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Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors Interview

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Want to learn more about my story, my vision and how I work in the field?
Curious to learn how much work I put in one single image before, during and after I shot it? (and realize how insane I am about it?)

Check out the interview I did with the great people from the Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors.

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 (pre-released) and 55mm f1.4 tests

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A little while ago, I received a box from the good people at Carl Zeiss Lenses (thank you!!).
I opened it, my heart skipped a beat 🙂

I will have about one month to play with the yet UNRELEASED 28mm f/1.4, and the 55mm f/1.4. My goal is to test them in the field for tilt/shift and long exposure 🙂

Here is a first peak at the UNRELEASED 28mm f/1.4 Zeiss Otus (Nikon mount).
This bad boy is larger than the Otus 85mm f/1.4!! (see the quarter coin to give a reference) Of course, the tripod foot will be necessary to mount on the tripod for landscape photography 😀

Let me know if you have questions regarding either the 28 or 55mm! I will do the regular field tests (although nothing with charts and such), and focus on Tilt/Shift and long exposure.

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New solo show at the New England School of Photography

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Come join us next week for my next solo show at the New England School of Photography!
11 big prints of my most recent and best seascapes work.
I hope to see you there!!

Text of the original announcement:

NEXT at the The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions: Aquae: Photographs by Thibault Roland Fine Art Photography. Aquae is a series of landscape images that explores the serene and formal nature of water in a most alluring and minimal fashion.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30pm – 7pm
Show Runs: Nov. 16 – Dec. 18, 2015

Fine Art prints available at Bert and None Gallery

TR-Bug LightI’m stocked to announce that some of my work has been selected to be part of the Bert And Nōne Gallery.
It is curated by Ron Cowie and offers only the best of fine art photography.
Check it out! You’ll find amazing art by Cranson Weber Shelley, Lisa Garner, and Ron Cowie.

The best part? Ron is looking for more talents to add to the site. So if you think your work fits, get in touch with him!!
Now, who’s in for acquiring some amazing art and/or contributing??

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New tech for long exposure photography

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Placing filters at the back of a lens is a technique that was used “back in the day” of film photography (although it is still done nowadays).
It has drawbacks and advantages, one of the latter being there is almost zero risk of vignetting.

As far as I know, OWL is the only system that lets you do just that for modern photography on mirrorless systems. It sure is convenient, but not ideal because it does not have electronic control of the aperture nor AF.

I came across this article and video demonstrating a similar line of thoughts. The company  Genustech  is developing a new ND filter system that is placed inside the lens adapter, and electronically controlled.
It seems like a good idea on the paper, because it will be much more convenient than having to transport and put on / take off delicate filters. (trust me, it can be a real pain in the… neck). Also, they claim it will be possible to remotely control it, which is really cool.
A few questions arise from this tech though (I will skip everything that has to do with aperture and AF control here and focus on the new feature):
1/ It currently does not have aperture nor EF control, with may or may not be a problem depending on the lens or subject you shoot. But they mention in the interview electronic control will be available in the final product, so check.
2/ what will be the maximum density the filter reaches? For 3-5 minutes long exposure in day time, you need about 16 stops. They mention in the interview it will go up to 12 stops, which is a bit on the low side… But let’s see if they can push it darker.
3/ what about optical quality? and especially chromatic aberrations, color cast/shift?
4/ what about light leaks? Pretty obvious point, but when you have a 16 (or even 12) stops filter, you want your adapter to be really light tight. I guess it’s the case, but who knows?

Bottom line, I think it’s a cool product and every long exposure photographer out there should keep an eye out for it.
Lots of potential, some real questions and technical challenges.

Let’s hope we get to see a finalized product that will be high quality and we’ll all die to use.

 

SOURCE: http://www.newsshooter.com/2015/09/15/ibc-2015-the-holy-grail-of-dslr-filmmaking-genus-show-prototype-lens-adapter-with-built-in-electronic-nd-filter/

Fringing removal – Processing Private Mentoring

Being a fine art photographer (and a scientist) means that you have a high attention to details. Sometimes it’s a gift, sometimes it’s a curse. But it’s mostly a gift 🙂
It’s almost like having OCD for me at times, and it sure does feel like it when I process my images to allow extremely large printing.

This is what makes the difference between an average photograph and a hit! Here you see the image before and after removing fringes (respectively), zoomed in at 500% :

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If you want to learn how to process images that will WOW people, send me a message and we’ll organize private mentoring sessions.

a7RII: insiders information from top Sony engineers

Being part of the Sony Artisans of Imagery Program, I was lucky to have tonight a phone meeting with some of the top Sony engineers who helped develop the very sought after Sony a7R II.

