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Canon General / Re: Bad Photography Rant
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:17:16 AM »
All of the substandard work out there should make those who clearly win on expertise, vision and ability thrilled to know that winning new business should be fish in a barrel.

The problem is you're then tasked with convincing people with no recognition of expertise, vision or ability that it's worth the added cost.

The reality is, as others have alluded to, that there is a market for this stuff. Sad to say, but many people shop on price alone, and in the end, they might actually be happy with the results. They simply don't know the difference, and they probably don't care.

I'd recommend finding a better market!

I'd check the Fred Miranda forums...I've bought and sold there with great results. The going rate beyond the retail market is likely to be north of $200, a premium you pay for the convenience of getting it quickly, I'm afraid.

Rodney Smith (rodneysmith.com) is one of my personal favorites. I love his style. Compelling, simple compositions.

Portrait / Re: Shooting a soccer portrait for a friend
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:41:23 PM »
I think it would help the image if the background was less distracting.  I like the pose and what you were going for though.
+1 as well! I dig the creative direction.

What I would try: have him put his hands on his hips in an aggressive position. I'd try to draw less attention to his chest. (No offense meant. Just trying to be constructive.) Also, lower the chin a bit so he's looking up slightly.

I think the lights on either side of his head distract because they're actually not strong enough! Maybe try ramping those up just a bit...just to see what happens.

As for processing: I like the edgy look in sports portraits. Try a slight desaturation, then run a high pass on a layer merge and set it to "soft light" blending mode. (This is a slick way to sharpen an image.)

Hope this helps!

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5L II
« on: October 04, 2012, 02:26:37 PM »
Just a magical lens.

I have since moved to a M4/3 system, but I feel the TS-E 24L II is mission-critical gear for a dedicated landscape photographer (horizontal shift for added width; no movements for general sharpness, most likely) or an architectural photographer.

The lens is rock-solid, but it does require your attention to get the result you're after. That said, when you nail it, the lens delivers.

« on: August 24, 2012, 04:58:03 PM »
Hey what's the green cube on the top of the camera? And what do you use for the what I assume is a neutral density filter, I've been dyin tryin to figure out the best approach for ND filters! Btw cool photo!

Just a $10 three-axis hot shoe level...also worth its weight in gold for architecture shooting. (Yes, many tripods/heads have spirit levels, but not often in a vertical orientation.)

I use LEE Filters...the 4x6 ones. For the shot I attached, I used a LEE Big Stopper (10-stop ND). Thanks for the shout out!

« on: August 24, 2012, 02:03:13 PM »
thanks very much for your advices .
 so i must go FF ,  with tse -17 and 24 .... .  sorry but one more question : do you think having 16-35 mk2 or24-70 is at all nessecery along my 2 tse lenses , or a waste of money ? and one more thing .... my power shot is veryweak on iso performance ( max 400) so most of the time i need a stable surface as a tripod ( because i dont have one ) specially for interiors . so after all this ... do you recommed 5d2( my iso problem) ?
 i am looking forward to your precious replies ....   

Hey Kia, I've sent you a Direct Message. I can help you with most of this if you're interested...

« on: August 24, 2012, 12:01:01 PM »
Does the geared head help align panoramas?

Well no, not properly. Although, I'm sure there's some kind of technique. I think for real panos you need a special head/rail system. (Someone chime in here if I'm wrong. I don't shoot many panos.)

For simple panos, you can use the TS-E with great effect. Simply rotate the base of the TS-E so the Shift becomes a horizontal movement. (You may want to rotate the Tilt movement back to the standard position for downward tilt to extend DOF. Else, you'll have "Swing" movements left and right along the vertical axis.)

With horizontal Shift, you'll have parallax-free movement up to 12-degrees in either direction from center. With some simple stitching or Auto-Align Layers in Ps...you can create a pretty convincing pano!

« on: August 24, 2012, 09:33:57 AM »
I've used the following setup with truly outstanding results: 5D2 + TS-E 24/3.5L II + Manfrotto 410 Geared head + LEE Filters + Cable Release

The Geared Head was the big surprise for me. It's a phenomenal piece of equipment for fine-tuning the shifts when shooting architecture. Without a tripod collar for the TS-E, you're mounted to the tripod via the camera body. When shifting, it's really a delicate balance between the attitude of the camera sensor and the amount of shifting to maintain your horizon. Having the Geared Head with knobs for each of the 3 axes is critical.

(As luck would have it, this entire setup is listed for sale, as I'm switching focus. DM me if interested!)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:06:52 PM »
If high ISO image quality, autofocus, frame rate, or bokeh don't matter to you, go ahead and switch. Personally I don't see it as an either-or decision. If photography is a huge part of your life as you claim, I question how you could even consider getting rid of the TS-E 24 II under any circumstances? Sell your 24-105 and 40 2.8, pick up a 50 1.8 and put the rest toward your mirrorless kit.

PS - Wait till after photokina to buy anything.

Let's not be a hater. It's not an unreasonable move. And I'm afraid I won't be buying any cheap toy lenses any time soon. Appreciate the recommendation though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:01:21 PM »
Have you looked through the viewfinder?

Uff, I hated the tiny viewfinder of the Oly.

Agreed. Not a fan. Rumblings of a "pro-grade" M4/3 body at Photokina. Pretty interested to see how that goes.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 09:48:35 PM »
DEFINITELY waiting for Photokina before doing anything, btw. Just kicking the idea around. I will say I do like the prospects of making the move.

I'd definitely miss the TS-E 24L, as it's a miracle of engineering, but it's really not enough to keep me from switching things up a bit. I like the idea of shooting MORE. And I think that happens with a change like this.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:34:30 PM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, 24-105/4L, 40/2.8
Buy: Oly OM-D, Oly 12/2, Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 75/1.8

Size, weight, price and general flexibility seem to outweigh the advantages of an all-out DSLR system. I'm finding you have to dig pretty deep to find significant differences in IQ in practical use. Has anyone made this kind of change?

Qualifier: I'm not a full-time pro. I don't make my living in photography. It's only a small part of my job, but it's a huge part of my life. I shoot for the enjoyment of shooting: typically landscapes, nature, travel and cityscapes.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:20:24 PM »

Aside from the lack of proper curve for the lettering around the USM IS part,
there is also a large amount of apparently cloned pixels.

Good catch. Also, it does appear the front element was lifted from a similar image of the 24-70/L II...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:07:04 PM »
I just checked out the current 135L through CPS and found it to be great, but really in need of IS. This is a no-brainer for me if it's real.

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