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Beneath the surface of our oceans.

Very nice. May I ask, how or where did you get the beginning shots of the earth? Looks like Google Earth but wanted to ask, if it is Google Earth are we allowed to use those images?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:51:50 PM »
The issue has always been size and weight and it being usable over long periods of time for event photographers.

?????

I use a 70-200/2.8, as do many event photographers.  As long as it's on par with or smaller than that, why would this be an issue?

My thoughts exactly.

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Sports / Re: Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:40:32 AM »
Some of my fave shots from the Quidditch World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, SC two weekends ago.

Is this another of those "World Cups that only really involve Americans?  :D :o 8)


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Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:47:43 AM »
@expat, I'd love to know which model you got. 

Sorry, am travelling at the moment.

I have the Sirui N-2004. Never had a problem with the monopod in heavy rain (sat out using it all day), humidity etc. many times and never once hinted there may be an issue. It can carry a lot and even more than I described above.

Go to a store and check one out you will be amazed at the monopod part especially, but also just how small the lot compacts into.

I am not the biggest fan of the tripod part, works great and I use it all the time but am about to buy something different, but when I use tripod I mainly am doing video which is why I have the head mentioned earlier.

Enjoy.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 10, 2014, 02:02:29 AM »
I am a big fan of the Sirui (can't remember the model now - will post later). I travel a lot and frequently use both the monopod and tripod. They are strong and well built. See further comments in my reply to MtSP below.

The Chinese brands are inexpensive, and look good on paper, but when one needs a part in a few years, try to find parts for it.  Under good conditions, they are fine, but outdoors in hot, wet, or cold weather, they turn out to not be so reliable.

That is not my experience with Sirui for example, which is a great monopod/tripod. The monopod is strong enough to hold a 1D X with a 400 f/2.8 ii and is so small it fits inside my carry on luggage with space to spare. The tripod is strong enough for a manfrotto MVH502AH, a 1DX with 70-200 f/2.8 ii.


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Software & Accessories / Protecting foam on monopod / tripod legs
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:59:23 PM »
What do you use, if anything, to protect the foam on monopod/tripod legs when you frequently work in the rain for long periods?

Even when using rain coats on the lens etc the foam is still going to get wet. I find it then eventually tears and, as the tear grows, comes off. It does not bother me too much, but thought I would ask anyway.

Thanks.

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Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:32:58 PM »
Another missed opportunity.....

Walking back from the restaurant at Selborne Country Club South of Durban and came across this little fella! I thought at first that it was a Boomslang but now I think it is a young Green Mamba. Either way, a 24-105 was not enough glass so I ran back to the room to get a 400 but it had gone. I wasn't going hunting for it!


Same for me. Every time I see a wild snake (even saw a blue one once) I never seem to have my camera with me, and snakes are fast, so unless you are really lucky and it is having a snooze of catching some rays then there is nearly a 99% chance it will be gone - especially in an urban area.

Is that a pool it is next too? I bet your next dip was interesting!!

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There are 12 pages in this thread and to save me a little time, did anyone actually find out (and post) exactly what the issues are? I scanned through each but could not find anything.

If they didn't, then I would suggest CR just delete the thread entirely, or post what the issues are. Easy decision to make. But don't keep this thread alive if you aren't going to post what the issues are.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:25:55 AM »
I find DPP perfectly adequate for most needs. Of course it is not as powerful as Lightroom etc., but it does the job, nicely and efficiently. Every picture I take starts its life in DPP, and I do have Lightroom but will not be upgrading to the CC version (yet).

Of course eventually we will all have 5D Mark IVs, 1D X Mark IIs, and dare I say it a 7D mark ii (or iii  :o ), plus new lenses etc and Adobe's technology will move forward just as quickly, so eventually we may not have a choice of upgrading, but need to out of necessity.

Adobe are a business and I can see their logic.

What I really, really do not get is why I, or anyone else, would want this on their phone. I never edit anything on my phone.


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:40:46 AM »
you should look at Custom White Balance setting, or, shooting in Kelvin, I use all, including AWB, but will generally shoot either with a custom white balance or in Kelvin. Have a look at these three sites to get some idea.

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2013/whitebalance_creating_adjusting.shtml

http://fstoppers.com/learn-to-shoot-proper-white-balance-using-kelvin-temps

http://www.graphics.com/article-old/photography-fundamentals-white-balance


Useful links, thanks eml58. It is a shame none of them use large images (only small thumbnails) to really demonstrate the difference. Would be also great if Canon, or someone, did this with a 1D X as I would imagine that it is pretty good at getting it very close, in fact I do very little processing of my RAW images from the 1D X but do use AWB. Anyway, it is something to think about and I may give it a try to see what differences there are. Cheers.

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Really, really important!!! I was regularly texting or emailing photos to my extended family back in Canada each day. They became part of the experience in a good way. It was seamless and instantaneous with the camera/phone integration.

You are absolutely right, there is a massive market for this. Just look at the Nokia Lumia and Samsung models. I have no idea how the three compare to an IQ perspective, but there is going to be a lot more cameras with phones attached than not in the future.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:53:05 PM »
We'll be staying in aonangphupetra resort.  Thanks for your suggestions.  I'll post some photos once I'm back.  We're going there this May 1-4.  We're excited already.  :)

I spend an awful lot of time in Thailand. If you can, and like quiet, but beautiful beaches, then please do try to get to Kantiang Bay on Koh Lanta. It is in Krabi, but takes about 3 hours to get to from the airport.

Enjoy your time there!  ;D

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Canon General / Re: How To Water Proof?
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:58:54 AM »
You could try a "dry bag". You can find them at just about any outdoors store. Get a heavy duty one, they are a lot tougher than the lightweight hiking ones. put in a towel for padding and throw in a few desicant packs "just in case" and you can keep it in the cockpit with you.

I use a 5L one for my SX-50 and a 10L one for my DSLR

I agree. Dry bags such as those are really terrific. They even have back pack varieties.

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Not working here to, unable to tracert the page (or ping for that matter).

Thanks Grant, excellent write up, in particular for us Wildlife Photographers, followed to a large degree your previous advice on set up as well from your wonderful website, works with excellent results, nice of you to post this update.

For those that aren't getting the link happy to email a pdf copy, just PM me your email.

Sanj, Expat, I'll email you a pdf copy, hopefully grant won't mind.

Thanks, eml58.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:53:02 AM »
I'm off to shoot the sunrise with my 5 year old camera body, then blow my canon budget on a road bike. Have fun!

Buying a good road bike is possibly even more of a challenge than getting a good camera, there are just so many options!!  ;)

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