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Landscape / Re: friendly reminder!!! Supermoon tomorrow!!!
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:04:25 PM »
Not a 'supermoon'....but a 5 second shot of the ISS passing almost directly between my location and Saturn.  Had I been up the road a mile in mosquito country, it would have done just that, but Saturn would not have shown on the shot.

As an aside, I'm an amateur astronomer/astrophotographer and like many of my compadres, I don't care for the term 'supermoon'.  Visually, it looks like every other full moon you'll ever see (except an eclipse).

Lenses / Re: Lens Review Request: Canon 400mm f2.8 IS II
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:34:54 PM »
It's big.  It's white.  IQ is amazing.  IS is fantastic.  Great for sports, astro, whatever.  BTW, the one you bought me front focused a bit.....please send another :P

Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:17:47 PM »
My copy front focused.  Sent it back, bought the Tamron version.  Bit more CA and an absolute bitch to find filters for.

I have that same Sigma and a 300/4L; I wouldn't hesitate to buy the lens at that price if it's sound.

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 04:27:31 PM »
Bring the family and have fun.  Keep copyright.  Bring the fisheye.  Post some photos.

Lenses / Re: Alaskan Cruise - 70-300L/Crop Sensor?
« on: June 20, 2013, 05:37:09 PM »
It's been 6 years since I was there, my only regret is I didn't bring a wider lens, I could have used it and a CPL on the beach in Haines.  200mm was fine; as a previous poster said, if 200 won't cut it, 300 won't be much better.  I would recommend the 11-16 and polarizer, you'll really want to knock down the sky brightness with the polarizer sometimes, at least a graduated ND would be useful.  I live on the Florida coast, so I was truly impressed with the expansive, mountainous views on Lynn Canal.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:28:45 AM »
....... I had too much light pollution from Margaret River (WA) Town nearby.

That's a very manageable level of light pollution and easily processed out, based on the amount of detail visible in the Milky Way.  I visited Perth/Fremantle >30 years ago, I'll never forget the night skies. 

A couple of quick processing tutorials I put together for my astronomy club friends, specifically for dealing with moderate amounts of light pollution.  First one is for Photoshop, second for GIMP.


FWIW - I stopped into my local Best Buy for some other items and was looking at the cameras.  The young lady in that department didn't even try to make a sale, she simply told me to wait for some expected sale pricing around the July 4th holiday.  I guess we'll see.

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:19:16 AM »

Your camera is not stuck in Av mode, you are (I mean that in a friendly way  :D  Trying to stay with Av while using flash is like using cruise control on the race track, it's too limiting even though it is useful in some situations)  Manual mode is your friend.

1.  Go to the strobist blog  (it's free)

2.  Start with Lighting 101 Archive, get a feel for the basics, then bounce around and read up on some of the more advanced techniques to whet your appetite

3.  Smile as you discover the answers to many of your questions and begin to take your flash photography to the next level

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:16:39 PM »
Among other sources, a good one for learning flash technique is    http://strobist(dot)blogspot(dot)com/

$ 0.10 Canadian Tire money....I'd almost forgotten I had some.  Souvenir of a drive from Chicken, AK, ferry to Dawson City and then down to Whitehorse.  A wonderful time for me after living in the Florida panhandle for 20 years.

Lighting / Re: Battery Mystery
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:29:31 AM »
It was just luck of the draw, you got a defective battery, don't over analyze it.  I've gradually replaced all of my batteries with Eneloops, bought in bulk via Amazon.  Very pleased with them.

Canon General / Re: Newspaper Dumps Photographers, Wants Video
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:55:31 PM »
Can't remember the last time I bought a newspaper.  I get my news (including local) on a tablet, phone or computer.  I don't see newspapers being much more than a niche in a short time, not much of a future for Jimmy Olsen.  Collateral damage in a changing world.

For visual use it may work with your C6 but you might want to consider something better suited for your application.  AP is definitely out of the question.  What is the weight of the largest EP you will be using with the C6?

It's just for visual.  At the same time I have a 60D and C8 on a CG5 shooting fuzzies and galaxies.  I put a 40mm or 25mm in the C6 for folks that want to see the moon or Saturn or whatever.  If it's a very clear night I'll put a 4inch f/5 refractor on there instead.  I was using a Mini-Hitch but sold it and bought the Acratech GP, which is more useful for non-astro photography.  Public stargazes are about the only time the C6 comes out, it was a package deal with the CG5 but otherwise, although it's a fine scope, I just don't have a tremendous amount of use for it.  The small refractor works quite well, I'll probably end up sticking with that and sell the C6.

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