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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 15, 2014, 08:48:07 AM »
Male peacock on display at mating season- shot yesterday

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:38:50 AM »
Despite all the difficulties, or perhaps, taking them into account, excellent work.

sek

Another Cracker Eldar, I think for us Mortals this is the only chance we will get to Photograph these amazing Creatures.

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Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:02:18 AM »
Ditto

I use the RRS cold shoe (part of their Snap-QR system).  There's a small hole for the Canon lever-lock pin.

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Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:16:40 AM »
My girlfriend is of German descent and has gotten to my closet to organize and simplify.  Fortunately, my brother is starting his photography and he just got a "goody box" with all of the things that I no longer use.  He is happy, and my lady is happy.  I sent him off my 50D, some batteries, charger, Gorilla Pod, memory card holders, ball heads, etc.

sek

Looking through my closet/bag and wondering why in the world I was still keeping my (very) old and not-so-trusty EF 28-135 IS. I think I purchased it within months of it being released. It has long since been replaced with various other iterations, the latest being my 24-70/2.8L II. There are others lurking in the closet, including my original 5D, and the awful EF 22-55/4-5.6, that beg to be traded/sold now that they've been supplanted by later models.

Just wondering ... I thought it would be interesting to find out what y'all have in your bag that is just sitting there taking up space, not doing much of anything, and why you're not using it any longer?

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So how is the trip going?

Thank you, sir, Dear Scott my friend, Yes I will go to the place that you recommend.
Have a great Week end.
Surapon

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Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:29:51 PM »
It happens to us all.

I haven't picked my camera up for a while and I just got a new lens!

I think, try a different type of photography? 

Introspection, find out what the block it?

Maybe get with a photography club?

sek

Hi all. I'm ashamed to be mentioning this but I really need some helpful advice please...

I've considered myself a decent landscape photographer for many years, the subject has always excited me and I've always been able to pull a good shot out of the bag even when scenery and conditions don't play- ball.

For a year or so now I've found myself photographing less and less. I think the passion's still in there but I tend to be at home kicking myself when a cracking sunset develops, rather than be out in it with the camera. Recently I have managed to get out but found myself wandering about unable to find inspiration and going home later without taking a single shot. I feel like I've lost my inspiration, lost my ability to see and imagine. I do live on a small island so photography can become repetitive, but it never stopped me before.

I wondered if anyone here had been through this before? A total lack of inspiration and if so, how you managed to get through it? I can't believe being such an experienced photographer I'm asking this but it does concern me and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thank you.

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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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