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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
Well, this is the year I turn the big 4-0.  Instead of buying a car or getting a large tattoo, my family and I are taking a trip to Alaska.  For the trip we plan to see wildlife, big and small, as well as plenty of beautiful landscapes.  I am using this trip as an excuse to get some more gear and was hoping to get some thoughts from others out there in a similar situation, ie, buying gear for a big trip when you have a good excuse :)  Specifically I would like to purchase a back-up camera.  In general, any thoughts about travel and photography in Alaska are also welcome.  We plan to spend time from Seward and Denali for about 10 days in August. 

As of now, I plan to take a 5D MkIII with a 24mm TSE, 40mm pancake for hiking, 100mm L macro, and a 300mm f/2.8 with extenders - already have a good tripod and backpack.  I am considering the 6D or Sony A7 as a second camera option.  I definitely want a camera I can use without purchasing new lenses. Thanks.

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Lenses / Cool Canon lens technology.....
« on: January 08, 2014, 07:25:37 PM »
Awesome display of lens technology:  http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2014/01/video-what-goes-inside-canon-lenses

It reminds me to never take the work that goes into our gear for granted.

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Landscape / First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:26:52 PM »
I am hoping to get some constructive feedback on this image.  Positive and negative feedback are welcome.  I have been shooting landscapes seriously for the past 1-2 years.  My goal for 2013 was to shoot all of my landscapes in raw and learn Lightroom. 

This picture was taken yesterday on a hike in Montana.  The light was blah until some rays of the sun broke thru a small opening in the clouds for a few seconds and highlighted the rocks on the shore.  Luckily I had my camera on the tripod and was able to swing it around a grab this shot before the light moved on.  I hope the picture captures a little part of the actual beauty compared to seeing it in person.  The picture was shot in raw with a 5DMkIII and 24mm TS-E.  No tilt or shift and editing consisted of minor adjustments in Lightroom and small amount of cropping.

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Software & Accessories / Panoramas...How to have a consistent blue sky?
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:22:44 PM »
I currently shoot panoramas using a tripod with my camera in manual mode, manual focus, and manual white balance.  Right now I use the Canon PhotoStitch software that came with my camera.  Whenever the shots used for the panorama have a blue sky, the blue is never consistent across the entire panorama.  You can almost always see a faint line at the stitching site revealing slightly different shades of blue.  Any ideas on how to correct the problem?  I looked thru previous panorama threads and saw that PTGui is highly recommended - not sure if better software would help?

Thanks in advance.

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Lenses / 24mm ts-e with a polarizer?
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:43:34 PM »
I was lucky enough to acquire a 24mm ts-e for landscape work prior to a trip to Utah next month. I am curious if anyone has had good luck with a screw on polarizer for this lens or is the lens too wide to get nice results.  If you have had good luck, what polarizer do you recommend?  Any other advice for this lens is appreciated.  Thanks

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PowerShot / A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 24, 2013, 02:41:35 PM »
On my past day hikes (up to 15 miles with elevation change) I have taken my 5D mark II with 2 lenses and ND filters to capture landscapes.  This year I am excited to take my young son on a multi-day backing trip to cover 30-35 miles.  Because of his age,  I will be carrying most of the camping gear, food, etc.  I do not think I will have room for my current set up, so I am looking for advice for the best next-best option to my dSLR.  My budget is about $1500, and I have looked into the Canon G1X, Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm kit lens, Sony RX100, Sony Nex with ? lens, etc.  I have also considered taking my 5D mark II with only the 50mm f/1.4 attached, but I am worried about only having one focal length.  My priority is high image quality for stills/ landscapes.

I would appreciate any advice or experience from a similar situation.  I have attached one of my pics, so you can see what i like to shoot.

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