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Hi Daniel.
I believe it means you do need something, but you don't know what! :)  - - = +  :o

Cheers, Graham.

I voted for Don't need nothing —whatever that means.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:39:45 PM »
Hi Marsu.
I voted no I'm still getting better, but I think it is only technically better, I seem to be lacking the "eye" for a great shot. I saw a very energetic photographer leaning over the side of the paddle steamer we were on yesterday, I couldn't for the life of me see what he saw but he was re framing through the railings over the railings????
I wonder if the "eye" for a shot can be learned or if you just have it or don't? I'm fairly sure that is an artistic thing, also almost certain that I don't have an artistic bone in my body!  :'(
Oh well I have some nice average shots to remember the day by.
If I have peaked it would be about knee height to most on here! :-[

Cheers, Graham.

Hi lintoni.
Thank you for taking the time, I was missing the take time zone in to account setting! It was the daylight savings getting me. I currently use Android GPX Logger, I had used an iphone (I refuse to capitalise the second letter in a name and if they don't want the first one done who am I to argue!) but got over it! ;D I tried GPicSync, but it refused to sync unless I told it to examine the GPX file then google maps couldn't find its file, so I gave up on that and went back to Geo Setter and delved in to the settings, it is very in depth software and has, in my opinion, a much better system for dealing with fools like me who only remember to sync the clocks when we get home! :o

Cheers, Graham.

Graham, I have no experience with the tools you use, I avoid crApple like the plague, but you need to allow for the fact that the satellites from which you are getting the co-ordinates are reporting the time in UTC, ie equivalent to GMT.  As you're in the UK, you need to either remove 1 hour from the time recorded by the camera to allow for BST, or make allowance for that hour somewhere in an option in the software.


Okay, you've a pc, you've got your GPX tracks. The above link is is a tutorial on how to tag photos using GPicSync. You might get enough from it to work out where you're going wrong with Geo Setter, or decide to use GPicSync, it's freeware.

Hi Tom.
I use GPX Master for my iphone, I get the GPX file by connecting to the PC open itunes, open the device, select apps tab, scroll down and find file sharing, ( the apps below can transfer...) select GPX Master (in my case), get the list of GPX tracks, select 1 or more, scroll to bottom of list, select save to, browse to your folder on your PC and click select folder then find your selected tracks in the folder ready to use.
The second time you use it it will appear to be in the correct folder but itunes (or is it windows) is too stupid to just allow you to hit select folder, you will need to back up one then select the folder to make it active (your folder name next to where it says folder at the bottom of the box).
This bit I have mastered, where my tagging turns to s%#} is when I sync with Geo Setter, and the tracks come out miles off! I have set the PC time to the phone time then got the camera time correction box showing the correct camera time to the second, click sync and the pics are put on the map in completely the wrong place!?!?
Then when I try to adjust timings it gives me a you have exceeded the 2000 credits limit, use a commercial tool?

Cheers, Graham.

Im going traveling for 5 months, I intend to geotag my images. I just wish the GP-E2 wasn't so big bulky and ridiculous. otherwise I would buy one. I think I am going to either buy a some kind of GPS watch or use my phone, but battery life apparently isn't great when using GPS via iPhone. Also a pain that apps such as geotag photo only sends the gpx file via dropbox or email, when your in the middle of nowhere with no internet how are you supposed to get the GPX to your laptop?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:41:28 PM »
Hi Marsu.
I would like to say don't need either, but it have tried that many times to tag images using a GPX tag, both apple and droid, different time zones on devices (read forgot to sync), daylight savings different (read forgot to sync).
Trouble is even when I didn't forget to sync the locations came out wrong, I guess it was something to do with operator error with the software.

Cheers, Graham.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:07:13 AM »
Hi Folks.
I carry 2 cameras frequently, but I would carry the minimum too, as BL says use the space to carry spare clothing, except I would not limit it to underwear, I would try to carry a change of clothes, a bag for the wet clothing to keep it from dry stuff, a survival blanket and survival rations. Water is a given!
I have based this on the experience of falling on my arse in a stream on the Cumbrian Fells, there's cold then there's fell water, bbbrrrrrrr!!! You may think you are not far from humanity but weather changes quickly very often and a sprained ankle is inconvenient in town, it's a life threat in the fells!

