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Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:53:16 AM »
Have a great time- don't forget safari vest, sun screen and big floppy hat.

I'll be heading out on the 18th.  If you can post while there, let us know if you hit some really great spots so we can check them out too!

sek

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Lenses / Re: purchasing 70-200 f4 IS now?
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:45:31 AM »
I won't comment on when to pull the trigger to buy. 

I will comment on the lens itself.  I have both the 2.8II and the f1.4L is.  I prefer the latter for travel.  It gives me great iq, is much easier to carry due to size/wt vs the 2.8 (and where weight is a limitation, this may mean you can pack another lens or body).  I love this lens.  If I had to sell one, it would be the 2.8.


sek

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:37:30 AM »
Great Idea!
Post your name, phone number, home address, ss#, and personal bank account, along with your birthday, mother's maiden name, children''s names, wife's name and maiden name, along with all other personal information, and I will send off my check straight away.

Wait a moment, I'm quite happy right now. 

Never mind.

Like the concept.  Troll repellent.

sek
hey that's a fantastic idea!

oh wait... i absolutely love my 1Dx and M

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Excellent points JPAZ.

Here are my thoughts. First, I scheduled my trip during the harsh noon to 4 hours, so photography won't be optimal.  It is something different to do, and yes, I may regret it.  I did however go on a mule trip while in Hawaii (muleman.com) to see the leper colony and it was actually beautiful and fun (wasn't into photography at the time).

There are limitations- no backpacks/bags, only one camera.  You can shoot when you ride.

I will be finished in time go out and get some golden hour shots.

I'll give it a try and report back.

Thanks for the input.

Any thoughts on the Gangster Museum of Valley of Fire?

Scott



First, I just booked a half day mule ride for The North Rim Grand Canyon  http://grandcanyonforever.com/mule-rides




IMHO, and this IS just an opinion......I've never seen a mule riding tourist who looked happy in the saddle.  I'd rather walk.  Plus, they limit what you can carry and I'll bet they don't allow photos from the saddle.  And, you are on their schedule and will only be on parts of trails where they go.  Walking, you can take your time, linger, and have more choices.  And, if you are of that type, you can carry all you want to your heart's content including a tripod, etc.

YMMV.

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Hey Surapon.

I was scouting about for more "attractions" while on my western adventure, and came across somethings you might want to look into as well.

First, I just booked a half day mule ride for The North Rim Grand Canyon  http://grandcanyonforever.com/mule-rides

They have one along the rim and one that goes into the canyon and you can google reviews to see which you may like better.  I'm going in.  You can also go for the quickie 1 hour ride.

In Vegas there are two other things of possible interest.  One is The Gangster museum that just opened up in May- rumor has it that there was alleged mob activity in Vegas, but that seems far fetched (sarcasm)

Another way cool thing for photographers is The Bone Yard.  http://www.neonmuseum.org/

Here they have retired neon signs, some restored, some rusting away.  Given good lighting, it would promise to be a photographic marvel.

One other stop along that I plan to hit very early on my way north is Valley of Fire.  Will catch some golden hour shots and then get back on the road north to Grand Canyon.

If anybody else has any suggestions, I would appreciate it.  I also appreciate all the other ideas so far-  Thanks all.

Scott
Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

sek


Dear Sek my friend.
Thanks for Recommend " Photo/ Safari Vest" for me on this Great Trip., After see The Photos of this Great Vest, I will go to the local Camera Shop,to try on---If They do not have, I will order from Amazon. Yes, This will add to my Vest Collection for most of Difference Photos Trips.
Have a great Work week, Sir.
Surapon

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For the price bring a couple of batteries.  I also use SanDisk cards as a personal preferance.

What unfocused said.

Plus, while I have a gripped 5d3 and love the grip, why are you needing a grip? Or is it because you want the dual batteries so you don't have to change in the middle of a field somewhere?

As for the 6D, it's a great camera from everything I've heard. The center AF point is very good, although the rest are meh.

As for memory card, from what I recall, 6D supports up to UHS-1. So pick a card that has UHS-1 support, and then pick you're preferred brand & speed.



Last bit, landscapes. You can do them without a tripod, depending on your style, but if you are going to end up being rather serious about them you should definitely consider a good quality tripod, which will run you $500-600 and up. But, if you just sorta have an interest, leave that for another time. Also get a cable release and learn about mirror lockup.


