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Street & City / Re: Nevada Wier in India...
« on: March 01, 2015, 03:58:31 PM »
The link is not working, but I can tell you the photographs are of the festival of Holi. This year, the festival is on 6th of March (next weekend) and I'm looking forward to it :)

I'm not sure about the link, perhaps you need a facebook account??  Sorry.

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Street & City / Nevada Wier in India...
« on: March 01, 2015, 11:18:38 AM »
I have admired this photographer ever since I discovered her in 2009 after I got back into photography.  She is super human and has been all over the world for over 30 years.  She loves to teach when she isn't travelling which is most of the time.  She never stops.  Here is a great image of her at a celebration in India where they throw tons of colored dust.  What a blast!

You could look at her images for hours.  She is exceptional.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206236947029036&set=np.120671457.1482346607&type=1

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:59:43 AM »
That's GREAT NEWS tolusina!  (Well, sorta great.  Sorry the Samsung drive died on you!)

It's always good to hear that a suggestion pays off for someone else.  That's why I like this forum.

Can you return the Samsung drive?  I use those drives as well, they are on my personal "approved" list along with Intel and the lower priced mushkin mSATA drives.  Perhaps you could install the Samsung in another system, install the Samsung Magician software and perform a little diagnosis on it.  Or not.  But definitely see if you can get it replaced under warranty!

Lesson to be learned... no drive is immune to failure.  SSDs from any brand, while fast and more reliable than standard spinning disk hard drives, can fail.

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:34:48 AM »
So sorry to hear!   :'(

A couple months ago before Christmas, I lost a new 5D3 in the box to a guy I was selling to on Craigslist when he literally ran off down the street with it without paying.

Well, I took possession of it yesterday from the court.  Turns out, another guy pawned it 45 minutes after he stole it.  They contacted me because I had provided the serial number in the police report.  Unfortunately all the box contents were missing including the eyepiece but at least I got the camera itself back in pristine condition.

I hope you possibly have the serial numbers so that recovery might have a better chance.  So sorry!  I definitely can relate.  Good luck!  Keep us posted!

Hey Rusty, I actually remember reading your sad craigslist experience over the holidays while visiting my inlaws. In fact, it got me thinking how I should be a bit more careful. I have done very little on craigslist, but have been very nonchalant in my experiences, having strangers show up at my house (granted we're talking giant TV or floor speakers) hoping to meet at bars so I can kill two birds with one stone (sell equipment and grab a quick beer). Your story and others from that thread was enough to count me blessings so far and maybe open my eyes a bit more going forward.

Anyhoo, I'm quite happy to hear you got your camera back as your original story really did bug me, make me a little mad even.

Thanks for the kind words and support.  I count myself extremely lucky.  Even the pawn shop guy was amazed that this camera was pawned with a serial number and not simply sold on the street, etc.  And if he hadn't been gone that day he would have stopped the rookie employee from buying it due to the suspicious nature of the deal.

I NEVER have strangers to my house.  I don't want them to know where I live or what I own.  I certainly don't want to be selling high end cameras to strangers and then show them where they could get more after they case the place.  Fortunately, our schedules here are so random that there is almost always someone here and our routine is rarely the same from day to day.

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:49:22 PM »
So sorry to hear!   :'(

A couple months ago before Christmas, I lost a new 5D3 in the box to a guy I was selling to on Craigslist when he literally ran off down the street with it without paying.

Well, I took possession of it yesterday from the court.  Turns out, another guy pawned it 45 minutes after he stole it.  They contacted me because I had provided the serial number in the police report.  Unfortunately all the box contents were missing including the eyepiece but at least I got the camera itself back in pristine condition.

I hope you possibly have the serial numbers so that recovery might have a better chance.  So sorry!  I definitely can relate.  Good luck!  Keep us posted!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:59:28 PM »
Not me! All I want is a 5DMkIV with the same Mpixels as 5DMkIII with better high and low ISO performance, 8 fps and much better DR (maybe using the Canon Dual-Scale Column-Parallel ADC Patent...).

Yep.  Ditto.  Along with some built-in wireless radio flash support.  Better Weather Sealing.  Better Auto ISO settings.  Intervalometer.  Wi-Fi.  USB3.  Maybe GPS.  A nice laser pointer.  Whatever helps me make better pictures.  Pretty much everything ML adds.  Stuff like that.  Give me a better camera.  Give me a better sensor.  Make my life easier and my pictures better, not just a lot more MP.  I have no need for 50-100 Megabyte picture files so I have to buy 128 GB CF cards just to handle a few thousand images.

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Lenses / Re: Who is going to buy the 11-24 f/4L?
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:04:53 PM »
The 16-35mm F/4L is plenty for my needs.

As usual, RL echos my thoughts.  The 16-35 f/2.8 & f/4 are fine for my needs as well.  Along with my 15mm FishEye.  If I had a project that demanded a $3K 11-24 and/or it was going to make me money, fine.  But since I'm an enthusiastic amateur, I've already spent more than I ever thought I would spend on photography and I have yet to make a dime.  On purpose!  No problem with that either but I'm currently in a sell phase anyway.

