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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Inspirational...
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:08:14 AM »
Some day, when I win the lottery ... I want to travel and make like this...

Peace! 8)

Portrait / The official: Portrait Humor Thread....
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:15:06 AM »
The official: Portrait Humor Thread....

Keep it clean...
Okay, so a friend asked me for some examples of "bad portraits"

As I was gathering a few examples... (I know, mine suck as well)..I thought I'd share....

You know... from one "bad" photographer to another...

Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / Magic Lantern Questions
« on: April 11, 2013, 05:25:49 AM »
Howdy folks, it's me again  ;D

Searched Canon Rumors and the last
thread about Magic Lantern was back
sometime in October 2012.  So not to
necro an old thread, I started a new.
Please excuse me if this question is
already answered, but searching CR
for Canon 60D + Magic Lantern +
SDHC UHS-I, was fruitless.

According to a web quote:

"The Canon 60D accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC
memory cards, and does not ship with a card.
Canon recommends a Class 6 card or faster for
recording HD movies. UHS-I compliant cards are
supported, but the camera does not
take advantage of their increased bus speeds

"Note that the Canon 60D manual says
"SDHC and SDXC cards featuring UHS (Ultra High
Speed) enable a maximum writing speed of SD
Speed Class 10". We asked Canon for clarification
on this, and they said the Canon 60D is
not UHS-I compliant
but should work with
UHS cards at up to SD Class 10 speeds."

Would installing Magic Lantern on the 60D
allow the camera to take advantage of the
UHS-I (Ultra High Speed-1) write capability
of the SD UHS-I card?

Thanks in advance for any advice, tips, or tricks.

Lastly, how hard is it really to install ML and is it really worth it?

Peace! 8)

Lenses / There is euphoria in these halls...
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:44:35 AM »

It is on order !! I can't believe
my broke ass order it finely!  Thanks to my
wife and the money I made from the wedding shoot!  w00t!

because ...

*Dance* It's my birthday, it's my birthday, oh yeahs, it's my birthday!*Dance*

(43 years old today, and I feel like... okay I feel 43, lol)
Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / Equipment Breakdown
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:22:33 AM »
Ahoy mates !

Just for fun and out of curiosity I was wondering if you
good folks could help me breakdown the items in this
picture, minus the smart ass remarks like, shoes, an arm,
etc.  What I mean is the 'camera' gear he's using, I've
never seen nor can I Google search any of the equipment
seen 'covering' the photographer's body.

I know lots of you are going to say "that looks silly", "don't do
it", and "that looks stupid".  Please get beyond that, be
productive rather than destructive.


Thanks in advance, and just list the best you can, I'm
just wondering where and what cost some of that stuff is?

Peace! 8) 

Software & Accessories / PRO1D WIDE BAND CIRCULAR PL (W)
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:34:41 AM »
Anyone use one of these?


I tested one and WOW, this is awesome, ... but wanted to
ask before I pull trigger on this and buy one.

I did not know these existed until I saw a friend use one.   ??? ::) :P
Peace! 8)

Lenses / USED: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:18:03 AM »
USED: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Condition A/B



Peace! 8)

Portrait / First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: March 06, 2013, 04:08:25 AM »
Note: American that lives on the island of Okinawa Japan



I was asked / offered the job to shoot a
co-worker's / friend's wedding on the 23rd.

I accepted, we talked, came up with a plan,
she's getting me a schedule, sent me the
location (it's a restaurant / wedding reception
place that specializes in small weddings of about
100 people or less), I asked what she was looking for
I explained that I'm not a pro, and I can't guarantee
anything, she still likes my work, so....

If you don't mind, I'd like some positive
support, advice, equipment recommendations
(based on what I have) and tips / examples.

(Sorry living on Okinawa I can't buy
anything, and get it here by the 23rd,
also with the Government furloughs
that are about to hit us I can't afford
anything expensive like an L lens.)  *sigh*



1 - Canon 60D W/battery grip
1 - Canon Power Shot 20SX


1 - Polaroid Power Zoom Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash (Don't remember the model #)
1 - Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash - Old Version - got for free, missing the red lens cover.


1 - Leupold Trek Pod II
1 - OLD Tripod that used to hold the old VHS tape camcorder  :o

SD cards:

1 - 16GB Extreme class 10
1 - 8GB Class 10
2 - 8GB Class 4
2 - 4 GB Class ?


Canon EF-S Zoom lens - 18 mm - 135 mm - F/3.5-5.6 - Canon EF-S
Canon EF-S Zoom Lens 18 mm - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Is MK II

So here are some ideas / plans that I have:

A) Make an example book, so when I'm shooting
I can run over to the book, flip to any page and see
an example and say, AH-HA, let's try this !

B) I'm going to recon the place, talk to the staff
and see what 'props' they have, i.e. if it's raining,
we need plants, backgrounds and such for backdrops inside.
Oh yeah there is an attached garden to the restaurant.

C) I'm braining some 'items'... a 500W work light,
(To shoot silhouette shots, sort of like this:

(Google search)

Some other examples

(Google search)


Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / USB to Camera (60D) wireless... is it possible?
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:47:58 PM »
Hello folks,

Is there a wireless USB to USB gadget out there?