I'm sure you will really enjoy the vistas, and the likely hood of a camera failure is slim as is the chance you will need the survival gear, go out and enjoy!

Cheers, Graham.

Save 2 cameras for events and sports.

If you're backpacking great distances, bring as little as you possibly can get away with - 1 body with an UWA zoom, CF tripod, and lots and lots of batteries.  If you have a small backup that can share with your kit, bring that too if you can afford the weight. 

Use that extra space for more dry socks and underwear, seriously  ;D

Canon General / Re: Canon Developing New-Concept Photo-Storage Device
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:48:36 PM »
Hi, in that case we are in complete agreement. Slower than molasses in February. I like this notion, always gets a smile when I hear or see it.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi dgatwood.
I agree with everything you said here, with the clarification it is Near field, not Touching field  :o so you could put the camera and reader within a few inches to maybe a couple of feet whilst downloading.  :)

Yes, I realize they don't literally have to be touching, but with standard (nondirectional) antennas, the typical range of NFC is only about four inches (10 cm).  The longest-range versions that I'm aware of only reach about twice that distance.  That's a short enough range to preclude, for example, the obvious use case—putting this device in your pocket and hanging the camera around your neck and having the devices synchronize with each other transparently over NFC.

Edit: Also, the speed is probably dependent on distance, so that maximum speed is likely measured at an inch or two away.  Even if it managed to barely pick up a signal from pocket-to-chest distance, it would be slower than molasses in February.

Landscape / Re: Post your light painting landscapes
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:15:20 PM »
Hi Cali.
Very nice, bet the models love those sparks dropping on them!  :o
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Graham.

You did say you'd define it 'loosely,' so does steel wool count?  :P  ;D

This past weekend in Morro Bay, California:

Earlier this year in Utah:

Software & Accessories / Re: Blackrapid strap slips
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:43:33 PM »
Hi tolusina.
Unfortunately the fastener is not like that. It is a quick release buckle, if you visit the Black Rapid site and view the video for the sport strap you will see the offending adjuster.

Cheers, Graham.

Did you thread the strap like this?
(shameless plug for UPstrap)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pablo Escobar, Canon Shooter
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:13:04 AM »
Hi sagittariansrock.
Thanks for the tea break chuckle!

Cheers, Graham.

The interesting question is: If you've really got so much money to spend, what would you buy? Leica?

What do you mean? The company or a camera?

Canon General / Re: Canon Developing New-Concept Photo-Storage Device
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:03:06 AM »
Hi dgatwood.
I agree with everything you said here, with the clarification it is Near field, not Touching field  :o so you could put the camera and reader within a few inches to maybe a couple of feet whilst downloading.  :)
We already carry a laptop with preloaded movies, an HDMI lead, a four way extension mains lead and all the charging leads for phones, tablets, cameras, etc when we travel so to reiterate what you said, why would you......

Cheers, Graham. 

I suspect they'd use NFC for device detection and initial credential negotiation, followed by a data connection over a faster medium such as Wi-Fi Direct, similar to the way some cell phones configure themselves for use with some Wi-Fi access points.

After all, even a small JPEG from a point-and-shoot camera is going to be a meg or two, and nobody is going to just stand there holding a device to their camera for twenty seconds or more just to copy a single photo.

With that said, why would anyone buy this when they probably already have a set-top device like an Apple TV or Roku?  If Canon had any clue, they'd be focusing on trying to make their experience more seamless with existing ecosystems instead of trying to convince people to replace an already locked-in movie viewing ecosystem with an incompatible Canon offering just to get slightly easier (maybe) access to their photos.

