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Lenses / Mid-Atlantic Macro Fest -- Cicadas!!
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:25:17 AM »
The 17-year Cicadas will be emerging this spring -- coming to a U.S. mid-Atlantic location near you!

If you're anywhere from Connecticut to Virginia, mount a macro next month and show us your bugs!!

Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:03:58 AM »
Good thread; thanks for starting it.

Overall, I don't take a forum like this seriously enough to get emotional one way or another. I suspect much of whatever conflict happens comes from people giving this more weight than it deserves.

I'm glad you mentioned the international aspect -- that's something I especially love. It gives me hope that maybe we humans actually do stand a chance of not blowing up the planet one day. Ordinary people talking to one another is far more useful than the grandstanding of heads of state. (And I still miss Brian and his banter with all of us. Hope he is well!)

One other thing I especially like is that it's not anonymous. The guy who runs this site is a real person with a family, and some of us know him to varying degrees. It's nice to know that anything we do here may contribute to the support of a genuinely nice guy. That's sort of a log-in-the-fireplace feeling to me, where many other forums/sites are cold and impersonal.

If this site went down, I'd REALLY miss it -- and I can't think of any other site I'd say that about.

Thanks for asking.

Self promotion?  One of the reasons I write blog posts is to encourage views to it yes that is true. Did I post here to encourage people to visit my site - yes I did.

Thanks. I'm glad you did.

I'm always looking for people worth reading -- especially when they have something useful to say about street photography.

Lenses / Re: canon 24L 1.4 ii lemon
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:44:35 PM »
I rented one for a week and had no focus issues on a T2i.

Primarily used it for a nighttime, indoor event where I needed a wider, faster lens than I own. Within the limitations of the T2i AF, it did fine and was consistent.

I did some fine detail stuff in a music shop where it also was good -- again, given the T2i AF limitations.

Also did some landscape stuff, but AF is not much of an issue there.

Being a rental from Lens Rental I knew the lens would not have any inherent problems.

Overall, I considered it Canon's wide answer to the 135mm F/2.0L

I'd use it again, but now that I'm using a 5D3, it can't compete pricewise with the new Sigma 35mm so I'm going in that direction.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« on: April 01, 2013, 08:18:36 PM »
As I always say when this question is posed....

EF 135mm f/2.0L

Hands down.

For me, that's the lens I go to when it absolutely has to be right. I know the lens won't let me down. Obviously, it's a focal length that can be used in every situation, but that's its only limitation. I'm hoping the new Sigma 35mm will be its counterpart on the wide end.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5d Mark III Shadow recovery
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:15:22 PM »
This looks like Salt Lake City.

This shot was taken while i was adjusting for correct exposure. The sky looked okay but the bottom half is obviously underexposed. I wanted to see how much i can push the shadows in post.  I increased the shadow recovery slider to +100 in camera raw keeping everything else unaltered. If i can do this in post then this is plenty of available DR in shadows for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:06:52 AM »
Jimi Hendrix will love this camera!

Rumor is they're planning a special Hendrix limited edition -- signed by Jimi himself.

It will be purple and focus will be a bit hazy.

Lenses / Re: New Canon L-lens: EF 16-600mm f2,8 L USM
« on: March 31, 2013, 10:17:27 PM »
This is REALLY annoying!!!!

Every rumor of this lens said it would be f/2.0. What the hell happened?

I'm sending a letter to my Japanese Senator!!!

This is truly one of the looniest things I've ever seen posted here.

The OP's premise is the equivalent of asking if the U.S. "space program" should really be called a space program at all.

After all, they've only put people on the moon, put robotic equipment on Mars, put a spacecraft on the borderline of interstellar space -- when are they going to do something you could really call a "space program"?

The Canon 1DX is the greatest 35mm equivalent camera ever produced.

This OP should be thoroughly checked out by a good tree surgeon.

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:27:42 PM »
I'd start by getting a girlfriend.

That's the last thing any photographer needs!!!

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:26:41 PM »
And those young graduates are damn glad to have the work!!!

Now if we could get all the "job creators" in the world to do this, we'd solve a lot of the unemployment problems. And Canon and Nikon would respond to such mass competition with vastly improved products.

Sounds like you've hit on a real win win solution!!

Thanks for the video, Mark. Interesting as I've been on two sides of that story -- photographer and editorial staff. It can seem very cold as editors sit and discuss the merits of publishing different images, especially ones so graphic and wrenching. It can feel so disconnected from the reality portrayed.

On the photographer side, it's really hard to bring a camera into that setting. For me, it's almost like going over a wall -- you just don't want to do it, but once you're over, it's about getting the shots and nothing else. The heartbreak for the folks comes later -- with the images. And I think if you don't feel that emotion, the pictures won't show it. Psychopaths don't make good photographers, I guess.

Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:04:20 PM »
What a treat!

I've seen so many people come here and ask about shooting a wedding. Pages and pages of advice are given, most of it good and worth reading -- all of it worth considering. Then, nothing. We never hear back. Don't know if the shoot was done, how it went, did anyone get killed!! So, thanks for being considerate of the folks who tried to be helpful.

Given your skill level I think you did as well as could be expected. The new family now has sufficient visual triggers to carry them back to their beginnings -- and flood the hearts with nostalgia. Can't ask for much more.

My self-critique is that I did not tell you the people in front of the camera in posed shots will reflect the person behind the camera. The best event shooters I've seen were always gregarious people persons -- or more likely had the ability to transform themselves into that at the event. They will smile if they know you're smiling!

If you're not burned out at this point, you may want to watch this video about shooting events:

How to Photograph Events and Make Money Doing It

That is akin to sniping.
Find yourself a good place to hide and wait?
Sorry mate, but this voyeurism, not street photography.
Having the balls to get up close and personal to take the shot in the first place is the whole point of street photography...


Probably could be better said.

I'm not a big fan of "sniping" or "voyeurism" but in the quoted context, they're inappropriate terms. Grieving people can be sensitive, and there is no good reason to appear to possibly disrespect their rituals.

As for what is or is not "street photography," there are as many definitions as there are people with cameras. Generally considered it can be characterized as candid photography of people in public places. Beyond that, it's all up for grabs. A father at disneyworld taking pictures of his kids engaged in horsing around with one another can legitimately be considered street photography. Bruce Gilden jams a camera and flash in someone's face on the street, captures a startled look, and it's considered street photography. It's all over the map, and we get in trouble trying to define it for others.

Finally, balls are not what it really takes to get "up close and personal" in street photography. The first requirement is a care for other people and a desire to validate their lives. We are not alone, or as Donne wrote, "no man is an island," and our connections with others is, I think, the most powerful driving force for good street photography. Like asking for a first date, our early efforts at photographing people we don't know may be nerve-jarring. If you do it for the right reasons, eventually it becomes comfortable -- perhaps like the familiarity of a marriage.

There is an iconic image of protest during the Vietnam war (maybe from Kent State) where a protester puts the stem of a flower into the bore of a soldier's rifle during a confrontation. Perphas it would be equally helpful for street photograpers to tape a flower on our cameras. At worse, it might increase the smile quotient.

Lenses / Re: USB Dock of Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:08:25 AM »
As I understood it, the dock is to update the lens firmware.

This is my understanding also.

For that reason, I'm a little concerned about buying their new 35mm f/1.4 right now. If the dock is not available to upgrade firmware in the lens, what happens to AF when Canon updates my 5D3 firmware?

Am I then hanging out there with a lens that can't be used? Is Sigma then providing lens update firmware that goes through my camera -- making my camera their lens dock?

If anyone has credible information about this, I'd like to hear it.


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