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Sports / Re: 17 years old: My First NCAA Basketball Game ASU vs. DePaul
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:17:05 AM »
Very nice.  Color seems a little blue, but basketball is very hard to color balance.   If you can shoot jpeg + RAW.  This gives you the best of both worlds.  The jpeg for right here right now, get it published in the paper/website, color balance in camera as best you can.  The RAW for take your time get it perfect on the computer when you have time.

My advise would be move around and get some different angles.  A long lens from up in the stands, the corner of the court, etc. 
Off court action (team huddle, over the top fans, etc) can also be good. 

My basketball pics from a recent tournament: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103147492@N02/sets/72157638495325753/

Tex...I looked at your flickr page.  I'm curious about your shots from above, how did you get those?  Like the tip off shot for example.

Some great shots by the way...really nice!

Sports / Re: 17 years old: My First NCAA Basketball Game ASU vs. DePaul
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »
Hello all,
Last weekend I received the opportunity to shoot my first NCAA basketball game for ASU while they were playing DePaul here in Chicago.  I am in the works for shooting college sports and ASU is probably my number 1 choice as of now. 

Any way this was a crazy first experience...here are a few photos from the game, comments and critiques always welcome!

Thank you!


Overall, I'd say nice photos!  I agree about cropping the ref out....and getting some different angles/points of view.

Good work!

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:10:12 AM »
I thought I would stick a couple of pic’s up from the Dubai 24 hours in January, what a weekend of fun!  I learnt a lot, like it’s time to buy a 70D as the ISO on the 550D leaves a lot to be desired!!  I arrived back just before dusk to catch the “glowing” brakes (and maybe catch a little exhaust flamage) but there had been an accident and there was a 60klm flag out >:(, this stayed out until after dark so I had to turn the ISO right up to 6400 to capture the shots I wanted, however I got 1 good one that I’m happy with (pic 1). I hope you enjoy the pics.  :)
I had to get one of my orbs in there too ;)

Jock...cool shots, but what am I looking at in the second photo?

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results released
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:41:44 AM »
Within the Imaging System Business Unit, interchangeable-lens digital cameras maintained their top market share...

So despite the trolls, DRones, and naysayers, Canon is still doing something right (namely, selling more dSLRs and lenses than their competitors).

I would guess by the way they worded this, that they lost market share, but still maintained the lead.  If they had increased their leading market share position, they almost assuredly would have stated that here.

Just making a point about the clever way that statements can be worded to give a positive (or negative) spin.

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results Released
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:39:04 AM »
I have to say...what an odd reaction to what really is good news.  Canon is a profitable, viable company.  I know the source of the negativity, that they won't be forced to innovate until their bottom line is hurt, but I also like to think that it is good to know that even in a down economy for cameras, Canon is doing well and will be around for awhile longer to service my gear and sell me more.  I doubt we can say the same for all the camera manufacturers out there.

A very good point.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:13:25 AM »
There are lots of good answers here,,,,tripod, flash, fast prime, extra memory cards/batteries...etc.

I have all of the above, and then some, but I use them very little compared to the following two "accessories" that I use all the time. 

1. A quality bag - you need a good bag for transporting and protecting your gear while traveling to and from your shooting location, and while you're at the shooting location.  Also, a good bag will allow you to conveniently carry multiple pieces of equipment or accessories. 

2. A good photo editing/management program like Lightroom or Aperture. 

If you don't have either of these, then one or both is a good place to start.

If you have both already, then I would suggest a flash, or one of the more affordable prime lenses like the 50mm 1.8, 50 1.4, or the 85 1.8.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:58:22 PM »
 here is a couple more BIF's shot two 8 shot burst's trying out the new1dx update I was shooting on AV  but my iso & f stop  was moving on me so I need to go look at my settings  to see what I need to turn off.

Great shots Gary!  Did you notice any difference after the firmware update?  (I didn't)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:56:00 PM »
The little sister also, the princess with the iron fists, trust me on that.

Cto gelled 600 ex on the table and 35 L shot wide open. Lr converted, nothing else.

beautiful little girl!  great picture!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:22:35 AM »
Short-eared Owl

so short i can't even see them!

nice shot!

Grumbaki...thanks for posting this.

I'll be buying that book.

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:23:54 AM »
I live near and work on Eglin Air Force Base, which is in the far Northwest panhandle of Florida.  The base has a saddle club where horse owners can rent stable space to keep their horses.   Oddly, it is located immediately under the final approach to one end of the runway and so there is outrageously loud jet noise (the base hosts F-15, F-16 and F-35 jets) throughout much of the day.  But these animals seem to have gotten pretty used to it.

I'm primarily a portrait shooter but one afternoon I was scouting a portrait location at the pond that butts up against the saddle club property and decided to take a stroll through the stables. 





Nice shots gb!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
Great blue heron high in a cedar tree


how wonderful to find a great blue heron up high in a cedar tree, and as i view the photo it feels like i'm right there with the heron.   very nice!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:37:56 AM »
Few local pics I did over the last year.

Great shots Mick!  love #3 n 4

where were these taken?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:42:08 PM »
Worst indoor track facility for photography ever.  If it wasn't too dark (ISO 5000-6400 in the middle) there was a bright window in the background.


I would guess that someday as light tech and camera tech evolve, there will come a time where indoor shooting of faster moving subjects will be much easier...until then, the positive is that amateurs can't get shots like you can get.

Good shot in what sounds like a real tough setting.

By the way...when i cover his face with my thumb, this guy appears to be an "old" guy with his bigger belly, lime green socks, and all white shoes.    ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:25:55 PM »
Shot with the 24-70 II and a Ranger Quadra in a Deep Octa 70cm. The next day to this, it was 30 cm of snow and an all out blizzard.

cool (literally) picture Viggo!

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