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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.

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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!


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20 most important?  I'd say patience, repeat 19 times.

Mine actually carries gear for me while I shoot.   Her attitude is her job is to carry and scout, mine is to shoot and do all the post/printing.  She even frames and hangs the pics.   
She also doesn't just stand, sigh, and toe tap while I obsess over a single shot. She just moves on, knowing I'll catch up.
keeper.

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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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Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:01:34 AM »
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.


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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:49:58 PM »
Caveat: Art is in the eye of the beholder, it's all subjective.
...

Actually, I have a personal anecdotal story on this.
When I was in high school I attended drawing classes at a private evening school.  In my opinion I suck at drawing and everything I drew was awful.  However, my parents kept everything, for some reason.
Years later, my sister married an architect who draws (and designs) amazing things.  One day he went through my "paintings" and decided that he liked one of them so much, he put it on his living room wall.  At first I thought he's messing with me, but after years and years of the painting remaining on his wall I have come to terms with the fact that we have very different ways of viewing the world.
Your brother in law probably thinks his "amazing" things are totally banal, derivative junk!

I think we have all had that experience of a wife or friend go through our pictures and pick out a bunch of favorites that we could have easily deleted.  I even tell them why it's no good.  Comp is junk, it would take forever to clone out that stop sign...They find something in it I didn't, even though I took it.  I have gone mining through old photos and even disagreed with my own previous choices a few times:)

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:32:10 PM »
Caveat: Art is in the eye of the beholder, it's all subjective.

However, this particular beholder doesn't get this one being worth $4mil. 

If I had taken it, I'd be proud of it for sure.  Good balance, very nice composition.  The clouds even cooperated by being parallel for him.  Technically competent.  I'd even post it to CR as one of my fave landscapes. 

However,  I could go to the same place and take a picture 98% as good on any given cloudy day. I don't have an 8x10 camera, so I couldn't print it as nicely large, but is that what comprises art?

It's not about gear IMO.  It's about technique, patience, scouting and oftentimes, luck.   I think alot of "art appreciation" is taking something from a famous artist and justifying it.  That's why so much famous art really is stuff that could be seemingly reproduced by almost anyone.  Most people not trying to justify a piece's fame are taking it at face value.  It's pretty easy to spot a critic desperately trying to back into a complement for schlock a famous artist is throwing out there b/c his boat needs to be refinished or his wife wants a new kitchen. 

I think that any picture expensive should be a once in a lifetime event, beautifully captured by a photographer that knew exactly how to capture it. Those usually get Pulitzers, though, not $4mil :)   If I had the money, I'd pay for the one and only print of  Vietnam/napalm girl, or Lee Harvey Oswald being shot.  That photo of the Hindenburg. 


 

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 12:05:28 AM »
We didn't get as much in Atlanta as I wanted, but at least we got something this yr...








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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D vs. 70D: Which has better image quality?
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:39:51 AM »
My 2 cents...
I owned a 350D, and a 400D, was dissatisfied by AF Performance so jumped on a 7D when it was released.  The AF was worlds better, but I can't say that the image quality was much better for when AF speed wasn't a factor. 

I rarely had a "WOW" moment from that camera, and while I haven't used a 70D, I can't see how it would be worse than my 7D was.  Maybe I had the proverbial dud, or maybe it needed adjustment, I dunno, but I was always dissatisfied with the noise.  Maybe it was a function of my expectations, but I have no complaints at all with the 5D3 I eagerly replaced it with. 

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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:24:10 AM »

IMG_1569 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


IMG_1491 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:08:50 PM »
Some great stuff in this thread. A couple of mine:


IMG_1740 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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IMG_1814_1 by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: August 04, 2013, 12:43:17 PM »
A few from Outer Banks...hard to pick just three.

Sedona takes in the sunset by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


Untitled by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:15:46 AM »
Will Reikan FoCal support it?

How's the weather sealing?  Just mist, or can I let it get really rained on when I am shooting Japan from Oregon?

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: June 15, 2013, 10:38:17 PM »
I know I posted one before, but here's another, Delicate Arch.



Delicate Arch by dawgfanjeff, on Flickr


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I like the new layout alot. Pictures themselves are now emphasized.  There is hardly any whitespace anymore. A welcome improvement.

Yesterday, they also released a new android app that shows up now for my Galaxy 10.1.  Other than having no specific landscape mode, it's what I was hoping for from flickr.

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