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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM
« on: February 21, 2015, 09:20:26 PM »
This is a rare and strange lens.  I bought mine used on Ebay for $12.  It is hilarious, but shoots very nice photos. 

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Sports / Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:41:49 AM »
Sometimes I like to slow the shutter way down, and let the subject, or the background, blur.  It helps to show the action as it was happening.  It's also wicked hard to get just right and very challenging.  Have you tried this?  What are your experiences

And show off some of your Photos!

REX58204 2 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:28:31 AM »
I just picked up a like-new copy of this lens, and so far, am loving it.
One the positive side:
1. Solid, Beautiful lens.
2. Image quality is great!
3. Zoom is a huge advantage over prime 300.  I can cover home plate and first base from the same location.
4. Internal focusing, and zooming.
On the negative:
1. Heavy, more than a 300mm f2.8 prime.
2. Focus does not seem quite as fast, well vs my Canon 70-200 f2.8, which is VERY fast.
3. Zoom ring requires some effort.  You can't spin it with one finger.  it's big.

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Lenses / The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:02:38 PM »
I was always annoyed by the "zoom with your feet" statement.  Sometimes you can't.  I usually can't.  At a recent baseball game I was allowed on the TV platform just past the outfield fence.  It's marked 400 feet about 5 feet in front of me in the below 2 photos.  I am standing on metal box about 10 feet wide 4 feet deep, and 7 feet high, no railing.  The TV guy is next to me so I can't move much or shake the box. 

Anyway, the long photo is a 7D with a 400mm f2.8 IS and 1.4X extender.  The wide photo is a 5D and 8-15mm.  Both photos have some cropping.   

by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Do you have any similar pairs of photos taken from the same place without taking a walk?  Let's see.

Sports / Winter Baseball
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:02:02 PM »
It's winter and if you live someplace warm, you might just have Winter Baseball.

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Sports / FutBall / Soccer / Football
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:29:12 PM »
Let's see some cool soccer photos.  And argue about the name.

C28F0143 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Site Information / Post Processing Section
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:33:48 PM »
Reviewing the different forum areas, I don't see a good place for a discussion of post processing.  There is a "Technique and Advice" area, but the three categories seem to exlude post processing.  There is a Software & Accessories forum, but this seems a bad fit.

How about a new section under Technique and Advice: "Post Processing"

Canon General / World Cup 360: Big White Lenses, Sony Smocks
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:40:25 AM »
I got a kick out of the is 360 when I noticed 75% Canon, 20% Nikon, and everybody gets in an orange smock with a Sony tag.!appvi=57A5C4DD0F863048A40A13A009DD899382DE&startscene=col_civ_2

I have been using remote cameras in my sports photos a little lately an I often find I'd like to trigger one camera with another.  In other words, remote camera way over there, another camera in my hand.  I press and motor drive one camera, the remote camera starts and stops at the same time, with the first photo being close to simultaneous.

I have a pair of the Yougnuo triggers and these can be used to
1. Trigger a remote camera using one as a remote (press the button on Yougnuo)
2. Trigger a remote flash with the Yougnuo attached to the flash shoe of the camera in my hand.

But, you cannot as far as I can tell, trigger the remote camera with the camera in your hand.

Edit: My triggers are RF-603c's

Software & Accessories / Why won't my DPP use Lens Data?
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:06:03 PM »
Cannon's DPP Lens Data Feature corrects for Aberation and other things using Canon's own measurements and algorithms.  Great, but for my 2 most used lenses, 24-70 IS II, and 70-200 f2.8 IS II, it always says the lens data is not available.  I have added and deleted the lens data at least 10 times, updated DPP to it's latest version and still is says Lens Data not available.  It does work with my 24-105mm f4 IS.

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 11.55.56 PM by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Business of Photography/Videography / Fee for shooting a College game?
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:41:10 PM »
As I am moving towards shooting sports I would like to shoot college, high school, even pro games.  I understand away teams do often contract local photographers, but I have no idea what this pays.  (I fully realize this is a tough question to answer)

I recently shot 12 college basketball games at a tournament, and offered photos to the teams after.  I had asked $800 for a complete set of the photos.  (4 games per team).  I had some interest in a few photos but nobody took me up on it or even made a counter offer.  I'd have shot the games for free for my own entertainment, so I'm not really out anything.  But if I was going to make this arrangement before the contest, what would I ask?  Was $800 too much?

BTW, I am OK at this.  I've been a photographer for 30 years and have the right equipment.  You can see my work from the tournament here:

Sports / Baseball
« on: November 20, 2013, 01:07:18 AM »
Pro College, High School, Little Leage... Show your best baseball Photos

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I have 2 50mm lenses, the nifty 50 1.8, and the Sigma 50mm 1.4.  Neither of these seem to focus very fast or very well in low light.   At least my 70-200 f2.8 II blows them away, and my 24-105mm f4 IS is maybe halfway between the 50s and the 70-200.

Now the 50mm does give more light in the photo and lets you use faster shutter speeds, but it usually will not focus.  I am talking about a shopping center parking lot (bunch of guys getting their cars together) and things like that.  Yes I could use a flash, but that is not what I am after.

Logically it seems like the f1.4 or 1.8 should be a big advantage when trying to find contrast and focus, but it does not seem to work that way.  Is the Canon 50mm f1.4 better?

This is with my 5D Mark III and 1D4.  I used to have a 5D2 and 7D, and it seemed the same.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Single Image HDR Processing
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:31:19 PM »
I find myself using Phtomatrix Pro 4 to edit some of my images that I did not shoot as HDR.  It does work just fine with a single image. (yes, i understand I am not getting as much Dynamic range as if I'd shot more images) I remember a few years ago, you could do this, but you had to use photoshop or something to make 3 images using the original file (hopefully RAW) to make 3 images with 3 different exposures.

I often use this for action photos where taking 3+ photos is not possible.

One thing I've found is I can layer the HDR on top of the original image in photoshop, and just adjust the top layer's opacity until I get a blend that just looks like it pops, but you would not see as an HDR.

Do you do this?  What is your Technique / Software?  Lets see some examples.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What is 20,000 shutter clicks worth?
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:45:36 PM »
I just bought a 1D Mark IV on eBay, and got a pretty good deal.  I paid $2925 and $30 for shipping.  Looks flawless, and only has 7500 shutter clicks (according to the listing)  Problem is the camera has 26,996.  (according to Other than that the camera is spot on.  Looks flawless, has the accessories (2 batteries, A/C adapter, big 2 batt charger)

There was another hick-up in that the buyer emailed me asking for $35 more for shipping and seemed to think it was my fault that shipping was higher than his prediction.  I explained that I did not pick the shipping (set before the auction), or send the invoice with $30 shipping after the auction.  A buyer can't even change the shipping, it's set by the seller.  I was considering paying all or part of it when it arrived, but felt a little strong armed by the first emails.

Anyway, I think 19,494 clicks is a bit much to overestimate. And I intend to request the price is lowered, or return the camera.  I don't "need" it.  It was sort of a birthday gift for myself and an upgrade to my 7D. 

What do you think?  Just return it?   Just suck it up?  Ask for a partial refund? $300?

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