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Landscape / Re: Black Rock Desert and North Rim Grand Canyon
« on: April 05, 2014, 07:07:56 PM »
Thanks Graham, I will have it covered then.  I will plan to stay a couple of days and of course be there before sunrise and sunset.  Would you recommend a 300 (2.8 II) or a 400 (5.6 L) for the long and would you recommend a 14 mm 2.8 Samyang with fully manual ( including focus ) or is the 24- 70 2.8 II Canon short enough?

Also, I don't plan to hike, but may take a mule trip.  Any special photo spots to recommend?

 Thanks So much.

Hi Scott.
The canyon is great, if you are there over night you have to do dusk and dawn. If you want to see anything in the bottom you need a long lens, and perhaps obvious but I will say it anyway a wide angle for the view at the top!
Can't help wih the other destinations, sorry.

Cheers Graham.

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Landscape / Black Rock Desert and North Rim Grand Canyon
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:26:19 PM »
I am planning a visit to North Rim of Grand Canyon in June this year via Las Vegas.  I also want to visit Black Rock Desert with the geyser ( I copied the attached pic from Bing).

Anyone have suggestions for photographing either?  On the geyser, I am trying to find out how close I can get, and if there are limitations on viewing angles so that AM or PM would be better.  I want to plan for proper lenses and also need to find out about permission and access to the property.

I have one night only that I could get at the North Rim Lodge, so if there are any hotel recommendations in the area that would be welcomed.

Finally, is Brice close enough to get to and spend a couple or three days?

Thanks.

sek

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On the other hand, don't we have the right to know?  At this point, the credibility of the company is on the line.

sek

Unfortunately,  some people can see things differently than others.  Its not clear cut as to the definition of a design flaw.  If a product does not work forever, is it because of a design flaw? 
 
If a product works for a period of time beyond the warranty, is it a design flaw?  We'd all like our items to work forever, but it does not happen.
 
Where we worked, a person who was not qualified and did not understand the technical issues started up a web site and was notifying newspapers of a big problem, and showed a stolen video of a test of the product bursting into flames.  We were, in fact, trying to test the design limits and see what it took to do just that.  We then modified the product so it could pass that test.  The person had left the company by then and did not have the complete picture, much less a understanding of what he saw.  The newspaper reporters asked what the issue was, and we brought them in and showed them everything, the failures and the fix.  Of course, the person involved then accused them of being bought off.  Some people are that way, so its best to investigate rather than spreading information that might be incomplete, or even biased.
 
Since CR is not a investigative agency, it might be best to turn it over to a newspaper or Attorney General, or both.  Since Canon USA is in New York, that state might be a place to start.  Same with Canada, start in Ontario.  Let them investigate or at least ask for a explanation first.
 
 
I'd be one who was very cautious about releasing stolen documents that can't be confirmed.  I'd suggest to the leaker that he submit them to someone else, maybe he has and the others found them to be unreliable?

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:57:34 AM »
A question!

Is this limited to teresterial or can it include airplane races?  The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is coming to Texas and I could use some tips.

Thanks.

sek

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Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:00:30 PM »
I think this is a great shot.  I also think that it is good to be critical of your work so that you can grow.  However, you decide on the look you want out of your photo and if this is what you are going for, so be it.  Any way you cut it, always keep improving.

sek

quote author=mandiwmarie link=topic=20286.msg383294#msg383294 date=1396380140]
Thank you for the suggestions.  I have read a lot and keep reading and sometimes I think it just makes me way more confused -lol  I plan on setting them up and playing around a bit - I have a 60 day return so I may be returning one of the lights and just start and practice with one and a reflector.  I was working with the small softbox and 800 yesterday.  Lots to adjust too - and I only had my dog to practice on.  Obviously my light is too high - you can barely see the catch light in the eye.  I'm thinking if I would have had a reflector on the other side it would have made for a nice fill.  I will just keep playing and reading  :o
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Thanks Marsu42.

