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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 20, 2014, 01:25:49 PM »
Seems like this issue affects all units in the initial production runs.  Good job by Nikon to quickly acknowledge the issue and offer a fix.

Guess they learned something from the D600 oil/dust spot fiasco. 

Who cares about some silly spots? It in no way affects your ability to stroke yourself after intentionally underexposing an image of your cat by five stops, and playing around with the sliders in Lightroom.

I see psolberg has already joined the party. Surely, dilbert can't be far behind ;D

In my tiny corner of the photography world (automotive editorial), staff guys earn between $30-$45K. Beyond that, in the freelance/contract world, it's almost impossible to pin down an exact figure. On one end of the spectrum, there are people that work for nothing or next to nothing. They might only make a couple hundred dollars per year! They usually have full-time jobs in other professions, and shoot for fun. Some are itching to join a staff, but haven't had the opportunity to do so.

On the other end of the editorial spectrum, there are guys who would never join a staff because they make way more money on a contracted basis. Many got started working on a staff, but quit upon realizing the greater earning potential doing contracted work. Annual earning range between $50K-$100K. Most fall right in the middle. That said, most full-time freelance photographers that specialize in editorial work also dabble in some product and advertising photography as well.

The guys that clear $100K usually have a fair amount of public relations photography gigs, and do some editorial work on the side. By PR work, I referencing photographers that shoot images for OE manufacturers (GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, BMW, etc) that will be distributed to media outlets.

The top dogs in the business are commercial photographers that don't even bother with editorial work. These are they guys shooting brochures, ad campaigns, and billboards. In the U.S., you can count these guys on one or two hands :) Everyone aspires to be as good as them someday. They can charge hundreds of thousands of dollars per shoot, but they also have full-time staff members, hoards of assistants, and 18-wheelers full of equipment that rack up the expenses. Even so, they earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

The unofficial hierarchy of earnings/prestige is:

1) Commercial photography
2) PR photography
3) Editorial photography

Of course, that's just my opinion ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK I Still Relevant?
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:35:46 PM »
I've touched my 5D only once since replacing it with the 5D3. Thank goodness for that. While the 5D still offers great IQ, it's hard to re-acclimate to using after being spoiled by the MK3. I can't believe I used to rely on that junk screen ;D That said, IQ wise I very much prefer the 5D over the 7D. 

Sports / Re: Formula One from Silverstone
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:01:24 PM »
And V8 Beast, that’s the deal of the decade, if you wanna do the same for the Abu Dhabi GP let me know ;)

If I get rich some day I might have to take you up on that offer. Flights from Austin to Abu Dhabi are $2,000 - $2,500 right now. Ouch!

Sports / Re: Formula One from Silverstone
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:48:25 PM »
Great shots. As thrilling as the Alonso vs. Vettel battle was on TV, I can only imagine how exciting it was in person. What an incredible atmosphere for an F1 race. I hope to attend an F1 race in Silverstone someday.

I have a proposal for any Brits out there. I'll let you stay at my house in Austin for the USGP and shuttle you back and forth to the track if you do the same for me in England for the 2015 British GP ;D

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:44:18 PM »

Thanks!  Would you believe I took the on my kitchen table?  ;D  The Merc is a CMC 1/18 scale diecast model shot in a tent on black acrylic.

I guess that's kinda like a studio. Shows what I know! LOL ;D

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:57:04 PM »
Amazing shots, Tom. I love the wide-angle pan blur, color balance, and overall processing.

Roo: Great shot of the Merc! Is this a studio shot, or a clever bit of post processing?

Great shots, and once again Montreal put up a great show. What a massive turnaround for Red Bull. The Nico vs. Lewis saga gets more interesting each race. As for Ferrari, at least they still make fast road cars :o

Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:23:29 PM »
First time posting here, got a few from last year at Silverstone as the 2014 circus hasn't quite got round to the UK yet...

All from general spectator areas with a 5Diii shooting through the fence with 400mm f5.6 (sometimes with old sigma 1.4x) at the GP or following young driver test...

Sunday, enjoy the race :)

Great shots! Last year's cars look so much better!

Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:54:21 PM »
The wombat is back! Terrific shots, mate! On a side note, I hope these new cars sound better in person than they do on TV!

