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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:06:14 PM »
Well, quite some water on this old shot...  it was just us, the Rio, and the jungle in the back, on that evening in the Tigre Delta coming back to Buenos Aires ... i like the colors as if the sky was on fire (no touching it, it is straight out of the camera) and the quietness feeling of the small waves on the water ...
(quite some grain as i had to pump up the ISO on that old 400D, because of the night and the boat speed ...)

Paysages_Sunset_Tigre-Delta-Argentina_2009-04-09 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:07:04 PM »
Hi,
Good old rebel with kit lens is a great learning tool if he shows some willingness to go beyond compact stuff ...

My 8y old goddaughter was playing with my 40D every time i was visiting her (she had a VTech Kidizoom 1st, then played with her parents compact...) : gave her my old compact Casio Exilim S500 as a 1st camera for 7th bday, but it lasted only 3 months and died peacefully (old diaphragm not closing properly under TX sun => overexposed pics ... natural noble death after 7 years), so i bought her the entry level Nikon coolpix L25 (shame on me but Canon 1st price was more expensive  :( ) ...
She now uses it quite properly and even started teaching her young 5y old bro how to use it... flash fill, framing, timer for group portraits... so after 1 year i gave her my old Rebel 400D this summer, which she uses with her parents old film kit lens 28-80mm and 75-300mm (we bought that with the Rebel2000 in the old days)...
She is really happy to have an optical viewfinder like me ("far better than the screen under the sun"), to be able to change lens (without going into details i told her that she could not get wide angle but she said for that she would still use the compact : what she wanted was the zoom "to see far away" even if she finds the big one to be a bit heavy and only shoots 2 or 3 burst with it... but her hands have a firm grip one on the side and the other below the lens)... She wanted to be able to control the flash, so she went from the green square full auto to P, then she wanted to know why some of her pics were blurred, so i explained her to stay beyond 1/2xfocal (easier than 1,6 and keeps a bit of margin): she is even happy to do a bit of maths (she loves maths) and she uses Tv mode and pumps up ISO when it blinks ... Next will be Av mode but she already asked for it: she wanted to do portraits like me, so i told her i would explain later (bit too much in 3 days) but that she could use the "portrait" mode for that ... she was quite happy with the results ...

=> let him do trial and error, then after some time and shots, review some of them with him (the ones he is the most proud of) and ask him what he would want to improve, and then give him some hints ... then let him experiment again ... this way he will learn what he wants and not listen to you with tons of info he doesn't find useful at that time ...

Basic lens will do, maybe kit zoom better at first (yes i know about primes but you have to be old enought to be patient ... i guess next year i will get her a cheap 18-55 kit to fill in the gap of the film lenses ... the 50 1.8 will go to her when i upgrade mine to 1.4 or 1.2  ;) )

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:18:03 AM »
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.

You can get Google Sky Map for Android phones for example ... helps when you are not used to it and when it is not really dark (other light noise around)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using Custom Dial Settings
« on: August 07, 2013, 10:09:15 AM »
I have a 40D (3 C modes) and the perspective of having only 1 C mode is among the restrictions i see in the 70D (and another extra point to hesitate between 7D with good low price or waiting ...). I use mine as follow:
-C1= dark inside / evening mode : ISO 1600, one shot, central point, high ISO noise reduction, Av mode to select DOF
-C2= night mode with tripod/table/wall to put camera on : ISO 100, one shot, central point, long exposure noise reduction, mirror lockup, timer, Av mode to select DOF
-C3= BIF : ISO Auto, AI Servo, 9 points AF auto select, burst mode high (H), Tv mode at 320 (to get a good keeper rate for 300mm lens)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:04:03 PM »
Well as others pointed out, some ergonomics are regressing / not moving my way (from 40D) and for some they are more looking the xxxD/"Rebel way" (Rebel is not that negative, i had great times with my Rebel2000 ...) than the old intermediate xxD:
- only 1 custom mode (I like my 3 modes, with slow night mode landscape timer / low light inside / and BIF on C3)
- top left dial fully rotating : i liked to have BIF at C3 end of rotation like couple of you ...
- top right buttons : missing the flash exposure adjustment ... using flash fill quite a bit, and i like to be able to finetune it quickly on the spot ...
- no joystick on the back (when i play around with my previous 400D now in my goddaughter hand, i really miss the full joystick of 40D) : seem to be xD only now (7D, 5DIII...)
- banana slim remote trigger from Rebel line, cannot use my cool trigger/intervalometer from 40D (triggers are split as slim plug = Rebel, 60D, 70D // larger one = xxD up to 50D, xD)
- SD (but after recent trends i was expecting it ... CF only left on xD)

