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Canon General / Re: Random (but Legal) Use of your Photos
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:18:35 PM »
My passion is photography, and I'm fortunate to be able to weave that into my job as Creative Director in sports marketing.

A large amount of design work leaves my desk in preparation for the events we manage, and every so often we'll see the work other agencies are creating in support of the same event.

Funny thing happened recently. An agency sent me some artwork that needed some "retouching". (I suppose they were told I do a lot of that.)

What did I find? MY PHOTO.
Their request? "Can you remove the green glob in the lower left part of the image? That's where our logo goes."
My answer? "No. For several reasons. First: this is my image. How did YOU get it? Second: The lens flare is an artful element of the image that I included for a reason. I have no intention of removing it. I'll send you another image to use."

Oddly enough, I sent them another image of mine that was more suitable for the application. In the end, I still like the idea of having my imagery out there in support of the event. At least I know it'll be one that I find favorable!

Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:46:20 AM »
I use White House Custom Colour ( and they are consistently excellent. Their quality control is fantastic.

Caveat is WHCC only services photography "professionals"; that is to say, people who deal in creating or sourcing work for print. I'm not a professional photographer by trade (it's a small part of my role as Creative Director), but I do deal in printing work as a "professional".

WHCC is highly recommended if you fall into that category.

Lenses / Re: Image of the New 100-400?
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:02:52 AM »
Interesting how the lens seems to taper at the front element.

Lenses / Re: Which TS lens is better
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:00:42 PM »
Well, neither of these are "walkaround" lenses. They're specialty tools...and manual focus. You can do some interesting things with them. I've seen wedding shooters use the tilt effect in cool ways, but the real beauty of these lenses is in slower tripod work.

Something to consider, and in my opinion a must have for a shift lens, is a geared tripod head. It really helps me to have the axial control to adjust the attitude of the camera with the shift movement to keep your lines straight.

My preference is the TS-E 24L II. It's just a miracle of engineering, and for me it yields a more natural perspective. If you need more width, you can quite easily stitch frames and get even more than a 17mm FOV.

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:46:58 PM »
Cheers guys.

Like the shoot with something different idea.

I have me EOS 3 gathering dust.  Might load it up with some XP2.

Or maybe this is the excuse I've needed to buy a contax g2, bronica RF or Pentax 6x7?

If film inspires you, by all means spin a few rolls! Another thought is maybe even renting a fast telephoto lens for few days would be new and exciting. Ever tried shooting with a 400/2.8? It's COOL. And quite different!

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:27:05 PM »
First off, hang in there! Everyone with creative ambition goes through non-creative spells. You need to be refreshed and re-invigorated.

I work heavily on inspiration, and my best work is definitely revealed in those moments. But they can be fleeting.

Two ideas:

1) Shoot something totally different. Like, motorsports or get a field-level photo pass for a soccer game.

2) Shoot WITH something totally different. I was in a similar position not long ago. I sold my gear and bought a medium format film camera, and it's changed how I approach my photography. It also reveals to me what I love about shooting digital! Film requires me to be more meticulous with how I shoot, and that's FUN. But it's also limiting in many ways, which has shown me what I took for granted before, and that's INSPIRING.

My two cents!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:19:03 PM »
Not sure why someone would go through the process of faking images of a 24-105. It's just not a very polarizing offering. If this was an Art 14-24, seems that would be different!

Ok so my $250k estimate might be a few factors low...

Why not make this with a Summilux or Noctilux? I agree it'll never really be used, but may as well go big, no?

Lenses / Re: Canon Tilt-Shift Updates [CR1]
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:50:44 PM »

<p>We also understand that Canon is redesigning the shift mechanism on the new tilt-shift lenses and that they won’t share the same design... I would gladly welcome a more reliable design to the shift unit, and hopefully Canon can make the new lenses a bit less prone to broken knobs and other issues that I have seen.</p>

Problem with the shift mechanism on the TSE-17? News to me.

If they're redesigning ONLY the shift mechanism, perhaps they're looking at the post-style shift like the PC-Super-Angulon and older shift lenses. The new Schneider PC-TS lenses use barrel rings to adjust both tilt and shift independently. Very cool, indeed.

I will say the post-style shift is really a joy to use. I have the 75mm shift lens for the Mamiya RZ, and I previously owned the TS-E 24L II. Both are extraordinary. I do find the TS-E knobs a bit tedious now that I've experienced a post mechanism. Big fan, though the Mamiya post lacks a way to lock things down.

Anyone ready to bid?

A "1-of-1" offering between Apple and Leica that took 85 days to make and auctioned by Sotheby's?

This could close north of $250,000.

Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:35:17 AM »
If it's a smaller event, and unlikely to have thousands of runners like an established city marathon, I'd consider finding a single, more specialized shot to capture. This lets you be creative without the pressure of capturing the volume of images you hope the pros will grab.

I did something similar for a breast cancer awareness run last year. It was hosted at TPC Sawgrass during the week of THE PLAYERS Championship, so I framed up the start of the run in a way I thought might tell the story of the event in one frame. (5D2 with 24-105, somewhere on the wide end.)

Above all, enjoy the day!

Landscape / Re: First landscape submitted for critique
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:01:57 PM »
I think this image would benefit from a b&w conversion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Prediction for next round of DSLR cameras
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:38:18 AM »
I find the MF talk very exciting. But, I also think it's important that Canon find a way to bridge the gap price-wise. I'm not sure they'll pull people over from Phase One et al with an equally expensive offering. (Roughly $65k for an 80MP Phase One setup these days.)

Maybe if they take their existing FF technology and package it in something like the LEICA S system, there would be better market share opportunities. 50MP+ with great lenses, 1-series build quality and familiar handling. It would definitely be expensive, but it could fill a gap in price between current FF and MF offerings.

EOS Bodies / Re: Prediction for next round of DSLR cameras
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:30:53 AM »
Put 35mm sensor in this chassis ::)

Am I asking too much?


EOS Bodies / Re: 3.5\
« on: September 29, 2013, 11:12:41 PM »
The larger screen could have something to do with the MF rumors...Phase One backs are navigable much like an iPhone.

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