And yes, for capturing pan blurs of cars going around a track, the 5D3's AF is utterly amazing. Just to amuse myself, I played around with the auto 61-point selection instead of zone AF on the autocross yesterday. To my surprise, it worked just as well if not better than in zone AF mode. What a machine. Whenever the 5D4 comes out, unless it offers some substantial improvements, I think I might skip the next generation of the 5D series and stick with my Mark 3.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 17, 2014, 12:32:04 AM »
19 seasons with only 1 championship win with Merc engines isn’t a good statistic for a team like McLaren Graham, they do look strong at the moment but it's only race 1 of the season...........ohh yeah, and McLaren are winning the constructors championship at the moment  ;D

I understand the whole nostalgia element, but I think having drivers like Senna and Prost during the Honda-powered McLaren era may have had something to do with why Honda engines seemed so dominant :) As it stands, Honda will be a year behind the curve when they re-enter F1 in 2015. With such dramatic rule changes since the last time Honda was in F1, I wouldn't want to be their guinea pigs! Nevertheless, I'd very much like to see McLaren and Ferrari start winning races again. I don't know about Ferrari, but McLaren doesn't seem that far off.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:13:40 PM »
What a race! A Mercedes, a rookie, and a Red Bull (driven by the team's #2 driver no less) on podium, great stuff. I might have a new favorite driver in Ricciardo. I love this guy's enthusiasm. I can't wait to see how the action intensifies once the schedule moves on to tracks with more over-taking opportunities.

We'll have to see if Red Bull's disqualification stands:

Sounds like BS to me, and if the FIA has any decency they'll sustain Red Bull's appeal.

On a side note, the Mercedes power units are looking stout. I wonder if Ron Dennis is reconsidering the team's projected switch to Honda power next season. Honda's last foray as an engine supplier in F1 wasn't exactly a raging success.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:25:00 PM »
RE The more prominent Mobil sponsor on Mclaren, that's a one off for Australia, it's to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their partnership. Mclaren still don't have a title sponsor so potentially the side pods will be blank at the second race.

Liking some of the photos here. Glad I heard a V8 before they were retired. Wish I had the opportunity to go to an F1 race this year, but the prices for the British GP are just outrageous. Cheaper to go to Belgium, or the 24 hours of Le Mans, Le Mans wins every time in that dilemma I think!

Thanks for the update on Mobil.  I wasn't aware of that until they rolled out for the first practice session on Friday morning here but that livery does look really good.

After all the carry on about the (lack of) sound (and I was one of those missing the screaming v8), it was all forgotten in one epic qualifying session. 

I would love to go to Spa for a GP and especially to tour the original track :D  Le Mans also has its charm and with Porsche back it becomes more compelling.  I still love Steve McQueen's movie - When you’re racing, it... it’s life. Anything that happens before or after... is just waiting.

Great shots, Roo! It was great to see the home crowd supporting Ricciardo during qualifying. What an effort by Red Bull after a disastrous winter. The Williams/Martini livery looks fantastic, too.

I lament the loss of the naturally aspirated era. It's not that I don't like the sound of the new turbo motors. It's just that they're so quiet. I feel as if the much of the emotion has been stripped from F1. I won't pass final judgement until I've had a chance to hear the new cars in person in Austin, but nevertheless the action is qualifying was epic to say the least.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:31:25 PM »
Great images everyone! Kudos all around.

The Goodwood Revival looks like a real hoot. They televised part of has year's race here in the states, and it happened to be a race that Adrian Newey was racing in. Turns out not only is a brilliant engineer, he's quite a skilled driver as well.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:04:19 PM »
Hi Folks.
Being an engineer and fond of fixing vehicles it looks to me like the rear end not only has excessive positive camber, it also appears to have a huge amount of toe in!

This is just a wild guess, but perhaps the positive camber is there to increase the contact patch of the tire as the the rear suspension compresses during acceleration? The new turbo motors, after all, do produce quite a bit more torque than the old V-8s.

On a side note, the 2014 Ferrari is unspeakably hideous. It's by far the ugliest car in the pits! I might have to reconsider my stance as a fan of the Scuderia. I am refraining from posting pics of it, as I don't want people vomiting on their keyboards :o

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