I learned a lot, hopefully, others did too.

sek

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:11:44 PM »
Wow for all of them.  The first one I like best- golden hour.

sek

Last light...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:10:13 PM »
I like the second shot better- just me.

Here's "Smiley" (named Smiley for what appear to be rows of teeth on his jawline)

First image Smiley....second image Smiley with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:23:13 PM »
A suggestion- I also have a ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0.  It will fit a lot of your gear and fit overhead in larger planes.  Love the wheels and it has "emergency" straps to convert to a backpack.

sek

Congratulations on your new purchase.

Just on the note of lens coats, I would not bother. I shoot quite a lot of international sports events and everyone on the pitch has their camera and lens but no lens coats. None. Everyone in the stands (who are not media and where they allow them) who are using long lenses has one with a lens coat on. It always baffles me why. Just be careful with your lens, and you do not need a coat.

You do though need a very good lens rain cover. I suggest Canon's own, as they fit perfectly and are not that pricey.

Enjoy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon Cine Zoom Lens?
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:18:40 PM »
I admit it, I'm a buzzkill.

meh.

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At last! A lens which will not roll off of the table!

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And finally, bringing up the rear

Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

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Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

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Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.


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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 12:14:54 AM »
Agree.

I have had mine since December but am just getting to use it due to weather and other stuff.

I would add good tripod, gimbal head.  I use the lens hood, and agree that it is bulky.  I don't use the part with the windows.  Despite your valid complaints, I just don't want to bang up this expensive lens.

sek

I finally made the jump to big glass. I shoot autoracing each weekend and had been using cheaper alternatives to get me the reach beyond my 70-200 I needed. I was wondering what tips &/or suggestions current users would have. I used the lens back in Vegas when CPS was in town and loved it. Is there any other accessories I should buy along with the lens?
Congrats!  You're going to love it!  The items I would suggest, in order are:

1. The 1.4x III and 2x III extenders, if you don't have them already
2. A decent monopod, again, if you don't have one already
3. The RRS or other brand replacement foot, assuming you're using Arca-Swiss clamps, which is great because the foot slides right into the clamp
3. The 52mm drop in CPL - it will help cut down on windshield/windscreen glare, helps a lot in harsh light, slows the shutter speed down like a ND filter for panning shots
4. A smaller carrying bag.  The suitcase gets a little old/big and I went for a cheap ($40) Ape Case ACPROLC18 Professional Large Lens Case to carry my lens to my shooting locations

I bought and returned the LensCoat for the lens.  I just didn't like it.  It felt bulky and there are plastic "windows" that cover all of the controls.  You can cut them out, but for $80 or 90, I didn't think that was something that should be necessary.  Others swear by them, I just didn't care for it.  I kept the LensCap, which is a cheap neoprene and hard plastic lens hood.  It's MUCH cheaper to replace than the $200 Canon cap!  Also, don't lose/break the hood, it's $400!

I might be forgetting other items, but those are what I use.  The drop in filter holder and some good ND gel might also be good for motorsports to really slow down the shot for panning, but I haven't used that personally.

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I am going to shoot a the cattle drive in Fort Worth, TX today at 4PM, which of course is outdoors.  This occurs on most weekends at 11 AM and 4PM.  I have shot this before but obviously, the timing of the event isn't the best for lighting.  Specifically, there is a lot of contrast not only in the longhorn color, but also the shadows and bright sunlight areas (obviously).  Today I am going to try to shoot again, this time with my new (yippie ky eyeee) 300 2.8 IS II lens on my 5DII body.

In thinking about how to augment the shadows, I though I would use a better beamer for fill and set flash to ETTL  (using a single 580 EXII).  I haven't used auto ISO, so I thought I would try that with appropriate manual camera settings.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide me insight for this situation.  How does this work?  Will the flash control the ISO?  What will the camera logically use as priority to set the ISO?  Should I make exposure compensation changes or set the flash to manual?  I could just set it and forget it I guess, but I really want to understand what is going on inside the camera.

To all who answer, I thank you in advance.

sek

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