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Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:16:00 PM »
I would not look to much  after a  200/2.0. The 70-200/2.8 ISmk2 is so good at 200mm  that 200/2.0 feels  very expensive in comparison and the  result  I get from the zoom  and prime  is very similar at 2,8 with a 5dmk2.
The 200/2.0 from Canon is not in my eyes good as the  300/2.8IS , and when I compared  Canon 200/2,0 and  the Nikon 200/2.0  the Nikon lens was better.

I use the 200/2 for portraits only. It is incredible, but as you mention the 300/2.8L II blows you away. I just used it this holiday and it is a droolworthy lens I will never afford :) It is even very fast with the 2xIII (this was on a 1DX, so the additional battery power might have contributed to the speed).

Hey everyone.
Back for another install of the flash tutorials I have been doing. This time, i cover 1st and 2nd curtain shutter sync and where / when you would use each. I have also included some sample pics this time aswell :)
Hope you all enjoy :)
Much luv goes out to everyone on the CR forums

Nice videos, and just liked your page on FB. Looking forward to more.


Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:58:52 PM »
Storm clouds building up over the Sierra Nevada. 5D mk3, 24 - 70 f4 IS ( yes, that one  ;)

It looks surreal, but it is, in fact, real !

Stunning image!

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:16:53 PM »
I agree with some of the others.  I think it's most tasteful when done with a minimalist approach... :)

Here I think I could have gone just a tad more with the red on the roof but I didn't want to lose the old, nostalgic feeling I was trying to achieve.  The flag I think I'm okay with, maybe a tad more there too...

I like this picture alot! I think this technique is a bit either or... I agree on the old feel, but a bit stronger so people are not guessing.

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:14:33 PM »


In addition to being an awsome picture in itself, I think this really works here. I did use this technique for a webillustration I (something like; where is your place? to the students).
++1 on the chairs!


Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:13:40 PM »
The first image was made at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the second in a sunflower field near my house.

Several cool shots popping up here!

I like the sunflower, but you have not been precise enough ;) you see color on the side and other placea in the image :)

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:09:55 PM »
I saw this topic after looking through all the galleries.  This is a hard area, but it can work in some circumstances.  Here is my favorite from all my selective color shots.

I like this! Great shot overall

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:07:44 PM »
Sorry but I don't critique photos on open public forums. Why teach the countless wannabies who browse through these pages? Especially for free. My skill and tallent was learned the hard way, by trial and error...but a lot of wannabies want to take quick short cuts and think that a learnt skill can be downloaded and is free. For every poster and replier, there are hundreds of readers.

Why are you participating in this forum?

I think there are two fundamental reasons to participate here.  One, you have information to share so that others may learn.  Two, you want information so that you may learn.  You refuse to share your putative skill and tallent with others because you want their learning experience to be as difficult as you feel your own was.  Yet you are here to benefit from what others have learned and are willing to share, presumably because makes it easier for you to learn new skills.

I find your attitude appallingly hypocritical.

Ah...more name calling, nice. You do have a way with words don't you.

Wedding work crosses the line into professional work and that's why. Ask anything of me in the non professional arena and I will pass on what I can to the best of my ability. Non professional portraiture, open game, kids photos, dog photos, some aspects of landscape work, some comon wildlife. But nothing professional. Ask a professional footballer to teach, he'll pass on a few bits but he's not going to show them everything he knows, life just doesn't work like that. Another example, when ever I ask advice from my lawyer, it costs me.

You must be an exceptional photographer. Considering your interpersonal skills; your images must be stunning given that you are still in business!

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:57:12 PM »
Nice pictures!
I clicked the first link. The third picture (using the left arrow) I would have cropped away the bridesmaid, as her posture (in lack of better phrasing) steals energy from the couple. The process shot of the bride in the preparing, there I would see if I had another where she smiles. The rings are brilliant!

All over good, but I think there is something gloomy about the colors. Maybe increase exposure a tad, and shift the hue a bit?

Lighting / Tronix Explorer XTSE - any experiences
« on: May 30, 2013, 02:28:17 AM »
After a bit of thought I ended up with a pair of Elinchrom BXri 500 (instead of the older Bowens 500 and 250ws that I posted about a couple of weeks ago). I am starting to inform myself about possibilities of on-location opportunities, thus battery packs. I have found one that looks promising - Tronix Explorer XTSE. It is relatively inexpensive and seems on spec like a good option for me (it says it can shoot the two strobes at full power for about 500-550 pictures if you do not use the modelling light, and that will be good enough for my use).

