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Canon General / Re: Thrown in deep waters... throw me buoys pls..
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:49:27 AM »
Why don't you get the client email list and ask them what they expect to get out of it and what they would consider a successful experience.

Also, find out what gear they have.

Then get back to them with a useful list of items.  That would start with a great impression!  A beanbag would help.  Two camera bodies with two different lens lengths would help.  Going over gear that would be helpful would help. 

I went twice and knowing what other gear besides basic camera gear does make a difference.  Safari vest (beige/khaki, extra cards and batteries, backup devices, etc.).

Knowing what they want and need and meeting their needs will ensure they will be happy, help you prepare and be confident, and will eliminate your angst.  I could be available as your assistant too for just getting me there for free...just saying.  Plus, I have experience there and my passport is up to date.

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Canon General / Re: anyone here?
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:35:44 PM »
I hope he isn't shooting a moving target, or the pole will get in the way.

Let's see.  Two camera bodies, two different lenses.  Why not two tripods?  If for no other reason, if the rig goes down, at least one won't get trashed.  Just saying...

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Newbie - My shots your thoughts
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:35:30 PM »
If you are a Newbie, you fooled me.

Great shots.

sek

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Macro / Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:32:39 PM »
Very nice.

I just started yesterday and have a lot to learn. I started with a fly as I have read on here. I'll post more as I get some.
Thanks,

7D Canon 100 2.8 Macro.
At some point I my have to get the L version as I see IS being needed for this stuff.

100% crop on the Fly.

Scott

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:46:45 AM »
A bit off topic perhaps, but if you were compelled to jump ship at this point, which service would you choose?  I am considering a service now and don't know which one or even how to choose.  I don't know what a reasonable price to pay, or what features to look for- thoughts?

Would you stay with Smugmug and why?

Thank you.

sek

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:32:28 AM »
Great shots!

I agree too- I love this lens.  I recently got the 24-70 2.8II and love that one too!  Both have changed the way I think about shorter lenses.

Keep up the great shooting.

sek

Really enjoyable.  Thanks for sharing! I love this lens as well.

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Technical Support / Re: My 5D Mark III most likely have cancer
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:02:59 PM »
I wouldn't trust it on an important shoot until it gets fixed!

You can rent in mean time, or, a second body is always handy.

sek

So, I bought my 5D Mark III in June 2012...
Well, moths passed by, and in december, right before I was going to Africa for a documentary shoot, me and the crew decided to try out what camera system we should use....

It was moths! Feckin' hell, I never would have thunk it.

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W= 0
T= -2
For me, it is an amazing lens.

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Canon General / Re: Fake UV filters?
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:44:44 PM »
Well said.

It's not about 'fake' - it's about transmission curves.

Can't speak for the 'Rocketfish' or Canon, but Hoya, Zeiss, and B+W all publish their transmission curves. No filter has a perfectly vertical cutoff on a transmission curve - most good commercial multicoated filters that 'block' wavelengths ramp from ~0% transmission to their max of >99% over a 25-125 nm range (although some of the longpass and bandpass filters I use in microscopy are close to vertical, with a slope covering <5 nm - and they come with a price tag commensurate with that performance). 

The Zeiss has the steepest slope of the three, ramping up over the 410-435 nm range (in fact, it's cutting out some blue light, which is considered to start at 400 nm). The Hoya has the least steep slope, running from 350-460 nm or so, meaning its passing some UV in the 350-399 nm range, and blocking a bit of blue light as well.  The B+W is intermediate, ramping up from 360-430 nm.

So, with the '395 nm flashlight' (which actually uses an LED that emits at 380-385 nm, but what's 10-15 nm among friends?), you can see from the transmission curves that the Zeiss will block that, while the Hoya and the B+W filters will pass some of it.

Of course, while that might be good to know if you're shooting film, none of that matters if you've got a dSLR.  The dSLR's sensor is insensitive to UV light, so there's no difference between a UV filter (be it the 410 nm Zeiss or the 360 nm B+W) and a clear filter that fully passes the long end of the UV spectrum.  I have empirically tested my 7D and 5DII for UV sensitivity with calibrated UV/Vis light sources (costing a hell of a lot more $$ than a flashlight to detect cat urine!) and some of those precise bandpass filters mentioned above (running a lab that has such equipment comes in handy sometimes) - there's no need for a UV filter.  I do use UV filters for protection (B+W MRC or Nano), instead of clear - but that's only because every time I've needed to buy one, the UV version was cheaper than the clear one (although that's not the case with all brands or in all geographies).

So, my advice is to just buy whichever is cheaper, clear or UV.  I'd still pass on the Hoya - it blocks a bit too much blue (and that's the least sensitive color channel).  Since it blocks less of the visible blue light, the B+W is actually a bit better than the Zeiss in that regard (because sometimes 5-10 nm does matter among friends).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Bird Photography Critique/Tips
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:26:09 AM »
Very nice shot.

I like the warm color- looks like it was taken during the golden hours.

To me, the birds eye looks a tad soft, perhaps a bit front focused?  Otherwise great shot.

sek

Hi, I have been getting into bird photography since the beginning of this year. I am shooting with a 7D and 100-400 L. Attached is a recent exposure (I have attached both my processed version and the original RAW). This is probably not my best work, certainly not my worst. What I am looking for is a critique of my exposure technique (what you can infer), the image itself, and the processing. Feel free to download the RAW and post an example of how you think I should have processed it (please include a basic write up of what you did).

I am just looking for opinions and suggestions on how I can improve and hone my skills.

Some details about my technique. This was taken about 7-10 feet from the female red-winged blackbird at about 6PM. I used AF Servo, single point AF, Spot metering, ETTR (as much as I dared), and IS to achieve this shot at 1/800s, f/8.0, ISO 800 @ 400mm. I processed the image completely in Lightroom 4. I cropped, adjusted WB, and globally sharpened, then applied the following local adjustments: highlight recovery, contrast, and applied NR.

RAW photo: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/36974080/Public%20RAW%20Photos/_7D_7610.CR2
JPEG: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/36974080/Public%20RAW%20Photos/_7D_7610.jpg

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Won a Photo Contest
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:19:44 AM »
Way to go!

     Thanks to the advice I got right here one of my eagle pictures won this week's Philadelphia Inquirer photo contest.  There'll be 5 finalists in September with the overall winner announced soon after.  I can potentially win back the Canon 100-400 rental fee.
     Thanks again.

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This will sound "out there" but what would really be hot would be a built in AFMA system that automatically calibrated each lens to each body (say like FoCal) with the touch of a button.  That way, before you go on a shoot, you push a button, it autocalibrates exactly, no targets needed.  I would also like to see some really great new sensor technology.

I do love my 5DIII

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: first paid gig need help
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:27:35 AM »
I'm no pro at all, but I would suggest a second body and forget about changing lenses.  Maybe the 24-70 and the 70-200, and the flash.

Extra batteries and be sure that you have lots of memory.  Aside from that, have some fun.

The others have made great suggestions.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 20, 2013, 01:26:37 AM »
Don't forget that you can correct CA in LR 4:  develop> lens correction> color correction> remove chromatic aberration> check and adjust sliders.  Easy!

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