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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:06:16 AM »
Spider Monkey, Edinburgh Zoo
5D2 100L 2.8 Macro 1/320 f2.8 ISO3200

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Best for Rental in the UK?
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:28:33 PM »
I rented a lens from lenspimp.com and found them very straightforward

Animal Kingdom / Re: Foxes
« on: June 24, 2012, 05:58:10 PM »
Fantastic set - Thank you for sharing

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lowepro Nova 170 - will it fit?
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:38:12 PM »
here you go
I think the 200 is the way to go over the 170
That is incredibly helpful
I really appreciate it!
Thank you!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lowepro Nova 170 - will it fit?
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:16:14 AM »
I can put that  gear in a 200AW if you like tonight and post a pic for you to see
That would be extremely helpful - Thanks

Third Party Manufacturers / Lowepro Nova 170 - will it fit?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:40:29 PM »
For the Olympics, I need a small bag to fit:
70-200 2.8 IS II
2x converter
+-580EX for focus assist (not essential as I am only going to one indoor event)

The bag must be less than 25L and the smaller the better

The Lowepro Nova 170 AW looks like it might fit the bill - can anyone let me know if it will fit this gear?

Thanks for any help!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
« on: June 07, 2012, 11:50:31 AM »
That second video might interest the Apple patent lawyers....

In lists of lenses compatible with the 1.4x and 2x Canon extenders, I don't see the 100mm 2.8L Macro....
Is this because it would be an unusual (stupid?) combination, or because they don't work together?

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: May 14, 2012, 07:02:40 PM »
Freddy Keron Sittok on his way to coming second (by 8 seconds - having run an extra 2 miles due to an error by a marshall having sent him the wrong way) in the Kildare Marathon 2012
5D2 24-105 @70mm ISO100 1/160 f5.6 - Silver Efex Pro 2

Animal Kingdom / Re: Horses
« on: May 12, 2012, 06:07:05 PM »
Another minutes old foal....
5D2 24-105 @85mm 1/125 f4 ISO400 580EX2 ETTL HSS

Lighting / Lighting for macro shots of animal eyes
« on: May 10, 2012, 02:06:49 PM »
Slightly obscure/specialist question
I am looking for the best way to light animal eyes in macro shots of them...
Ring flash reflects in the cornea, and can obscure the area of interest (these photos are to show problems in the eyes for a veterinary audience)
Off camera flash works some with a single hand-held flash held almost at 90 degrees (get one reflection instead of a ring, obscuring less of the eye) - but multiple off camera flashes gets very clunky to try and get close to a moving target and can scare off the animals (and their owners)
So the question boils down to:
Is there a way to avoid reflections on a macro photo of a reflective surface, in a handheld solution?

Thanks for any advice

United Kingdom & Ireland / Final rules for Olympics Spectators?
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:20:24 AM »
Does anyone know the final rules for cameras for Olympics Spectators. They were supposed to be released last week, but I can't find them.
I have heard rumors of all of the following - hoping if there is a rule, it's i)
i) Camera and lens < 12 inches long
ii) lens < 6 inches long
iii) no detachable lens
iv) No focal length > 300mm

Any insights?

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: April 22, 2012, 01:53:31 PM »
My attempt in Sliver Efex Pro 2
There are many on this list who are much better than me with this software

Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:04:45 PM »
For me the best way to respond is to recrop and slightly reprocess your image. I do think there is an emotional connection in the image that gives it worth beyond simply those who know the two people in the image. I see the love of a mother/grandmother for her child. I do think that going B&W is a good way to go so that the distracting colors are removed from the essential content of the image. I toned the image as I think it gives the image a more emotional feel. I used to never tone my images and then started at first with more subtle ones and now go bold. The tone I used here is one that replicates the Silver Gelatin look.
I really like how you've reprocessed, cropped and toned this shot.... However - perhaps the reprocess has also really highlighted the hand - which was perhaps a little problematic already - lightening the hand might help?
I also agree that there was already a good emotional connection in the original

Landscape / Re: Back in the Lake District and a glorious morning!
« on: April 15, 2012, 09:53:09 AM »
That was definitely worth getting out of bed for!

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