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There is an excellent article by Ian Cameron in Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 1 where he discusses the difference between the photographs that people find to be "amazing" and "stunning," and the photographs that they actually buy.
"Of these images  I was quite surprised at the two approaches, men were much more drawn to the dramatic, wide angle and often the darker, moodier image, their reactions to the pictures struck me as quite odd.  I noticed that they would actually reel back from the picture to admire it.  I also observed that having apparently enjoyed it, that not a single one of this style of image sold.  The pictures that sold best were universally mid to short telephoto images, pastel in colour, generally light or high key and compositionally composed in horizontal layers." He goes on to say that that the latter kind of image appealed more to the woman of the house who made the purchasing decision, even if it was for his workplace.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon Pro-1 Question
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:33:35 AM »
Here's what works for me and my iMac with the Canon PRO-100. I calibrate the monitor with the Spyder, and in the Lightroom 5 Print Module under Color Management I check Print Adjustment box. I then set Brightness and Contrast to +20. Your settings may be different, but once they are set for a given paper, they should always work.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:59:05 AM »
I am not sure I can see any benefit of getting the 60mm except for slower minimum shutter speed required. The DoF advantage of a wider FL vanishes due to a shorter working distance, I believe (please check DoFmaster).
Advantages of the 100mm on the other hand:
1. Greater working distance- always useful.
2. Compression will allow a smaller part of the background to be visible, and look less busy
(see the comparison between 60, 100 and 180mm in
3. No worries if and when you move to FF.
Given your intention to hand hold, I think 100L might be worth saving up for. I believe most people won't be repulsed by a smoother bokeh than the non-L, and will be able to hand hold it reasonably well at 1:1 (I was, and I am no great shakes at steady handholding).
I went for the 100 for the above reasons. I got the non -L to save money. I like using my lightweight Gitzo tripod.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1199
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:26:10 AM »
I paid more for my 50D.
I paid $1299 for my 40D. The true cost of switching to a full frame camera for most of us is the need for lenses to take advantage of the larger sensor.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2015, 02:48:54 PM »
Here's a couple of oldies: these were taken on Crib Goch, North Wales in March 1982 with a Nikon FM and (I'm guessing) a 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor. Film was Kodachrome 64.

The first picture is taken as we were traversing the knife-edge arete, and the second picture, which became known as "The Foot", was taken by me looking down at my foot with the 24 mil lens to show that it really does come to a knife edge. Just poking into the left hand side of the picture you can see Glaslyn, which is 1000 feet below.

Glaslyn is 2000 feet above sea level and Crib Goch is 3,000. Bit of historical trivia: in Welsh folklore Glaslyn is where King Arthur ordered one of his Knights of the Round Table to throw Excalibur.
Great facial expression on Crib Goch.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2015, 02:46:23 PM »

by jwilbern, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:57:59 AM »
I Like my Leki Sierra Photo monopod. It has a little shock absorption built in (nice when hiking downhill) and a wooden knob to put on top when the camera is not there.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:51:04 PM »

beech tree
by jwilbern, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:48:53 PM »

Cool Guy
by jwilbern, on Flickr

Note the cassette on the side which was used for recording the data. I worked in a laboratory in the early '80s where we recorded radiation counts for a radioimmunoassay on cassettes. Mr. Sasson is a fellow alumnus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:27:20 AM »
It's nice to see all of your beach photos as we enter the winter here in upstate NY. These photos are from Martha's Vineyard.

Clearing Up
by jwilbern, on Flickr

The Sailing Camp
by jwilbern, on Flickr

by jwilbern, on Flickr

Abstract / Re: Season Greetings!
« on: December 25, 2014, 08:11:54 AM »
Eldar, that is one of the finest cat photographs in the history of the internet. Merry Christmas to all of the Canon Rumors crowd!

Santa is in the House
by jwilbern, on Flickr

Macro / Re: Sabaki's Favourite Macro From 2014
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:51:15 PM »
The Sentinal is my favorite.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:09:37 AM »

32 degrees
by jwilbern, on Flickr

Oh geez, I have more bikes than lenses camera bodies, I have given up the lycra though.

Camera along on bike rides = bliss.

Yes, bicycles and cameras go well together. Many of my favorite photos were taken while riding, or when returning to the scene with my "big" camera to shoot something I saw from the bike. I just replaced my 15 year old mountain bike, and I'll stick with my 60D for a couple more years. Living vicariously through the gear acquisitions of others has saved me a lot of money.

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