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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:46:04 AM »
Parents are being conditioned by our news media to think that any male is a potential danger.  It seems not a potential danger but a probable danger. Despite the statistics that show that children are more likely to be molested by family members, friends of the family, and people in "trusted" positions (clergy, teachers, coaches, camp councilers, boy/girl scout people...) than by total strangers.

Not saying that total strangers are not involved in child molestation, they are, but not to the extent being reported. Parents need to understand that most adults are not potential child molesters. It was one of the hardest things for me to learn as a parent/grandparent. You have to be alert, but not paranoid.

Like most issues pertaining to photography, it is not Black and White  ;D

If someone is exclusively taking pictures of little girls on swings/slides that is different from someone taking general pictures of a playground. The problem is that an observer will be unable to tell the difference.  The only way to tell is to look at the pictures, which is starting to infringe on the personal rights of the photographer.

Photographers have the same rights as other people.

Unfortunately, I have knuckled-down to society and I avoid taking pictures that have other people's children in it. Once I was out in the field taking pictures of butterflies and three young girls entered the same field I was in.

What did I do?  I quietly and quickly left.  Being an older man, in the same isolated field as three strange girls is too much of a risk.  Did I like it?  no.  Was it fair to me?  no.  But, I thought, and still think, it was the prudent thing to do.

Nothing is harder to prove than proving that you did NOT try to molest a little girl.  And let's be honest, that whole innocent until proven guilty does not apply to old men when young girls are involved. A simple accusation is often enough.

A tog friend of mine told me a story (whether it is true or not I dunno).  In England, where he lives, there were instances of a group of women with children asking a photographer to take pictures of their kids playing.  They would then extort money from the photographer or claim that he was attempting to molest them.  Yikes!

Talk about easy money, I am sure any photographer dumb enough to take pictures of strange kids without some witnesses would pay a lot.

So any talk about what rights photographers have or don't have is only part of the story.  Photographers have to be careful, and to be sexist about it, male photographers have to be extra careful.  If you are an old man.  Forget it. It seems I am guilty even before being accused.  >:(

It is not right, it is not fair.  I wish it were not this way.  But no one ever said that life is fair or nice.

You make good points....and you're right, a simple accusation can have terrible consequences.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 23, 2014, 05:53:30 AM »
If you had $10,000 to spend on photography gear to put together a jack of all trades kit, what would you include, assuming you were starting from scratch.
Here's what I would likely put together...

$4000 5D3 kit with 24-105
$1070 Tamron SP 150 - 600
$300  Rokinon 14mm 2.8
$1050 Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro IS
$1350 Canon 70 - 200 f4L IS
$500 On a tripod... not sure what though
$1280 600 RT x2 and ST E3 RT transmitter kit

Terry...I think you've made some good choices here. 

I would suggest you get the 70-200 2.8ii instead of the f4 version.  If you find yourself shooting any kind of indoor sports or events, or outdoor sports or events in the evening, the 2.8 will make a huge difference.   

Here's a link to the tripod I use and like very much.   I'm assuming you need a head too so this is a kit for $570. 


Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 05:51:26 AM »
I'm looking for something to protect my 5d mk iii (with 24-70 2.8 ii on) so I can carry it in a normal rucksack and be confident that it won't get scratched.

Mild splash protection would be ideal but not a necessity.

I'm thinking something like a neoprene style wrap (which I've seen lurking around, but nothing 5d3 friendly).

Anyone got any good recommendations?


Alex...how about some bubble wrap and a couple rubber bands?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:13:09 AM »
Cool series dpc!

Wish we had those here, Northstar.  Best I can hope for is the California Quail.  Here is a female on the way back from getting a drink. 

1DX : 600/1.4@840  1/2000 : f/6.3 : ISO 640

Nice shot ERHP ...great bokeh!  The female pheasant looks a bit like your quail...the male is so much prettier though.

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:31:40 PM »
Dear Friends.
Sorry , I am not the Lawyer or an Attorney. It happen  to me many times, And I have the copy of this page" The Photographer's Right"  in my pocket and let the read, and I ask for they name and ask --If they are Lawyer or Attorney or not ?, and write  their name on my notes book---After that No problem at all.
PS, To all of my friends---Please copy and print " The Photographer's Right" and keep in your Camera bag, One day you will need them.


Love it!  Here dude, read this!  (That's OK, you can keep it!)  That should keep them busy for a while!!  LOL!   8)

LOL...so funny.

thanks surapon!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:23:27 PM »
another shot from my trip in early april to the red kite feeding farm (gigrin) in mid wales ,the sight of a couple of hundred of these swooping in for a hour or so of feeding frenzy is well worth the 200 mile round trip for me .plus i always seem to pick good weather when i go ,not that common in mid wales  ::)

let us prey by blackfox wildlife and nature imaging, on Flickr

very cool shot blackfox!

thanks click!

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:16:04 AM »
I shoot indoor sports frequently, mostly using my 70/200 and 24-70 with a 1dx...My 300 2.8 is rarely used for indoor stuff.

With that said, If I didn't own a 1dx or a 300 2.8, (your previous situation) and I was looking to upgrade my gear, I would definitely choose to spend the $7000 on the 1dx versus a 3002.8ii. 

If you had said I'm going to be shooting field sports, then yes, the 300 with your 5d3 would probably get you more bang for your buck.

Return the 300, buy a 1dx, sell a 5d3 and use the money saved for another lens.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:52:41 AM »

IMG_2792 by ecka84, on Flickr

Looks beautiful....what part of the world is that?

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:49:43 AM »
Humans....perfectly imperfect!

If you shoot in public enough, you'll eventually have this issue so it's a great forum post.

Lots of good advice and stories.

Scott...sometimes bad things happen to good people.   Just shake it off.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:46:07 PM »
Nest building from a pair of Osprey on an early Sunday morning.  This "platform" sat empty last year so it's good to see it get some use. 

The platform is located in field near a lake in a rural part of Minnesota...about 90 of these were built when they reintroduced Osprey to the area 20 years ago.

Because there are no trees within 200 yards of this particular platform, it's difficult to get close without the Osprey flying off. (usually away from me)

I got lucky with a couple shots when they returned.

1dx w/ 300 2.8IS w 1.4X

iso 250

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:15:00 PM »
love the colors - driving through the countryside and saw this guy off to the side of the road.

male pheasant
1dx 300 2.8 IS with 1.4x at 420
iso 640

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:54:48 PM »
DXO mark one of the most trusted resources online

Whoa ! Steady.

( It's the 11th of April to day. You missed out a 1 ).

wow...dxo says it's a bad lens = it's probably a great lens!

Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 19, 2014, 04:54:30 PM »
And jrista with regard to the composites, now you are just showing off.  Good work.

LOL. Yeah, a little.

Thanks. ;)

LOL...I was thinking the same thing but I'm very glad that you are!!  Great shots and composites!!

well done jrista!   

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: April 19, 2014, 04:14:54 PM »
When we finally get rid of the snow where we live, all Norwegians fill up their cars with skis, clothes and excessive volumes of food and drinks, and travel to the mountains to find more snow ::)
5DIII, 24-70 f2.8L II at 39mm, 1/500s, f11, ISO100, with CPL filter

funny!  ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:44:46 PM »
two more for show & tell
beat it up in Photoshop added glow & grain
1Dx 85mm 1.2
I put one more color up

nice shots Gary...pretty girl....they sure grow up fast eh?

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