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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.

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.

« on: July 29, 2014, 02:39:42 AM »

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.


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)?

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?

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:38:02 PM »
I do not see this lens listed in the lens gallery section, so I am starting a thread for it.  Here is a shot from last night at the Phoenix Zoo during a summer night opening.  I use this lens sparingly, but in very low light situations it comes in handy.  It was darker than even the photo makes it look and autofocus did not work, so I had a difficult time manually focusing.  I use a 5D2 - maybe a 6D would have been able to autofocus in the dark?

Anyway, here is the camera JPEG with no adjustments other than downsizing.  Shot at f/2, 1/8 second, iso 4000.

EOS-M / EOS M 22 pancake lens cap
« on: July 19, 2013, 01:41:30 AM »
I got my M kit today (the 299 deal with pancake lens).  I only got it to use as point and shoot with small lens (will never buy another M lens), so I want a small setup to fit in cargo shorts pocket.

Only minor disappointment is the pinch lens cap seems a bit thick for my needs.  I am going to order one of these flat screw in caps instead.  (No one seems to carry this except BH and Istock via Amazon).


Street & City / Why I also took film to Europe
« on: June 30, 2013, 11:24:00 PM »
I assume most forum members use film either rarely or never.  I am in the rarely category.  But I did take my film camera (1N) on a recent trip to Europe as well as my digital (5D2) which I used most of the time.  Main reason is there were a couple of spots I wanted to do timed double exposures and only my film camera has mutliple exposure capabilities.  (I know some of the newer digital bodies have this and I would be curious to know if it works as well as film).

My technique was to do a first shot with some daylight left at sunset, underexposing a couple stops, then wait for the night lights and do a second shot for the lights on the same frame of film.  The second place I used this, Dover Beach and Castle (England), did not come out as well as I had hoped.  And the time between the first and second shutter click was much longer than I anticipated - two and a half hours.  (I wanted to do the day shot before the sun went behind a big hill causing shadows).  But the first place I used this, Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris, France) turned out exactly as I had hoped.  It was only about half an hour between the first and second click.  The first shot captured some blue reflections in the water and also the red glow in the lower clouds.  Immediately after the second click I did another single exposure of the night shot to compare and there is no comparison.  The double exposure blows it away.

I used Ektar 100 and it is amazing how good the latest 100 ISO films are.  I enlarged it to 40x60 inches and it looks great!  (Had the film scanned high res at the lab I work at http://www.jonesphoto.com/ ).

Thanks for looking and I would be interesting in seeing other multiple exposure efforts (both film and digital).

United States / USA photo liability insurance
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:38:25 PM »
I would like to know if any working pros have recommendations for business insurance that specifically includes liability insurance.  (I tried searching the forum but all the insurance topics seem to deal with coverage for camera gear).  I plan to start leading photo tours, so I need pretty good coverage for the participants.  I got a postcard in the mail from Hiscox Insurance, but a quick look at online reviews tells me to stay as far away as possible.  Any leads would be immensely helpful (please respond only if you live in the USA).

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