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Landscape / Re: Sandy -- Ocean Grove, NJ
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:34:03 PM »

Oh, and Bob says the pier is no longer there!!

Landscape / Sandy -- Ocean Grove, NJ
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:26:29 PM »

Amazing image from one of the finest photographers I know:


The pier at Ocean Grove, NJ during the storm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Perfectly Clear?
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:16:22 PM »

Thanks, Spokane. That's about what I would have guessed, but I figured it was worth asking about.

For me, I think, I'd just be reluctant to give up that much control over the image. I'm slow, but I end up with what I really want.

if it worked or was any good it would be talked about all over the forums etc... if they need to come to you then i suspect it isn't.....
Since the question was asked, it seemed appropriate for them to post a helpful note.  Its not like they were spamming the forum.
I think I had tried it a few years ago.  For a P&S user, or a first cut at processing 1000 images, it might save some time, but, I'd still spend about the same amount of time fixing images in any event.

Lenses / Re: Smart purchase or not?
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:59:15 AM »

I looked at all my lenses; none of them have triggers. This may be something the current owner added himself. I'd be careful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:45:26 AM »

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Thanks for sharing - just goes to show, the gear helps but in the end it's the ingenuity of the photographer that tells the story.

Yeah, that a a few thousand dollars to rent a helicopter!

EOS-M / Re: My First EOS-M Review
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »

Thanks, Wickid. Comprehensive review from the real world -- and far better than we'll ever see from paid reviewers.

I looked this morning at sample images on dpreview. The real shortcoming seems to be in anything resembling a landscape picture. They had a few low-light, high-ISO pics that are better than what I would have expected. Overall, I was favorably impressed.

This confirms my first belief -- it's Canon's first evolutionary step in this direction. Slow, small, but sure footed.

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:49:15 AM »

Now it is revealed. Canon desperation for new profit centers!

I expect official Canon T-shirts next, pinch neck design, of course.

Seriously, thanks, at long last! The rim pinch things were so primitive and ineffective I was ashamed to be seen with them!

[I'm surprised no one has suggested that Nikon owned the patent on this -- and it has now expired!]

Portrait / Re: Political Portraits - Warts and All
« on: November 03, 2012, 10:52:19 PM »

When you're as good at photography as Pelosi is at government, I'll pay attention to your work. At this point, you've got a long way to go.

Software & Accessories / Perfectly Clear?
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:12:44 PM »

I just got an email solicitation for a plugin called "Perfectly Clear." Has anyone used this? Any experience?

They say it will instantly make a whole range of corrections -- thereby saving lots of time.


Curious to know if anyone has any experience with this.



Wow -- LOVE that Brooklyn Bridge image!

Thanks. I was hoping someone would post some storm pics here. I'm not going out -- unless the eye passes directly over here -- and it might. I'll know in the next 90 minutes!

How did things go? :o Kinda concerned that this was your last post...

Sorry, didn't mean to cause a fright!

Mostly it was pretty quiet -- virtually no wind, very little rain. Wind picked up once it passed. Most interesting part was monitoring barometric pressure -- lowest ever recorded in this area, by a wide margin! I took my weather kit outside and got a 28.14 reading. Amazing graph:

Thanks. I was hoping someone would post some storm pics here. I'm not going out -- unless the eye passes directly over here -- and it might. I'll know in the next 90 minutes!

Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 27, 2012, 04:18:14 PM »

i wil not and cannot ever pay 2150 euros (2800 dollar) for a 70-200 2,8 IS as i only have a income of 915 euros a month...
so no matter how much i like all canon gear they are just stupidly expencive.

You could live in a cardboard box for a couple of months and do some dumpster diving to eat. And there you go, just like that and you've got your new lens!

Or, are you not willing to suffer for your art?

Canon General / Re: Would you rather . . .
« on: October 26, 2012, 11:20:08 PM »

I guess in the crudest vernacular, I really don't give a rat's....

These days I take pictures for me alone. I don't care especially if anyone sees them or likes them or doesn't like them. I have passed many a pleasant evening looking at pictures I've taken. For me, that's enough. As I wrote on a Web log page where I have a few images:

"As photographers go, I’m not a great one and never will be. I have a solid grounding in the technologies and the art, but greatness is not in me. My pictures, in my opinion, are utilitarian and technically competent renditions of time standing still. If I can capture some small irony or an emotion or a good contradiction, that’s great, but it’s not always there. I guess my general goal is evidence of things not seen."

I don't get paid much, but my client does like my work!

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