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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: September 03, 2012, 12:31:58 PM »
great pics, excellent work everyone

Lenses / 200mm 2.8L II
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:11:56 PM »
just curious if anyone wants to share any thoughts on the 200mm 2.8L II, IQ, image sharpness, colors, use on ff v. crop bodies? thanks all. 

seems all the possibilities are being covered already, so i'd just like to say, mingulay, great work ++

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D FW2.0: Problems anyone?
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:10:00 PM »
been working fine for me

Software & Accessories / Re: Any Apple Aperture users? Please chime in!
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
btw that refers to aperture 3. process is more or less the same in aperture 2 if i recall, google it and you'll find instructions.

Software & Accessories / Re: Any Apple Aperture users? Please chime in!
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:49:17 PM »
@cayenne -- not sure if this answers your question, but -- go to the adjustments pane. by default it only shows certain possible adjustments. look for the drop down menu on the adjustments pane that says "add adjustments," it's to the left, not too far below the top of the pane. click on it. it will display all available adjustments, including noise reduction. if you click on any of them, they will then be added as default adjustments that appear will whenever you open the adjustments pane. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Upsizing pictures for large canvas
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:52:50 AM »
@!ex -- love your work

Software & Accessories / Re: Any Apple Aperture users? Please chime in!
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:17:43 PM »
I love Aperture.

I'm loaded up with CS6, LR4, and Aperture 3.

I suppose I should, but I've yet to devote much attention to LR4.

I use DxO Optics Pro as a RAW converter. I make most adjustments when needed in CS6. I make some minor adjustments when needed in Aperture 3, which I think has come a long way since the first version. The most recent release I think is quite good. Plug-ins I use most often are Nik Complete Collection and onOne Perfect Photo Suite 6. I love Nik's products. Silver Efex Pro 2 is just outstanding for black and white conversion. I don't often shoot HDR but when I do I use Photomatix Pro, although I'm about to start playing around with Nik's new HDR release.

A great resource for Aperture information is www.apertureexpert.com.   

Software & Accessories / Re: Upsizing pictures for large canvas
« on: August 12, 2012, 08:34:53 PM »
@jointdoc -- no need to carry it to an extreme and ask why shoot? i was simply trying to offer you helpful advice. 

i most certainly encourage you to practice and to learn everything that you can about upsizing and printing. which is exactly what i did. and now i can and do happily print in my studio, even at large scale.

but i still choose to work with a professional printer on nearly all of my jobs. 

if you need to print something large, especially from a small file, and you want it to look as good as it possibly can, based on my own experience i think that the best thing you can do is to find a good printer, build a relationship with them, and work closely with them. give them a raw file to work with, and have something you've printed yourself at small scale that will help to communicate what you want to achieve. this, i think, is simply the best way to produce large scale prints. 

and again, i'm simply trying to offer helpful advice. practice, experiment, print, enjoy.   

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 12, 2012, 07:57:12 PM »
all great shots!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Upsizing pictures for large canvas
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:08:34 PM »
agree with robert mark and trumpet. leave it to the pros.

Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:07:07 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:46:46 PM »
i sold my 5d2 early on (one week prior to the official announcement) to slightly offset the cost of a 5d3, and i bought a 7d in the interim to play around with while i waited for the dust to settle (waiting for the dust to settle on the 1dx now).

loved my 5d2, so OP great choice.

must say though, the 7d has produced a few truly magical shots, wonderful. it's a great camera, and will remain in my kit.

ps always +1 for neuro. most everyone makes great comments on the site, and all are appreciated, but neuro, i see that profile pic of yours and i pay attention.

as always, thanks to all, good shooting and all that...   

Lenses / Re: Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:44:26 AM »
i do have quite a few of them, started buying them after canon released one on the G1X. quality of those that i have is actually very good. solid, they stay on the lens well, and personally i think they look great. i use them often. but one issue to be aware of -- some of them include a small metal loop along the edge, intended as a location to attach a cord so that the cap can dangle from wherever else it's attached, you know, so you don't lose the lens cap. this loop makes it difficult if not impossible to use the caps on certain lenses with deep hoods when the hood is attached, it just gets in the way and doesn't leave enough space. so look closely and avoid the caps with the loops, they usually show the cord attached in the photo so they're easy to spot. other than that issue, i love them. 

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 22, 2012, 06:17:58 PM »
100L macro
and i'm beginning to love my 70-300L

but, 85L is the one for me

though i definitely appreciate everyone that's into the tilt shifts, and i think i'm headed there next

and then there's the days that i shoot only with my phone, or with a polaroid 100, or something else like that. spent this morning playing with emulsion lifts shot with an sx70.

i appreciate what the OP expressed for sure, but just shoot. whatever inspires you, just shoot

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