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Site Information / Re: Applaud or smite?
« on: December 17, 2011, 08:54:37 AM »
... is nothing more than just a bit of innocent fun, tiny bit of "power"...

Funny, that sounds almost exactly like the response from the teacher in yesterday's news who wrote "stupid" in permanent marker on a student's forehead. 

Yes, it's a forum, and no, people should not take it too seriously.  But the reality is that some people do place value/self worth in their on-line reputations, and even that "tiny bit of power" comes with responsibility.  Do you choose to do good, or do harm?  And IMHO "innocent fun" never involves insulting, tearing down, or belittling someone else.

Or even better, do you take responsibilities for your actions?  I love Meh's approach--if you applaud or smite, post it and own up to it.  I'm definitely adopting that approach from now on.  +1 for Meh!

That's easy: 70-200mm f/2.8 IS for an out-and-back time trial course.

Out at 70mm; back at 200mm.

(BTW, the spots are not dust--it's a light rain.   ;) )

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm 1.2LII vs Sigma 85mm 1.4
« on: December 16, 2011, 05:01:56 PM »
Nice image, which also happens to show the bane of the 85L - longitudinal CA.

It does?  Great!...what is it?   ???

In other words, looking at the picture can you describe what longitudinal CA looks like for those of us who don't know what that is?

Site Information / Re: Applaud or smite?
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:28:46 PM »
I got a lot of smites from the 5D mk III thread... it seems people get smitten sometimes for disagreeing...

Yeah, that's kinda what I'm trying to understand.  One of the reasons I joined this forum is because in general it seems to be less contentious and have fewer trolls that most forums.  However just today I have 2 new smites and I have no idea why (nor do I know the reason for my today's applaud), but I can guarantee you that I'm not insulting anyone.

If the idea is that being smitten (smited?) or applauded helps encourage or discourage certain behaviour, not having it tied to a post or having any other feedback with it seems to make it somewhat less than useful.  This is especially true when you have a troll show up and just start smiting people and thereby possibly discouraging or scaring off productive members.

Lenses / Re: refurbished 17-40 f/4L in stock at canon
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:07:34 PM »
And they're gone...    :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: Microfocus adjusting my 17-40?
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:00:49 PM »
It's often best to adjust the zoom at the long end.  The rationale for that is the DoF is usually thinner with a longer focal length, and thin DoF is where AF problems are more evident.

Okay, definitely not going to challenge neuro on a technical concept, BUT...isn't the depth of field greater the further you are away from a subject?  So if you have a longer focal length, for the same framing you will have to be further away--is that a wash on DoF then, or exactly what happens?

Still thinking...(that's a big taks sometimes!   :-\)'re saying keeping the subject and camera at the same distance, as you increase focal length the DoF will decrease, hence that's where you set your microfocus?  That still feels backwards to me.  I want to understand this so I can start setting my (wife's) lenses on my new 7D!   ;D

Landscape / Re: Snow in artificial light
« on: December 16, 2011, 01:50:04 PM »
I guess for me, aside from just the "feel" of it, in the third photo the snow looks white vs. dirty (photo 1) or peed on (photo 2).  By your own words it looks "cold" but snow is supposed be cold, so IMHO the color balance reinforces the subject.

Landscape / Re: Snow in artificial light
« on: December 16, 2011, 11:43:50 AM »
On this picture lamps on the left and right sides are about 2000K, in the middle 2100K. So the third attached photo is white balanced with 2050K. Too cold...

I disagree--in my eyes the 3rd photo is head and shoulders above the previous 2.

Lenses / refurbished 17-40 f/4L in stock at canon
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:12:46 AM »
With their current 15% off sales, the L lenses disappear quickly, but this one is currently in stock for $471 $571.

Edit:  typo'd the price.  Thanks for the correction EYEONE!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon SX40 vs S95
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:01:35 AM »
I cannot tell you which one better meets your needs, but I can say for me, the SX40 is on my list way before the S95.  In fact I just got one for my sister for Christmas, and now I'm tempted to keep it myself.   ::)  Personally, most anything that I take with a non-SLR I figure is a compromise, and I like "up-close-and-personal" images which you have to literally be with the S95's limited zoom and are therefore more easily achieved with the SX40.  And for the always have it with you size factor, cell phone images are better than none at all.

So the questions you have to ask yourself are what kind of shots do you intend to use it for, and how important is size?

Best of luck in your decision!

Site Information / Applaud or smite?
« on: December 16, 2011, 09:53:36 AM »
I'm kinda curious what criteria or philosophy people use in choosing to applaud or smite someone?

Personally I try to go easy on the smites limiting them to those who post with personal attacks or vulgarity.  There are times I'm tempted to smite someone who has such a polar opposite opinion from me, but as along as the discussion is kept productive and not personal I try to refrain.

Applauding for me is for people who make a particularly useful or insightful post or make me laugh.

Also, what would people thing about an "audit trail" for applauding and smiting, such that people have a level of accountability for their social interactions?

Canon General / Re: What Pictures Mean to You?
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:34:18 PM »
I know I already responded, but reading some of these other posts made me realize that I only answered half of the question.  Photos for me means memories, but photography means artistic expression.  And unlike many of my other "artistic expressions" such as woodworking, it's almost an instant gratification process:  push the button and presto: artistic expression! 

Well, to be honest, for me it's push the button, download to photoshop, play for awhile and then presto, but it's still a whole lot more instant than other pursuits.   ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: GorillaPods and other Small Tripods
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:31:36 PM »
Some good examples there dr croubie.

Another example of how the Gorillapods can come in handy.

On set and our director decided that he wanted some handheld shots.
Didn't have a dedicated shoulder rig with me so i improvised.

Was actually quite stable.

Love it!  Creative problem solving at it's best.

Canon General / Re: What Pictures Mean to You?
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:29:07 PM »
I think for me it's pretty simple: pictures = memories.  When memories start to fade, a picture can help refresh and remind.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:54:37 PM »
Just too bad. Then avoid all car races, as they usually have such limits. Plus you should know better, that speed is not all that matters in car racing.
Look closely at F1 races. Are there any more prestigious racing events?
There are very detailed regulations and limits to cars construction. Cars do differ, but they have limits to engine power, cars weight must be within given limits, all teams use the same tyres, must use both tyre types in race... list goes a long way.
All for good reason - to narrow down competition to engineers skills within given limits, to skills of pitstop teams, skills of drivers and their ability to cooperate.
IMHO you missed it with car racing comparision.
It was intended to be a simple analogy.  If I knew it was offensive to die hard racecar fans, I'd have chosen a different one.

I think the point in both is to say that they test the skills of the person, not the technical assets or budget.

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