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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:23:51 AM »
You're right, I suppose I could run out onto the football field with my f/1.4 lens :).

Oh wait ... you could maybe use a D800 + a 14-24 :P

Edit: I don't think this needs the /sarcasm /humor tag to it but just in case

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Get someone along with you on the photoshoot. Put them in the frame where there are other people involved - trouble goes down dramatically because others realize that you have a "specific human subject". Anyone else who happens to be there becomes largely incidental.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:51:58 AM »
Himalyan Barbet - same combo

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:43:41 AM »
Green Backed Tit

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:41:59 AM »
Wonderful pics here. My contribution to this great thread - Red Billed Alpine Chough - 5D3 + 100-400mm @ 400mm

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I do, however, also take photos of landscapes, in which case ISO 100 is king and better DR is the most important thing. I am not one to push around shadows by four stops...I think that makes a photo look terrible. I would, however, like to be able to push my shadows around as much as I need without having to bother worrying about banding noise, or have to deal with running my RAWs through a tool like Topaz DeNoise 5 to get rid of any banding that exists in the shadows. I can recover a LOT of DR in my Canon images these days with a tool like Topaz DeNoise (at least a stop, if not two with some careful and meticulous tweaking), but...its extra work. It takes extra time, and isn't quite as good as a better sensor that doesn't have banding noise in the first place.

That said...clean, random noise in the shadows (i.e. once you have removed banding) can, as Ctein's article states, actually help improve "DR", or what he calls Exposure Range. Adding a little bit of noise back into shadows when you have to apply heavy debanding can actually help restore detail and extract even a little bit more dynamic range. (That was really the point I wanted to make by posting the articles, guess I should have known it would create a monster DR debate.)

Agree ... If I were shooting primarily landscapes, I would choose the D800 over the Canon offerings.

BTW, i dont agree that this is a "monster DR debate". on the contrary, this is the most reasonable DR debate I've seen on this forum for a long time.

Thanks for posting the link!

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Sony RX100 - my go to camera when I cannot use a DSLR

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Canon General / Re: How to Pre-Visualize like Ansel Adams
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:46:50 AM »
Nice work graham. I'm heartened to know that there still are people who take the trouble of learning the old school way. Too many times I've seen photographers working with a smash and grab attitude not unlike robbing a bank. Mostly people nowadays tend to take too many shots in the hope of getting at least a few of them right. There is so much that is ignored these days - composition, lighting, shot set up and so much other relevant important stuff that makes you wonder what the hell is going on.
The awesome gear choices and the luxuries of life have spoiled us or maybe it is the privilege of living in this day and age.

I would guess that it is the by-product of having gone digital. The bad images don't cost you a dime so the general feeling is, why bother?

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Why not get a used 5d2 and a shiny new lens and enjoy both worlds? A new 6D offers more than the 5d2 but its priced much higher ... Unless you need the ergonomics, weather sealing, GPS and Wi-Fi (and it looks like you don't).

"Investment", if I use that word, is best made in a lens as it will outlast the camera body you buy and also retain its value (especially if you are buying an L lens).

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:31:08 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.
Hahahaha that is the best thing i've heard in a while :P

You tell your wife how much you are going to spend on camera equipment?  Gave that up a long time ago, and just hope she can't tell the difference between the anonymous looking black bodies.


+1 ... If I hadn't put my faith in the above reasoning, I would never have been able to exchange the 7D + $$$ for a new 6D.

Lenses though are another issue. I'm sure that my wife would notice a new 600mm when I get it.

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Canon General / Re: How to Pre-Visualize like Ansel Adams
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:26:18 AM »
Nice work graham. I'm heartened to know that there still are people who take the trouble of learning the old school way. Too many times I've seen photographers working with a smash and grab attitude not unlike robbing a bank. Mostly people nowadays tend to take too many shots in the hope of getting at least a few of them right. There is so much that is ignored these days - composition, lighting, shot set up and so much other relevant important stuff that makes you wonder what the hell is going on.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod/Monopod - What a clever idea!
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:02:37 AM »
The one I saw was another "new" brand which I cannot remember. I guess these are coming out of China - not disputing the quality.

I too would buy one ... Only the gold color was just too much. I'd forgotten all about it till you mentioned it. Maybe another visit to the store is needed ... Maybe it's arrived in a new avatar.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:27:08 AM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.

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Canon General / Re: Inspirational
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:19:18 AM »
Touching ... thanks for posting.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:17:13 AM »
I guess the biggest trick here is to start shooting with both eyes open. Most people find it disconcerting and avoid it but once you figure it out, using either eye is easy and it becomes a simple matter of choice.

Personally, I use the left only if I'm having trouble with the contact lens in my right eye. I find the right eye more suitable because the left is free to survey the scene.

People shooting with the left ... do you find any advantage with it or are you doing it only by instinct?

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