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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:13:18 PM »
I haven't been to greece in over a decade but I was in italy briefly earlier this year. Generally I've found them to feel like pretty safe places to shoot, although I'd be a bit more wary of greece given the current climate.

There is next to no problem in Greece as far as I am concerned. In fact there is probably more safety than ever right now as they work through some horrendous political and social issues, but no hostility to visitors that I could discern - at all! Lovely country, lovely people...

Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:09:03 PM »
Despite a wide range of lenses in my kit, I often default to the 24-70 and the 70-200 (both Mk2, both 2.8) for my overseas trips. I was recently in Athens and used those two almost exclusively: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5yTLQ6  That said, on a trip to Venice I mainly used my 24-105, but I am pretty sure that was before I had bought the other two, plus I was with my wife so I keep the baggage down: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjH2U648

I rarely carry my 16-35, I occasionally take a fixed focal length lens out for the exercise of using only one perspective, but if I am going to be in a location only once, then I like the flexibility of a quality zoom.

Have a great trip!

For goodness sake - just enjoy! It is utterly harmless and no animals were hurt in the making of this movie.


Don't over-angst about pick pockets and thieves. They are everywhere around the world, and you are no more vulnerable in Barcelona than any other city in Europe. Just be sensible, exactly as you would be in the USA.

You are looking at three very different cities and there will often be long views down streets/tree lined avenues where the longer focal lengths will be really good, and tight spaces where the widest you have got will be important. Personally, on a major holiday I reckon on taking the best I have, because that will give me the best memorise.

As for bag - depends on what you want to carry around all day. Personally, I usually go out on a day trip in London with one lens, and the next day I will go out with another. But then I live here! But I did follow that approach when I was in Colombia and in Athens and it worked well for me: saved my back, and made me concentrate on what I could take rather than swapping in and out of different lenses all the time. Mind you that also depends on how patient your fellow travellers are!

Anyway, the bottom line is to enjoy the holiday! Oh - and I agree: have decent travel insurance that will cover the cost of your kit: many policies have a single item limit that leaves you feeling double shafted if ever you need to make a claim!

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:28:58 PM »
The chances of any one manufacturer always being in front is slim. When I started back in photography after a rather long interlude, for better or worse I concluded that Canon had their nose ahead at that time, and I just plain liked their kit. I might or might not have been correct, but that was my judgement call. And now my kit works for me, and on the whole I feel my photography is still improving. Sure I can suffer as badly as the next person from GAS, but I do tend to restrict it to Canon GAS. I come to CanonRumors for a frequent fix to (a) know what is going on from Canon, for which thanks for the official postings, and (b) because a lot of the posts make me laugh given their utter and complete narcissism. I don't often bother posting pictures because there are quite a few unwarranted negative comments on pictures - for that I post on more supportive forums that help you develop as a photographer.

Anyway, the bottom line is that I have no intention of moving on from Canon unless something cataclysmic happens...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 17, 2014, 07:10:46 AM »
Taken recently in Athens:

The girl with serious intent by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Waiting... by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Starbuck's Barista in Athens by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

I love this lens!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pics from Costa Rica + 7D Mark II Thoughts...
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:03:11 PM »
Beautiful Glen

+1 (many times over!)

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:40:25 PM »
Street can be scary...

Time to move on... by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:40:58 AM »
A couple from Covent Garden, London recently:

Street Theatre audience by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Stallholder, Covent Garden by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Conversations in Covent Garden take 2 by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!


Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:53:46 AM »
Doha Airport business lounge, using a 135mmL

Qatar/Doha airport business lounge by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

You know you have problem when the photograph from your six hour layover is the best from your trip. Oh well! Looking forward to the return journey tonight!

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:20:40 PM »
A couple or three to add to this lovely, long-running thread:

Several robins were in and out of the trees looking for insects on the ground as I was mowing part of the lawn today. by RCARCARCA, on Flickr
5Diii, 70-200 plus 2x converter

Pink climbing rose by RCARCARCA, on Flickr
With the 100mmL

Pink Climbing Rose by RCARCARCA, on Flickr
100mmL again

And a last one with the 70-200 again, but without the converter:
Daffodils and bokeh by RCARCARCA, on Flickr


Canon General / Re: Almost too precious for words
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:07:17 AM »
Was Linda McCartney / is Stella McCartney a photographer, or is Stella just trading on her dead mother's name?

Linda was a famous photographer. Stella is a globally recognised designer... I have no trouble in her "honouring" her mother's name. That being said, I think someone in Canon's marketing department should get a grip. What a crass idea... The white SL1 was bad enough, but this is just too far from the knitting to be true.

Get back to things truly photographic Canon!

Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:35:25 PM »
I have always thought that there is something magical about 10x8 for portraits. Maybe because of the old large format photographs, but in a darkroom that was always my favourite. I also like the A sizes (which is the golden ratio...) why approximate the golden ratio when you can use the real thing??? But then 3x2 is just "accepted" because of 6x4 prints straight from 35mm film. Hey: go with what you like!!! I have also started doing a lot of square crops.

But then when it comes to putting something on the wall, a 10x15 inch print in a 500x400mm card looks fantastic. Why the cross over of units between imperial and metric??? Goodness only knows! But they results look awesome!


Watch out for cheapskates who don't know what they are doing. I was a guest at a wedding recently where the video guy ran out of battery and resorted to his iPhone... He also plonked his wretched tripod in plain view of all the guests which was distracting at the church!

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