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Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:27:29 AM »
re-post smaller wm.  Big difference

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:21:55 AM »
It is a great workhorse to be sure.


The end of the ride is near for this cowboy.

We can always trust 70-200 f2.8 IS II ;)

Nice shots

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:56:49 AM »
Thank you for the feedback.  You are absolutely right.  I didn't notice it until I posted, and I already modified it.  I obviously am no pro, but I put the mark on because in my professional life, a jerk tried to steal my pics and use them for his unauthorized purposes that were bad for me.  Anyway, I'll re-post with less intrusive mark.


The copyright is too intrusive, especially on the second pic is just really ruins the whole picture. Apart from that, the pics are nice.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:32:36 PM »
The look on this cowboy's face leads me to believe that he has tasted Texas red dirt before.  This night, he was served up another course.  Horse 1, cowboy 0.

It was a great night, and I learned a lot from this venue.  At only about $10 or $15 per ticket, hard to beat.  I would have shown some "Mutton Bustin" (which is where kids ride on sheep as long as they can- quite a hoot), but the lighting was sub-optimal and most of the pics were noisy.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:27:49 PM »
The end of the ride is near for this cowboy.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:26:20 PM »
Junior cowboy, and mom.  Starting young.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:24:13 PM »
The beautiful Junior Rodeo Queen of Archer County.  Horse decked out to match- note tail bling.  I don't think it shows up at this resolution, but the horse had red white and blue stars on it too- quite a lot of Texas pride.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:21:08 PM »
Beer drinkin' Texas style.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:10:55 PM »
Snacking junior cowboy

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:09:20 PM »
Not being from the south, I thought I would check out the rodeo(s).  It is actually a fun time.  There are a lot of photo ops, so I thought I would share some with everyone. 

These pics are from two rodeos- Denton, TX (made famous because of the filming of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and the first set is from Archer City, Texas (made famous from the film filmed on that location, "The Last Picture Show, with Cybil Shepard- the theater still stands today, and nothing has much changed there).

Not all the pics are great ( my bad), but there is a world of interesting things going on there, and if you are looking for something new to photograph, you may want to check it out.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:13:20 PM »
Why I don't get on angry animals

Sports / Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:12:21 PM »
It's late summer here in Texas, and fairs and rodeos are in full swing!

Post your fair and rodeo shots!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:00:03 PM »
There is that.

Aliasing cannot "be fixed", moire or not (it is a theorem). For example, the Sigma photo I posted is ruined. Who likes what is a matter of personal preference. Some like aliased images, some do not. But when you don't, you cannot "fix" them.

Sure you can...   ;)

Lenses / Re: deciding on new L tele lens (also for safari!)
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:57:31 PM »
Congrats on trip and gear!

I have been twice to Tanzania including Ngorongoro per Neuro, and I agree.  I shot with 5DIII (full frame) and 50D (crop).  The longest lens I had was 400 mm f5.6.  I did fine for most of what I saw.

Rather than give you lens advice, let me give you some things to think about advice. 

Second time I was there, I noticed this more than the first.  There really are a lot of different types of tours.  Some actually looked like double deck tour buses seen in cities.  These were packed to the gills, and posed several problems.  Relating to photography in particular, they were limited to roads (actually dirt ruts for the wheels).  Animals could be very far away, and obviously you need long lenses.  Additionally, they were so cramped, it would be difficult to pan without hitting someone.

Fortunately, my tours were on the other end of the spectrum.  We had a driver and Range rover with I either 3 or 4 seating rows.  Only two of us on the trip so we could spread out and shoot from the window (limited opening) or the roof which had a slide back tarp like thing.  We had a row of seats between us so we could really move.  The only limiting thing was weight restrictions on the plane which was like 12KG (~24 lbs- check your carrier).

So my non-technical advice to you is know what your touring conditions will be- will you get close to animals or not, will it be crowded or not?  Know weight restrictions on plane.  Get a bag that will fit even the smallest overhead so you don't have to part with your gear.  Then get the best lens you can.

Most often I used 70-200, or 300.  I also kept a shorter lens on second camera 24-105 in case something came up close.  I didn't use the 400 all that much because we got very close, but there were time it helped.  It was useful for birds, and even more reach would have been good, but I like the larger animals.


You have a real dilemma on your hands, and you certainly don't have the moral high ground here.

I am certainly not the one to give counsel on successful relationships.  One shall I call it, aphorism, has helped me along in life, and perhaps it may guide you as well.

Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?

Keep us apprised of your status, it sounds like a real nail biter.


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