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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:04:10 AM »
During the google photo walk in San Francisco last year. Photo of a photographer taking a photo of a photographer taking a photo of another photographer. I wonder if another photographer caught a picture of me taking this lol.

Almost like a dream within a dream within a dream...

Could take decades to get that last photo.


I recently picked up a Lexmark cx410dte.

This is the only color laser with 1200 x 1200 output at less than $1k USD. True PS3 too.

It will do wireless, if you buy the wireless dongle. Or, connect it to a wired network and a wireless router.

It will *not* do wireless/network/USB all at the same time.

Color print output is not glossy and plastiky looking. The "printer evaluation image" from breathing color prints out very nicely.

The Lexmark mobile print utility works, at least for Android.

You have to use the included Lexmark utility to initiate scans- Windows will not recognize the machine as a WIA device.

It is a true business class machine and challenging to set up. I had to spend some time with tech support (Lexmark and Adobe) to get the scan features up and running.

Lexmark has a toner recycling program.

I also have an OKI c530, but it is not a multifunction machine. Print output colors are also very good, but the print is shiny. I think OKI has a MF machine based on that model series.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:18:41 AM »
I was the "family photographer" when I was younger. Mom and Dad had a Nikon EM that they didn't really know how to use. I took lots of nice pictures with it.

I was charged with photographing my brothers HS graduation.

I shot the whole thing with the lens cap on. Probably made those that noticed chuckle- no one said a word. I could look through the viewfinder with one eye and watch the rest of the scene with the other... so I must have tuned it out.

It still comes up once in a while...  ::)

That's my biggest gaffe, but I'm not a pro.

I also forget about the self timer thing after using it.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:10:39 AM »
I know, I have and use the setting in my camera! Are there cameras without it? That's what I was asking. I thought since the OP must know that the function is included in cameras, he must have meant that the camera should somehow recognize if it's teathered and then automatically allow to shoot without a card but never allow it when it's not teathered despite the setting, unless it's overridden with another setting, "disable automatic override of cardless operation setting"? Maybe I'm completely wrong :) It was just my guess of what he was trying to say.

Well, I've never tried tethered shooting, so no idea on how the camera behaves without a card. An assumption that comes to mind is that the image will be sent to the computer over the USB cable, but no idea. I don't have any WI-FI enabled cameras at this time.

I suppose I could try it if I really wanted to...

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »
This was the setup for these shots except the dragon wings which was daylight only - was lucky with that as a very patient dragon who hung there for some time, plus Dragons will return back to the same spot if they are not too startled and ignore you after a while...

I have changed this a bit to save some weight so now use Godox V850 strobe with wireless control and removed some metal support.. in the field I am always hand-holding with maybe the support of a monopod with a mini-ball head to help take more of the weight but nothing fixed as you need to be flexible and quick for their movements.

Could you expand on some of the specifics about the gear attached to the camera/lens and that is holding and attached to the flash?

Looks like the same bracket is used to attach to the bottom of the lens or camera (with the aluminum finish button/lever) in both photos.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:46:49 AM »
I think he was saying that option is not enough, that it should be automatic? That menu option is pretty standard in modern DSLRs, are there cameras without it?

I guess I am not following. The camera won't work (i.e.: no picture) if the setting is "do not release shutter without card".

"No card in camera" is displayed on the rear LCD screen in this setting. On the 5DIII, it also flashes "card" on the small LCD display by the shutter button *and* in the viewfinder display. The camera will *not* take a picture, no matter how hard the shutter button is depressed.

If the setting is "release shutter without card", then the camera functions no differently without the card in place. No warnings, nothing to tell you the card is missing.

Seems pretty automatic to me, if the correct setting is enabled.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:26:57 PM »
But if your camera does not have a card and is not connected to a computer (wire or wifi), it would be handy if the camera gave you a warning notice or even better refused to work unless you manually override it.

I can't think of any instance, outside of a store, where a customer would want the camera to work with no card and no connection to a computer.

The Canon 5DII and 5DIII both have an option to not release the shutter without a card. That is default. You have to change it to allow the camera to release the shutter without a card in camera.

I'd assume that the 1 series cameras have something similar.

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:02:15 AM »
It would be expensive and it would sound like a very cool lens...but it would be mostly a marketing gimmick. You'd think tilt would let you achieve an apparently deeper DoF for macro shooting, right?  Well...it would, but the amount of tilt required increases with magnification.  I think you'd need 30° of tilt or more, meaning a truly massive image circle would be needed, and even then the optical quality would suffer with such extreme tilt.

Killjoy  :'(  ;)

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:17:41 PM »
120mm TS-E macro  ;D

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Sequential numbering watermark
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:47:48 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I am part of the University of Portsmouth photographic society and we want to try and sell the photos for charity. Facebook is the only way in which we can reach the clients/other students.

Why not use Facebook to point to a regular photo hosting website with an option to order prints?

I vote for a 1DX  ;D

Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:51:06 PM »
Unfortunately I couldn't try the new Hartblei lenses with Carz Zeiss optics yet. Basically these are older medium format lenses which use the same mechanical designs for tilt and shift as the old Ukrainian lenses. They are really huge and heavy. I find these aspects quite unpractical, especiall for landscapes, and prefer the Canon lenses.

They have a 120mm macro TS lens. Would like to see one, but given the price...

Lenses / Re: TSE + Macro?
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:37:51 PM »
Yes,  My TS-E 24 mm. F/ 3.5 L MK II is great for Macro Photos too, This Lens have Min. Focus Distant = 0.21 M or 0.69 FT. That great for the Macro of Flowers in this distant.

I took these with a 24mm TS-EII and a 1.4xIII extender. None are crops.

Kinda want to try a 90mm TS-E... :)

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:38:24 AM »
Request to every one who is posting their awesome back lit macro shots: please share the settings used, especially the flash power settings ... it will be very helpful for people like me. Thanks.

No flash used in the photo I posted.

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:59:53 AM »
Wow, Beautiful Picture, Dear danski0224.
Thanks for post here to let us see the great picture like this.

I took that one late in the day last fall. Just happened to look down, on my way out, and noticed how the sun was illuminating some leaves. I think it is some sort of ground cover. If not, seedlings that preferred to stay low to the ground :) I'm not a plant expert.

Had to bust out the camera and take a couple of pictures. A couple turned out nicely.

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