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Absolutely agree with you once you collapse it it's just add an extra weight but I prefer to have it always on, to be ready for any changes ;)

Sorry to keep bugging you but... when do you (ever?) use the dome?  Do you keep it with you during the shoot and attach/remove or do you just throw a handkerchief/napkin/bride's veil over it or something?   :D  Me, I've just always left the dome on and shot (almost straight) up at an angle.  (And let the poor flash suffer!)

I like the device.  It seems to work well.  My biggest complaint is the weight.  Wish it was lighter.  Seems like they could have made it with the same material and gone about half as thick with the same result.

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So how did this story end?  How did it go?  Any pictures to share??

mack and rusty....lot's of good advice!!   (rusty, do you think he should practice first or just wing it ;D)
LOL!  I'm not sure what Rusty wanted him to do, either, but it sounds like he thinks practice is overrated ;)

I'd like to know how it went, too, but as with some other posts like this, sometimes we hear back, sometimes not.

I feel sooo used !!   :'(   ;)

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uggg...maybe i should not reply to things when i haven't read all 11 pages...uggg...11 pages....I want to sue all of you now!.....
Strange, how does it show 11 pages for you?  It only shows 4 pages for me.   ???

Regardless of pages, it is a loooong thread.  I'm a little surprised that it is still on the leader board after all this time.  Just goes to show how attracted most people are to soap operas vs. geeky tech shows.   ;)

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George, I really like the behind the scenes photos in your About page - I haven't see that before and it really gives the customer a really good idea of what you actually do at the wedding.  It gives a human touch to your site, too.  Well done.

I am captivated by your images as I mentioned previously.  However, after I saw the comment above, I went and looked at the About page.  Wonderful!!  You have a beautiful wife, baby and family!  She appears to really rock that camera too!

I find it exciting that you are from another part of the world and yet you have so much in common with many others on this forum.  The camera that you are holding is also held by many of us in CR.  And if not that specific model, another model DSLR being used to achieve fulfilling images.  I think it's really great that we can all enjoy a common hobby/profession/craft and relate to on another so well because of it.  Nice.

Another question:  I see the Gary Fong Lightsphere on your flash but it seems to be used in an odd way.  I see it on the flash but without the top dome.  It's pointed straight up and the flash is also rotated 90 degrees.  What is your technique?  Do you turn the flash down to the side and bounce the flash off of adjacent side walls a lot?  I'm wondering if you have a favorite and proven system with this technique or if it's just a coincidence. 

Again, you do appear to be living the dream with your wife and partner as you enjoy your craft!  I'm very happy for you!

Thank you very much for your kind words "RustyTheGeek"
I like to bounce the light off whatever is possible and without top dome it's much easier and quicker to fold it when I don't need it. So I'm just folding it and it stays there in close position and not bothering me to much ;)

Thanks for the clarification.  So, I can see from your images that the light is indeed working for you.  I also have the same collapsible GF Lightsphere model.  I have always assumed that without the dome, the soft-sided part of the sphere would be somewhat useless since there is nothing in front of the flash emmitter to reflect light back into the semi-transparent sphere cone to achieve all-around light coverage.  I can see the advantage of having the dome removed for bouncing off of walls, ceilings, etc but once you are bouncing off a another large surface like that, what purpose does having the soft collapsible cone part of the GF Sphere serve?  Seems like at that point, it just adds weight since the light is projected straight out and away from everything behind the flash emitter.  Please understand that I'm not trying to argue or criticize, I'm genuinely curious.  Since I also own the same gizmo, I just want to understand a possibly better way to use it!  Thanks!    :)

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George, I really like the behind the scenes photos in your About page - I haven't see that before and it really gives the customer a really good idea of what you actually do at the wedding.  It gives a human touch to your site, too.  Well done.

I am captivated by your images as I mentioned previously.  However, after I saw the comment above, I went and looked at the About page.  Wonderful!!  You have a beautiful wife, baby and family!  She appears to really rock that camera too!

I find it exciting that you are from another part of the world and yet you have so much in common with many others on this forum.  The camera that you are holding is also held by many of us in CR.  And if not that specific model, another model DSLR being used to achieve fulfilling images.  I think it's really great that we can all enjoy a common hobby/profession/craft and relate to one another so well because of it.  Nice.

Another question:  I see the Gary Fong Lightsphere on your flash but it seems to be used in an odd way.  I see it on the flash but without the top dome.  It's pointed straight up and the flash is also rotated 90 degrees.  What is your technique?  Do you turn the flash down to the side and bounce the flash off of adjacent side walls a lot?  I'm wondering if you have a favorite and proven system with this technique or if it's just a coincidence. 

Again, you do appear to be living the dream with your wife and partner as you enjoy your craft!  I'm very happy for you!

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So how did this story end?  How did it go?  Any pictures to share??

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Please check out my work, I am only 18 but I try to be as professional as possible.

http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/


Dude, you are smokin' it, I wish I had been a quarter that good when I was 18, really nice work, and a generalist from my own heart. Keep it up.

++1, Well said!

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Great place to be.
Some really helpful info here.

