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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:11:00 AM »
My little Beagle boy Biggles:


Got a sock! (IMG_4305) by GammyKnee, on Flickr

And his partner in crime Beanie:


Beanie [IMG_3609] by GammyKnee, on Flickr

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Site Information / Re: What in the heck is happening to the CR web site
« on: December 20, 2013, 03:49:53 PM »
Looks like it is stuck on the "Mobile" layout. If you look at the bottom it gives you options for mobile or desktop but it wont let you switch to desktop.

Yep same for me.
Coincidentally this isn't the only Wordpress-based site I've seen today that has suddenly decided to present the mobile view even though I'm on a desktop PC, though at least the others allow me to switch back. Wonder if this might have something to do with the recent "Parker" update for Wordpress...

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Lighting / Re: Shaping the Lite
« on: December 12, 2013, 01:37:18 PM »
A genuinely useful & informative post. Thanks very much for this neuro!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:14:40 AM »
..If there was a sale on tinfoil hats, then more people would be protected from the "mind control rays", and without the message to stay calm and docile the level of paranoia would rise. :)

I installed the update without wearing my tinfoil hat and everything is better now. But I must buy more Canon gear. We must all buy more Canon gear.

 ;D

But seriously, as a bruised & battered software industry veteran I live by one simple rule:

> When an update comes out, always let someone else test it out first <

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:26:30 PM »
Pecpads (or clean microfibre cloth) + ROR (Residual Oil Remover).

ROR does a beautiful job of cleaning stubborn marks off lenses, especially fingerprints - better even than eclipse fluid.

http://www.amazon.com/ROR-Optical-Cleaner-Spray-Bottle/dp/B0002HMRF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386109496&sr=8-1&keywords=residual+oil+remover

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:30:37 AM »
I agree totally with the review and love my 50 1.4. I'd like to see the review doing a bit more to push would-be buyers into getting a hood though. Aside from reducing flare, the hood does a lot to protect the 50 1.4's particularly delicate AF mechanism. What's more there's no need to pay through the nose for the Canon hood - cheap compatibles serve just as well.

Regarding focus shift, that's not a problem I associate with the Canon 50 1.4. The AF isn't always as precise as newer lens designs (I usually take extra shots for safety) but once the MA has been dialled in it's pretty good. I wonder if Martin is talking about the Sigma 50 1.4, which is renowned for distance-related focus shift? (I experienced this myself with three copies, damn shame because the 77mm filter thread would have been nice)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:23:03 PM »
According to Arash there is no way to combine the 2 and maintain the benefits of DPP.  I would like to be able to bring the RAW image into DPP and save it as tiff or png and then do all the other processing in LR but I guess it doesn't work like that.

Maybe I'm missing something but I don't feel that doing say RAW conversion, white balance & DLO in DPP, then exporting as TIFF and finishing off in LR loses me anything (except a bit extra time / storage space). Of course you have to be clear about where the division of responsibility lies, e.g.
- if do white balance in DPP, reset to "As shot" on import to LR so that it doesn't change
- if you do sharpening in DPP, then reduce/eliminate sharpening in LR accordingly
- ditto for NR, lens correction and so on.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:03:59 AM »
I love LR4 (still waiting for first bug fix release of LR5 before updating) and use it for probably 95% of my shots, but I do prefer DPP's treatment for a select few. However, in those few cases I usually do the RAW conversion in DPP then export as 16-bit TIFF for finishing in LR; I can't remember the last time I used DPP exclusively for a shot. But yeah, DPP's not to be sniffed at and the DLO stuff is rather good.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you carry your tripod?
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:38:44 PM »
I've never got on with dedicated tripod bags. They always seem to want to fall off my shoulder, or swing around annoyingly, and when I'm setting up a gust of wind usually makes off with them.

So for me, it's either carry the naked tripod in the hand (short walks) or across the top of my camera backpack. Right now I've got one of the Lowepro Flipsides (400AW) which has straps to anchor the tripod across the shoulders and this works great. I mostly use a compact Manfrotto these days, but I've even lugged my old apocalypse-proof original model Benbo (13kg with tripod head attached) up a mountain this way. Damn fine workout  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:29:37 PM »
Easy to take a good liking to this image Paul!  Very nice, where is Goat Fell?

Thanks, it's the largest peak on the Isle of Arran, just off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 stop High quality ND filter
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:34:18 PM »
I'm currently using a Hoya 77mm NDX400 (actually near enough 9 stops rather than 10). It has virtually no color cast on my two Canon bodies (5DII, 7D), which is important to me after the horrendous problems I had with a Hitech 10-stop.

Having experienced both filter + holder vs. screw in, I generally prefer the screw-in approach because it eliminates the IR / light leak issues that can come with a less than perfect holder or improperly fitted gasket. The down side of course is that unless ambient light is really bright you have to set up the shot completely before attaching the filter.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:40:11 PM »
The second one got my vote. Beautiful colors in your sky.

Same here - nice bold colors in the 2nd.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 16, 2013, 06:57:07 AM »
Lovely picture from Goat Fell Paul. Well handles exposure balance in HDR, just how I like it ! I must visit Arran again.

Did you really get up there with a gammy knee ?  ;D

Thanks!

Yep my knee held out pretty well thanks to all the physio & box squats I've been doing for it recently. But it's always the walk down rather than the climb up that hurts the most!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:03:20 PM »
From near the top of Goat Fell, Arran, around sunset:


Sunset on Goat Fell, Arran [IMG_3019] by GammyKnee, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:42:22 AM »
Biggles:

Biggles on Black [IMG_1617] by GammyKnee, on Flickr

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