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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:03:09 PM »
@ wtlloyd,

I'm curious about your experience with sliding foam pads.  Did that happen on a certain brand of tripod, or maybe on all brands you've used that have the pads?

I have an old tripod that I use as a spare (Induro Alloy 6M AT313), which has about a 7-inch (8cm) foam pad on the upper portion of one of the legs.  This thing has been in sub-zero temperatures (-10F/-23C), as well as in the sun for times long enough such that the metal legs have been too hot to touch.  The foam pad has been a huge convenience in those conditions.  On this old tripod, as well as on my newer one, I have not noticed any pad movement, which is why I am curious about your experiences with tripods on which the pads have moved or shifted.

Your idea of going carbon for temperature extremes is interesting, and I think I'll be adding a carbon tripod to my wish list soon.

Abstract / Re: Lets See Some of Your Double Exposures!
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:05:52 AM »
Here's a double exposure.  First time I've ever tried this.

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:42:44 AM »
I'll take a guess at one photo.  The plant (grass?) at far top right of the set, above the flower and to the right of the young woman in the pink dress.  The colors seem a bit muted, but this guess will be as good as any other I might make.

Is that one shot with the 50 1.2L?

Abstract / Re: Macro bodyscapes
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:56:18 PM »

Thank you for your thoughts on the images.  For the 258-spine shot, the image was rotated 45 degrees counter-clockwise (CCW) from its original orientation.  Is the initial orientation what you imagined as a desertscape?  I'd considered that look, as well as rendering the shot in black and white and in high contrast.  In the end, though, I went for a 45-degree CCW rotation to present a defamiliarized image.  When I've not told others that the image is of the small of a person's back, they have not discerned what it is.

Your appreciation of the ear photo echos the reception of others.  I feel increasingly comfortable with the guess that the abstraction of the photograph is sufficient to present an atypical view of something we see routinely.

For less non-representational views of the macro bodyscape photographs I did, you can view two eye photos in
the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM thread here:

(If the link is incorrect, my eye photos are on the 23rd page.)

Again, thank you for your thoughts.

Lighting / Re: large softboxes for speedlights - what are you using
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:20:37 PM »
I use the Westcott 43-inch Apollo Orb.

You can view images and information through either of the links below.

With respect to the size of a softbox used with a single flash unit, here is an interesting thread. A citation from the thread notes that

             "You can see that going from a tiny softbox to a very large one only shows 6/10 stop difference and
               still gives a very high output."

Still, I do not hesitate to use three Speedlites in a softbox so that I can use lower power levels for faster recycle times.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:15:40 PM »
On the padding of a tripod leg, I have in mind when a portion of each leg is padded (usually near the top).  As I read my post again, I decided to clarify a bit.  During use in 5 - 10 degree F (-15 to -12 C) weather, the padding was a very fine feature to have.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:04:04 PM »
I am a twister.  I also agree with Mackguyver that the quality of the mechanism is important.

I’m accustomed to a twist mechanism, and I can release and lock the leg positions quickly and securely.  I’ve never experienced any looseness with any of my locking twists (I use a modest tripod, an Induro Alloy 8M AT413).

I’m sure I could get used to a flip mechanism, but I tend to have things (e.g., cords, wires, clothing) get caught on the levers/knobs, so I find I’m slower with tripods using flip mechanisms.  Foam padding is good for shooting in hot or cold weather, and it’s nice when all a tripod’s legs are padded.

Abstract / Macro bodyscapes
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:57:39 PM »
These are images that might be desribed as macro bodyscapes.  For color images, I can only guess as to how they might be rendered in the post, as I have had varying results with color images, whether using the "Save for Web" option or not (in Photoshop).

No image here is of any "nether region".  The file names give information as to the location or nature of the photographed spaces.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:43:12 AM »
Here are eye photos from a macro bodyscape shoot (imperfect makeup and post processing intentional).

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:56:45 PM »
I'm with neuro, privatebydesign, and Random Orbits on this one.  Get the 600/ST-E3-RT setup.  Everything about the reliability and power of the system is true, and the convenience of making adjustments from the camera/transmitter is wonderful.

Lighting / Re: Heat warning on 600EX-RT
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:01:49 AM »
Thanks for your reply, Mt. Spokane.  It was around two hours for each set of 500 shots, there was no air circulation in the softbox (where it would matter, yes?), and the ambient temperature was 78 F (25.5 C).  I don't know whether that many shots in four hours is fast or slow, but I'm glad the flashes are working nicely and that I need not be concerned about them.

Lighting / Heat warning on 600EX-RT
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:42:45 AM »
Has anyone ever observed heat warnings on 600EX-RT flash units?

I had three inside a softbox, and after some 498 shots, I got a slower recycle time and noticed that the LCD panels were glowing red.  That was unsettling.  I replaced them with three other 600EX-RTs, and after just over 500 shots, I got more red LCDs and slower recycle times.  I had the units set at 1/8 power.  Fortunately, it was time to switch to natural light.

I didn't use again any of the flashes for more than a week, and everything seems fine.  Might the life of the flash tubes have been shortened significantly in any way?  I suspect not, but I am curious nonetheless.

On a side note, the ST-ET-R3 lasts for an extraordinarily long time between battery changes.  I've replaced batteries in the flash units four or five times, while only twice in the transmitter.

That's a wild thing you managed there, privatebydesign.  Thank you!

I might at some point remove the first image so that only your edited one remains.

@Northstar:  There were are, thanks to the assistance of pbd.  Two eyes!

Heres a few.

I like especially the top photograph.  Visually interesting are your model's direct, connected expression and eye contact, as well as the way you incorporate sublty a depth of field element into your composition (with the tack-sharp hair on the right of the frame and  the more softy rendered earring on the left).

Head shot from March 2014.

Not sure how this will look to others.

When using the "save for web" option in Photoshop, the image looks oversaturated when viewing it on the forum page.

I saved the "regular" file (not "saved for web"), and it looks fine on the forum page.

When I click on the link to view it in an image viewer (e.g., IrfanView, Windows Photo Viewer), it looks desaturated and dull.

She looks great to me, very nice!   Only one small critique, her left eye looks like a black hole...needs to be slightly lighter.   IMHO

You're absolutely right about that eye, Northstar.  Non-photographer folks like the shot very much.  Anytime someone in photography or art views the shot, they see that black eye.  I wish I could go back in time and have her move that lock of hair!

Here is a photo where both eyes are visible.

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