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Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:36:26 AM »
I take it that when you said, " Unfortunately, I have a wife and bills and can't afford to do that." you meant that the unfortunate part was the bill part!

Getting old(er) is not for the faint of heart to be sure.  Personally, I always try to stay positive, even in light of things like you are going through.

Given that, why not think of this as an opportunity rather than a loss?  For instance, now you are forced to look at new ideas.  As such, in reading what you do well and get good results almost every time, I did not pick up any passion?  On the other, I did detect a whole lot of passion regarding the wildlife.  Who says you can't do both, or even find something else that you would love that can also pay the bills.  Think outside the box.  There are so many opportunities that you probably didn't think of because you didn't have to before, surely, something can pique your interest and passions again.


Thanks for all of the replies and to be more specific, I am a part-time pro, but due to some annoying health issues (disc problems in neck, worn out knees, and torn rotator cuffs) I have all but quit the paid work this year.  I would like to get back into things once I get through rehab/surgery, which should be done in the next few months.

The thing that transpired this was from looking at my work as I prepare to enter the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase contest.  I look back over my nature and wildlife work and I realize that it's nowhere near the level of the pros who place in the top 250 of the contest and wonder if I'm wasting my time doing nature/wildlife.  If I could sit out in the wilds every day, I would probably get better shots, but nature photography is about luck as much or more than anything else.  Unfortunately, I have a wife and bills and can't afford to do that.

On the other hand, it seems like some of the other work I do comes very easily and I get very good results just about every time I shoot.  I used to shoot fashion/models back in the film days and made good money doing that, but I'm in a small city now so that's somewhat out.

I don't mind being a generalist, but part of me would like to be really good at one thing instead of okay at lots of things.  Maybe I'm just making too much of this but I'm frustrated with the quality of my work.

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:27:26 AM »
Excellent point (not that you need my kudos).

To finish my thought, since I can never get to follow my passion as much as I would like, I take any opportunity to shoot.  I sometimes shoot things not interesting to me just to learn new things.  Sometimes I am surprised to discover that I develop a new interest, and sometimes, it is still not interesting to me.  However, the fundamentals are the same whatever I shoot, and at least it is an opportunity to get behind the camera, practice, learn, improve.

When I am behind the camera, I am happy.


a hobby or a profession?
Very well and important question.

If you are a hobbyist (as I am and as I suppose from your "far too little time "), then let me tell you, that I've met several hobbyists who went into one certain direction and after some time they got bored/frustrated/exhausted because they couldn't improve any more and the joy of a good picture came by too seldomly. So they went on.
Conclusion: As a hobbyist try to stay a flexible allrounder and just specialize on what you like most today or tomorrow. And feel free to always try something new.

If you are a professional, then I am supposingly the wrong one to give you advice but...
If you are a professional, then you will have to specialize to make a living and you will have to be really good, in art, technique and most of all: marketing. And I suppose that again you will be best in just trying out/feeling, what you like the most. Only if you're really into one area, then you will have the passion to push yourself to the edge.

Final conclusion:
Either way you will have to try it out, what you prefer or like the most - if you can't feel it yet.
And this - of course - is in opposition to your "far too little time to shoot" *sigh*

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:59:24 AM »
Follow your passions!

I love travel and I love wildlife.

Sadly, I don't have enough time and money to pursue them, but when I do, I'm in heaven.


I have far too much gear and far too little time to shoot, so I would like to specialize.  How have those of you who specialize in one area found that specialty?

Another consideration is sample size. 

Is Amazon selling enough cameras to make an inference about sales in general?  Should we also include sales figures from B&H, and others?  What about seasonality- numbers will absolutely change between now and Christmas (Black Thursday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, etc.), so likely, it is most prudent to just compare year over year sales figures.

It is fun to speculate however, and hope that the boys at Canon are feeling the flames licking at their heels and adding more goodness to cameras.


Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:21:11 PM »
I took Neuro's advice on this and am glad.

Of course as you go along and get more gear, you can always have more than one tripod/head combo.


I wouldn't use a supertele with a ballhead.
The mere risk of the lens flopping down when adjusting is scary enough, and the amazing convenience of using a gimbal head, even with a 100-400mm, is the final clincher.
If you expect switching back and forth between collared and non-collared lenses, a quick release clamp that allows switching between ballheads and gimbal heads will be very useful. RRS makes these clamps and the Arca Swiss dovetails that go with the heads.


I have the RRS clamping leveling base and dovetails on my gimbal and ballhead to make switching easier.  I use the gimbal with the 600 II, usually the ballhead with everything else.  However, I can use my RRS PG-02 LLR gimbal with standard lenses by attaching via the upright arm of the L-bracket, in a pinch...or when I put a nodal slide between gimbal and L-bracket, I have a multirow panorama rig.

Photography Technique / Re: Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:30:32 AM »

Thanks Dylan.

I will be studying up and setting camera settings tonight.


Both expansion and zone modes will be fine when shooting the planes flying between the pylons.

To track the plan in the sky, you might want to consider 41(cross only) or 61 AF, Ai servo-tracking. . Looking through some youtube videos, these planes seem to make erratic twists and turns at same-high-speed. I would give case5 a hard look over case2.

I would start my camera something this:
Tracking Sen: -1
Accel/Decl: 0
AF pt auto switching: 2

***FINE TUNE the AF at the location is the key***

If you can, track the plane from far out. Allow the 41/61 AF pts to pick up the plane and track it. Wait for right moment, since the buffer on 5D III is not that great.

Look forward to see your photos.


