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Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:39:49 AM »
Thank you everybody for your advice. I think I'll drop Yoshua tree and Sequoia and use that time on the rest.

I'm still looking for how to get to the most scenic areas on the parks.

Thanks again.

Photography Technique / Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 03, 2014, 03:12:09 AM »
I'll visit the US on may 1st. I'll land on S.F. and the 6th I'll have 20 days to visit National Parks. I was thinking on Yosemite, Sequoia, Yoshua tree, Grand Canyon, Arches, CanyonLands, Bryce,  Zion, Capitol Reef...
I believe that is too ambitious for my time frame so I'll like to know which will you visit for photography and vistas I should not miss.
I'll appreciate feedback as to where I could gather that info. I remember there was a magazine published by a photographer and printed on news paper that indicated how to get to the best spots and the best times for the positioning of the sun. Anybody knows about it?
I'm also thinking if it will be worthwhile buying the alpha 7R for my 24 TS or if my 5D mark III will suffice to extract the most detail from those incredible landscapes.
Finally I would like to know small towns or cities worth stopping on the way.
I'm open to route alternatives and suggestions.
Thank you very much.

Don't take photos of people in public unless you get signed permission.  Many people are concerned about their photos showing up on the internet, and its a valid concern.   If there are children with them, you could end up in trouble.  In some countries, you will end up in jail by photographing people without permission.  Claiming that you were not actually photographing anyone, is not going to be believable, if a person sees a camera pointed their way or toward their children. As more and more so called street photographers take photos of people and children without their permission and post them on the internet, we will move closer and closer to totally restricting the use of cameras in public places.[\soapbox]

Totally untrue - except for the "in some countries" part.  I'm sure there are some countries that prohibit such activity.  Countries like North Korea and Iran for instance.  Here in the USA, if its seen from a public place, its ok to shoot.  There is no expectation of privacy, whatsoever, in public.  The only "caution" is what is, and what is not, public.  For instance, a public park, is public.  A theme park, is not public - its private, with paid admission.  I got ejected from the Palm Beach County Fair one year for taking pictures.  That is, the Fairgrounds is public, but the event is private, held by private company that rents the public Fairgrounds for their private event!  And so it said, on the back of my ticket stub, in fine print "... no commercial photography..." amid the rest of the clutter in about 2pt type.  The cops said because I was shooting with medium format equipment, I was considered a commercial photographer.  I didn't push the issue... left quietly, as I was pretty much done for the evening anyway.

My wife and I have been for two months in Iran and only once, near Persepolis, I was politely ask by the police not to point eastward as there was a military post. At Teheran, Qazbin, Isfahan, Kerman, Shiraz, Bam, Mashhad, Tabriz, Ardabil had absolutely no problems taking people photos. Furthermore, we got invited as guests of honor to a wedding in Mashad, to eat on many occasions, and two times the taxi driver refused to be paid. I encountered problems only in Quom but I still wonder if it was due to me being in a different mood or the people. Iran is, by far, the most welcoming country I have been in. (I'm european and only speak english and spanish).
I've travelled extensively and intensively for the last 18 years in Africa, Asia, Europe, North Central and South America and, in my personal experience, the places where you are more likely to get in trouble are: taking photos of the indigenous people of Central America and on many places on the US's midwest.
But this is only my experience.
I try to be polite, don´t feel guilty if I take photos without permission and always smile. When confronted, if needed, I apologize.

Lighting / Re: Studio Photos with Eos Utility Software
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:45:38 PM »
Is the studio strobe [supposed to be]synching with a wire or radio?
I assume you find it works without tethering.

Can't be intended...

Yes, I shoot wireless and it works fine as long it is not connected to the computer.

Thanks for your reply.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark III and Eos Utility Software
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
Thanks for your reply.

I use it with my Elinchrome wireless EL skyport.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Own a 5D3 - need a backup...
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:27:56 PM »
I would recommend you the 5Dc. I`ve been using it for pro weddings and travel photography since it's release. It's a great camera though slow in extreme low light situations. I bought the 5D markIII on november, but with good light I still use the 5Dc.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D mark III and Eos Utility Software
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:33:08 PM »
I 'm trying to shoot stills with a 5d mark III and the EOS Utility Software with Elinchrome Flashes, but for some reason they do not fire when the camera is connected to the software through my Mac Book Pro.
Any suggestions?


Lighting / Studio Photos with Eos Utility Software
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:30:57 PM »
I 'm trying to shoot stills with the EOS Utility Software and my Elinchrome Flashes, but for some reason they do not fire when the camera is connected to the software through my Mac Book Pro.
Any suggestions?

Impressive photographs. I see you use the 1Ds 5D mark III, 5D and 6d. Which of these has the best image quality, discarding built, focus...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Dynamic Range
« on: February 09, 2013, 08:50:08 PM »


It seems the primary benefit you espouse is for covering incompetence! I assumed, you being an "ART" photographer, would have a basic understanding of exposure and your cameras capabilities.

Missing an exposure is not incompetence it is just an error that everybody in this forum , except you, has committed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Dynamic Range
« on: February 09, 2013, 05:44:13 AM »
In my experience Hdr with only one shot is a very destructive process if you start up with just one shot on a limited dr camera as my 5D mark III.  So, for me,  HDR only works well on static subjects. I wish my 5D III would ha 14 stops DR.

Anyone knows the real difference in DR on the 5DIII between ISO 100 normal and 200 with hilight tone priority?

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: January 30, 2013, 05:04:30 PM »
Istambul view with the silhouette of Sultan Hamet Mosque.

Shoot Raw + Large fine jpeg. You'l have the jpeg files and raw to cover from exposure errors. Basic raw developing is really easy.
You'll see more the difference between the two cameras when developing raw.

Have a good one.

Lenses / Re: Help with 360º Panoramas
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:07:08 PM »
I do have some experience with landscape panoramas. I use PS's photomerge and a RRS nodal slide. The thing is that I've seen a business opportunity with 360º panoramas (with some floor and ceiling) and web based virtual tours and I have no idea how to do it and the best possible setup.
I talk about the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye because it seems a good and affordable lens which I could use not only for the panoramas since I don't like circular fisheyes. So if the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye on my 5D markIII,  will allow me to do this kind of panoramas shooting just one row that´s the lens I would buy.

Lenses / Re: Focusing on L lenses vs LII
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:44:14 AM »
That's why i asked. It didn't seem too convincing. I don't know elsewhere but Canon support in spain sucks.

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