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Messages - Andy_Hodapp

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 27, 2013, 09:20:24 PM »
Consumer DSLR sales will never die because the professional market will never change all the way over to mirrorless.  Consumers just want to look professional.  The average consumer is an idiot, they will buy a DSLR because that's what the pros use, they will never take off the kit lens and keep the camera in auto, then upload the photos they take to facebook where the compression will make all cameras look pretty much the same.

Sports / Re: First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:17:07 AM »
Took some of the advice you guys gave me and used it for photographing a cross country meet for my high schools news magazine.

Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:26:42 PM »
Thank you! If anything goes wrong, I'm blaming you!

Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Mavericks
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:20:50 PM »
Does anyone know if Lightroom 4 and cs6 work?

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:26:03 PM »
Sunset from my house last night

Sports / Re: First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:06:58 PM »
Pretty good coming into this for the first time.  Did you happen to find these videos, courtesy of Skateboarding Magazine?

How To: Composition - Skateboarding Photographer Michael Burnett - In Focus (Part 1 of 2)

Looks like you need nerves of steel and backup gear for some of these shots...

No, I didn't have any time to research anything about skateboard photography beforehand. 

Sports / First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:11:44 AM »
A local magazine that I often shoot for asked me to photograph this kid who skateboarded.  I'm not very big into sports photography and was looking for some critiquing of my work.  I was shooting with a Canon 5D MKII and a 17-40mm and 50mm 1.8.  I tried to get as close to the guy as possible shooting as wide as possible to get some cool distortion.  Was going to use a flash setup up but the sun overpowered my single Yongnuo YN-560 II.  I was shooting at f/11 at about 1/800th at iso 800 because I really wanted to freeze the action and the autofocus system on the 5D needs as much leeway for depth of field.  I would love some feedback if possible and maybe some advice as I would really like to photograph more skateboarders as I find it very interesting. 

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:23:54 PM »
It is definitely a love hate relationship with my 17-40.  I've taken some great shots with it, but nothing to impressive once I stepped up to the 5d mkii from a T1i.  Corners are terrible on ff which I fear might be a result of a tripod failure and some volcanic rock.  Most of my work is in landscape photography and recently I've been going for my 50mm, 105mm and 200mm for landscape because of the sharpness, creating massive panoramas with them.  I've been thinking about upgrading to the Tokina 16-28mm but filters are pretty important to me, without the filter on my 17-40, the fall it had would have made it a complete write off.  Here are some of my favorite shots with the lens.

Hot air balloon ride

Beartooth Highway

My old Scout

Grain elevator

Tiny world of my house

And finally the shot right before I almost lost my 5d mkii and 17-40 to the ocean

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 17, 2013, 02:36:02 PM »
My recent vacation to the Black Hills...unfortunately, it was a hazy and overcast sky most of my time there.

I think we were there at the same time.  My photo has very similar colors to yours.

Lenses / Re: What's wrong with cheap ND filters?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:56:54 PM »

This is what I have gotten from my Neewer ND fader on my 50mm 1.8 II, I'm pretty impressed with it

During the summer, my career as a photographer blossomed.  I'm seventeen years old, shot two magazine covers, sold some very large (over six feet) prints, had one of my photos go viral and photographed a wedding.  In all I earned a couple of grand but most of that I would like to put into savings for during and after college.  I shoot on a Canon 5D MKII and do a lot of landscapes.  For my landscape lens, I use a 17-40mm F/4 L and sometimes my 50mm, 105mm and 200mm for high quality panoramas.  I haven't been using my 17-40 very much do to the fact it is extremely soft and has huge amounts of CA in the corners.  Below I will include a shot from the middle edge at F/8.  I have been considering upgrading to a new lens as most of my work is landscapes and my 17-40 is most definitely my weakest lens with a slow aperture and soft corners even stopped way down.  I need a lens that is sharp through out the image stopped down, I'm fine with soft edges wide open, I'm not shooting landscapes at F/4 and would not be shooting them at F/2.8.  I would like there to be as little amount of coma as possible so that I could use the lens for astrophotography instead of my 50mm 1.8. 
Canon only really has the 16-35mm which is very expensive and sounds like it is not much sharper then the 17-40mm in the corners.  Tokina's 16-28 sounds like a great lens for a great price but i would like to hear what others think of it.  I have heard that Tokina doesn't have the best quality control. 


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:42:12 PM »
While everyone else was getting shots of the heads at MT Rushmore, I thought the natural beauty was much more pretty.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M or T3i which one?
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:43:10 AM »
You should think about what you are using it for.  The M would be an amazing camera to bring with you on hikes with a lightweight tripod.  If you have time to think and compose and manually focus on your shots, then I would think the M would be a better camera as it would allow you to use more lenses and is much smaller.  If you are more of an on the move kind of shooter, then the T3i would be better suited with its faster autofocusing and viewfinder.  For me, if I was to get a backup for my 5D MKii, I would get an EOS M because I like to take my time shooting and I am normally on a tripod.  The great number of lenses that can be adapted would open a whole new world.  Again this is just me.  Also I would consider maybe going for something other then the two Canon cameras, the micro 4/3 system has some great cameras that are very affordable and I believe have fast af.   

Macro / Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:11:02 AM »
I would really recommend getting a flash for your camera when doing macro photography.  I just got back into doing macro work and recently bought a new flash, my old one broke.  The difference is crazy.  Here are some of the shots I've gotten with my 5D MKII, Sigma 105mm EX DG Macro and Yongnuo YN-560 II

As someone who started out with a 500D, I would totally recommend it.  Quality is good enough that I was able to start selling my own prints with it.  5Dc was a camera I was looking to get as an upgrade to my 500D, but when the 5d MKII went to $1500 new, I had to go for it.  I've played with a 5Dc and while it has great quality, it is definitely the most difficult camera to use of the three.  Video isn't great on the 500D but with magic lantern it is much better, good enough for my videography class.  I wouldn't worry about durability of the camera.  I used mine professionally for 2 years without any fault. 

Here are some shots I got with the camera

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