I was told to buy an grip, because the 6D´s GPS drains the batteries quite much. Better take an exchance battery in my backpack without an grip?

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Your tripod is more than adequate for now, even with some fairly long lenses, which of course is not usual for landscapes.

sek

What unfocused said.

Plus, while I have a gripped 5d3 and love the grip, why are you needing a grip? Or is it because you want the dual batteries so you don't have to change in the middle of a field somewhere?

As for the 6D, it's a great camera from everything I've heard. The center AF point is very good, although the rest are meh.

As for memory card, from what I recall, 6D supports up to UHS-1. So pick a card that has UHS-1 support, and then pick you're preferred brand & speed.

Last bit, landscapes. You can do them without a tripod, depending on your style, but if you are going to end up being rather serious about them you should definitely consider a good quality tripod, which will run you $500-600 and up. But, if you just sorta have an interest, leave that for another time. Also get a cable release and learn about mirror lockup.

Thanks... wil buy an UHS-I.
I own an Manfrotto 055XProb with an good 3 way head and an Sirui N-2204 carbon tripod. My 7D with my 100-400 oder 70-200 2.8 are very stable on thess tripods. I own an wireless shutter release too

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Ouch, sorry for your loss.  Not all Americans are thieves.
sek

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Thank you I will put it on the list.

sek

If you get the chance, check out Navajo Bridge.  There's a relatively new bridge (1994) between the north and south rims there, and they've turned the old bridge into a pedestrian bridge.  It's narrow enough at that spot that you can walk across from one side to the other, and you'll often see folks rafting down the river below you.

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Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:26:08 PM »
What you have here is a person who doesn't want a critique.  She wants blind acceptance and accolades.  Don't sweat it.  Take a look at the site "uglyhedghog"  same kind of stuff.  You give good feedback and get attacked by trolls.

Scott

So I'm a member/participant on Facebook of my local photography club.  A woman who is a novice asks what can she do to improve here photos of her daughter who is a comparative weight lifter.  The woman said she has a Canon t3.

So I proceed to give an honest critique.  Focus looks off here, try using a tripod and live view focus, the guys in the background are distracting, try either slimmer depth of field or move so they aren't as visible, have something in the foreground that is characteristic of the sport and blue it out, maybe do a long exposure with second curtain flash so there is movement...

There was a portrait where the subject was on the left side of the image looking left and I said to frame it differently so the open space of the photo is in the direction she's looking....

And boy oh boy did I start something.

This is what I heard... I can't copy and paste on my phone, but the gist was be positive.  I was positive.  I was positive that I have good advice.

Then I heard... put some examples... So I did of a basketball shot where the ref was blurry in the foreground, and a softball shot where the catcher was blurry in the foreground... And the response I receive is that it was too distracting.  Ok sure... busy foreground aren't someone's cup of tea... but it is a widely used technique.

Then I put up some toy model to explain the concepts about depth of field, live view focus, etc. And the gist of that response is it was an embarrassment to photography. 

They aren't just throwing the baby out with the bath water, they are putting the baby in a blender so it goes down the sink easily.  Oh my.

So I came here to rant... because while I don't care about the group, just like here, seeing different images do inspire.

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If it isn't too late, be sure to get a light colored vest with mesh to allow for air flow.  It will get hot out there and you will need the ventilation.  Remember, in the winter you can always add layers.

Scott

Sorry, but I didn't know where else to post this question.

I am headed for North Rim and Brice this June for about 10 days.

If anybody has suggestion about spots to shoot, or other places to visit I would appreciate it.  I will have a rental car.  I think a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to the Canyon would be good.

I would also appreciate any technical or gear recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

sek

Dear Sek my friend.
Thanks for Recommend " Photo/ Safari Vest" for me on this Great Trip., After see The Photos of this Great Vest, I will go to the local Camera Shop,to try on---If They do not have, I will order from Amazon. Yes, This will add to my Vest Collection for most of Difference Photos Trips.
Have a great Work week, Sir.
Surapon

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wet Spaniel
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:02:43 PM »
You nailed it.
Great work.

sek

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Try case 2  and maybe use only 9 focus points.

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wiley and the Grey Ghost
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:45:56 PM »
Nice series, and fun.

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