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I will skip it (as I already mentioned in a similar thread).

All I want is a 5DMkIV with the same Mpixels as 5DMkIII with better high and low ISO performance, 8 fps and much better DR (maybe using the Canon Dual-Scale Column-Parallel ADC Patent...).

Which means you know my answer to a future poll when 5DMkIV arrives  ;D

Pretty much my thinking.  I already get fabulous results from the 5D3, 6D, etc.  I've never cared about MP, even when I just had a 30D.  I care a LOT more about all other camera aspects so I'll wait for the 5D4.  And probably keep waiting for quite a while after that for a great deal on that.

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Congratulations!!  The site is fantastic and you deserve accolades.
Congratulations! Looking forward to the new build!  Just don't pull a "facebook" and constantly resign everything so no one can find anything anymore  ::)
Echoing this sentiment, please don't feel you have to "fix a problem no one has" like so many sites and apps do these days.

CR is the ONLY forum I have stuck with (and actually post in) longer than a few short months in my 30+ years of tech work and play.  Congratulations on a job well done!

I echo the same sentiment as above, please don't "fix" the site too extensively!!  The true value of this site is the forum and those who frequently read and post to it.  Not how snazzy it looks.  Keep it simple guys!!  Thanks.   :)

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 31, 2015, 01:58:03 PM »
Recent shoot with Caley. Lighthouse Field State Beach - Santa Cruz, Ca.

Canon 5D Mark III w/ 50mm f/1.2L USM
Elinchrom Quadra into 1 m Rotalux Octa 45 deg left




I love the beautiful girl, the pose, the lighting and the background.  Hate the gray swim top.  What's up with that?

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:35:54 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

Never mind that. Where are the pictures from your Amazonian expedition ?

The expedition was incredible got some amazing pictures! One of the best experiences of my life. But I currently just have my iPad mini and was shooting small jpegs to my sd on the 5D so they look ok but haven't got round to editing them and still got another 2 months on the road! Would rather have a go with the full red RAWs before I post. But will post then when I get home. Taken nearly 13,000 images so far in the first 3 months so a lot to get through!

I will make a thread when I can :)

To add to the thread I took the 70-300mm L with me on the trip and 400mm would have been perfect. Or maybe taking a crop camera, wish I'd had that extra bit of reach. But because it was down season for 2 days it was just me and the ranger traveling through the tambopota forrest so we got very close and saw a lot of wildlife we probably wouldn't have seen with a large group. The 5D has been flawless and the lenses I've had it in -20C in the states and +50C in the Atacama desert then the moisture and rain in the rainforest not got one spec of dust in any of the lenses just a little bit of dust on the sensor. What a system, a lot of people really spend a lot of time worrying about the technical features but when you get out into these harsh environments it really proves how incredible they are, the 5D hasn't missed a beat and I haven't wanted more from it apart from maybe a couple of extra FPS. The 5DMKIII 24-105, 16-35, 70-300mm and 50mm has been such a great choice can basically do anything in any situation.

The canon system is amazing.

Sounds like a job for Photo Mechanic!   ;)

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:25:25 PM »
From a motorcycle show last weekend...

The Girls at Easyriders 2015 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

So just for fun, what lighting, settings, etc are you using for this and the previous babe shots?  And then, how much post work did you do?  Thanks!  And that image would definitely get a lot of second glances going down the road, wouldn't it?  For a variety of reasons!   8)

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Portrait / Re: WTF Images - Funny Head Scratchers for Sure!
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:53:44 AM »
A lot of those come from http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/  which is a very entertaining site to surf

Yeah, I've seen several sites that host a lot of these kind of images, like youarenotaphotographer.com, etc.  They're a lot of fun to view and will suck you in for hours if you're not careful!   :o  I posted this one specifically because it wasn't one of those sites and only had a handful of images.  I figured that way, everyone might be able get back to work sooner!   Have a great day!!  :D

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Portrait / WTF Images - Funny Head Scratchers for Sure!
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:27:37 AM »
Wasn't sure where to post this, portraits was as close as I could guess.  Perhaps we need a "Misc", "Just for Laughs" or "Everything Else" section?

Anyway, these won't take long to look at and they're interesting to say the least!  Yes, Office Friendly.

http://thebigtino.com/2015/01/12/wtf-photos-will-really-make-say-wtf/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Preparing for the switch
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:09:10 PM »
Actually, I'm mostly considering the Tamron due to the sharpness it delivers. It sure beats the Nikon's 24-70; as for the Canon I see it as a tie, based on the reviews and users experiences. It's almost twice cheaper! That's unbelievable! I even started to doubt the 70-200.
I hope it's not wishful thinking... but still the tests for the 24-70 are real:)

I own the Canon 24-70 and it works great.  I have heard others mention the Tamron takes longer to focus.  Otherwise, aside from some reports I've seen about some copies not being as sharp, it seems to be a great alternative to the Canon.  I assume you have seen Dustin Abbot's fine review?  He is a pretty solid Tamron supporter and his images are spectacular.

http://dustinabbott.net/2012/11/tamron-sp-24-70mm-f2-8-di-vc-usd-review/

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