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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.

PowerShot / Re: SX50 and Obama
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:51:57 PM »
These are great shots.  I have to get one of these cameras.

I just got my camera back from the Irvine Service Center today, 4/25/13, and it still had the same firmware in it........1.1.3.   I sent it in for sensor cleaning and asked them to update the sensor and they said they would do it...... I didn't write it in the service request though. 

Lenses / Re: Lens cleaning
« on: April 22, 2013, 02:34:46 PM »
Appreciate all the comments.  It's on the way to Canon for a cleaning.  I live in a very dusty environment and while I have cleaned the sensor before, I wasn't confident I got the thing cleaned properly.  I suspect I'll send it off once a year and then clean it myself depending on what shows up in between times.  Thank you again, for your advice.   I ordered the three of the filters as well.  I don't want anything messing up those lens. 


Lenses / Lens cleaning
« on: April 21, 2013, 11:53:09 PM »
I pulled my 100 mm f2.8 out and was trying some new ideas about work related macros and found little dots on the front lens.  I used "breath" and a micro fiber but couldn't get them off.  Must be more than 40 I can see and sprinkled liberally around my lens.  The shot shows some of them in the red circles.  I ordered Zeiss LIQUID CLEANER and that hasn't arrived yet.  I've been known to stick that lens in close but I can't remember what could have caused the spots.  None-the-less they're there.  Should I send this off to canon to clean or try the zeiss cleaner first? I'm worried about removing the coatings on the lens with the cleaner.  The cleaner is from B&H and it was recommended.  Any thoughts about having canon cleaning it and secondly, using the zeiss cleaner? I've ordered a B+W 67mm XS-Pro Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating in the interim which was recommended on the forums. 

Thanks for any input.

Lenses / Re: Street Photography 35mm/50mm + DC?Help
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:05:18 PM »
24-105 works for me. Small + unobtrusive, IS, sharp, and versatile zoom range for the street. The 5D3 has plenty of high-iso chops to make up for the lens speed. Below are @ 12,800:

+1 for me too.  The 24-105 works just fine and isn't obtrusive as some lens can be.

Lenses / Re: 135mm vs. 100mm macro
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:47:02 AM »
I have both the 135f/2 L & 100f/2.8 L IS Macro, but i use them for two completely different things, 135 I use for People, City streets, anywhere I need f/2, 100 I use purely for Macro, Underwater Macro, for this the 100 has no competition, not even the Nikons 105 (Crap Lens), I've tried the 100 for People etc, but although I find the Lens as Sharp as a button, I do find in low light the Auto Focus can begin to hunt, as it's primarily a Macro Lens, you may find the 135 is your Lens for Weddings/People etc as has been suggested, cant fault this Lens either, sharp, fast, wonderful in Low Light.

+1, same experience.  I'd take the 135 over the 100 anything but macro.  Both are wonderful lens. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:44:56 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:28:29 PM »
I was driving out to Agoura Hills one evening and saw the most spectacular sunset with moon and only had my iphone and the shots were horrible.  Starting looking for a small pocket camera right after that.  Finally settled on getting the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V with 20x zoom but now I'm waiting for reviews on the new Canon 20x that is coming out.  We'll see.

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