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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!

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for safety.
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:15:51 PM »
Ha, Ha, Ha, Thankssss, Dear jhpeterson.
Sorry, No comment from me this time---Ha, Ha, Ha. I am already in the Black List now.
I'm probably now on there, too. I'll find out when I fly again next week!

Meanwhile, here's another link on how being too intelligent can hurt you:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/dont-enjoy-your-job-then-maybe-youre-too-smart-for-your-own-good-1122677.html

I found it interesting to see where the ideal candidates for each position fell. In several of the highly-skilled ones, the worker was clearly smarter than his boss. (But, we already knew that!  :) )

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for safety.
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:59:22 PM »
Seriously how do the airports find these people? Do they put out an ad in the newspaper like this -

"Airport security staff required, must be insensitive, miserable and generally disliked by the public. Must have vendetta against rocket blowers and other photographic equipment. Minimal communication skills needed. Intelligence preferred but not necessary. Previous experience in customer aggravation welcome. Apply within."
Actually, there are certain jobs where intelligence (or at least too much of it) can be a drawback. Although, I would question why an organization would want to hire the insensitive, the miserable and such!

A few years back there was an incident in Connecticut that got notice, where an applicant for police officer was passed over in favor of ones who scored lower on an intelligence test. He filed suit, went to court AND LOST!

Here's a link to some of the logic behind never hiring someone to smart for their job:   http://www.anxietyculture.com/ratmaze.htm

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:57:57 AM »
The 7D has the more rugged magnesium alloy body along with dust and weather sealing.  The 7D also has 100% view finder while the 70D is 98%.  The 7D has a larger body and grip that I prefer over the smaller 70D.  Video is better on the 70D so if video is a factor it would be a good choice. 
That pretty much sums up my reasoning. As ruggedness and sealing are top priorities for me, I may weigh factors differently, but unless she plans on doing lots of video work, the 7D seems the better call.
One more thing, the 7D uses the CF card, while the 70D takes the SD. If she take hundreds of photos at one time, the much quicker download speeds of the former might be another important consideration.

CPS is aimed for Professionals, and i'm sure if they were to find out that you were not a professional, you could lose your status.  Being both a professional and a CPS member, i find threads like these kind of sad, but, for those who take advantage and bend the rules for your own gain, karma always comes back around...

What is sad are posts like these as they appear to be judgmental and pompous. What, may I ask are the criteria for being a "professional?" Where is the line drawn? Primary source of income? Your main job? How many gigs you've done? How often someone has paid for an image of yours? The level of ambiguity to this determination is huge to an extent to which I don't believe you have given any thought.

I don't quite understand how anyone is taking advantage or bending the rules. I'm quite certain that if Canon/CPS was overly concerned about making their memberships exclusive only to high level pros, they would do so. I tend to believe based on the way things are set up that they are really only concerned about whether you have spent enough money on their stuff.

I have a career which pays me very well which allows me to have the luxury of owning a lot of gear without having to do photography as a job. I do paid gigs for fun here and there and have plenty of gear which doesn't all necessarily get used on those jobs. Does that make me not a professional? Am I not qualified to get my equipment worked on?

Canon sells products and provides a way for you to get them serviced which also costs money. Who is anyone to tell another photog they shouldn't be allowed to have membership if they are willing to pay the money for both?

I'm pretty sure there is a higher likelihood of running into some bad karma when you are being wrongfully judgmental of others and/or being full of yourself.
John, I don't mean to be pompous or judgemental, but I quite disagree.
I don't have a "day job" to fall back on, so I think it's only fair that Canon looks after those who depend on their equipment for a livelihood.
Being a self-employed editorial photographer is fraught with enough challenges without the worry that your camera manufacturer doesn't have your back. In this day where publications expect content for free, let's just say there are many other careers that, in comparison, pay very well. Too many times I've covered events where the hobbyists have equipment that's better and newer than mine. Most likely theirs has seen far less wear, as they don't have to come up with usable images day after day. If they miss a shot because their gear fails, yes, it's a real disappointment.  If I miss mine, I've probably lost a payday, perhaps a hard-won client, as well as being out of work until it's fixed.

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:54:09 AM »
Still, you think they would have the brains to ask you to remove the nozzle and look inside, realize it is rubber, and tell you to have a nice day. 
Unfortunately, in many lines of work, having brains is detrimental to remaining employed.
Much like the aforementioned blower, management is likely to consider such a person dangerous. ("They think too much, they could embarrass me, perhaps even put me out of a job.")
It's actually pretty standard employment policy at many if not most mid-sized and large companies, and almost a certainty at government agencies, not to hire a person that's too intelligent for the task. The reason is that they are seen as ones who will spend most of their time figuring out ways to do their job better, faster, more efficiently or, heaven forbid, maybe even give improved customer service, instead of doing only what they were asked.   
I'd like to think that's the reason I never got called back after job interviews and why I became a photographer!  8)

Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:42:24 AM »
Congrats to that TSA agent  ::)


Ha, Ha, Ha---No comment from me, Dear my friend Click---Ha, Ha, Ha----Unbelieved story that happens to me.
Your story about the air blower that flies is really unbelievable! Then again, considering the source, maybe not!
I guess for certain folks, if brains were gunpowder, they probably couldn't blow their nose!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:39:36 PM »
This contest is open to everyone living on earth that can receive mail!

People say that I live in my own little world, so I'm not sure that I'm eligible‚Ķ  The Chobe Bag, Et Cetera Cases and Sabi Stabilizers all look quite nice!

Craig did say, "anything" with the necessary text.  My entry is a 1D X with 40/2.8 on a RRS TVC-33 + BH-55 LR, Live View focused on the LCD of an EOS M with 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS on a RRS TQC-14 + BH-30 LR focused on a PowerShot S95 on a Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom focused on an iPhone. 

I call it TTL5 (counting the iPhone picture of the handwritten text, the PowerShot S100 used to take the image posted, and the LCD display on which you're viewing this web page, that scrap of paper is being seen through 5 camera lenses and 5 LCD displays).
I knew we could count on you for both enlightenment and entertainment! 
Planet Neuro is quite an interesting "own little world", indeed!  :)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:47:46 PM »
Christmas list for Santa:
Chobe bag
Sabi Stabilizer
Et Cetera
I'm not at all opposed to heavy camera bags, especially ones filled with big white glass, but I'd never think of carrying around dumbells! ;)

Canon General / Re: Best place to sell used Canon gear?
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:10:55 PM »
I, too, use Craigslist a lot, both to buy and sell. Yes, it can be a waste of times on the smaller items. But, I live less than an hour outside a major city, so I can often set up several appointments on one of my less busy days.  I'll usually come home with a bit more money than I started with as well as have made a few new friends.
I set the price midway between Calumet trade in price and their 2nd hand retail price, that resulted in a quick sale.
That's an excellent suggestion about pricing and one I try to apply, a win-win for both buyer and seller.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:29:31 PM »
I was photographing kingfishers today. Of course they are not that rare or difficult to photograph. But when it sat in front of me and I needed ISO12800 I thought I'd give it a try.

I just can't believe how well it can out. I thought it might be interesting for some to see what comes out.

It converted from raw in LR4, minimal sharpening, but NO NOISE REDUCTION, or any other adjustments.
And, I thought ISO 12800 was where 1DX images stated to fall apart!  ;)

This is absolutely awesome, skulker! Imagine what it does at "only" 6400. Or 3200!

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