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I really don't understand how bridal pairs can like something like that.
I told my wedding photographer to stay in the background and that this was the day for our guests and us to celebrate. It's more important to me to have a wonderful day then to have wonderful pics of that (less) wonderful day. (And our pictures were also great)


Ha.....maybe this is becoming a thing.  I was just at a wedding (as a guest as I am no pro) and kept noticing how close and intrusive the videographer was.   Standing right in front of the alter as procession came in.  So intrusive that the bridesmaids and groomsmen actually had to move around the videographer and separate early.  Close enough to the cutting of the cake that I am surprised that they didn't get frosting on their lens.  It all worked and I haven't heard the bride complain, but I felt for the photographer"

In recognition of my apparent non-status here, I try to minimize my presence whenever possible, but the op raises an issue I'm encountering all the more frequently as I shoot events.  I generally shoot stills at events (parties, receptions, and so on...), and ALWAYS use a zoom (24-70, 24-105, 70-200).  "Videographers" amateurs w/ cellies and p&s, and professionals are there and seem oblivious not just to me but to the interests of the other guests and even the principals of the events. 
My results are not so affected thanks to my zooms and learning how to anticipate events, and the actions of these oblivious characters.  Whenever possible I will try to talk things out with them beforehand, exchange cards, offer some collaboration, express my plans, but, for me, the last thing I want to do is ruin someone's event by getting in a hassle with guests or other hired guns; hence, anticipation.
I always get a planned flow from the hosts, organizers, and/or guests of honor, and this helps me avoid some hassle with other shooters.
The thing is, the uncle bobs and others don't necessarily always play by even the agreed-upon rules.  Without getting into a fistfight I use the zooms, anticipation, and knowledge of the event to try to get there first, shoot, and move on so that the next can do the same.  Ultimately, I suppose, despite all that, providence still plays a role...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS6D or 7DMKII ?
« on: October 11, 2014, 02:12:52 AM »
I have the 6D and 7D, along with the 50D.  Since getting the 6D last Spring, it has become my walk-around camera.  I never leave home without at least 1 body, and if I'm only carrying 1, it is the 6D.  The IQ is ar, far beyond the capabilities of my beloved 7D.  I routinely use iso 3200 (mostly when shooting at night) on the 6D, but I don't trust the 7D past iso 800 for night shots, 1600 in daylight.  Beyond those iso settings the images become too noisy for me.  The higher I've pushed the iso on the 6D, the more amazed I am at its performance.
Nearly ANY moving subject negates the 6D IQ due to its very basic AF. The center point is cross- and dead-on fast and accurate.  The few others are not so.
The 7D AF is way superior speedwise, and accuracy-wise as well.  There's also plenty more AF points, and the AF area is denser with these points.  It's actually kind of hard to not get a focussed shot of a moving subject with this camera.  If I know I'm going to be shooting sports, birds, and anything else with quick movement, then the 7D is my choice.
Someone else mentioned what may be the best solution: get a 5D Mk III, or better yet, hold off and get a 5D Mk IV.  When I settle down and do the math, I've bought two bodies to cover diffeerent types of photography when I could have just bought the one higher-priced body and covered all my shooting.  The 6D's IQ is said to be slightly better, but not so much as to negate all the 5D Mk III's superior feature set.  The 7D is faster (fps), and offers the artificial FoV advantage of a crop - sensor (although I've found crops to my FF shots to be superior to any advantage seemingly offered by the crop sensor).  The 8fps of the 7D vs 6 fps by the 5D Mk III is not significant enough to favor the 7D.  I suspect these comparisons will be borne out when the 5D Mk IV debuts in the Spring(?).  Then, there's also the high-mp Canon whose announcement seems  to be eminent.Whatever you do, I'd also look at keeping the older body for backup and other purposes.
Having two bodies is a good thing, imo, as in the field I keep one set-up for wide-angle and the other set-up for tele which keeps me ever prepared for come what may; but if I could only have one body I'd want the IQ low-noise latitude FF offers, with good AF i.e. 7D or the even better AF of the 5D Mk III Sorry to be so long-winded and circuitous, but I am working out similar issues myself... 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle at Adorama $799
« on: October 01, 2014, 04:42:58 PM »
With full disclosure to the buyer, I can't imagine the bad in this idea.  Actually sounds like the kind of thing I'm always contemplating, rather than letting my equipment age gracefully at home, i.e. my 50D, tamron 28-75, 70-300IS, and so on, if I dare to look...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:17:24 PM »
Wow. I've been able to curb my enthusiasm by suspecting a dramatic low-light iq difference between the 7D II and my 6D (which has supplanted my 7D I as the walk-around body).  These, - and other, sample shots I've seen so far are coaxing me away from my suspicions and I'm beginning to contemplate how long I'll have to be how good in order to convince the wife that I NEED this camera in my arsenal.
Obviously, with current technology a FF sensor will always out-perform a crop - however, then the 7DII would be a 1D-? or at least a 5D-something.  While I may eventually behave myself into a 5D-(Newest), I'd kill myself before I was able to behave enough for a 1D-(Anything).
The thing is, I sorely miss 7D-level AF.  With the 6D, while I very rarely wander past 3200 ISO, the resultant low-light images are always satisfactory prior to ppc- as long as the subjects are mostly stationary.  I cannot say the same for my daylight BiF and other opportunistic, mostly wildlife shots.  To successfully capture BiF or other fast movement with my 6D AF requires an extraordinary amount of planning, intuition, and luck.  Of course, a full-frame 7D II would be a 1D-(Something).  It seems that my Spring kit will (hopefully) consist of either a 6D and a 7D II, barring the announcement of some unforeseen horrific flaw in the 7D II, or a 5D-(Newest) after selling off everything else for whatever I can get...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:01:01 PM »
I'm also disappointed that Canon left the wifi off what seems to be a compelling instrument.  I use it regularly, yes, with EOS Remote for shooting odd angles, low-light, and such - and even, rarely, to include myself in compositions.  That said, there are a great many inexpensive wired/wireless device options, including some with preview screens, available for triggering the shutter; including some that include a preview screen.  These devices can generally be used on more than one of my camera bodies so the cost would be spread out over all.  Stand-alone GPS, on the other hand, usually costs quite a bit more and the setup and use seems to be quite a bit more technical.  If only one or the other option could be fit into the 7dII body I suspect I'd rather it was the GPS.  Still, having owned an XT-i, 40D, and still owning a 50D, 7D, and 6D, this camera looks mighty tempting...

