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Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:52:56 PM »
Staying in midtown?  First and most important rule.  GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is mostly tourist stuff anyway.  Sure, you have to photographer the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building so get it out of your system.  The other thing that is kind of in midtown is Grand Central Station.  Spend a few hours in Grand Central Station .  Good place for people & architectural photography.  Save this if it's raining and you need to be inside.  Now, lets get you out and about.  Take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn (buy yourself a 3 day unlimited card, subways is the best way to get around, safe & fast).  Walk through DUMBO to Brooklyn Bridge Park (this is a short walk but gets you under 2 bridges and the best views of Manhattan.  Continue in the park under the Brooklyn Bridge to the Squibb Park rope bridge.  go past the bridge and take some photos of the skyline  with the burnt out pier pilings. Now up the Squibb Park bridge  to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade  (think Moonstruck).  You then have the choice to walk through Brownstone Brooklyn or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan.  This should fill up a day and a memory card or 2.
Another day you can catch a subway to the Lower East Side (F train again to Essex Street) walk around the Lower East Side and then walk over the Williamsburg Bridge to hipster Brooklyn in Williamsburg.  Take the L train back to the end (8th Avenue and if you have anything left in your legs you can walk visit the Chelsea Markets and walk up the HighLine Park.  You might also want to take the tram to Roosevelt Island and see Freedom Park.  Great views of Manhattan here.  As to Museums the Museum of Modern Art can be hit or miss and is usually impossibly crowded.  There is plenty to see and photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Here is my best tip.  It is open until 9PM on Friday and Saturday.   The crowds really thin out after 5PM.  Go at 5 stay until 9. If it's nice out it is safe to walk around the Central Park reservoir at night.  Other ideas are the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and one of my favorites is Green Wood Cemetery.  Not hard to get too and definitely something special that the tourists don't see.  Once again GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is for tourists.   You can do well with just the 24-105.  Thats is what I use about 95% of the time.  The wide angle will be useful too.  If you don't have a Black Rapid or something similar you might want to consider it.  Takes a big load off your neck and will add hours to your shooting day.  BTW Grand Central Station and I think the museums frown on tripods.  Best time and place for a tripod is Brooklyn Bridge Park at night.  Welcome and have fun

Been their once and that right there really really makes me want to go back, have to admit we did get caught in the 'tourist trap' some what, but it's a very enjoyable trap to get caught in. Difficult to balance the must sees with further afield attractions especially with a family addicted to shopping!

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:00:56 PM »
You guys are making me rethink my vow to never go back in the darkroom!  ;D

Darkroom = kitchen+ blackout sheets
There are times when I really miss my dads big old enlarger the smell of chemicals and the magic of an image developing.

Meh nostalgia, it was a pain in the ass setting it up  ;D

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:42:43 PM »
Have breakfast in the tick tock diner New Yorker hotel..... Enjoy!
Never had a problem anywhere I went in that lovely city but I'm from Glasgow so maybe I know instinctively how to conduct myself to avoid trouble!

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:18:11 PM »

Additionally, I have discovered that using my 100mm macro to photograph my negatives gives really phenomenal results over straight scanning. You actually retain the grain structure in the negative rather than the weird pixel/grain hybrid look you get from scanning

That's very interesting, I'd love to know more about your setup for that please.
I considered getting an old FD slide duplicator (I already have an FD/eos adapter) but a quick Google put me off the idea at the time.


Photography Technique / Re: Upsizing a landscape picture technique
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:03:49 AM »
Canon photo
Pix Dims
W 3597
H 2400
Doc size:
w 50 in
H 33.3 in
Res 72

Nikon Photo
Pix Dims
W 3600
H 2400
Doc size:
w 12 in
H 8 in
Res 300

Not an answer just an observation but I'd have expected the document size for both to be 12x8 and 300dpi
for printing?
You sure the Canon image was scaled up correctly?


EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:40:46 PM »
Wot Nikon are going to start modifying 5D3s  :P

EOS C300 Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade

Isn't that basically a new camera?  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:09:02 PM »
Having said that, I've just bought myself a Grey 70D (for the record, £626 and some pennies from Panamoz!! Best I've found since ProCameraShop crawled up its ass and died)

Hi Khufu, how did you get on with Panamoz in general and import duties specifically?
I got the feeling that Panamoz was ProCameraShop reincarnate.
Didn't really like their import duties get out of jail card in T&Cs so put me off.
£626 is a ridiculously good price for uk though.


EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:34:35 AM »
These are fun to look back on! This guy was shooting with the "new" 200-400mm x1.4, 600mm, 1DX and 5D3 before either camera was on sale. The 1DX had just been announced, the 5D3 was unheared of and people were speculating that it may be a sneak peak of the 7D2. this was on or before January 23rd 2011... and there was black tape over the Canon branding ;)

Google Image Search '5D III prototype', it's fun to look back on!

Ah fun times I remember it well, particularly the argument over whether that was a detachable grip or not!   ;D

Canon General / Re: Handstrap upgraded...
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:23:27 AM »
Nice handstrap, great box set!!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:33:07 PM »
I think it is clear Canon have created a demarkation of the xxD to allow for a top end model, in the same way we have xxD controls on the 6D. For this reason I'm pretty sure the new 7DII will have 'top end' control interface and be about 50% more expensive than the 70D. This would put it just below the 6D: to use current UK prices including VAT - 70D = £858, 6D = 1379. Add 50% to the current 70D price and voila ! - you have £1287. Job done for Canon.

+1 hope your right about that.
And if your willing to go grey that would probably be about £1094 (70D - £729 grey)

Interestingly the 7D is currently at £1029 (bricks and mortar) making a 7D2 at £1289 look like a real bargin even with quite modest on paper improvements say 1 stop better ISO performance, 5D3 quiet mode and AF without the jitters. I say on paper because I think that in the real world that would be a hell of a good camera!

On the other hand....

First pic of Nessie taken with a Canon 7D2.... Scientists are sceptic about the authenticity of the 7D2  :P

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: City Park Photography Fees ???
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:46:13 AM »
Sounds like unenforceable nonsense, as a tourist I'd just ignore and enjoy. Of course there are many places and cultures where that would be a stupid thing to do but an American city park meh

Lenses / Re: DxO ... a little help please!
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:32:44 PM »
Jrista, thank you for that excellent concise explanation.

Software & Accessories / Hopefully not DxO bashing!
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:33:47 AM »
Just been reading through the topic ‘Why the DxO bashing?’ and was going to post a question but thought that although related was sufficiently OT to stand on its own so here goes!

I’m nether qualified too or in truth interested in commenting on DxO testing, although the very eloquent posts from Mt Spokane, neuro and jrista make a conclusion really rather easy, but I am very interested in their software (Optics Pro  9)
I’ve been experimenting with a view to changing my WF from DPP->Elements to OP9->Elements and have been very impressed with it so far specifically NR Prime. The price point is also a good fit (£75).

Jrista when you wrote; (It gets even worse when you download DXO Optics Pro to see how it works, and find that DXO's algorithms result in FAR more noise with Canon CR2 files than ACR/LR, RawThearapy, or any one of various astrophotography tools...makes me even that much more suspicious that DXO doesn't really know how to properly process Canon CR2 files for optimal performance.)

Is that a conclusion specifically around astrophotography or do you feel that it’s generally true for all subject matter? I’ve been amazed at what and how prime can clean up so far, but then look where I’m coming from.

My primary usage would be NR/WB/Sharpening/jpg out any other adjustments in Elements (although I am considering moving on from that too).

If anyone else has any experience/opinions on OpticPro software particularly NR Prime and how it shapes up against other NR solutions I’d be really interested to hear.

Thanks in advance

Hi Surapon,
I was wondering what the quality of the connection was like in the areas I've circled?
If cheap=poor quality metal then that looks like a potential bad failure point?


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