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Canon General / Should photographers hibernate?
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:53:40 AM »
I love taking pictures. I have only recently gotten a DSLR (about 3 years ago). But I have always loved taking pictures. My life is filled with frustration and boredom (work) but there is always photography.

But, obviously it's winter time here. Unfortunately I live in the southern US which means winter typically lacks beauty and just looks depressing. There is no pretty snow or ice to photograph here, everything is just dead. The maple tree in my front yard looks a bit like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree. The grass is dead, the trees are dead, the leaves on the ground are dead and rotting. Adding to that is the unseasonable warmth this year. The high yesterday was 69F.

Now, normally I would be all for getting outside and photographing some of these dead things. I think I could manage to pull something good out of the winter death. But there is another problem with winter: the sun. It's basically completely down by the time I get off work. So there is not much time to go on a walk. In fact by the time I drive to my house it's dark. Last week I did manage to get my EOS-3 out and shoot at a beautiful local university campus (they actually have winter grass so it's green). But I only had ISO400 film and it quickly got too dark.

So, I guess I'm just sitting here at work staring at my camera bag wondering what you guys do in the winter. I haven't had a photo session in a few weeks and I'm getting a little antsy I guess.

What are some tips? What do you shoot in the winter? Do you live in a place with a pretty winter or do you have to make do?

Should I just take a long nap until spring?

Street & City / London and Bristol England
« on: February 01, 2012, 05:11:54 PM »
I went to London and Bristol last summer with my 7D + 24-70mm f2.8
Had a great time and got some great shots.

EOS Bodies / EOS Body options for second camera/present
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:30:45 AM »
Ok, here's the deal. My fiancee has recently thought about dabbling in photography. So for a wedding present I was considering getting her a DSLR that could be her camera and maybe my second camera from time to time.
She expressed interest in shooting babies and children or being my second shooter at weddings.

So, I thought I'd get some recommendations. I'd like to get a DSLR body only and a fast prime. I don't have the money to get her an L-Series prime right now (though that would be ideal). But I'd like something that is good on a crop camera (50mm is too tight, IMO).

I've considered a 60D, a 50D or maybe a 5D Classic if I could find a good deal. I'm trying to spend less than $1000 if I can.

I currently shoot with a 7D gripped, 24-70mm f2.8L, 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and a few 430EX flashes.
I thought the advantage of the 60D would be that she could use a couple of wireless flashes too and flip screen could be useful.

It might not be a very weddingy present and she might prefer jewlery but I think shooting with her would be a blast.

Lenses / Lens Recommendation for Weddings.
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:18:10 AM »
Ok, I have my first wedding booking in October. Luckily I have some time to second shoot some with a few pros in the area. But I need some new glass for it. Suppose I can spend $1,500 ($2000 if I sell one of my current lenses). What would you recommend?

I have a:
7D Body
EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6. (I hate this lens.)
Tamron 60mm F2.0 Macro (great lens, slow AF)

Lenses I was considering:
EF 50mm 1.4
EF 24-105mm L f4
EF 24-70mm L f2.8
EF 85mm 1.8
EF 70-200mm f4 IS
Sigma 30mm 1.4

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