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Landscape / Black Rock Desert and North Rim Grand Canyon
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:26:19 PM »
I am planning a visit to North Rim of Grand Canyon in June this year via Las Vegas.  I also want to visit Black Rock Desert with the geyser ( I copied the attached pic from Bing).

Anyone have suggestions for photographing either?  On the geyser, I am trying to find out how close I can get, and if there are limitations on viewing angles so that AM or PM would be better.  I want to plan for proper lenses and also need to find out about permission and access to the property.

I have one night only that I could get at the North Rim Lodge, so if there are any hotel recommendations in the area that would be welcomed.

Finally, is Brice close enough to get to and spend a couple or three days?



I am going to shoot a the cattle drive in Fort Worth, TX today at 4PM, which of course is outdoors.  This occurs on most weekends at 11 AM and 4PM.  I have shot this before but obviously, the timing of the event isn't the best for lighting.  Specifically, there is a lot of contrast not only in the longhorn color, but also the shadows and bright sunlight areas (obviously).  Today I am going to try to shoot again, this time with my new (yippie ky eyeee) 300 2.8 IS II lens on my 5DII body.

In thinking about how to augment the shadows, I though I would use a better beamer for fill and set flash to ETTL  (using a single 580 EXII).  I haven't used auto ISO, so I thought I would try that with appropriate manual camera settings.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide me insight for this situation.  How does this work?  Will the flash control the ISO?  What will the camera logically use as priority to set the ISO?  Should I make exposure compensation changes or set the flash to manual?  I could just set it and forget it I guess, but I really want to understand what is going on inside the camera.

To all who answer, I thank you in advance.


Photography Technique / Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:44:57 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Lynda.com or some other subscription service?  I would say I am intermediate (with expensive taste in gear).  I want to improve my skills greatly.  I am very passionate about photography, but unfortunately, have to work so I just can't take off to a photography school or internship.  Therefore, I will have to educate myself and practice on my own time.

I have been working it hard, and studying books, web material, etc., and making progress, but really want to make advances.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Landscape / Slot Canyons- Canyon X and Upper Antelope, Grand Canyon
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
I hope everyone at CR had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  I Spent most of my time in Arizona in search of unique landscapes- slot canyons in Page Arizona.  I also went to the Grand Canyon which had low thick clouds and haze from a prescribed burn, which greatly limited views.  Thanks to all of you who gave technical advice, and advice on where to go, what to bring.

I just got in last evening, and I want to share with everyone some of what I saw.  I am going to post images that are minimally processed due to time constraints.  I used my 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 II , Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 for the most part.  On occasion, I used my new Samyang 14mm 2.8, which did not disappoint ( My addendum to Dustin's fine review- excellent lens, especially for the money- practice with it at home first, don't be afraid that you need to adjust aperture like the old days of manual, don't bother to look at the distance ring- just get to know what your copy does in advance, use a loupe and live view, dof preview button works, use manual and vary shutter speed, don't be afraid to go above f11 if needed- experiment with the lens). 

This is my first attempt at Landscape and slot photography, which means small apertures and long exposures, but I learned a lot, and saw some awesome, otherworldly things.

Look, enjoy (or hate them, that's ok too), comment, if you want contact information, whatever.

Thanks to everyone in CR for support and comments in general, the site has helped educate me and I appreciate and benefit greatly.
( Samyang photos are jpeg endng in 46, 64, 73, rest are from 24-70 2.8 II)

Lenses / Price History of 300 2.8 II
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:25:53 AM »
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on this beauty.  I am wondering if anybody knows if the price drops around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or after Christmas, etc.?  Any historical data?

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks all.


Hi all.  I am serious about upgrading to the 300 2.8 II and in a few months, my lens fund will be topped off.  I am interested to hear pros and cons for light weight stable tripod/head combos for wildlife shooting for the lens.  Currently I shoot 5D!!! ( may get a 1DX someday), and have a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base, which I love ( Thank you for the advice Neuro).  Anyway, time to start planning for the upgrade and all suggestions appreciated.

Lenses / Large lens carriage experiences
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:14:00 PM »
Many of the CR posters have large, heavy, lenses (and several full sized bodies too!), and take them on distant trips.  I have a number of lenses and cameras, with the heaviest being my 70-200 2.8 II.  I am going to acquire a 300 2.8 in a few months.

This got me to thinking about carting this gear around, as I go on several long distance trips a year, and always take my gear.  So, to all of you with large lenses, etc., I was hoping that you would share your travel stories about traveling with these beasts?  Any nagging issues or insights to share?  Any tips or pointers?  Any funny or tragic stories to share?  For those of us about to join the very long heavy expensive lens club, what the heck are we about to get in to?  How will this hamper our travel?  Thank you all in advance for your sage advice and experiences.


Landscape / Travel Photo Suggestions Please- For landscape and Wildlife
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:37:50 PM »
I will be going to Zion National Park and Canyon X  (http://www.overlandcanyontours.com/xphoto) over thanksgiving to photograph landscapes.  I have several days that opened up and a rental car.  Anyone who has suggestions for great shooting areas, I would greatly appreciate suggestions.  What is the best place to go in the Grand CAnyon?  Any other gems?

