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Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:34:33 AM »
I like photographing bears. Shame we don't have any wild in the UK. :(

Tooth and claw
by Tom W W, on Flickr

by Tom W W, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:26:32 AM »
North of Svalbard Islands 2014

1Dx 200-400f/4

From the Deck of the "Stockholm"

Lovely shot!

I almost got on the Stockholm this year, unfortunatly it didn't happen. But it is top of my list to try and do next year.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:57:11 PM »
Threads like this are what makes Canonrumors a hoot to read.   ;D

Few things are more entertaining than reading Canon owners getting spun up over a Nikon product.

If you like Canon, buy Canon
If you like Nikon, buy Nikon
If you like Canon and Nikon, buy Canon and Nikon.

Is it really more complicated than that?

If you don't think the D810 is the camera for you, great!  No one is forcing you to buy a D810.   But just because someone does not like the D810 does not mean it is a bad camera or that someone else may like it.

But if everyone felt this way, Canonrumors would not be as entertaining as it is.   ;D

so you think people should for their own opinion?  You mean they should make a decision? What on their own?

But who would they blame then? Well I suppose it's obvious,  the designers don't have a clue, the market in men deliberately crippling thepproducts, and as for the executives they just are useless.

No I can't see that working. We all need the fantastic levels of knowledge displayed on here. Even when it's directly contradictory.

 ;D >:( :-*

now who can tell me should I buy the standard canon lens cap crippled with outside pinch to release or one of these super duper center pinch thingy whatsits.  I need to know which one will be best for taking black images. Also should I use auto focus, live Viewor mmale.  I need to know because I'm taking 20 mega something size images, I need to get it right in camera so I can extrapolate it up to at least 200 wot sits then I'm going tto HDR it up to at least 20 DR thingys. I know I have to because someone told me that's what I need to create a basic image to re pouch on Flickr.

And before any one gets upset, no offence intended to any one.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:45:24 PM »
I was out with the camera for a while today. It was rather boring for a while, then the sun came out, the wind picked up and a bit of a swell came up.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:41:19 PM »
Hi All, just thought I'd share an image I got with my trusty ol' 1DX  :D

Very nice shot

Quote from: Rishi Sanyal / DPReview
Lower resolution and higher sensitivity are certainly not unheard of - the Canon 1DX and Nikon D4S both top out at a relatively modest 16MP...

Ahhh yes, DPR...where they can't even get basic facts correct.

Please excuse the egregious error there - as I published at 5 a.m. Sunday morning & didn't get a chance to correct it until later that afternoon (after some sleep). Incidentally, do you have anything to say about the actual content?

what was so pressing that you needed to publish without checking?

have you been through and made your corrections now or are there still errors?

Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 04:28:32 PM »

After reading that story I can't help but feel sorry for career photographers who went through the digital transition. With film, learning took lots of time and money, now, in the same circumstance as described above, you could take dozens of shots in five minutes with different settings on each. "Snap, look at picture, delete, fiddle with settings, snap..."

It really does take expertise out of the equation.

Or to look at it another way   ... makes it much easier and cheaper to earn or learn that expertise.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:32:23 PM »
I think it will be a crop sensor. but if it is i don't think i will be getting one. I don't like the idea of carrying all that L glass around and then chucking away the light it gathers. To me that's silly. And the F'F's crop so well.

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying (in bold). Could you please explain / elaborate a little? Thanks

Just one of my pet niggles.  ;D The crop sensors only record a cropped part of the image produced by a FF lens. A lens designed for a crop frame camera would be much lighter and cheaper to manufacture (and hopefully to buy) than lenses that are designed for FF. Its not going to happen but I wish Canon would produce a good range of L quality lenses to get the best from crop cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 03:40:48 AM »
I think it will be a crop sensor.

but if it is i don't think i will be getting one. I don't like the idea of carrying all that L glass around and then chucking away the light it gathers. To me that's silly. And the F'F's crop so well.

and hats of to the man above who is planning long hikes with his 200-400.   :)

especially when all I was asking in the original post was how we all cope with amateurs stealing our work.

Well, it's not "our work". Either legally or morally.

If you want to be a professional photographer you need to make it your work by making the sale. If you do that by producing masterpiece work or rubbish that sells is pretty irrelevant.

A once die-hard Nikon fan, Andy Rouse, tried out the 1D X not long after it's release. Andy is a world renown, well respected wildlife photographer, and he really is phenomenally good. The guy loved the 1D X over the D4 SO MUCH that he whole heartedly ditched his Nikon gear, bought a PAIR of 1D X cameras,

I trust you know Andy was paid to switch. Some thing all major camera brands do as part of their advertising strategy. I doubt he has bought any Canon gear at all (just assuming here as I do not know the specifics on how these deals work);
"I was recently appointed a ‘Canon Explorer’ ... I’m an ambassador for the brand..."

i trust you can back up that claim. He specifically denied that and said he paid for his gear. But maybe you know better.

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.

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