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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:54:59 AM »
3. Take the time to get comfortable with "Register Camera settings" which designates the settings for "C1" C2" and "C3" on your mode dial. I had my camera settings prepped for three different lighting conditions, those being "on ice" bench/audience bleachers and inner hall/cafeteria. You be far more productive this way, instead of constantly switching up lighting, aperture, speed and iso as you move about the arena.

I have also found this quite useful for the same reasons.

Glad to have helped and I, too, love this site for sharing and learning from others.

Action shots for a fundraiser is difficult.  To get "the shot" you end up shooting lots of images.  If you need to turn this around for print-ready images before skaters or family leave the arena, there's no time to filter and post process anything.  And, you don't want to filter too much because you want family to find at least one shot of their skater.

At figure skating competitions, we hire a photography group who uses one photographer at rink side getting action shots and a second in a meeting room getting solo and group shots of medalists.  The photos are downloaded to a server and they use several laptops for participants to view and select their photos.  The vast majority of their sales occur during the competition.  It's rare that anyone buys online.  A benefit from the competition is that many skaters enter different events which are often scattered throughout the three day event.  So, they have time between events to view their photos.

If you find a solution to make action shots profitable for a fundraiser, please share.

good advice FTb!

how about that winter we just had?  :'(

earlier you asked about the 12fps and how much it contributes to getting "the shot".   i think it contributes greatly!  for serious sports photography, the 1dx can't be beat.  in a few years when the next 1 series comes out and the current 1dx is being sold in the used market for $3500, it might be worth consideration.

here's an example....this capture was from a burst of about 20 images....i wouldn't have got this shot with my 5d3 because the window of time where the puck is viewable(between the goalie's glove and the net) as she shoots is maybe 1/15th of a second? 


ps...are you still shooting figure skating?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:44:10 AM »
A couple from my first successful outing with the 1D X + 300 f/2.8 IS II & 1.4x III:

Snowy Egret @ 420mm f/4 1/500s ISO 400:

Anhinga @ 420mm f/4 1/1000s ISO 4000:

Double-crested Cormorant @ 300mm f/2.8 1/1250s ISO 320:

Nice shots Mack....good to see that you're enjoying your new 1dx!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:42:59 AM »
The lens was a 300mm f2.8

SM....pretty darn awesome shot!  Where is this?

Ok gentlemen, the pro just called me, thanked me for informing him about what happened and telling me that he understand the situation but I can't sell my images to the bride. No drama, he was very nice and polite.
He also assumes that the bride is playing a weird game as you said in other posts.

As far as the "game" the bride might be playing....yes, it's a real possibility.   She might just be trying to save some money.  (Especially considering that she was so eager to skip past the pro and buy your photos instead at a probable discount) 

Remember one thing from your experience with this post....ALWAYS take the most ethical route and you will be rewarded in the long term.    Integrity and trustworthiness might be two of the most important personality traits.

It sounds like you decided to take the good advice you've been given....very good to hear.  Now, you've shown the "pro" that you are a trustworthy person with on that.

Good luck to you.   :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:27:18 AM »
I bought two Benro ball Heads and two sets of Carbon fiber legs about 7 years ago.  The heads were junk, and just lay on my shelf, they won't hold a 70-200mm lens firmly without using pliers to tighten them down.
The legs still work fine, but a couple of years back, the rubber grips on one started disintegrating.  I contacted the Benro distributor about getting some spare parts, and at first they said they had never distributed the tripods and that B&H had sold me gray market.  I showed him the photo of the box with the name of his company on it, and he changed his story, claiming he had only worked there 3 years, and that's what he was told.  Then, he went on to say that Benro was never willing or able to provide spare parts for the tripods, and that they had tried over and over to get them.
The missing grip issue can be fixed with some tape, but if a critical part fails, then the tripod is just scrap or spare parts.  Even several years ago, it cost $400.
Its my understanding that Induro comes out of the same manufacturer, they are distributed by the same US company.
I'd much rather buy from a company that can supply spare parts for expensive equipment.  To me, this means Gitzo, RRS, Manfrotto, etc.   I can buy spare parts for years old equipment from them.
Its a factor to consider, some companies just do not provide support once a product is out the door!  I contacted the Fairbanks scale company a couple of days ago about getting the service manual for a very old scale.  They support every scale that they have ever made, going back to the 1800's.

Interesting about the make a good point.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:18:54 AM »
Few more of my favorites share with everyone.

1Dx with 1.4x extender

ISO 400

ISO 800 that second shot !

Am a bit late to this thread but having had a skim through the comments most of them are laughably misguided in terms of the legal rights of the professional photographer over the OP.

Under Australian copyright law, the OP gained sole copyright over the photos that he took as soon as he pressed the shutter. That gives him unfettered rights to commercially exploit his photos.

The only way that the professional could restrict those rights is by virtue of a contract containing explicit terms prohibiting him from using/selling the photos. There is no way that the a court would read in such an onerous term into the very loose arrangement described here. I very much doubt that there is any contract between the OP and the pro photographer governing the shadowing arrangement, but there clearly is no term covering assignment of copyright or prohibition on exploitation of photos.

