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Street & City / Re: Chicago Visit
« on: Today at 08:33:22 AM »
I was in Chicago this week - weather was good at times, but nothing like you had!!!
Here's a couple I took . . .
1- City from the east at the river
2- Michigan Ave. near the Hancock Bldg. looking up with a fisheye
3- Out on The Ledge

Wedding Photography / Re: Bride: Extreme Closeup
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:40:48 PM »
I think it's a great shot with great creativity on your part for composition.

The only comments I would make (and none are necessary because the image is OK as-is) would be to try processing it with several variations:
1- Slightly brighter with background dark as-is.
2- Enhanced eyes. That is, get in on those eyes and make them razor sharp and bright blue (or green, whatever they are.)

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:31:27 PM »

I have a custom slr C-loop, glide strap and M-plate with handstrap accessory attachment. With the M-plate, you do not have to remove the strap to place it on a ballhead because it has an offset position to install the C-loop and the plate has an arca-swiss dovetail built-in.


Love it!

Technical Support / Re: Lighting & Flash tutorials
« on: January 06, 2015, 02:00:57 PM »
My take:

The best for Speedlight technique and application with specific info - "On-Camera Flash Techniques ..." by Neil Van Niekerk (can use his website also "Planet Neil")http://www.amazon.com/-Camera-Techniques-Digital-Portrait-Photography/dp/1584282584/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420570143&sr=1-5&keywords=neil+van+niekerk

"Captured by the Light" by David Ziser (listed earlier above) is also very good.

The two above talk extensively about Weddings, but the techniques and information are sound for near everything and will give you a great personal knowledge which you can expound on.

The "Speedlighter's Handbook" by Syl Arena is good, but I found it to be an owner's manual companion and not a specific technique oriented guide.

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:01:39 AM »
I feel the lions do not need to be "clearly" visible. These are silhouetted animals which are easily identifiable as-is. Your original process was great except maybe the sun/sky being posterized as mentioned earlier.

Anyway, here's my go at it . . .

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:49:17 AM »
Here's where you probably "heard" this . . .


Scroll down to where it says "Image Size".

Proceed with caution!

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Concert Shots
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:45:02 PM »
In general I believe you did a nice job considering the simple lighting that was in place. The lighting, of course, adds most of the drama, color and atmosphere to concert shots - not to mention the light required for the shot.
I tend to use Image Stabalized lenses because of the dim lighting (doesn't do anything for fast moving people/hands) and set the camera to the highest frame rate then shoot bursts. This lets me use the lowest ISO I can get away with and hit a couple non-blurry shots in the group. This also helps when your in a crowd with your camera in the air and other concert goers bumping into you!

Lighting / Re: Shooting Full Body White Backgrounds
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:00:19 PM »
There's a ton of advice to peruse on the web! Here's just one which is decent . . .


Photography Technique / Re: DoF question
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:14:19 PM »
There are many free apps for smart phones which will help you quickly calculate DoF for lens/f-number/distance combos. I have one called SetMyCamera, but there are many.

Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:27:14 PM »
Sharpened versions - oops

Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:13:11 PM »
One more . . .

Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:10:11 PM »
Here you go - slightly cropped.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:20:09 PM »
Thanks Northstar!

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