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As another poster has already suggested your 6D kit is perfect for this trip. Paris and London, two cities I know quite well, are blessed with beams of light as the sun settles into the day. A telephoto is perfect for capturing these beams as they illuminate distant parts of a street or a building. Of course, capturing detail of Gaudi's work in Barcelona also requires a telephoto as well :)

The tripod is the real issue. I took one last year and found it to be a pain. I used it but not as much as I thought I would. I used letter boxes, street benches, counters, etc. instead. The lighter the better in my view.

If you get time the Musée Rodin in Paris is worth a visit. Rodin's statues placed outside in gardens is literally stunning. The Tuileries Garden near the Louvre also contains a bronze cast of Rodin's kiss. You have to look for it but the gardens are lovely and the search is interesting. It is there but in a odd place. (Yeah, I like Rodin).

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:03:31 AM »
Thank you everyone for your efforts. REALLY appreciate. Am seeing so many different 'minds'.

I really like to compare development approaches, I wish there would be a "develop that!" raw file of the week, people would have a go and share their .xmp sidecar so everybody could see what's been done.

Maybe we should set up such a thread in the postprocessing section?

Lets do it! You start it, I will actively participate…!!

That is a great idea! :D

100% agree. It would be really useful on many levels. Totally support it!

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:23:09 PM »
RE: 24-105mm

Not stellar but it is awesome for IR photography: no hotspot.


Saw this article today - this guys work was breathtaking - he was doing work for Reuters in Syria


Thanks for the link. I agree with your judgement of his ability. He had a great eye. We all lose when this happens.

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:52:20 AM »
I've been pretty low recently.  Not been able to get inspired about my photography at all.

My partner hates it.  Hates the waiting.  Doesn't see the point of driving miles to sit for ages waiting for light, yet insists on coming with me, huffing and puffing.

Tried the usual tricks. Bring your kindle, put game of thrones on your ipad etc.  Yet to no avail.

I'm just not getting peace to do my photography, and I don;t look forward to it any more and don't come up with any intersting or challenging briefs.

I don't know what to do.  Take a break.  Give up.  Put the gear away for a while.

I've stopped reading photo magazines as they are so repetitive.

Inspire me.  Something new.

Read art books instead. Read Homer's Odyssey; it is full of images. Aeschylos' Oresteia too is stunning. Feed the mind. Go to London and photograph the city at dawn. Indeed, shoot sun rises. Study the Russian art photographers.  Your problem is the intellectual company you keep. Photography magazines are about the technical not about ideas. Listen to Pink Floyd's concert at Pompey, study Nietzche's Birth of Tragedy, read Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Intellectualize your world. Learn Latin in order to read Lucretius and Sallust. Find the poets, they live outside. Art galleries too are a must.

Lenses / Re: Gear Advice foe and awesome Greece trip
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:49:29 AM »

Me and one of my friends are going to go to Greece on 5th of August for almost 1 month. I am planing to visit Santorini (if any of you have been on an awesome island not far from Santorini, let me know), Athens, Meteora, and Thessaloniki ... Mostly I am shooting cityscape, landscape, architecture, nature, and I am planing to shot some milky way shots at the islands and at Meteora.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounio (sunset). A religious experience.

I was surprised to not see Ed Weston or David Muench mentioned.  They are the one that have influenced me the most.  I began my photography experience in the 1980s with my Linhof Technica IV 4 x 5 attempting to emulate their style.

Today, I find myself using my Canon 5D Mark II as a mini view camera without the movements.  Gotta love the ability to be able to take several images focused at various points to result in a depth of focus I was never able to get by tilting the front standard.  However, I do miss the field compression that long focal length lenses provided with 4x5 and a "normal" field of view.



I just checked out David Muench's photography since I had never heard of him before. Thanks for the lead.

I know of Ed Weston's work already and I too really like his photography.

Out of interest which software do you use for stacking images taken at different focus points?



Stanko Abadzic for one. I also admire some of my instructors and fellow students. But Abadzic is my favorite living pro.

I love Stanko Abadzic too.

Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: June 24, 2013, 07:21:53 AM »
For my 5D MKii, if we are talking about lenses we own, then the Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ...

Great post!


Portrait / Re: street portraits
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:05:58 AM »
we set up a black pop up reflector and ring flash off camera on a street corner in Sydney. Stopping the more interesting people for 5 or so shots, trying to find the most interesting feature to bring out of them. I put some on my website http://www.jeremypark.com.au  if you're interested.

Very cool, Jeremy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 refurb or new 7D as backup to 5D3?
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:55:53 PM »
My 5d2's set button does not make a slapping sound at all. I might be concerned about this and would attempt an exchange but I am a stickler by nature.

If Canon has another 5d2 then problem solved I would imagine, since you made the initial decision to get one.
If not, then a new 7d is not the worst decision; you get a new high quality camera that is different from your other one i.e. crop factor and you may find that useful.

Regardless, your hand is slightly forced in this case, or so it seems to me and the camera gods will decide for you. 

Lenses / Re: Bridge not sharp - why?
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:35:21 PM »
Thanks to everybody who weighed in on this. I believe I have found the culprit and it is me. Yes, a higher ISO and/or IS would have eliminated this motion blur.  However, it wouldn't have happened in the first place had I taken the time to make sure everything was solid before I snapped the photo. That's what happens when you get in a hurry; you skip over some of the basics that you've been doing for a long time! All of the Canon 70-200 L's, regardless of aperture or IS, are really sharp, so that's why I was surprised to see this at first. I've used this same set up in creeks with exposure settings of .5 to a full second without any problems before.

In any event, I'll take care to keep everything still next time. Thanks again for the feedback.

What was not solid?

Lenses / Re: Bridge not sharp - why?
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:58:56 AM »
I have a Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L and a 5DmkII. I've used this setup regularly for awhile now, and I've come across something I can't quite explain. I recently shot this bridge in Oregon. I used a sturdy tripod (Manfrotto ballhead/tripod combo), so stability isn't an issue. Still, several of these images came out much less sharp than I've been used to seeing from this lens. It looks like motion blur to me, but like I said, I was using a sturdy tripod. I shot at f/8, and even one of the images at f/11 had this same issue. Shutter speed was 1/20 and ISO was 125, and autofocus was directly on the front of the bridge itself.  I can't imagine this lens is suddenly misfocusing so badly.

You say that several of your images came out blurry, which implies that others did not. How do the settings compare between these two sets?

I would suspect mild shake due to the wind or the mirror flipping up. As others have suggested mirror lockup could address this.  But it might just be that your AF had a rough day. Did you try manual focus as well?

Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: January 29, 2013, 04:24:31 PM »
T2i and Sigma 8-16, sometimes 17-40

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