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Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:27:44 AM »
If you want to go analog, why not shoot film?  The equipment is incredibly inexpensive, and freely available.  You could shoot 35mm, medium format, or even large format. 

Then enlarge with a regular enlarger.  Again, so cheap to buy used.

Heck you could shoot digital, print 8x10 at Walmart, set up a copy stand and shoot film of the prints, then print via regular enlarger.

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Technical Support / Re: What are the best ND Grads? No circular!
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:26:48 PM »
I had a nice set of Singh-Ray filters, but gave it up to just shoot bracketed photos and do my filtering in post.  If shooting landscape on a tripod, and the wind is not whipping the trees, shooting a bracket set of three photos lets you combine them after the fact in any way you please. 

The Singh-Rays were very nice though.

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Technical Support / Re: Downside Up?
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:22:05 PM »
I hadn't thought of the ball cap idea but recently I wanted a picture of the rear suspension on a '57 Chevy hot rod that was sitting in bright sunlight....with a chromed bumper on the rear.  I got down on the ground (after putting down a blanket I carry in my truck...I'm turning into a wimp in my old age) and used the camera upside down so it
lit up the undercarriage and not the bumper.  Worked great.

Great minds think alike! I have done something similar, a diffuser helps.  You can even touch the flash to the ground and get a little stability.

With a vertical grip, hand holding this position is really easy, you essentially hold the vertical grip the same way you'd hold a normal camera when shooting vertical. 

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Technical Support / Re: Downside Up?
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:29:46 AM »
I occasionally shoot upside down to put the flash under the camera. Essentially puts the flash opposite the sunlight.  Works great for putting light under a baseball cap etc.

Images from my 5D3 are upside-down when I open them in any raw editor including DPP, so I imagine the camera is not recording it being upside-down. No big deal.

Can you open a RAW file and flip it and then save it?  No, but you generality can't save any AW file in it's native format after making changes.  Just save it as .psd, .tiff or whatever your preferred format is.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:54:36 PM »
I moved from Nikon to Canon for the 5DII.  It was revolutionary.  Nikon 800 series cameras are in that spot today.  Canon really needs to answer this call. 

Should I jump?  No I don't think so.  My investment is too large, and I am too old, and my pics with Canon too awesome.  And I see a comeback in the near future.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM Purchase
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:49:00 PM »
The 600mm is awesome, but it's not the lens for sports.  I'd go with a 400mm f2.8 IS II, or a 200-400 f4 1.4X.

The 600 is just too long much of the time for sports, and for a night game the f2.8 of the 400 can be critical.    The 400mm with the 1.4X converter and 2.0 Converter teleconverters gives you a 400 2.8, a 560 f4, and an 800 f5.6.

The 600 is a great wildlife lens and also pairs nicely with the extenders, but I like the 400.

Anyway good luck with whichever you purchase.  Shoot the hell out of it. 

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Sports / Re: FutBall / Soccer / Football
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:49:08 PM »
REX17873 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

REX18111h by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

REX18212 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

REX18341 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

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Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:25:52 PM »
Warning: Climbing on to my soapbox
I cringe when I see the "It's pretty near to what our eyes see" or similar comments.  Our eyes see 2 round images that have partial overlap with much more color and detail in the center, and you nose in the middle of it.   Our brains turn that into a a 3D image that seems to have even color. 

Our pictures are 2x3 because that was the way film was, and film was that way because it's efficient to make that way.  Most books and printed materials are similar for the similar reasons. Whether making paper by hand or in rolls, 2x3ish was most efficient.  Thus it looks normal to us. 

If we wanted photos or video to have a view similar you to our eyes, wouldn't we stand close enough to fill our field of vision?  Or maybe just have a nose printed in the image.

Climbing down from soapbox

Anyway, why not crop to what looks best for the image for you?  99% of our photos are never going to be printed, or stuck in a frame.   Crop freely, or stick with an aspect ratio that feels good to you.  Be an artist, not a follower.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:36:33 AM »
I am guessing you are shooting with a 1DX, and I think that might be more the issue.  It is certainly possible the AF sensor is just blown out and can't see the contrast.  I shoot 1D4 and a 400 f2.8 IS I, but I have never had a chance to shoot in bright sunlight. 

Maybe run some tests with an ND filter?  Crumpled white T-shirt in the back yard.

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Upgraded to 4.0!  :D
I have a 5D3!  :D
My 1D4 files are not readable!  >:(
I did not toss out 3.X  ???

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Lenses / Re: Value of a 24-105
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:34:02 AM »
I sold one on eBay for $650 recently. 

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Sports / Re: Surf Photography
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:17:20 PM »
Hi TexPhoto.
Wow missed these the first time I looked, great shots, I wonder if the SeaDoo made it through, that was either fun or a shock!
Great shots by all?

Cheers Graham.


They did make it.  Compliments greatly appreciated.

Is it just me or is the sports side pretty dead here.  I get 20 updates for Birds in flight for every one sports update...  :-[

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:02:33 PM »
I have purchased used lenses that did not include a box,... and then I purchased a used box.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 21, 2014, 03:15:25 PM »
7D Mark II for Weddings?   :o

Which L Lens? All of them! ;D

For weddings I'd get a 6D and a 24-70 I (used) Then save for a 70-200, then buy a 7D II as a 2nd body when the price comes down and I was flush with cash.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 and EF 24 - 105 F4 L IS USM
« on: September 20, 2014, 05:37:14 PM »
The 24-105 IS f4 L will work great with any crop camera.  As will any Canon lens intended for Full Frame.

The zoom range will be a little awkward, but would not be bad for some things.  If you can have only one lens, this is not the choice I'd make.

Why not explain what you intend to shoot most of the time?  Or why this lens?

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