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Messages - jhanken

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Portrait / Re: Maximus's Cake Smash
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:36:36 PM »
Forgot to say that it is a very cute, priceless photo. Just went through a box of photos of my kids from the 2-4 age with my wife the other day, we laughed so hard we cried.  This will be one of those shots for you, I think!

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Portrait / Re: Maximus's Cake Smash
« on: July 15, 2013, 04:27:44 PM »
I have little in the way of constructive criticism to offer here, however as a personal taste thing, I might have boosted the blacks a bit more, but I can't say for sure without having the raw image in front of me.  I like the imperfect symmetry in this shot.

I would just encourage you to keep using that lens/body combination at Golden Hour, you will quickly develop a personal candid portrait style and you will get some great images.

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Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 05:47:38 AM »
Very cool, creative compositions.  Definitely a situation where HDR is called for, if you can pull it off.  Do you recall how you achieved the top-most one? I would guess a simple exposure fusion of two or three images.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 07:32:14 PM »
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at least it's not a joke like the 60D; it looks likes a real XXD body
can you name those apparent differences? i cant tell. im serious. in my eyes, it actually looks somewhat small

The dimensions do appear more like a 50D than a 60D, the new camera is definitely taller, at least with respect to width, than the 60D, and the shoulder bearing the function dial is flatter, like the 50D.  It is of course speculation, but this could be the return the the more rugged semi-pro body, although if it was, you would think the package would list that as a feature.  Then again, the original 50D box didn't list magnesium frame as a feature either.

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Lighting / Any new wireless Speedlites on the horizon?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:04:42 PM »
I have been playing a lot with off-camera flash using a 580EX and a pair of 430EX Speedlites. I have been triggering them with four Cactus V5s, which are nice, simple radios, but no E-TTL, but maybe the most annoying feature is that you have to climb ladders to adjust settings manually or wake them up when they go to sleep. [

I would love to perhaps upgrade my wireless flashes, was considering taking the plunge into Pocket Wizard land, but could also go the way of a 600EX-RT and the ST-E3-RT trigger. I love my 430EX flashes and I am wondering whether Canon can be expected to come out with a 430EX II replacement with RT any time soon.

I have scanned the Lighting section of the forum, have not seen any good rumors or gossip, so I thought I would throw out the question for those who may know or have an informed guess.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My new camera!
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:36:35 AM »
This is very cool. Please post some pics with it, would love to see a few raw files too, just for curiosity's sake.

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Sports / Re: Airtricty League
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:56:39 PM »
As a soccer referee, I feel the urge to pull a yellow card from my pocket...

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In a word, yes.  At least the primes.  I have shot with the 50mm for a couple years with my 5D Classic, love it wide open in low light, or stopped down with full light.  Bokeh is fantastic, often resort to manual focus because I like to use it in such low light. Color, contrast and sharpness are excellent, out of focus areas are beautiful, construction great. Got the 35mm f/1.4 recently, even better construction, and image quality is fantastic. It feels like a million dollar piece of equipment.  Still getting a feel for the output, but so far, it's excellent.  It will allow me to create images that my 24-105L never will. I sincerely doubt that the most discerning photographer would be disappointed.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:09:25 PM »
Not to devalue your frustration at all, but wire transfers are very finicky things. The slightest irregularity perceived on the receiving end by the receiving bank and the transfer is refused. The fault was probably not Adorama's, I doubt they have a wire house on site.  It was likely the sending bank didn't coordinate properly with the receiving bank, or they would have known that an address was required.

I hope you get your gear soon. Tell us, what did you get? That is the fun stuff!

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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:05:37 PM »
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For those with experience, how are the non-L 70-300 IS or the 70-300 DO?

Please don't get the non-L 70-300 IS.  I have it, use it often, and every time I look at the images at 1:1, I am more and more disappointed with them.  Looking to upgrade my telephoto zoom ASAP.

Don't know about the DO.

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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:00:56 PM »
Why not rent the 200MM F2.8L, a non-white lens that weighs in at less than 800g?  Excellent sharpness, color rendering and portability.  It's so good you can freely crop with little sacrifice.  I think that with the 6D, 17-40L, 100L macro should about cover most situations.

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_200mm_f_2_8l_ii_usm#Specifications

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-200mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Now in Stock
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:22:36 AM »
OMG, want. 8)  As a side note, my personal transformation into a raging Sigma fanboy appears now to be complete :-[

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:31:30 AM »
As the OP, I feel like this whole thread has gotten a bit crazy, to say the least. I have learned a great deal from you all, but if you won't want to read 17 pages of forum insanity, I believe Scott Kelby has very nicely summarized where we are on this topic, and the punchline is, let us all stop worrying, at least for now.   Thanks, everyone, for an interesting read.

http://scottkelby.com/2013/my-take-on-adobes-announcements-yesterday-at-the-max-conference/

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:17:33 AM »
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And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch

IMHO, because Sigma has been at the lens game for a while, the proto-Batman analogy is clever but not really appropriate in this case.  I left the 35mm out on my desk for a week, just to stare at it.  I believe it is a thing a beauty.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:56:05 AM »
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The software that you currently own WILL work forever on your machine.  No one is forcing you to upgrade to CC.

Yes, as long as you don't add lenses or bodies.  Competition is nipping around the edges here, with Nik/Google and others creating innovative stuff, and with Apple users having an alternative with Aperture.

I hope that pricing and usability don't take a turn for the worse.  I will allow for the possibility that innovation will benefit.

My biggest concern is Lightroom.  The whole pricing scheme seems to be tuned against frequent LR users that can get by with a slightly used version of Photoshop. 

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