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LOL - Everyone wants to be Annie Liebovitz :)  Her BTS videos show an impressive amount of assistance, but then again, her works speaks for itself.
There must be something wrong with me. I never wanted to be Annie. I wouldn't mind some of her clients, though!

Having worked as a photographer almost my entire adult life, I've run across a few of the most famous, several more near-famous and a good many who thought they were.
I started out in photojournalism, back in the pre-digital days. Perhaps because of my chosen path, the ones I considered at the top still processed their own film and made the final prints. I'm sure this shaped my views, that those who were the best earned their reputations the hard wayand mastered every aspect of their craft. To not do so was considered taking a shortcut and avoiding paying their necessary dues.
Even when I became one of the best in my specialty, I've almost always had to do all the work. It's still true to this day, perhaps even more so with digital publishing, market convergence and shrinking corporate photography budgets. This is probably why I have the most respect for photographers who still carry their own bags.
Yet I'll concede, in certain areas of photography, we can't all be one-man bands. Some disciplines require a group effort and great team skills. I know there are a few photographers who have achieved well-deserved fame, even when they do only a portion of the work. But, I'd like to think they earned their status because they can see the big picture and effectively communicate their vision to others.   

Unfortunately, I've found too many whose mark of greatness seems to be solely self-proclaimed. The more elaborate their set appears, the more subordinates running around, all the better. But, they seem to have mastered no more skill than that of the famous American, Tom Sawyer, convincing others to pay to work for them, at best.  And, at their worst, charlatans and truly great... frauds.

The sensor is still the one thing that bugs me the most. It's not even m43 sized. It's TINY.  If Canon were able to do this with an APSC sensor it would be an incredibly impressive camera.
Even better if they were to put it into a weatherproof, drop-proof and water-resistant body.  Now, that would be something I'd seriously look into.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:25:33 AM »
My first experience with B&H was almost 20 years ago. I was changing trains in Penn Station, had a couple hours to kill and wandered into their location. Talk about a kid in a candy store!
Since then I've made several visits back and probably ordered from them close to a hundred times. There was only one occasion I ever had an issue, and they resolved it quickly, easily - and cheerfully. So, I have no hesitation on doing business with them and have recommended the place to probably a couple dozen acquaintances and friends.
I've had far fewer experiences with Adorama. Perhaps it's because I've never been in their store. But, on the times I have bought from them, I've never been disappointed, either. Now, after reading Helen's posts and learning about the lengths she goes to for customer satisfaction, I realize this company has an extraordinary asset. I'm sure they will be seeing a good bit more of my business.

Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:45:33 AM »
A nice wave for you from Maui. Mahalo!

I can't help thinking the idea behind the original question is very valid and mature. To me it makes more sense than all the fuss about multi mega pixels.

But ....... I'm an engineer and I don't think like a marketing person.

I think your idea would be a good camera but don't hold your breath.

As others have said a 6D is probably as close as you will get.
I was trained as an engineer and probably think a great deal like you.
I guess that's why I'm holding onto a couple 1D Mark IIIs!

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:06:26 PM »
In the last couple months, I've bought a 500mm F:4 IS and a couple 1DS Mk IIIs, along with a 1D Mk III and 300mm f:4 (just for backup). In addition, I've acquired a PIXMA Pro-100 printer and a 9000F Mark II scanner. And, a 17mm TS-E is on order!

I, too, have a bad case of GAS!

Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:27:17 AM »
My vote is for the 17-40 and 70-200. I know the latter is a brick to lug around all day, but I'm betting you'll find you'll use it as much as anything, especially when you want to capture details.
A good bit of what the 24-70 can do is covered by your wide angle and, given that you have a 5D3, what isn't can likely be cropped with little loss in quality.
Maybe it's the way I look at things, but I find the usefulness of a 50mm overrated. I thought I'd give the look another chance and bought one three months ago, only to sell it a few weeks later.
Almost everything the 85 does can be done with your 70-200, unless you're working in near total darkness and can't bump the ISO up another stop.
I'd also pass on taking the 100mm macro unless you plan on taking close-ups of near everything.

To give you some perspective, I was in Hawaii three years ago and took about 1800 shots. Most everything was taken with two zooms, one wide and one long. Less than 5% of the images fell between 40mm and 70mm, and I'm pretty sure I would have been just as happy with them had I not brought my 24-70 along.
One thing I would add would be your 1.4 x, a most useful addition to your 70-200 when you need a little extra reach. My 300 was carried most places I went and was used on all but two days out of ten. 

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:36:31 AM »
Hmmm... aren't you guys getting a little behind in your work?  ;)

Street & City / Re: Let's have a zen moment
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:37:19 AM »
 Click, surapon and weko... thanks for your kind words!

My work takes me on the water probably a hundred days a year, so I've seen similar images throughout my career.  In recent years I've found myself taking increasingly more photos like this, perhaps searching for my zen moments.

As for the blue lines in the water, they are the reflection of the relatively dark sky behind me. The pink, obviously, is from the sky color above the just-set sun.

Street & City / Re: Let's have a zen moment
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:04:44 AM »
My moment to share, a favorite image from last summer. This was taken on a warm evening, as the last of the breeze was settling down.

Of course, this doesn't happen every day, only now and... zen.  ;)

That's quite some kit, Surapon! My admiration that you carry so much gear around all day without a pack.

Also, nice to see you still pack your rocket blower! Hope you're not going to have to fly today!  ;)

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:00:53 PM »
I think the photo would have look sharper had you focused on the closer of the two girls. It appears more natural if the subject in the background, rather than the one in front, appears a bit soft. (Due to haze and other aerial disturbance, our eyes are used to accepting things in the distance as being less distinct.)

That and stopping down to maybe f:5.6 or 8 should do the trick. You don't want to go so slow that the girls' movement spoils the shot.

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:43:07 PM »
I don't think Canon pays me nearly enough to extol on the virtues of the 1DX at high ISO! The  files I've shot at 6400 are unbelievably clean, and I'm amazed that what was shot at 25,600 is usable in real-world applications.

If I was a skeptic before, after I saw with my one eyes what the 1DX sensor can do, I'm not at all surprised that the top pros make the switch.

Lenses / Re: 2x Extenders - Sticking Lock Switch
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:13:14 AM »
I've had this happen, too, on both my 1.4 and 2x extenders (both models II and III). Then again, I work on the ocean, where things like this are to be expected. So, every couple weeks I put a bit of anti-corrosive (in my case, Boeshield/T-9) on the lock as well as both mounting surfaces, giving special attention to the locking pin. I then wait a few minutes and wipe all but a thin film away. While the problem doesn't entirely disappear, it becomes much more manageable;  I have enough other surprises in my line of work. 

Of course, having heard the horror stories of friends' big white lenses dropping into the sea, I still double-check to see how well the lens locks in place!

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