And as promised, I asked questions, and they answered. Some of these questions were asked by YOU!! So thanks a lot, and let’s get to the point!

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  •  Is the Dynamic Range better and noise level lower than that of the a7R?

Yes! No formal test was done (it’s coming), but they confirmed that they were very impressed by the quality of the system

  • Is the higher sensitivity going to be detrimental to noise level?

No! 1/ In the new design, the photodiodes are closer to the surface of the sensor, and that allows them to detect more light, hence a higher sensitivity. This sensor has a better detection rate in low light conditions than a “regular” sensor. 2/ The change of materials to connect the diodes to the rest of the electronics ensures a lower noise level as well. They did not go into specifics but these seem to be a two key points.

  • Will the a7R II  replace the a7S in terms of image quality at high sensitivity?

No! We were told that at the same high ISO number, the a7S will outperform the a7R II. The a7R II is “ideal for mostly still photographers who want to shoot videos and 4K from time to time, but videographers will still want to use the a7S in low light conditions”

  • What about hot pixels?

➡ They came up with an internal method to make them “not a problem anymore”

  • Read out speed?

➡ Read out speed is 3.5x faster than for the a7R. This will speed up acquisition time, and allows for a higher frame rate for both photo and video

➡ “Full pixel readout without pixel binning in the Super 35 format. This crops the sensor to the same size as Arri Alexa, Red Epic, Canon C300 and Sony F55 digital cinema cameras for a clean video image that isn’t down sampled.” (quoted from Michael Britt)

  • What about a low pass filter?

No low pass filter in order to retain every detail in the image

  • Slow Motion:

➡ “Super slow motion at full 1920x1080HD at 240FPS – even though slow motion footage is the new slider/shallow depth of field cliche.” (quoted from Michael Britt)

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SHUTTER:

  • Electronic first curtain:

➡ Will reduce the amount of vibrations in the system when shooting handheld especially

  • Life expectancy:

➡ I was absolutely amazed to hear them say that the shutter of the a7R II is expected to last more than 500K cycles!!! Yes, you read it right: 500K as in more than HALF A MILLION CLICKS!!

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IMAGE STABILIZATION (IBIS):

  • Does it work also for 3rd party manual or automatic lenses?

Yes! 5 axis stabilization works for native and 3rd party lenses, for both photography and video!

  • How much compensation can we expect thanks to the IBIS system?

➡ We were told to expect about 4.5 stops with certain long lenses

  • Can it be turned on and off at will?

Yes

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BODY:

  • Is the new build more resistant?

Yes! Because it is now made entirely of magnesium, the body is stronger and more resistant

  • What about the mount?

➡ The mount is also stronger

➡ Its design is slightly different and I’m very excited we were told they fixed the light leakage issue they had with the a7R body!

  •  Position of the IR detector:

➡ Still only one, located at the front of the body.

LCD SCREEN:

  • Is it still going to be on all the time during long exposures?

Yes, but they are working on it to eventually turn it off

  • Will there be a timer with a count up during long exposures?

No, this is not planned at this time

LENSES:

  • Performance and resolution:

➡ Some have raised the question as to if Sony lenses are build to provide a high enough resolution for high density sensors. We had the confirmation that the lenses had been designed with this particular aspect in mind. The engineers are confident that the optical quality of the lenses is more than sufficient for high resolution sensors.

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  • Autofocus:

➡ We were confirmed that AF of Canon lenses was “much faster than before. With adapters (and in particular with a firmware updated Metabones mark IV) Canon lenses are almost as fast as on a Canon body“.

➡ We were also told that the adapter for Sony A mount lenses made the AF very fast, but slightly slower than on an A mount body. We were told that “A mount lenses will find another life thanks to it”.

➡ “Native autofocus speeds on Alpha lenses using the smaller and less expensive LAE3 adapter – the one without the translucent mirror.” (quoted from Michael Britt)

➡ “Autofocus for video is going to be a game changer on the Sony A7RII for hybrid photographers.” (quoted from Michael Britt)

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BATTERY:

  • What about the battery life?

➡ It will be “slightly better than that of the a7R

CONCLUSIONS:

Alright, this is all for now!!

I hope this helps you get a better idea than before about the very exciting new tech coming inside the new a7R II !

I am definitely excited about this new power horse, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. We were told that shipping should start around late July.

If you have questions, remarks or would like to discuss any particular aspect, please leave a comment below!