Here is my little world, hope you will enjoy the view ))

www.isaacimage.com

Cheers
George


I like your journalistic story telling style with the wider angles, etc.  I see a lot of different venues and lighting challenges both indoor and outdoor.  I consider wedding photography to be one of the hardest jobs in photography.  No second chances and the photographer should be as unseen and unobtrusive as possible but still get the great shots and work miracles.  The intermixed B+W shots are great as well.  I love monochrome but it seems too trendy sometimes the way it is sometimes done these days.  These shots are more realistic IMHO.  In essence, I would hire you to do a wedding if I could.  Great job!!

One question:  I see a lot of other photographers in many of the shots.  Are those shots where you were just a guest or do a lot of your clients hire multiple photographers?

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Please check out my work, I am only 18 but I try to be as professional as possible.

http://www.charlesbankephotography.com/


Love it!  Great work!  It looks like you have some decent access to some of those sports events based on the vantage points.  Keep it up!!!   :D

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I totally agree especially when you say:

[Think a lot of the comments here are fuelled by "professionals" feeling a bit insecure about second shooters :P ]

There are few professional wedding photographers on this forum and few in this thread.  Rather, I think a lot of the comments here are fueled by people with a moral compass.  I'd trust a lawyer for legal guidance, but not for ethical guidance (and I wouldn't trust a law student for either!).

Frankly, your original post and subsequent comments (including the ones that are obvious backpedalling) say much about your sense of ethics.

I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt: I don't think he backpedaled so much, as filled-in more details that were missing in his OP.  My guess is that he thought he understood that he had rights, and was seeking a price.  After some discussion, he may have learned that his assumptions may not have been right.  He dealt with it.  Being wrong happens to every human every day.  The question is how you deal with it.

Not me!  I'm never wrong!  I'm simply mistaken sometimes.   ;D

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I upload my stuff to a zenfolio site that I link to at the left with the little globe.

http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/

But alas, no one ever clicks on it, sees them and then tells me what an amazing, kick-ass photographer I am.  :-[
Oh well, I guess I just gotta keep on trying!   ;)

LOL!  Seriously, I shoot everything as a hobby for schools, scouts, church, etc.  I stay behind all the time trying to keep up with, process and post all the myriad event images.  It's the hardest hobby I've ever loved!


I really like the picture of the little girl filled with flash in front of the ship. Good composition and impact.


If it's the one I'm thinking of, that was a scout trip where our troop had the unique privilege of participating in the commissioning of the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship 'USS Fort Worth' on the Texas Coast.  For those of you familiar with the Navy, our troop actually received a PLANK from the commissioning committee for all of our efforts in Arlington/Fort Worth and also there at the ceremony.  We also got a great tour of the ship as the pictures show.  There is a whole group of galleries related to the USS Fort Worth activities.  That's an ongoing deal for our troop.

The little girl in the sailor outfit in front of the ship was actually being shot by a media photog and I caught that shot as I was shooting our scouts sitting nearby.  Low mid morning sun/shade before the heat set in.  The little girl is filled with flash due to the other photog and so this was one of those 'lucky shots'!  Funny how some of the best shots are almost accidents!   :)

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Thanks PBD!  Unfortunately, church is one of the areas where I'm way behind on processing and posting new images!  ATM, I'm trying to get the rest of the swim pictures finished and uploaded before the upcoming banquet where they have a slideshow.  Ugh!

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WOW!!  Those images ARE FANTASTIC SURAPON!

Thank you for sharing!  I think I could (hopefully) learn a lot from observing those pictures.  Very nice, very moving.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:29:02 PM »
Enough already.  Next we will have to deal with...

I am going to the bathroom to poop.  What should I bring?

Wow!  I didn't realize there are still these kinds of people in the forum.  Did you just have a very bad day?  Anyway, peace to you sir.  There's no need to be rude.  An honest inquiry doesn't hurt anybody.  If you don't like it, then move on to the next thread.  No one is forcing you to read or comment.

Anyway, thanks to those who are very much willing to give their free advice.  You are all very much appreciated.

No VSJ, I am just tired of people posting about going somewhere and asking what to bring.  This is based on what types of photos you want to get and what you are willing to carry.  When I see someone talking about an upcoming trip followed by a long list of camera gear a become suspicious of their true intent.  Often it appears to be a way to brag about their gear or their next adventure.  Now if you asked for information on where to go and what focal length you should have for specific locations based on other peoples experience, I would find that much more constructive.  I was not being rude, or a having a bad day.  I simply called you out.  Be a big boy, wipe your nose and ask for some valuable information that just might get you some great images.  Listing you camera equipment is mostly pointless.  You choose what to carry based on location and desired images.  BTW, what "kinds of people" am I?  Seems like kind of a disparaging remark by you.  I was attempting to add a little levity, apparently you did not get it.  Now if you consider what I said about asking more specific questions about focal length/location, you will hopefully understand.  Being in the right place with the wrong focal length can be very frustrating.  Carrying too much gear can be painful.

TB, you just made some really good points!

Next time, perhaps you should consider leading with that instead.  Because I don't think the poop comment that you did lead with came across so well.  JMHO.

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I upload my stuff to a zenfolio site that I link to at the left with the little globe.

http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/

But alas, no one ever clicks on it, sees them and then tells me what an amazing, kick-ass photographer I am.  :-[
Oh well, I guess I just gotta keep on trying!   ;)

LOL!  Seriously, I shoot everything as a hobby for schools, scouts, church, etc.  I stay behind all the time trying to keep up with, process and post all the myriad event images.  It's the hardest hobby I've ever loved!

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