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Took at about 9pm last night.  I hope to do a little better tonight and go out early AM when the ocean breeze is calm.  Then I might be able to stop the lens down and take a longer exposure.  Shot with 10-22mm @ 10mm, f/5.6, 1.3sec, ISO 400.

Landscape / Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves - Round 2
« on: November 24, 2012, 08:32:00 PM »
Ok, still waiting for my tripod and polarizer and grad ND filter, so these were all handheld.  Please let me know what you think about the compositions.  Also, should I speed up or slow down the shutter?  My wife doesn't like all the motion, so I want to hear what other people think.  The only post processing was to add a graduated ND filter on the sky and increase the exposure on the beach.
Image 2541 was shot using a parking bollard for stabilization.  ISO 100, 55mm, f5.6, 1/4s
Image 2568 - ISO 100, 28mm, f8, 1/20s
Image 2662 - ISO 100, 55mm, f16, 1/30s
Image 2701 - ISO 100, 55mm, f16, 1/30s

So, I ended up working pretty late last night and heading home I could tell I was going to be in for a treat with the sunrise.  I took tons of photos and when I got back, what did I see?  Blownout sky and no detail in the beach rocks (I'll post a picture later once I get the time).  Now, not all was lost, and some of the pictures I seemed to even recover pretty well in Lightroom.  However, I'd rather just get the lighting right so as much detail as possible is available in the image.

I already knew I needed a good tripod and ballhead (Manfrotto 055 and Markins Q3 on order).  However, I also realized that I need is a good graduated ND filter and circular polarizer.  And so, after the $500 tripod order, and I now spend another $250 on nice filters (had cheap filter before, now I only get B+W).

Oh the lessons we learn.  I'll report back after I use the new equipment, and hopefully with some nice pictures.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What would you do? Crop or FF
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:49:30 AM »
The discussion about apparent depth of field in the upcoming APS-C announcements thread got me to thinking about maybe switching over to FF.  I mostly take family pictures, so getting a nicer DoF would be welcome.  So, here's how this would go down:
1) Sell T2i with 18-135 kit lens ($600 after Amazon cut)
2) Sell 17-55 f 2.8 ($650 after Amazon cut)
3) Buy Used 5DIII (LensRentals sale) or 6D and 40mm pancake ($2300).
Total cost of coverting: $1050.

I wouldn't want to spend any more money for a zoom (24-70 or 24-105), so the pancake would have to do.

So, what you would you do?  Would it be worth $1050 and would you trade FF for the lack of a normal zoom lens?

Pricewatch Deals / Buying Used Equipment on LensRentals.com
« on: November 20, 2012, 06:39:05 PM »
Ok, so does anyone have any experience with getting used equipment from them.  I hesitate because rented stuff (e.g., cars) are usually not treated all that well, so what you usually get is some very beat up equipment that won't last as long.  I was hoping to get some feedback from the community as to whether this is an acceptable way of getting good equipment a little cheaper.

I don't know what the price will be, but this item just popped up to be on sale at 9:30 AM EST.  It's a little small for my needs, but figured I would give you all a heads up.

Gitzo GT3840C Series 3 Basalt Compact Tripod


Abstract / This is why I love LensRentals - Hostess Photoshoot
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:52:43 PM »

Landscape / Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:22:10 AM »
The clouds didn't cooperate for a nice colorful shoot, but I figured it would give me good experience on shutter speed and aperture to get the affect I wanted.  Overall, I'm not that impressed and I was hoping to get some advice so that when the clouds and my schedule do cooperate, I can take better pictures.  Thank you in advance.

Landscape / Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 09, 2012, 02:40:17 AM »
I figured I'd take the opportunity on night shift to get a few shots of a moonrise along the beach.  Does anyone have any advice on when the best lighting would be for reflections on the ocean (i.e., how long after the offical moonrise)?  Any other advice that you could offer too would be appreciated (besides bringing a tripod) such as color temperature settings, wide or narrow aperature, etc.  I know it's going to be a waining crescent, so light is going to be minimal.  Camera and lenses are limited to what is listed below (no high ISOs for me).

Portrait / Political Portraits - Warts and All
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:16:41 PM »
Close up of Nancy Pelosi.  Canon T2i with EF 85mm at f/1.8, 1/500, ISO 400.

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