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B&H updated in stock date to 3/31

Third Party Manufacturers / What am I doing wrong?
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:25:30 PM »
When I switched to the Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release, I expected the droops to go away.

On top of it I use a 6D with 70-200, and sometimes with the 2x.

I was set up this weekend for some countryside landscapes, and had to keep framing higher than the image I wanted because of the continual drooping.

Any thoughts?

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:45:17 AM »
6D with 100mm L, 430xii flash, f32, iso 160, hand held taken 12/30, used a cowboy photo tent with black background

Zero processing, used picmonkey to frame and add text

The pic with the dog and the last one with the Mom and 2 boys are the best

In the Mom/boys pic, I can still see ripples in the black background

Try having them say, 'yoga' right before snapping, it helps the mouth form a soft smile

Have you reviewed past family pics to get an idea of their style?

Have you thought of going outside the box, of playing, during the session? For example, pose them like an intro to Family Feud, or some other iconic TV/Movie

What about a pose where everybody is staring at their phone/electronic device

What about a pose where the Mom is sitting in an elegant chair, surrounded by the men in her life, with dog in lap

Best of luck, you are moving forward, and this is key


I'd consider looking at Sony's RX100

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:04:50 PM »
Raptor, San Luis National Wildlife Preserve, Northern California

6D; 70-200 with 2x, LR4, Exposure 5, Snap Art 3

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Go-Pro-like DSLR chest strap/harness
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:44:48 PM »
I want to experiment with stills and POV, thinking that Magic Lantern and its intervoltmeter would allow me to do this.

I may just use a really short camera strap, or, use a cutting board as a chest plate, sort of like yesterdays lazer tag chest targets, and ask a crafty-person to figure out a strap system

Third Party Manufacturers / Go-Pro-like DSLR chest strap/harness
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:16:59 PM »
Working on a personal project.

Need a Go-Pro-like DSLR chest strap/harness for POVERTY images; don't want a Go-Pro.

6D body

Google searches either turn up video rigs or DIY articles. Prefer something already built


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:57:51 PM »
Colusa, CA Wildlife Preserve. Heron in Repose. LR 5.x, Snap Art 3

Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:43:42 PM »
1. Before I enlarge a print, I get a smaller size to check it out. The way it appears on screen can look different than how it looks printed

2. Did you use something like a colormunki to calibrate your monitor?

3. How important is the print to you - if it is important, use a very good photo service such as Bay Photo. I've had test prints done at Adorama and they were ok. Like them on FB so you can get into their deal stream

Third Party Manufacturers / AC adapter for 60D/6D...Canon or 3rd party
« on: November 03, 2013, 12:13:06 AM »
$100 difference between Canon and no name OEM....what do you use?

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:41:53 PM »
Newbie to Helios

Some questions:

1. what adapter is needed for 60D and 6D?

2. is ebay the source for the lens?

Lenses / Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:53:05 PM »
I have a 60D, 70-200 2.8 and a 2x converter. On the 60D this works out to 610mm.

Going up to visit some of the wildlife preserves near Sacramento, focusing on Colusa and Willows.

I'm thinking of renting a 500mm f4 for the weekend. I'd appreciate any hands-on with the 500mm

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro Photography
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:44:43 PM »
I belong to some meetup.com photo groups in the SF Bay Area. Last month there was a meetup at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. I used a Canon 6D, 100mm 2.8 L and a sturdy tripod.

If you like macro work, you may want to consider following Mike Moats on FB. He is a macro guy working out of the Detroit area. He uses consumer-level gear (Nikon/Tamron) to produce his images

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