Weekly Photo – July 30

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, 24mm Tilt-Shift Lens

I used my standard ‘prairie’ filtering technique (a Singh-Ray Cokin Z-pro sprocket mount LB warming polarizer plus a 4×6 Singh-Ray Two-Stop hard-Edge Grad in a Cokin Z-Pro Holder) to even out the exposure between the sky and the foreground in this scene. I also used the shift feature on my Canon 24mm TSE lens to make a big square image (click on the photo to see a larger version). If you are interested in exactly how I made this photo, check out the video below. The only thing the video does not show is my post-processing procedure which is simply using Photo Merge in Photoshop CS-5 to merge the two component images. Finally I used a strong s-curve on the photo to punch up the contrast in the scene. As you will see the video is ‘on the fly’ (or mosquito in this case) and anything can happen.

27 Responses to “Weekly Photo – July 30”

  1. Great video with a surprise ending! Thanks for sharing your technique Darwin.

    Wayne

  2. Pierre Dunant Says:

    Thanks Darwin, really helpful video! You and Sam should come out to Quebec some time (maybe do a workshop I could attend..?😉
    Happy snickety-boo shooting!

  3. Great video Darwin! And Brando is such a great dog!

  4. Great video Darwin. Thanks for the helpful tips and a wondeful photo.

    Sam

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  6. Hahaha, reminds me of when I take my dog out with me shooting. And this video is very reminicent of saturday night, when I was taking photos of the almost full moon. Too many bugs and my dog running around everywhere. I’d have to say though, these mosquitos remind me of Manitoba. I thought you guys didn’t have mosquitos out here! Lately I’ve been getting eaten alive at work. Great shot, awesome processing, and it looks like I may have to invest in a tilt shift….

  7. Great video Darwin! It’s great to see the process used to get the shot, and that is a great image you ended up with! Cheers! JL

  8. Olivier Says:

    Darwin. Snikadiboo now I want a tilt shift BAD!
    Thanks for the instructional video. Very entertaining!

  9. jackvjohnson Says:

    Good lord, I was starting to get itchy just hearing & seeing all the bugs! I’m feeling terrific gear envy over the 24mm tilt-shift…

    And I don’t even want to know how you trained Brando…
    :^D

    – Jack

  10. Great tutorial! Thanks Darwin, and glad to see you’re putting the video feature of the T2i to good use. Keep them coming.

  11. Excellent Post as usual Darwin! Looks like you could have used a few of the swallows from the Bar U for insect control. Loved the video, I needed a good laugh!

  12. […] I used my standard 'prairie' filtering technique (a Singh-Ray Cokin Z-pro sprocket mount LB warming polarizer plus a 4×6 Singh-Ray Two-Stop hard-Edge Grad in a Cokin Z-Pro Holder) to even out the exposure between the sky and the foreground in this scene. I also used the shift feature on my Canon 24mm TS … Read More […]

  13. Nice video – good content and well presented. This is WAY better than Scoble’s recent video on the iPhone Death Grip. Seeing how you combine filters with the Cokin holder is much clearer in video than without.

    Thanks for sharing the information. I am looking forward to trying some of your techniques with my new Singh Ray filters when I leave for vacation in the Sierras in two weeks.

  14. ahh yes, the zen of bugs and Landscape photography, Super Stuff.
    just do a delayed shutter and shooo the black flies, horse fly’s,Deer Flies etc off the lens where they always want to go somehow.
    We always seem to survive them, but seriously, great tool that new rebel, sound and video play well on this end.
    a big thank you for your expertise on full frame crop frame with the tilt shift lens.
    oh yes the ending–too funny, the wife and I had a good chuckle !

  15. John Arnold Says:

    Great video and awesome photo Darwin. It’s amazing that all you had to do in post was apply a strong “S” curve to get such a great looking final product!

  16. Great video Darwin, I have seen many of your images taken with the tilt and shift lens and stitched together but never understood the technique so thanks for explaining it in such detail. Only problem now is I want one of those lens and they are not cheap…

  17. Very nice shot, and very interesting video…thanks😉

  18. Darwin, great video — the “through the lens” instructional technique is interesting. Hope to see more instructional vids soon.

  19. […] feature on the lens to make two horizontal shots stacked into on larger vertical image (to see how to do this go here). Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Weekly Photo – July 2Weekly Photo – Feb […]

  20. Looking at getting one of these lenses for Abu Dhabi .. reading with interest over and over again about the stacking part. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  21. The sound of bugs in my headphones are making me itch😉

  22. Sir your excitement/passion is lovely to see. My question: Would one be able to achieve the same effect (getting a vertical stack photo) by just tilting the camera down, taking a picture and tilting it up and taking the second picture? Is the tilt/shift lens mandatory?
    Regards.

  23. No cash to buy stuff at the moment but your photo is inspiring (might just try merging two horizontals anyway) and your video informative and entertaining. Thanks.

    Cindy

  24. Here is another question related to my previous note: When you have a vertical crop, I wonder why you shot horizontal and not vertical? Would that not have amounted to the same result? Regards.

  25. […] And lastly if you missed the video I made showing how I use the shift function on the tilt shift lens to make ‘stitches’ you can see it at this link. […]

  26. […] I made showing how I use the shift function on the tilt shift lens to make ‘stitches’ you can see it here. Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildlands, Alberta. This image was taken with a Canon 24mm TS-E lens […]

  27. Tim Ball Says:

    Thanks Darwin, very helpful. Now I just need to get the TS-E @4/3.5L II lens.
    HOW MUCH!

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