Has anyone used them and can you share your experiences?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 30, 2013, 02:21:37 AM »
With regards the sports shooters choice, Mikael did make a good point, the Beijing Olympics was a low point for Canon and the terrible job they did with the AF in the 1D MkIII. He then posted an image of one session at the swimming pool. Now I don't know how many here know how the photographers allocation goes at events like this, but if it isn't a blue ribbon event then the photography pool could be made up of people as low ranking as me, a secondary shooter for a national (very small nation) paper. A picture from one event can look very different to another event, and a crop can be made to show anything.

Now the top event, the actual kill to even get in the lottery for the "free" allocation to get the worst seat in the press section, is the men's 100m final, to get an accurate count of the white to black lenses that the best of the best in that field of sports photography are using, you would need a panoramic image where you could see almost every photographer covering the best vantage point from the mens 100m final at Beijing, the worst Olympics in recent memory for Canon.

Anybody that interested could do the count here http://www.karikuukka.com/peking2008/100m/

Certainly the combination of the 1DX and MkII teles superior AF is winning a good few back to the white side.

Very cool 360 photo. Funny, but I would guess that all those 300, 400, and 500 primes we see here will, if the same picture is taken after the next olympics at the same distanse and POV, be the new 200-400 Canon lens.

This might not be a Gordian knot solution, bit what about shifting your way out of the problem with a TS lens?
don't understand what ur saying
what do u mean by TS lens?

A Tilt-Shift lens. Gives you the opportunity to shoot distorting the perspective, thus avoiding the reflection.

guys, thanks for the replies. i didn't get a chance to say thanks for the further replies

@infilm: great advice. thanks
not trying to get white. just want bling - but not make look artificial. the problem is that what i see with the eye is a beautifully lit ring - that when photographed looks darker than it is actually

Photography:Light, Science & Magic - ok... i think i've heard this several times now. the only thing is... i don't fancy putting my head into a book and reading. but if i have to... then i have to!

@victorwol: why have u got a black card on top of the bottle picture setup?

@LewisShermer: flash... erm yes... there was no flash. :)
i'm posting a question on this in the next few min

all other replies: thanks a million. all replies were read and got great advice

This might not be a Gordian knot solution, bit what about shifting your way out of the problem with a TS lens?

Canon General / Re: Canon direct mail marketing
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:28:08 PM »
I have dutifully registered my Canon products, using their online registration tool.  Thus, they have my address.  Their database should also tell them that I have a fair amount of gear registered with them, pretty much all of it high end stuff.  By 'fair amount', I mean $40K worth at current retail prices.  You'd think, armed with that knowledge, they'd be able to have a pretty good idea of what would interest me as a consumer, right? 

Today, I received my first direct (snail) mailing from Canon.  A brochure for the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, perhaps?  An ad highlighting the benefits of their excellent RT flash system, GPS accessories, etc.?

Nope.  A little brochure highlighting the features of a pair of dSLRs sure to be of interest to a 1D X owner...

LOL! I still laugh at your Crocodile Dundee stunt at your daughers sports arrangement... I see a paralel.

Lenses / Re: Pinhole Photography
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:22:28 AM »
I have not used the pinhole cap, but I have used the Holga lens for Canon. 

Link: http://shop.holgadirect.com/products/holga-canon-camera-slr-lens-hl-c

It looks like a lens, but it is only a pinhole.  I not noticed dust issues with it, but I do not shoot with it often.  Although it will mount on both crop and full-frame cameras, the vignetting on full-frame is too extreme.  It is best to only shoot a pinhole with a crop camera.

Here is a landscape shot I took with my Holga on my 60D:

Arlington Bridge, Washington, DC by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Although the shots are in color, I generally prefer to convert to black and white.  It's a liberating way to shoot because you do not rely on sharpness or technology.  Composition is the critical factor.

Here is an article on shooting with a Holga: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/essays/vanRiper/010706.htm
Pros use them too: http://www.jeff-friesen.com/Holga.html
A good resource: http://www.pinholepossibilities.com/artists-who-make-pinhole-photographs.html

Have fun!

Beautiful picture! Thanks for the reading. I only have FF, but my wife has a 600D. I will definitely look at the links you sent.



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