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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:43:58 PM »
With mine,
IMG_1102 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Great ads for this lens!  Anybody can have my excellent example if you can meet me in person in ATL:)

PM for details :)  I don't want to break a forum rule by linking to the ad I created last night.

If this is a violation, feel free to nuke it, I won't be offended:)

Abstract / Re: Silhouettes
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:45:09 PM »
In and Around Key West by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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The main reason most people take the billions of pictures every day is to share them, and most of the time they take the pictures because something sharing-worthy just happened, you had your phone to capture it, and you can share it immediately.  This is why the vast majority of those pictures get taken on the camera and little computer you always have with you.  The quality (usually) sux, but that's not the point.  It's not art.  A cat fail video, a picture of a newborn, the shaky video of a demonstration, or your selfie from your front row seats is not improved by a half stop in DR, or that extra frame per second.  That image matters because you captured it and can share it-now.  We all know this.  Canon execs must know this.  They have smartphones and social media accounts, right?? 

IMO, if the DSLR makers continue to try to drive sales by only incremental improvements in NR and pushing features other than portability and ease of use, they may as well embrace their position right next to jazz, manual transmissions, classical music, and high end audio gear.

I have a 5DIII.  I love it.  I haven't seen anything from Canon that compels me to buy another body.  But if they added Wifi, (or BT or NFC), and included some sharing options from the android universe...

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 29, 2015, 03:55:40 PM »
I consider myself as "enthusiast", not because I want to look or compete with the PRO.

I want the best gear that can provide best IQ @ the price I can afford.

Couldn't  agree more

Same here...I don't feel I have anything to prove vs pros shots. I am not a wannabe.

I'd say that (other than getting paid for it), the biggest differentiator of pro vs most enthusiasts I know is all about the consistency and dependability.  We all watch golfers and think, "I can make that putt, .   Yeah...but you can't make it 9/10 with millions of people watching.  You hire a pro b/c they bring backup bodies, drag along a helper, and will bust their ass deliver you a great product so they can get paid and get referrals.   

I have filled in for pros on various occasions and delivered photobooks, prom pictures, etc...that people were thrilled with, and I did it for free b/c we were friends and family, but let's face it-If my camera had broken down, or it was a totally crappy day, or I were too hungover, it wouldn't have happened.

And therein lies the biggest threat to pros I know...enthusiasts that will happily do it for free as long as it's not crucial to get the shots. 

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:51:09 PM »
From GA (USA) Coast, a maritime forest.

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Street & City / Re: Washington DC, in my imaginative Idea.
« on: January 03, 2015, 10:25:09 AM »
DC is an amazing place to shoot...
Some of my faves,
IMG_6163 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

IMG_6121 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Portrait / Re: Selfie.
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:16:15 PM »
From Corolla NC

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr're not supposed to either approach the wild horses OR trod upon the dunes.  Oh well.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:22:39 PM »
The smallest bottleneck is the disk.   As others have mentioned, with as SSD, the install could take less then 15 mis from an .iso+usb stick.  The CPU and ram won't have much impact at this point. My old netbook can do it in 20 mins.
Yes, the updates will take a lot of time, but that's a good thing, not a bad thing. You'll be much happier not doing it off a wifi network, and if you've ponied up for decent bandwidth from your isp.   

I am always amused by the diff perceptions of diff companies and updates

Windows: 1.5 hrs of security and bug fixes cuz they suck at everything :(
Mac: 1.5 hrs of AMAZING IMPROVEMENTS Apple has been working on for me!!!!!:)

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:27:11 PM »
A few:
IMG_0107 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

IMG_9963 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

IMG_0039 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

View from Chinatown across the bay by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:52:12 AM »
1. Leaving in in timer mode: Every.Single.Time.
2. I was in a hotel room chimping in bed right before falling asleep.  Finished looking at pics, and casually tossed the camera to the empty bed next to me...Somehow the rules of physics changed for a split second, my 7D bounce straight back toward me and SMASH right on floor.   Luckily, it must have landed directly on the 50 1.8 I had on it.  Smashed it to bits.  Camera fine:)  That lens was the best $80 I ever spent, right up to the end.
3. Leaving lens cap on.  Why does this happen ONLY WHEN THERE ARE TEENAGERS AROUND TO MOCK YOU FOR IT?!?
4. Spent a few days shooting around outer banks, filling up two 32GB cards.  Got home, ran my script to move files to local directory...Somehow (and it is a mystery to this day), the FW was set to start numbering from 0001 with a new card, so the shots from the second card overwrite the pics from the first!  Had to spend some cash on a CF recovery app, which worked like a champ, btw.  WHEW!
5. Didn't have right gear b/c I didn't want to carry it. So many times my wife volunteers to carry it so she doesn't hear my griping.  Win/Win!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:15:19 AM »
I use only CF for the myriad reasons cited here.  I'd also add that my extremely unscientific observation is that reading the card whilst chimping is noticeably faster on my faster CF cards than the older, slower CF cards.  This would probably hold true with SD cards on my 5DIII, too (although I have never used that slot).   

It also copies to my PC faster over USB3. 

One upside to SD...all of my devices have SD card slots, which makes transferring pics for slideshows or archiving on vacations much easier, so there's that.  So, if you are on vacation with lots of people and everybody takes pics and shows them off, while your awesome raw files are locked up on your camera, you will recognize that advantage:)  Now that I think if it...that's a great reason to use that SD slot:|

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Is my Mountain shot HDR or not?
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:08:27 AM »
<insert std. 'just my opinion' caveats here>

I don't know the official definition of HDR, but since this is a single shot, I'd say not.   

Ya know what?  I'm glad it's not.  Images need contrast, that's why there is black paint!  Without it the image is compressed.  I like the depth of this one.  In fact, I might actually *darken* some of the mountains on the left side to combat some purplish noise. 
Or not, it's a nice image as is, well done.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tamron 150-600mm bird pics
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:55:53 AM »

Yeah.  Just yeah, that's a great shot. 

Great thread. My wife and I headed out at dawn with some friends a couple of years ago. 
If you can ever swing it...DO THIS.  We arrived a short while after dawn at one of the most inspiring places I've ever been.   It was a long and bit of a dicey hike if you don't have anyone to follow.  Just hard to see the trail.

We were totally alone for a good 20 mins.   By the team we left, there were probably 100 people in the area. 

A small sampling.
Me and the wife with a 10-22 on my 7D...
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Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

My First View of Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:34:10 AM »
I live outside Atlanta, and have never had any issue with fungus, or humidity effects on any photo, or any other electronics gear.  Maybe the issue is being out and about with gear, then immediately storing it in a mostly airtight space where the AC can't get to it? 
Or...AC isn't as prevalent as I think.

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