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I haven't looked at the OP ' website.  So this is not a comment on his work.

But one of the problems these days is its hard to get constructive comments. Many websites people try to get feed back from just seem to produce only meaningless mind numbingly inappropriate praise. And it seems people do that just to get similar comments back.

I'm guilty of it myself. Friends will ask me what I think of their images and I will always start with a positive comment and only give minimal constructive comment. I do this because l learnt years ago people don't want to know their images are pants.

recently an acquaintance said he couldn't make a living out of taking photos,  and he's been wildlife photographer of the year! Another friend, who has articles published in national geographic and books published by the natural history museum, told me his photography is only a support not his main income.

people do make money out of photography but it's more about business than quality photos.

Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:59:20 PM »
and a few more taken with higher view point, but set up like I described above.

Again you should get some better shots using a 5D, these were quite a while ago. Look at the petrol price!

The one of John McG was on his first 130 lap, I should work on that so you can see his eyes better.

EDIT: just notice these were taken with a 30D not a 7D as I said above, sorry.

Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:43:39 PM »
You may well find it quite difficult to get an in focus shot. The bikes are traveling that fast the camera will struggle to track focus, and you will find it difficult to keep them in the frame. A longer lens will help with fast subjects as you can get the shots from further away, its much easier to get focus.

If I was trying to do that I would be looking to just set the camera on manual, as fast as you can get the shutter on about F8  by pushing the iso as high as you find acceptable. Then I would pre focus and set the camera on high speed drive and hit the button just before the bike arrives. I did this a few years ago at the waterworks and got some reasonable shots with a 7D and a 100-400.

The other thing you can do is vary the height of the camera. I took some shots on the corner at the end of the straight after Parliament square, cant remember the name now, with a wider lens. I was lying on the ground with the camera under the fence. That got some more shots I was pleased with, not the quality you will get with your kit, but they float my boat. Wish I was there with you

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:44:38 PM »
It will be interesting to see how "much better" you can get with the colours?

I use a color checker passport and it does amazing things. To able to drop that tweak will reduce noise quite a bit, I'm all for it. There's a good difference between the 5d3 and 1dx also, so if they really keep pushing for accurate color I'm very happy with that.

I use color checker with the 5d3 and the 1Dx. Couldn't agree more that the results are very satisfactory. I don't see how it will reduce noise.

But remain very interested to see what they are achieving.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:14:12 PM »
It will be interesting to see how "much better" you can get with the colours?

I don't think I would want to change. I'm very happy with the 1Dx and the 5D3. I don't think there is anything else out there that would tempt me, or is a better over all package.

I did consider changing to Nikon before the 1Dx came out but decided that Canon would probably catch up or overtake again. I know a lot of people will rattle on about DR or Mega pixels. Sure cleaner darks would be nice but its never really a problem unless I mess up with exposure. And I'm not really after extra megapxels.

Having said all that I have nothing against Nikon. If Canon wasn't there I would be very happy with Nikon.

The one thing I would like and don't have is a nice walk about camera. If I don't carry one the the above cameras then I use my phone. It would be nice to have something, but nothing avalible at the moment floats my boat.

I agree with the general vibe here...  Canon hasn't given a reason to buy their cameras. The only camera REALLY worth buying was the 1DX. The 5DMKIII was a marginal upgrade. Many people said if you owned a 5DMKII, you may not need the upgrade. Only Wedding photographers would really want upgrade their 5D's...  The new Rebel and SL1 are cool. But that's it in the DSLR.

With the new Nikon D800S on the horizon and some of the Sony mirrorless cameras, Canon really needs to get their act together. Fuji mirrorless is quite amazing as well. All the news and cool and new news is coming from these guys.

That Nikon D800S has me salivating....

well I am very happy to have got a 5D3, it's a great second body to my 1Dx. So I'm happy and I guess canon are happy to have sold then.

If your so worked up about how fantastic the Nikon is you should get one. Hopefully that will make you happy, and Nikon need all the sales they can get.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:16:16 PM »
I use the 300 Mk11 with the 2X Mk111.

I love it its a very useful combination, very usable.

Here is an image taken with it, in poor light and pouring rain. First shot is the whole image, second is a crop of the head.

Both images processed in LR with sharpening @ 25.