I can do what is shown in this video:

Canon EOS utility - Control camera with computer

...but I want to do it wireless. 



I don't think anything exists yet that can do that, is there?

Thanks for the advice or links in advance, off to a small
overnight vacation, to here:

I'll check in when I get back.

Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 27, 2013, 04:37:18 AM »
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I search CR for "Pistol Grip Ball Head:
and only a handful of threads came up.  :-\

My questions are:

1) Do you own a Pistol Grip Ball Head; If so what
brand & Model / any experience, good bad, etc using one?

2) From the links below, any advice / alternatives? 

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head with Quick Release (Black)

Slik AF2100 Pistol Grip Head with Quick Release

Sunpak 620-PISTOLGRPQR Tripod, Ball Head

Thanks in advance !   :D

Peace!  8)

Canon General / Just some great appreciation for ...
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:47:34 PM »
.... a profesinal photographer.

I could sit and look at these pictures all day long....


Peace! 8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Post your HDR images:
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:30:56 AM »
Here are a few I recently took on a vacation to Osaka and Kyoto... ENJOY!   ;D

(Rememver they're supposed to be overexposed, bleeding color, etc.)  :P

Peace! 8)

High dynamic range imaging
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Category: Alternative photography

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High dynamic Range Imaging
(HDRI or just HDR) is a set of methods used in
imaging and photography, to allow a
greater dynamic range between the lightest and
darkest areas of an image than current standard
digital imaging methods or photographic methods.
This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to
represent more accurately the range of intensity
levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct
sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by
way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures
of the same subject matter.

In simpler terms, HDR is a range of methods to
provide higher dynamic range from the imaging

How it works:
Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure
level with a limited contrast range. This results in
the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture,
depending on whether the camera had a low or high
exposure setting.
HDR compensates for this loss of
detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure
levels .....


...and intelligently stitching them
together to produce a picture that
is representative in both dark and
bright areas.

HDR is also commonly used to refer
to display of images derived from
HDR imaging in a way that
exaggerates contrast for
artistic effect.

The two main sources of HDR images are
computer renderings and merging of multiple
low-dynamic-range (LDR) or
standard-dynamic-range (SDR)

Tone mapping methods, which reduce overall
contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on
devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied
to produce images with preserved or exaggerated
local contrast for artistic effect.

Thanks to Canon Rumors for creating a HDR
section for the HDR enthusiasts. 

Remember, it's supposed to be over exposed,
washed out, bleeding color, blurry, etc. etc.   

Anyone can be
a critic, only a
few dare to be
the artists.

Google Image Search Results / Example are:

Peace! 8)

Sorry folks, I searched and searched  the forums, nothing came up :-\ 

I'm thinking this will not say grip is too much for this bag.

Any suggestions?  What do you folks use?

Target is:  60D w/bat Grip & 18-135 Lens

Will this fit with a battery grip?

Again, sorry to bother, I just can't seem to find one that will work.

Peace! 8)

Japan / Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:06:06 PM »
Hello from Okinawa Japan! 
To keep this short, I'll just list things:

1.  I live and work on Okinawa Japan, work for
DOD and love living here.  My wife is Japanese
and our kids were born here, now age 12 & 14.
2.  I'm 42.
3.  I've been taking pictures since I was about
12 years old. (Not pro, just as a hobby, I've got
about 300GB worth of pictures now)
4.  I've been looking for a DSLR forums for about
a month now, and Canon Rumors seems about right.
5.  dpreview is just way too much and thus needed a
forum that is mostly about Canon products.
4.  Yup, you guessed it, I bought my first DSLR last
week.  After months and months of searching and
reading I landed on the 60D:

a) Water and Dust resistant
b) Affordable
c) Popular and most folks seem to think
it's a good starting camera.
d) Lots of accessories, third party parts that fit it.
e) Warranty and the AAFES extended warranty;
if I throw it against a wall, w/lens they'll replace
it for free for two years.
f) Sensor / 18MP
g) Video quality (Kids events etc.)
h) Astronomy Photography
(Yeah could have gone with 60Da,
but got no $$ for that one) 
i)  I want a heavy, bulky camera, (Yeah crazy huh?)

(There will be a whole another post on
the camera, questions, etc. coming up,
so I'll stop there.)

5.  Owned many point and shoot, hybrid
and SLR Film camera in the past.  Time to
get with the big boys and girls.  And learn
a DSLR, Canon has some great video's on YT.
6.  I've had a few pictures published in
military magazines over the years.
7.  I'm a HDR landscape and nature preference
kind of guy.  But I want to get into studio/
portrait, live action, and more.
8.  I'll be asking the same old dumb new
guy questions so please "bear" with me. 
I will do a search each time, but I'm only
finding answers to my questions already
about 40% of the time.

I sign off each post with the word "Peace!"
I'm not a hippie, I'm not anti-war, I just
think we should all learn to chill.

Oh and I'm Retired Army. 80% disabled veteran.
Go Army!  Beat Navy!
Peace!  8)

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