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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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This would be an interesting conversation to watch (and pretty loud too I suspect) if we were all in a bar drinking beer together.  (Slurp!)   :)

Seems like there are basically 2 sides to the answer...

-  Be selfish, sideline the pro and charge $$ (LOW ROAD)
-  Be ethical, support the pro and charge 0 (HIGH ROAD)

In both scenarios, the OP still walks away with the same wedding experience gained on the day.  How much more does he expect to gain?  The answer to that question really comes down to his ethics, scruples and conscience.         I know what I would do and it's clear what many on this forum would do.

If it were me, I would be honored, extremely humble and appreciative if any professional of any craft were willing to jeopardize their livelihood by having my inept and inexperienced greenhorn ass in their way while they are trying to make a living.  If I turned out to be an asset, wonderful for everyone.  But the risk that I slow things down or disrupt the rhythm is high and so I don't expect compensation.  I just want to learn and I would be grateful for that chance.  Pay me later when I deserve it and that is up to the pro who is putting up with my sorry ass.

Just MHO!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:16:59 AM »
I think the same thing every time I type DSLR.

However, I also think right after that, "Well, it is a DSLR!  I still have a SLR in the closet."

IMHO, the D will never be redundant because there will always be other forms of SLR, used or otherwise.

As for mirrorless... well, that's not a SLR camera anyway so I don't think this discussion applies.

In fact, if you want to really pick nits, consider that an SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex.  The fact that it is a Single Lens camera must mean that it should be set apart from what?  Multi Lens cameras?  I'm guessing yes, since there were cameras made way back that did indeed have multiple lenses, esp movie cameras.  So the Single Lens part has been somewhat redundant for even longer, correct?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:49:33 PM »

lol...Rusty, you are one funny dude!  ;D


You think that's funny, check out what I changed my signature to today!   Bwaa Ha Ha!!   ;D

Funny...and I'm sure we would all agree that whatever Surapon said, it surely would be very respectful, friendly, polite, and helpful! :)

I also considered,  "If you don't know Surapon, you don't know jack!"  ;)

Maybe we should start a thread called Surapon Field Day - Take Your Best Shot!  You know, sort of a Surapon Roast!  All in good fun with more Surapon Photoshopped Photos of course!  He would either feel extremely loved or run out of his house screaming, Nooooooooooooooooooo!

How many times do we ever have threads about CR members, anyway?

OK, I just realized that I have hi-jacked this poor unsuspecting thread on Dual Back Button AF and turned it into a Surapon joke thread.  Ohhhh, the shame!  OK moderators, do your worst!!   :P

I'll be good from now on, honest!   :-X

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 01:20:23 PM »

lol...Rusty, you are one funny dude!  ;D


You think that's funny, check out what I changed my signature to today!   Bwaa Ha Ha!!   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:20:49 AM »
Since I don't own a 1DX, I think I'll just heckle those more fortunate than myself!   8)

This thread is a true camera geek thread!!   :P

A bunch of uber-camera geeks sitting around discussing the various methods, techniques and strategies of which button method they use to focus with on their fancy expensive cameras!  And even going so far as to consider the f-stop and speed of the focus points together with which algorithm is used for the different focus modes!  Wow!

Truly, it's an enlightening thread but I just had to step back and joke with you a minute on how truly geeky it is!!   ;D

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OP/TECH has had Media Holsters for straps for years.  Enjoy...

http://optechusa.com/accessories/media-holsters.html

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 22, 2014, 10:13:59 AM »
Quote from: RustyTheGeek
Call me crazy but I thought the overpriced 24 and 35mm EF primes that came out with IS were a waste of time.

Crazy!

The 24 IS and 35 IS lenses are both spectacular for different reasons.

First, they replace older designs that were far inferior optically.

Second, the 24 IS has significantly less flare closed down (where most landscapers would use it) than both the 24L II and the 24-70 II.  The smaller size also makes it more portable for hiking.

Third, the 35 IS has rounded aperture blades unlike the 35L, plus it is smaller and lighter than the 35L.  Fantastic for a city walkabout lens for those reasons, plus less obtrusive/expensive looking.

Fourth, these lenses have the added bonus of IS, which can be useful in select circumstances when you lack a tripod.  IS is really only a bonus though, the real beauty is in the other advantages mentioned.

Thanks Ruined!  Now call me 'corrected'!  :)

I appreciate the concise list of reasons why the 24 & 35 ver II prime lenses are more desirable now.  I always knew the original 24 and 35 EF primes could have been much better (and probably were a waste of time) but the outrageous price of the ver II lenses soured my opinion of them prematurely.  I thought the necessity of IS for wide prime lenses was debatable and a lame excuse to offer the new versions for such a high price.  I'm glad that they dropped in price a bit and I'm glad to know there are other reasons other than IS to consider them.

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