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Site Information / Re: Membership Approval Now Required
« on: May 10, 2013, 10:17:24 AM »
I appreciate being told about this. If I recommend this forum to someone, I can let them know in advance they have a gate to go through -- no big deal.

My hat's off to those of you dealing with the barrage of assaults by those who want to prey on the community here. Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Color Bombs Kill Cameras
« on: May 10, 2013, 10:07:30 AM »
I would stay as far away as possible. Cameras can be replaced easily, lungs can not.

One of my friends is big into spinning wool and uses Kool-Aid to dye the wool. That's right.... Kool-Aid.... the powder that people mix to make drinks for their children.... the same stuff that's approved for human consumption... It makes vibrant colors that will not wash out... just imagine what it does to your insides :(

Just because doing something is not banned (dousing crowds with fine powder) does not make it a good idea.

I don't see any LensRental policy on Kool-Aid, but a word to the wise...

If you mix Lime and Grape, it comes out like a chemistry experiment gone bad.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:31:05 PM »
Photography ethics?

Given the history of this genre that's almost oxymoronic.

The only real "ethics" I know in photography relate to serious photojournalism.

The most idealistic of street photographers will usually follow the photojournalistic ethics, but not all.

I think you probably owe it to the creatures you photographed to put them in the most visually pleasing context possible, so do what you will.

As for altering nature -- you alter nature with every breath you take! Human being ARE nature -- we are not somehow apart from it.

Portrait / Re: The official: Portrait Humor Thread....
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:03:59 AM »
Made me laugh -- officially!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Color Bombs Kill Cameras
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:07:49 PM »
Roger at LensRentals has posted a warning about the color bombs used at some running events:


He says they will consider damage done to rental equipment at such events as negligent use of equipment.

Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 02:17:04 PM »
I wondered how this thread ran up a high post count so fast - I was hoping for lots of images, instead it's just dilbert being a rude ass and the fallout from that.  How disappointing.  Dilbert, are you sure you know a good picture from a bad one?  It's a bit more subjective than knowing the difference between a camera and a lens, and since you have trouble comprehending the latter, I question your ability to judge the former.

But back to the topic at hand (sort of, not a full cityscape but at least a long exposure in SF)...

Well, you've succeeded in demonstrating what a good picture looks like. That's a great shot!!

Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:53:25 AM »
Anyone could have taken those photographs as there is nothing special about them.

Really constructive criticism(!)

If you want to make your photos stand out, there needs to be something special about them, be it style, composition, post, etc.

I suppose dawn/dusk/night photos that are long exposure is a phase that photographers go through.

So my advice is go take a bunch more long exposure night time photos and get it out of your system.

Perhaps true, but then civility is a phase most adult humans eventually grow into. Stay on the path, and eventually you get there.

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:41:49 AM »
Most folks seem unaware there is a model of the Swiss Army Knife that has a lens cap remover in it. There's a pincer device that folds out, slips down into the lens hood and pinches the cap off quicker than you can say Swiss Bank Account! I think the knife is the "Photographer" model -- less than $100.
Yes, but you need to check it in if you are flying... ;)

Not so -- a feature of that particular model is that it can only be seen by photographers. At least that's what I've heard. I don't have one myself.

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:40:23 PM »
Most folks seem unaware there is a model of the Swiss Army Knife that has a lens cap remover in it. There's a pincer device that folds out, slips down into the lens hood and pinches the cap off quicker than you can say Swiss Bank Account! I think the knife is the "Photographer" model -- less than $100.

The shots look good, man. Did you use the kit lens? This crowd would like to see some ISO 800,1600,3200, and 6400 shots with out noise reduction if you get the chance.

I'll join this crowd!


EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:27:54 AM »
Great passion!!

It can be frustrating when a company as good as Canon won't put out, so to speak!

What in the holy hell is Canon doing?  To many stupid cinema cams and lenses and idiotic mirrorless bodies and lenses?

They're already way, way late to the party and they're delaying again?

We need some low read-noise sensors, some high-pixel-count sensors (cropping is a big deal for me), and some new bodies.  The 5DIII is a great camera, but has high read noise.  The 7D is old, has the old 18MP sensor (not bad, but not outstanding either) and the new AF systems are better.

I want a 7DII with near-zero read noise sensor and a 5DIIIn with nothing new but the low read-noise technology in the fall!

Oh, and while we're at it, VIDEO CROP MODE!!!!  And expanded version with infinite steps and smooth zooming in any resolution would be really, really helpful!

Pricewatch Deals / Pancake for $80
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:27:32 AM »
Sale at the Canon refurb store now. The 40mm pancake lens is priced at $79.99, although out of stock at the moment.

Keep checking as things come back in stock in quirky fashion sometimes.

That's the lowest price I've ever seen for that lens.

I'm pretty sure that's why Sigma introduced the docking station for firmware upgrades.

Canon and Nikon may change their firmware in the future to try to shut third party lenses out of some features. By offering a docking station, major firmware upgrades can be added to the lenses at home. Sigma can release new firmware and, hopefully, stay one step ahead.

That's the rationale I used when I handed them $900 for the new 35mm f/1.4. I had never used a non-Canon lens, and I wasn't looking forward to owning a brick when Canon locked out third party lenses.

I also think the Canon users would scream too vehemently about such a move. Locking out some functionality on batteries is one thing, but lenses would not go down easily!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Outdoor portrait noob help
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:21:37 PM »
Similar to the one I just got from B&H a few weeks ago. They had it on sale for $30. Couldn't pass it up. Looking forward to taking it to the local farmers' market where the light and shadow can make for harsh contrasts.

This is the one I use.

PowerShot / Re: SX50 and Obama
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:18:49 PM »
Nice Obama pics. Looks just like him!!

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