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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:38:36 AM »
May be a tad trite, but I had to take the opportunity to get this shot during my mini-vacation in Watkins Glen.
5D3 + 70-200mm F/4L USM

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:31:42 AM »
Ok, I think I have responded to everyone. Whew! Almost time for bed. 3:30AM here in California.

I will leave for the night with a post from our president Chris MacAskill on our own photography forum. He had heard people were worried about customization, and this is what he had to say.

"Sorry, in the crush of things I haven't been able to wade into the forums, but Bonocore tells me people are legitimately concerned about us blowing away their customizations when we go live.

Somewhere in this thread and in the customization forum I've said that I understand the concern because SquareSpace six green-fielded their users and made them start over and Flickr just sprung the new design on their customers. But we're not doing either of those. It's been a whole lot more engineering and we could have shipped a year ago if we made SquareSpace and Flickr's decisions, but we didn't. You'll get a preview button and lots of time to play before you make changes that your customers will see, and we're preserving things like photos, stats, comments, sales reports, etc.

We all know how forums are and those answers get buried fast so please someone who reads this answer the next time the questions come up, because we're working all hours in prep for Tuesday."

Hi mbonocore,

Although you didn't reply directly to my post (page 1), SmugMug's president did...sort of. In the quote, he mentions that customization won't be harmed. Does this cover all "firsthand" SmugMug customization AND third party customization (i.e. design companies that specialize in creating customized SmugMug templates)? I love SmugMug, but after July 30, I don't want to go to my site and find that the custom template is no longer working.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:13:14 AM »

The reason I started with smugmug, and willingly pay good money for it (for that price I could get an extra box of 20 sheets of 4x5" Velvia 50 a year, even at the new prices), is that I like the customisability. I hate flickr with its white backgrounds, I wanted black.
I like smugmug's ability to change almost everything, make galleries look different from each other, all of my public ones (as empty as they are, I should upload more) look the same title-bar and all that, but some privately-shared ones look different, I've stripped all identification and links back to my public galleries.


I left Flickr because of their horrible security (I'm well aware that no site online is 100% pirate-proof) and their horrid site "revamp." I paid for a Pro SmugMug account to sell my pictures as well as because of the great customization options. Taking that one step forward, I went so far as to have a custom template designed by one of the many SmugMug customization firms.

All in all, I LOVE SmugMug...the way it is.

As many have stated/alluded to, I'm concerned that the code utilized by my custom template may not jive with whatever SmugMug has up its sleeve. I don't want to access my site after July 30 and see that I've been essentially bricked and will have to either A) Pay the Customization people more $$$ to make my site compatible with the new SmugMug, or B) leave SmugMug altogether.

Now, if this update will not alter custom functionality as it is, but rather provide new (optional) enhancements, then I'm all for it, and I sincerely hope that's the case.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:43:01 PM »
Please forgive the blatant watermarks (blame the pirates)!

I've posted a few pictures at Flickr over the years, but I never much cared for them as a host. With their recent "redesign," I pulled all my pictures because I think it's abominably inept.

QFT. I was primarily a (huge) fan of Flickr, holding a Pro account since 2011. However, as mentioned by Mt. Spokane, photos are extremely easy to lift from the site. I did a random Google search on some images I posted on Flickr and found one on several mobile device "wallpaper" sites, and another was actually being used by a British Vinyl Decal Company!!!!! I had to file a DMCA notice to have that image brought down. Still, who knows how many folks have my image(s) plastered on their race cars *shrugs*. Lesson learned: watermark, watermark, watermark-- right in the middle of the image, if need be. That seems to be the only thing that deters the Flickr Bandits.

After that burn, I was almost completely turned off from Flickr, and locked down my account so only I and a select few friends could view my photos. I then focused my attention to SmugMug (pro account holder. I agree, the flexibility, configuration, and print options offered by SmugMug is sublime). I also find SmugMug's security settings (as well as those implemented by the folks from whom I purchased a custom site template) is far better than what was offered by Flickr *knocks heavily on wood*.

For kicks and giggles, I recently revisited my Flickr account, after they had (unknowingly to me) "upgraded" their site. As was mentioned earlier on in the thread, the new Flickr is horrific and seems to be geared toward a mobile experience. I have no idea where anything is anymore, and it's too much of a sensory overload. I think that was the final straw, and I'll soon be pulling my images from the site and cancelling my account, altogether.

Still, different strokes for different folks.

I dunno...just struck me as quite odd to hear so many seem to actually almost take offense at someone bothering to speak to them in public at all. I know in the NE of the US, that people aren't quite as friendly as we are in general in the southern US, but I just figured it was mostly up there, but sounds like this is prevalent in much of the world?

I know exactly where you're coming from.

I should add, regarding my zoo memory, I did engage in small chit-chat with the folks at the lion pit. I'm always happy to "talk" gear, as I truly feel passionate about it, and about the prospect of potentially learning something new. Unless I feel that I'm in immediate danger of being mugged, I'm always happy to discuss my gear when approached.

