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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 06, 2014, 07:45:10 AM »
The bored photographer in Mdina on Malta:

The bored photographer - or maybe just tired! by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

And a Nikon user photographing the setting sun:

Nikon user photographing the sunset... by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Admittedly it was getting late and the sun was setting, so the pop-up flash was probably intrinsic to the shot, which without flash looked something like this:

Pelican Sculpture at sunset by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Thanks for looking


Street & City / Re: 85mm f/1.2 does street on a 6d.
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:52:41 PM »
Great photographs. Love the cycling commuter and also the one with Tower Bridge in the background.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:31:56 AM »

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:44:19 AM »
Very nice portrait, Richard.

Thanks. Added the second after you had commented. Very rude, and apologies!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:41:59 AM »
I know this is a bit noisy, but it was at ISO8000 in dreadful contrasty light. I just love the smile, and I would have been hard pressed to get this with any other lens:

The restaurant chica by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

And this one was with a 2x mkiii extender attached:

Street Vendor by RCARCARCA, on Flickr


Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 09, 2014, 09:51:27 PM »
I don't know and haven't used most of the kid you reference here, apart from the 70-300DO. It was my first purchase after I bought my 7D with a 15-85. I was a total newbie. I now wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, and was delighted to flog it, replacing it with the L.

Doubt that helps much...

Landscape / Panorama over Bogota from Monserrate
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:25:59 PM »
A composite from seven shots. 800 x 103 pixels doesn't do it justice unless you can see it big...

And the panorama over Bogota by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Thanks for looking


Street & City / More from Colombia
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:23:25 PM »
For those of you who expressed an interest in Bogota and Colombia in general, here are a couple more:

Artist in Raquira:
Artist in Raquira by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

The meat cutter on Monserrate
The meat cutter (take two) by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

The conversation at the market in Villa de Leyva:
The conversation by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

And lastly:

The glimpse:
A glimpse by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Lots more from Colombia on my Flickr stream

Thanks for looking


Street & City / Bogota, Colombia
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:24:41 PM »
Some of you were kind enough to give me some advice on travelling to Colombia. It is still early days, but I thought I would share some of the results from my first photographic day. On my first day here I went to the Centro Storico, also known as Candelaria, and took a shed load of photographs, which I have filleted viciously, but there are still far too many to share here. So here is a couple of examples of the street vendors and also of the city:

Sunday afternoon in Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Diii, 24-105 @ 28mm, ISO 2000, 1/160 sec at f10.0

Sunday afternoon in Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: the same except 82mm and at 1/200 sec

Sunday afternoon in Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: @58mm, ISO 1000, 1/640 sec

I found the light very tricky... Anyway, if you are interested there is a whole load more here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZVYz6U

Thanks for looking


Canon General / Re: Colombia
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:49:55 AM »
Thank you very much for all of you who have responded. Thanks to AdamF and others for the photographic suggestions, thank you everyone who has commented on security.

Your help and advice is much appreciated. If there is anything worth posting photographically from my time out there, I will do so!



Canon General / Colombia
« on: July 13, 2014, 02:44:29 PM »
I am off to Colombia for a few weeks shortly. Mainly working in Bogota, but hopefully getting around a bit as well. Any advice? Photographically particularly, but other thoughts also welcome!

Thank you


Photography Technique / Re: Paris
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:14:52 AM »
The postings about pickpockets amuse me. I guess as someone who has lived in Europe (Oh, OK - the UK) for most of my 55 years (as of tomorrow...) I tend to think of most European cities as being safe so long as you are sensible. I recall in the late seventies when I was at university in London and the IRA still had a penchant for bombing the City, that Sylvester Stallone refused to come over because it was too dangerous...

My experience is that you are far more likely to be fleeced by those who are supposed to be serving you in the USA because the staff are so poorly paid that they pretty much have to beg to get tips. Hands are always out for money in the US, whereas it is a small minority of pickpockets, many of whom are instantly recognisable anyway, in Europe.

My advice: don't look too rich, don't talk too loud, don't throw money around like you are in the US, and you will be fine!

Enjoy Paris - a beautiful city!

Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:35:04 PM »
Contrary to the gist of this thread, I really regret getting rid of some of my old stuff - when I HAD to trade-in. I wish I still had my Pentax ME Super, because I loved it, and I wish I had my Zenit E because it was my first SLR. Not so sure about the Praktica (sp???) that came in between.

Right now I do have a 15-85 EFS that sees ABSOLUTELY no use whatsoever, but then I doubt it is worth much. Also my 7D sees little use, but I am using it as a placeholder pending that fantastic new version that is coming imminently!!!


Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 11, 2014, 06:29:17 PM »
Here are some from the Hamilton/Burlington area in Ontario, Canada. These are all HDR.

I do not normally like HDR so much but some of those shots are very nice. Well done.

rcarca - I know Marlow well, and I hope you do not mind me saying but I think your shots are too blue. Great place for pics though. When I am in the UK I go a lot for coffee.

Curious to know why you think they are too blue? I desaturated the photographs... The colour depends on the time, the weather and other conditions. Anyway, thanks for looking.


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