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Messages - Jim Saunders

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Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:48:45 PM »
Two umbrellas, two manual flashes, dark-colored roller blind for a backdrop?  Could work.

Jim

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:38:25 PM »
Four lights and the transmitter is enough to get shots like the one attached; I got mine second-hand also and I don't feel bad about owning it rather than another light.  A 1Dx and a 70-200 is heavy enough as it is.  I guess the question is whether or not you need on-camera light for what you do.

Jim


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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:19:26 PM »
I have one like that PhotoClam one; I didn't pay nearly that much for it but it is fine for a 50D, folds up nice, one leg unscrews for use as a monopod etc.  Mine is Fotopro, about $250 at Henry's, probably cheaper online.

A Berlebach 332 wood tripod with the leveling base is an option on your budget, very stable in exchange for not as compact and a little heavier.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm DO
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:59:27 AM »
I got this one at Canon's Image Square in Calgary.  I didn't spend a lot of time with it but it seems comparable for size and weight to a 300 f/2.8.

Jim

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Canon General / Re: TC switchable like built-in TC
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:48:03 AM »
I'd like if they'd do this for future telephotos; have the structure present and make 1.4 or 2x an option at purchase.  A 70-200 with an integrated 2x would be some fun...

Jim

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I look forward to seeing this on a PC; I don't think my phone will do it justice.

Jim
I think the reason for the developer choosing to put it on a smartphone is the sheer number of smartphones out there and also it is more convenient to carry it around than a PC ... having said that I don't see any reason why not also have a program for PC, for those who like to use it through the PC.

I agree with your point but what I meant was that I look forward to seeing the website and the videos on my computer; actually manipulating the lights is definitely a job for a mobile device.

Jim

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I look forward to seeing this on a PC; I don't think my phone will do it justice.

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:46:22 AM »
It's not F1, but here are two shots I took at the 2011 Petit LeMans race at Road Atlanta that illustrate the effect of different shutter speeds. Both are taken with my 7D and 70-200 at 81mm; both shots are ISO 200. The first shot was f/5.6 and 1/800 sec. The second shot was f/11 and 1/200 sec. You can see the difference the slower speed makes - and if I'd had better technique, I'd have taken the shutter speed even slower to get more background blur. If you're really good, you might be able to take it down to 1/60 or slower and still get acceptable sharpness. That's one good thing about digital instead of film: you can shoot and shoot and shoot, and then delete the bad shots!

Great shots, I appreciate the subtlety of a galloping horse on the side of a Corvette...  ;D

Jim

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Canon General / Image Square Calgary - 200-400 on hand!
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:47:11 PM »
Hi, anyone know if they have one there?  I was there last (?) summer and they didn't then, but if they do now it'd be worth extending a trip which will get me close.

Jim

ETA - As of 26 Mar, they do!

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Bracketed Landscape?
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:03:09 AM »
I took a swing at the first frame and got this.

Jim

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Good light, bad light:

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: What is this bird?
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:04:11 PM »
Good shot, too!

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens: buy now or wait?
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:53:11 AM »
Dumb question. If I buy the 2x convertor for my 300L f4 IS, it will become f8. Will a 60D center focus work or only the 5d3 and 1dx?

Thjanks in advance!
Matthew


There are more bodies on this list than I thought, but no 60D:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_Extender_EF#List_of_EOS_bodies_that_can_AF_at_f.2F8

Jim

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Portrait / Re: Just a random pic of my daughter in the house!
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:42:22 PM »
Broken file maybe?  I'm on my phone but it doesn't show up on the page and it doesn't work after downloading it.

Jim

ETA - Irfanviewer on my laptop recognized it as a TIF; great shot!

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Thanks Jim for your reply.

Does it mean that you use mouse and pen/tablet (thus you only switch to pen/tablet when working with the brushstrokes) or....do you use exclusively pen/tablet?
To use both seems logical but is that convenient?

You can have them both connected at the same time and use your mouse as per normal, and then use the tablet for strokes; the cursor will simply move to wherever the stylus lands.  So other than a little bit of cursor wrangling it is seamless to move from one to the other.  That's how I employ it, although greater time pressure might make learning all the zoomy features worth it.

Jim

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