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Photography Technique / Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:03:34 AM »
I am headed there for a few days. Could you suggest some good icons to photograph and places to photograph them from? I'll be in downtown and without a rental car so mostly walking distances. I would like to find good spots to shoot the skyline, particularly after dark. Never been there, heard very good things about the city. Thanks,

Photography Technique / Filters
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:06:13 PM »
I have been toying with the idea of getting some ND filters for a while. I recently changed my main lens to a 82mm filter size. I have the B&W Kaessman MRC Nano XS Pro 77mm CPL.  Even though I have other lenses with the 77mm filter size my main use of this filter is with the lens which I changed. So my options are to get a CPL with a 82mm size, sell my 77mm one and use a 82mm with a step up ring or buy Lee filters. Though my CPL is pretty new I know there may not be much resale value. Getting a new 82mm one is $200 or so!
My questions:
-I understand that getting into the Lee system is going to be much more expensive in the long run but will it be a better investment in the long run?
- Is the learning curve steep?
- Which ND filters would you recommend?  I think the Big Stopper is a must?
- Graduated or not?
- Soft or hard edge?
Any advice or resources is appreciated.

Lenses / EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:15:03 PM »
I have the F2.8L version 1 for the last several years and it has served well. I think it's time to move on.  Wanted to see opinions about going for the Version 2, F4 version and why? I want to stick to Canon. The F2.8 II is quite pricey at $2099 currently. I am not sure I can get more than $800-900 for my current one. Also, there was an issue with some noise coming from the newer version( I remember that there were specific serial numbers that were affected), is that issue resolved? I like to do low light photography and landscape. Please suggest. Thanks,

Photography Technique / Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:37:24 PM »
I have a tripod with a Kirk ballhead which I like and have no problems with.  I anticipate exchanging the tripod legs and keeping the head. I also anticipate getting a super tele sometime later this year. I am wondering whether I should just use the ballhead (weight limit permitting) or explore a gimbal head. Having never used one I have no idea whether it is necessarily useful for me. I main interests are landscapes but want to do wildlife, just haven't had the time to do some wildlife travel. Currently no interest in Birds in flight which I gather is a very good use for gimbals. I understand that gimbal head require a lens collar? I do have a couple of lenses which do not come with a collar. Any input appreciated.

Photography Technique / Night Shot- Brooklyn Bridge
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:17:30 PM »
Here is a shot I took the other day. Beautiful NY evening, perfect for this sort of a thing. One of my all time favorite subjects to shoot as well!

ISO 200, F14, 38mm and 20 sec shot on tripod with cable release straight out of camera, no post at all. Please critique how you would compose it differently.

My questions:
- I would crop more of the water  and sky out to get tighter in. Also bring the edges in tighter on the right side of the frame. Would you?
- I don't really like the carousel in the glass room. Would like to remove it. Would you do the same or do you think it actually adds to the picture?
-  I am just beginning to learn PS CS5 and know nothing about layers etc, so if you were to remove the glass house how would you do it?
- I am not sure but think that the entire bridge is not in focus despite shooting at F14. Do you think so too?


Photography Technique / Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:56:07 AM »
I seem to be having trouble using my remote release while using Live View. I use  Vello's Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote with the 5D MK III. The on camera shutter release works fine. When I use the remote cable release without the live view it works fine but when I try it with live view it just doesn't work. I have to switch back to the viewfinder to take the shot or use the camera button. I noticed this during night shots as otherwise I don't use the remote release.
Is there an issue with this unit, or a setting I may have not activated/deactivated?
Thanks for your help.

Photography Technique / Aspect ratio
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:09:03 PM »
The canon 5D III has aspect ratios that you can pick from. Is there a preferred one or how does one pick?

Photography Technique / Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:26:14 AM »
I recently cropped some images and when uploaded to a printing site they would not fit their specs. and got cropped even more to fit their dimensions. How does one crop without having these issues? Are their any dimensions to be kept in mind for a specific print size? If I take an image straight out of camera with no cropping this issue does not happen and I can pick and choose whatever print size I want without worrying about the file size or dimensions. Please educate. Thanks

Landscape / Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:50:48 PM »
Been a while but finally got some time. Here are a few. The Grand Prismatic, The Tetons and in the Yellowstone park.Thanks,

Photography Technique / Storage Workflow
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:22:21 AM »
I was wondering if you could share your workflow with storage of your images. So far what I have been doing is downloading images to two laptops and one desktop for redundancy. Every month I do physical backup to an external portable drive of all images. As I start my journey into playing with RAW images this laborious process is eating up a lot of space. I have thought about removing all images into a standalone external drive, thereby freeing up space on the laptop but then I loose the accessibility of looking at the images when I want and from whichever event I want. Or to even just process some images on the fly. The second issue is of security and so I am looking at some online storages like iCloud etc. How do you all work on these 2 issues? Thanks for your time.

Photography Technique / Black & White
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:00:09 PM »
Hello All,
I recently just experimented in doing some black and white photography and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. I think it has been asked before but
1) Is there a difference between shooting in monochrome and shooting in full color and then converting it into B&W using software?
2) Compared to some older film and also digital images I noticed that the blacks in mine were not as black but more dark greyish. I prefer the pitch dark black look. How do I achieve that?

Photography Technique / Importing Images
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
I recently returned from a trip with close to 2000 pictures on my Canon 5D MK III. I generally import onto iPhoto. So I did the usual. After the supposed import it usually says finishing import and then whether I want to keep the images on the camera or delete them. This time it kept the window saying finishing import for a long time and then iPhoto quit. I did the whole thing again and in the beginning it always gives a prompt if I wanted to download duplicate images again and normally I don't but since I did not see the images on iPhoto I did. Strangely I could not see the images nor the events it creates. Same thing on two computers. Any thoughts? Thanks

Photography Technique / Paris
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:45:37 PM »
I am headed to Paris in a week. Could anyone please help with some nice places to shoot? Particularly night shots. Also information of where a tripod is allowed or not would be very helpful. Thanks

Photography Technique / EF 24-70 F/2.8 II or Zeiss 21mm Distagon
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:14:04 PM »
I have some tours planned for the summer. I missed the sale on the Canon 24-70 ver II a few months ago($600 off)  which I planned to upgrade to from my version 1. Since then I have read some amazing things about the Zeiss as well seen some outstanding pictures from both. I do mainly landscape and portraits. I have the 70-200mm F2.8 II which I tend to use exclusively for portraits. I do this for pleasure and not a living. I like the flexibility of the zoom, auto focus of the Canon but have only heard rave reviews of the Zeiss particularly for landscape photography. I have not used a MF lens before and am not sure how steep the learning curve is. What would you recommend? I shoot with a Canon 5D III. Thanks

Photography Technique / Slides
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:34:56 PM »
I discovered some rolls of  slide film. I used to do these about 6-7 years ago and loved the product. Since then I have now moved to digital with the 40D and now the 5D MKIII. My film camera doesn't even work now. Just out of nostalgia was thinking of buying a used film camera but am not sure if the slides can even be processed. I have some Kodak Elite Chrome 200 and some Kodachrome 200 film . I see that Fuji Velvia is still available and being processed. Even if it is processed, is it worth it anymore? Thoughts? Thanks,

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