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Photography Technique / Re: Does this photo work?
« on: February 28, 2015, 03:36:47 PM »
After further reflection for my personal taste I'd go with the original composition with the launch pad included and not chopped but perhaps toned down.  It positions the bird more favorably in the frame.

Is this strictly motion blur due to a low shutter speed, with the bird perfectly in focus?

Jack

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Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:23:47 PM »
BTW that is indeed a very impressive frost photo and having only semi-seriously ever tried a few, and just recently, I'd love to hear how it's done.  Here's one of my attempts.

Jack

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Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:05:03 PM »
Reading CR responses sometimes beats the funnies!  Love it, how some folk pick up on things so easily. :)

Jack

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"Let's see. You make an ignorant, broad-brush assessment of art and then wonder why no one bothers to argue with you. Perhaps it's because your post is so dumbfoundingly uninformed and misguided that there is really no point to furthering the discussion."

And then ........ lots of further discussion ensues - I like CR for the humour or humor or just to satisfy my sadistic side! ;) :)  Required reading for Psychology 101. 

Jack

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Photography Technique / Re: Does this photo work?
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:44:54 AM »
This is most interesting and informative.  For my taste I think I'd like a little more blur and I do prefer some inclusion of the launch pad even though I agree it can be somewhat distracting.  For me the educational value of this thread is enhanced by folk making their changes to the photo - seems I can only really appreciate a change when I see it as opposed to hear it. :)

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:28:52 AM »
Like children in front of the Christmas tree on December 24! ;)

Hope it's not like one Christmas when I was about 12 and was absolutely convinced that I was getting a much desired "transistor radio".  When all was quiet and dark I snuck it into my bed and opened it to find .......... a travel alarm clock!  Didn't sleep well at all that night!! :'(

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:00:46 PM »
weixing, now that was worth a look.  I've pretty much made up my mind.  As a beginner I can't justify it but I'm getting it because it will inspire me just like the 300 2.8 has!

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:56:08 PM »
Auto Focus manual adjustment - if you didn't do it then that could at least in part explain the results.  I have had settings up to 10 or more in deviation from the factory 0.  A +ve setting reduces front focusing and vice versa.  Lots of threads on this topic, many of them exaggerating the complexity of the process as if it's rocket science. 

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:10:58 PM »
Although it would take some effort, I agree it would be most helpful to see some of the comparative examples.  Sometimes things that are hard to believe are true but the average person doesn't have quite that much faith as to not want proof.  The photo shop I visited recently and asked about their experiences were indicating no negative customer feedback even when I pressed the issue, not that that proves too much.

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:34:33 AM »
Yes but I simply used todays conversion rates, 0.79 roughly for Canada.  So you slip me $2765 and I pass you a lens - isn't that better than paying $3K?

Jack

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:35:19 PM »
Spain price in Euros converts to $2820 US

Canadian price $3500 converts to about $2765 US

What's up?

Jack

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:10:43 PM »
PropeNonComposMentis, if I understand correctly a fan is someone who is cheering you on as you strive for a goal and well, I sure appreciate that.  I believe in life it's more important to be doing your best while pointed in the right direction and improving than to be good and stagnant.

On the other hand, I'm pretty insecure about me actually fitting that description but at the end of the day I can say I tried.  Furthermore, if I can inspire others then it's even more fun.

What I'm trying to come to grips with is the reality that while I do have an idea of what I'm trying to capture, virtually all the various points we are discussing did not consciously enter my head.  Probably, most people have the "if only" thoughts after the fact, I guess.

Jack

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:16:12 PM »
DJD, I like that kind of humor.  Something like I'd be inclined to shoot but I'd know better not to post it!

The portrait looks "stately".  I'm planning to do some of my African Grey.

Jack

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:17:24 PM »
100% on those suggestions.  If only I could remember to do all these little things!  I did once notice a garbage can in the far background of a classic car I was shooting and I moved, so there is hope! ;) I realize more than ever how important good lighting is but sometimes the lighting just isn't cooperating. 

Hmm, seems my break has gotten a little too long!  Back to work.

Jack

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:39:46 PM »
Gotcha, yes up until now I've been more birds than anything and I also was wondering about the 400 DO and doing exactly as you say.  I do enjoy landscape and other wide prospects but of course having invested heavily in the 300, it became my baby.  Where I live it's Aspen scrub forests and open fields and not quite as stimulating a landscape as other areas such as the Rockies and BC etc. but that doesn't mean there aren't great opportunities with what's here.  That's why I need to engage in understanding the artistic side of things.

This small break is not from flooring.  Before that I'm filling sanding and painting, yuk.  More fun to dream about equipment and captures!

OK, so these shots are OK shots and I'll approach them as having some positives and negatives.  Here's a shot I took last winter wondering if it had any merit.  On a bad day I say it's without merit, on a good day I think it has a very little merit but wonder what's missing.  Drab day when this was shot.  Comments, anyone.

Jack

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