Other than that, probably great IQ (who knows with smaller photosites due to increased pix count and the division in 2) but until i test it or see it tested throughfully, right now only thing easy to see is ergonomics :-)



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Lighting / Re: Can a (DSLR) flash cause permanent eye damage?
« on: June 08, 2013, 10:09:34 AM »
Well, i'd say after more than 2 years it can be considered quite permanent (even if minor).
But once again, it was handheld, so regular use with camera body regulating it and not held so closely and not focusing on it in the night should be fine...
Answer is plain and easy : yes, it can ! And I know the effects firsthand :-(

Some would say it looks like one of these Wile.E Coyote cartoon ... but recipe is easy... wanting to experiment with Photography can be tempting....
Take somebody who is a bit light sensitive (years in Texas with probably poor grade sunglasses didn't help), have fun at night with photo friends for a "lighpainting session" (ie. taking picts with lights effects at night), and fire a 430EX external flash at your face from 30-40cm below, and don't close your eyes ....
=> result is really cool "ghost like picture" like in the books (ie. your camera set on long exposure takes picts with 3 times your face for example if you move and redo it, just the face that was under flash exposure, rest of the body is invisible and you see the background thru ...), but better if you close your eyes and/or look up instead of looking in front or worst, low at your flash (like the first tries to see where to position it best, etc ...)
=> side effect after multiple attempts in the evening is darker spot in your eyes, showing "paler" zones when looking at lights (and having focus shift left/right) as if you had a water spot on the eye diffracting light a bit, and showing "greyer" areas when looking at uniform white wall (or blue sky) with high luminosity ...

Seeing dark spots after being exposed to a bright light is common, but its not permanent damage to your eyes.

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Lighting / Re: Can a (DSLR) flash cause permanent eye damage?
« on: June 07, 2013, 03:13:06 PM »
Answer is plain and easy : yes, it can ! And I know the effects firsthand :-(

Some would say it looks like one of these Wile.E Coyote cartoon ... but recipe is easy... wanting to experiment with Photography can be tempting....
Take somebody who is a bit light sensitive (years in Texas with probably poor grade sunglasses didn't help), have fun at night with photo friends for a "lighpainting session" (ie. taking picts with lights effects at night), and fire a 430EX external flash at your face from 30-40cm below, and don't close your eyes ....
=> result is really cool "ghost like picture" like in the books (ie. your camera set on long exposure takes picts with 3 times your face for example if you move and redo it, just the face that was under flash exposure, rest of the body is invisible and you see the background thru ...), but better if you close your eyes and/or look up instead of looking in front or worst, low at your flash (like the first tries to see where to position it best, etc ...)
=> side effect after multiple attempts in the evening is darker spot in your eyes, showing "paler" zones when looking at lights (and having focus shift left/right) as if you had a water spot on the eye diffracting light a bit, and showing "greyer" areas when looking at uniform white wall (or blue sky) with high luminosity ...


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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: May 14, 2013, 07:24:10 PM »
Maybe a bit boring without too many items in the shot, but it was just us, the Rio, and the jungle in the back, on that evening in the Tigre Delta coming back to Buenos Aires ... i like the colors as if the sky was on fire (no touching it, it is straight out of the camera) and the quietness feeling of the small waves on the water ...