That said, I question how the OP was contacted by the bride. This question was brought up earlier in the thread, but never answered by the OP. Unless the pro photographer himself gave her the contact info, then it would seem the OP promoted himself at the wedding, at least to the extent that he provided the bride or someone close to her with information as to who he is and how to contact him. This is way beyond the bounds of what is ethical in such a situation, whether hired by the photographer, or in this case allowed to 'tag along' at his client's event.

Sorry I thought I did. The bride asked my number to the cameraman (who I met the same day) and the cameraman called the photographer to have my number telling him that he needed me for a job. I didn't give any detail to anyone at the wedding because I thought it wasn't professional neither ethical to promote myself while another photographer was hired to photograph the event.

so there was deliberate deceitful behaviour and you knew it.

My first thought was that the bride wanted cheap images.

I may be too cynical but without any justification other than experience I would assume the following:

1) The original Photographer (the official one that is) was to be paid for prints or digital files.
2) The bride has seen a way to reduce the price by cutting out the original professional.

Maybe the original photographer was rubbish - But if he's that bad why was the OP going to him asking for "experience"?

Maybe the OP is a "natural" wedding photographer - If he is he will be able to make money in the future.

Either way I would recommend the OP goes to the original photographer and tries to work something out. If he can't come to an agreement then chalk it up to experience. I would NOT recommend going behind the back of the professional who was kind enough to help you out, it won't be worth it in the end.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 08, 2014, 04:12:00 PM »
Here's a BIF. But I thought as an image on its own it lacked reason. So I thought I would try it as a "water color" look alike.

I'm not sure what to do with the other, but something will happen to it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:25:30 PM »
Marsh Harrier, Somerset, UK

One of the least widespread birds of prey in the UK, and has been a subject of some research for myself in the last few years. First shot of the harrier worth sharing for myself, if mostly for the lighting.

Marsh Harrier on the Westhay Marshes, Somerset by gilbo65, on Flickr

Shot with a 400mm f/5.6 L. Handheld.

Somehow they look great above the reeds to me, well caught.

Sometimes they interact with the starlings trying to roost, its worth looking out for some time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:40:20 PM »
I saw that before.. but what really threw me today is the one guy claiming that focal length doesn't affect dof... maybe I read it wrong.. but ugh.

Focal length can affect DoF - it just depends on what else you do or do not hold constant.  If you change focal length without changing subject distance, you're changing DoF.  If you change subject distance without changing focal length, you're changing DoF.  In each case, you're changing the magnification - the size of the subject.  But if you keep the size of the subject constant (e.g., move closer as the focal length gets shorter), then DoF remains constant for a given aperture - that's why the statement that DoF depends on magnification and aperture is a better way to phrase it.

Put another way, DoF is determined by magnification and aperture, and magnification is determined by focal length and subjet distance.

A lot of people seem to have difficulty grasping this concept. Including some who think they know better in this thread.  ;D   Its shown quite well in this article.
I don't see how the context of the article would contradict anything said in this thread.

The article studies "zooming by feet", while keeping the same sensor format.

The thread discusses changing sensor formats, while keeping the perspective intact.

I'm not sure if you are thinking that I claimed or implied that "the context of the article would contradict anything said in this thread". Au contraire what I was saying was that some people don't seem to grasp this simple relationship, the subject of the article I linked to. It is rather counter intuitive and many people have not grasped the link. I thought the article was a good clear explanation that restricted itself to a relevant and concise description, without going of at a tangent into irrelevant areas as so many do. It was jdramirez who questioned what someone had said. (and pleased don't read that to be a criticism of jdramirez from my point of view he was just asking for clarification and there is nothing wrong with that.)

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:53:55 PM »

A lot of people seem to have difficulty grasping this concept. Including some who think they know better in this thread.  ;D   Its shown quite well in this article.

Note that no where in the luminous landscape article did the guy refer to subject isolation.

you are, I'm sure, entirely correct, although i can't say i bothered to check. Also i don't belive he mentioned a lot of other things, probably because they were not related to what he was talking about.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 12:30:44 PM »
So to further my question:

16-35mm f/2.8 L II on a 5D3 Vs 10-22mm on a 70D, which theoretically would give the better image?

Are you photographing apples or oranges?

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