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Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: July 09, 2012, 04:18:02 AM »
I like these type shots, really cool stuff!   :)

I wish I knew how to do that,  ::)  maybe one day.

Peace! 8)

Black & White / Re: street please!
« on: July 09, 2012, 04:15:54 AM »
I see you shot in color then converted to black and white, I'm looking for shooting in black and white from the get go, and trying to use my mind and "see" the world in black and white as I shoot, but I'm finding it difficult to imagine that.  My mentor stated he can do that sort of.  Have you ever heard of doing this?

Nice pictures by the way, the two chicks kissing was an eye opener at the end, great capture / timing. Congrats.

Peace! 8)

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 09, 2012, 04:09:09 AM »
I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR....   You need better software, or preferably better techniques...

Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..

To each his own and I'm a HDR
crack whore, it's the style I likes.   
(><)  I'll take into consideration
your advice.  8) 

I thought the same thing, but of course it's a matter of taste and my first hdr shots looked exactly the same. When hdr was introduced, everyone was crazy for this "hdr style", but in the meantime the reactions are less enthusiastic.

My hint concerning high dynamic range shots: Take 7 raw shots with +-0,5ev (use magic lantern or the 5d3). Back @home, get Photomatrix (it integrates with Lightroom), import the shots and then choose if you want to use the more natural looking exposure fusion with all shots (the final shot is assembled like a puzzle) or "real" hdr with the 3 extreme ones (all exposures are layered). Then you can fine-tune the sliders to get either an "artistic" or natural expression.

And don't throw away the source files after assembly like I did with my first shots - in 1-2 years if you've learned more you may want to re-process them!

Thank you, it is a personal
art and 'to each his own'  ;D

make saving, looking for, and eventually buying one a worthwhile path to start on.   IMO.

Agree, it's a hobby,
make it fun  :D

Not to be mean, but MY EYES!!!! :o

There is alot of members here who do awesome HDR's. @lex! is one of them, and his stuff is great i'm sure he's got some tips around here somewhere.

Great, let's hear them, and next time...
wear sunglasses, because I'm an HDR
crack whore and I'm NOT going to go through
rehab, (Amy Winehouse song.. "I said
no, no, no...")  :D

I miss Japan.  I was there for 6 months when I was in school in 2000.  Kyoto is my favorite city, especially in April/May with the hanami and everything.  I wish I had my 7d back then.  You'll want to be careful when buying "L" lenses.  They are like crack, once you get one, nothing else will do  ;D

A.  Awesome, yeah I've
lived half my adult life in Japan.

B.  Oh cool, going to Kyoto tomorrow!! 
So hope to have some more Crack
Whore HDR shots soon !

C.  L lens is like crack!?!? 
Whoa awesome, more crack
for the HDR crack whore!  LOL!   ;D

Maybe I should change my
name to HDR Crack Whore?  It'd be easier
for folks to understand the style I like,
pictures I want, the art I like.  I'm a big
fan of Patrick Nagel.

Are there
any black and White
whores as well as sepia whores
around here? I need to ask them
some questions. Seriously,
I need some advice on what
that crack tastes like.  I can't get
my black and whites to look good
and my sepia are to orange.

Thanks for the advice all, see ya
when I get back, I hope to have
more HDR crack whore pictures.   


Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:46:13 AM »
welcome to the forum.... can you do some scan of the Capa photography magazine scan for this forum?
Thanks, and...
I'm sorry I don't know what Capa photography
magazine is, you'll have to post a link, or something
to help me find that.

Welcome to the forum. I'm here in Hiroshima and have a 60d. Just bought a 5d3, but that won't be arriving for a couple of weeks, as I bought it in the states, and am having a friend bring it over.

Awesome, yeah I wish I
had the $$$ for a 5D
Mark III.  Let me know
when you post some pictures.

Blay..if this post is short, I'd like to see your "long" post  :P

Welcome, and congrats on your 60D, you've made a good choice.  Three things:
1. Read your manual
2. Shoot on manual
3. Start saving for an L lens

The 50 1.8 is a great lens and it's as sharp as anything starting at about f4.

