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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D- An amateur's review
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:34:10 PM »
Thanks for your review.  I also moved from the T3i to the 6D and am very happy!

I have heard how much better the 5DIII is but I could not justify spending the extra $1K for what I would get, especially since I am not making money with it now.  After reading Justin Abbotts review I decided that the 6D was the better option for me.

I found that ISO 800 was the limit in the T3i, but use 3200 in the 6D with good photos.  I shot an event without flash and posted it at [url]]] [url] [/url] for examples of what the 6D can do in low light.

The autofocus is one area that folks have complained about.  I am used to setting on one-shot and using the center point and recomposing on the T3i.  On the 6D I find that rather than holding the focus it will refocus.  I have gotten used to using the other points.  Since I am primarily landscape/architecture this has not been a problem.  I have taken good shots of go-cart racing in bright sunlight, but had to frame wide and crop.

I agree with the image quality.  The amount of detail moving from the APS-C to full frame sensor is amazing.   I also notice that I get much more flexibility in cropping.

The 6D is not the 5DIII. If you are not taking indoor sports then it is a better value.
I'd suggest trying back button focusing on the 6D.  That way you can just hold the button down while you re-compose and not deal with re-focusing issues.  Once I switched, I've been hooked.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 07:42:58 PM »
Love those ospreys, CTJohn!  How close was the nest and situated where?

It's a spot at the lower end of the Everglades, near the Flamingo visitor center.  There's a nest near the boat landing where you can get about 20 feet away.  The ospreys seem to be oblivious to visitors.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 06:50:47 PM »
Everglades Ospreys
7D, EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L

Another knock on subscription models is how the seller can slow the upgrade schedule over time.  How many think Sports Illustrated is a shadow of it's past?  Updates to software can start coming just a little bit slower each time, enhancements just a little bit slower, and revenues don't decline.  What do you think Canon's new product rollout schedule would look like if we just rented cameras from them on a perpetual basis?

After PURCHASING the Lightroom 5 update from Lightroom 4 a few months ago, I have no idea what to do now.  In some way, this makes me trust Adobe even less.

I really don't feel like now renting what I've already bought, since it's 80-90% of the work I do (between Lightroom and Photoshop.)  I have Photoshop CS5 on my computer.  If they weren't floundering so much trying to retrofit a strategy, I'd feel more comfortable committing to this.

Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:24:18 AM »
A strong vote for MPix. I've never had a problem with them. Sadly, I can't say the same for Adorama.

About a year or so ago, they were running a special and I had a lot of 12 x18 prints to make, so I sent a batch to Adorama that I had previously had printed at MPix. Thought I would save some money. Big mistake.

They weren't terrible, but the colors were much more dull and and just not quite right.

With MPix I never have to do anything to the files other than upload them and pick the sizes and crops. Even if I am sending something where I've done some extensive effects (With some subjects I like very muted colors and will blend grayscale and color layers to get the effect I want. Other times I may need very vibrant almost garish colors. I'm also a heavy user of OnOne and Nik.)

It always seems that MPix knows exactly what I'm looking for and prints it perfectly. (Without any special instruction). In fact, even when I've sent the same file back to them because I needed more prints or needed different sizes, the prints come back almost perfectly matched to what I have ordered in the past.
I agree regarding MPIX.  My only complaint is that I have a real hard time matching brightness from my monitor to a print.  I use a Spyder 3 to calibrate colors, and I have brightness in my monitor turned down to 20%.  Invariably I need to print, up the brightness/contrast, print, and possibly up the brightness again before I'm ready to print an enlargement.  It's not an MPIX problem, but my frustration with the whole digital printing process.

I've recently tried Nations and think they're very comparable to MPIX....both get my recommendation.

Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:12:47 AM »

"The only thing I haven't got in place is off site backup and I'm working towards that at my workshop."

I lost the cr2 when my pc crashed so i only have the jpg on flickr.

I have used Carbonite as my sole back-up for the last 2 years. Works out very well at a low cost per year and it's all automatic, once set-up you don't have to do anything. It's already paid for itself when my PC crashed last year and all of my files, including 5,000+ pictures were safe and sound.

My only complaint about Carbonite is how long it takes to upload a week's worth of photos...actually more of a complaint about my internet connection, I guess.  It's a very cheap and easy insurance policy.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:07:17 AM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.
Lovely shots.  Excellent focus on the birds!  What were your settings?

Thanks CT John. All were handheld and using only ambient light while I stood on a ladder next to the tree (honey bees buzzing all around the flowering tree).
All were AE priority, f/5.6, 400mm (all heavily cropped and some PP in DPP), auto WB, auto ISO ( 1st 2 were 640 and last 2 were 320 ISO), spot AF one shot, TV was 1/400s for #2 and rest were 1/320s.

If you click on the photo, it takes you to my Flickr. There at the bottom on the extreme right lower side is 3 little dots together. If you click on the 3 dots, a menu pops up and the bottom item is "show EXIF data". Click on that and it lists all the EXIF.

I like your Kauai wild fowl photo. They are so colorful.
Thanks for the details.  I looked through your Flickr account and love your flower images as well.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:12:13 PM »
One of the incredibly numerous wild fowl of Kauai.

6D, EF 24-105L.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:06:09 PM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.
Lovely shots.  Excellent focus on the birds!  What were your settings?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:48:27 AM »
Could pink be next?
Could be a tie in with NFL breast cancer awareness uniforms?

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:52:39 AM »
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
7D, 24-105L

Landscape / Re: Flowers
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:50:44 AM »
Lilies shot yesterday indoors, 9 images focus stacked.

6D, EF 100 f/2.8L lens, softbox with 430EXII

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:21:36 PM »
Ender's State Park - Connecticut.  Lovely falls with variable water flow throughout the year.

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: October 26, 2013, 04:22:14 PM »
10 images, focus stacked.
6D, 100L Macro
that is a really nice image, i am going to have to read some tutorials on focus stacking.
Here's a good start...

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