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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:13:30 AM »
Hello fellow peoples,
I was at Melbourne Airport a few weeks ago photographing commercial aircraft coming in to land with a strong northerly wind. When I saw this clown* with his ipad trying to photograph a 777 coming in too land at 150kts, his ipad had no chance but he was convinced of getting a good shot! I said hello, we chatted a bit and I then suggested that a proper camera would do a better job!! He then started talking about photography and how he used to own a studio and do weddings and stuff, but all you need nowadays is a iPhone/ipad, his words this guy had no idea! I strutted back to my car and opened my boot/trunk and pulled out my 1d4 with 70-200IIL(hood attached) strolled back and started shooting at 10fps and showed him what this beast can do!!!!! all he said was nice camera, he stayed for one more landing got in his car and drove off, I haven't seen him again> true story :o...  I think Neuro had a similar experience ;)

Well, how about you show us some of your pictures then. I'd really like to see what a 1DIV with 70-200L in the hands of a competent photographer can do. And I sincerely hope that the shot you attached is not all you've got.

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:28:03 AM »
is there some reason its so narrow? it only fills the middle 1/3 of my screen. (16:9)

disregard "malicious website" warnings from antivirus programs. its not 1995 not sure why people even have them. they just breed complacency and cause people trouble with false positives.

Yes, there is: A website can be designed to have a fixed or dynamic width. As you can imagine dynamic width means that all the pages need to dynamically adapt to the width of your browser window. It takes some experience and a lot of effort (and testing) to get this right. I'm a complete beginner when it comes to webdesign - as a matter of fact I was basically finished creating this site only two weeks after I first read what HTML and CSS actually is.
My site width is fixed, as I have limited time and resources to invest and rather spend those on quality content than website appearance. Additionally I'm in good company - a lot of popular sites (such as CR) have a fixed site width). It only fills 1/3 of your screen since I designed it to be readable on small screens - think mobile devices.

Love your articles (great writing style BTW), excellent shots of course, and the site itself is well structured and easy to navigate. Loads nice and quickly too!

The only thing I would say, and bear in mind that this an entirely subjective thing, is that the "boxed" style (clearly outlined fixed width content area) along with the finish and arrangement of the navigation links looks a little retro to me. Like I said though, this is just my personal preference.

Thanks very much! Yea I know it looks retro, but as I said web design is none of my talents so I created a layout that is simple and working.

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 26, 2014, 06:24:35 AM »
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions and kind words!
I'm updating my site right now and I've made some of the changes you recommended. Most importantly I cleaned up the Vienna gallery.

There will be new articles in a couple of weeks - when they arrive I'll post it definately here on CR.
I would be most honoured if you simply checked out my site every couple of weeks though.


Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:11:41 AM »
First of all, thanks guys for all your feedback!

@Saybia: Thanks for the valuable hint! I wanted to check that but somehow forgot along the way. I'll definately look into that. Im actually Austrian and as far as I know it is basically not necessary to have a "Impressum" for non-commercial sites.

@MarcPool: Ok, thanks for the Info. I'm not sure what I can do about that right now. What I know is that the site is not hazardous (because I created it  ::) ) and that it is unlikely that it has been hacked because it is brand new and had only ~100 visitors (until today) - so who would care hacking it? Additionally it is strictly only HTML - no PHP, Java or any other fancy stuff.

@DARSON: Ok, I've noticed problems with the menu on certain browsers. Would you tell me which browser you use? Thanks!

@vulie504: I'll probably do a future article about proper exposure - specifically for action photography. The key is to use the brightest exposure possible without clipping highlights.
Basically I always expose in a way that I can see a bit of overexposure warnings (these are the black blinking areas when you review the image on the camera LCD - you need to turn on that feature in the menu). These warnings are quite sensitive and there is no information lost if you see just a few of them.

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:28:30 AM »

An article series about my travel experiences to Estonia will also be added soon!


Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:26:46 AM »
I have created an extensive article on the topic on my newly launched website.
Check it out here: http://www.focrates.com/articles/pp_images_and_why_to_shoot_raw/pp_images_and_why_to_shoot_raw.html

Hope that helps!
Best wishes!

Photography Technique / Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:23:57 AM »
Dear Friends on CR!

I have been a regular visitor and a member on CR for a while now. I started visiting this site when I was a total beginner and learned a great deal from the vast knowledge of some of the members here.

Now I'm proud to announce that my website was launched a couple of months ago, and since the testing phase is over I'd like to ask you guys to stop by and take a look.

Additionally to some of my images, my article about configuring the 5D3 AF for fast action that I posted here last year, has found a permanent place on the site.

