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EOS Bodies / How the iconic post-Sandy 'New York' cover photo shot w/ ID-X
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:53:42 PM »
I thought you guys would find this info from the Verge and original link interesting:

From the Verge
"Dutch photographer Iwan Baan captured a stunning shot of New York City for the latest cover of New York Magazine, but how exactly did he do it? Speaking to Poynter, Baan described how he rented a helicopter on Wednesday night after the storm hit to try and take a photo that would convey the duality of the city at that moment in time. Despite the freezing cold and motion of the helicopter, Baan spent an hour taking burst shots with a Canon EOS-1D X and 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens, ultimately achieving the cover picture with an ISO of 25,600, 1/40 shutter speed, and a wide-open aperture. The photographer didn't stop there, though: Dezeen has put together a slideshow of Baan's various pictures taken across a largely blacked out Manhattan in the aftermath of the storm."

Where they got the story:

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/194225/architecture-photographer-explains-how-he-got-that-new-york-magazine-cover-shot/

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Late last week, Adobe set off a bit of a kerfuffle when it announced that three of its applications suffered from serious security flaws. They offered readers a simple fix: pay to upgrade to the latest version. Considering the latest version of the company's Creative Suite was less than a week old at the time, this represented both an extremely short period of support for the previous generation of software, and an extremely high price to fix a set of potential vulnerabilities. The move was widely panned by both security experts and Adobe customers.

In response to the negative press, the company has reversed course. On Friday, the company's security bulletins for Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop were updated to indicate that the company is "in the process of resolving these vulnerabilities in Adobe Photoshop CS5.x, and will update this Security Bulletin once the patch is available." All of the vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to arbitrarily execute code by corrupting memory. In the case of Photoshop, the application was vulnerable to maliciously crafted TIFF files.

There were more flaws than I originally reported...

http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2012/05/adobe-backs-down-will-secure-last-generation-of-apps/

http://www.macworld.com/article/1166779/adobe_will_issue_free_security_patches_for_high_profile_creative_suite_apps.html

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227119/Adobe_backpedals_will_now_patch_software_for_free


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EOS Bodies / What is with the censorship?
« on: April 24, 2012, 01:16:11 PM »
If people show they can't understand a simple posting mocking all the unnecessary attacks on Canon by writing misinformed angry responses then the solution is erase it? Interesting.

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Animal Kingdom / Prepare to be impressed
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:35:16 AM »
I found this site for birders on the internet but they cover a much wider range including other wildlife and well done artistic effects. I recommend it to you. They regularly feature some of the finest curated images I have seen.

http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/forumdisplay.php/29-Images-Of-The-Week

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EOS Bodies / Canon 5D Mark III high ISO video test
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:28:34 PM »
This video was posted on YouTube and I think the results are impressive.

Canon 5D Mark III High ISO Video Test


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Ask yourself:

1)Do you have the cash to do it? IF not, you are finished. Others, read on
2)Do you care if the reviews are not out on the new cameras? If you do, you are finished. Others, read on.
3)Is your equipment about to self destroy so quickly that 1 and 2 don't matter? If it is, read on.
4)Do you follow the herd even when it has been spooked? If yes us let us know where it is going. (just curious!)
5)Will the eventual difference in performance in whatever spec you worry about make a substantive and noticeable difference to your performance as a photographer paid or otherwise? If yes, you need to read 2. You are finished.

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Animal Kingdom / Nature's Best Photography Gallery of 2011 winners
« on: March 14, 2012, 01:44:39 PM »
I came across this gallery of the 2011 winners of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards and thought many would enjoy it. The winners will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History beginning March 30.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/winners-of-the-natures-best-photography-competition/2012/03/13/gIQAWhGyBS_gallery.html?hpid=z9#photo=1

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Lighting / Advice needed on set up to shoot cats and dogs at shelter
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:49:08 PM »
I was approached by a local shelter to shoot their little wards to place their cats and dogs faster in homes. I have a Canon 40D, a decent selection of lenses, a remote trigger and a 430 EX. I was wondering if there is a setup I can rig up to can bring once a week to the shelter to produce quality pictures for them.

I am thinking of simple light(s) (to avoid spooking the animals with the flash), some kind of stand for them to be on and a basic backdrop that is adaptable to whatever space they want me to use. What do you guys recommend? I would spend a few hundred dollars to get these little guys placed quicker.

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EOS Bodies / What must the Japanese think?
« on: February 09, 2012, 12:46:14 PM »
I am a regular here. I have owned and enjoyed both Nikon and Canon systems.  I find much of the angry hand wringing and somewhat attacking or threatening posts here somewhat surprising. Canon, like Nikon, is a technology company that is very interested in meeting the needs of photographers. That said, it compete in very varied and complex markets with competitors in many industries (think phones, tablets...) making strides to capture a piece of the picture taking puzzle. The offerings of each of the leaders are mind boggling even if we have no interest in most of their products. Someone must as they keep on being refreshed....

I am also frustrated at times with the selection (it is not perfect for my particular needs and budget) but I can't help but be amazed with what my current Canon equipment can do. I have progressed more in the last 6 years of digital work than in the prior 30 of 35mm and dark room work. We live in a great age of tech progress and Canon has delivered beyond what I could ever have imagined...at least that is my POV.


Are all their products priced fairly. No. Are some of their decisions on not providing hoods and other basics with the cameras and lenses sometimes annoying? Yes. Does it seem they are been cheap and predatory at times. Yup, but other companies then spring up with options. Should some basic capabilities be built into the cameras saving us the money and hassle of carrying another item? Yes. All in all, am I happy with the Canon system? Absolutely, and the feedback I get on my pictures now reinforce it on  a regular basis.

I think giving Canon calm and non-threatening feedback (unlike: I am selling all my Canon gear! Goodbye Canon! Hello NIKON! etc.) is something useful for all of us. I have learned a great deal here from experts as to what the future might and should hold as far as potential innovations and features Canon or Nikon could offer. There are many here who better understand both the technical and artistic challenges to guide us and the manufactures to the next great camera and/or lens. Those who post here with positive feedback I'm sure will be more effective in making change. The Japanese with their team and consensus  focused culture probably could benefit from what it is written here especially if it is in form that can accept comfortably.

I am now in the market for the replacement of the 7D but I am not hoping to buy any of the very top bodies (EOS-1D X and 5d III) being offered/discussed as I feel I am both not good enough to properly exploit them and I would like to leave some cash aside to travel to the places I plan to photograph. I still like to see what is coming out and imagine a little piece of that technology will move within reach for me in the near future.

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