22nd Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run (Pray for rain!)

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UPDATE!

I have uploaded ALL  images from the 22nd Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run… in total over 1200 pictures! Please click this direct link to the  www.nolaPIC.com gallery where you can see and purchase the current photos.

The files are 29mb each so you can order huge and high quality prints of your images!!! 🙂

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The 22nd Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run is coming up on July 19 2009 at 8AM at the Bonnet Carret Spillway, in Norco, LA.

The 2nd largest “Trail Run” in the nation offers a scenic and demanding cross country course and is  a lot of fun to do AND watch. Field limited to the first 2000 entrants (new). Awards to the top 500 finishers!

Please “pray for rain” !!! I will be shooting the event and I will be posting prints for sale at this link (where images from previous years are still available).

The first 1-1/4 miles is atop the spillway levee. The course turns down the levee into the spillway and proceeds thru the “gauntlet”. This section of the course generally provides the most water, mud and fun, perhaps at the expense of ones shoes  ( suggestion…do not wear new shoes!) As the course makes a sharp left turn onto the main trail you continue on the pathway parallel to the canal back towards the finish line. Along the way you may expect sharp turns, log jumps, muddy/slippery sections, low limbs and a wooden bridge. Beautiful dense forest canopy provides great shade along the way. Enjoy the primitive beauty and please be careful so that you have a fun and exciting experience and return again next year.

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Thanks to NOMAMBO (New Orleans Area Mountain Bike Organization) and to the many NOTC volunteers for their work in building and maintaining the course. Course difficulty depends on pre-race rainfall. We need lots of rain 2 weeks prior to the race date!

For more info please visit: RunNotc.org.

See ya in the mud!

New Canon 5D Mark II Magic Lantern Firmware!

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From the Magic Lantern site

Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR. This camera is a “game changer” for independent film makers:

  • It allows the use of a wide range of lenses (anything that can be adapted to the EF mount).
  • The 35mm full-frame sensor is larger than the RED ONE’s sensor, Super 35 film. It is approximately the size of VistaVision. This means shallower native depth-of-field than anything on the market, except for the Phantom 65.
  • The dynamic range and latitude are close to the capabilities of high-end HD cameras.
  • The low-light performance is currently unrivaled, even by the RED ONE.

But, the software in video mode has limitations, even after the recent 1.1.0 upgrade from Canon that fixed the most glaring manual exposure “bug”.

That’s where Magic Lantern comes in — it turns your 5D Mark II into a 5D Mark Free. We’ve written extensions and widgets that fix many of the annoyances in working with the 5D Mark II on a film or video set. Our first set of fixes are targeted at the audio limitations of the camera, but there are some video enhancements included, too:

  • On-screen audio meters
  • Disabled AGC
  • Manual gain control
  • Zebra stripes (video peaking)
  • Crop marks for 16:9, 2.35:1 and 4:3

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Kodak today announced they’ll retire KODACHROME Film after a 74 year run!

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From the Kodak site:

June 22, 2009
A Tribute to KODACHROME: A Photography Icon
They say all good things in life come to an end. Today we announced that Kodak will retire KODACHROME Film, concluding its 74-year run.

It was a difficult decision, given its rich history. At the end of the day, photographers have told us and showed us they’ve moved on to newer other Kodak films and/or digital. KODACHROME Film currently represents a fraction of one percent of our film sales. We at Kodak want to celebrate with you the rich history of this storied film. Feel free to share with us your fondest memories of Kodachrome.

“Before digital, Kodak was already shifting gears–moving away from the boundaries of KODACHROME (long lab times, fewer labs, a more environmentally friendly, as well as constrained, chemistry)” said Meola. “E100SW and E100VS were a natural evolution of the KODACHROME look, and made my life a lot easier. And they kept all the great things about KODACHROME –long latitude, fine grain, great color–and made it easier for me to get processed anywhere. In some ways, those films were natural predecessors to the digital age.”

Steve McCurry, whose picture of a young Afghan girl captured the hearts of millions of people around the world as she peered hauntingly from the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985, offered these words:

“The early part of my career was dominated by KODACHROME, and I reached for that film to shoot some of my most memorable images,” said McCurry. “While KODACHROME Film was very good to me, I have since moved on to other films and digital to create my images. In fact, when I returned to shoot the ‘Afghan Girl’ 17 years later, I used Kodak’s E100VS film to create that image, rather than KODACHROME Film as with the original.”

End of an era, BUT for most it ended quite a long time ago with digital, heck for me even before with Fujichrome Velvia.

