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Messages - Frodosbigtoe

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I take to India?
« on: January 08, 2013, 04:57:28 PM »
Cheap ones so when they get stolen you wont feel so bad!  Seriously.

Insured but thanks :-)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I take to India?
« on: January 08, 2013, 04:53:48 PM »
Very envious of your 6 week shoot. Never done India, but shot China many times. Remember that just because you have glass with you doesn't mean you must carry it everywhere. Presumably you will be in hotel or some more or less secure place? I'd bring **minimum** 24-70 II, 50 1.4 or 1.2, and my workhorse 70-200 2.8 (I never ever leave home without that.) I'd consider the 16-35 II. I lilke my 135 f2; light and sharp. Bring 2 LaCie USB-powered external drives, a spare charger for your batteries  (bring 3 batteries not 2); and ... make arrangements with someone you really really trust to dropship you another body if yours craps out. I never go overseas without at least 2 bodies and a P&S backup. Bring Imodium too.

Are you sponsored by Nat Geo?!? :-D

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I take to India?
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:47:08 PM »
Hi
I am from India and travel a lot. I do not know what kind of photography you do. But Jan - Feb in south India will be pleasant not cold. There is likely to be slight haze in the air.. again depends on where you are going in S India.  It would also be quite crowded. A 16-35 would be great in the country side or where you get space. 50mm is very useful. I personally love using a 70-200 f4 especially as 1. it is not heavy 2. great for portrait.3. low DOF for privacy in a crowded area. 4. great for the getting the extreme contrasts and colours you will see.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any help in india.

Hey! Thanks for the assistance :-D I'm starting in Mumbai and heading south down and around the coast to Chennai. Gonna try and hit as many places as I can in between. I shoot mostly landscapes and street(portraits and general scenes) so I think the lens choices might just be okay. Can you recommend any must see places or festivals that will be taking place that time of year? Also any general tips for traveling through the south. I'm so damn excited!!! :-D Thanks again!

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 08, 2013, 08:04:12 AM »
6 exposures HDRed in CS6 and tweaked in LR4.

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Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 07, 2013, 06:04:23 AM »
Oh mine would be the Leica APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm without a doubt! Its super rare and just crazy expensive. I'd probably let my children burn alive too, because well, its my baby! Guffaw! Did I mention how rare and expensive it is?

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:45:50 AM »
My favorite shot from a recent shoot.

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 05:39:30 AM »
A homeless(I think) man from Riga. I asked if I could take his picture, he looked and stared and didn't say anything. I lifted the camera in a taking a picture gesture, he looked and stared and didn't say anything. I took the picture, he looked and stared and didn't say anything. Was kinda intimidating but worth it! :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:47:45 PM »
Frodosbigtoe and Sporgon.....WOW! So beautiful. I wish my photos looked half as amazing. Good work and keep posting so we all can enjoy more :)
Thanks very much. Not all of my photos turn out like this(1 in 500) but my hit rate on keepers is getting better with the more experience and technique I gain. Perfect practice makes perfect pictures :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:40:44 PM »
39 images, getting up at 5 in the morn and freezing my ass off made this! Worth it?

Yes :)
+1000

It is lovely. So what did you shoot it with? What settings? Do share...

Thanks guys :) Shot with a 500D and 16-35mm f2.8 ll. 13 individual portrait orientated bracketed shots(3 exposures each) at 16mm, f11, iso100, shutter and exposure locked on AV mode. Blended the 3 exposures of 13 bracketed sets to create 13 balanced images in Ps CS6, then used its pano function and exported to Lr4 to make usual colour, contrast and sharpness adjustments. Final JPEG was 100Mb but can only put a 4Mb version up here so don't zoom :D

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Portrait / Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:19:00 PM »
One to get it started.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:07:38 PM »
39 images, getting up at 5 in the morn and freezing my ass off made this! Worth it?

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 28, 2012, 11:06:35 AM »
A 5sec exposure taken in the northwest of Ireland in July.

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Has anyone ever paired these two pieces of gear with any success? Heading to India and need to travel light so I'm only taking 16-35mm and a 50mm. I'm afraid I won't have enough reach with just those 2 lenses hence the extender idea :)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I take to India?
« on: December 28, 2012, 03:48:02 AM »
Thanks to every one for your great replys. Given me a lot to think about. Has anyone ever used and extender with a 50mm 1.4? Could be a solution to having to lug a long tele around with me.

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Lenses / What lenses should I take to India?
« on: December 27, 2012, 02:22:06 PM »
Hello there folks! This is my first post so go easy on me, okay :) I'm heading to S.India at the end of Jan for six weeks and was just wondering if you think a 16-35mm f2.8 II and 50mm f1.4 are enough to capture most scenes(street, portraits, landscape etc...) Traveling light is a priority so can't really take a big tele and to be honest I don't really shoot over 100mm that often(not yet anyway). Also should 3 batteries get my 5D mkii through a whole day or two of heavy shooting as I'll be away from charging points quite often? Thanking you all kindly and happy to be here! Merry Christmas :)

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