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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:01:33 PM »
Taking a bamboo ride on Yulong River, Guilin - China
Hmmm, a very nice shot...probably my favorite i've seen all year. Very nice. I particularly like the slight fade in the sky. I don't know if that was natural or added on post...not fussed, but it adds just enough ambiance to a blank sky, while not detracting from the lovely reflections in the foreground. If I had to vote, this would get my fav ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for the kind words GMCPhotographics  :)
 

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:46:59 PM »
Taking a bamboo ride on Yulong River, Guilin - China

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:27:05 PM »
another hummingbird and a barred owl.

having fun shooting BIF.  now I know why this thread is so long!! :) :D

i'm happy to hear constructive comments...positive or negative.  i'm always open to hear different opinions.

thanks,
north

The 2nd photo is really eyes catching - AWESOME ;)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:05:32 AM »
Trying to duplicate same shot of $20 RMB bill - Li River, Guilin, China


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:42:51 PM »
Thanks Eldar & Click

My co-workers and I spent 2 days in Guilin, China. We took 3 tours while we were there...more photos to come ;)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:09:14 PM »
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China - "AWESOME COLORS"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Flute_Cave

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:23:59 PM »
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China - "Cave highest point"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Flute_Cave


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:06 PM »
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China - "Center of the cave". To give an idea the size of this cave, you can see groups of visitors at bottom left of this photo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Flute_Cave

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:15:20 PM »
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China - "Dragon Diamond"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Flute_Cave

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:11:05 PM »
I don't mean to post this image in a condescending way about people who use iPads/tablets as cameras ... I think its awesome that we live in an age where different people with different tools and budgets can get into photography the way they see fit ... its cool that people don't have to learn about camera controls, lighting etc to get some decent images that they will cherish ... like this man who was capturing his little daughter's excitement of having discovered a little dome under the stingray exhibit ... I think he was more excited about having captured this precious memory of his daughter then she was about discovering that little dome ... priceless!
I know some photographers scoff at the idea of others using an iPad as a camera, but I think its marvelous that people can capture a priceless memory in a manner that is convenient to them ... that man was using some app to capture the moment in burst mode and later on at the cafeteria I had seen him editing it in iPhoto. During my last vacation in December, I've seen several tourists using their iPads ... I say why not, more power to the people.
But misuse in theaters and dance shows makes me angry when people block the view of others in the audience. >:( They make a couple of photos and videos dark and shaky, and then get on Facebook during the rest of the show. :-X Why paid a ticket if you do not want to watch the show, and disturb the attention of those who want to watch the show? :(
That can be said about any camera including DSLRs as well ... my first "super tele" lens was a Sigma 50-500 (non-OS) and I was really excited about my new purchase so I took it to a theater (they were doing a dance/musical on Grease), I still remember knocking one guy's head in the front seat with my Bigma :-[  ... weather it is an iPad or DSLR or mobile phone, I think anything that gets in the way of other audience/spectators is annoying.

My 5yrs taking ballet class. I photographed all her performances. I always like to sit in the center, the very last roll of theather(where no one like to sit). Set my cameras to silent mode and do my own business. This is why I selected the 400mm f2.8 IS II over 300mm f2.8 IS II.

I prefer NOT to pay $50 for few photos taken by theather photographers with rebels and crappy flashes :P

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:38:10 AM »
All I want is FE 18mm f4 OSS pancake-style to go with my a7r ::)


 

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If it helps with your answer: 
  • Besides the 70-200, I use a 5D3 with a 24-70 F/4 IS, 28 F/2.8 IS, 40 F/2.8, 50 F/1.4, 100 F/2.8L IS and a 2x T/C.
  • Enthusiast only -- not a pro.

I appreciate the guidance!

- A

Since you don't have 85L yet, 135L will be great for half body portrait. It's sharp and the bokeh is smooth.

I'm shooting with 2 bodies. My most use combo are: 24-70 II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II and 50L + 135L(when I need some extra speed for indoor).

Why would he spend extra $700-800 for 135L if he can get sharp half-body portraits with nice bokeh using his 70-200?

Besides being great lens for portrait, 135L will be great for indoor(1 full stop faster than 70-200), sharp at wide open, light weight and of course price tag(when compared to 85L).

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If it helps with your answer: 
  • Besides the 70-200, I use a 5D3 with a 24-70 F/4 IS, 28 F/2.8 IS, 40 F/2.8, 50 F/1.4, 100 F/2.8L IS and a 2x T/C.
  • Enthusiast only -- not a pro.

I appreciate the guidance!

- A

Since you don't have 85L yet, 135L will be great for half body portrait. It's sharp and the bokeh is smooth.

I'm shooting with 2 bodies. My most use combo are: 24-70 II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II and 50L + 135L(when I need some extra speed for indoor).

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 21, 2014, 06:46:40 AM »
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

If you really think that, you don't know Sigma!

Indeed I don't...do I really need to know Sigma when my lenses are L? :P
Well now you know that your 35mm is soft, has tons of CA and a whole world of vignetting compared to the Sigma...you do have that plastic & a red ring that you paid an extra $500 for, tho.  :o

Do you see any 35mm in my signature?

Wonder how many "Wow" Sigma lenses out there?  ::) 1 maybe 2 :P

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:25:05 AM »
If you take $790 and consider what that must pay for, it becomes a bit difficult to believe that this lens can compete with the Otus in any way.

(If memory serves me right) 10 lens elements, of which 3 are SLD and one aspherical, a fast reliable AF system, housing, hoods and caps and casing and profit ... I fail to see how it is possible to produce a high quality product, with tolerances to compete with L-series, Otus and others, for that money, no matter how efficient you are or how cheap your labor is.

I'd be delighted if they prove me wrong. That would make this lens a significant game changer!

I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

The current $400 50mm F/1.4 is made in Japan.  I don't see why Sigma moves its art production line to China.

Lots of things are made in China - from iPhones to Gucci sunglasses. So what?

Have you ever work with CM in China before?

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