The one legal claim to the photos of the OP would be from the part of the bride. If we changed the facts a bit here and the OP wanted to sell his photos to a bridal magazine, the bride may be able to restrain this by bringing an action for breach of confidence. However, even this would be a pretty weak action given the reluctance of Australian courts to recognise any tort of privacy. Her only strong action would be against the professional (who she has a contract with) for his negligence in allowing the OP to tag along without requiring him to enter into a contract to restrain his use of the photos. But I digress.

The only issue at stake here is the OP's ethics. And personally I think the professional is the one who should be grateful that the bride isn't tempted to take him to VCAT for stuffing up the coverage:

Think a lot of the comments here are fuelled by "professionals" feeling a bit insecure about second shooters :P

[FWIW I'm in my final year of a law degree]

Hey for your first post on CR you have decided to:

1. Call other posters comments "laughable"
2. Call other members/posters "insecure"
3. Express a view that the wedding pro is at fault and not the OP? Really?

Stay in school kid, you have a lot to learn.

Technical Support / Re: Upgrade my cable?
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:33:18 AM »
I have ordered a Mac Pro. I am wondering if I should upgrade the cable I use to upload pics to it since it has thunderbolt and USB 3.0 slots. If you know the fastest option, let me know. I saw that this lightning to USB adapt is for iPads.

I do not want to get a lighting to sd reader, since I will upgrade to a better camera in the future.

Buy the lexar or sandisk USB 3.0 dual card (cf and sd) reader.   They are very fast, and as others have said, canon cameras don't have USB 3.0 output yet.

I have the lexar ($30) Here's what I do:

1. After shooting I pull the card (sd or cf) from the camera
2. Place card in USB 3.0 card reader and connect to MacBook Pro.
3. Transfer images
4. When done, keep images on card as a back up and place card in my camera bag
5. Place a different card back in camera for the next time you shoot.  (You should have at least two, but preferably three or more cards)

yes...i would add an intervalometer.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:51:17 PM »
Great Crested Grebe, Mating dance I
600mm f4L IS II, 1.4xIII extender
1/1000s, f13, ISO800

you nailed these shots!  very nice!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:50:01 PM »
newby here and it's been wonderful seeing all the wonderful photos posted :)  Here are a couple of mine taken in my backyard through a window.  Taken with Canon 5D II with 70-200 IS 2.8.  Had to really crop these in.  Looking to add at least a 400 MM to my gear but for right now, doing lots of practicing of BIF

nice...maybe look at a 1.4x?

These are the questions:

Third, what is your development path as a photographer?  One good wedding shoot doesn't make you a pro, and I'm speaking from experience as an occasional second-shooter.  Even if you have no legal obligation to the pro, you may still want his help, or the help of other pros to develop.  You've probably got a ways to go, and you don't want to have to climb that mountain solo.

As an addendum, this is also a test of your pro's ethics: if you approach him neutrally and say "the client contacted me and wants my photos" (without disparaging his), you'll find out what kind of person he is.  If he says "all your pictures are mine even though we never discussed it" then you've learned a relatively cheap lesson about where not to go for your continued development: this guy is not interested in your development at all.  If he says "hey, we had no agreement, they're your photos," then you've just established a trust relationship with a good guy, and it might lead to future collaboration and development.

Orangutan....your third point and addendum are both very good pieces of advice.

This will rile a lot of people up, but you should sell them at the prices you are looking for, you sent him images and he liked them ao you know the shots are good.  I would ignore all the protectionist bull that has been spouted in this thread, the bride likes your stuff so sell it to them and move on.


Fats...I'm not impressed with your views on professionalism and integrity.

There is no way that the "oral agreement" between the OP and wedding pro included having the OP sell his photos to the bride, thereby undermining the wedding pro, and probably adding insult to the injury.

So taking the course of action that you suggest would be lacking in professionalism and integrity.  IMO

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:07:52 AM »
From 2 years ago. A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula).

Wonderful! Goldeneyes are so handsome, but I never manage to get close - round here, they stay away from people, bobbing out of reach in the middle of lakes :(

And given how fast ducks fly, getting a shot like that is doubly impressive :)

Thanks, scyrene!
I find larger birds quite easy to shoot in flight - if they're within decent reach - since they are rather predictable in the way they fly. As far as a I can remember, with this Goldeneye I could hear him taking off, and I just stood looking at the reeds to see where/if he should pop up, and found him flying in a smooth circle around me. Aimed and shot as I was spinning around and it turned out ok with the suns direction, clean sky as background and so forth.

I have a few spots where I can get fairly close to various birds without disrupting them. Equipped with 97-98% patience, and some 2-3% luck there have to be some keepers.
Don't give up, you'll get yours!

Nice photo Domino...and good story too!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:05:21 AM »
420mm F5.6 1.4x Extender
1/2000 sec.
ISO 400

Wonderful shot evilzeev!

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