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Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:39:19 AM »
Quick fix - buy two 4tb drives, or two 5tb and remove one 2tb so you populate the 4 bays. Have one 4TB as your main storage drive, use the second as a time machine back up. Put the other 2 2tb drives in a raid 0 and use that as back up number two internally.

If you need to, buy another 4tb and run weekly backups and keep it off site for safety.

Get a 256gb SSD and run your apps off that.

Thats the simple way of doing it.

Second is to buy a raid array which are expensive, either a 6 or 8 bay fill it with 2 3 or 4tb drives and have it constantly running. Don't underestimate the importance of an offsite back up, if you have a disaster such as flooding, roof leak, fire etc thats all your files gone even tho you have made two back ups it doesn't make you completely safe as its in the same place. You can buy fire and water proof arrays now, but again very expensive.

Depends how much you have to spend and how much you shoot. I keep telling people that good storage is a necessity although I get lots of stick for it. Don't underestimate it, and make sure you give yourself enough room to expand in a 3 year period then you don't have to worry about a huge cost upfront then again in a few years time. Adding drives as you need isn't a good strategy IMO. It is expensive to do it correctly, especially if you are shooting important events its up to you to ensure they are not lost.

Another issue is when you upgrade cameras. My 5DMKIII produces 23mb Raw files, edit one and the PSD will come out about 10 times the size around 250mb. Shoot a wedding or event at 1500 images which is around 35gb, store those incase they come back and want more. Edit 300 of them at 250mb so 75gbs, total of 110gbs. Do this once a week you will rack up 5.3tbs per year. We all know as photographers you can't live off one event a week so it quickly racks up. Then if you upgrade to a higher MP camera aka the rumoured 50mp camera double that again! So worth baring in mind, many people really underestimate their storage needs, future proofing isn't a bad idea.

For me physical is better than cloud as in the UK where I am the internet is not fast enough to move the size of files I produce. Cloud storage can be cheap from £20 a month for 1tb.

I have a mac pro I have the main 4 bays filled with 4tb drives, and have one 256gb SSD running off the PCI express port. I also have a 2tb drive in the spare DVD drive slot running from a spare Sata 3 on the motherboard. So 6 drives in total, I then have an external 16tb raid array and another that is offsite.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:53:21 PM »
Thank you! :)

Bronica ETRSI 6x4.5 medium format, 70mm F2.8 and 40mm F4 scanned with Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 9000 ED. Cant remember the film but it was a nice warm contrasty film at 100ISO.

Absolutely love this bad boy! This is the camera I used to learn during my Fine Art Photography degree at University. Nothing comes close to the quality not even my 5DMKIII.

I won Illford technical photographer of the year 2010 with the shot of the mannequin below.

Mannequin, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Calculator, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Sowing machine, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Mannequin, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

This work was my final year project, this was my artist statement:

This work is based upon the documentation of one of the oldest family business in the UK, N. Arnison & Sons. Established in 1742 is becoming one of the few independently run family business, selling high quality goods and servicing the local community. The building itself being a historic monument in its own right, is abundant with history. It was primarily built as a residence by a wealthy family called the Cookson's, who were the grand parents of the famous Lakeland poet William Wordsworth. Although the work is about the preservation of the business, the work is personal as it has been the backbone to my family history for 8 generations.

The work is not based in the everyday areas of the shop as I have focused in on the areas which are out of public view. This space is abandoned and has been left in a degrading time frame since it has been absent from its residence. The rooms which were once maid and workrooms are now laid bare to occupy the discarded paraphernalia and remnants of people who lived and worked there. This relationship between the objects, people and history increases its importance of the environment. Why the objects are there, the remnants of peoples belongings and existence, an age gone by but preserved in this degrading time frame encapsulated through the space directly relating to the family history.

The objects are by no way extraordinary, but the mannequins are void of the space they occupy. The mannequins remain inanimate to the space, yet still relate to it through the way they are arranged . This arrangement produces a surreal and uncanny atmosphere. It could almost be a scene from the holocaust but the faces tell a different story, more a story of hope. The photographs have given these objects a new lease of life through the documentation, that the space, objects and people wont be forgotten when the business ceases to exist.   

