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Photography Technique / Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:03:15 PM »
First, to all of the sane people Happy Easter.

So here is what happened to me today.  I decided to take my new 300 2.8 is II  with 5DII to work on action shots.  Evidently, I need a lot of practice to get the most out of this lens, and I am still figuring out the AI Servo along with the focus points (I admit it, I'm a slow learner, but I am plugging away at it, and not giving up)>

The only thing moving today was the dogs at the local dog park, about a half mile down the street. 

I was shooting dogs catching disks, balls, etc., for about 15 minutes, when some jerk walks up to me and says quietly, "don't take pictures of the children". 

I couldn't believe it.  I didn't come close to training my lens on a kid.  The rig is nothing that can be hidden, and I wasn't wearing my flasher raincoat.  I was bothering nobody, and it is in my own neighborhood.  I don't know if the guy even had a kid there (there were only about 3 or four, and about 15 dogs).

Anyway, it soured the shoot, but I stayed about a half hour and experimented with different settings.  I so pissed that when I left I went over to the idiot and whispered in his ear, "if you ever see me, don't ever talk to me again".  Of course he brought our the "do you know who you are talking to B.S., but I was on my way.  I was afraid that another word from him and my monopod ball head would be smashed into his brainstem, and I would be in prison.

So, I felt like a pedophile, I was humiliated by a dult, and had my afternoon soiled.

Anybody else have an incident like that, I'd love to hear.

By the way, when I do street photography, I always ask if I may take a picture and respect the subject, so there was no breach of boundaries.


Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:58:44 AM »
Talk to your agent and add it on to your homeowner's and car insurance for best discount.  They will have you list everything, including prices and serial numbers.  Be sure to get a rider that provides for replacement not pro rata payout for loss/theft/damage, etc.


6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:55:49 AM »
Very nice.

Can't wait to see more.


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I am currently on a landscape photography workshop lead by <a href="" target="_blank">Andy Biggs</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Holko</a> and alongside a lot of very cool people from around the globe. The landscape is absolutely stunning to say the least.</p>
<p>When I came to Namibia, I decided I wouldn’t carry a ton of gear, so I went for a pair of <a href="" target="_blank">Canon EOS 6D camera bodies</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">EF 24-70 f/4L IS</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</a>. So far I’m extremely happy with my selection of gear.</p>
<p>Internet access hasn’t been the quickest, that’s why I haven’t been updating the site as much as usual. I still have a 5 more days on this safari and then I’ll begin the long trek home.</p>
<p>There are a few images from the trip after the break.</p>
<div id="attachment_16349" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16349" alt="Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16350" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16350" alt="Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16354" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16354" alt="Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16352" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16352" alt="Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16353" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-16353" alt="Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS" src="" width="575" height="384" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</p></div>
<div id="attachment_16347" style="width: 585px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-16347" alt="Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS" src="" width="575" height="383" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS</p></div>
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS sensors, and technology
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:49:48 AM »
Make it stop already!

I have had the same experience.

A tip- be sure to include a copy of the receipt.  That will often eliminate a lot of hassle. 


Well, I'm a relatively new poster, but decided it was time to speak up based purely on the experiences I've had with Canon's customer service, since, at it's core, that's what this thread is for.   

Without fail, every time I've sent something to them for repair, items which should be well-within warranty (both based on time elapsed from purchase date, and for the issues experienced), I've been submitted an estimate, usually in the $250-350 range on the initial pass review by them.  Only after contesting their appraisal, do I ever get anything worked on without any charge.  To me, that's them saying that their product is without flaw and that I must have done something to prevent their gem of a device from working.  I wonder how many people just pay the fee and don't contest it.  I've had to go through literally hours of calls between customer service and their factory service reps to get to the point where they finally will say that they'll fix it free of charge. 

I'll be the first to admit if I've dropped a lens, camera body, or poured water into a printer - I'd expect to pay for that type of repair as it's not a defect of workmanship/materials.  I've never done any of those and then sent it in for repair hoping it would be covered by warranty.  Makes me wonder if that's what's happening so often that Canon is turning their backs on honest customers with honest warranty claims.  The very fact that there's possibly some known defects in their equipment and that we're potentially paying for it, to be honest, pisses me off a bit.  So I'm not actually very sorry if you find it hard to hear us "newbies" moaning about customer service or warranty repair policy especially with the literally hundreds, if not thousands of dollars some of us have had to spend to get items repaired, I guess not everyone has the same experiences you do.     


Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:37:39 PM »
This is really not at all bad, especially for a "grab" shot with a short lens.

I have been working on trying to get a good pic of hummers for over a year.  They are so tiny, and move so fast it is difficult.  On top of that, lighting is usually challenging. 

Since  you have hummers, try a feeder or three, add a feeder with just water in it too  get a good tripod and a chair with a long good (L) lens and wait for them to show up.  Beyond that, just shoot, and expect a lot of non-keepers. 

You may also want to try a Cam Ranger for this.  Add light (flash) or change camera position as needed.  I would recommend a high shutter speed to freeze wings- say 1/1000 or so, maybe higher if you have the light for it.


Hi all
So my wife and I were walking in the park and she spots this hummingbird and points it to me. I have never seen one before, and got quite excited and worked up. The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong. But let's say this situation arises again, what should I do to ensure at least optimal results. I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

I've had mine over a year, no probs, love it too.

love my  Wimberley II
no maintenance/servicing in 5 years

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:31:04 PM »
I was just posting about this on another thread.  I was in the upper, very crowded with lots of iPads, etc.

Bring an excellent tripod and cable release, and be good with long exposures.  Also, avoid aiming directly up at the light through the top of the slot- lots of glare and ghosts.  You may have to wait for a a chance to get the shot while traffic dies down, but worth the wait.  Horseshoe bend I went to late in the day, not near the golden hours and there was a bad glare, which plagues the scene at all other times.

One thing you may want to try is overland canyon tours with Charlie who only takes three serious photographers on a private tour of Canyon X.  He can take you to The Fins, and horseshoe bend etc.  Canyon X isn't as great as the Antelopes, but he will take you there too.

Here are some of my pics.  Note the glare and ghosts at Horseshoe late in the day- unavoidable due to orientation of the river vs. sun.  This was shot with 14 mm Samyang- and you will need at least this wide and preferably wider on full frame.


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.

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?



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


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?

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.



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.


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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

Thanks Marsu42.

I learned a lot, hopefully, others did too.


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.


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