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Photography Technique / Storage Workflow
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:22:21 AM »
Hi,
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.
Ray

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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?
Thanks
Ray

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Photography Technique / Importing Images
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
Hi,
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

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Photography Technique / Paris
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:45:37 PM »
Hi,
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
Ray

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Photography Technique / EF 24-70 F/2.8 II or Zeiss 21mm Distagon
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:14:04 PM »
Hi,
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

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Photography Technique / Slides
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:34:56 PM »
Hi,
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,
Ray

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Photography Technique / Yosemite National Park
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:30:31 PM »
Hi Friends,
This year is turning out to be one that I am able to satisfy a few places in my bucket list. Not only am I going to Yellowstone but now might be able to go to Yosemite as well to photograph! However, looking at the website it seems I might be out of luck with hotels in the park itself. Any suggestions on alternate, convenient and nice places to stay there? From where I would be able to go into the park early mornings and stay late to capture some good photographs? Family coming too so camping is not an option. Thank you in advance
Ray

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Photography Technique / Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park
« on: January 01, 2014, 11:09:37 AM »
Hi,
I have been a long time visitor and decided to join. This is such a great site, have learnt a lot and enjoyed your photographs immensely. I could do with some advice. I will be traveling to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in the spring-summer time frame and could do with some some advice on points of interest and good photographic points. I have been shooting for a few years purely for personal enjoyment. I think I have improved my technique slowly but my ignorance is vast. I currently shoot with
Canon 5D MKIII, 24-70 F/2.8 L, EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II and EF 50mm F 1.8.
Filters: B&W KSM circular polarizer and the Singh Ray Vari ND filter.
Tripod: Manfrotto carbon fiber with Kirk BH3 ballhead and a Kirk L bracket
Remote release: Vello

Currently my main areas of interest are landscape, portraits and available light photography.
My questions are three fold:
1) Points of interest in the park where it offers interesting opportunities for photography.
2) Planning to be in Yellowstone for 3 days and Grand Tetons for 2. Is that fine or would you recommend switching the time a bit?
3) Though I feel I have enough equipment, this is a dream trip which I have been thinking of doing for years but have been unable to so I want to maximize my time there. Do I need any wider lenses? Any other filters? I have toyed with the idea of Lee filters but haven't made the jump yet.
Thanks a lot.
Ray

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