I live in an area (Buffalo, NY region) that has a pretty heavy photographer population. I've experienced firsthand and observed folks being rebuffed by "pros" and the (please forgive me) "hipsters with cameras" when they were approached to talk about their gear. That goes back to me mentioning some carry a "holier than thou" attitude. Of course, different situations call for different reactions, and my good experiences far outweigh the bad.

Now before I put my foot in my mouth, I am speaking solely of experiences in my region. It honestly seems like people are more approachable elsewhere...must be that "New York Minute" mentality, huh? :)

I agree, this is a great idea for a topic. For the most part, I don't so much get comments as I get "knowing nods" from fellow photographers and passersby (I tend to frequent locales in my area that are safe havens for photogs).

However, I do have two memories that I'd like to share:

1. Each summer in July, my fiance's father exhibits his '55 Dodge pickup in the area's "car show of the summer." Last year, I brought my gripped 60D and Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (we all have to start somewhere, right?). As I was taking photos of a modified Camaro, an older gentleman walked up to me and we started chatting about gear. I noticed he was using a Nikon kit with Sigma glass, and he made note of how great the IQ is when using the lenses.

The guy was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was definitely far more experienced than I, but not once did he come off as condescending. I guess that one stuck out in my mind because I have encountered the well-weathered "holier than thou" types in the past.

2. Back in March, I visited our local Zoo, as we had a miraculous day of beautiful, warm weather. I brought my 5D Mark III and (borrowed from a friend) 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS lens. I eventually found my way to the lion pit, wherein there was a group of about 15 people (families, kids, the like). They saw me coming with camera and lens, and they all sort of parted like the Red Sea, making a nice swath of open area for me.

I thought it was pretty amazing that they did this without issue-- I assume they saw the lens and thought I must've meant business, haha. As I began shooting, I heard comments from, "that's a huge lens," to "he must be a professional." One of the ladies to my left even suggested I enter into the Zoo's annual photo contest.

It's always nice to meet a fellow photographer that's kind, and to have a group make room for you, instead of you making a room and constantly saying, "Excuse me, excuse me...sorry, excuse me!"

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Need tips for shooting auto racing video
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:16:36 PM »
You mentioned shooting @ 720p/60fps. What shutter speed were you using? I've always read that when shooting 720p, a shutter speed of 1/125 (essentially twice the frame rate or its nearest approximation on a DSLR) is ideal for creating slow motion shots in post.

Otherwise, you can shoot at 24/30 fps and use programs such as Twixtor/After Effects or Cinema Tools to achieve the desired effect?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: ALL-I or IPB?
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:07:03 PM »
My apologies for digging up an older thread, but I have noticed one thing when shooting video with my 5D Mark III and then editing on a Mac/FCP.

At work, all of my video editing is done on a Mac and FCP 7. Normally, I use a Sony HXR-NX5U, which FCP logs and transfers just fine. I'm aware that DSLR footage isn't native to FCP7 and as such, must be transcoded to ProRes for efficient editing. If I can't transcode directly via FCP, I use MPEG Streamclip.

With that said, I recently shot some footage on my 5D3 @ 1080p/24fps/ALL-I. I loaded the footage into MPEG Streamclip (latest build)....and the program promptly crashed. I tried again and got to the export screen, but it crashed again. I then loaded up FCP7 and entered the Log/Transfer menu, to transcode the ALL-I footage to ProRes. Same thing happened-- FCP crashed when trying to bring up the ALL-I footage.

So I went out and reshot the clips, this time in IPB. I brought the 5D3 IPB footage back to my Mac, loaded up MPEG Streamclip and voila: Footage was converted to ProRes MOV files without issue or crashing.

Now, I may be completely oblivious to some work around, or I may be having a "Master of the Obvious" moment, but for FCP/Mac users, I would advise shooting IPB to avoid transcoding headaches.

Of course, if you use Adobe Premiere 5.0/higher (as I do at home on my PC), then all this is bypassed, due to Premiere's native DSLR capabilities :).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:42:47 PM »
Roseate Spoonbill:

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:31:57 PM »

Razed by CamWall, on Flickr

Love the pics, but have to ask: why don't you straighten your horizon? If nothing else, I'd think it would add to the drama here.

Glad you like them! Regarding the last photo, I generally like to shoot things at canted angles from time to time. However, I re-cropped the photo and I must say, it does look better with a level horizon. Thanks for the critique!

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:57:40 PM »
Some of mine:

Facing the Light by CamWall, on Flickr

Dark City by CamWall, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:38:10 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:36:56 PM »
If a bird expert could ID this guy for me, it'd be extremely appreciated:

ID Me! by CamWall, on Flickr

Roseate Spoonbill:

Color Bomb by CamWall, on Flickr

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