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Business of Photography/Videography / Photo websites asking for donations
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:50:04 PM »
As most of us know (and is referenced on threads on many photo forums), the infamous KR has a button on his site asking for donations to help support his growing family. I just came across another site - Clarkvision - that had a donation button at the bottom "if you like what you see" (or something similar). I would be willing to bet there are at least a couple other photo information sites with a donation feature as well (and likely sites for other topics unrelated to photography).

My first thought is does anyone actually donate to them? But my more pressing thought is, isn't this illegal for a commercial site? Don't you have to be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization to solicit donations in the United States? Do they get away with it just because no one bothers to report them to the IRS or FTC?

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Software & Accessories / slide scanning alternative
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:46:06 PM »
Like many of us who have been at photography for a while, I have lots of slides. I do not own a slide scanner because I work at a pro-level photo lab and can have them scanned at work. However, when I need something quick and dirty I have found this method works well. I just put the slide on my light table and photograph it with a macro lens. My tripod has a center column that swivels out to a horizontal position so that the camera can be pointed down. Here is one I just shot, as someone asked for it on a zoo forum I frequent. Taken with 5d3 and Canon 100 2_8 macro (pre-L version).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Most ridiculous camera ever?
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:56:57 PM »
The original version was enough of a mystery. (The mystery being who in their right mind would buy one?).
Now we have this limited version:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8641626030/price-released-for-brikk-s-24k-gold-nikon-df

Oooh, but how cool is a gold plated lens? Sorry, the lens itself is not gold plated, just the hood and lens cap!  :o

But hey they are donating a portion of the 41K sale price to "humanitarian causes." Great, all for it, but they do not say what percent, I imagine it is well below a thousand dollars. So you can do that or you can buy a regular DF for three grand and mail the extra 37 grand yourself straight to your favorite charity. (Or buy a camera that actually makes sense and send the extra whatever is left to charity).

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EOS Bodies / Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 06:30:39 PM »
What is with all the boring black cameras from Canon?  ;)

Why are they not innovative like Pentax? First Pentax blows them out of the water 12 (count them 12) color options for the K-S1 digital SLR. (And don't even get me started on the cool grip LED's).

As if that is not enough, now they have three new special combos to match your favorite drinks and dessert: blue cream soda, lime pie, strawberry cake.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3949709136/pentax-launches-k-s1-sweets-collection

Click on the link and see for yourself - I mean that camera matches that drink perfectly! I do not like coffee (and definitely not black coffee), so what am I going to drink with my boring 5D3?

And read the Pentax press statement: these special editions will "make digital SLR photography even more fun." Well how am I supposed to have fun now with my black Canon? They are sucking the joy of photography right out of me!  :o

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I have been watching the old ODD COUPLE television show from the 1970's on Hulu.com. (I believe this internet site may only work in the United States?). The Felix Unger character (the neat one) made his living on the show as a commercial photographer. I had forgotten just how prominent his photography was in some of the episodes. What is even better, it is an accurate (and positive) portrayal of a working photographer.

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Landscape / Post your light painting landscapes
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:22:06 PM »
Well I will see if this thread goes anywhere. Any type of landscape image (and we can define that very loosely) where you use a flashlight or other light source to paint in a portion of the scene with light.

This was during a Saturday night opening at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, which is actually a native wildlife zoo and botanical garden. But I found this old ore train and used a flashlight (torch if you use British English) to light it up.

10 seconds, f13, iso 400, 5Dmark3 with 24-105L.

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Landscape / LIGHTNING PHOTOS
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:39:42 AM »
POST YOUR LIGHTNING PHOTOS HERE!

I will start with one from last night in my city of Tucson, Arizona.
5D3, 70-200 2_8 L (non IS).

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Animal Kingdom / Zoo Pics 3
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:19:45 AM »
Last thread is getting long, starting a new one. Post your favorite zoo photos below.

I will start it off with a recent shot at a summer night opening at Reid Park Zoo. Canon 5D3 with 70-200 2_8 (non IS) and 1.4x extender. Racked out to full 280mm (and cropped in post) and wide open at f4 (extender takes one stop away). ISO 2500.

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Animal Kingdom / Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:17:51 AM »
I will try to kick off a new thread and see if it goes anywhere. This was taken last weekend during the summer Saturday night opening at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There is a wall where lots of wild bark scorpions live and visitors and docents are usually there with black lights to find them (since scorpions fluoresce under black light).

Canon 5D3, Sigma 85 1.4 lens, 1/80 second at f3.2, iso 3200, tripod.

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Street & City / overgrown train tracks
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:48 PM »
About a week ago I was riding my bike downtown (Tucson, Arizona) and discovered a section of unused train tracks. They had trees growing in the middle which I thought was cool. Biked over this afternoon to do a few pics. Canon 5D3, 24-105L f/4 lens, quick application of Nik Bleach Bypass (at about 50% opacity over the base photo).

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Business of Photography/Videography / fight over illegal use of image
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:49:28 PM »
Interesting (but sad) article about Survival Magazine (an online magazine?) stealing an image and then going after the photographer because she made them take it off their site.
http://petapixel.com/2014/02/18/magazine-calls-photographer-ahole-theatents-lawsuit-using-photo-without-permission/

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Third Party Manufacturers / new brass petzval lens
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:13:42 AM »
Ok, this lens is totally gimmicky and I cannot buy one, but there is something about it that just seems cool. Of course if I did get one, then I would want a brass Canon body to match it!
Lomography x Zenit New Petzval Lens: Now Available For Pre-Order! on Vimeo

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Software & Accessories / Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:01:31 AM »
I have never had an interest in joining Facebook, but finally decided to make a business (artist) page for my photography.  During signup, it would not let me upload the profile photo (even though it was very small file and correct dimensions and file type).  When I clicked skip (to see if I could go back) it said account disabled.  I tried to reregister with a different email and it also said account disabled.

I questioned whether or not Facebook is worth doing, and since it seems they will not even let me sign up I guess not.  They also do not have an email or phone for tech support, so my gut insinct is to avoid it entirely.  My only reason for signing up was to add the icon on my website to try to improve search engine rankings.

Thoughts?

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Pricewatch Deals / when will 5D3 go on rebate again?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:12:27 AM »
I would like to upgrade from 5D2 to 5D3.  But currently the price (from an authorized dealer with USA warranty) is still 3499, the same price that it launched with a year and a half ago.  Is there a certain time, say October for example, when they routinely give rebates (to boost Christams sales, etc)?

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EOS-M / EOS M Hand Held Night Mode - how does it work?
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:52:28 PM »
Got the M on the 299 special and used it for snapshots on a recent Texas trip.  Was using the hand held night mode on the Riverwalk and it works amazingly well.  Just curious what exactly it does.  I know it takes four shots in a row.

But surely it is not combining them, is it?  I mean the boat was moving (albeit slowly), yet it is sharp in the photo as are all the people.  Does the camera just keep the sharpest of the four in the sequence?

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