By the way, thanks for serving and your sacrifice.

Ha ha, yeah I can make some
very long posts.  I'll do my
best not to do that.   ;D

1.  I'm reading and watching all the 60D videos:

2.  I'm going to do that in a few months,
after I learn the camera more.

3.  Tell me about it, I have my eye on this: 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Welcome to the forum... I think what mt spokane was referring to regarding a replacement was an upcoming 70D or 7d2... But dont even sweat it... The 60D is plenty of camera to get your feet wet, get your chops going, and if and when you outgrow it, you can look at the 7d series, 5d series, or 1d series when your experience and budget will allow.  AFMA is referring to the manual adjusting of the lens in regards to the Autofocus.  Sometimes it is close but do to some tolerance level on the body and lens, it may be a hair off either front focused or back focused and the AFMA fixes that...  Odd's are you may never need that, but it's a nice feature to have in an extreme situation... but sending the lens/camera into canon and have them re-adjust within the warranty period works just fine as well.  Lens selection, get some general purpose zooms, and when you get to the point where you see habits of using a certain focal lengths such as 35,50,85,100,200, etc...  Then look at getting some fast prime fixed lenses... you lose the convenience of a zoom but gain it back and then some in image quality and shallow focus opportunities.  Good luck and let us know if you need any help or assistance.

Ahhh Oki-doki, manual focus, yeah,
I'm going to start that in a few months,
I have noticed that there are some pics
coming out a bit off, so coming from a
SX20 to 60D I'm used to it.   :o :D :)

I wouldn't get too hung up on L lenses either, especially if you are operating on a budget.  There are some great Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lenses out there that will really save you some $ over the Canon competition.  Just be sure to read the reviews on any lens before you buy it, if you haven't checked out these sites yet they're a great place to look for in-depth reviews:

Note I didn't link Ken Rockwell ;)  Ok he's probably not as bad as most people think it just depends how seriously you take him...

Okay, understand, I'll be cautious
on the L series lens.

Thanks for the sites,
I know of the first one,
the second one I saved,
will check it later.

4.  Other than ebay, where can a guy find used camera equipment, astro phto equipment, etc. I'm looking for a used one of these:

if you are in Japan you can use

Japanese used lens are usually in great condition and come with a 6 month warranty from the store usually.  But the thing you'll probably find out sooner than later is that camera equipement is MUCH cheaper in the US than in Japan, even though it is made here.  My recommendation would be to buy from B&H photo and have it shipped out to Japan.  YOu'll have to pay about a 5% (goign up to 10% over the next few years) in duty charges, but it'll still be significantly cheaper unless you are buying anything released this year.

Oh, thanks for the site,
I can ask the Boss AKA:
The wife... to check it
out too.

Yeah I know Japan is
expensive, but you
never know, a used cap,
tripod, etc. may not be
that bad.

Lens and big ticket items,
I'm all about AAFES and On-line.

Getting my telescope from B & H  ;D

First off, I'm also in Okinawa, so こんにちは. I live in Isa, Ginowan.

If you have a FPO/APO box (which I assume you have access to, since you mentioned AAFES) you won't have to worry about duty fees, which leads me to my next point, ANYTHING camera related is cheaper, way cheaper online from Adorama or BH than AAFES or out on town.  Plus better customer support. This is how I buy practically everything, as stuff is just too expensive here.

Be aware, that with at least Adorama, they won't send items that are over a certain dollar amount through USPS priority mail, which I'm sure you know is the only way to get things mailed here, quickly and relatively cheaply.

Since you have been here for 12 years and I only 8 months, I'm sure you know that are many fantastic locations to shoot at here.

Check out my Flickr ( and this guys, whose live here for almost 40 years ( Enjoy, and let me know if you ever wanted to get together as I can show how to operate that new 60D of yours. If you needed the advice of course.

Konichiwa!  Nihongo Shabimasuka? 

I'm in Misato AKA: Mihara
(Not Mihama with the ferris wheel,
Mihara in Okinawa City)

Yup, APO box for the win !

