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Messages - DianeK

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Lenses / Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:41:54 PM »
Can't imagine you will regret that purchase.  I love mine and it's size is perfect...lives on my 7D.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:39:37 PM »
Time to ditch the heavy Tamrac....please, please let me win!  Thanks CR Guy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Kitty
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:25:28 PM »
Guess I'll join in on the fun...

Chris, those are just gorgeous.  Mackerel tabby DSH/ASH...my favorites!

Lenses / Re: Landscape tips needed on shooting the Grand Canyon
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:56:55 PM »

@DianeK and others that have been there:

One more thing comes to mind.  Canyons inherently have shade challenges.  The best light at sunup / sundown will come part and parcel with very large shaded areas.  Is there any credence to choosing to use more unfriendly overhead/midday light to minimize the massive dynamic challenges the shadows will bring?

That's a really broad composition question, and I appreciate it depends on what you are trying to accomplish.  But I'd like your thoughts on how to pick your exposure battles on sun vs. shade.

- A

I'm afraid I'm not a very "thoughtful" shooter.  The only plan so to speak I had that day was to be at the east end of the canyon on Desert View Drive so I could have the setting sun on my viewpoints (although the haze on the horizon really complicated things).  When we were down about a mile on Kaibab trail it was noon, so I just did the best I could with what I had even attempting to get some detail on this raven in the harsh noon light  ::)

Lenses / Re: Landscape tips needed on shooting the Grand Canyon
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:40:29 PM »
First image is Lipan Point, second is Navajo Point

Nice shots.  I've noticed a blue shift like yours on the distant horizon mountains in my photos as well. It is certainly what my eyes see, so these shots are well rendered.

Can you walk me through what causes that blue cast (physically, that is)?  I'm guessing it's diffraction of light through so much air (perhaps that's nonsense), but from a photog perspective, is that something you wish to capture, wish to filter out, wish to shift to true black shadows, etc.?  What are the composition and post-processing considerations for this?   Would I see a similar cast if I went with the longer tele?

Just curious.

- A

Thank you.
There was a general haze that day which is what I think caused the distant blue haze. Twas a very frustrating day for that reason.  I don't know if a UV filter would have helped or not because I don't use them. :-\

Lenses / Re: Landscape tips needed on shooting the Grand Canyon
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:20:29 AM »
DianeK, those pictures so beautiful, what camera and lens did you use for each

Richard, thank you for the compliment.  60D with the EFS 10-22 for both.  Lipan at 22mm, Navajo at 16mm.  Both f/11, 1/40, no filters, handheld.  We were losing the light quite quickly at the end of the day.  There's only 13 minutes between the two shots and they are at different places (no...we didn't break any speed limits  ;) )

Lenses / Re: Landscape tips needed on shooting the Grand Canyon
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:54:33 AM »
First image is Lipan Point, second is Navajo Point

Lenses / Re: Landscape tips needed on shooting the Grand Canyon
« on: November 13, 2012, 11:52:10 PM »
Lipan Point and Navajo Point along the Desert View drive are great vantage points if you want to get the Colorado River in your shot.  Although you said you are not interested in hiking, the South Kaibab trail down to Ooh-Aah Point or a little further to Cedar Ridge is worth doing and only takes about 2 hours round trip.  We did that during the early afternoon, leaving Lipan and Navajo for sunset. If you actually get accommodations in the park that opens up more possibilities for avoiding mid-day sun.

I had a 60D and used the 10-22 and 15-85 (which is sharper than the 10-22), often doing stitched panos in post with images from the 15-85 so I certainly would advise something wider than the 24-70 unless you want to stitch.

If you are also thinking you want to take in the surrounding areas you mentioned you may want to change "a few" days to "several" days.


Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: October 31, 2012, 06:59:10 PM »
Casting my vote for the 70-300L.  It's on my 7D all the time.  Love that lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Unreliable AF on 7D with FW 2.0.3?
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:02:04 PM »
Imagine this marketing meeting at Canon: Q:"how do we get our current satisfied 7D owners to open up their wallets for a new 7DII in 2013?"  A: "let's release a firmware upgrade that breaks their current cameras." Many high-fives ensue and a bright spark gets a promotion.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SLR-like raw shooting cam - suggestions?
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:03:30 PM »
Sony RX100

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Gorillapod for ground level Macro work?
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:56:17 PM »
I have a bag of rice in an old wool sock that goes wherever my dslr goes - indispensable.

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:17:09 PM »
I received my wing light today. They're are a few things I will have to tweak on it but otherwise its the best direct flash I've ever seen.

Will post later when I get some time behind it.

That was fast - looking forward to your assessment and "tweaks"

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:32:41 PM »
If the 6D was say $1200 the discussion would be entirely different... at that price it's easy to accept that the features are like a top end Rebel but it has a FF sensor.   But's it's not $1200.... it's starting out at $2100 and might come down to $1600 in time but not likely lower... is it a winner anywhere in that price range?

Yup, they are marketing a $1200 camera for $2100.  Maybe someone in Canon marketing is dyslexic  ::)  :P

PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:25:00 PM »
I wasn't liking the direction Canon was going and so I am glad I got the RX100.  At first I was a little disappointed that the Sony does not have a macro setting so I decided to see how tight I could crop an image to get macro details.  Sample below with uncropped and cropped image.  For something I can put in my pocket when I don't want to carry my 7D and 100mm lens, I am satisfied with the Sony performance

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