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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:28:28 PM »
pabst photo? that's my beer!(and the beer of hipsters, but i don't hold that against them, or the fact that they jsut sold out to russians)

I find myself doing this from time to time, and it sounds like you told the client what i always tell them with these things. You did very well, and i'd certainly be pleased with that result. I second what Mt Spokane says, but of course there almost always seems to be room for improvement with such things. I monday morning quaterback the hell out of my work sometimes.
  As for the guy talking about pano, i would have done it, but then i would have taken some single exposure stuff as a safety net. you would think that the people would know how important it is try and make it work for the photo guy, and extension the client(your friend) but people just don't behave. i don't have much faith that people can even post for a shot like this without giving me the finger, or some other sly move. maybe even pull a "Teen Wolf" type of background thing(it's a thing, google it). i wouldn't put it past many.
  anyway, good work, i'm sure they will be pleased.

Back when I was at uni, we had quite a few group shots over the years, one guy on the course enjoyed whipping a testicle out to see if it would get noticed afterwards. One may have ended up enlarged on the wall in the department during open days for prospective students...

To the OP, you did very well given the circumstances. Did you ask the bride and groom to crouch or did they just automatically do that?

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:03:50 PM »
Just curious for people who put a big tele on the camera and have the pancake in the pocket. When you switch the pancake on to the camera where do you put the tele lens now? It won't fit it the pocket would it  :o?

Mine hands from a Sunsniper strap attached to the tripod collar.

Nice to note that the Digital Picture review mentions the preposterous pricing in Europe and the UK. Here we pay £179 - the equivalent of $280 including tax. It's worth it, but it isn't the bargain that it is in the USA!
£179? Yikes!  :o :o :o
Man, thats mean.
German retailers sell it right now for 160 to 170 € including tax. See here:
I don't need it right now, but I want it. I feel pretty much tempted to buy but maybe I can wait if the next cashback includes this tiny one (The actual winter promotion doesn't).

Maybe you should order from the continent...
It's too late for me and the 24mm - I already bought it. But my next lens purchase will be the 100-400mm mk II and 1.4x mk III - and that's a big investment and it looks like I could save a couple of hundred pounds by buying from Germany or elsewhere in Europe. Of course I could buy from a grey importer but I think I'd rather have the reassurance of Canon UK warranty support for a lens like the 100-400.
Interestingly my local dealer is Calumet. Calumet UK charge £179 for the 24mm pancake. Calumet Deutschland charge €179...

The 24mm pancake is now available as a grey import for £129, which is about $202. Just a few £'s more than the 40mm. The difference in pricing is tempting me...

Reviews / Re: reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: November 28, 2014, 02:34:58 PM »
Any way, the EF-S 24 has a limited market. Basically it really only makes sense on SL1/100D, if one wants really compact size ... and lowest possible price - for an optically very decent lens.

I think that a 'normal' lens that fits easily in one's pocket makes a lot of sense.  I certainly find the 40/2.8 useful for just that reason – when I'm primarily shooting with a telephoto lens, I don't have to carry another lens in a bag/case.

I echo this. For me as a crop shooter the 40 is just a focal length I don't really tend to use. The 24 however will be a perfect pocket lens (if image quality is good and I can get it for a reasonable price here in the UK) to take to airshows and motorsport events if I don't want to take a general zoom or will mainly have a telephoto equipped.

Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:12:13 PM »

Untitled by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Untitled by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:10:49 PM »

Sunset by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:06:44 PM »
TomF - Love the last short. Great capture!

slclick - Like that photo a lot too.

Just one from myself. Took this a couple of weeks ago at Frinton On Sea.

Life Buoy by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:03:57 PM »
Just a couple from Heybridge Basin on Monday. Got there just as the tide peaked. Lack of wind meant the water was smooth as silk for about 30-45 minutes.

Anyone have any tips for reducing/removing the haze/pollution on the horizon in lightroom? Upping the exposure and letting Auto edit has improved it somewhat. But it still isn't how I would like it.

Untitled by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Shipwrecked by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Congrats! I'm not at all envious  ;)

I'm having the same dilemma myself, but I haven't the budget for a Macbook Pro. I don't want Windows 8, or all the bloating software that goes with Windows. Realistically I've decided to put up with this horribly slow, 7 year old, cheap at the time PC, at least until the next windows OS comes along. It runs lightroom, just takes a bit of time for the images to load, but that is probably down to the library being on an external USB2.0 drive (internal drive is full, and it isn't my PC anyway).

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:43:56 PM »
At the air races

T-6 Race Pylons Reno 2013 3752 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

Nice shot! They look a lot lot lower and closer to the crowd (or were they event togs?) than you get here in the UK! I bet the sound was immense!  :)

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:18:35 PM »
Anyone know the status of the 24mm pancake? Wondering about a release date mainly.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:54:56 PM »
I'd be interested to see how it performs at airshows, and planes in general. The mk1 suffered badly, even at very low ISO at times in my experience from it this year, so if that has improved a lot I'd going to have to ban myself from the local camera shops...  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:58:17 AM »
Maybe not putting my 7D mk1 away in the bag when it rained last month wasn't such a good idea (now I've seen all the extra places the mk2 has sealing). Rain covers will be on Santas wish list this year I think.

Impressive upgrades and an impressive dissection.

Most people can probably get away with not using rain covers. I mean the 60D has been rubbished so much in build and sealing but despite being dropped and rained on quite a bit it still lives. I mean it's all probabilities, but some people make it sound like it's super fragile if it's not magnesium alloyed and sealed like a 1-series.

Fair point, but an extra bit of protection wouldn't hurt. Given I don't earn my living from photography, it would be tough to justify spending again to replace the body or lens because I had skimped on a £10 rain cover. I opened up all the flaps etc and left it to dry out properly and none of openings showed signs of water ingress. But you never know until its too late.

What I'm interested to know is, will it bend in your pocket?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:49:03 PM »
Maybe not putting my 7D mk1 away in the bag when it rained last month wasn't such a good idea (now I've seen all the extra places the mk2 has sealing). Rain covers will be on Santas wish list this year I think.

Impressive upgrades and an impressive dissection.

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:10:12 PM »
A few from lake Bled in Slovenia.

I could pass several weeks simply sat on that bench in shot 4 and letting the time go by. Great shots too!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:20:43 PM »
Here are some sample shots I was shooting in JPG only so just cropped the pictures. Some of these shots are below the standard I would normal post but I wanted you to get an idea of how the camera handles. You can check the EXIF data which is why I am posting to Flickr.

After seeing this thread this morning I saw the request for photos but none from yesterday were usable. I have a hide on the river Stour so I went down there despite rain being threatened. I have used the hide a few times hoping to get shots of otters (many people have told me that no otters live on the river), I have spotted them twice but never managed an acceptable shot. As I was setting up my 5Dmk3 I noticed movement in the reeds so grabbed my 7Dmk2 pointed it in the direction of the disturbance when suddenly an otter surfaced right at my feet. Using the Cannon 70-300mm L it was to close for me to focus. It disappeared so I ran down the river bank. Spotting the otter I held my finger down taking over 100 jpgs, that is when I realized I had not set RAW+JPG but just JPG, I quickly changed setting and am hopeful for the shots in RAW. Anyway thank you for demanding photos as I finally have proof otters live in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Thanks for the photos. How did the camera focus cope at tracking them as you followed them?

I may have to try heading up that way sometime to photograph some otters. Can't be any more of the wild goose chase that was deer watching at Hatfield forest last week, I saw nothing but squirrels all day.

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