Testing Canon 5DMII

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PS: I just installed the Canon Eg-S Focusing Screen and it does help with manual focusing…BIG time!

I finally got in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with 2 mega fast prime lenses, Smudge is the first model to pose for it. The bokeh on this fast prime lens wide open (Canon 24mm 1.4) it’s unreal…click the thumbnail to see a larger image. Stay tuned for a lot more shots with Canon 24mm 1.2 and Canon 85mm 1.2.
I still have to install the Canon precision screen EG-S which should help a lot to focus with lenses 2.8 and brighter. I can’t wait to do some aerial photography with the Canon 5D Mark II, the files are a whopping 60+MB and have lots of details! I got me the Sandisk 32GB Extreme III which will let me shoot about 1200 shots!

Chuck Westfall:
That said, it is true that most standard focusing screens for modern SLRs such as the EOS 5D are designed to provide a reasonable balance between viewfinder brightness and manual focusing capability. The Ee-A standard focusing screen for the EOS 5D is bright enough (and accurate enough) for manual focusing under most lighting conditions with virtually any EF lens regardless of maximum aperture. However, because of the design of the microlenses on the surface of the Ee-A, the depth of field shown through the viewfinder never appears be shallower than approximately f/2.8. Therefore, when using a lens faster than f/2.8, the depth of field in the resulting photograph may be shallower than what’s shown in the viewfinder if a working aperture larger than f/2.8 is selected. This effect can be readily seen when comparing the viewfinder image to the LCD screen during replay, if you take time to look for it.”

“If this is an issue for you, Canon offers an optional focusing screen called the Ee-S Super ( Eg-S for Canon 5DMII ) Precision Matte Screen. This focusing screen uses more powerful microlenses than the standard Ee-A screen, with the result that out-of-focus areas in the viewfinder are more accurate to the actual depth of field in the resulting image. This has the effect of making it easier to determine the exact point of focus during manual focusing, especially with high-speed lenses like the EF50mm f/1.4 USM or EF50mm f/1.2L USM. However, it also has the effect of making the Ee-S focusing screen noticeably darker than the Ee-A screen when using lenses with maximum apertures smaller than f/2.8. (No free lunch!) “

MUTEMATH back in New Orleans this summer!

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Paul MeanyThere are rumors the MUTEMATH we’ll be back in New Orleans sometimes this summer, possibly in August! Image gallery on my other site nolaPIC.com/MUTEMATH. The pics in the gallery were taken at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. Don’t miss the concert whenever they’ll come, they are freaking awesome and beside their music the show really rocks!
This new Spotlight video it’s unreal too, inside a Ford Econoline van, total shoot time: just a little over 3 minutes
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry6GAwDCI2I

Canon Instant Rebates

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM2

If you thinking of buying some new Canon cameras now it’s the time since the USA Instant rebates will start on May 3, 2009! $130 off that 85 mm 1.2 its not a bad deal :).

CANON INSTANT REBATES: May 3 – July 11, 2009

Camera Bodies

EOS 50D Kit + EF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6 IS – $300

EOS 50D EF-S 18–200mm IS Kit – $300

EOS 50D EF 28–135mm IS Kit + EF-S 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6 IS – $300

EOS 50D Kit + EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM – $150

EOS 50D EF 28–135mm IS Kit + EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM – $150

EOS Rebel XSi EF-S 18–55mm IS Kit (B) + EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS – $200

EOS Rebel XSi EF-S 18–55mm IS Kit (S) + EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS – $200

EOS Rebel XS EF-S 18–55mm IS Kit (B) + EF 75–300mm f/4.5–5.6 III – $100

EOS Rebel XS EF-S 18–55mm IS Kit (S) + EF 75–300mm f/4.5–5.6 III – $100

Lenses

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM – $500

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM – $130

EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS USM – $200

EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM – $100

EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM – $100

EF 50mm f/1.2L USM – $100

EF 24–70mm f/2.8L USM – $80

EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM – $75

EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM – $70

EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM – $50

EF 17–40mm f/4L USM – $50

EF 70–200mm f/4L USM – $40

EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM – $50

EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO USM – $35

EF-S 60mm f/2.8 MACRO USM – $30

EF 28–200mm f/3.5–5.6 USM – $30

EF 28–105mm f/3.5–4.5 II USM – $20

EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS – $15

Flash Units

SPEEDLITE 580EX II – $50

SPEEDLITE 430EX II – $30

SPEEDLITE 220EX – $30

MACRO TWIN LITE MT-24EX – $70

MACRO RING LITE MR-14EX – $50