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Video & Movie / Re: The Galapagos Islands
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:46:31 PM »
Awesome shooting Danz.  I have never explored video with my 5DIII, but now you have me reconsidering.

Please post more.


Reviews / Re: Lens security
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:00:37 PM »
Heartbreaking.  Makes me want to head bash them for you.


Landscape / Re: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: August 06, 2014, 06:35:52 PM »
Stunning shots Ray.

Site Information / Re: Post Precessing Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:28:13 PM »
Love it!

My 2 cents, keep it topical, with each topic simple and say, about 5 minutes max.  Have them somewhere that we can refer back to so that when needed, they are available.  Great idea!


Very nice indeed.

I loved the lion cub jumping series.  Excellent shots.  My personal preference for wildlife is to have the shot look like it does in the bush.

I'm off to S. Africa Next October, so it is a long wait for me.

Keep posting.


Wimberly works great.  Best?  What are your criteria?

If I could justify it, I'd likely go with the RRS because it breaks down for smaller footprint during travel.  It may also be lighter and smaller assembled.

That said, these are not inexpensive, I am very happy.  I use a lens coat to protect the gimbal and equipment from the gimbal when I travel.

Either way, can't go wrong.


Safari vest to offload weight- they don't count that as carry on.

300 2.8 when the image matters.


Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:18:03 AM »
Absolutely get the safari vest as it is not counted as carry on.  Get light color with plenty of ventilation built in.  You may also need to get a second seat for the weight that will allow you to carry.  Anything you check may be missing when you land.


And closeness or distance from the source to the subject.


A "softbox" made from "robust ABS plastic"?  Wouldn't that be a hard box?   ;)

Still small though! Unless you like harsh light.

Exactly.  The 'softbox' is barely larger than the bare flash head, and the bounce door is about the same size as the flash head.   Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer.  The only thing that looks like interesting and useful functionality is the gel cassette, which means no cutting/velcro are required. 

I think it's main advantage is the lead-off line:  "A next generation flash modifier worthy of being seen on any camera..."  In this case, function doesn't follow form.

"  Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer. " = + 100 FOR ME TOO.

EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:25:43 AM »
I understand what you mean, and it is not schizophrenic.  I have wished this feature myself, and I usually shoot manual.  It would be really nice to be sure.


On my 5DIII this just works.  What body are you using?
I have a 5DIII also. Sorry for my poorly worded initial post as well as going offline for 8 hours after posting (post-and-run...).

I think that eventually people understood what I was getting at. I know that I can shoot in M mode with a fixed shutter, fixed f/stop, and auto-ISO. However, EC isn't an option in that setting. I double-checked the user manual and it says that "exposure compensation can be set in the P/Tv/Av shooting modes". All that I'm hoping for in upcoming cameras is to add M* to the supported modes for exposure compensation, where M* = M with auto-ISO enabled.

I guess that the thinking is that if you are in M, then the two dials would most often be used to adjust the shutter speed and the f/stop, so you run out of dials to adjust EC.

Here's another helpful tip for you.  Get this book:

"Speedlighter's Handbook"  by Syl Arena.  This book will really help you with your flash work.


Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:19:11 AM »
I didn't know this vice, er... hobby had a "cheap". ???

Good one Dylan.

I've got South Africa covered (thank you eml58) in 17 months (can't wait)

1. Antarctica to cavort with the penguins
2. Yellowstone, closer to home
3. Cuba

*  Bonus  The man made geyser in western Nevada

Plus a winning lotto ticket and about 20 more years of robust life to experience all of the other great stuff.

Midday is tough and requires a lot of tricks and skills that I have not mastered, but I can help a bit anyway.

You may want to look into a scrim and reflectors which can help diffuse the light, supplement the light, and even change color the light.

On the other hand, you can also use your flash as a fill flash cutting back on power output (play with this) depending on how far you are from subject.

Another way to use flash to eliminate or minimize the sun is using the high speed synch (hss) option.

I am sure portrait photogs can add more and better hints, but going out and learning about light will help.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is there something wrong with my 5D Mark III?
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:40:25 PM »
There is also another issue which I don't recall seeing in the thread.  With an aperture of 1.4, the dof is very thin.  If you are not on a tripod mount any movement will affect the focus, and the subject also isn't static.

Granted the Canon is soft generally, it would be better to conduct the comparison on tripod and using a subject that is static, say an object that won't move.  We don't realize it, but we even move with each heartbeat. 

Just my 2 cents.


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