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Hello friends,
here is the second one from Methoni, although that day I must have capture more than 500 pictures, my first trip with my new Canon, so I made some tests more than the usual :)


First impressions about Canon 450D:
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Light and compact camera, along with its new 18-55 lens with Image Stabilizer which is extremely useful at low shutter speeds. Nice upgraded battery and cheap SDHC cards, I bought a couple of branded (Transcend, Sandisk) and quick speed cards, 16gb and 8gb not more than 100 euros both!. Now even cheaper!

New monster feature: LIVE VIEW! It actually works, its so convenient you can't imagine.
Lets say you want to capture this scene here at 10mm, where everything looks so small from the viewfinder, and you can't trust the AF because its not always accurate.

The best solution for this is to use the live view function, set your focus area at 10x magnification and try manual focus. Way better doing this with a 3" LCD with the focused area magnified, rather than the dark viewfinder and the AF mode. So I did here.

AVOID: High ISO speeds, since the camera's sensor hasn't changed that much on noise levels, even ISO 200 is way too noisy. Use it only under sufficient light conditions and pleeeease avoid it at night. Everything else except ISO 100 is forbidden :D better to carry a tripod, unless you need speed of course.

Highlights Recovery function: Completely useless and turns the ISO to 200 minimum. Try to underexpose a bit, and keep your ISO level to 100 for a smooth quality.

Dust filter: That saved me many times. I change lenses the same way I'm changing scenes. I don't have time to think weather conditions and dust. I ignore those factors in order not to miss the scene. Besides my good old clone stamp does the job. Anyway, the anti-dust function works quite well and I can tell you no serious dust points were visible at narrow apertures.


About the Shot / PP notes:
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Live view capture, manual focus.

The good news: I had a great company, and the Scene was ideal, that day had it all!
a) mist
b) full moon
c) moon eclipse
d) night castle entrance
e) light everywhere
and those sweet kids are my cherry on top for this scene.

Tricky part: I had to capture them as fast as I could, because I couldn't ask them to stay put for some time, they probably wouldn't, so I chatted a bit to distract them while capturing.. sorryyy :) I adjusted my settings to combine those parameters. 1/2 shutter speed, ISO 200, f/4, fill in flash.

Tip: Flash always give a darker background, toning the foreground mostly, try it.

- 1/2 shutter speed: I can live with that :)
- ISO 200: my NR PP filter does a great job without killing the textures.
- f/4: my 10-22 lens is quite sharp, so I added some extra sharpness with USM. However its night, the desired detail was captured with MF and live view, the rest of it doesn't matter.
- fill in flash: That really made the difference. Better colors, and the background exposure were much better captured and not overexposed.

PP: RAW Squeezed: some masked HDR Tonemapping filters, and the usual NR, Saturation, framing/title/watermark adjustments.


Feeling: It was AWESOME, my eyes couldn't believe I was seeing this. Kids in the foreground swimming, and the mist coming toward us from the back, half of the Bourzi tower is covered with mist, it was quite an experience, I have some surprises from that day I'll present you really soon ;)


About Methoni / History:
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You can find Methoni history in their local site here. Too big to copy paste, sorry :)


Once more, forgive me for my watermark signature, its the only way to protect my content from stealing.
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