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Street & City / Re: Go West!
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:26:09 AM »
I like the first one a little more, but only a little; Well done!

Thank you Jim

Richard

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Street & City / Re: Go West!
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:25:20 AM »
Really like the first shot, the light and reflections are great. You should take some pics at London Bridge before all the major renovations commence - get some good use out of that 5D3 of yours and get some shots for posterity before they make it look like T5 at Heathrow.

Thanks DB! I think they messed up London Bridge station in the 60s/70s. I had the dubious pleasure of working in the predecessor of the shard for a couple of years. It was a hideous station that made Euston look good! However, I will go and have a look now with the benefit of no longer commuting there!

Best

Richard

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Street & City / Re: Go West!
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:38:40 PM »
I like these though the first is my preference it feels more Dutch than UK for obvious reasons.
Was wondering though if you had any issues taking pictures in these areas?

No problems at all. In the underground they don't like you to use flash at on-coming trains for obvious reasons. But since this was using available light that is fine. I suspect some people find it strange that I am taking these pictures, but nobody has ever commented!

Even the English are using bikes more - although I think I would marginally prefer shark-bating than cycling through central London :-)

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Street & City / Re: Go West!
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:44:43 PM »
Both very nice - I am a big fan of motion blur (like the second shot).  City trains make for great photographic subjects.

Thank you for that. Much appreciated.

Richard

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Taken in a photowalk (on my own) in London last night...


Just off St Martin's Lane by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Diii, 24-105 @ 50mm, 1/40 sec, f5.0, ISO3200


Covent Garden by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above, except 65mm, 1/13 sec


The Actors' church by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above, except 28mm, 1/10 sec.

All handheld

Its a bit early to wish you a happy high ISO Christmas, but the shops are determined! Actually, the first shot had nothing Christmassy about it, apart from the feel...

Richard

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Street & City / Re: London Omnibus
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:53:09 AM »
I like the middle shot the best because the sidewalk and surroundings (including the iconic red phone booth) were included and interesting.  Now about those trash bags on the sidewalk... ::)

Two things: it is funny what you almost ignore when you live somewhere! I almost do not see the red telephone boxes... And the rubbish on the pavement - disgraceful, except that is the time shopkeepers are told to put it out for collection. I have to agree that it looks awful, but I am not greatly inclined to remove it by Photoshop, preferring a degree or reality.

Thanks for the comments

Best

Richard

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« on: October 19, 2012, 08:56:29 AM »
I enjoy the lens. I would not say I have mastered it by any means (or any aspect of photography for that matter), but here are a couple of shots taken on a 7D:


Dubai by RCARCARCA, on Flickr



Back to Dublin (again) by RCARCARCA, on Flickr



Back to Dublin (again) by RCARCARCA, on Flickr


It also has its bad uses:

Awayday by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Richard

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Paddington Station by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

I have posted some others under High ISO Paddington and also London Omnibus. I think the high ISO capability is fantastic.

EXIF: 5Dmkiii, 24-105mm @ 105, f4.0, 1/8 sec (handheld - can't manage a tripod into the office...), ISO 5000

Richard

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Street & City / High ISO Paddington on a wet night
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:49:42 AM »
Taken on my way home last night:


Paddington Station by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

This is just how I feel after a full-on day!

EXIF: 5Dmkiii, 24-105mm @ 105mm, f4.0, 1/5 sec (handheld...), ISO5000, on manual focus


Paddington Station by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Painting with light and water...

EXIF: As above, except AF


Paddington Station by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

No train!!!

EXIF: As above, except 45mm, and 1/13sec

Comments very welcome.

Thanks

Richard

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Street & City / London Omnibus
« on: October 10, 2012, 05:06:21 PM »
Puts me in mind of Flanders & Swann: The big six-wheeler scarlet-painted London transport diesel-engined 97-horsepower omnibus. Except they were talking about the older version and I suspect the engine is a little more powerful now!


London Bus on the Strand by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Diii, 24 - 105mm @ 50mm, 1/40 sec, f5.6, ISO5000


London Bus on the Strand by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above except 55mm, 1/50 sec


London Bus on the Strand by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above except 105mm, 1/100 sec

When cabbies try to pass me before they overtakes,
I sticks me flippin' hand out and I jams on all me brakes.

Enjoy!

Richard

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Lenses / 70-300L or 100-400L
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:14:18 AM »
I shoot with both a 7D and a 5DMkiii. I currently have a 70-300mm f4.5 - 5.6 DO IS USM, and am wondering if I should upgrade it to a 70-300mm f4.0 - 5.6 L IS USM or the 100 - 400mm. I have found the current lens a little soft on both bodies, certainly when compared to my 24-105L and even my 15-85 EFS.

The 100-400 has the attraction of an extra 100mm, but then it is a much older lens. My main use for this historically has been bird photography, and therefore it is better on the 7D. Can anyone comment?

Thanks

Richard

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Landscape / Back to Cookham
« on: October 08, 2012, 04:02:35 PM »
I seem to have a thing for Cookham and the River Thames. A couple of autumnal shots from the (overcast part of) the weekend:


Cookham Weir by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: Canon 7D, 15 - 85mm at 85mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.6, ISO 400


IMG_0448.jpg by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: As above, except 44mm, 1/250 sec, f5.0


River Thames below Cookham Lock by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: As above, except 22mm, 1/80 sec, f11.0

Cheers

Richard

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Landscape / Re: River Thames at Cookham
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:48:05 AM »
They look too flat and too sharp to me. I believe you can easily fix this in your editing software.

I am interested in the "too sharp" part of what you said. I have done nothing to sharpen them. That is straight out of the can. Are you suggseting that I might soften them?

As to the flat bit... does this look any less flat:


2Y2A1019.jpg by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

Unfortunately, you can see more signs of the building work hidden amongst the trees! I really appreciate all of this feedback because it helps me get these looking better!

I will also be back there on a better light day... but perhaps not now until next spring!

Cheers

Richard

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Landscape / Re: River Thames at Cookham
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:22:38 PM »
Thanks Sama! I appreciate the feedback.

Richard

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Landscape / River Thames at Cookham
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:15:59 PM »
Took these this evening. Feedback welcome.


Boat House by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5DMkiii, 24-105mm @ 85mm, 1/100sec, f5.6, ISO640


Bridge near the Thames by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above, except 28mm, 1/40sec


Bridge at the edge of the Thames by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: as above, except 1/50sec, 55mm, ISO1000

Thanks

Richard

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