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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:58:44 AM »
The copyright thing is kind of a big misconception.  Anything created by anyone is technically copyrighted, but that doesn't mean much.  Having raw files or design files is the only way you can prove it's yours, and even then, good luck doing something about the stolen image unless it was stolen by a company in your country and used for gain, or posted on a legitimate website that will take it down once you can prove it's yours... and in both of those situations, having the copyright doesn't legally do anything or help you.  The only time adding a legal mark will help you is if you've paid to register something with a trademark.
I agree with your general statement. I have a good friend who is an IP/Patent attorney and he said its a friggen nightmare and that my best bet, is to put MY name with the year on my images. Then of course have a copy of the RAW files and that's about the best you can do without going whole hog like corporations and full businesses do. Hence the "poor-man's copyright" comment. Its kinda like the old idea of coming up with a concept, writing it all down and snail-mailing it to yourself in a sealed envelope that you'd only ever open in front of a judge with the US Post Mark date on the front. /shrug

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:14:24 PM »
Some really nice shots posted. Here is my latest one from the Trinidad, California coast. 5D3 + 24-70L Mk1

The Ascent by sleepnever, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 04:57:46 PM »
Mine is simple and to the point. Tells you who I am and is a poor man's copyright at the same time. Sometimes you can see it within the image more than other times. I've considered making it a little more transparent, but whatever.
Not so visible...

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Highly visible

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Portrait / Re: Few Weddings over last 12 months.. C&C Welcome :)
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:06:23 AM »
Really nice shots and good editing.
My only nit picks are in #1003, the guy on the left looks like he's grabbing at his crotch (which may have been an easier fix than others given you were posing them) and #1007 where the brick wall has those wires. I realize you can't do much, but maybe the power of Photoshop could remove them.

Great captures over the water! Here are mine from the neighbors' fireworks.

Flag Burst by sleepnever, on Flickr

Laser Burst by sleepnever, on Flickr

Feather Burst by sleepnever, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:03:07 AM »
Wow, quick turnaround from beta to final. Hope the bugs are fixed (adjustment brush being the most annoying to me)
Hmm, thats what I thought too. I'll wait. I'm not dying to upgrade right this second.

Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:07:59 PM »
Beautiful shots OP. Very nicely done.

Macro / Re: Tulips
« on: May 02, 2013, 07:40:53 PM »
Nice, I like the last one the best as it has some texture. Red is brutal on the camera sensor, especially on bright days.
Sharing 2 of mine that I took last weekend at the annual tulip festival near me. The weather was overcast/cloudy/rainy and shot using my 5D3 + 100L Macro (love this lens).

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Look fairly nice. One thing I would overly stress, is lay off on the HDR and oversaturation. I've been to too many houses that looked amazing in the photos, only to end up at an absolute sh--thole of a house, yard, etc. That's my biggest pet peeve with Real Estate Photographers right now. I guess though, that's what gets people there. Its like McDonalds showing you that Big Mac and when you get it, it doesn't match the picture either =)

Lenses / Re: 135mm vs. 100mm macro
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:56:45 PM »
I bought the 100L just recently because I like the fun/challenge of finding interesting macro subjects, but also it doubles as a great portrait lens. This thing is insane wide open on my 5D3 at 2.8 and only gets better as I stop down. My 24-70L Mk1 hasn't been on my camera for a while. The IS is nice and the lens has actually taught me to use MF instead of AF.

I'm curious, just because I don't know any better, why those like Neuro, would take the 135 or 200 f/2 w/o IS at that focal length over something with it?

Lenses / Re: Found a Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens for $900...
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:49:47 PM »
I would buy the Sigma 35mm 1.4 A series over the Canon 35 1.4. I used my buddy's on my 5D3 for a week and wide open until about 3.2, the CA is just awful. Sure you can remove it in post, but why bother when you can grab the Sigma which is insanely sharp and about $400 cheaper? =) I have a contact on Flickr that shoots street photography with the Sigma and he can't get enough of it. His shots are insanely sharp too.

The Sigma 35 1.4 A is next on my list.

Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 25, 2013, 01:50:42 PM »
It gets me out of the house and usually to places I wouldn't go in any other circumstance. It allows me to explore areas around me that I didn't know were there and see some really cool things. It's a great challenge, but also a great relaxer when I'm out there. And it fills the void in my artsy side since I quit drawing and such years ago. Very expensive hobby =)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D viewfinder too big ?
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:48:51 PM »
Interesting. Never seen that complaint. I couldn't wait to go from my Rebel T2i's viewfinder to the 5D3's. It'd be hard to go back.

I'd be all over a 50 A series to upgrade my canon 50 1.8 II. I can't justify the jump to the 1.4 because it really isn't that much better optically for the money and I don't have $1600 for the L version. I'd love a 50 A that is the same quality in every way as their 35 A. I want that 35 A too =)

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