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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!

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...
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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 ;)

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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:39:07 PM »
I have to try REALLY hard no to tell people they are holding the lens "wrong", i.e, with 4 fingers ON TOP of the lens, not underneath.

Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:02:25 PM »
These are great.  Please tell me there is a 10,000:1 delete:keep ratio!

Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:26:05 PM »
Here's mine...

1. Place card in USB 3.0 card reader.
2. Run script (I am in IT) to move everything to c:\pixtemp\<YYYY-MM-DD>.  This is an SSD.  I copy here to drastically speed up PS work.   Now the card is clean for the next session.
3. Open PS, drag .CR2s in, it opens them in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw).  I have opened 500 at a time without an issue.  That many would take a minute or so.  Just guessing, I could benchmark it if anybody's interested.
4. Do a cursory glance at each pic, deleting any obviously bad ones.   This is probably over half or so.
5. Exit ACR (this will perform the actual delete).
6. Drop .CR2s back in, do more detail edits, repeat as necessary.
7. When done, move files from c:\pixtemp to d:\pictures\<YYYY-MM-DD> on slower, larger storage, still on PC.
8. Automated script runs periodically to back them up to my NAS in the house.

I haven't embraced Lightroom (yet); I don't like the library concept, I can organize them myself and I like to be agnostic, not locked into the Adobe way of doing that.  This allows me flexibility in organization tools.
One of these days I'll buy a large portable storage disk and occasionally back files up to it and keep it at the office for offsite storage.  Hope this helps.

@dawgfanjeff: Do you edit your images more or less only in ACR and then if image require any additional processing in PS you go there. Or do you do everything only in PS?

I do 99% in ACR, unless I need PS for something specific (HDR, or printing.  I'd love to use Canon DPP, but everytime I try, it's a pain in the ass for me.

I did leave a step out...any pics I'll post to flickr or need a jpg of for some reason, I save as JPG from ACR into a .\jpg directory.

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