry Thorpe's segment. I was enjoying that bit, but I'm a gear nerd with a physics degree, so I probably am the only one.
I LOVED his talk on the tech in the C300. That camera was genius.
When you see this, you realise why the 1DC is twice the price of the 1DX. We thought the 1DX was insanely awesome, wondering how all those features fit in one small(ish) body, and then they add 4K video readout and processing! It's a relatively small iteration from a consumer standpoint, but I bet it's HUGE from the engineering side.
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:17:14 PM »
I agree entirely. It was surprising to hear that people spend a lot of money on entering film festivals when they don't have basics like audio and framing down. Still, I guess these festivals have to make money somehow!
I like the sound of the no-risk, double-or-nothing entry method though. Might look into that at some point.
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:05:02 PM »
That's an incredibly broad question. What type of work do you do? What genre? Where are you based? Do you have plans to move into a particular field?
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:28:24 AM »
It's alright. Crisp eyes, good fur texture, nice background separation. I like the intensity of the gaze. Not a whole lot to say about it really, just a fairly solid wildlife shot.
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:59:41 AM »
Good one-light portrait, but needs catchlights in the eyes. With the relatively deep focus on the face there's no obvious focal point and you end up glancing around the lips, nose, hairlight, never really settling on anything. If the idea is to use the lips as a focal point instead of the eyes, they need more attention drawing to them by shallow focus and/or makeup. As it is, it's an interesting semi-abstract shot but doesn't really get a second look. A low power gridded strobe or ringlight would give it that sparkle and kick it needs.
I'd also clone out those random bokeh in the top left, they're a little distracting.
« on: April 15, 2012, 03:09:16 PM »
Have you got the G+ submission system worked out yet? Just need a hashtag, really. Once people start seeing it in their streams, they might join in. You get a good potential snowball effect on there that Flickr doesn't give you (= lots more eyes on TDV!).
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:14:20 PM »
The light and the car is sexy as hell- look at all that dynamic range and smooth rolloff.
Unfortunately the background is distinctly unflattering and quite distracting.
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:56:18 AM »
Looks good! Pretty much confirms all my thoughts thus far, having been in many of these shooting scenarios. The video one isn't going to be pretty though, by all the reports of aliasing and moiré on the D800.
Looking forward to when I can eventually upgrade to the 5D3! Love the idea of the silent shutter for my movie set and recording studio shoots. My 40D is a little bit noisy, even with the silent shooting turned on.
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:27:53 AM »
Very nice. Whether in-camera or photoshopped, still a good capture. She's so focused on her bubble...
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:25:20 AM »
Solid picture. Personally I'd prefer it more low-key, getting all the little details of the fur in rather than bleaching bits out. But that's just a personal preference. The focus also seems a little skewed, like tilt-shifted almost, but maybe that's just me.
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:53:01 AM »
Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, I love it. I deleted a load of gushing praise I had for it before I posted because I started rambling, hahaha. It is a gorgeous shot, but everything can be improved, I believe. And not a lot of point in posting your pics online if people don't give honest critique.
Of course, knowing who to believe and who to disregard is another matter. I'd probably say that you should only believe anything Zack Arias, Chase Jarvis and Joe McNally tell you, haha. Ignore everyone else, including me!
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:44:43 AM »
I've been thinking about this move, and I get the sneaking suspicion that it's because Canon are going to introduce a mirrorless into that sub-$800 range and don't want second-hand Rebel sales cannibalising that market. They've killed it before anyone really had a chance to react or stock up. The T4i is pretty much guaranteed to be $900-$1100 if the rumours about its prowess prove true, which also makes sense because with the Rebel (EOS XXXD) range now at $1k and the 5D (EOS XD)now at $3.5k, that leaves space for the 60D and 7D to be rolled into a single new EOS 70D (EOS XXD) body that slots in around $2k, right in the middle where it should be.
The mirrorless then goes for around $750 for those who want a cheaper Rebel alternative, small/quiet second body, or backup. Then the PowerShot range goes down from there. The G1X is currently around $800, and with its larger sensor, bulky body and beefy lens, I think it's a foray into a precursor to the mirrorless range which'll slot in at the same price point. The G1X (Or G2X) may then drop down to the $450ish range, more in keeping with the G11/G12 line.