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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:58:53 PM »
Moab Utah.  Canon 5D.  5 stitched images with PS6.

I'm curious...why does the right side of the image look darker than the left? 

I haven't done any stitching photography, so I'm just guessing that the light changed while shooting?  (I see clouds)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 03, 2014, 10:26:55 AM »
"I'm Not Sheepish"

EOS 1D X, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM @ 47mm, 1/200 s, f/10, ISO 100

What a cutie!  Nice.

My Nexus 5 does not take better pictures than my SLR.  It takes nice photos and has an impressive HDR mode, but can't compare to my EOS M, or 5D bodies. 

If the OP is truly getting better photos on his Nexus, he isn't using his 60D correctly.


Or his 60d isn't working properly

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:46:10 AM »
Here's a shot taken on the River Stour just up stream from where the English artist Constable painted many of his most famous paintings.

A four vertical frame panoramic taken on 6D, + 24-70 f4L  @ 50 mil and a touch of fill flash on the tree and closest swan. Taken just as the sun went down and a mist was beginning to form over the river and adjacent meadows. Twenty minutes later the whole area was enveloped in fog.

ISO 1600, 1/80 sec, f11

The horizon was well off but I think I've got it straight now.  ;)

Nicely done Sporgon...sometimes the horizon can be tricky can't it?

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105 vs canon 24-70 ii
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:17:40 AM »
I've had my 24-70 for 6 months now....sold the 24-105.  The 24-70 is much sharper, and the AF seems quicker.

Shot some basketball in pretty bad light recently.

6400 ISO


Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:25:38 AM »

Glacier National Park.

Beautiful image but your horizon is off. It needs rotating about 1 degree anti clockwise.

Are you sure?

Yes, unless it was taken at the edge of the world just before everything begins to drop off   ;)

Maybe not as much as 1 degree, more like 0.6. Difficult to be exact on such a low res sample.

I only mention it because it is such a beautiful image. I mean who cares if the horizon is off on a crap photo ?  ;D

I've attached a 200% crop of the image with a grid over it.

Beautiful photo indeed!  And I learned a little from your discussion with mrsfoto.

1 degree is what I used for this edit.

Nice shot Michael.

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 03, 2014, 05:53:59 AM »
As larger MP bodies come to market in the following years, (hopefully 2014) the cropping capabilities will get better thus giving the 300 a bit more "reach" when editing.  With that said, a 300 2.8 and hypothetical 46 MP camera combined would probably be about the same price as a 600mm alone....(obviously not the same reach)

Just something to consider when purchasing a lens to be used for many years to come.

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:02:20 AM »
I have a dozen or so 32gb cf cards and maybe 8 32gb 45mb/s SD cards
If I only had 2 or 3 cards I'd have a nervous breakdown
I have to say that I'm the same way.  It depends on how much you shoot and how disciplined you are with offloading your images to the computer.  But I shoot so much over the year that I would go nuts if I had to do that with only two or three cards.  I like to keep images on the card until I've had a chance to take the images all the way to final JPG exports and uploads to my online site.  Then there are several copies and I can easily format the media they started out on from the camera and know the images are safe.  So I also have lots of CF and SD cards that I use often.  YOU CAN'T HAVE TOO MUCH MEMORY!

Avoid potential loss in camera or in the field.  Depending on the number of images I am shooting over the course of a day, weekend or week, I use multiple smaller capacity cards instead of a single large media.  This way, I have something like two media cards per day so if one media were to get corrupted, lost or stolen, I would at least still have half the images.  Imagine if I shot a whole weekend on one media card and lost that single card.  Poof!  Everything is lost.  Where if I were changing cards during the shoots, I would still have maybe 3/4 of the weekend's images in my possession.

Also, when buying cards, watch out for counterfeit cards.  Download some of the verification software and test your cards.  If it's too cheap to be true, it's probably a fake card.


Good info Rusty...thanks!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:32:50 AM »
Taking a stroll

EF400 f2.8 IS

Take it easy big fella!  Nice shot.

Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:06:12 AM »
I recently switched to a Lexar USB 3.0 card reader ($30) connected to my mb retina pro.  Then I transfer to my iMac by thunderbolt cable, and eventually it gets backed up by western digital.

I don't format the cards until I have the images saved on my mb and iMac.

I had previously used a USB 2.0 cable straight out of the camera, but I like the speed and convenience of the new USB 3.0 card reader better.   When I'm done shooting I can pop out the cf cards and immediately put my camera gear back in the bag (protected and out of sight )

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 29, 2013, 09:56:13 AM »

Does anybody think there is a better option than BR?   I would be open to switching if there was a better product available.

It's a little convoluted and may not work for everyone, but I use a ThinkTank Steroid Speed Belt with the Pixel Racing Harness V2.0, an OpTech USA Dual Harness (with the long Pro Loop camera straps added), and a SpiderPro Dual Camera System attached to the belt because I'm often carrying two bodies. The SpiderPro attachments on the belt give me the ability to take the weight of the cameras off of my neck when I'm not using them, and the OpTech Dual Harness makes me feel better in case something should happen to the SpiderPro connecting points.

i had the straps for a think tank bag..and have the belt...but...1 strap that fits in my bag versus a whole harness system...wow...yeah, there are ways...but..to fit the bill you need secure, versatile, compact and ease of use.  a belt with harness...yeah it works but its a lot of clunk too.  that's why i went BR instead of investing in the whole harness system....just too much extra stuff. hell, as it is i have 2 BR's on 2 bodies - i could have the full dual wield setup, but i like being able to with easy just pull one off without unclasping...yeah, its still clunky but still...way easier than a full harness and since using BR's the release of weight on the neck...wow...whole different world...i make it through a 10 hour weddings yeah feeling beat but not crippled...so i check the connectors a lot to make sure they are set.  that's easier in comparison...

thanks Chuck

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:14:20 PM »
I'll contribute some black bear images :) .......

These were shot with a 1DIII and 300/2.8L IS.  I had to back up to get them in the frame.


Love the bears Harv!  Where did you find them?

Did everybody see this awesome black bear video....skip to 30 seconds and watch to the end for the guy's reaction...funny


Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:08:49 PM »
I'll contribute some black bear images :) .......

These were shot with a 1DIII and 300/2.8L IS.  I had to back up to get them in the frame.


Love the bears Harv!  Where did you find them?

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:04:22 PM »
I love my BR strap but am also cautious with it. Not long after adopting it, the swivel hook came off the attaching screw.  Fortunately I had my hand on the body so the camera didn't go anywhere.  Somehow the safety lock that keeps the hook latch closed had loosened, allowing the latch to open.

Unless I'm actually shooting or otherwise occupied, I always keep my right hand down near and in contact with the camera when it's hanging at my side.  So now I've developed a habit of periodically giving both the the latch lock and the screw attach a little tightening twist with my thumb and forefinger.  I do this frequently whenever the camera is hanging at my side.

It sounds like I'm constantly worrying about the camera coming loose from the strap but this action has now become completely automatic and unconscious.  I don't even think about it and so the opposite is true - I have complete confidence that my camera and lens are secure.

i can say i do the exact same thing with my BR's.  Never had the actual screw loosen on me, but, that D ring does loosen up...That is the weak point...with that said, thinking of how my neck would feel now with a standard strap, or, trying to shoulder carry with a standard strap...i'd be spending a lot more on a chiropractor!

+1 Chuck....I feel and do the same.

Does anybody think there is a better option than BR?   I would be open to switching if there was a better product available.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:02:56 AM »
A little something extra under the tree

Nice...is the dog a gift or just standing for a portrait?

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