Few others from the same series with a 40D and 17-85mm so I suppose also old and cheap gear, at the time was the best I could afford digitally.

Mannequin, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Mannequin, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Mannequin, N Arnisons & Son, Remnants by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Few more here if your interested

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:48:58 AM »
Kelby one got their hands on the camera with photographer Peter Reed Miller. Clearly a good Canon plug but still rated pretty highly!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Red Panda
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:22:18 AM »
Thanks, not an animal I had seen before. Very shy and timid but very beautiful.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:21:28 AM »
Thanks :)

Animal Kingdom / Red Panda
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:35:12 AM »
Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria UK

5DMKIII 70-300mm L

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Panda, Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite, Keswick by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda and red cat-bear, is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China that has been classified as vulnerable by IUCN as its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals. The population continues to decline and is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.

The red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It feeds mainly on bamboo, but is omnivorous and also eats eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.

The red panda is the only living species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. It has been previously placed in the raccoon and bear families, but results of phylogenetic research indicate strong support for its taxonomic classification in its own family Ailuridae, which along with the weasel family is part of the superfamily Musteloidea. Two subspecies are recognized. It is not closely related to the giant panda.

The red panda is specialized as a bamboo feeder with strong, curved and sharp semi-retractile claws standing inward for grasping of narrow tree branches, leaves and fruit. Like the giant panda, it has a “false thumb” that is an extension of the wrist bone. When descending a tree head-first, the red panda rotates its ankle to control its descent, one of the few climbing species to do so.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:24:22 AM »

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 05, 2014, 03:27:46 PM »
Helvellyn & Striding Edge, Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

5DMKIII 16-35mm F2.8

Helvellyn and Striding Edge yesterday. Fantastic moody day, great walk with good friends although I was holding them back with the Camera!

Lenses / Re: 16-35 f4 IS vs 16-35 f2.8 II stopped down
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:24:10 PM »
Well the thing between these two is obvious. Do you ever shoot or need to shoot lower than F4. From what I have seen the 16-35mm F4 is a tad sharper in the corners but not night and day, get past F5.6 and they are very simiilar.

They are about the same size and weight, the new hood is a million times better, but the IS can be a very useful tool from testing you can shoot up to about a second with it meaning all new possibilities in different environments with good sharp results.

I still feel that the original 17-40mm has some advantages, it's size its tiny in comparison the new one has grown quite substantially it is also 200g lighter so for people who hike a lot this may be a benefit. When you step all of them down to F8-11 they all perform similarly the two older models suffer with a little more CA, the new one controls this very well, but has as much or worse vignetting.

Price, the F4 is bang in the middle but the 17-40mm is probably the most popular lens in canons line up being the smallest and cheapest so these can be had really cheap, the 2.8 is still redic over priced and the new F4 is still quite pricey.

I don't think if you have the 2.8 it's worth downgrading, I say downgrade because at 2.8 it's much more useful and can be used for events, landscape, architecture and atrophotography.

If you are serious about landscape you usually take a tripod anyway.

Cracking lens but not really a very exciting lens as dustin abbot has said.

EOS Bodies / Re: Tilt screen - Articulating screen
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:27:08 AM »
It is an issue with weather sealing as far as I know.

The pro bodies take a fair amount more hammer and are used in more demanding situations than the amateur bodies.

Saying that the 70D is Canons most appealing camera for video, it has all the features you would want including dual pixel phase detect AF with the tilting touch screen for nice smooth transitions.

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 03, 2014, 04:09:36 AM »
I'm also looking for a discrete bag. A few people stated the Think Tank Retrospective 7 holds a 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. Will it hold a gripped 5DII with those two 2.8 lenses, or would I have to look at the Retrospective 10? Thanks for great feedback on bags!!!

I think it will struggle. There are 3 compartments, middle is where you put the camera. If you put a grip on you may have to put it sideways and it will probably overlap one of the other lens pockets.

There are bigger bags in the lineup but the 7 is quite big as it is and the one up is a big bag physically.

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