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Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:18:59 AM »
Anyone could have taken those photographs as there is nothing special about them.


The second shot is awesome in terms of the reflections but I feel there's something ever so slightly awkward about the crop. I cant quite put my finger on it.
I like the second one because it makes the bridge look very dainty and elegant. I think it is the contrast of light and darkness that attracts me to the picture. Do you feel about the crop because it breaks the rule of thirds? I like it because it breaks that rule. I think the other thing is that a catenary is indeed a thing of beauty and this picture highlights that.

Thanks for posting ignore the morons

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:50:54 AM »
Most folks seem unaware there is a model of the Swiss Army Knife that has a lens cap remover in it. There's a pincer device that folds out, slips down into the lens hood and pinches the cap off quicker than you can say Swiss Bank Account! I think the knife is the "Photographer" model -- less than $100.
Yes, but you need to check it in if you are flying... ;)

LOL! You guys made my morning! :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:45:51 PM »
OK so I determined that either Image Mechanic will do what I want, or it is possible to do it with some hand built stuff. Who knows maybe I'll write a nice little software around it and sell it.

Wouldn't have gone this far if Adobe hadn't pushed me. And this is the key, they're forcing customers to decide who is serious and who isn't, and I suspect they'll lose revenue from the not serious crowd.
If you make, I am willing to QA. Seriously!

Edit: Windows only setup though... And I just have Windows XP and Windows 7. Don't plan to go to Windows 8 unless the XP dies and win8 has got to SP2...

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 07, 2013, 09:32:08 PM »
I love the humor on this thread. It is obviously a slow year for Canon bodies ;)

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:58:38 AM »
Hi nda, what is the need behind upgrading, is it aesthetics, ergonomics or mechanics, eg like body, rear lens caps, where early ones are said to create more dust?
Cheers, Graham.
You should know - it is a slow year for bodies ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:29:38 PM »

Onward and upward dudes!  To the cloud!
Yes. But not at $50 a month! That is a ripoff. Plus it should be configurable. Just like now to pick and choose what one wants.

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:14:52 PM »
I bought my 5D3 a couple months ago with a bit of fear that I'd regret it if the 7D2 became available this summer with a significant boost in high ISO IQ.  It didn't take long to realize that the 5D3 can do a lot more than the 7D, except in the burst mode department.  (But, the 5D3 isn't shabby at burst.)

For the past year, the 7D was my primary camera.  I couldn't imagine doing without the extra reach.  Now all that has changed.  The high ISO and color depth of the 5D3 has relegated my 7D to backup status.

I really hope Canon does introduce a new king of the crop body cameras.  But, I'll be watching for refurb and rebate price deals to replace my 7D with another 5D3 body.

Funny.  For about a year, I was glued to CR for new updates on the 7D2.  I'm not so glued anymore.
Wow! I have the same exact story except that it happened a year earlier. Now I am just curious to know what the 7D2 will be like. I would like it to be my second body. But I will wait another three years (or so) for that. No hurry. I'll wait for the prices to drop. See I am already dreaming about 2016-2017... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:33:37 AM »
Or be like me and watch your savings account grow!

Well, that's no fun - you can't take pictures with a savings account!   ;)
True! But you can take screenshots of your account statement and smile ;)

EOS-M / Re: Subsequent m naming...
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:15:13 PM »
it will be  the EOS-me and it will be a massive success just like the microsoft operating system of the same name was :P
LOL! Thanks. You made my morning! :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:54:43 PM »
Again, nothing like what you guys are posting, but I'm just enjoying the AF performance of the 1DX/70-200 f/2.8L II IS performance.  Auto ISO with CWA on the 1DX nailed the exposure pretty close too.  This is a Tiffin pole vaulter at the GLIAC Outdoor T&F Championships on Thursday.  1DX, 70-200 f/2.8L II IS at 95mm, 1/5000s, f/3.2, ISO 100.
Lovely picture.
Question: did his right arm go clockwise or counterclockwise?

Thanks.  It was always below his face, but upon pushoff, it went counterclockwise up and around.
It was not about the face. If he did not go counter clockwise the pole might have fallen on the bar. It seems inclined towards the bar...

Software & Accessories / Re: Video editing software
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:46:51 PM »
What you should look for in the video software is how it uses your video card and RAM etc. For example, Sony Vegas Pro makes very good use of CUDA and the Video card etc which makes it much faster. Of course this also depends on your computer system etc.

Let us know how it goes.
Sure I will.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:44:28 PM »
Last two
No marination, no rest, no heat - just catch and dunk! So you are another bird whisperer! Just how many takes did you need to do? ;)

Lovely pics.

Thanks rpt.

I was in single shot mode and took 39 photos. Some were very badly composed and some were out of focus or terribly overexposed. About 10 of the 39 were OK enough that I PP them in DPP. That's all I use since I don't know how to use any other program ( I want to learn LR and PS one day).

When I can get him to land on my hand (like I've seen several people on CR do), then I will be a true bird whisperer ;D
You should try LR. After using it for some time I now find the DPP interface limiting. There is a beta of LR5 on. You can try that. Also there are a number of videos that can get you started.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:29:25 PM »
Keel-billed Toucan, Belize:

Quick question for anyone:

How long did the firmware upgrade take?


Updated just now ... took 4 mins 10 seconds using the CF card. SD may be slower.
Bah! These accountants! Expecting light to travel at a constant velocity!

I couldn't help it, neither could you ;D ;D ;D

Cheers ... J.R.
Ha Ha Ha! Obviously you were an engineer in all of your previous births. All photographers (who capture particles traveling at a constant velocity) are...

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