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A timely question, and an unpleasant one at that too, lol.  However I feel I evolve all the time, and like to have the opportunities this then would present me with. At the same time as I am not forced to buy a bunch of 600, espescially now that one can get 580's quite cheap (given their discontinued status).

Will this one do the trick?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 07:02:36 AM »
I think that...the best thing would be that if someone would make an adapter to allow canon lenses to be used on Nikon bodies, you would see a sales drop in Canon bodies.
Canon is taking waaay too long to get their proverbial $hit together.

It never takes long.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Emergency wedding, of sorts.
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:26:09 AM »
Like you've mentioned and like most people here say, try to be just a guest with a camera, and let someone else work :) However, I was in your shooes a year ago. A good friend of mine asked the same question (they hired a professional for the ceremony) and wanted to have me take the rest. I do paid jobs (portraits and stuff), but if I do something wrong (or the pictures turn out not as good as I want them, I always have the option of taking them again. Not so with a wedding...

Forget everything your friend says about you being a guest and that you should enjoy yourself. You will be so consumed in doing a good job for him that you will not hear a word in the speeches :)

I was so scared that I would not get this right, that when I gave them the pictures they received 1400 high resolution jpg's (all was shot in RAW), and I told them that they could pick 10 pictures that I would work on in lightroom and photoshop. The good thing is that according to them, my pictures were much better then the professional  (BTW. if they do get a professional after all, stay away from their working path...).

If you do this, the best advice I can offer is to follow the bride! She is your real constituent :) In addition to the required shots mentioned by others I would try make some context shots, like the food, flowers, the cake and such. People tend cherish these details.

Different countries have different customs. In Norway it is not uncommen for the bride and groom to hold a speech for each other. Some of my best shots that evening was them looking at each other (and the following laughter, crying ect) when they spoke to each other.

As for lighting I agree with the previous comments. Stay away from it, but there is one instance where you cannot avoid it - the waltz. I if I were you would make sure that the flash is in ETTL mode, and switch to the green button to let the camera do the whole job for you. That is a picture you will not feel comfortable screwing up, lol.

Good luck :)

Enclosing a shot I took of the food that night.

PS. I bought a 85 after that wedding as I saw that my 135 was too long (to many people who move between you and the subject) for many of the guest shots.

thank you guys for these links :)

Do you happen to know if if they can trigger each other in a long line? I have read that it has a reach of 30m, and what I have in mind for a special type of shot would require the possibility that the first one sets of the second which might be 30m further down, and maybe another 30m further down? (I have an idea of a portrait shot with a wide angle lens in a badly lit factory, where I would like to light a long way, to get a real sense of the depth).

Right now I have a 600 RT EX, a 580 ex II, and a 430 ex II and a ST - E2 to trigger them off. My dilemma is whether to sell my smaller flashes, and get several 600 plus the ST - E3, or if I should go for a pocket wisard solution for the flexibility?

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:11:23 AM »

Mist rolling in across Loch Leven at dawn. by Kernuak (, on Flickr

:) just saying that it would be cool to see it printed on steel :)

Beautiful composition and conversion

Tusen Takk.

Du er hjertelig velkommen :) Liker som tidligere sagt komposisjonen, og de tonale overgangene er fine. Nesten så det skulle vært printet ut på stålplate!

My Norwegian is a little rusty to reply in Norwegian, but it is important for me that I get the composition right. I don't always manage it, but I liked how this turned out after the panic trying to get a good vantage point without trees in the way. For me, a B&W has to have a full tonal range and I'm not happy if my conversion is high key, even if it works for other people. I'm yet to print this one, but a similar image with less mist works really well printed in colour, as the mountain on the right is bathed in the warm dawn sunlight, although that is slightly obscured by the mist in this one. I try to build my style on a combination of composition and light, whenever I can.
One day I would like to return to Oslo and photograph what I should have done while living there, but it was in the long period without doing any photography.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: January 26, 2013, 08:45:45 AM »

Mist rolling in across Loch Leven at dawn. by Kernuak (, on Flickr

Beautiful composition and conversion

Tusen Takk.

Du er hjertelig velkommen :) Liker som tidligere sagt komposisjonen, og de tonale overgangene er fine. Nesten så det skulle vært printet ut på stålplate!

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:54:50 AM »
Thank you :) The 1Dx is not mine,.... yet.. (only tried it with the 24-70 II and 70-200 II) back in june last year, so my experience with it is limited, and the 1D IV I have never tried, so i guess that the whole weekend will go to getting it in my hands and programming the short cuts. According to the digital picture, the 400 2.8L IS II is not bad with the 2xIII TC as far as IQ and AF is concerned.

I am thrilled about this, and I hope the eagles are there. The guy who runs this places food there for the wild animals, and he has seen them there every day he has been there this winter.

I am thinking that if the time is there, and I have secured some shots that I like, I would like to try the multiple exposure shot feature on the 1Dx, ... Could be cool :)

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:25:48 AM »
Upon reading FredMiramda on AF settings for the 1Dx it seems to me that case 4 is the best, coupled with a pre-set dedicated button to switch to case six? Also, is there a good place where I can read about the practical differences of tracking sensitivity!

In addition I have never tried the 1D iv, and wondered about a good introduction/explanation of its AF system?



Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:08:48 AM »
Eagles are big, and if you're close in the blind you may find that the DoF at 400mm f/2.8 or 560mm f/4 is actually too shallow.  There's no issue with diffraction on the 1D X up to f/11, I'd try the f/5.6 - f/8 range.

Thank you Neuro for your continious help and advice. I will stick to your advice. However if I feel that I have secured some good and sharp shots I will try to test different things out :)

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:06:59 AM »
Also forgot the aperture advice.  Avoid shooting wide open when possible.  The 400 II may work ok at 2.8 but usually a click or two down helps the sharpness quite a bit.  I would avoid f8 or higher due to diffraction.  Also try to keep your shutter speed at 1/1000 or faster for flight shots.  I actually try for 1/2000 or faster.  ISO noise is generally not a problem on the 1dx up to iso 3200 so would definately use that for flight shots and the 1d IV for statics where you can keep the ISO down to under 800.

Thank you for good tips, on both aperture/shutter/iso, and also for the considerations on teleconverters and lenses. I have to see what I can borrow, but when it comes to these really expensive lenses like the 400 I have to ask a good while in advance :) I do not have the 1.4 TC, but a friend of mine have it and I can certainly borrow it from him.

I am very thrilled about this and have been waiting for the season since I got the gift in May last year :)

I have actually not seen the interior of the hut, so I am not sure about the use of tri or monopod options, with or without a Gimbal... I better send them a mail.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:17:11 AM »
40D 70-200 f4 IS

What a beautiful picture! I love the sepiaish tone, the pose, the eyes and the subject-background.

Lenses / Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:14:56 AM »
As a gift from some of my friends for my 40th birthday last year, I have gotten a stay at Dalen Vilmarkssenter in Norway ( where I am staying a night in February (we leave early in the morning with a snow mobile before daylight, settle in the hut with precut holes for lenses) hopefully get to take pictures of eagles, and then return after daylight.

I have gotten word that I will be able to borrow two bodies (1Dx and 1D iv, and a 400 F2.8L II) and I am thinking to bring my own 70-200 2.8L II, and a 2xIII TC.

Thus a question arises...

Are there other lenses you would bring to be safe? In addition, what aperture would you choose as a rule of thumb? I am thinking F 5.6 or 8 (to include the environment), and maybe 2.8 for portraits (where the background is not important)?


needless to say, this is straight out of the camera, and no pp (except for cropping).

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