Latest Fine Art Print: Revelation
Ranten Peak (1419m./4655ft.) illuminated by
Winter of 2011 has not been successful for me, as a photographer. It has been mild, the weather mostly grey and most of the times when I have arrived at a planned destination; no light, foggy, stormy and so on and so forth. To photograph winter mountains successfully, light is important to reveal textures, forms and depth in an otherwise featureless, white and snowy landscape.
Technical notes: Canon 5D Mark II, with my new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II tilt-shift lens, 3 exposures by using shift; up 10mm (upper third part of photograph), no shift (center part) and down 10mm (lower part), processed equally in the raw-converter, converted to 16-bit tiff-files and stitched together to create this 4x5 format with (relatively) very high resolution. Now, after a month of getting used to the tilt-shift lens, I can safely say that I am more than satisfied with its performance and I also feel right at home with the 24mm focal length as I have tended to use my old 17-40mm f/4 L USM in the 20-24mm focal range for a time now.
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Live view is a great tool for precise manual focusing, especially when using a tilt-shift lens in order to zoom in on different parts of the composition to ensure that the focus is correct.
With the tilt-shift lens, you have control over the plane of DOF, and though issues like parallax must be resolved (IF you intend to do a stitch), the 24mm focal length together with shift-function makes it easy to stitch multiple exposures seamlessly by using dedicated software/plug-in like PTGui, Photomerge or Microsoft ICE etc. And, by using tilt, sharpness is not compromised. Regarding the large size details that you also mentioned; in for example the photograph in this blog post, everything is tack sharp. When I have the time, I might show you some examples in a future blog post.
I will probably not do a lot of stitching with this lens, but now I have tried and found out how to do it successfully. What I definitely will do, is using the TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II for most of my landscape work from now on!:-)
Thank you for sharing your thougths with me, Kostas!
Very interesting details, glad to hear some pro's opinion regarding the TS-E lens since this is a part which I have not played with yet (and will have to wait as I have no live view in my camera -5D mark I- which I believe is needed with such lenses).
I am waiting to see some larger size details (if you finally post some), I currently use the 17-40 and have tried to make a few exposure blends for DOF reasons, but the slight shift of focus is always a pain to deal with in post processing especially when there are many elements blending.
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