Photography Technique / Re: Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:29:57 AM »
Good info.

I have a photo class on Sunday that conflicts sadly, so I have to make the most of tomorrow.

I will get my gear set up tonight.



I went to the UK (Ascot) RB air race a couple of weeks back. The Saturday I think is the qualifying races in Texas as it was in the UK. At Ascot that was a busy day, but nothing like the Sunday which was wall to wall with people - almost to the extent you couldn't move. So for Photo's the Saturday in my opinion was the better day.

Its an obvious point, but they are moving fast, I calculate even at 1/2000 they will have moved about 3 cm, so ideally even at that shutter speed a good panning action is important.

I use One shot and AI-Servo (on a 7d) - I am not sure that Back Button is the way to go for this, I believe the 5D's focusing system is supposed to be better than the 7D so I might be inclined to let the camera do the work...the pylons did cause some issues when I was in AI Servo when tracking the plane through them.

There are quite a few warm up sessions in any case, so I would experiment if I were you, I found it a good day to try to improve my technique with fast moving objects.

As to which lens, If the placement of the planes is anything like Ascot (and for Safety reasons I think it will be), I doubt that the planes will be too close so you will not be zooming on the 200, just max'd out. I think I would tend towards the 300,but that's assuming the extra weight doesn't impede your panning ability.

In any case I am sure you'll have a great day and far too many shots!

Photography Technique / Re: Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:25:21 AM »
Surapon would likely go to his Rube Goldberg book of gizmos and get a contraption out.  What say you Surapon?


You must live in the DFW area.   :D

Photography Technique / Re: Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:24:19 AM »
I Do!

I live about 5 miles from the track.  I watched it being built but have never been.  It is about 11 years old now, and after all these years of Nascar traffic jams, I am finally going to see the inside of the stadium.  I chose seats near the end/exit pylon.

There will be lots of other stuff tomorrow too, so I am stoked.

Next few weeks will be an annual air show down the road at Alliance Airport, so lots of stuff to shoot, after a hot summer.


You must live in the DFW area.   :D

Photography Technique / Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:01:33 PM »
Hi all.

I will be attending the Red Bull Air race this Saturday, which will be pylon races (two laps I believe) with some other fast action air events. 

I am planning to use the back button focus and the second case "Continue to track subjecs, ignoring possible obstacles".  I will likely also use the 5 or 9 focus points in the center. I will be sitting near a pylon and not sure exactly how far so I will take my 300 2.8 II and 70-200 2.8 II.

Anyway, I haven't had great results with back button focusing, and haven't experimented much with the "cases".  Any suggestions or recommended tweaks would be appreciated.  I will also take a monopod.

Thanks all.


Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:14:34 PM »
Always use the lens to support the weight!

You will get used to this, but it is good to be cautious.  Support the lens at all times, and carry by lens rather than body to take torque off of the body.  If possible, support both.

They are built tough.

Don't forget- afma!

Congrats on your white!


I just got it yesterday.  It's a beast!  Right after I unboxed it, it drop kicked one of my cats and ate the other!   :-\

Kidding aside, I really am scared of it.  It's so unbelievably heavy for its size.  Can my 5D3 handle that kind of weight?  I'm supporting it with one hand while shooting (obviously while not on a tripod), but when I let the neck strap support the camera and lens while I need both hands free I worry about it bending the lens mount or breaking the lens mount.

How strong is the mount on my camera?  Can it handle this heavy lens?

Portrait / Re: HELP... Can anyone show me how to edit like this?
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:53:55 AM »
You may want to look at Nik software as a plug in too.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:08:22 PM »
I have some beautiful prints hanging in my office that I personally took on my 5DII and 5DIII that well exceeds those specs.  I guess they don't really exist?


Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........
serenity now!

I try, I truthfully try, but it is like a car accident, you really don't want to look as you drive by but for some morbid reason you can't stop yourself. Now they are saying you can't print a Canon file from any camera above 13" x 19", they honestly believe there is a 36% deficiency in Canon sensors, though how you can quantify that to 36% is a mystery, they are crazy, truthfully crazy. Don't they realise they sound like the crazy guy in the parking lot at the mall?

I think I am not going to log in for a few days.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:06:22 PM »
Not another two generations behind, inadequate dr, blah, blah, blah. 

We need troll repellent, and good rumors about the 5d4 and 1DX2


Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........

My thoughts exactly.

Although your questions are rhetorical, my take is that many are trolls seeking to sew the seeds of discontent.  Perhaps to justify their own decision to switch (please drive a stake through the heart of the "Is Canon two generations behind Nikon" thread).

To be fair, some Nikonians have been positive here, thank you.


A related question:  how many non-Nikon shooters go to Nikon forums to complain about Nikon?

From what I've seen, many of the most vocal complainers on CR don't use Canon gear.  Some of them used to shoot Canon.  So why are they here?

Have they 'found religion' and are here to 'convert' the great unwashed masses?

Do they have inner doubts about their choices, and coming here to complain about Canon helps them continue to justify their decisions?

Do they think they're being altruistic, devoting their time and energy to show us poor, deluded fools how bad we have it, and how good it could be if only we make the same choices they made?

Do they honestly want Canon to deliver products that would meet their own needs, however niche those needs are, and somehow believe that complaining here will help accomplish that? they merely want to sow discord?

Frankly, the vast majority of CR forum members are here to request and provide information, share techniques and images, etc.  CR is a great community resource, and like nearly all successful Internet forums, it attracts a few incessant complainers.   Look on the bright side – they provide some entertainment on slow rumor days...

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