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Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:20 AM »
Nice - very moody.

My work plans changed and I found myself still in Brisbane.  I missed the "total" solar eclipse and had a crescent shaped sun, too.  Still, I found it very interesting.

I took a few photos, and will take a closer look at them as soon as I get home tonight.  For lack of anything better, I stacked an IR filter, a 3 stop ND filter and a polarizer on the end of a Canon 100-300, which I mounted onto an Olympus EPL-1.  I went with the Olympus so that I could compose through the EVF without worrying about eye damage.  But I probably should have trialled it first.  While viewing through the EVF was fine and worked well, the combination of filters and lower quality lens led to a lot of lens flare which I think ruined most of the shots.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:30:03 PM »
I'm hedging my bets.  I print my favourite photos at 5x7 or 8x12.  I upload photos to an online site.  I keep backups on multiple hard drives.  I also have photos stored on the hard drives of a couple of computers.  With film, I keep negatives in archival plastic sleeves. 

But what really worries me is that, at the rate I'm shooting, I'll have hundreds of thousands (maybe a million+?) images by the time I finish.  Is anyone ever going to look at that many photos or care for such a collection?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Wow - They're good.

Canon General / Re: How do you display your pictures?
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:22:53 PM »
I'm a TV person, too.  But on its own, my TV lacks processing power and the slideshow transitions aren't the best.  Therefore, I typically use it via a PS3, which has great slideshow features and special effects. 

Alternatively, I use a blueray player that's connected to a networked hard drive.  Its not as feature packed as the PS3, but I have access to all my photos and it runs silently (wheras the PS3 has a noisy cooling fan).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:36:15 PM »
Ironically, Kodak has started to steal customers back from Fuji after putting some R & D money into their films.  It started with 100vs and more recently Ektar 100 and Portra 400.  I understand Kodak are still making Ektar and Portra.  With Black and White film, there are still several small players continuing on.  Admittedly, a very small niche in the photographic world.

One of the annoying things about the film market is that it is almost impossible to buy quality and/or medium format film in a retail shop without paying excessively high prices. Instead, it is largely internet based.  On the positive side, by having a handful of larger suppliers, I'm hoping that this makes distribution easier for manufacturers and will help keep them in business longer.  Plus there are also some smaller suppliers out there trying to keep things alive.  Blanco Negro Supplies in Sydney come to mind with their Foma products.  http://www.blanconegrosupplies.com.au

Landscape / Re: Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:41:15 AM »
You'll get the best outcome when the moon is very low.  Typically within an hour or so of moon rise.  If you're there when the moon starts rising, you can't go wrong.  One standard classic shot has the moon half risen on the horizon.

This is a useful program for working out where the moon will appear...


Google Sky is also very useful, too.  Along with another app - Sundroid.

Its good that you're taking the flash.  As mentioned, the moon is surprisingly bright.  The shutter / aperture combination that you'll need to keep detail in the moon won't give you enough exposure for rocks and waves and well lit reflections.  But if you bracket a few exposures, then you can always manipulate the images later.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens Focal Lengths
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:25:49 AM »
On a full frame camera, 24mm is noticeably wider than 28mm whereas 100mm and 105mm would appear fairly similar.  On a 7D, differences won't be quite as apparent.

There are some comparison photos for 24 vs 28mm here: -


Just note that the comparison photos shown are for a full frame body.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:09:24 PM »
Thanks. When I googled solar eclipse photos, yours is the sort of photo that comes up.  Now I know that a solar filter is the key.

Landscape / Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:05:37 PM »
We've got a total solar eclipse next Wednesday morning (14th November) in Northern Australia.  Does anyone have any good suggestions for photographing one?  Any special filters or preferred lenses that you'd suggest? 

Lenses / Re: do image stabilisers decrease image quality?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:52:02 PM »
Is there ever an advantage in turning IS off?  (Ignoring tripod mounted cameras and assuming a sufficently fast shutter speed for a sharp photo.)  I often see it stated that it results in sharper images, but my experiences have been inconclusive.  Any thoughts?

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:44:23 AM »
Maybe they're using transparent aluminium.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:01:55 AM »
I would have a traded a bit of the long end for some more reach.  But, hey, 24-70 is much better geared if using a crop body and probably a good overall consensus sweet spot.  Can't wait to see how it compares at 24mm and 70mm.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Free and Inexpensive Video Editors
« on: November 04, 2012, 10:57:27 PM »
I don't do many videos.  As such, I just use Windows Movie Maker.  (I think this differs to the Live version?).  Anyway, its free and should do all that you want.

Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 04, 2012, 12:02:50 AM »
They’re not perfect for everyone, but they fit the bill for a lot of people.  It offers a reasonable level of capabilities and image quality.  It is significantly better than phones and most point and shoots.  In that price range, excluding DSLRs, it is difficult to say that anything else is “better”. And, if you already have some Canon lenses, it would be the logical choice for a small camera.  But personally, I’m holding off until version 2 with the EVF, improved battery life and bundled EF to EF-M adapter.

I noticed that someone said they were designed for women.  Well, they do make up half of the population.  But what's next - a camera designed for left handers?  The whole camera universe would implode. 

Lenses / Re: Guess what Canon's next wide angle zoom will be
« on: November 01, 2012, 09:20:33 PM »
Another vote for the 17-40 f/4 IS.  Unless it came with a significant price increase, I think it would be a winner.  I assume it would replace the current 17-40.  As such, it would be a lens with wide market appeal and would find a home in a lot of amateur photographer's bags. 

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