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Yup. Too bad it won't auto focus good enough to hit the broad side of a galaxy ;D

Must wait for the 85...



Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:47:54 PM »
This is one of my three best friends, Mauser.

Nicely done and greatly appreciated.  A lot of food for thought and some insight into the interrelated features of the camera and lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:08:37 PM »
I loved my 50mm f1.8 but I was ambivalent to the f1.4.  I wanted to love it.. but I just couldn't. 

If the sigma is amazing, I'm in.  35 is too wide for me and 85otoo long.  Goldie locks.... don't care... but I will wait a year or two for the  50 to come down in price the was the 35 has.  699 New... on sale... thank you very much.

+1 on your view of the 1.4.

+1 me too.  Gonna get rid of it. 

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:35:44 AM »
Camera and lens please!   This is a great opportunity to scout out this feature on different lens and cameras.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe site hacked
« on: October 04, 2013, 09:17:02 AM »
So let me get this straight. If you did not get the email from adobe about it, then your particular info was not compromised? Maybe I got lucky for once because I never got a email about it.

Or maybe someone hacked your account and are now getting your e-mails . . .

You could call NSA and ask....


Very informative thread.  Got some good ideas to consider.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:08:41 PM »


I've been watching a lot of marketing talk lately from sources like creativelive...and most do say to have a Business presence on FB, BUT....don't post high-res, non-watermarked images there.

And that the main thing you use the FB account for, is to drive customers/clients from there to YOUR own website and blogs.  You aren't using FB primarily for a website or business, but as basically a big link to send them to your own sites where you do have more control.

I agree with the above.  I use fb to get the experience of feedback and at least 50 percent of these people are strangers.  I have a FB for just my photography.  You can see what resonates and what doesn't.  It has been a positive move for myself.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:46:08 PM »
Yum.  I was saving for the 24-70 but I'll wait and see what this one is all about first.  Go Sigma. 

Lenses / Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:55:52 PM »
Yes.  One of the best lens I have and it is superb.

Portrait / My first portrait session and what I learned
« on: May 22, 2013, 12:15:38 PM »
One of my friends asked me to take her portrait for her new website (family counseling).  She prefaced her email request with saying that “you take such wonderful dog pictures you think you could take one of me?” I didn’t say a thing, just wrote to her and said I would give it a try but warned her she would be my first subject and that there would be no charge.  I did some reading on setting, things to be aware of, e.g., clothing, etc., and of course lighting, positions, and so on.  I read some pretty interesting tips on the process and then post-processing.  The lady was in her early sixties and had age lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and an assortment of other spots, and features that indicated a rich life.   The shooting went fine, I found a nice completely shaded spot, a neutral wall about 10 feet in the background, and I had my 85mm, 135mm, and my 35 mm Sigma.  I had her look to me over her shoulder and up as I was slightly above her and did my best to minimize any areas that I didn’t think were flattering.

I sent several thumbnails to her that I had processed and thought I had hit it on the head, pun intended.  Her response was that they were too close and showed too much of her face.  She then related to me that she hated her face.   On receipt of this feedback I realized that I had assumed too much about what the client had wanted.  Her idea about a portrait and mine were totally different.  One of the “tips” I had found for doing portrait photography was to spend some one on one time with the client to get to know them and get a feel of what they wanted.  Being a friend I obviously knew her but I didn’t really understand her expectations and it led to a failed session.   I had assumed the client wanted a head shot in a serene setting for her website.  I got that part nailed but it obviously wasn’t what she wanted.   One of the things I took away was that there are many definitions about what a portrait is and guiding my client towards what that is should have been my first priority. I'm not posting the pictures because she didn't like them and I respect her privacy.  The point of this post is to widen my understanding of what a client wants, how to direct them (and myself) to a mutual agreement prior to taking the shots, and other points that would result in a successful session.     

Any comments appreciated.

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 14, 2013, 05:40:49 PM »
I think there should be another option: I'd get it but I want to stay married...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:58:16 PM »
the videos look the same to me.

+1.  I was seriously underimpressed.  The "new" one is great. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Backyard Birding
« on: May 10, 2013, 11:00:01 PM »
Welcome to the road to financial ruin. I too started with t3i, then the 7D, then the 5dIII and now I collect lens.  Backyard is the favorite place to go, its close, you have easy access, and you can do it day or night.  Use a feeder to help practice with, and a bird bath.  I live in So. Cal. and in summer the bird bath really attracts the critters setting you up for some great shots.  It also gives the birds water which in area is welcome.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:55:32 PM »
The best resource I know of for night photography is David Kingham.  He specializes in night/Milky Way photography and has a lot of great gear information and tutorials on his website.  Definitely worth checking out.


Excellent source.  Thanks.

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