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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Auto-Exposures are ALL OVER the Place?!?
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:21:39 AM »
I recently spent 3 days shooting thousands of shots for a timelapse video with my 6D. I mainly shot in aperture mode,
And the exposures remained consistent when the lighting did. Only problem was pre-dawn shoots when the balloons were shooting their flames on and off, but that's normal, I should have shot all manual at those times.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:58:51 PM »
Thanks rpt and Click. I am lucky and count my blessings. But things are expensive here (like many other places in the world) and to get anywhere else, it's a 5-6 hour plane ride. Honolulu is the most isolated city in the world. ;)

What?  It's a short drive to Kailua, or Waimalu...I suppose Haleiwa or Kahuku are far at around an hour or so, give or take... ;D

And oh yeah, nice shots, I'm totally jealous!

The key is how you define "city". They only count as "city" one which has a population of > 250,000 or 500,000 (I forget which).

Just found this on Wikipedia: The most remote city in the world with a population in excess of 500,000 is Honolulu, United States. The nearest city of comparable size or greater is San Francisco, 3,841 km (2,387 mi) away.
For pop.>1,000,000 it's Auckland followed closely by Perth.   8)

Haha, I was just giving you a hard time.  ;)  Seriously considered moving to Oahu a year or so ago, love the place.

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Landscape / Re: Antelope Canyon, AZ Recommendations?
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:35:11 PM »
I've gone to both Upper and Lower a couple of times, and had somewhat different experiences each time. 

I used Carol Bigthumb's group (it appears it's now called Adventerous Antelope Tours, as mentioned by a couple of people above; not sure it had that name when I went) for Upper both times, had great experiences with their guides. Bit of Trivia, Carol's grandmother was the person credited with discovering Antelope canyon while shepherding sheep. 

Her son Lionel is one of the guides, and is an avid photographer.  He'll sometimes take photogs to other nearby locations off the official list on their website, although I haven't employed him to do that (yet).

Nov 2011 - Very few people out there, which was great.  For Lower Antelope, I did the photography tour.  The Navajo website says it's a strict 2 hour limit, but they said if I stayed longer, I could just pay $20/hour extra.  I stayed about 3 hours and paid the extra $20 on the way out; would have stayed longer, but I had to hit the road.  Not sure if things were just lax because it was pretty deserted or if the policy wasn't re-enforced much back then.  Oh, and didn't get any sunbeams inside the canyon, not the best time of year (angle of the sun).

May 2012 - Prime 'sunbeam' time, so Upper was a madhouse.  The tour guides did an admirable job helping keep other clueless and selfish tourists away so we could get our shots.  Lower was a bit crowded, which made shooting a bit difficult.  Just after 2 hours we were kicked out; when I related my earlier experience and offered to pay an extra $20 per person (I was leading a couple of friends through), they said they had to crack down due to some difficult photogs in December.  Also, once out, we weren't allowed back in, it was strictly one visit per day.  I plan on going back someday, hopefully that's not still a limitation when I do.

If you have two bodies, consider bringing them both with different lenses; you don't want to have to switch lenses in there!  It can seem still and fine, then suddenly there's a gust of wind and fine grit flying everywhere. 

NOTE - There was a flash flood there recently; I'd call and check for the current conditions before your trip.  And if they say there could be rain in the area when you visit, you probably can't get in.  It can be sunny and clear at Antelope but rain miles away can flood the canyon.  People have died in there that way.

Insane Flash Flooding, Antelope Canyon and Page Arizona. August 2nd, 2013

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
Thanks rpt and Click. I am lucky and count my blessings. But things are expensive here (like many other places in the world) and to get anywhere else, it's a 5-6 hour plane ride. Honolulu is the most isolated city in the world. ;)

What?  It's a short drive to Kailua, or Waimalu...I suppose Haleiwa or Kahuku are far at around an hour or so, give or take... ;D

And oh yeah, nice shots, I'm totally jealous!

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:01:07 PM »
Image 4 is the best by far!

Thanks!  This is after 4-5 visits between 2 years trying to get something like this...weather & luck prevented a clear sunset the first few tries.  It doesn't help there may be up to 50 or so other photogs clustered in front of this arch shooting it too.  ::)

They are all fantastic :)

+1 Awesome. Well done.

Thank you both, I appreciate it greatly :)



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Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:26:48 PM »
I'd suggest taking a look at one of the larger f-stop bags, I'm guessing one of those would fit the bill.

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Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:58:36 AM »
As someone who's main focus is landscape (seems not that common here?) I totally understand your frustration.  I can't count the number of times I've been up early for sunrise or at some location for sunset, and walked away with no shot; there are so many factors, including luck. Fantastic sunsets seem to rarely happen when I'm there and ready for it.  Usually they're when I'm home and far away from a great spot to shoot from.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:40:00 AM »
Nice shots folks!  Here's a few of my favs from the past couple of years.

