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Canon General / Re: Lens advice for shooting Yellowstone winter
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:05:44 PM »
Vern, thank you for your response. It is interesting that heat turbulence is still an issue in the winter.  It is a significant problem for me in the summer.  As I said before, I always want more reach, but there comes a point where all the magnification does is magnify the effect of the heat waves.

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for shooting Yellowstone winter
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:13:21 PM »
Vern, I have been to Yellowstone many times, but always in the summer. I always wanted more reach than even my old manual FD 800mm could provide. However, as I live in Texas I don't get the chance to take many pictures in the snow.  Were there any filter preferences or other equipment/techniques you found useful in such a snow filled and cold environment?

Kindest Regards, Lloyd

Post Processing / Re: Backup to Blu-ray
« on: January 02, 2015, 02:58:28 PM »
3.  Print the images you really want to keep using top end inks/dyes and store carefully, as we always did with those couple of pictures of Great Great Grandpa...  and those lasted >100 years..   this is what I'm starting to do for those family pictures we have so we don't suffer digital amnesia.
My backup procedure is to take my pictures of Great Great Grandpa and using layers in photoshop I paste in next to him a copy of a naked celebrity and post it on the internet.  They tell me it lasts forever.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:34:21 PM »

If I had to take the camera off before removing the backpack, it would defeat the purpose and be awkward. My two cents :)

Fair point, but there are trade offs for each option.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:53:43 PM »
I use this with my 60D with a small lens. It is a cheap light weight option. I wouldn't want a big camera and lens bouncing around my neck, but for a smaller rig it works fine.  For the bigger stuff I replaced my backpack belt for a think tank belt and holsters.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tamron 150-600mm bird pics
« on: August 20, 2014, 01:47:34 PM »
Some great shots taken here.  I really like the hummer on the bird feeder.  I will contribute this photo of some blue herons nesting not to far from my home taken with my 5Diii:

Australia / Re: Legal question on photography
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:22:43 PM »
This has been a very interesting thread.  I never knew they had any laws in Australia.

Lenses / Re: Development Announcement of a New 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:06:04 PM »
I'd hope they would keep any cost increase down to at most 20%...which would mean a price around $16,200.
I have an old 800mm FD lens and would someday like to get a modern version, but at this price I think I will just buy the following and drive closer to the subject.

Don't disparage Craig's list... where else can you buy camera gear, get a job using it, and find a "date" for the event all on the same site... though the date may cost more than the money you make doing the event.
I would argue to the client that your Craigslist closely held business model allows you to charge more as it probably offers an enhanced product and gives the client the comfort in knowing they have hired two professionals for their special event. 

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:33:51 PM »
Slater will simply appeal as obviously someone has tampered with this jury.  It's obviously rigged as there are 14 members.
Mr. Macaque is a clever monkey, not only with a camera. He has selected two alternate jurors, just in case two of them become ill or just go ape.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:44:24 PM »
I am going to have to amend my previous post concerning Mr. Macaque’s chances of success.  It seems that he managed to file suit in a favorable venue.  The jury, as pictured below, has been selected and things are looking up for Mr. Macaque.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:38:42 AM »
Nancy, I just received the following review of the new version of the Mariposa and it appears that they are retaining the large pocket on one side and the two smaller pockets on the other side. It also notes that the newly designed shoulder straps are more female friendly.  It also has a system for attaching hiking poles that you may be able to adapt to hold your tripod. The full description of the new model can be found at the Gossamer web site at  By the way, although I live in the same city as the Gossamer gear folks, I have no interest in the company other than as a consumer.

Take care, Lloyd

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:19:00 PM »
You guys are overanalyzing this.  An elementary legal analysis reveals that justice will likely be on the side of Wikimedia, with Mr. Slater having a small chance and the monkey having no chance at all of gaining rights to the photo.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the entity which distributed the photo without recognizing Mr. Slater’s claim to a copyright, has revenues of US$48.6 million and cash equivalents of $22.2 million.  It can retain many lawyers.

Mr. Slater, from Coleford, Gloucestershire, is a nature photographer and his revenue is probably less than US$48.6 million.  He can probably retain fewer lawyers.

Mr. Macaque has no revenue or cash equivalents. He throws feces at lawyers.

Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:11:32 PM »
My approach is similar.  I have my photos stored in a Pegasus raid array attached via thunderbolt to my mac and this array is backed up to one of two high capacity portable thunderbolt drives using Carbon Copy Cloner which makes a daily clone of the raid drives on the attached portable drive.  I rotate the portable drives with one on site and the other off site. Unfortunately, my Pegasus has much more capacity that the individual portable drives and as I start to increase the data on the Pegasus, I will either have to do a major house cleaning or have to get larger portable drives or multiple portable drives and divide the backed up data between them. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:54:40 PM »
And the REALLY bad news is that it will probably come bundled only with the new 7D replacement for preorders.  So we are looking at an initial kit purchase of close to 7000.00!!!
East Wind, your an optimist :)  The more likely bad news is that it will first appear when bundled with the 1DXII for $17,000 when they both appear 7 years from now.

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