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Thanks, Dustin. Looks helpful.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:30:59 PM »
I picked up this one in Thailand last month:

I'm pretty sure I've seen this pose in several stereotypical photographer position lists.  I was excited to get one of my own.

Bayonet mounted!! Must be a volatile dangerous and violent place!

South Jersey, now. Philadelphia, PA metro area.

Although, like an old song, I've been everywhere, man.

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Tall Ships Festival, Greenwich 2014
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:58:51 PM »
Tall ships may be coming into Philadelphia next summer. I'm looking forward to it.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:50:16 PM »
South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA a couple of years ago.

I saw him from the sidewalk, first shot. Then I went out into the street, second shot. Then I got discovered, third shot.

Don't sell any organs, wait for Sigma's 85mm Art... :)

I've been waiting...and waiting...and waiting....

My organs are wearing out while I'm waiting.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:24:11 PM »
Sorry, B, couldn't resist. My friends in the community are the best folks I know!!

Glad to see you got that lens, by the way!! I'm still on the fence since I have the 35 -- don't know if it can make that much difference.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:06:40 PM »
Damn, if it was f/1.2 you'd never have known it was the big book!

I picked one up, too, and NOW am having another sent to me   :'( :' :( :'(, as the AF is definitely off on the first one. I have a Sigma dock and software, which greatly improved the situation, but the adjustments were kind of extreme, so I thought that I would try another lens.
My thinking is that $950 for a 50mm should perform better out of the box.  :-X
I had a GREAT copy of the original Sigma 50mm (apparently I am the only one LOL!), which I sold to a friend to buy this new version.. But I may live to regret it!
So far I will say one thing...DAMN is this sucker sharp at f/1.4!!!!!!!
This kind of sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.
I attached a hand-held test shot at f/1.4 using AF after adjusting on the Sigma Dock and focusing on the word Lubitel.
I can clearly see that my camera needs a little dusting!!!! LOL!

Doesn't Sony introduce a new camera every day?

Post Processing / Re: B&W Process
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:16:36 PM »
Better. Seems the more I work with the Silver Efex the better I do. This one took many, many control points to change different areas. Never did manage to cover up the blown out part of his forehead. But the B & W is still superior to the color version.

Pricewatch Deals / Photoshop World Specials @ B&H
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:33:53 PM »
Got an email from B&H today with a bunch of price specials on a wide variety of things. Some good deals. I did some shopping.

I don't see any link on the B&H site. Guess if you're a customer you got the email.

A few thoughts. Advice, for what it's worth...

1. Calm down. This is just taking some pictures the organization may or may not use. No lives depend on this. You, and this thread in general, sound like a teenage girl going on a first date!

2. Spend the first 30 minutes to an hour simply looking. Walk around, look, visualize possible images and THINK how to best make them happen. The day is long. (But don't lose good light if you have it.)

3. Limit the number of shots you take -- I'd say don't take more than 200 all day. If they are well thought out and well executed, you'll save yourself a lot of time in post process. You do not have to shoot pictures of everyone there or of everything that happens. They seemed to have asked for a representational sample that will show what the event looked like. No one will look at more than a couple dozen pictures of the event, no matter how invested or interested. I wouldn't give them more than 50 finished pictures, at most.

4. Review expectations with the person who has asked for these pictures. Tell them exactly what you plan to do and ask for confirmation that it will meet their expectations. Then repeat this process again. (One thing John McPhee taught me about interviewing people was that you keep asking the same question until you keep getting the same answer over and over again.) If there is something specific on the day's agenda they want pictures of, make sure you know when it's happening, where, who's who (and important), etc. The pictures they want don't happen by magic -- they happen by people telling you exactly what pictures they want.

5. Enjoy yourself. Stop shooting for a few minutes every now and again and just be part of what's happening. Watch how the kids are having fun and take pleasure in that.

6. No one has yet mentioned a monopod -- might be very useful for indoor shots, and they're easy to carry.

7. Do the usual event coverage stuff -- look for places where you can get high (balconies, overlooks, stairs, etc.). Make sure you know where the light is coming from outside and maneuver shots accordingly. Find one place where a specific lens will get a unique shot (wide angle, for instance). Look for the unusual shot no one has ever taken at this place. You may want to use the monopod as a pole to get a bit of pole-camera aspect.

8. Don't be afraid to set shots up; this isn't journalism. You can put people where you want them around areas of interest, then coax them to act natural and interact if possible. Find the photogenic people who like being in front of the camera.

Again, enjoy yourself. Relax. They didn't expect to have a photographer to begin with!

Canon General / Re: Another Northrup - Canon vs. Nikon
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:35:40 AM »
I've stopped watching his stuff. He's been on my poopy list a while now.

I think he's going through a mid-life crisis or maybe he's gotten into recreational chemistry.

Reviews / Re: Consumer Reports: Canon G1X MK2 Best Ever
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:32:22 AM »
Speaking of speakers, so to speak...

Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) lost a major case in the U.S. Supreme Court when sued by Bose. The speaker manufacturer didn't care for the review and showed CR to be full of shirt.

In case no one is interested....,_Inc.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:55:24 PM »

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