You can find my site here: www.focrates.com

If you have comments, ideas for improvements or anything else to share shoot me a mail, PM or leave a comment here.

Thank you very much and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes!


I created an extensive article for exacly that topic. You can see it on my website at http://www.focrates.com/articles/configuring_your_5d_mark_3_af_for_fast_action/configuring_your_5d_mark_3_af_for_fast_action.html.

My site is brand new and actually still in the testing phase and I wanted to announce it in a couple of days here on canonrumors (which I will still do).

Hope that helps.

Best wishes!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:04:00 AM »
This pair of goldfinches nested in my backyard a couple of weeks ago - until they were killed and the nest destroyed by a weasel :(.

Canon General / Re: Reach and the inverted bell curve
« on: June 10, 2014, 09:24:19 AM »
I suggest you buy a high quality folding rule. The mm/$ ratio is unmatched.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Stolen equipement - off-brand
« on: May 08, 2014, 11:42:32 AM »

I'm very sorry to hear about your friends loss.
As a matter of fact I'm also currently traveling with my 500LII in my backpack, so hearing about 500s getting stolen makes me a bit uneasy. I would be very interested in hearing about the details of what happened to your friend. You say it was stolen from a car. How exactly did the thief break into it? Where was the car parked (were people around)? Where were you guys? How long did you leave it unattended? Was there a way for him to know what was inside?That sort of thing...
Thanks and good luck for recovering the lens!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Birds in Flight tips
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:44:31 PM »
I actually wanted to point out my extensive article about 5D3 AF configuration but Dylan 777 was obviously faster...

Cervantes, thank you for your reply. Here you can see three of my shots that day - http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20239.0  At the bottom.

It's not so slow movemnet, actually is quite fast. I shot this with 6 fps (of course not like a machine gun, maybe only 3-4 shots)

The setings were: f/2.8, 1/2500 s and ISO 160-250

Congrats, they turned out great!

I shot this with 6 fps (of course not like a machine gun, maybe only 3-4 shots)

That's what I would do in this situation. 1/2500 was perfect to freeze the motion of the water.

Keep in mind that a piece of advise from the article didn't work for me. At least at some non real shooting conditions.

More specifically:  I have tried my 1.4XIII on my 500mm 4L IS II.

Nothing happened apart from the noise of a failed  attempt to start focusing.
Something like a click and a very slight move of the focusing mechanism and then nothing.
Focusing distance was close and withing range (inside my house).

I turned "Lens drive when AF impossible" to ON and IT WORKED!

But to tell the truth I haven't tested the lens without a teleconverter and/or at the outside during day.
So I will repeat the test under more realistic conditions.

Are you sure you understand what "Lens drive when AF impossible" means? If the subject was vastly out of focus the AF is supposed to not do anything so that it doesn't throw off focus even further. You should at least be able to easily recognize the subject in the frame before you start attempting to focus (this is more or less also the cameras criterion for starting to focus - when it can immediately determine in which direction and how much it has to adjust focus). Also when you tested inside in dim light with a converter I'm not surprised that it did not work.

Yes, please repeat the test under sufficent light and be sure to pay attention to my remark above - I'm sure it will work just fine.


Tomorrow I'll shoot some action and I'd like to ask for some advice. Not BIF, but kayak competition (slalom). I suppose you imagine how does it look like.

I'd like to ask, if you recommend to shoot in single shot or continious mode? if the latter, then in which mode - high burst (6 fps) or low burst (3 fps).  BTW, I'm using 5D mkIII.

And what should be an appropriate shutter time to freeze the motion? OK, it depends if subject goes toward me or pass me. I think, I'll shoot them coming toward me. But OK, I can experiment and check what time is necessary to freeze it.

I'm more interested about burst mode. I don't want to have million pictures and half of them soft, because AF wasn't able to refocus between each shot in 6 fps mode.



I'm sorry I didn't check canonrumors for a couple of days so I'm too late now for your question but maybe you still want some info for next time.

I'm not quite sure how a kayak competition looks like but it sounds to be quite slow action. Burst will likely work fine but I wouldn't recommend the settings I described in my article because they are for very fast moving / erratic subjects.

The way I always do action photography is setting my drive mode to high burst (6fps) but then I always shoot single frames by briefly pressing the shutter. If a situation arises where the distance between me and the subject doesn't change much but something interesting is happening I always have the option to make shots in quick succession.

Shutter speed is quite easy to determine: Start at 1/1000 and look how it turns out. Use the fastest possible speed that lets you shoot at ISO 100-800 (the lower the better of course). To freeze the water droplets something shorter than 1/2000 would be desirable.

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