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Photography Technique / Washington D.C
« on: March 02, 2015, 10:16:32 PM »
Hi, all. During spring break of this year (starting March 22nd) my family and I will be in the capitol for 6 days. Now, I've already done a fair amount of photo related research and have come up with several ideas, but I figured I would try a post here to see if any of you grizzled area veterans have some insight, knowledge of special locations and times or other tips that wouldn't necessarily be included in my guidebooks.

Thanks in advance!


Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: October 31, 2014, 07:13:48 PM »
First Photo: Dilapidated Barn near the Illinois-Wisconsin Border

Second: Tractor light & lens flare in an old barn located in Delevan, Illinois. I personally like this type of lens flare, however "improper" it is

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:50:12 PM »
poor guy with the iPad. A pleasant few minutes of watching planes ruined.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bent tripod leg
« on: October 04, 2014, 12:41:05 PM »
Jim is right, a pic will help, is it kinked, or just a gradual curve?

It's just a gradual curve. It's actually hard to see that it's misshapen until you really look at it closely.

If it is a gradual bend, you will have to over-bend it to get it to be straight after the tension is left off.

When bending it, you do not want to crush the tube into an oval shape. a hardwood dowel up the middle of the tube is the best way to go... using a copper pipe up the middle is a bad idea... both will go oval together. You might want to sand the dowel down to as close of an exact size as possible.... mounting the dowel in a large chuck and 60 grit paper will let you remove stock fairly quickly and evenly... hopefully you know someone with a woodworking lathe, that's the best tool for the job...

It seems like the dowel Idea is a popular one. I o know someone with a lathe, so I'll probably try this first.

Thanks everyone for the advice!

Software & Accessories / Re: Bent tripod leg
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:56:01 PM »
[quoteCould you post a photo?  It'd be easier knowing what it looks like.

I will later when I have more time, but for now I'll just say that its slightly curved.

email the manufacturer.... you can usually get spare parts from most of them.....
I'd prefer to take care of it myself rather than go through the hassle and expense of purchasing replacement parts, if possible.

Software & Accessories / Bent tripod leg
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:05:13 PM »
Hey all-

While on a trip to the Smokies earlier this summer, my tripod fell over (thankfully without my camera on it), onto some rocks and ended up with a bent lower section of one of the legs. The bend isn't too severe, but it's enough that it won't retract fully into the leg section above it.

Here's what I've tried: Placing it in between two boards, and then using strong (not studio) clamps to push the boards together and straighten out the leg. However, as soon as I take the clamps off, the leg goes back to its bent position.

What I'm Thinking of Doing: Same setup as above, but adding a bit of heat (from a lighter or aim-and-flame) to soften up the leg enough so that when it cools, it straightens out.

Any suggestions, warnings, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Reviews / Scott Kelby's Promo Videos
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:48:44 AM »
Today on his blog (, Scott released two short videos promoting and giving an overview of the 7DII and the G7X. Obviously they are sponsored and encouraged by Canon and meant to be used almost like an advertisement, but they're interesting videos nonetheless.


7D Mark II:

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:40:47 AM »
wow. I was gonna buy the 70D, but I might drop $700 more and get  this....... the price for what you get is ridiculous. Kind of surprising actually considering that this is Canon we're talking about.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Friday Deals: Canon EOS 70D at Adorama
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:46:43 PM »
almost seems too good to be true

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 06, 2014, 07:10:40 PM »
Here's a few I took today at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, nothing too serious, just trying the lens out.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF-S 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:44:40 PM »
Just ordered mine

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:35:18 PM »
So nice to spend someone else's money.

 ;D exactly. I'm upgrading to the 70D because that's what's in by budget. But after reading everybody's passive/aggressive posts, I think that the 10-18 or 11-16 is the best route at the moment.

Thanks for the input everybody!

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:54:35 PM »
I've thought about the 10-18, but I'd like to start investing in full-frame compatible L lenses

Lenses / 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:44:55 PM »
In a few months I'll be upgrading from my rebel camera to a 70D. At the same time, I'd like to invest in some nicer glass. I would like to start off by purchasing a wide angle lens, which would mainly be used for landscapes. I've done a bit of research, but I'm still a little unsure whether I should  go for the 17-40 or the new 16-35. Quite frankly, I don't see whether there is a significant difference

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:54:06 AM »
Photographers ARE the public. Holding a camera does not set one apart from the mass of humanity

Sorry, bad word choice on my part. What I meant by public is the people that don't go to the dog park with very expensive, "professional" equipment. I agree that holding a camera doesn't set us apart from humanity completely, but by going into public with a big white and making pictures of things near people, you are certainly in a way different from those around you, and representing the rest of our kind, per say. Photography is an art with a community, is it not?

For example, the Hobby Lobby near my house has pretty poor customer service. I consistently have bad experiences there. Now, if I were to go to a different location, I might expect the employees there to be rude. I would expect that because I automatically, if unconsciously, associate Hobby Lobby employees with bad customer service all because of my bad experience at one location. It's neither good nor fair to the employees, but It takes several good experiences with a few members of a group to erase a single bad experience.

As to your crucifix comment: same deal. Just because it's not fair to judge an individual and apply it to the group does not mean it doesn't happen.

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