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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:01:07 AM »
I'm a no. I use LR5 almost daily, and ps5 only occasionally. I also use onOne Perfect Photo Suite; and it seems to surpass cs5 for my purposes much of the time.  It offers layers, masking, re-sizing, and so on and I suspect I might use it more often once I become more comfortable with it, but truth be told I find most of the editing I need to do is possible within LR5.  I've used LR since it was introduced and have come to appreciate it more and more with each new version.  I've owned ps 2, 3, and, currently 5.  Layers are what I most find myself using in ps; which is now available in the aforementioned onOne software. I did consider abandoning my reservations and giving cc a try, but the idea that I would no longer be able to use a software once I stopped "renting" it is still a big hurdle for me.  As I said, I am still using ps-cs5.  I import ALL images through LR, and if I decide to use ps to work on an image I can export it as a tiff or psd for use in ps.

The smaller button operates my af using a Samsung galaxy note 3, a kindle fire hdx, fire hd, Asus transformer tf 101, Motorola droid 4...

Photography Technique / Re: Help: lightning photography?
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:35:55 PM »
How do you like the tamron 150-600? I've owned a sigma 150-500 for a couple of years now, but am fiending over the additional 100mm the tammy offers...

Format your drive as ex-fat; this is what we teach our students in Lightroom lab and they move their usb drive catalogs from their home macs to the lab's pc workstations with nary a problem.  Some random websites with ex-fat info:

Superb. Beautiful. Fantastic. Wonderful. Welcome...

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:58:12 PM »
Oh, and -

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:55:19 PM »
Another thought:
Take extension tubes for macro ( I use generic tubes I bought from adorama), and a tc ( I use a kenko 1.4) or two.  The 24-70 should be able to handle a canon 2x nicely - which, once again, you can rent the most recent iteration of from the camera rental store I mentioned in my earlier post.  I'm not shilling for them, per se; I've used Lens Rentals quite a bit also for stuff I'm going to use around home base, but Hawaii Camera being local alleviates travel weight concerns and their prices are good.  With the extension tubes and tc's you're covered macro to tele with just one or two lenses at most.  I only use my-tele-zooms for birds and such; they seem even more skittish on the islands than in Chicagoland.  The rest of the time my 24-105 is what is most needed: it's hard to not find "scenic points" and "photo ops" anywhere I've been on the islands, and being able to provide some context is invaluable.  They are a photographic paradise...

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:50:33 AM »
I've been to at least Oahu every year for the last 10 and I use my 24-105 mostly, along with a tokina 16-28, sigma 150-500, and 70-200 f/2.8L IS I, cp and nd filters; but then that's how I roll. I would take the 24-70, maybe the 17-40 and a tripod.  Once there, If I discovered any other needs I would go to these guys on Oahu:
Hawaii Camera Rental always has anything I need - I tried out several lenses by renting from them before buying them. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating.  They can give you great location advice, too...


Honey, Sorry, I try to shoot the beautiful  blue bird with my dear 1DX and 600 mm Lens, During Shooting, The Crow / Big Black bird start to get jealous, and start to attach me---Yes my  hand just accidentally  push the Old equipment and fall to the concrete drive way---


...So how come it's gotta' be a big BLACK bird?!?!! ;D :D ;) :)

Geese; Red-Winged Blackbird.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:35:05 PM »
Great Blue Heron at lunch, Cardinal.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:29:44 PM »
Monk Parakeets, Eastern Kingbird...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:24:57 PM »
It's Heron season in Chicagoland, apparently.  Bear with me, I researched these myself so the names may not be quite right.  The top one is a Little Blue Heron; the other two shots are Black-Crowned Night Herons...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:21:14 PM »
Lincoln Park Zoo yawn...

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