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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?

Thanks for watching it.  It isn't google earth.  These are timelapses from the ISS.  You can find them here:

They do allow you to use them, as long as you give them credit, as you will see in my credits.


Thanks for sharing, Dustin. I had no idea that even existed. Great to know. Thanks.

This lens weighs almost exactly the same as FOUR (4) Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II lenses or SIX (6) Canon 500mm f/4 IS lenses

This is just too funny!!

I love the 400 f/2.8 is ii and use it a lot, but four of them?! No gym membership is going to help with that!

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:41:55 AM »
This isn't a rumor, right?  ;)

I do not know. I never give forums my correct date of birth for security reasons, so maybe sanj has some inside info or it is her "forum's profile" birthday!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:40:06 AM »
Seems that some of this thread has gone in totally the wrong direction and become rather personal in parts. Chill out guys.

What annoys me the most when I am working (in some occasions) - and I am not a snob - is when someone stands in front of me. Generally speaking, at media events all the photographers have a general understanding of what each of us need and so if we move forward there is more often than not an unspoken line that is drawn so we can all take photographs of the subject. This also includes video. Sometimes a moron decides that he does not need to respect that line and stands in front of the other photographers.

This can result him being shouted at, quite severely at times, and if that does not work he could be physically pulled back.

I think that is what annoys me the most when, especially at media events and launches etc.

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:11:46 AM »
Happy birthday, Helen.

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?

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.

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)

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.


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.

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.


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!!

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.

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.

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.




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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