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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: Today at 02:11:18 PM »
A few from lake Bled in Slovenia.

Fantastic! Wow!

Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:37:31 PM »
Got some very nice shots. The skyline is very different now with rapid construction going on and cranes everywhere.
Spent two hours waiting for the bats but it is late in the season so saw just a few of them. Will post some shortly. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:35:02 PM »
Dear Ray5,

I'm sure that you will have a wonderful trip to Austin. The people are warm and friendly and you've been given lots of great advice on photo locations. I can't really add anything to that as I've not lived there since the early 80's but I will suggest that you check out the sights and sounds and food on 6th street. In particular, The Old Pecan Street Cafe
314 W 6th St, Austin TX 78701, oldpecanstcafe.com, (512) 478-2491, is legendary and it was there that I learned to love pecan pie.

Best regards,


The pecan pie was awesome! The other fun part were the food vans! They were a revelation! Every dinner and one lunch was here. Good food and cheap. Thanks

Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:59:45 PM »
Reaching there this Saturday for 3 days. Lovely pictures. Thanks for the suggestions

Photography Technique / Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:03:34 AM »
I am headed there for a few days. Could you suggest some good icons to photograph and places to photograph them from? I'll be in downtown and without a rental car so mostly walking distances. I would like to find good spots to shoot the skyline, particularly after dark. Never been there, heard very good things about the city. Thanks,

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:39:28 PM »
Thanks a lot everone! Don't know yet whether I will be brave enough to pull the trigger but if I do I know what to get. I have a bad feeling that I am going to!!! ::)

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:50:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
So, what all do I need to get started?
I have lenses with 77mm and 82mm filter sizes. The big stopper being a given, what else would you recommend to start with? Glass versus resin?

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:38:35 AM »
I went ahead and bought a second screw in CPL for my 82mm lens.
I can understand screw in solid ND filters but screw in grads don't make sense to me. And if indeed a grad. is needed why not go with the Lee type filters for both solid and graduated filters? The only reason I can see of not doing it is for the one I did, convenience and time. If one could get away by solids only then the screw in type might makes sense.
My other questions is,
Can software replace filter effects? I am from the old school and want to get it right in camera but I remember seeing some discussions here that some folks had mentioned that pretty much any filter effect can be replicated with software including Polarizers if you are good at it. Though for me it makes little difference as I am not savvy with PS anyway  :-[

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:49:44 AM »

+1 on 2filter.com
Very nice people to talk to on the phone.
Bought my Lee Big Stopper, Lee GNDs from them with the foundation kit and step up ring (77-82mm). 

By the way, be sure to check the prices out at 2filter.com against the other usual places to buy such equipment.

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:49:20 AM »
I recently became interested in filter in the past year or so. I decided to use the screw in type. I started out with Tiffen CPL which I love. (I chose screw in because I figured that I can buy 77mm filter that I can use both on my 17-40 and 24-70 v1 lenses) In the recent future I have toyed around with ND filters. I bought a Hoya 9-stop ND filter which I chose over the B&w at the time due to the price difference at the time (75$ vs. 105$). I then purchased a basic tiffen 0.6 graduated ND filter. more recently I have started to stack the filter and am pretty happy with the results. The first shot was taken with the 24-70mm with all three of the above filters stacked while the second shot was taken with the 17-40 with the two ND filter stacked. Experiment and enjoy!!! I do plan on switching over the lee filters soon.
Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:02:49 PM »
Thanks. I am intimidated by a new system. A couple of times in the past I have ordered and cancelled the Lee Big stopper. The convenience of having a screw in type of filter is too much. But when now I have different sized filter needs then I think it is beginning to make some sense. Convenience versus cost. And then as all of you have pointed out what is vital, time and practice. I know I have more money invested than time and I need to reverse that. Putting money is the easier part. I have had the 5D MK III for about 2 years now and even now learning new things about it.

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:50:06 AM »
ok. I have the Singh Ray Vari ND filter screw in type. Has it's uses but not as versatile. Super expensive. I bought it a few years ago but have used it very few times.

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:07:08 AM »
Ok, so both of you are suggesting that I get the 82mm CPL and Lee if I want to experiment with them? I looked at some videos and articles on line, looks like there is a pretty steep learning curve for them? I have a trip planned for Southern UT/Northern AZ next year and found on reading that ND filters are almost a must for that landscape. I want to practice for a while so by the time that time comes around I can be comfortable. But, it's a substantial investment in money as well. But I think I agree with both of you to get another CPL as that is my most used lens and using a step up/down ring will be a pain and of course I will not be able to use the hood, though using a hood with a CPL is quite the pain as well.
Are there good and reliable resources on how to use the Lee filters? Thanks

Photography Technique / Filters
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:06:13 PM »
I have been toying with the idea of getting some ND filters for a while. I recently changed my main lens to a 82mm filter size. I have the B&W Kaessman MRC Nano XS Pro 77mm CPL.  Even though I have other lenses with the 77mm filter size my main use of this filter is with the lens which I changed. So my options are to get a CPL with a 82mm size, sell my 77mm one and use a 82mm with a step up ring or buy Lee filters. Though my CPL is pretty new I know there may not be much resale value. Getting a new 82mm one is $200 or so!
My questions:
-I understand that getting into the Lee system is going to be much more expensive in the long run but will it be a better investment in the long run?
- Is the learning curve steep?
- Which ND filters would you recommend?  I think the Big Stopper is a must?
- Graduated or not?
- Soft or hard edge?
Any advice or resources is appreciated.

Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:17:43 AM »

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