27th
May

Which do you like more, this panorama, or the one I posted few days ago (which can be seen here). They were both taken during the same evening, from different corners of the Bratislava castle fortification.

Probably most will say that the older one is better, due to a very simple reason. The tower in this one is right behind the bridge, which makes for a little worse composition. But on the other side, this view gives a more 3D feel to the scene. One just can’t have everything in one shot :)

The whole SNP bridge

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 2*3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 59mm, Aperture: 7.1, Middle exposure time: 8.0s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.14159, 17.10270
26th
May

A little continuation of yesterdays post :) This is (almost) all the stuff I shown you yesterday, put together into a usable form. From the Gitzo tripod, through the Sunwayfoto XB-44 ball head, to the universal L bracket.

I’m actually quite pleased how the L bracket fits to the Metabones adapter. It is of course not created specifically to it, but due to it’s versatility, to fit any camera, it fits also that quite nicely. It moves the camera even a little more to the back, but that in my opinion even helps the balance of the whole setup even more. The only problem I noticed, is, that I have to detach the remote when I wan to go into the vertical position. If it’s connected, I’m not able to close the clamp, due to the cable.

After the first day of use (I had some interior photoshoot today) I’m quite pleased with the purchase. Just will take some time to get use how differently everything is being tightened, compared to my old stuff. Still need much more experience to do a review for it :)

All together

25th
May

I don’t know why, but always when I order stuff, it all comes on the same day. It’s never like every day something, it’s all the same day :) But it’s always fun to get some new toys to play with, isn’t it :)

So today my new tripod and ball head arrived, with few more smaller things I needed to go with it. Since I’m switching from a Manfrotto attachment to a more traditional Arca Swiss attachment, I also had to get few extra plates and more :)

Sunwayfoto
Sunwayfoto

I plan to add reviews of everything over time (I need to try it out in work conditions first), but for now, here are some of the photo from the unboxing, and also an unboxing video. Some people tend to find unboxing videos worthless, but I disagree. Sometime it’s very hard to find out what everything is in the package, and a good unboxing video is a great help there. Like here, I needed a second quick release plate, and I could not find anywhere if there is one bundled with the ball head or isn’t.

Sunwayfoto
Sunwayfoto

This pile will be a nice replacement for my already very old Manfrotto 190XproB with the 496rc2 Compact Ball Head, which I used for the last 6-7 year. It still works nicely, only has to be tightened quite often, and has quite a few scrapes all over it :) So what all I got now? The new tripod is the Gitzo GT2542 4 section carbon tripod, from the Mountaineer series. To go with it, I got the Sunwayfoto XB-44 ball head with a replacemetn Sunwayfoto DLC-50 Knob/Lever Combo Clamp, a DPG-39 Universal Quick-Release Plate, DPL-01 Universal L-type Quick-Release Plate and the DMP-200L Multi-Purpose Rail Nodal Slide, all from Sunwayphoto. I hope I haven’t forgot anything while ordering it :)

So await reviews of all of this (together with the Sony a7R and the Metabones adapter) in the next weeks.

24th
May

Work in progressAs I always say, it’s very nice to take photos in the early morning. Absolutely no people, and you can even take panoramas without anybody being in the way :) Not that I had a nice sunrise while in Amsterdam, but I did what I always do in that case. Try to do the most shooting during the blue hour, and include only very little from the sky.

This one was quite a big panorama, created from 5 tiles, each one from 4 exposures. You can see a work in progress shot on the side, from when I tone-mapped it in Oloneo Photoengine.

Early morning pano

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 2×4, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8 , Focal length: 70mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 6s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 52.35841, 4.883135
23rd
May

This really reminds me of those time/star portals from different scifi movies. Like if the rails and lights drawn you into it :)

I was a little busy today, so no long description here, but still, this is a 3 exposure HDR, created in Oloneo Photoengine.

Portal

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 22mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 6.0s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.13725, 17.10951