Yes, On-line cheaper for
little things, but the camera
I went AAFES for return and
extended warranty plan,
it's awesome, I can toss this
thing against the wall and it's
fixed free for two years.   :)
I can also buy more extended
warranty if I want.  So after
two years, I want more peace of mind.
I'll check those flicker accounts. 

Here are some low resolution sample ONLY
pictures from my first day out with the new


Peace! 8)

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 06, 2012, 05:31:54 AM »
* Correction, 30GB not 300GB worth of pictures. LOL!

Peace! 8)


As for the rolling bag/backpack...let me get this straight - you have one body and one lens, you got the Kata toploader 'should you get a larger lens one day', and you're looking at a pack that holds up to 3 dSLR bodies and several lenses?  Have you already bought a full-sized van and a 7-bedroom house in case you should have six kids one day?   ::)

I'd look for a smaller bag...

I like my new case, it works great, it has lots of
room to grow and has loops and such to add
external lens carriers, I checked on that.    :)

Oh dear, yes I can see how the rolling case can
look like a bit much at this point, but I have a
long list of items I'm in the market for and
I travel as well.  Well best I can.

Lesson learned (taught to me) from my
photography mentor, (Who's on his way
back to the USA and getting settled in)
a rolling backpack vs. a standard
backpack is the way to go for me.  I'm 80%
disabled and carrying things a long way is
doable, but I can always appreciate the extra

In the end, I'll have a few cameras, have
three already,

A) Canon EOS 60D
B) Canon SX20IS
C) Kodak camera, (Forget the model)
D) Two Speed Lights
C) Two Tripods
D) Rain cover (Live in the tropic,
ugg rainy season is a bitch)
and more.. day a few more lenses and studio
equipment, etc. etc.

A)  I know, ... gear does not make a great
photographer, nor great pictures, it's all
about the eye, the person and style, I got that.
I'm working on that.  ;)

B)  More gear does not mean things will be
easier, I know that,

I'm planing on doing all types of photography,
studio, indoor still and fluid, micro studies,
maybe some laser photography, outdoor of
all freaking kinds, that's my fav.  Party, portraits,
Video (60D for the win) astrophotography, (Can't wait for my
new Celestron 5SE to arrive, darn USPS)

I want to dip into time laps if I can,
class pictures (My kids is in NHS and public affairs, so I'm
mentoring her on that), graduation pictures, etc. etc. 
I'll be on the move, that's for sure.

Oh and yup, got the house with four bedrooms LONG before
we had the kids I learned that one from my Dad, "Son, get
a man cave now, one day you'll be really glad ya did."   :D

Oh and I drive a mini van as well, well we like to call it a sport wagon
but I know it's really just a mini van at heart.  Mazda 5,


Peace! :)


Thank you everyone for the replies, I really
appreciate the feedback and second opinions. 
It was clear the 65W was not going to work,
I tried it out at a local store and should I get
a larger lens one day, I'd be up a creek with
no paddle.  Plus it was a snug fit.

(Yes I'd forgotten to mention future lenses, sorry). 

So after looking and looking, I went with this:

On USA Amazon there is one review.  On Japan
Amazon there are bunches and bunches of
favorable reviews.  Also living in Japan, I can
get this delivered in a few days vs. weeks from
the USA.  Wife ordered it on  ;D

I'll let you know how it does.

Next is the back pack/luggage carrier:
Does anyone have one of these?

Peace! 8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« on: July 02, 2012, 07:43:26 AM »
Yes, if you plan to sell it on ebay.  But get a plain color, no hot pink or plaid.    ;)

Peace! 8)

Sorry folks, I searched and searched  the forums, nothing came up :-\ 

I'm thinking this will not say grip is too much for this bag.

Any suggestions?  What do you folks use?

Target is:  60D w/bat Grip & 18-135 Lens

Will this fit with a battery grip?

Again, sorry to bother, I just can't seem to find one that will work.

Peace! 8)

Japan / Re: gear insurance in Japan
« on: June 30, 2012, 10:06:40 PM »
If you're U.S. Military, AAFES has extended warranty on items.  If not, you'll have to contact a private insurance company and give them a list of valuables you want to insure.  They'll give you an estimate and a monthly cost statement. 

