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Sports / Re: Kayaking
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:05:09 AM »
Extremely cool stuff - both pictures and ww rides...
where is that?

Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:21:56 AM »
If anyhow possible, rent one and let life decide for you.
I own one (using it on the 5DIII) and  - as someone has said on another thread - you will only get it from my cold dead fingers.
This lens is special: razor sharp, rich colours, fast and reliable focus and it's black. It's "non whiteness" makes is so much more inconspicous.
If you can try one first, be warned though - it will be no more a purely rational decision ;-)))
Hope you get it, and hope you like it...
And upgrading to FF is always a realistic option should you find it "too long"...


Not sure, if this link works - and it is not much up to date.

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:55:21 AM »
Thank you for sharing - they all look pretty fine.
As you have asked for feedback, here you go...in order of latest post first

1 - I would have removed the "air" under the last step at the bottom
2 - Not critically sharp on my screen, either too tightly or to widely cropped. Rather give me his full left shoulder (if available) or crop even a bit more
3- Great - if anything, I personally prefer eyelevel shots
4 - Pretty cool. Try "with feet" version and try "rectified wall"
5 - Perfect
6 - Would have cropped above waist level. The little blue jeans does not add much
7 - Something went wrong with white balance or is the greenish cast intentionally? Tree growing "out of his head" could be avoided
8 - Personally to me this is a landscape format. Use more of the railway track to visualise "the future ahead".
9 - Love the idea!! Try closer and from "little girl eyelevel" and take at least her heel into the frame. Maybe take a variant with him looking into the little girl's eyes

All in all impressive for starters!
Hope that helps

Have agreat day

And if you stay through it gives you motion sickness for free...;-)

I should post the video of it on a stunt kite..... now that was a nausea inducing unwatchable video!  :)

They are a great toy and you can have lots of fun with them. I have a friend who tried mounting one on the head of a sled dog and ended up with a video of another dog eating the camera..... be creative... go out there and do stupid things :)

Don, this is the best description for the intended use ;-)
And you can dare to explore extremely unusual visual perspectives (have you recovered the eaten GoPro?)
I still have playing kids inshallow water in mind, from a shark's perspective ;-))
And yes, the stunt kite video would be cool - how did you mount it?
Thanks for sharing

And if you stay through it gives you motion sickness for free...;-)
It is an intersting little toy to capture either memories for yourself and those close to you or to do stuff you - at least at this modest level of investment - could not do with normal gear.
You even can switch off all sound and blinking light to do really stealthy remote setups.
No one will notice when you switsch on the little thing
Only limitation is wifi reach and unfortunately the short battery life.

and the time lapse.... a drive from Goose bay down to the Labrador coast at the strait of Bell Isle...


it was about 48Mbytes of GoPro images...

That makes me remember the good old days when we'd force our guests to watch our super 8 films, and they stayed only out of politeness.

Got one just a couple of weeks ago, still on the low end of the learning curve, but great fun.
Used it on a family beach & biking holiday - low volume to pack and funny new view points to try.
Battery is dead after about 90 minutes, try not to use wifi (only for setting up the menue options) and have at least one spare. Otherwise great toy

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:59:18 AM »
I recently had some unplanned cash at hand and upgraded the 4 IS to 2,8 II IS.
Although pretty much razor sharp, sometimes the 4 did limit my exposure time - I know ...this is post-hoc rationalizing for GAS
I really see a difference in autofocus performance on my 5D3, and I can make good use of the additional weight for training purpose...

Bottom line: If IQ is your driver, 4 will get you there. If weight and shooting time per day may be a limiting factor, don't go for the 2,8. It is substantially heavier more than double the weight and very obvious (no really for candid portraits)

If you are strong and committed to weight lifting -go for it, it is sooo cool...

Hi Graham,

gear returned last Tuesday: safely, untouched (?) but definitely in full working condition.
It was "forgotten" in the hotel locker room and they could not identify the bag by my verbal description while I had them on the phone still at Newark waiting for my plane.
A photo of an identical bag helped them identify it, shipping with FedEx went smoothly and the hotel took the financial impact.
Lesson learned is to always double-ckeck what returns from a hotel locker room and - when in doubt - rather carry the beast even in hot and humid conditions.
The incident has one lucky ending: Already mindsetted to fully replace the content at about 7500€, the "exchange fee" transforming 70-200 4 IS to 2,8 II was very easily digested. This is now my latest toy, and its added value (pardon me: weight) shall remind me to safeguard it at all times ;-))

Thanks for asking and kind regards

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 13, 2014, 03:58:01 AM »
I went to local camera shop last week, just looking for camera backpack that can hold x2 5d III with 24-70 II and 70-200 attached. I ended up with this.............

You mean the naughty fourty, right ;-))

Portrait / Re: Mobile studio portraits - am I doing this properly?
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:38:53 AM »
Hi Marsu,

the portraits look quite ok for starters.
Do you need flashlight?
Any chance to start out with available light and maybe a fill flash for the eyes?
If you need to use flashes, the one left of your subject needs less energy (or placed at a greater distance)
Personally I would rather take a little lower perspective not "to look down" on my subject.
I like your middle execution best for the lighter backdrop.

Hope that helps

Luck is with the simple minded...
My bag had never left the hotel locker room in the first place...
When I called from the airport I did use the Britsh English "Rucksack" instead of "backpack". And so they could not find it...After I sent a photo off ebay of a similar bag, they just picked it up...
It is currently in transit with FedEx and I am so curious to see if everthing has arrived ok
Will let you know

one more thing - just checked the EXIF of one of the last pictures I hae - it does not contain the serial number.
Just to learn for the new cam to come in - is that a feature I need to actively enable? I do not recall that I turned it of, but you never know...

@degies Thanks for the tip  sigened up for the 3+1

To all of you people - thanks for the hhelpful hints and your "condolences"

Can I report a loss/theft to NYPD while no longer in the States (and how would I do that)
Can and will provide serial numbers of most pieces.

Thanks for "Find stolen camera"  tip.

I do not believe that "all Americans are thieves" ;-)
Actually, being the first time in NYC I felt very welcome and "surprisingly safe".

I will return - maybe for an intense day at B&H ;-)

All the best

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