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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:14:24 PM »
very nice, I thought it always was cloudy in the UK. You a Tulsa guy or just a grad? I am just north of Tulsa.

Yeah, the UK can have some very pleasant weather but it is hit and miss. So when I saw we'd have clear skies, I knew I had to venture out for sure. Otherwise I'm a Tulsa grad and I have been living in the UK for 3+ years, but I'll be moving back to Tulsa in a few months if all goes well.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:38:29 AM »

The earth rotates 15 degrees every hour so how many hours were you out? About 3 or so I am guessing looking at the variation in the angle of the streaks...

I like the picture :)

Thanks! And good guess, I think the pictures spanned from roughly 10:30 to about 1 AM or so. It was quite the show :)

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:48:22 AM »
Granted, this was over the course a few hours, but they were all from the same night. This was the first time I've seen or had a chance to shoot any meteors-- are they normally roughly in the same direction? I was a bit surprised with how scattered some of them seemed.

This is a compilation of a few shots from the other night.

Excellent shot. It looks like you might have actually gotten some meteors from different showers. I can see a bunch coming from the same radiant, and there are a couple others that seem to streak cross-wise to that radiant. Wonder which storm those were from...

Light pollution is such a pain. I headed out about 35 minutes from down, well south of the Denver area, for the Geminids last year. I am thinking I might need to drive more like an hour to get to darker territory this year.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:23:45 PM »
Naw, with the light pollution in the area you just can't get the Milky Way to show up any brighter than that. I'm definitely looking forward to my trip to Wyoming in a few weeks to get away from the city lights!

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:19:20 PM »
This is a compilation of a few shots from the other night.


Technical Support / Re: 7D silent mode not working?
« on: August 14, 2013, 05:34:20 AM »
Keep in mind that the 7D silent shooting modes are only pertinent to shooting with LiveView. If you are using the viewfinder to shoot there will be no difference in operation or noise regardless of the mode you've selected.

Lenses / Re: EF 24/1.5L II and astrophotography
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:16:14 AM »
If you check out the link below, you can see that the author has a similar experience with the 24 II and photographing stars-- and there are some samples posted as well.


There's also a thread on dpreview discussing the same issue with a couple of photos posted as well.

So, while I don't know exactly how your picture looks full sized, it looks like your experience is similar to most with this lens.

As someone just mentioned, the biggest issue is that you can no longer hand your camera off to another person and expect them to be able to use it.

I like it because it means that the camera isn't trying to refocus in between shots (like when you press halfway down on the shutter) unless you want it to. It took me a few days of shooting to forget that it used to be set up any different.

I've heard of some people changing to back button focus and then leaving the AF in Servo mode so if they tap the button it's like single shot AF, but if they hold it down it's servo. It's personal preference like anything else-- I have it so when I hold down the button on the front of the camera (near the lens mount) Servo mode is engaged, but it just works better for me.

Technical Support / Re: Can't transfer RAW files, only JPEGs
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:07:08 AM »
I record jpeg's to my SD card and RAW to my CF card. I notice that if both cards are inserted in the camera, when I hook up to a computer only the jpeg's are visible/available. I'm not sure why this is, but out of habit I just pop the SD card out of the camera before connecting my laptop and then I can see the RAW files to drag and drop them.

Obviously this doesn't help you, but I would guess that the RAW files have not been lost. The only time I don't use a card reader is on my Windows XP machine, so I'm not sure if it's the computer or the camera as I haven't tried other combinations.

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:25:52 PM »
If you have the storage space and a computer that can handle the file size shoot full sized RAW. If you are never going to print out large-ish pictures or crop your pictures, then I suppose S or M-RAW is fine, but for me I don't see why you wouldn't shoot full sized RAW to start with. Hard drives and memory cards are getting cheaper and cheaper these days.

Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:15:08 AM »
I'm not sure if it is paired with the 6D for a kit, but I'd look at the 24-70 f/4 IS instead of the 24-105. The 24-105 is a great focal range, but I never found it to be that sharp compared to my other L's and I wasn't a fan of the distortion at the wide end (although that is pretty easy to correct in post). The 24-70 f/4 is supposed to be much sharper, still has an f/4 aperture (if that fits your needs) and still has IS. on top of that, your 70-200 will cover the longer focal lengths. Personally I ditched the 24-105 for the 24-70 2.8 II, and while I sometimes miss the IS, I love the noticeable gain in sharpness (even if my wallet got a lot lighter).

With regards to zooms and primes:
Primes will be sharper than zooms at the same focal length most every time (although at smaller apertures, most zooms will sharpen up pretty good). The main reason I like primes is the wider aperture-- which is great for bokeh and thin DoF-- but I really love the fact that I can shoot in low light without cranking my ISO through the roof.

If you're always finding yourself shooting at f/4-f/8, then primes won't gain you a whole lot. They're physically lighter, but if you can't find a use for their low-light capabilities or take advantage of the wide aperture to throw the background out of focus, you might as well stick with your zooms for the flexibility.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:48:43 AM »
Yeah, the swirl bokeh is certainly interesting. Seems like a bit of a one trick pony, but if it fits your style, then it fits and that's what matters.

Portrait / Re: Few Weddings over last 12 months.. C&C Welcome :)
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:17:26 AM »
They turned out really well, good job! I'm not a big fan of the clear plastic hanger used for hanging the bride's dress from the tree-- I would have liked to see something a little bit fancier. Also, it would have been nice to remove the water puddle at the bottom of the stairs in the final shot.

But, again, those are really minor things, I'd be more than happy with the work you did  :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Newbie - My shots your thoughts
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:44:20 AM »
+1 to dswtan

I was going to pencil in my thoughts, but they pretty much mirror his. The pictures are a great start and you did pretty well with what you had to work with (glass, fences, etc)-- but there's always room for improvement and another excuse to visit the zoo again :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:50 AM »
I was just shopping for bags the other day. I've been using the TrekPak system for about a year now and I love it. I couldn't find any camera bags that fit my needs without looking frumpy or blatantly like a camera bag, but the TrekPak dividers basically allow me to turn any backpack into a camera bag.

So, with the internals sorted, I started looking into hiking bags with panel loading and found a couple that open from the front (like normal) and from the back-- so I don't have to set down my straps in the mud to get out my camera. That was the feature I was looking for, although it sounds like your needs are a bit different.

Anyways, long story short, I'm sorry I can't think of a specific bag that meets your needs-- but I'd looking into buying dividers from TrekPak and then browsing hiking backpacks to find one that fits your needs. The selection of hiking backpacks is tremendous compared to the limited amount of camera backpacks out there.

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