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Old May 30th, 2006, 12:13 AM   #1
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Disjecta preset vs. no preset. I wish I could say that the grain was intentional... but it wasn't. In my haste to grab these shots, the Gain was set to Auto instead of Zero, a careless mistake.
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Old May 30th, 2006, 03:50 AM   #2
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I know the grain wasn't intentional, but it looked damn filmic. Very very nice colours, how do you get those colours out of this camera!
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Old May 30th, 2006, 06:00 AM   #3
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Hey, Big Dog! I heard about them tornados yesterday. Since you're posting, I take it you didn't blow off to Oz?
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Old May 30th, 2006, 07:40 AM   #4
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How do you get those colours out of this camera!
Easy! The look on the left / top comes from the downloadable custom preset file called "Disjecta" contributed by Steven Dempsey. It has become my favorite custom preset. You can get it from our CP download library, which is a "sticky" thread at the top of this forum. See the discussion about the Disjecta preset here:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=66605

The look on the right / bottom is just the XL H1 stock settings, no custom preset, white balance set to daylight, f/2.8 at 1/250th (the Disjecta version was shot 5/5.6 at 1/60th).

Keith, it was quite the sudden dust-up yesterday, it blew my skirt up a little bit, but we're still here and it left some incredible light behind. And we really needed the rain anyway!
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Old May 30th, 2006, 07:51 AM   #5
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Very nice, good work!
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Call me crazy, or a realist, but I like the colors of the non-preset frame on the right. At least in this shot anyway.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 08:22 AM   #7
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I agree with Greg, but I think the compression is a big part of that. In the left pic, you can see the compression artifacts.
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Compression artifacts are a function of the JPEG photo recording scheme in the Canon XL H1. Even on the "largest size, best quality" setting, there's still some .jpg compression artifacts. I wish Canon had included a RAW or TIFF photo mode for this camera. But my point is, the compression junk you see there is just the photo record process, nothing to do with video.
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I agree with Greg, but I think the compression is a big part of that. In the left pic, you can see the compression artifacts.
Naw Keith, I was commenting just from the overall tonality of the thumbnails.

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I just thought the settings exagerated the compression, specially around the rainbow. On the grass and trees, it really complimented them. I'm not sure which setting worked best on the horses. Without the change, it is more stark and grey, but the sky looks more realistic and natural.

Overall, it was an extremely beautiful example of the image quality.
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oo la la.

nice shots, both. it's always hard to pick. they're just different shots. the left has a more romantical quality, the right, as keith mentioned, more realistic, as the eye would experience it. i guess the choice all depends on the context you place the shot in...both pretty, thanks for sharing...
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http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/8523/img447228de.jpg

WOW!If I didn't already own a H1 I'd run out and get one right now!
The drop in resolution's caused by the gain and the compression of a low contrast shot.It's still pretty damn good for 2 min CC.
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Forgot to mention earlier but I love the composition and framing of the shot. Nicely done, Chris.

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WOW!If I didn't already own a H1 I'd run out and get one right now!
The drop in resolution's caused by the gain and the compression of a low contrast shot.It's still pretty damn good for 2 min CC.
Nice CC Pete, I think you brought out the best of both shots there.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 03:07 PM   #15
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Great job on that CC, Pete -- I went ahead and embedded your image inline for easier viewing.
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