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If my target its stationary, I have no issues busting out the manual focus... but it is when I don't know what to expect... then I'll heavily rely on af.

I really like shooting in manual, I feel a connection to the cameras and photographers in the past...

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FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Re: Canon 70-200mm f4L is
« on: Today at 01:52:39 AM »
photo time.

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FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Canon 70-200mm f4L is
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:51:53 PM »
I'll have more details later, but it is used but in excellent condition... maybe very good.  I'm not sure what to charge... I normally sell on Amazon... so they take 8%... I think this takes 4%... So let's say $950...

Manufacture code: October 2008
Hood: included
Circular Polarizer filter: included
UV filter: included
Front lens cap: included
Rear lens cap: included
Useless leather bag: included
Original retail box: included

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Portrait / Re: Little girl looking at flowers
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:16:12 PM »
I expected it to be warmer... It has a blue tone... my phone maybe?

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:54:46 PM »
I agree, the type and amount of equipment really does not enter in to the question.

It does seem like you are getting two different types of advice.

Some say that if you have a photography block to go out and do other types of photography. 

Others say to take a break from photography for a bit. 

Interesting to see the different suggestions.

Bob Dylan had a long tour... he was exhausted... he was ready to retire and give it all up... so he goes to a cabin ++++++++++and is in relative solitude... BAM... starts writing crappy song after crappy song (to me)... but it is his most productive period... So sometimes purposely getting away without the intention... can make all the difference./

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I did ask.. so I suppose I should take my medicine.

For one, what is the distance between you and what you are shooting? 

I was maybe 10 ft from the field, another 60-90 ft from the pitcher.

Shooting from the stands to the pitcher with a single 600EX-RT???

Yes.

especially a day game,

The first pitch was at 7... I didn't bother taking any shots until the third inning or so... so, let's say 8pm... so dark.

 but even in a night game, the stadium lights should be generally sufficient

I did shot some at iso 12800 and it was adequate... but nothing I would ever even wish to claim as mine.

Second.  You need fast telephoto glass.  F/4 with a 1.4 is slow,

Well... It was f2.8 with the 1.4 tc... so effectively f4.


Inverse-square law... s with with a 400 F/4 than a 200 2.8 with a 2x converter. 

A 2.8 to 4 is a full stop so you can boost shutter and not have to bump ISO.   A 200 f/2 is an awesome option for this and gives you even more light. 

Last I checked, the 200 f2... in my price range, but I don't own it nor do I want it at the present.

Flash at sporting events is a No-No.  Basketball and Hockey are two of the only sports I know that allows flash, but that is for the game shooters and the strob

That's fine.  I'll through out that my daughter plays softball and I tell her she has to maintain pin point focus.... ignoring the cheers, the jibes of the other team... etc... though I'll grant that good natured heckling from the stands doesn't affect one's eye sight.

I don't say this to be mean, but WHAT ARE YOU THINKING.

For one, what is the distance between you and what you are shooting?  Shooting from the stands to the pitcher with a single 600EX-RT???

Inverse-square law... To have any real affect, you are going to need to crank it.  Now if you had a monolight on a battery pack, that would be a different story but your flash is really not strong enough to make an impact, especially a day game, but even in a night game, the stadium lights should be generally sufficient

Second.  You need fast telephoto glass.  F/4 with a 1.4 is slow, not to mention the AF with a Teleconverter is deliberately slowed down.  You will get better shots with with a 400 F/4 than a 200 2.8 with a 2x converter. 

A 2.8 to 4 is a full stop so you can boost shutter and not have to bump ISO.   A 200 f/2 is an awesome option for this and gives you even more light. 

Flash at sporting events is a No-No.  Basketball and Hockey are two of the only sports I know that allows flash, but that is for the game shooters and the strobes are up in the ceiling and pointed down, not at eye level from the stands.  These are also extremely powerful strobes with very short durations so for the most part, people do not even notice.

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As a spectator, I can say that its annoying to have someone using a flash.  In a daylight game, the flash will likely be at or near full power.  The little point and shoot cameras are not all that bad, but a pro flash can be blinding and leave me seeing spots.  They are not what I paid to see.

I can imagine what a player would think when he is trying to track a ball, and a flash hit him in the eyes.  Its a safety issue as well, he has to move quickly to avoid a wild pitch, assuming he isn't blinded.

I guess I didn't mention it, but this was a night game.  So stadium lights. 

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This might be a little off topic, but baseball is boring.  I coach my daughter's softball team and I can't imagine being a spectator and waiting an hour between rooting interests.  The family likes to go... so we go... blah.

Having said that... I have shot around 1/500 of a second and I didn't like the outcome... to much motion blur in the face...

But maybe that is just a matter of taste. 

And the images are cropped... some heavily so... and some are underexposed which leads to extra grain, so I'm still working out the night game kinks. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:10:31 AM »
I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.


Maybe you picked the wrong hobby ??? From your long list of subjects, it sounds to me like you are looking to justify all the money you've spent on gear.

Many people take up photography because there is something that they are driven to shoot. Maybe it's Large Format B&W Landscape. Maybe it's cat and tuna sandwich shots for social networking ;) Ask yourself why you bought a camera ???

I don't know that's entirely fair.  I have my kids... they are my primary subject... but I'll dabble in things... macro, sports, portraiture, some landscape or panoramas... and I've taken some exceptionally blurry photos of deer at the dead of night.  You can grow as a photographer and you can fit more on your plate as time goes...


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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:19:20 AM »
lmao..  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Not sure that will pass the wife test.   .Though I'm up for something new, I have a rule that I won't do something that I would be ashamed to show my mother
... who am I kidding, sure I would.
edit: of course, if she's that hot I probably wouldn't be ashamed to show anyone

I like classy boudoir photos... because women have been lead to believe that it is art... sure... sure it is.

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Looks like it is time to beg the better half for a 200 f/2.  Good luck.  :P

Jim

I was shooting @ f/4 with a 1.4 teleconvertor... I have a hankerin' to buy a 300mm f/2.8L (first generation), but that still doesn't help me with my light issue. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Local Photography Group
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:00:03 AM »
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20829.msg394099#msg394099

Not sure this helps... and I still haven't quit because I'm stubborn... but I do mull it over.

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The last photo of the bunch is at iso 10000... so definitely more than I normally push it... but is it REALLY that much worse than the iso 4000's... meh.

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I suppose the ideal case there is two flashes well off to the sides and remote triggering for them, but under the given circumstances winding the ISO up and giving up a notch of shutter speed might be all you can do.  :-/

Jim

I'm not 100% sure it was the pitcher... it might have been... because they were my focus... but it very well could have been the 2nd basemen... heck a 3rd basemen wouldn't like it with the flash going off in his periphery... so I'm of the opinion that all flash would be persona non-grata... though what I would love is to be behind the net just off to one side or the other of the catcher with 4 satellite flash, 2 hanging from the foul netting pointing towards the pitcher, with another 2 in the dugout... but that's just me playing with the idea of fully lighting my subject. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:02:43 PM »
Boudoir... offer some free service and tape it down to your leg and really deviate from the norm.

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