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With children I would recommend Bryant Park, if only for the carousel.

We were there briefly last night.  people were ice skating.  Both the wife and my eldest daughter were in moods... So it was an uneventful night.

Ahhh... traveling with the family.   ::)

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 04:45:22 PM »
Whatever stop or technique allows you to keep everything in focus for a given scene.

On a view camera f16-f64 with tilt/S___...

On a dSLR f8 to f22 or something around f8 and focus stacking if need be. Typically on focal lengths >35mm so the space doesn't feel to artificially expanded.

Good point!  I think this is a fact that many overlook or don't understand.  There are times when I am forced to use a wide angle FL for a landscape shot but I try to use a longer FL (as stated above) whenever possible.  Otherwise the edges usually need to be cropped a bit.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 28, 2014, 02:58:39 PM »
As I state above, I use the Tamron Lens Caps.

They grip very well and they are grooved so that when you pinch them and put them on the lens, once you let go, you can turn them about a 1/2 turn or so and they will tighten up against the lens and stay on very well.

At least that's my experience.  When I use them.   :)

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:59:28 PM »
If lighting permits, I prefer gaps between F5.6 and F11 in most landscapes. Sometimes I wish my camera had also ISO 50, 25, 12 ...

Yes.  I also wonder this.  Why not?  It's just a software based electronic sensitivity setting after all.
I think ISO 1 would be a mind blower.   ;D  Or maybe a Lowest Setting called NN (No Noise) or even ISO 0!  LOL.

Wait, ISO 0 would effectively be NO sensitivity or the same as OFF so... maybe not.

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:34:53 PM »
f=8 is the only valid choice. For any focal length and subject. seriously.

F8 Seriously ?
Thats like asking a Coma Patient What mood are you in


Well, maybe f/6.3 or f/11 if you have glasses.   ;D

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:30:52 PM »
f=8 is the only valid choice. For any focal length and subject. seriously.

Yeah, after reading some more responses, this is likely the best answer!   50mm and f/8 is the setting our human eyes are fixed at, correct?  :D

My unwanted comment: So sad you going with pre conceived shots! It is a tremendous city and if you let yourself go you may just get unique great photos. My two cents.

Think of it more as a scavenger hunt with the applied science of technique.

Quote honestly, if I didn't have children in tow, I would be more adventurous... But I have one child who is pretty and the other who is possessed by the devil... So I spend a good deal of time making sure they stay alive. 

That's why I am going with a checklist... So I can get something done... in lieu of just photos of my children and wife shopping... because that is what I'm most concerned about.

My best advice, as someone with a family, keep it simple on the shots and the gear.  Like it or not, the family is the focus.  (It sounds like you already understand this but I had to say it anyway to make my point.)  You'll quickly get irritated that your enjoyment of the photography is lacking due to the family or vice versa.

Why do you need the 600EX flash?  Get a small low profile SunPak RD2000 or Canon 270EX-II (with Sto-Fen diffuser to match) to use for fill and leave the monster flash at home.  Most of your shots of the city or architecture won't use flash anyway.

When I am on trips like this, I usually take the same gear I take on many other outdoor ventures... 5D3, SunPak RD2000 flash, 24-70 or (not and) 24-105 as a primary lens, 16-35 wide lens and 15mm FishEye.  Other than a shoulder strap and small lens bag that holds both off camera lenses together + a little padded zipper pouch with extra batteries, media, etc that's it.  I put the lens case in a basic no frills daypack and depending on the destination, I might also throw in a CPL.  Sometimes I carry a small S120 P&S camera or a D20 Rugged P&S to hand to others to use or in case I need to be more discrete and put away the DSLR completely.

I'm also not sure why you want to drag a heavy expensive prime like the 85L-II around since it's primarily for single portraits but it's your gig.  I would think you could achieve something 'good enough' with the 24-70 f/2.8L.  Or even the 24-105L depending on the subject distance from background.  No offense, we all have our own styles and desires, but I keep the walking kit as simple as possible.  The FishEye lens is my 'luxury lens' because it is small, light and very versatile in some situations, esp with lots of people in a group which is common for me in our scout troop.  Maybe you could substitute a EF 50 f/1.4 for the 80L to save space and weight and still get the desired shots?

The other stuff that is a good idea would be a rain jacket and/or umbrella that fits easily in the daypack, water bottle (disposable for city security) no pocket knife (because you might take over a building or the subway or hold the city hostage or something with it), and a handy Metro Card or work the Day Pass thing (ugh).

Again, it sounds like you are pretty astute on this but I try to implore everyone I give advice to in these situations to keep it simple and go as light as possible.  It's a little easier to go light in the city since you can buy most of what you need in terms of food and drink.

Have FUN!!  Enjoy your trip and please post a few pics of you and your family!   :D

Try to book a table at the River Cafe on the Brooklyn side. They have a little place you can set up a tripod outside, so you can get the long exposure of the water and the NYC skyline. I took mine in April this year.

Great shot!  Did you enhance Freedom Tower or is it a different color by itself?

