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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.


Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:09:53 AM »
Sort of off topic a bit, but check early with the carriers, there may be a weight limit for carry on luggage. 

I almost got into trouble with that last year- had a safari vest and off loaded the heavy stuff into my vest.  On the plane, I re-packed it into the bag.  I wasn't going to check any camera gear.

In fact we had a 24 lb limit, and after all my camera and laptop stuff, I had only enough left for toiletries and two days of clothes. 

Also, be sure your bag will fit into the smallest overhead that you will be flying on.

When you get all this figured out, your choices may already be made for you.


Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:05:49 AM »
How about a second body, lest lens changing?

Hi all Canon-shooters! :)

I'm about to do a sort of a travel dream in october. Will be traveling to these places:
- Dubai
- Sydney
- Great barrier reef (compact with under water housing)
- New Zeeland

I'm going to bring a Canon 5D mk3 aswell as my compact camera.
Now I'm thinking of what lenses I should bring and if there is any lens that I should get for a trip like this.

Currently I have:
- Sigma 15mm fish eye
- Canon 16-35/2.8
- Canon 35/1.4
- Canon 50/1.8
- Canon 70-200/2.8 IS II
- Canon 85/1.2
- Canon 100/2.8 IS Macro
- Canon 135/2
- Canon 1.4x extender

When I want abroad to shoot last time I brought my 16-35, 50 and 135mm. it's a little complicated to switch lenses all the time when the sun is about to set.
That's why I've thought of getting perhaps the 24-105/4 to bring instead of only primes.

Since I'm going to shoot a lot of pictures with big tall buildings in Dubai I'm thinking that a Tilt Shift should be a good investment that I can continue to use later on. I've tried that 24 TS-E, but I'm thinking of the 17mm.

What whould you bring on a trip like this?
I'm thankful for all input! :)

Best regards

Software & Accessories / Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:03:47 AM »
Take it outside- plus, you will make some vitamin D.

Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 


EOS-M / Re: Hoodman Loupe
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:24:20 AM »
I use the Hoodman, and it works fine.

My only problem is that sometimes, it is difficult to hold the loupe to the camera, work the controls, and move the two together.

Here is another link to one that mounts to the tripod mount.  I have no experience with it, but I like their strap.

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