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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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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:35:25 PM »
Half Moon Bay - One of twelve pianos set up as part of the Sunset Piano Opus Two art installation project. 


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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:48:36 PM »
Thanks for the kind words folks, just wish I'd had left my camera in one spot all night, and stayed a bit closer to sunrise.  Next time!  ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:38:21 AM »
A few people have suggested the f-stop Loka.  I've been using this back for a few years and I love it; if it eventually wears out I'll probably end up buying another one, or a newer f-stop model.  I think it's an excellent pack, well-designed for hiking, and fits almost all your requirements (I doubt anything out there will be perfect).  It is a little boxy, but it is small enough to fit in airline overhead compartments, which I've done any times. 

However, judging by your small loadout, the Loka would be overkill; not bad though if you plan on expanding that in the future.  I've carried 2 bodies, 3 lenses, tripod water, food, extra batteries, filters etc. on rough long hikes (like Zion's Subway hike), and my back was fine, and I'm not a big strong hiker.  If your listed loadout is accurate, I'd still suggest f-stop because of their designs, materials, builds etc., but I think smaller models will fit your requirements much better, like the Guru and Kenti.  The Kenti is new and has side access doors, which is something I've wanted for a while for street photography or other times when I don't need a full loadout, so I may buy one of those myself, heh.

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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:51:32 PM »
Here's a video of two timelapses I shot this weekend.   Since the best & brightest streaks were 'off camera' I stopped part way through and tilted my camera up in hopes of catching more, although I didn't succeed.  Still, I captured lots of the smaller streaks.  Perseids was in the upper left, but we also saw a surprising number of meteors from other directions.

The lower right bump is Half Dome; you can see a couple of people coming down from it at the beginning and someone climb up & walk around on top later. 

Done with some top-notch video software...Windows Movie Maker  ;)


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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:02:38 PM »
Great shot! Looks like you had some nice, dark skies. I would say 14mm is a great focal length for wide field night sky photography.

Thank you!  Yes we did, no moon, far from major light sources :)  I must admit, I did try to play with contrast, black etc. to try to emphasize the meteors.  I didn't know about the meteor-to-star light ratio you mentioned earlier, so I was simply shooting in 25-30 second bursts.  Next time I'll change it up!

At the risk of being criticized by the landscape photo police, you should have tried turning the camera sideways...since you are saying you missed some meteors overhead.

The color temperature of your Milky Way indeed is far too cool, but since it was intentional, I suppose it's a valid take on it.  I've seen this look before.  It's quite a nice shot...certainly the blue hue is appealing and draws one into the image.  Of course if it's shot in RAW you can tweak on the color temperature however you wish later on. 

If you are saying this was your first night sky shot...like ever...WOW that's quite a good result, no doubts about that!!  You're on your way.  I envy your Yosemite visit.  It is a very highly traffic'ed park, though.  For good reason, of course.

I had considered that, but to be more specific, the best ones we missed were all over; far to the left, right, so far overhead they were almost behind me, etc., so I left it.  Plus I was shooting for timelapse, which I'll try to add shortly.  What I did do is stop shooting at one point, and angle my camera much higher. 

And yes, I think the blue helps emphasize the stars/meteors, although I suppose some may disagree.  I also prefer a bluer look than a warmer one; I wonder if people that prefer a warmer is partly because they're used to being closer to light pollution? And I did shoot in RAW, so I can tweak this repeatedly.  Which I'll probably do, because I know I could edit the shots better than I did.

Thank you!  I mainly shoot landscape and am used to some techniques which help (mirror lock up, on a tripod, shutter release, manual focus etc), plus I have shot at night before; some steel wool, light painting, catching streaks of car lights, stuff like that.  But this was my first time trying to milky way & meteor shots.  It's kind of silly that it is, since I have regular access to Yosemite (I can reach the entrance in about an hour), and I've been to places like Arches & Zion.  I'll definitely try to do more night photography in the future & get better at it.

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