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Nov 15, 2015 08:14 |  #7111

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Looking for advice/suggestions from the experts. Zeroed in on this Kingfisher at a distance of about 30 to 35 feet waiting for him to fly. When he does fly I press the button and hope for the best. With the speed that it all happens and being that close, he's hard to track.

Shooting JPEG, Ai Servo, Zone AF, from my vehicle with the lens resting on a piece of foam pipe insulation attached to the window.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone would have suggestions as how to improve on my technique.

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My 2 cents:
In the first image the focus stayed on the left side top wood rail. I can't tell where critical focus fell in the second one but the left wing tip is definitely outside the dof given the SS.

I would suggest, setting AF Point Switching to +2, First and second priority to Focus. Also, possible move to full 65pt zone with auto PT selection=off. I am not suggesting single point t or expansion because in the truck you have limited mobility as you describe. . Lastly, make sure heat is off, and all the hot air escapes before shooting. Otherwise it will be muddy from heat shimmer.




  
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Nov 15, 2015 08:19 |  #7112

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Hello. I am new to the forum and a bit of a shutterbug. I recently bought a 7D2 but I noticed I am having trouble discerning between variations in colors on some of my outdoor shoots. I wasn't sure if it was the viewfinder or just me. My friend gave me a few websites where you can take color tests. He gave me this one particular Color Test (external link) and I seem to be deficient in the color vision department. Has anyone ever had this problem and do you have any tests to try or tips to help? Thanks

I suggest starting a new thread with your request. Include a couple of examples where you think color is off, your work flow etc. First thing to do is make sure you are using sRGB (not adobe or pro) if you are not familiar with managing color profiles and work flow.




  
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Nov 15, 2015 08:34 |  #7113

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Here's a shot from last nights game, using a few of the tips I have received on my RAW photos. Let me know how I did... where to improve. This really was just a test image!
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Looks good. I can't believe how close those uniform colors were.
I would try a little less green tint to see if it improves the skin tones.




  
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Nov 15, 2015 08:38 |  #7114

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I forgot about collections. Sometimes, I will put the selected photos from one game in a collection for that game so I can find them easier.

Also, the kicker/punter for McNeese is a senior and I got a request for a DVD of photos that I took in his four year career. I made a collection for him and made it a targeted collection. Then I went through all of the games during his career and added them to his targeted collection. Right now I have 324 photos of him in the collection with one regular season game to go and, hopefully, many playoff games. After the season will done, I just have to go to the collection, cull some of them out, and then export them to a folder to burn to the DVD.

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You forgot one important step. Fill out the invoice and submit the bill with a few 0's.




  
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Nov 15, 2015 09:25 as a reply to  @ gschlact's post |  #7115

Thanks for the input gschlact.

I'll try setting AF Point Switching to + 2 and also give full 65 pt zone with auto PT selection = off. Already have First and second priority set to Focus. I never though about heat from the truck causing heat shimmer. I'll pay attention to that as well.

The weather for the next few days down here is all rain so it may be a few days before I can try these new settings.

Thanks again for the input.

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Nov 15, 2015 09:39 |  #7116

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Doc,
You forgot one important step. Fill out the invoice and submit the bill with a few 0's.

That is a given. I'm not doing that for free. ;)

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Nov 15, 2015 10:58 as a reply to  @ post 17783794 |  #7117

much better

when you zoom into the player who is carrying the ball and look at his left arm and the 'black' under armour type shirt he is wearing, at least on my monitor, you can see a bunch of colour banding / weird colours

this is the type of spot I usually look for when I'm increasing the shadows / adding some blacks to compensate / using NR - it is this exact spot that will help you dial it in

with the above said, I might try and add a 'little bit' more blacks or add a bit more NR (you have to move the levers and see if anything works)


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Nov 15, 2015 11:22 |  #7118

My set up and processing is much like Doc's for high school football. I am using an older version of 70-200mm f2.8L IS also. I am shooting from the stands so most shots are large crops. Quality of shots very much depends on quality of lighting at the field. I struggle with white balance at every field, but the anti-flicker does help.

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Nov 15, 2015 13:34 |  #7119

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Some of it was. Some of the shooting was from his guests, Joe Black and Peter Read Miller. A lot of the LR stuff came from his videos on his website and videos from other websites. Picked up some here and there.

A lot of good videos on learning LR and PS on KelbyOne.

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I figured so, as you mentioned him in an earlier post.. I am not familiar with Black, but am with Peter Miller. Yepp a little here and there, same here.

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Nov 15, 2015 13:44 |  #7120

I haven't checked this thread for a couple days and already there were 5-6 pages of new photos to look at! You guys are very productive :)

I can't get out much these days to do nature shooting and even when I do it's not a very good outing. These are from this morning, very few birds (except for the seagulls), and I wasn't able to get close enough to the Yellowleg.
I decided to make an artistic attempt at the seagulls just to have some fun :)

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Nov 15, 2015 14:12 as a reply to  @ post 17784115 |  #7121

Thans Doc for taking the time to outline your method. Just curious, how many shots do you shoot at a football game? Do you find lightroom low when scanning through you initially cull them?

Quite a few years ago I worked for the SID at UGA; but almost 30 years later, I freelancer for a newspaper. I use pretty similar setup, and also the desire for a 400 f2.8 :)


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Nov 15, 2015 14:26 |  #7122

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Looks good. I can't believe how close those uniform colors were.
I would try a little less green tint to see if it improves the skin tones.

Thanks, I knew it wasn't still where I wanted it; but much closer!

I'll try another edit with this tip as well as @weststreetoneil's tip


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Nov 15, 2015 15:05 |  #7123

wallstreetoneil wrote in post #17784611 (external link)
much better

when you zoom into the player who is carrying the ball and look at his left arm and the 'black' under armour type shirt he is wearing, at least on my monitor, you can see a bunch of colour banding / weird colours

this is the type of spot I usually look for when I'm increasing the shadows / adding some blacks to compensate / using NR - it is this exact spot that will help you dial it in

with the above said, I might try and add a 'little bit' more blacks or add a bit more NR (you have to move the levers and see if anything works)

I played around with the NR sliders... although I ay have tweaked the version I posted earlier when editing the set....I hadn't noticed that; but thats a great tip for finding color banding. I also tried brushing some darker exposure on that area as well to darken a bit.

Reduced a bit of green as well per Gschlact's recommendations.
here's 2 frames (copied settings from first, applied to frame prior.)
My histogram still looks a little low to the right.. would I be concerned?

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Nov 15, 2015 15:07 |  #7124

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My set up and processing is much like Doc's for high school football. I am using an older version of 70-200mm f2.8L IS also. I am shooting from the stands so most shots are large crops. Quality of shots very much depends on quality of lighting at the field. I struggle with white balance at every field, but the anti-flicker does help.

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You should go down and shoot from the sidelines sometimes! It really is fun! I'm using the exact same setup.


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Nov 15, 2015 15:46 as a reply to  @ post 17784051 |  #7125

Hahaha, right back at ya Jeff ... LOL :)


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