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Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Concert Shots
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:51:42 AM »
Here is a photo for this topic.  The microphone boom at the lower right of the frame is not a great thing to have in the shot, but I don't think the players would have liked my going onto the stage to move it out of the way.

I agree with you on the public place idea, RGF.  In the examples I gave, the buyers were unusually "public" in that their places of work matched their telephone numbers, and they also came up on physical address searches.

A police station is nearby my place, so it's convenient.  Mentioning it as a meeting place for sale has helped me weed out (I think) some potentially shady buyers.

I have had luck once I get to the point where a meeting happens.  Buyers have been right next to me as they've looked over the goods.  Once they've finished looking, I'll casually retake possession of the goods, and if they decide to make a purchase, they'll pass me money as I pass them the goods.

I won't let anyone walk away with anything unless I have money first.

Sometimes buyers will provide telephone numbers and names in their initial messages, and I'll look for them on Google.

Recently I sold a 9' x 20' foot black vinyl background (Savage).  The tube was big, so there was no chance of the fellow running off with it, and he gave me the money first.  In his first message, he sent his name and telephone number, and he picked up the tube at my place.  He popped up on Google as someone who works in media and broadcasting.  My T3i buyer was a working photographer, provided her work telephone number, a cellular telephone number, used her real name, and had a facebook page.  It all came up on Google, so I had her come to my house, too.

When I don't find buyers on a Google search, I'll meet them at a place such as Taco Bell, McDonald's, or in front of a police station.

When selling an X-Rite ColorMunki item, I had buyers send messages asking if they could test the item by installing it on their machines to see if it worked, and if it did, they'd pay me.  In my response, I said they could do all the testing they wanted if they paid me in cash first.  Only with a non-functioning device would they get their money back.  I didn't receive subsequent messages from them.

Sorry to hear of your bad experience.  I hope that something from our responses will help you in any future craigslist selling you do.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 06, 2014, 06:28:39 PM »
A fellow warming up before a performance

Looks like Manfrotto is a way to go.  The 1004BAC stands seem very nice.

Thanks to all of you!

Lighting / Light stands: using what comes from Paul C. Buff v. other brands
« on: November 28, 2014, 02:38:56 AM »
Hello, Everyone.

I expect to purchase a few Einstein E640 flash units as part of a package from the Paul C. Buff website.

Buff light stands come with the package, and I am wondering whether anyone has experience with them.  Is it good to go with the stands from Buff, or are there better alternatives from B&H, Manfrotto, Calumet, or other brand?

I am looking to support such things as a 30" x 60" softbox with grid and an E640 flash unit.

Anyone with experience or suggestions?

Chicago, IL

In a past life, Tucson, Arizona--my Gila monster avatar is reminder of warmer times.

Post Processing / Re: My RAW Processing Workflow
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:46:07 PM »
Thank you for your thoughtful post, Mackguyver.  It's helpful and illuminating to be able to have a walk-through of one's workflow.  Your idea on how working with RAW is analagous to adjusting a focus knob is also a fine way, I believe, to describe the experiential element of the process.

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: August 03, 2014, 03:12:39 PM »
Here is a casual shot of the west face of the John Hancock Center in Chicago.  I had no room to back up further, so this is as much of the building as I was able to get into the frame (focal length--24mm).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:52:15 PM »
I noticed that in a link listed on the initial linked page for this thread, Arias makes note of what many here have mentioned:  that he's "back pedaling now".

The link ( ) also has the video where has expresses a view contrary to his current one, the very video ecka mentions earlier in this thread.

In the article, he writes, "Look. Some of the trolls out there are going to think this is a Fuji sponsored message. It isn’t. While Fuji is a client of mine and I have done work for them they sure as hell don’t keep food on my table or a roof over my head on any sort of regular basis. "  He continues in the same paragraph to explain his perspective.

It appears that he is aware that he holds a different perspective now and is aware also of what he has stated in the past.  He gives reasons for which he holds his current view.

Is it not reasonable to see him merely as someone who has changed his mind about something in light of his self-reported experience, and also to take his word that he is not doing Fuji's bidding?

Just a question I'm left with as I read this thread.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:31:06 PM »
My least used piece of gear is my Sekonic light meter.

Hello, Northstar and Click.

Thank you for your comments on my black and white image :)

Not much post work done, just a *wee* bit of clarity, contrast, and pulling down the of the blacks (wanted to get the back wall a little darker).

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:28:36 AM »
I mentioned this in the other thread with this diverting lens identification activity, but will mention it here as well.

I had a "perfect" score in identifiying photos where the 1.2 was used.  Of course, I jest a bit, as I picked only one image and got lucky.  I could just as easily have been wrong, but I wasn't  :P

Hmm, "Mr. 100%" is sounding like a more attractive name than "notapro" about now . . .  ;D

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:17:38 AM »
Well, PBD, looks like it's possible for you to tell others that you've had at least one person identify without error when a 50L 1.2 was used . . . I picked just one image and it was a 1.2 shot.  Just call me Mr. 100%  :P

I'm sure glad I didn't pick the horse.  I would have hit 50% immediately, but the grass at the top left would have taken me back to 66.66%.  Your images made for a pleasant diversion, since it really was somewhat of a roll of the dice (for me, anyway) as to what I selected.  Glad I went with the grass and quit guessing right then and there   :D

Here is a horizonatally oriented photograph shot with the 50mm f/1.2L (1/100, f/8, ISO 200).

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