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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:55:24 AM »
I use the 60D camera, and I have splurged on a Gitzo tripod and B+W filters. They are a pleasure to use and will still be top quality when I've upgraded to the 120D.

I was watching the Tour de France and one of the pros had a 60D camera strap. My first thought was "Wow. that pro is using the same camera that I use!" My second thought was "Wow, what a clever theft prevention strategy!"

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:52:03 PM »
P1120066 by jwilbern, on Flickr

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:17:56 AM »
Corner Stone by jwilbern, on Flickr

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »

Street & City / Re: Let's post something colorful
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:44:28 AM »
The Spectrum by jwilbern, on Flickr

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:07:19 PM »
Bought this from adorama on monday. Good news- came today. Bad news - canon box not sent. Everything was dumped in a large brown box. No original canon box. Therefore no UPC. No rebate for this one. Anyone else run into this? Or am i the random one who gets screwed? Everything seemed to be there but i am more than a little concerned it didnt get damaged in shipping. This thing is a beast.
I got mine in the Canon box from Adorama today.

Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9, Elite Edition
« on: June 29, 2014, 07:55:48 AM »
DxO can now be used as a plugin for Lightroom, so you can easily export from DxO to Lightroom.

An updated GUI?  Why, Canon, why?  I love the current DPP workflow and makes me nostalgic for the ease of use of programs like Wordstar (Ctrl-K-K-Y to save), and the understated graphic elegance of games like Pong and Breakout.

I used to love Pong. If only every user interface could be so intuitive.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:29:33 AM »
If this somehow doesn't work, what brand of camera do you plan to spend your "small handling fee" on?

Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 24, 2014, 07:07:11 AM »
When I turn on my computer the first thing I check is Canon Rumors, and the second is my Flickr stats.

I wonder if they'll sell 70 million more.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 01, 2014, 08:19:40 AM »

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:15:00 PM »

Gone to Seed by jwilbern, on Flickr

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:53:35 PM »
I'd argue that all of those photojournalism shots would still be incredible even without ANY background. They're stunning works in their own right.
That's why I wrote that there will be lot of different opinions and I just wrote mine ;)
I simply don't think the shot with Ali and Frazier would be so praised is there were no Ali and no Frazier but they were some unknown boxers. Yes, the photo is great, but I wouldn't call it incredible without capturing THAT moment. But that is what photo journalism is all about, so no offence.
I think the difference of opinion here is what makes this such an interesting hobby/job and why we get so many discussions going on this forum. What catches somebody´s attention, makes somebody want to go back and have another look, stirs emotions etc. is different from person to person. Personally I have only once returned to a photography exhibition and that was Nick Brandt´s large format portraits of African animals, where he has captured that extra IT, which makes you stop at every frame. Shot with a Pentax 6x7, normal and 2xnormal focal lengths, in B&W, but still technically close to flawless.

There are numerous photographs which captured that split second happening and are great because of that. Very few of them are technically flawless and they primarily live because of the moment they captured. Architecture, portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife photographers today need to deliver near technically perfect images, unless it´s of something extraordinary like bigfoot, a plane crashed into the building or a lion ate somebody´s wife.

Our tolerance for poorly composed, low contrast and grainy images is not what it used to be. Today, I´m sure the Ali and Frazier images would have been shot with a 1DX and a 200/2 or 300/2.8, at 12 fps and after selecting the best frame and run it through PP it would be technically flawless. Considering the equipment that photographer had at the time, that image is probably close to what was technically possible.
If Ali's "Phantom Punch" happened today, it would have been perfectly captured at the moment of impact. Of course, then it wouldn't be known as the Phantom Punch, and the mystery and legend of this fight would be diminished.

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