Canon 6D

Day 4: Six Days of Canon EOS 6D Images From Route 66

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It's Day 4 in my blog series: 6 Days of Canon 6D Images from Route 66. Each day I will post a few of my favorite images along with some photography tips - from the "Mother Road." Hope you enjoy the "ride."

Location: Gallup, New Mexico.

In the previous posts in this series I have not talked too much about the Canon EOS 6D. So today I thought I'd share with you a cool – and quite impressive – feature: the detail that's in the camera's RAW files (a.k.a. digital negative).

I made the image above from the file below. Once again, I used my Canon 17-40mm lens.

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Because the train was very underexposed and the sky was bright,  I thought this would be a good image to test the camera's RAW file capture capability –  because rescuing shadow detail (without getting a lot of noise) and preserving highlights is important to photographers.

Low noise in low light at high ISO setting is important, too. That's another feature I like about the camera. See the first post in this series to see the quality of my low light/high ISO images.

Back to my train image. I work in Photoshop more than in Lightroom. In Photoshop, I pulled out the shadow detail (without adding noise) – while retaining detail in the sky and clouds. Kinda cool, don't you think?

Tip: Always keep in mind the end-result image that you can create in the digital darkroom. Don't be so quick to delete a file.

I like black-and-white pictures of trains (and clouds), so I converted my color file to black-and-white using Nik Silver Efex Pro. All my plug-ins are listed on my Save on Plug-ins page. While you are there, check out the great deal on all the Nik plug-ins.

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Speaking of clouds, we also had great clouds at Red Rock State Park, not far from Gallup.

I used a Tiffen Polarizing filter to darken the blue sky and whiten the white clouds in the image.

Tip: Don't cheap-out on a polarizing filter, or any filter. Sames goes for tele-converters. You always get what you pay for.

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Here's a fun behind-the-scenes iPhone shot of me shooting by the tracks later in the day. My ears are still ringing from the sound of the train's blaring horn.

If you are interested in buying a Canon 6D, check out Adorama. If you want to rent one, perhaps for a road trip, check out BorrowLenses.com.

All the gear I've packed for this trip is listed here.

Okay, it's time to get back on the road.

Explore the light,
Rick

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6 Reasons to Check Out the Canon EOS 6D

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Canon recently introduced the Canon EOS 6D. Man o man does this camera look awesome - as a main camera and as a back up camera for pro photographers who have top-of-the-line models.

The camera is loaded with cool features. Here are my personal top six:

1) Newly designed 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5+ image processor for reduced noise reduction.

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2) ISO up to 25,600 and up to ISO 102,400 when set to H2. That's more than kinda amazing!

3) New 11-point AF system for accurate focusing even in low light.

4) Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS so you can get your pictures out of your camera effortlessly, and mark where you took 'em.

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5) Built-in HDR for easy HDR imaging.

6) 63-zone duel-layering metering system for accurate exposures even in tricky lighting conditions.

Readers of my blog and the photographers on my workshops know that my favorite lens is the Canon 24-105mm IS lens. Adorama has a special price on the camera and the lens and some other goodies. Info here.

I'm not trading in my Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras, but the new 6D will soon be in my bag.

Speaking of HDR, the image above is a Canon 5D Mark III HDR image I made in Iceland. If you want to learn HDR, I teach it on all my workshops. If you can't make a workshop, my HDR app, iHDR, is loaded with HDR tips, tricks and techniques.

Explore the light,
Rick