Paysages_Sunset_Tigre-Delta-Argentina_2009-04-09 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 07:07:24 PM »
Ah, a last word : don't forget your UWA (i didn't have my 10-22 at the time ... it was one of the reason why i bought it at the next opportunity) because of the buildings and panoramas, but also the Teles for the view points if you wanna isolate some points of interest ...

Sweden_Stockholm_Tre-Kronor-sunset_Fjallgatan_20090820_EOS40D_1777 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 07:02:23 PM »
To finish with, don't miss the views from the bridges or the terrasses with water everywhere ... Evert Taubes terrass behind Riddarholmskyrkan has some of the best view on the Stadshuset, and reverse there is a nice view from Stadshuset ... but also on the other side, Skeppsholmsbron has a great view on Gamla stan and the Palace (Kungliga Slottet)

Sweden_Stockholm_Stadshuset-from-Riddarholmen_sunset2_20090823_EOS40D_2249 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Riddarholmen-from-Stadshuset_20090821_EOS40D_1854 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Kungliga-slottet-from-Skeppsholmsbron_20090825_EOS40D_2385 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:55:38 PM »
But if you prefer more modern type of architecture, don't miss the Boffils Båge and the Söder torn in Södermalm, the amazing elevator Katarinahissen with view point in Slussen, or the "Pinnen" fountain on Sergels Torg in Norrmalm ... the TV tower can also be seen from far.

Sweden_Stockholm_Soder-Torn-Bofills-Bage_20090821_EOS40D_1814 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Katarinahissen-evening_20090817_EOS40D_1674 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Pinnen-Sergels-torg-night_20090827_EOS40D_2411 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Kaknastornet-from-Djurgarden_20090822_EOS40D_2037 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:48:01 PM »
For the old buildings, you will find really nice building fronts in Gamla Stan (old town), and some old shops signs giving a unique atmosphere ...

Sweden_Stockholm_Kornhamnstorg_20090817_EOS40D_1677 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Stortorgskallaren_20090817_EOS40D_1684 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:41:57 PM »
In terms of buildings, i love the old red wooden houses : i guess the most famous spot is on Södermalm, Lotsgatan, then Kåkar (which can be seen on the front of my Sofia Kyrka pict), and also the ones along the very unique wooden stairs down hill on Kvastmakatrappan (a bit after Lotsgatan, best seen from the opposite hill of Fåfängan)

Sweden_Stockholm_Lotsgatan3_20090820_EOS40D_1751 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Kvastmakartrappan_20090821_EOS40D_1799 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:34:25 PM »
As mentioned before, lots of churches (kyrka), which can be seen from far on the skyline ... My favorite one is Riddarholmskyrkan on Riddarholmen (with its cast iron spire looking like lace), then Tyska kyrka because of its pointy top (like Klara kyrka), and Sofia kyrka because of its size, material and location in the middle of a large park ...

Sweden_Stockholm_Riddarholmskyrkan_20090821_EOS40D_1820 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Tyska-kyrkan-evening_20090817_EOS40D_1681 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Sofia-kyrka-Kakar_20090821_EOS40D_1785 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:22:32 PM »
Hi,
So regarding the high points of view on the Town Hall (Stadshuset) or the Old Town (Gamla stan) , my #1 choice would be Monteliusvägen, on Mariaberget (Södermalm), then #2 indeed Fjällgatan... Fåfängan would be #3 ...

Sweden_Stockholm_Stadshuset-from-Monteliusvagen_sunset3_20090824_EOS40D_2339 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Gamla-Stan-sunset2_Fjallgatan_20090820_EOS40D_1762 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

Sweden_Stockholm_Gamla-Stan_Fafangan_20090821_EOS40D_1801 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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