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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:28:22 AM »
If cost is a concern you can get the 7D for about $400 cheaper.

Aside from that the reasons I'd go for the 7D would be for the joystick and the build quality.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D: Should I wait or not?
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:33:19 PM »
I finally jumped on it the other day when it was $1215.  Mine arrives tomorrow.  Although everyone has said over and over it's not a sports or wildlife camera, I ordered it with the 100-400 lens and plan to put some extensive work in to exactly those two areas.  Hopefully I don't venture too far into the land of the "I told you so's...".

Portrait / Re: Need advice, what can I do to improve?
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:59:00 PM »
Overall the pictures look very nice.  The first thing I noticed is that they all appear to be too soft, possibly out of focus.  While I am no expert, I firmly believe that the eyes should be tack-sharp.  That would be my biggest focus (no pun intended), then concentrate on the shadows and filling them in.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Bag suggestions?
« on: July 07, 2013, 08:52:18 PM »
I realize this won't fit all of your gear at once, but I'm currently loving my Lowepro Flipside Sport 10L AW.  It fits my 70-200, another lens (or flash) and a few accessories.  It also comes in a larger version but I am very happy with this size.  It has climbed mountains and been on long bike rides with me.  It is very comfortable, has a rain cover, and doesn't immediately give away the fact that I'm carrying several thousand dollars worth of camera gear.

or larger versions:

EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 08:46:53 PM »
You will realize that it would be better off staying in cropped format.
That was my initial thoughts when going from Nikon D5100 to 5D3.
Care to elaborate on this?  Perhaps you were turned off by the learning curve going from Nikon to Canon and not so much crop to FF.

I have had good luck with GGS screen protectors.  Have it on my 5D2 and had it on my old Rebel.  This is the exact one I have:

No cracks, no issues, and no complaints.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:13:26 AM »
This first one is the closest a bird has ever let me get.  He didn't budge even when I was within 5-6 feet.  For a while I thought I was looking stupid photographing what appeared to be a bird statue.

IMG_5347-2 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

I used to bring my camera to work and go to the local park on lunch as a form of stress relief.  It was nice, especially when the ducks were posing for family portraits.

IMG_3789 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:08:38 AM »
Here are a few from last year’s trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons:

Majestic landscape. Very nice shot.

Thank you for the kind words.  This was a very memorable event.  When I arrived the momma moose and her two calves were grazing in the river within twenty feet of several people who were already at the scene.The only downside to the day was that the mountains were almost completely obstructed by smoke from a nearby forest fire.  I have always been nervous around moose as they can get very aggressive. This momma did not care the slightest about the people nearby and she moved in so close you could hear the bubbles from her nose when she placed her head in the water.   It is these moments that keep me coming back to the Tetons and Yellowstone. The whole string of these photos can be found at:

Kindest Regards, Lloyd

Love this picture and the whole set.  One of my "photography life goals" is to take a quality picture of a moose.  I'm so fond of them I even have a moose decal on my rear windshield 8).

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:19:08 PM »

Some areas of this picture seem a little too bright but I really like the composition.  It's a little different from how most shots like this would be composed, which I enjoy.

Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:15:54 PM »
Congrats!  I imagine it must be a great feeling to know that so many people have viewed your work (even if they don't realize it).

If you don't "need" full frame, the t2i will give you just about as good results as any other crop sensor camera available right now.  If your t2i actually does bite the dust, just buy another one for $200 until you have enough to save up for the camera you really want (e.g. 5d3).

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
« on: June 29, 2013, 11:00:06 PM »
Had a Corvette rally come through our town tonight.  It was really my first time taking the 70-200 out in the wild and it performed wonderfully.  The cars were flying by but the lens was quick to focus on the not so great AF system of the 5D Mark II. 

All of the pictures are straight out of the camera.  No PP done at all.

IMG_5205 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_5138 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_5122 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_5042 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_4804 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_4774 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

IMG_4749 by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:27:32 PM »
I just got my refurbished 70-200 IS II today which I ordered from Canon Direct. Upon close inspection I noticed there is a small scratch/blemish on the front element. A very minor paint chip near the tripod collar. Everything else seems fine. No noticeable dust inside, and works fine. Also I was under the impression that Canon ships their refurbished lenses in a 'refurbished' box. In my case they shipped my lens inside the soft case that came with the 70-200 IS II. Anyone else experienced similar case?

Also, I was wondering if I should return the lens. The minor scratch on the front element is bugging me, even though that mark shouldn't affect the images.
Any time I have ordered anything from Canon refurbished it has been flawless so I am surprised that they would let a product with obvious defects ship.

The refurbished lenses usually ship with both a hood and soft case so that part is not surprising.  I would say call Canon for a replacement but they've been out of stock for so long you may be in for a long wait if you do send yours back.

EOS Bodies / Re: Resale recommendations
« on: June 25, 2013, 10:44:20 PM »
I use craigslist occasionally, but I've really had the most luck posting it on my local camera club's bulletins.  This way there are no fees, no potential craigslist murderers to deal with, and they are usually willing to pay a little bit more since it's local.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera RAW
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:58:42 PM »
Always shoot RAW.  It leaves much more room for post processing.  What tweaks you use in Camera RAW/Lightroom will vary depend on what kind of shot you're editing and what your personal preferences are.  For example, when I do black and white portraits I like to drop the blacks and raise the whites which I think gives it more of a dramatic look.

Here's an example of a shot that was awful in camera but I think was saved by tweaking the sliders:

Beach before by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

Beach after by Joe Beckwith, on Flickr

In the end it's all about personal preference.  There's no right way or wrong way to adjust sliders.

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