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Congrats on the sale!

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:45:37 PM »
My favorite focal length ranges from 14mm to 1200mm, depending on what I'm shooting.

+1, but I stop at 300mm currently.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gold-trimmed Nikon DF - good, bad, ugly?
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:42:51 PM »
Reminds me of the Firebird from "smokey and the bandit."

East bound and down, loaded up an' truckin..........  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:41:02 PM »
I've been happy with sandisk and sony.  B&H is having a good sale on the sony cards right now.  They aren't as fast as the sandisk, but they appear to be faster than what the camera's can clear their buffers.   I can wait a few seconds more for a $18 32G SDHC card.


Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:38:24 PM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?

Normally, they release a new version every year, but its now 1-1/2 years since version 5.  Since they release a new sub versions to keep up with new cameras being announced,  a few new sub versions are normal and expected.

I wonder if the next version will be subscription only.

Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:34:55 PM »
I also agree that switching to a 7D MkII would be a great start.   You may find the crop factor might keep your 70-200 relevant for what you are wanting to do.   If not, then you can trade it out for the new 100-400.

Good luck!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:14:35 PM »
My "new to me" 5d arrived today! 

Software & Accessories / Re: My HP Laptop getting too hot!
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:02:29 AM »
What is the model number?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:17:41 PM »
Still waiting....  I think they shipped via horse and buggy.

« on: November 13, 2014, 03:33:17 PM »
Go for it!

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:14:03 PM »
Thank you for sharing - they all look pretty fine.
As you have asked for feedback, here you order of latest post first

1 - I would have removed the "air" under the last step at the bottom
2 - Not critically sharp on my screen, either too tightly or to widely cropped. Rather give me his full left shoulder (if available) or crop even a bit more
3- Great - if anything, I personally prefer eyelevel shots
4 - Pretty cool. Try "with feet" version and try "rectified wall"
5 - Perfect
6 - Would have cropped above waist level. The little blue jeans does not add much
7 - Something went wrong with white balance or is the greenish cast intentionally? Tree growing "out of his head" could be avoided
8 - Personally to me this is a landscape format. Use more of the railway track to visualise "the future ahead".
9 - Love the idea!! Try closer and from "little girl eyelevel" and take at least her heel into the frame. Maybe take a variant with him looking into the little girl's eyes

All in all impressive for starters!
Hope that helps

Have agreat day

Thanks for the feedback Olaf.   I had to laugh about the tree growing out of his head - you were right and I wasn't paying attention to the background when I took the shot.  I'll see if I can remove the tree. :)   Also, I appreciate your critique.   I'll work on your recommendations and repost the updates later today or tomorrow.


Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:46:59 AM »
I would have liked a less busy background.  But that's picking nits.

These look like some good photographs.

What was it about the professional photographs that the family did not like?  Were they YANAP candidates?  :)

I'm not sure what YANAP is.   I didn't ask them about what they didn't like, just what they were wanting.  I didn't see the other photographs either - perhaps I should have to make sure I didn't give them a similar result.  So far they seem pleased with the results, which is my goal.   Thanks for the feedback.

Canon General / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:25:58 AM »
Lots of great info here. 

I recommend checking out the 35mm f2 is for your prime and the ef-s 10-22 for your wide angle lens.
Welcome to the group!

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:58:16 PM »
One last one.

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:56:29 PM »
Wow - the pictures showed up a lot bigger than they used too :)

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