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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:31:43 AM »
Anyone want to buy my 16-35 II? :-)

I'll give you $500 cash for it today, Bob. No questions asked!!

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Here's an example of a 7-bracket shot with a 5D3:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/indymcduff/8258668732/#

If you have questions, Indy is a good teacher.

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Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:00:00 AM »
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Food photography is one of the most challenging forms. I've tried and never done well at it. I've talked with people who do it professionally, and the range of things that are done are startling.

One thing I surely agree with is RL's DOF comment. I see a lot of food pictures with narrow DOFs, and to me it looks awful to see the front of the food look great and the rest of a beautiful entree turn to unfocused mush. However, I think that may be a current style so it may be acceptable.

Just as an example (you can see a lighting setup) here's an interesting video of professionally photographing a burger:

Behind The Scenes McDonald's Burger Photo Shoot Small | Large




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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:23:36 PM »
The 16-35 definitely covers a wider range of focal lengths, which is useful for certain purposes, but the 14-24 is theoretically better in every aspect except for the focal length in the long-range. Here's the main question: would a photographer get the 14-24 for the wider focal length and better performance, or would a photographer get the 16-35 for the versatility in focal length? I'd definitely pick the 14-24. Any day. It just offers so much more!

I don't see the photojournalist crowd going 14-24. Everybody else (who can afford it), hell yes!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:34:00 PM »

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No 1Dx???

Or is that considered a 2011 camera since that's when they made the announcement?

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Source:  I am a senior optical engineer.

I am too!

I'm an old guy wearing glasses -- and every time I look closely at something it's an engineering exercise!


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Software & Accessories / Web-based Slide Show Creation & Hosting?
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:03:44 PM »

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I'm looking for suggestions, recommendations, information, etc. about creating a still pictures slide show that can be accessed on the Web. The only thing I've ever done related was a simple slide show with accompanying music using the standard Windows 7 media software, and I don't think there's a way to access that via Web.

The project is a "year in the life of a farmer's market." Most Saturday mornings this year I went to a local farm market and took pictures. I've got everything from tomato plants and spring peas in May to sweat-drenched shoppers/workers in August to Christmas wreaths carried by gloved hands n November. I've got 3000 images I'll have to cull down into the five to 10 minute range.

I'd like to put some music behind it, but I don't want to pay royalties for owned works. I understand there is public domain stuff around. Also, if possible, I'd like the ability to add my own voice-over.

This isn't being sold to anyone, and there's no commercial aspect involved. I'd just put it on the Web the same way I do with my photo site. My two hosting options, if they are options, are Smugmug where I have my photo galleries and Wordpress where I put my ravings and ranting into words.

If there's something free that can do this, I'd like to know. Failing that, I'm guessing there must be some sort of software that can be purchased -- economically, of course.

Thanks in advance!

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Portrait / Re: Portrait - Trying something new
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:18:49 AM »

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You run into some damn strange things doing weddings. I was on the street last weekend, and a giant limo pulled up and an entire bridal party got out. She apparently wanted to talk with a Santa who was on the corner waving at cars!


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Portrait / Re: Portrait - Trying something new
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:45:29 PM »

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Personally, I like this better:


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Portrait / Re: Portrait - Trying something new
« on: December 08, 2012, 10:58:05 AM »

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Thanks, Bob. You read my mind!

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Portrait / Re: Portrait - Trying something new
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:19:59 AM »

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Three things I would try:

1. First, make his red tie or whatever that is more prominent. Bump up saturation, luminosity, etc.

2. Most of the roof is dead space. I'd pull the crop down to just above the second horizontal line above the window. That leaves the defining eaves yet makes the subjects more prominent.

3. Try cropping the bottom so the train slightly bleeds out the bottom -- as blood would do, so to speak. She may be in love with the train and want every square inch in the frame, but I think bleeding it off makes a more compelling shot given the whole point of the picture.

Thanks!

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Contests / Re: CR Christmas?
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:52:13 PM »

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Congratulations, Rat!!

Yours is the correct answer. And there is always room for a good mystery!!

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Contests / Re: CR Christmas?
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:08:24 PM »

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Tuesday, December 15, 2012 is the 25th? How can that be?

There IS a reason I have asked the original question.

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Contests / CR Christmas?
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:48:28 AM »
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When is Tuesday, December 15, 2012?

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 07:54:17 PM »
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