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Photography Technique / Hot Tips for Shooting Photos in Cold Weather
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:27:11 PM »
Shooting photos during the winter months can be an extremely rewarding experience, but only if you are prepared to handle the elements.

For me living in the Northeast (Princetown, NY) doesn’t afford me the ability to shoot in perfect conditions, like where the temps are ideal because the sun is abundant about 62 days a year, give or take. The remaining days are typically cold and wet. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most beautiful areas of the country. That being said, when the spring and summer seasons come to a close many photographers put their cameras on the shelf and hibernate, awaiting the sweet glory of warmer air.

If you're interested in my tips and tricks for shooting in cold weather click the link below and let me know what you think. Thanks!


Macro / Towercomb: A closeup of my Mac Tower
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:45:57 PM »
I took a photo of my Mac tower with my 7D and a my EF 50mm f/1.8 II



Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:54:45 PM »
I can't wait to photography the comets of 2013. All of your posts have got me amped up even more! I'm praying for some really clear evenings here in upstate NY in between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains! Either way it's going to be one heck of a summer to capture.

I'll post my images to the forum and to my blog via this link.

Landscape / Acadia National Park and my Canon 7D
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:43:17 PM »
A Perfect Photo Vacation,

I had a wonderful chance to spend a week in the majestic Acadia National Park located near Bar Harbor, Maine this past summer (2012) and was blessed to have absolutely perfect weather at least 5 out of the 8 days I was there.

Now that I have some free time, you know before the spring shooting season starts up, I have started to collect my images. I have wanted to share them with everyone as I always spark up and get the best and most interesting conversations from my fellow CRF members.

All of the shot's taken were with my Canon EOS 7D - My absolute favorite camera of all time. Which of course factors in price / performance / image quality and video quality. Regardless, that's a topic for another post.

The shots were mostly made from my 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Nevertheless, I have attached some of my shots.

You can read more about the trip and see additional photos from my photo vacation on my blog if you are interested

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: jpg vs. RAW...
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:25:10 PM »
I use JPEG for timelapse.

Life is too short. 

I agree with you about JPEG for time-lapse. I was wasting so much time and space processing my raw files. It was a hassle dealing with the file maintenance. Don't get me wrong. I love RAW and it's my preferred method for still photography but the benefits for time-lapse are minimal.

For a while I was cheating and just shooting video and speeding it up in post. With my primary background and profession as a motion designer for a video production studio this is a major NO NO. However, I was lazy and low and behold one day I really needed to zoom in and catch something that I was not expecting way off in the distance.  Unfortunately, the resolution was not there and I learned my lesson. Which really was not a lesson since I KNOW better than that. So I chalked it up to be a good dose of self punishment because I'm sure that if I could have blown in on this particular region of the video I would have had a once in a lifetime time-lapse capture instead of a cluster of blurry pixels.

Has anyone cheating time lapse with video ever been stuck like this before ?


Lenses / Re: A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:02:25 PM »
Wow thanks for the amazing conversation. I would love to see some of your shots with the 50. Please post and share some please. I'm so interested in what others do with this lens.


Lenses / Re: A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:24:54 AM »
Nothing beats it for price/value. Still my preferred 50 because canon has yet to convince me any of their other offerings are worth the price. If there is ever a 50mm non L with true ring USM I'm totally in on the preorder.

robbymack You are so right on that! I would be next in line behind you on that preorder. I can't even begin to tell you how many people compliment me on my photos that I take with my 50mm f/1.8 and when I tell them it's a lens valued around $100 they tell me time and time again they don't believe me.


Portrait / Re: My happy nephew
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:17:16 AM »
Hey rpt

Well said !

Lenses / Re: A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:09:30 AM »
I agree, but I am afraid that if this thread has legs, you will be savaged at some point by a lens snob, or perhaps a lens snob mob.

That's okay. In the end it's all about the image and the creativity. That's what counts at the end of the day when you or your client are happy. On my blog I have an image shot with my iPhone 4s and I get so many people commenting on it. They have no idea about the camera. I think that's pretty amazing. Don't you think?


Lenses / A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:50:15 PM »
The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is a fantastic portrait and street lens that won't leave you or your wallet disappointed.

There have been many lenses in my life, some of them have been great and some of them not so great. I for sure have had my share of spending way too much on a lens only for it to sit in my camera bag as a unwanted fragile passenger, well unwanted is not the word, it would be best defined as a weary passenger. We are all to familiar with the feeling of being out shooting and the uncomfortable burden of guilt that is tethered to not using a lens.

With that I have had the exact opposite experience where I spent barely anything on a lens and found it almost welded onto my Canon 7D . This lens was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens which goes for about $104 and is the second version of this unbelievable prime lens. I never thought that I would be spending more for my cameras memory this year buying a Transcend 32GB 600X Compact Flash than on a new lens. How strange!

From the unboxing you will find immediately that the lens is fairly, lets say, cheaply made. Admittedly, I might add, I was even a little surprised to discover how cheap the lens feels. Well at some point you attach the lens and walla first light.

After the first or second shot you will instantly forget about that the cheap feeling of the lens and you realize that this lens is an absolute beauty. Shot after shot you will discover that the depth of field at f/1.8 and the sweet bokeh you create is unmatched. Well that is for the $119 that you spent on the lens . Of course you could go and spend $369 on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and achieve a slight bit more DOF and bokeh but honestly the sharpness of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is in my opinion is slightly crisper in the details.

I have been addicted to this lens now for several months and I can't seem to stop shooting with it. It's a workhorse that won't leave you disappointed. Shoot me an email via my blog and let me know what you think.

Click the link below to see more shots that I took with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens


Portrait / My happy nephew
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:48:58 PM »

Landscape / Re: A skyline to remember.
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:44:23 AM »

What a stunning photo. I love the beautiful gradient and your composition is magnificent. The cloud that is lingering close to the ground with the treeline makes the shot even more impressive. Wow. I know how the sunsets can be for your region. I have family that live in the Thousand Island region of New York and I have never seen sunsets more gorgeous on such a consistent basis. Way more than where I live and I'm only 3 hrs south in the Capital region of NY. Big difference. Anyhow, please share more photos if you have them.  Aglet, do you have any of your work online for me to checkout?

I welcome all of my Canon Rumors friends to learn more about me at my blog.

Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: September 11, 2012, 03:11:00 AM »
Wow everyone. I'm shocked on how amazing your photos are. Seriously fantastic on so many levels. The amount of talent in this forum is exactly why I have been coming back more and more these days.

Thank you all for sharing.

I welcome all of my Canon Rumors friends to learn more about me at my blog.

Landscape / A skyline to remember.
« on: September 11, 2012, 03:01:45 AM »
I will never forget the sky on this night when I was on a walk. I almost missed this scene as I was fiddling with my camera. Then all of a sudden I looked up and was rocked with this scene.  I took about 200 photos and HD video of this once in a lifetime display of colors.  I was stunned at the beauty and the color.

Have you ever been stunned by a vista of the sky? I sure have.

I welcome all of my Canon Rumors friends to learn more about me at my blog.

Landscape / Bald Mountain Panoramic
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:17:21 AM »
A panoramic photo from the top of Bald Mountain in Old Forge, NY. On the way up to the Rondaxe Fire Tower. This photo was selected by Google Earth to showcase the region.


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