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:20:19 AM »
Damn. Having talked myself into eschewing crop-sensors since being seduced by the 6D I'm now overwhelmed by the af and fps specs in particular; but just most of what Canon's packed into the 7d II at the same old price.  My only salvation is if the IQ/low noise IQ is significantly less than what I can do with the 6D.  On the other hand, that will also lead me to the 5D III-IV, probably. I'm sure I'll NEVER be able to behave myself enough for the wife to go for a 1D - anything. There's always something...

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Is my Mountain shot HDR or not?
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:14:11 AM »
I'm in agreement with that this is a fine image. Also that it displays a great dr. Also that its appearance equates to the desired effect of hdr pp.  My kind of hdr...

Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:54:39 AM »
Here are the sample of the position of Light that, I have learn from the PRO 10 years ago, in the Studio Class of my Local  Technical College.

Thanks, Surapon, for the illustrations in your great answer.  This is a perfect example a picture being worth thousands of words...

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:21:54 PM »

Ah, I understand your question now. I think it's just that your not seeing the benefits of the HDR at full size. Here is a comparison of the HDR in the "shadows" (not really shadows, it's definitely midtones, since it's the sunflowers, which are the primary subject of the image), and a single-frame shadow pull:

If I wanted to print this (I do, actually), the single-frame shadow pull is entirely unacceptable for that purpose. I already have people who want prints of this, family and friends, and I'm sure others will as well. At 13x19, the size I usually print at home, the difference in detail and detail clarity between the HDR and the shadow pull is totally obvious. There is a huge difference in detail, the HDR version has TONS more, and it's crisper and sharper and has more color fidelity. For larger prints, even gallery wraps up to 48x36", the better detail of the HDR is that much more important, because of the need to upsample.

Thank you jrista for your comprehensive and lushly illustrated and demo'd breakdown of your fantastic HDR image.  As I fancy shooting at night or indoor under subdued lighting I have been eager to incorporate hdr into my workflow but haven't been able to grasp the technique by reading up, you-tubing, kelbying, and ps-usering the subject.  Your verbosity, along with the gifs and annotated gifs have opened my eyes quite a bit more than before.  Thanks much...

Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:28:49 PM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

Here you go:

Beautiful work Mr. Kahn. A great night skyline is always nice, but those bridge photos, particularly the spans, were simply wonderful...
Here's a couple two or three of mine:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:13:01 AM »
All I know is I bought the 6D last Spring after loving my 7D for the years its been around and, even with fewer af points, slower fps, and so on, the 6D is my walk-around, goto body, with the 7D usually in my bag for daylight sports and wildlife, as a just-in-case, or to impress folk by shooting with two bodies. I now travel only with the 6D...

At times, me and af don't necessarily agree on what should be in focus, or even, albeit rarely, what focus should look like!

Photography Technique / Re: City shots at night
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:57:21 AM »
How about let's see some "City shots at night"?

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:35:48 PM »
March 2014 on Oahu:

Very nice series.  8)  Well done

Mahalo nui loa...

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:00:37 AM »
March 2014 on Oahu:

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