Thanks in advance.

Street & City / Random Acts of kindnes: Pics & Prose
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:09:32 AM »
On Saturday, I came across a homeless boy and took some pics, and thought of the excellent advice, comments and awesome photos on the site.  I don't recall this ever been done before, but I thought it would be interesting to challenge everyone to post a street photo and the story that goes along with it.  What was it that drew you to the photo-op, etc?  I always love a good story, and I always look at the great pics and wonder what is going on when they were captured.

Here goes for my entry:

This past Saturday, I took an out of town guest to the popular Stockyards, located in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Stockyards is a well preserved section of town that looks as it did 100 years ago, replete with cowboys and long horn cattle drives at 11:30 and 4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Between western wear shops and steak houses, I came across this obviously homeless boy and his pet Pit Bull Terrier.  The boy, who went by the name of Storm did not appear obviously psychotic, and the dog was amazingly sweet and affectionate, so armed with my 5DIII (which always goes with me when ever there is a potential photo-op), and my just repaired 24-70 2.8 II ( they don't bounce off the floor that well), I could not resist.  My sweetie and guest knew to go on without me, because it would likely be a long time.

To be honest, what attracted me to storm at first was his dog, as I am always a sucker for dogs (as you might infer from my avatar, Zeus, the Great Dane).  Secondly, he looked like he would be an attractive and approachable subject to photograph.  I found Storm delightfully easy to speak with.  After hearing much of Storm's story while shooting pics, I realized I was speaking with a boy who, were it not for the U.S. Navy, would be my boy right now!

I had decided to pack it in and catch up with my party when movement caught my attention from the right.  What happened next was truly amazing, and even was at a loss for words.

Another apparent homeless man in a wheelchair came into the picture and gave Storm what appeared to be his last dollar.  Unfortunately, this took place very quickly, and I was squatting and couldn't move in time, so could only manage this one shot showing the money exchange.  What is NOT visible in the photo is the face of the man in the wheelchair.  His right eye is missing, and his nose & chin are deformed.  To me, it looked as if he was shot in the face and recovered.  He was not in good shape to say the least.  Perhaps, aesthetically, this was the best perspective for the shot.

Anyway, before wheelchair man gave Storm his dollar, I gave him a $20.  I met up with my party, and when we came back about a half hour later, they were gone.  I hope they both had a good meal.

And that is the story of that picture.  I wish the picture was as good as the story, but it is what it is.

Anyone else?


Sports / Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:12:21 PM »
It's late summer here in Texas, and fairs and rodeos are in full swing!

Post your fair and rodeo shots!

Canon General / "Hints from Heloise" type of tip!
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:51:47 PM »
Here is a little tip that I have been using and it may be helpful to others.

I use a label maker for my equipment for a lot of things because it doesn't mar the finish, and it is neat.

I can label +/- signs for battery compartments that are poorly labeled (pocket wizards etc).
Here is a really cool one.  For my 400mm 5.6 l tele, I find that the AFMA for close in work has a different adjustment compared to far away.  I calibrated it and I put the figure on the lens hood, so I can quickly change it out as needed.  The label is easily changed as calibration changes.

Obviously, not a permanent identification, but that is the point.

I hope this is helpful, and I would be interested if anyone else uses this and if so, there are other uses for it.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Battery Grip BG-E11 & off brands
« on: April 15, 2013, 12:58:12 AM »
My question to all who have battery grips is this.  Aside from the additional buttons and the convenience of shooting in portrait orientation, and longer life (two batteries), does the battery grip offer other benefits, such as faster focusing?  I have a 5D III.

Thanks for your observations from your experience.


I currently use and am happy with LR4.  I like the keyword ability to sort, and the image manipulation abilities seem just fine.  Work flow is efficient.

This weekend I went to a photo expo in Arlington, TX which was very good.  I had a long discussion with the Canon representative who did not suffer from humility from either his own abilities or the Canon line of cameras and software.

He opined that DPP software was superior to all other processing software because it communicated directly with the digital files from Canon cameras in a proprietary.  His argument was that importing through DPP (especially in raw) frequently obviated need for pp, and that lens tuning/correction could not be matched by third party software. 

I am wondering what everyone thinks. Is DPP really superior?  Is it worth switching?  Do people use DPP for post processing and LR for searching?  To me it seems like a lot of redundant work.


EOS Bodies / An IS Question- position 1 or 2?
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:50:47 AM »
I would appreciate input please

I am going on a hot air balloon ride and intend to use my 5DIII in video mode, likely with 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. I will likely use a bean bag.  Obviously, the balloon will be moving, and I will be shooting moving wildlife.  So the question is:  Which IS position should I use for best results?  Would it be different for stills?



Lenses / Advice/suggestions extenders
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:57:36 PM »
I just got the 5DIII, and I was thinking about an extender to increase reach.  I would appreciate advice and comments about real world experience from people who use them. I prefer wildlife photog, but any chance to shoot I won't pass up.  I was thinking about the 1.4.

What I am interested in finding out is if the iq is affected significantly, and how  will it affect focusing, color, contrast, etc.  Is it worth it?

Thanks so much.


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