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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:54:03 PM »
I recommend Synology and WD Red Line drives.  Synology is a great "NAS" and if you get a 2 bay solution, you can add a second drive later.  Synology software is also much better thatn Windows Home Server 2008.
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Landscape / Re: Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 10, 2012, 12:43:42 AM »
Thank you everyone for the replies.  Unfortunatley (or fortunately for my wallet), I'm going to be at work for the whole night, so I'll have to hold off on moon shooting for a few more nights now.  However, the clouds are looking quite wonderful for a spectacular sunrise.  I'll be sure to post them tomorrow morning.

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Landscape / Re: Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 09, 2012, 04:46:04 AM »
They recommend shooting at around F11.
If possible set the ISO to 100.
Shutter speed would want to be at least 1/125 ~  1/1250 as the moon is a moving object

LOL, seriously?  I thought you were joking until I read the article, and then I realized you weren't kidding.  I'm going to be shooting near some rocks, so I am hoping to get a little flash to still a wave crash and then a longer shutter speed to get the moon and the ocean reflection.  I'll have to try and experiment.

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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).

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Portrait / Re: Political Portraits - Warts and All
« on: November 04, 2012, 01:09:47 AM »
1)  It's a toad
2)  It's called humor a few days before the election.

Lighten up people

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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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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx simple DR stress test
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:42:20 PM »
Can we all agree to just ban Mikael?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade or Add
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:09:33 AM »
As you can hold off your purchase for a few month, I'd suggest go with 6d with 24-105L.

I agree with this sentiment.  The 24-105L is usually available as a kit with the higher end camera bodies and you can buy both at considerable savings.

I would say that the 430EXII might be a better option for you.  It's plenty powerful for the 24-105L and it can be a slave to the 580EX if you ever decide to get more flashes.

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Canon General / Re: Air Shows-How do you shoot them? (my first attempt)
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:12:31 AM »
Roger Cicala on shooting air shows:
"One effective technique to get some room when you’re at a crowded airshow: set the 600 vertically with the hood end on the ground, get a serious look on your face, and announce loudly 'you folks should step back from the blast area before we launch this.'"

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Lenses / Re: DPReview and DxOMark to partner for lens testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 10:26:03 PM »
There are issues with IP filtering, I just do not mention them, enough trolls know how to work the system already without giving a tutorial.

I understand.  Just that doing the basics eliminates 99% of the problem users.  There will always be the 1% that are cockroaches.

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Lenses / Re: DPReview and DxOMark to partner for lens testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 10:07:42 PM »
The state of objective journalism in the photography equipment world is pathetic when one guy on this forum and a guy running a rental house are the only real authorities you can trust.

Agreed.  I quite enjoy Roger and his entire lack of brand loyalty.  Some of the better quotes I've seen:

Sigma 300-800: “A perfect lens for surveillance use, its stealth black finish is unobtrusive and easily concealed.”
OK, let me get this straight: the lens weighs 13 pounds,  is nearly 3 feet long with the hood mounted, and has a front element the size of a dinner plate. But by painting it black, it’s now “ unobtrusive and easily concealed”. If you mount it as a gun on a battleship, maybe.


Do you know the difference between a fairy tale and a Southern fairy tale? Well, a fairy tale starts “once upon a time.” A Southern fairy tale starts “Y’all aint gonna believe this S#@t!”. The 300mm f/2.8L IS is the Southern fairy tale of camera lenses.

One effective technique to get some room when you’re at a crowded airshow: set the 600 vertically with the hood end on the ground, get a serious look on your face, and announce loudly “you folks should step back from the blast area before we launch this”.[/b]

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Lenses / Re: DPReview and DxOMark to partner for lens testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:33:37 PM »
Occasionally, someone who is banned gets another IP, user name, and e-mail and starts posting again, however, a range of IP's can be banned as well.
I do not agree that a web site should just ignore abusers, spammers, etc because they occasionally come back with a new account.

Agreed.  Glad someone who knows about IP address filtering entered the room.

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Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: October 02, 2012, 04:13:37 AM »
Well, I used this thread and some others to help me decide on this trio during the 20% refurb sale:
EF-S 17-55 f2.8
EF 85 f1.8
EF 70-200 f4 (non-IS, shooting kids sports outdoors in sunny Florida)

I know it doesn't sound very impressive against everyone's dream list that costs $10k+, but I'd say I did alright for $1.5k and got 95% of the performance those lists offered.

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With the interesting cloud formations, comes out very surreal.  Very nice shot.

Yeah, Florida has very dramatic skies.  You can have three or four different types of cloud formations on one side of the sky, with a total blackout from isolated severe thunderstorms on the other side.  I often wish I had a safe place to park and take pictures when I drive to and from work.

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Or you could just do what I do, which is work on night shift and just refresh the page every so often.  Signing up for the notifications is a good bet too.

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