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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 10:16:35 AM »
oh boy..you just had to ask...didn't you...LOL! It's complicated. It is a light painting set-up.
Yes...I built the whole thing myself....using remote control car servos, fiber optics, wood, ammo box, etc...
It is a light painting set up that I built maybe 25 years ago...but I broke it out to shoot the clowns. (There was no photoshop back then...the stuff used to blow the minds of the guys at the lab..the wanted to know what the hell I was doing..LOL!!!!). The "box like" thing that I am shooting through has an opening and two "filters" that can be put in the window in front of the camera lens. One is soft diffusion the other is black out. (it is not a light source).
The box with the hose is an old army surplus ammo box...loaded with a projector bulb, mounted to shoot light on command down the giant encased fiberoptic "hose" ... The switches (levers) on the front side of the ammo box remote control the filters in the box in front of the camera, via radio transmitters from remote control cars. I can put the diffusion filter in or take it out in front of the camera at will as I light paint an image on the camera sensor.  On the end of the fiber optic hose I have a "flashlight-like" set-up... There is a lens inside the flashlight to focus the light if need be...I push the red button there and the light comes on whenever I want to "paint". I have all kind of attachments and filter holders...mini soft boxes, etc..that I can put on the head of the "flashlight" to shape and control the nature of the light.  Soft, hard, focused etc.
You turn out all of the lights.  Do a soft background exposure with the diffusion in front of the camera lens...to get a "base image" started on the camera sensor.....
Then I pulled out the diffusion filter in front of the lens by throwing a switch on the ammo box and start direct focused "flashlight" painting on all of the areas that I wanted to be sharp and call the eye's attention to.... 
You get into a groove...it is kind of like you are making a painting...lots of things to play with ...no two exposures are ever the same....
I used to do this with a 4x5 view camera and do tests on polaroids...and then just make like 20 images...on transparency film and see what came back from the lab... It can be quite wonderful.  ..and it is a bit time consuming ..but with a digital camera it is a lot more immediate and adjustable.
Fun stuff! It has a unique look that I really cannot recreate in PS...plus...it is really nice to interact in the real world and play... 8) People look at the photo and like it or not...but they have NO IDEA what went into making it...and I kindof get a kick out of that.
Yes...I spend a lot of time ..alone.!!!!! LOL!

[head spinning] Wow, I am simply floored by the ingenuity and creativity of some of you folks. I never cease to be amazed by those who will create such inventive systems by assembling a variety of disparate tools. Thanks for explaining that setup, and showing one of the resulting images. [/head spinning]

As for the original post, I expecting to be treated to an image of the iPad flying out of its user's hands, pulled by the turbulence from the flyover...

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:31:00 AM »
My wife's next camera. Her PowerShot S95 is getting a little long in the tooth (as am I!).

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Lenses / Re: Anybody still holding out for a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 with IS?
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:28:05 PM »
I've decided I won't buy another lens without IS. Given the 16-35 f/4 and the 24-70 f/4, it's reasonable to presume that a 24-70 f/2.8 IS is in the product roadmap. In the meantime, I'll get by with my 24-105L and fast primes.

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Technical Support / Or you can just use IrfanView
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:39:31 PM »
www.irfanview.com

(And don't forget to download and install the plug-ins!)

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Canon General / Almost too precious for words
« on: September 28, 2014, 08:42:43 AM »
Was Linda McCartney / is Stella McCartney a photographer, or is Stella just trading on her dead mother's name?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:56:00 AM »
I'm waiting for the announcement / release of the 5D4 (whatever resolution it has), so that the price of the 5D3 will drop enough for me to buy a second copy.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:30:19 PM »
On my wife's backpack!  8)

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Lenses / Re: 100-400mm and more DO lenses confirmed
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:26:04 PM »
In addition to confirmation that Canon's actually working on a 100-400 II, I like the tease that built-in extenders may find their way into more lenses. I think a 300/f4L IS Extender 1.4x would be awesome!

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Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:56:49 PM »
The depth and variety of opinions offered up in this thread are the reasons why a forum like this is priceless.

I most relate to the viewpoints expressed by Mt Spokane and Rusty the Geek. I started into SLR photography about 12 years ago, thinking I had to cover the entire focal length range (up to at least 300mm) with L zooms, as well as a good variety of L or "just below L" primes.

I've purchased and sold a good number of lenses over these years, and of late, have been paring down my lens collection, getting rid of (freeing myself from) glass that just didn't get used.

My kit now comprises a 24-105, 70-200 II, 50CM and 100L. I sold my 1.4x II extender recently, and don't intend to replace it. Likewise, my 17-40, which saw a lot less action after I moved from APS-C to full frame. I'll only get the 16-35/4L IS if a definite need arises. I only use the 100L for portraits (sold my 85/1.8 after I got it), and lately I've been thinking I could substitute the 70-200 II for those portrait sessions and lose nothing.

That little GAS voice inside me keeps whispering that I should pick up a 24- or 35mm IS prime, while I wait for Canon's mythical 50mm IS and 100-400 II lenses to appear. When that happens, I just look at how infrequently I use my current primes, and then I convince myself that my money's better left in my wallet.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:38:54 PM »
None of the above. I'm much more interested in the recently released 16-35/4L IS and the mythical 100-400 II.

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Not to make people feel old, but it was not that long ago when our home computers had only 40mb drives.   >:(

My first HDD was 10MB!

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:43:56 PM »
I voted "when hell freezes over," because I'm holding out for a mark II release. Even if it doesn't take forever, it's starting to feel like it.

I have a 70-200 II, and rarely shoot longer (sold my 1.4x II with my 70-200 I), but the ability for further reach would come in handy from time to time. I get the "gateway lens" argument, but I doubt I'll ever be in the market for one of the big whites.

A 300 f/4L IS II + 1.4x III or a 400 f/5.6L IS would fit the bill, too.

The new 16-35 f/4L is also on my radar, so I'll probably spring for one of those next time I absolutely have to buy new glass.

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:05:03 AM »
the easiest solution is to crop to the aspect of the size you want, if you want 16"x9", crop to 4:3. (16/9=4/3) In photoshop or lightroom you can just type in the size you want and then adjust the frame to fit the content you want.

Sorry, but in what mathematical universe does 16/9 = 4/3?

(Good discussion in general in this thread; I've learned all of this through trial and error over the years.)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:57:47 AM »
If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford the best, and you want to use what will be widely regarded as the best MF lens on the market, then there will be plenty of people that will buy it. Some people will not see US$ 4,500 as a lot of money, others do. If you can afford it great, if you can't and want it then work towards getting it, if you don't want it then that's ok too. Everyone is happy.

+ $1

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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:54:56 AM »
No mistake is as timeless or universal as raising the camera to your eye, seeing nothing but black, then taking the lens cap off and trying again.

This is probably the #1 reason why I upgraded to SLRs from my (pre-Live View) P&S bodies, with their separate viewfinders: too many photos of nothing, because I left the lens cap on. Have also unintentionally left the self-timer on, on more than one occasion.

Went to an outdoor arena a couple of months ago, all set to capture a few choice images of one of my friend's performances (community theater). Camera, two lenses, monopod, spare batteries ... no memory cards! None in the body, none in the bag, none in my pockets (and none in the car, either!). The only thing that garnered more attention from the members of the audience around me than my setting up the gear, was my breaking it back down and putting it all away before the performance even started!

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