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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot for the Thumbnail
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:04:02 PM »
I don't mean this as a duh!, but I suspect this is not different than it's always been. The evolution of the human eye/brain connections will surely take more than the 10 years or so we have generally been commonly viewing images on computer screens.

Sophie Carr's of the Northern Lights are the best I've seen of that phenomenon.

And Eldar, I'm glad to see you now have that lens -- I expect great images from you!!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Anything Shot with a G1X Mark II
« on: June 04, 2014, 12:32:07 PM »
Thanks for showing the great images.

There's a lot I don't like about that camera (from what I've read since I've never actually seen one), but I'm always interested in seeing how a camera actually performs for everyday folks.

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 12:27:07 PM »
When this one goes out, there should be some kind of monument erected in the annals of photo equipment. Truly historic camera.

Also the 5D2.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:37:53 PM »
I was wondering where he got the toe... thanks for answering the query.
No more soft copies for me anymore... sweet!

You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish.

Third Party Manufacturers / This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:41:47 PM »
Must be tough selling a used Tokina in New York...


For all you folks who get "bad copies" of lenses, here's how this guy dealt with that issue:

"SHARP-ASS COPY. YOU THINK A HUSTLER LIKE ME IS GOING TO SIT BACK AND GET BURNED? Ordered one from Amazon and it was soft, sent that S___ back along with a toe so they knew I meant business - Big Lebowski style. GOT the sharpest copy in their warehouse."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:40:09 PM »
I think I'll get out of photography and get in the fracking game.

In a year or two I'll be able to buy Canon and have them make whatever I like.

Technical Support / Re: Multi-controller joystick 5D MKIII jumped off
« on: June 02, 2014, 05:48:13 PM »
I think it's pretty mickey mouse for an expensive camera. Mine has always had response problems. I guess next it falls off.

I certainly read doubts about the AF, especially off the center point. 

However, the effusive praise, perhaps well deserved, won't light a fire under Sigma to address the AF problems.

I agree. If I book a room at the Waldorf or Ritz-Carlton, there's the off-chance the room phone won't work. That's why I always stay at Motel 6. I've never had a problem with the phones there.

Let's hope this is the future -- and lots more lenses from all makers start getting 90+ ratings!

Photography Technique / Re: Stained Glass, Suggestions?
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:28:00 PM »
Thanks for the ideas so far. My first call was to the artist -- while I don't know him personally, I knew his father well as he was a county historian and lived in the same town where I grew up. I did a long interview with him a few years ago. Here's the artist site:


I'm talking with him especially about what other photographers are doing with his work. He has quite a few installations all over New Jersey.

Photography Technique / Stained Glass, Suggestions?
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:43:37 PM »
I'm in the planning stage of a project documenting some work of a stained glass artist. He recently did an architectural installation at a local transit center. I stumbled upon it one morning and was amazed at the quality of the work as well as the thought that went into the placements. Here's an example:

This is obviously going to involve shooting at various times, day and night, since the light is what influences the glass. Many of the panes have writing on them, so they're meant to be viewed from inside the transit center. Yet there is also a strong outside appearance both day and night.

I have lots of ideas, but I'm hoping some folks here can suggest things I haven't thought about. I'll be using a 5D3, mostly with the Sigma 35mm A lens. I'll also be doing some with a Fuji X100S, also a 35mm fixed lens.


EOS Bodies / Re: Cine Gear Expo 2014 in Los Angeles
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:58:48 PM »
Have a nice trip.

While you and Canon pursue the future in video form, I'll stay here quietly practicing the dying art of still photography.

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:00:50 PM »
Dan, your train image reminds me of one I did on a train last year...

"Everything new is new again" sounds to me like, "Same S___, different day."

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