1. Havasupai, Grand Canyon, Arizona
2. Zion NP, Utah
3. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California - 2 1/2 minute long exposure w a Big Stopper - it was gray & cloudy until part way through the exposure, when the red sunset started shining through.  I didn't touch the vibrance or saturation, main white, black & shadows, since it was still under exposed.
4. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:41:19 PM »
But...but you shot an event with action...with a 6D...somebody tell him he's not allowed to do that!!

I know, right?  I had meant to post some shots months ago with a similar comment but forgot... ;D.  I was pleasantly pleased with my results even though I could have done better, because I'm a landscape shooter.  Action was definitely a change of pace for me.

You did a great job!  I notice no 5D3 snobs have piped their two cents in.  If I had posted images like this, there would be a few posts about how the 5D3 would have done better, and "if only you used a 5D3 you would be a real photographer"...and "the 5D3's color is just more accurate"...etc etc.  Hogwash!

Haha, yeah, probably :p. the 6D was sure trashed a lot here and other places when the specs came out, but most of that has died down now that it's gotten in people's hands.  While the autofocus system definitely could be better, it meets my needs and I usually manual focus; this event was an exception

I mostly shot with a 70-200 f4, so I could be further away. Some guys were right up close and had their rigs smothered in powder!  And if the color is off, it's because of my lack of PP skills, not the camera ;)

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 11, 2013, 12:41:24 AM »
But...but you shot an event with action...with a 6D...somebody tell him he's not allowed to do that!!

I know, right?  I had meant to post some shots months ago with a similar comment but forgot... ;D.  I was pleasantly pleased with my results even though I could have done better, because I'm a landscape shooter.  Action was definitely a change of pace for me.




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Canon General / Re: Travel Advice to National Parks in Utah
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:11:49 PM »
I've gone sevearal times myself, and always just checked it.  The only time that was a problem was when I got to Bryce Canyon to find out the airport security had gone through my suitcase and decided to lock it after...which I hadn't done, because I had lost the key on a previous trip.  Had to shoot sunset with my camera on my pack, and then later get the assistance of a garage mechanic to drill out the lock.  ::)

OK, I've been to he area several times over the years, but I don't recommend SLC as a starting point, fly to Las Vegas if you can.  It will save you a long, boring drive until you get to th parks. Also check out these web sites for the Grand Circle trip.

http://www.utah.com/itineraries/grand_circle.htm

http://grandcircle.org/

I've been to Utah's NP's several times also, and I'd definitely agree with flying into Vegas.  If you do, consider a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to Zion.   I'd also recommend swinging through Bryce if you can. 

I'd also consider stops at Devil's Garden (near Escalante, not the one in Arches NP) and Goblin Valley, they should both be easy stops on the way, can be quick easy stops close to parking if you need, or you can spend more time exploring. 

In Canyonlands, I'd stop at False Kiva.  Not sure if that's really little-known or not, but there's definitely not a sign for the common tourist to see. 

I'd highly recommend "Photographing the Southwest, Vol 1. Utah," by Laurent Martres.  It'll have a lot of common and little-known places to shoot, how to get there, best times of day/year etc.  Fantastic resource.  The Arizona volume is great too, if you're going there some day.


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Site Information / Re: What happens when you hit 10,000 posts?
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
The site sends you an email to stop spending time here and go outside and use all that photo gear you've been posting about.   ;)

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:46:01 PM »
Um, hello? There is an EF adapter for EOS-M

Not everyone wants to use a larger, heavier DSLR lens + adapter on the M.  For many (not all)  that'd defeat one major reason purpose of having it.
A crop lens that starts at 55mm is very unlikely to be a retrofocus design, so I fail to see how it could be made any smaller with the shorter flange distance of the EF-M mount.

I won't speak to whether they can or not, I was only commenting on why several people above asked for one, and why crasher8's comment may not be an answer for those requesting it.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:25:12 PM »
Um, hello? There is an EF adapter for EOS-M

Not everyone wants to use a larger, heavier DSLR lens + adapter on the M.  For many (not all)  that'd defeat one major reason purpose of having it.

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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:48:13 PM »
Aye! At least "next time" ain't too far off. ;P Its only a couple months away. I really need to find a place free of light pollution. Your deep, dark skies are amazing. I'd love to capture galaxies like Andromeda and all that in a wide field shot (which is completely impossible where I've tried so far, even driving over 40 minutes out of town, which is over an hour away from Denver itself...)

Thanks for that, looked it up and it I guess it's Orionids.  Hmm...that's close to when the road up to Glacier Point where I shot this from may be closed, but probably not.

The thing is, the skies weren't even as good as normal, because of the local fires; there was a bit of haze in the air.  So you're in the Denver area?  I realize there'd be a lot of light pollution from the city, but in my ignorance I would have figured you could find spots closer; that's a shame!  Maybe take a trip out to Zion or Arches?  My friend and I are kicking ourselves for not trying night shooting when we were out there.  Guess we just have to go back. ;)

EDIT - Just googled some info, and it sounds like a hunter's moon will wash out many of the meteors for that; I may still try to shoot it though, as it'll help light up foreground interest like Half Dome or something else.

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