Good luck!

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: June 30, 2012, 10:01:37 PM »
I expect a replacement model with more features to be announced soon, perhaps a touch screen, autofocus while taking video, optimized for the new STM lenses, etc.  It might be worth waiting.

I know, it's the Canon 4Ti (650D)
Too late, already got the 60D.
The 4Ti did not have some things I wanted.

What is STM lenses, that I did not know about?

My main arguement against the 60D is that you can not use AFMA to fine tune the autofocus to match any AF error in your lenses.

Okay, wosh!  Right over my head, I have no idea what you're talking about.   :-[

It doesn't matter too much with the kit lenses and their smaller apertures / depth of field, but when a user decides to go for a wide aperture f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens, for example, they will always benefit from fine tuning, the alternative is to send the lens and camera body to be adjusted, and then the next new lens will be off.

Again, whaaaattt? 

I want to get a 50mm lens soon, the cheap one, like 100 bucks, will that look like crap now?

Okay, some quick questions.

1.  How many external speed lights can you control with the 60D?  2, 4, 8, 20 ?  I can't find that anywhere and I want to do some BIG outdoor urban night shooting and want to place some about 26 meters away (Max distance, I did find that out).  I'm thinking I'll need speed light triggers right? 
2.  My Canon SX20 can zoom to 80x, my 60D is only as good as the lens that is on it, what lens will equal the 80x zoom of the SX20?  (Keep in mind I'm on a tight budget.)

3.  Where is a good place to buy on-line a second or third battery?  I KNOW there has to be a thread on this, but when I search, too many results come up and I get no answer after reading about 20-30 threads.  Just more questions.

4.  Other than ebay, where can a guy find used camera equipment, astro phto equipment, etc. I'm looking for a used one of these:


Japan / Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:06:06 PM »
Hello from Okinawa Japan! 
To keep this short, I'll just list things:

1.  I live and work on Okinawa Japan, work for
DOD and love living here.  My wife is Japanese
and our kids were born here, now age 12 & 14.
2.  I'm 42.
3.  I've been taking pictures since I was about
12 years old. (Not pro, just as a hobby, I've got
about 300GB worth of pictures now)
4.  I've been looking for a DSLR forums for about
a month now, and Canon Rumors seems about right.
5.  dpreview is just way too much and thus needed a
forum that is mostly about Canon products.
4.  Yup, you guessed it, I bought my first DSLR last
week.  After months and months of searching and
reading I landed on the 60D:

a) Water and Dust resistant
b) Affordable
c) Popular and most folks seem to think
it's a good starting camera.
d) Lots of accessories, third party parts that fit it.
e) Warranty and the AAFES extended warranty;
if I throw it against a wall, w/lens they'll replace
it for free for two years.
f) Sensor / 18MP
g) Video quality (Kids events etc.)
h) Astronomy Photography
(Yeah could have gone with 60Da,
but got no $$ for that one) 
i)  I want a heavy, bulky camera, (Yeah crazy huh?)

(There will be a whole another post on
the camera, questions, etc. coming up,
so I'll stop there.)

5.  Owned many point and shoot, hybrid
and SLR Film camera in the past.  Time to
get with the big boys and girls.  And learn
a DSLR, Canon has some great video's on YT.
6.  I've had a few pictures published in
military magazines over the years.
7.  I'm a HDR landscape and nature preference
kind of guy.  But I want to get into studio/
portrait, live action, and more.
8.  I'll be asking the same old dumb new
guy questions so please "bear" with me. 
I will do a search each time, but I'm only
finding answers to my questions already
about 40% of the time.

I sign off each post with the word "Peace!"
I'm not a hippie, I'm not anti-war, I just
think we should all learn to chill.

Oh and I'm Retired Army. 80% disabled veteran.
Go Army!  Beat Navy!
Peace!  8)

Landscape / Re: Another Wave...
« on: June 29, 2012, 07:26:18 PM »
What were your settings?  Nice picture. 

Landscape / Re: Flower taken with G1X
« on: June 29, 2012, 07:25:13 PM »
I like it.   :)

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