Okay, I take that back.  I can see one potential situation where it might be nice—showing photos to your family in a hotel room.  But most folks have a laptop for that, and if they don't, there's the problem that half the hotel TVs out there have to be tricked into letting you access the HDMI ports.  And besides, if you have to carry an HDMI cable anyway, why not just use the camera itself for photo viewing?

So... I guess I reiterate my original question: Why would anyone buy this?

Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:18:00 AM »
Hi Folks.
If you don't have Lightroom, or maybe even if you do have a look at this utility,
I use it following it being recommended here I think, it will display the info in graph form so you can easily see the ranges you use most, (of just about everything, not just focal length) which may be more use than querying above a certain number?
I have just copied the bit from google, for the info, best of all it is only small < 700kb when I downloaded it a couple of versions ago.
Downside? Windows only!

From this site you can download Wega2 the digital image viewer and ExposurePlot the focal length, ISO, aperture and shutterspeed analyzer for jpg files.
‎Exposureplot - ‎Wega2 - ‎SaveIt - ‎CaptureLens

Cheers, Graham.

If you have Lightroom (and some other programs), you can set a filter to see what focal length your entire library of photos is at; see what percentage of your photos are greater than 250mm focal length to get an idea how many you'd need to crop on full frame to get the same picture.  You can do the same with ISO to see how many you need ISO higher than 1600-3200.

Hi Guy.
It occurs to me that getting the printer to reply to a print request with something like,
"Print? Nah not today I'm hacked off!" Might have only taken a couple of weeks which would have proved the hack and prevented what seems like a waste of 3 1/2 months of his life, it loads and doesn't run and has poor colour representation!
If he had said he enjoyed it and was looking forwards to finishing the project it would not seem to be a waste but he states something like he was fed up with it, = waste!
Tuppence worth?

Cheers, Graham.

Software & Accessories / Re: Blackrapid strap slips
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:20:32 PM »
Hi jd.
If yours slips I would second Neuro's contact them.
I have the Black Rapid Double, I did a two day air festival with two gripped bodies with a Sigma 150-500 on one and a 70-200 2.8II with 2xIII on the other.  They didn't even move when I had to do the 1.5 mile round trip fast walk to the car for the spare CF cards.
I think in double configuration that the coupler strap might help stop slippage, but I have used it in a single configuration for a couple of 1 hour walks and a ten hour day at the Goodwood Revival Sunday just gone, again no movement. I do have the funny little plastic strap clips that came with it in place.
I have had problems in the past with this type of lift to adjust buckle moving on another camera bag, it can be caused by it being lifted out of line by other gear, or perhaps something like a prominent shoulder blade?  I solved the problem by folding the spare webbing end up in to a block and then tying it off with string, when I was satisfied with the positioning and fit I replaced the string with zip cable ties like this,
Buy the smallest you can find and put them in boiling water before you fit them, fold them to fit round the straps and as they cool down they will firm up again and retain their new shape better cut the excess off FLUSH with the block with a knife, as opposed to the usual scissors or side cutters which leave that small sharp tail that will ruin things!

Cheers, Graham.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:32:48 AM »
Hi dsut.
On the first point, there are some fantastic dual harnesses out there, some at ridiculously low prices! No excuse to disrespect two expensive bits of gear by allowing them to collide!  :o

On the second point, is a complete failure having to power off and back on between each shot? If so it happened to me on a very low mileage coddled and loved 40D early in my digital "amateur career". I will not be more than a reasonable walk from my backup (old) body, if the event involves park and ride "long difficult to return to vehicle" and is a rare occurrence I carry two bodies.

As for unlucky it could just be a D'oh moment that leads you to grab the second body rather than miss a shot! :-[

Cheers, Graham.

The benefit of not having to swap lenses is often outweighed (pun intended) by the nuisance and discomfort of having two cameras dangling around your neck clacking together.

And you would have to be extremely unlucky (or clumsy) to need a 'backup' body - touch wood I have yet to have a complete camera failure in 25 years of shooting, including some pretty hostile environments (e.g. skiing, climbing, canyoning, kayaking, deserts and jungles, between -28C/-20F and +51C/+123 F).

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