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« on: October 31, 2014, 03:01:18 PM »
thanks for opening this thread and posting these pictures of Istanbul. I love Istanbul. Strolling through the streets of this ancient metropolis again and again is so great. Coincidentally I had also been in Istanbul in September 2014.  As a landscape photographer my view on the city was slightly different. A bit wider I would say. It looked like this:

Kind regards, Robert

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:06:42 PM »
Hi, it can be done because your Samsung Galaxy Tab S supports USB On-The-Go (OTG). Use an USB OTG hub to connect the camera to the tablet.

I use an USB OTG hub & card reader to connect my 5D II with an Asus tablet. That's the hub I use: http://www.inline-info.de/en/inline-detail/artikel/8450/
The camera is connected by its standard micro USB cable to the USB hub and the hub itself is connected to the tablet. To control the camera I use the "DSLR Controller" app, which works well. With this app jpeg and CR2 files can be transfered to the tablet.

With this particular hub you can also copy them directly to an USB flash drive or just read the CF card without connecting the camera. I use this mehod to make back-up copies of my pictures during holidays. The files are transfered directly from the CF card to an USB flash drive. Copying several GB of data can be a bit slow but it works.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:41:14 PM »
Tony, the problem you described with Google's image search has something to do how you publish your photos. I tried to find out what the exact file name of your pictures is but failed. It seems to be either some cryptic alpha-numeric code or a strange .png file. Hard to tell... It's the same for Google. It searches for descritions of the motif but can't anlysis yet what the image shows.
What will help is adding some proper discription in the ALT tag and name the files with real words (e.g. Istanblue_blue_mosque.jpg). For more information see this link: http://www.shopify.com/blog/7412852-10-must-know-image-optimization-tips. Saving all pictutres in the same folder on the server or in easy to find folders (not some generic endless number), will help also.

When I type my name and the name of one of my motifs into the google image search, my photo is the first or second thumbnail it shows, although some where uploaded just a few days ago. A few other photos of my website are loaded among the first ten photos, too. So image SEO really works. But I forgot to give one image a proper title, ALT text and description and as a consequence google does not show it at all in the image search, although it was uploaded to my website 2 months ago.

With Wordpress it is very easy to describe your photos in a search engine friendly way. But it should not be the only reason to change.

Best regards, Robert

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:30:04 PM »
Does this one count too?

It was taken in February in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. It was autumn there.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:09:58 PM »
Garajonay National Park, La Gomera, Spain

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: October 18, 2014, 06:48:05 AM »
After the thunderstorm
Taken in August in Mecklenburg, Germany

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:02:43 PM »
Hi Tony,
I started a Wordpress website myself in August. I had not worked on any website since a couple of years and never worked with WP before, so the learning curve was quite steep in the beginning. Choosing a theme takes really a lot of time and the same can be said about adapting it later on. That's nothing you can do in 10 or 15 hours. The good thing about Wordpress is that there are endless possibilities to alter the appearance of your website and the themes are quite helpful.
Quite a lot of minor things like contact forms, calendars, ecommerce, fonts, galleries etc. can be added by plugins. The plugins themselves can be customized, if needed. My webiste http://www.robertgallphotography.com uses the Photocrati theme and already about a dozen plugins, most of them working in the background. Some of the plugins were modified even in their source code, e.g. the Royal Slider in the gallery showing a transparent background. But the whole website is still a work in progress. Currently I'm still working on the design and a proper grid overview for the gallery. After 3 months and a couple of dozen hours I'm maybe half way through...

Kind regards,

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »
Sunset in Mecklenburg, Germany

Underwater / Re: 5D3 housing with 17 TSE
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:44:30 PM »
Hi, a much cheaper alternative would be the Ewa Marine bag B-F100. I use it myself and had the idea to put the TS-E 17mm inside. Normally a 82mm filter thread is need to attach an adapter ring, which attaches to the clear glass panel in front of the bag. Of course the TS-E 17mm does not have any filter thread and putting it inside the bag results in lots of pounces of the lens to the glass panel. Not a good idea...
The solution is the LEE Filters Adapter Ring for the TS-E 17mm. It still does fit into the bag, although it is very, very tight. The LEE adapter ring has a similar effect than the Ewa ring. It keep the glass panel in a plain position a few milimeters in front of the lens. There is some slight vignetting but it is very small. The attached picture shows the vignetting with an f14. It is a RAW converted to JPEG. Of course every militer of shift will result in serious vignetting. Turning the manual focus ring is also pretty difficult. But it does work.

The Ewa Marine bag  + LEE adapter ring will cost you US$500.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:17:50 PM »
Hi, in Germany the situation would be quite clear. When a human take a picture, he/she owns the copyright, if the picture is a "personal intellectual creation" (§ 2 copyright law). But a monkey is no human and according to German law an animal is just a thing. A thing cannot have a copyright, so neither the monkey nor his owner have a copyright of the picture.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:40:32 PM »
For some years you can already stick some Canon lenses to a medium format back and it works well. The cam is called HCAM from Hartblei. See details here: http://www.hartblei.de/en/hartbleicam2.htm.

The current medium format sensor size is just a minor improvement compared to full format IMHO. A real 60mm x 45mm sensor would be something interesting. But a real revolution would be such a huge sensor in a cam with a DSLR-like performance and a mount like the old Pentacon Six, for which adapter rings to almost all other mounts can easily be produced. So the new cam can be used easily also with Hasselblad and other manufacturer lenses. Something like Sony's A7R in a larger format.

If Nikon offers a medium format camera, only a fool would buy one. See their current quality control issues with the D600 and D800.

Landscape / Re: Panorama over Bogota from Monserrate
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:06:50 PM »
Hi Richard,
it's a nice panorama. I like the dramatic sky over the city. The aspect ration is not my favorite. I prefer 2:1 or 3:1, so I shoot such panoramas in portrait mode to have enough space for cropping later on.

Kind regards, Robert

Lenses / Re: How resistant are L lenses against the shocks/vibrations?
« on: August 05, 2014, 03:06:43 PM »
From my own experience the Canon L lenses are quite resistant against vibrations and shocks. Earlier this year I was hiking in northern Thailand's mountains. During a short stop I put down the backpack to take a closer look on one of the wild orchids. Unintentionally I hit the backpack, which started bumbing down the mountain. It were about 50 meters. Half way down the tripod flew out of the backpack and during some bumps the backpack flew up to one meter or more. It finally stopped in the valley of a dry brook. It took me about a half hour just to climb down the steep mountain to retrieve the tripod and backpack.
Nothing was broken and all of the equipment still works fine. Included in the backpack were: a 5DII, TS-E 24 mm II, TS-E 45mm, Tamron SP 24-70 f2.8, TS-E 90mm f2.8 & EF 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 L, a carbon fibre tripod, a dozen filters, my tablet PC etc. Only the ball head and panorama plate got some scratches and a screw was lost. Of course the backpack collected a lot of dust and dirty during its journey. The backpack is a 5-year-old Lowepro Primus AW.

Lenses / Re: advice for new lens?please
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:39:24 PM »
Keep the lenses you have at the moment. All are fine for the right job. For travel I would buy the following 3 lenses:
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8
Canon EF 16-35mm f4.0 IS
Canon EF 70-300mm L

These would cover everything from 16mm till 300mm, which should do for 99% of all shots. All lenses have stabilization, which is quite useful. I would start with the Tamron, which is the most versatile from the listed 3 lenses.

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:57:17 PM »
The shot of the Toronto Waterfront looks really great! Well done!

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