Photography Technique / Re: Your favorite f-number for landscape shots?
« on: December 28, 2014, 11:45:14 AM »
Well, I'm going to expose my ignorance here but...

f/8 and be there?  Sunny 16?

IMO, the landscape scene you are shooting, type/quality/amount of light and many other factors should probably influence the decision.  Snow, desert, urban, green forest or a mixture all require a possible adjustment.  How much contrast is desired?  And most importantly, is there a foreground subject in the picture?

If I'm shooting a person in front of said landscape, I'm going to try to get the smallest aperture I can to get everything in focus depending on desired ISO and shutter speed.  This requires a lot of light or perfect stillness and a tripod.

Since I don't shoot a lot of landscapes per se, I tend to bracket my landscape shots and decide what worked best in post.  In addition, I have found that I can get more contrast and better (bluer) sky in the shot if I use a smaller aperture.  f/11 or smaller for a bit better sky, esp if I'm shooting people with a background.  Fill flash is of course required in that case.

Even though this is a pretty vague question, I am interested to see what others post.  I feel like I can always improve my technique in this area.  (Heck, all areas!)   ;)

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 28, 2014, 11:23:05 AM »
Thank you again, Rusty. We are having 26-32 centigrade at the moment so the higher temperature might be too hot for the equipment. My storage solution is a Pelikan 1510 with two silica boxes inside. It looks very professional with my name and address carved on a plate! Now I either have to sell some stuff or get another one of those.

The gear growth thing is something I'm trying to currently reduce myself.  Good luck!

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 28, 2014, 02:13:44 AM »
Thank you for the offer, Rusty the Geek, but sending the thing to the other side of the globe does not make sense.
It is the rainy season now and the humidity is very high. The printer jams as paper gets sticky. I wonder if they make the same thing for the camera body as well....will google.

Just put it all in a slightly warm enclosure warmer than the surrounding air.  Problem solved.

Post Processing / Re: Infrared photography
« on: December 27, 2014, 04:32:17 PM »

Sorry OP but I can't resist!  This is somewhat related...

Who has performed an IR camera conversion, WHAT IR CONVERSION SERVICE/COMPANY DID YOU USE and what are your best tips for success?
(So I'm sort of combining my question with the OP's question.)

So far, it seems LifePixel is a good call but I know there are others.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 27, 2014, 12:01:24 PM »
Does anybody have experience with the anti-humidity lens caps?

It looks a bit scary...you might get dust inside your lens.

Yes.  I have one.  I got it several years ago.  I don't remember where or how much I paid.  Regardless, my impression was that it is well made and designed.  It locks together solid and tight.  It also has a silicone O-Ring that seats against the lens when locked.  The way it's made, it won't allow dirt/dust into the lens unless you roll it around in the dirt/dust and then put your mouth completely around the end and blow hard.  If you test this, we all want pictures submitted showing the step by step process and results!    ;D

If you want to try one, I'll sell you mine cheap.  I don't use it much myself.  I just never got in the habit.  I probably even still have the box or whatever it came in.  I can definitely see someone using these on all their expensive lenses.  That's what I thought I would do but I never got around to it.  Now I'm in a downsizing phase.   ;)

Lenses / Re: Upgrade or not the 24-70 f/2.8, a thousand dollar question.
« on: December 27, 2014, 11:51:19 AM »
I'll save you the time of reading all the posts that will likely say the same thing...

The 24-70 f/2.8L vII is a must have keeper lens you will not regret owning.  Buy it and don't look back!  And many photographers have sold their primes after using this lens.  And buying the 24-70 v2 now, after it has been on the market for over a year, will mean you will pay less than many here who bought it in the first 6 months of its existence.  So there's that!

Now that I've summarized what everyone will probably say, I'll say that only you can decide that it will replace multiple primes, the other 24-70, etc.  I think we can all agree that each individual photographer has a unique affinity for his/her gear and the way it is used and appreciated.  You see, photography gear falls into different mental groups in different ways for most photographers.  Some value convenience and weight savings over a larger bag and lens choice.  Others will carry a lens 20 miles in a backpack to use it once or not at all.  It just depends on your personal needs/wants/habits and desires.

While I agree that primes shouldn't be compared to zooms, everyone does it anyway.  Because before you walk out the door, choices must be made on what will be carried.  And unless you use/capitalize on the strengths of your primes, thin DOF, faster than 2.8 aperture, low light shooting, innovative/creative shooting styles, etc... you'll likely find the 24-70 v2 to easily replace them.  Let's face it, if a piece of gear never gets used, what's the point of keeping it after a long enough period of non-use goes by?  That's the phase I'm in now.  Sell stuff and try to get better organized.

OTOH, if you find great pleasure in portraiture and special scene photography, you might want to keep at least one prime.  You know, compromise.  Get the 24-70 v2 and just keep your favorite prime.

Canon General / Re: Merry Christmas and A Happy Holiday Season to All
« on: December 25, 2014, 04:56:41 PM »
Merry Christmas everyone!  I feel very blessed to be a part of such a great forum.  Here's wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2015!!   :)

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