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Ya gotta luv clueless bloggers. Always ready to create a controversy about something they know absolutly nothing about. Meh :(

I just don't understand this negative post. Someone wants to info the photography community of a proposed fee aimed at photographers and you dis them as clueless.

Read UPDATE THREE below. He's revised his original article. Looks to me like he did a poor job of reporting and fact checking the original story. As I said before, Meh.
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UPDATE THREE: According to the Washington Post, Tom Tidwell, chief of the United States Forest Service says “If you’re news media, it has no effect at all,” he said. “If you’re a private individual, this doesn’t apply. Individuals who want to shoot on wild lands won’t need a permit, even if they plan to sell their photographs, except if it involves props. Fees for permits vary by size. Groups of up to three will pay $10 a day, while crews of 80 shooting movies usually pay around $800 a day”

Ok, so it sounds like we will finally get some clarification on this issue. The question is, why wasn't the above stance conveyed by the first two high ranking officials of the USFS to be questioned?

I've been involved with Commercial Filming and Still Photography since the 1970s. And very little has changed with the proposed new rules. If your photos/videos are part of an Advertising Campaign you will need a permit, same as it ever was -- nothing new here.

Few, if any, people who read the f/stop blog will be effected.
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Still photography
Photography of scenery has traditionally been part of a visit to a national park. Photography does not require a permit if it involves only hand-carried equipment (tripod, interchangeable lenses or flash), and does not involve professional crews, product or service advertisement, or use of models, props or sets.

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Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:06:43 AM »
None. I rent as needed, that saves ma a lot of money :)

Over the last 10-12 years I've rented EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, EF 300 f/2.8 IS USM, EF 400 f/2.8 IS USM, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM,  Extender EF 1.4X and  Extender EF 2X. Used for Auto Racing and Surfing.

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Lighting / Re: another, Graflex Graflarger back "45", free
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:24:05 PM »
WOW! I've never seen one of those before, and I shoot 4x5.

No, I don't need it, but thanks for offering.

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:16:53 PM »
I have one Canon 580ex for the times I need ON-Camera-Flash. Most of my work is done with Profoto packs/heads.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:08:41 PM »
Who says I haven't ??? At present I'm not planning on adding any new Canon cameras or lenses.

I own 2 Canon DSLR and 1 Canon Film SLR, but my most used camera is an old Sony NEX 5n.

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Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:42:50 PM »
I think that the 3:2 ratio has been with us since Leica introduced the 35mm film media. I can't remember the reasons behind it, but I do vaguely remember from classes I took something about closeness to the golden ratio, and how pleasing that was to the eye.

The reason Oskar Barnack/Leica chose 8 perf 35mm film is simple. It's just two 4 perf 35mm Motion Picture Frames  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_film  Nothing magical or mystical.

BTW the REAL Normal Lens for 35mm film is 43mm (diagonal of frame). Leica supplied 50mm lenses, and almost everybody else copied Leica (Pentax made 43mm lenses).

Portrait prints from a Portrait Photographer are 8x10 and 16x20. Mamiya made 6x7 Medium Format cameras because it  is about the same ration as 8x10, and therefore required little cropping.

Common picture ratios.
6cmX6cm Medium Format camera = 1:1
6cmX7cm Medium Format camera = 1.17:1
4"X5" camera = 1.2:1
Magazine Page = about 1.29:1
4/3 = 1.33:1
Pre HD TV = 1.33:1
35mm Still Frame = 1.5:1
HDTV = 1.78
Motion Picture = 1.85:1
Wide Screen Motion Picture = 2.35/2.40:1

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Ya gotta luv clueless bloggers. Always ready to create a controversy about something they know absolutly nothing about. Meh :(

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Learn from your mistakes. But don't waste time trying to turn a bad photo into a work of art.

Many people obsess over things that no-one else sees. Whether you correct these problems or not, makes no difference because no one cares (except you). Some photos are so Bad that imperfection are the least of your problems. And some photos are so Good no-one notices (or cares about) the imperfections.

It all gets back to Ansel Adams' idea of "Sharp pictures of Fuzzy ideas."

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:19:05 PM »

I've been saying, for several years, that sometime soon, a Vogue cover would be shot with a smart phone. The time may finally have arrived :)

Whilst that might well be possible lets be realistic it would still be a gimmick rather than using the best tool for the job.

Would it be a gimmick to a young professional, who grew up using a camera phone. I don't think so, YMMV.

Different generations look at things differently. I think that in a few years the camera-phone generation will look at DSLR users and shake their heads ??? Sorta like a present day DSLR user who sees a Large Format photographer and his back-pack full of film holders.




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Which leads me to my central point:  Camera and lenses as BLING.  I think this is really what it comes down to.

Image quality differences?  Unseen by the outside world (though many on the inside wax lyrical over "test" that prove superiority of one thing over another).  Camera/lens brand?  Clearly blazoned across the strap and around the front element of the optic.

Impressing strangers can be such an expensive sport.


"Impressing strangers can be such an expensive sport." This go to the top of my list of great quotes :)

Yes, a RED Porsche with a 1Dx/70-200mm f/2.8 sitting in the passenger seat can get expensive ;) Middle aged men trying to impress younger women with the size of their lens, is always fun to watch :)

What camera/lens combo you use makes little difference. Fo many years all cameras/lenses are more than good enough.

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:42:59 PM »

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Is it safe to assume that it is manual focus only.

Schneider-Kreuznach announced AutoFocus lenses fro M4/3 a long time ago (Photokina 2010 ??) So far the lenses are still vaporware :( But they announced that they ares still planning to make them at Photokina 2014 :) http://www.43rumors.com/good-news-schneider-confirms-mft-lens-development-14mm-f2-0-will-cost-around-1-000-euro/

So the question should not be will they AutoFocus. The real question is will they start shipping before Photokina 2024 ;)

Here's what is available for DSLRs today  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Schneider+Kreuznach+PC-Tilt%2FShift&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:57:20 PM »
Having GPS allows government snooping :( If you have GPS, NSA will always know where you and your camera are located :( I know, I know privacy is a thing from the past and will never be seen again :(

Using WiFi to communicate with a client's iPad, etc is a money maker :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:37:59 PM »
Without a doubt, the Panasonic CM1 phone, with a one inch sensor. This is the ice-breaker, there will be many more high-end camera phones soon.

This kind of phone/camera will kill-off what's left of the P&S market. And it should convert a lot of photo-phone h8ters ;)

I've been saying, for several years, that sometime soon, a Vogue cover would be shot with a smart phone. The time may finally have arrived :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:26:55 AM »

I will try to dedicate my weekend to testing Capture One Pro 8 and come back with my thoughts.

ps I'm still using Aperture, it's still doing it's job very well, but must start looking to the future.

I love how people panic over software changes ??? Glad to see that other people's panic hasn't stopped you from using a program that still works for you :)

My guess is that sometime next year, Apple will release a new program. One that is a lot better than Aperture and sells for less money.

I'd like to see C1P 8 test.

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