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

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


BTW...you're not supposed to either approach the wild horses OR trod upon the dunes.  Oh well.

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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!!!!!:)



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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

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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!


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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:|

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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.



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






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

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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...
Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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


Untitled 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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Landscape / Headed to Outer Banks (OBX)...
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:17:26 PM »
Staying way up north this time, on or near Corolla.  Any suggestions on locations?  I'll shoot wildlife, landscapes, not too much street stuff.  I'd like to try my hand at (very) long exposures over the water, and maybe some time lapses.
Thx!

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:59:09 PM »
Lots of great ones in here!

My humble submission:
Moss in the Springtime by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


IMG_3828 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Autumn Leaves by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

IMG_7504 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
IMG_7480 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: the beauty of blur
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:52:22 PM »
I did a bunch a few years ago that work great as desktop wallpapers, text really pops off of them.
Spring Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Autumn Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Dusk in Autumn by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

Dusk in Autumn by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
Autumn Blur by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Landscape / Fireworks pics, let's see 'em!
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:23:09 PM »
In Roswell, GA.  We had a completely unheard of night near Atlanta in July.  Clear, cool and breezy.  It felt like October.  The breeze blew the smoke away and we had crystal clear views of a great fireworks show.

My first ever shot at fireworks pictures...
Fireworks by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr



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Photography Technique / Re: Another try getting everything in focus.
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
I am telling, you...learn to embrace it!  If you are always chasing perfection of one thing, it'll not only cost you a fortune, it will keep your eye off the ball, which is to make a piece of art.   

Only took me 8 years to learn to do that with noise ;)


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Photography Technique / Re: How do I get the whole picture sharp?
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:41:11 AM »
Focus wise, I'd say the picture is fine; I think you have a really nice shot there, but if it really bothered me, I'd consider a few things:

1. Back up a tiny bit, take the shot again and crop to this size. The slight loss of resolution from cropping might be an acceptable tradeoff for uniform sharpness.

2. Embrace it.  Add some vignetting or even soften the edges even more to make the center pop.  Add contrast to taste. Example:
Autumn Leaves by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr
3. Crop the less sharp edges it if it will still accommodate the framing you're looking for.



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