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Portrait / Re: Little girl looking at flowers
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:16:12 PM »
I expected it to be warmer... It has a blue tone... my phone maybe?

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:54:46 PM »
I agree, the type and amount of equipment really does not enter in to the question.

It does seem like you are getting two different types of advice.

Some say that if you have a photography block to go out and do other types of photography. 

Others say to take a break from photography for a bit. 

Interesting to see the different suggestions.

Bob Dylan had a long tour... he was exhausted... he was ready to retire and give it all up... so he goes to a cabin ++++++++++and is in relative solitude... BAM... starts writing crappy song after crappy song (to me)... but it is his most productive period... So sometimes purposely getting away without the intention... can make all the difference./

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I did ask.. so I suppose I should take my medicine.

For one, what is the distance between you and what you are shooting? 

I was maybe 10 ft from the field, another 60-90 ft from the pitcher.

Shooting from the stands to the pitcher with a single 600EX-RT???

Yes.

especially a day game,

The first pitch was at 7... I didn't bother taking any shots until the third inning or so... so, let's say 8pm... so dark.

 but even in a night game, the stadium lights should be generally sufficient

I did shot some at iso 12800 and it was adequate... but nothing I would ever even wish to claim as mine.

Second.  You need fast telephoto glass.  F/4 with a 1.4 is slow,

Well... It was f2.8 with the 1.4 tc... so effectively f4.


Inverse-square law... s with with a 400 F/4 than a 200 2.8 with a 2x converter. 

A 2.8 to 4 is a full stop so you can boost shutter and not have to bump ISO.   A 200 f/2 is an awesome option for this and gives you even more light. 

Last I checked, the 200 f2... in my price range, but I don't own it nor do I want it at the present.

Flash at sporting events is a No-No.  Basketball and Hockey are two of the only sports I know that allows flash, but that is for the game shooters and the strob

That's fine.  I'll through out that my daughter plays softball and I tell her she has to maintain pin point focus.... ignoring the cheers, the jibes of the other team... etc... though I'll grant that good natured heckling from the stands doesn't affect one's eye sight.

I don't say this to be mean, but WHAT ARE YOU THINKING.

For one, what is the distance between you and what you are shooting?  Shooting from the stands to the pitcher with a single 600EX-RT???

Inverse-square law... To have any real affect, you are going to need to crank it.  Now if you had a monolight on a battery pack, that would be a different story but your flash is really not strong enough to make an impact, especially a day game, but even in a night game, the stadium lights should be generally sufficient

Second.  You need fast telephoto glass.  F/4 with a 1.4 is slow, not to mention the AF with a Teleconverter is deliberately slowed down.  You will get better shots with with a 400 F/4 than a 200 2.8 with a 2x converter. 

A 2.8 to 4 is a full stop so you can boost shutter and not have to bump ISO.   A 200 f/2 is an awesome option for this and gives you even more light. 

Flash at sporting events is a No-No.  Basketball and Hockey are two of the only sports I know that allows flash, but that is for the game shooters and the strobes are up in the ceiling and pointed down, not at eye level from the stands.  These are also extremely powerful strobes with very short durations so for the most part, people do not even notice.

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As a spectator, I can say that its annoying to have someone using a flash.  In a daylight game, the flash will likely be at or near full power.  The little point and shoot cameras are not all that bad, but a pro flash can be blinding and leave me seeing spots.  They are not what I paid to see.

I can imagine what a player would think when he is trying to track a ball, and a flash hit him in the eyes.  Its a safety issue as well, he has to move quickly to avoid a wild pitch, assuming he isn't blinded.

I guess I didn't mention it, but this was a night game.  So stadium lights. 

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This might be a little off topic, but baseball is boring.  I coach my daughter's softball team and I can't imagine being a spectator and waiting an hour between rooting interests.  The family likes to go... so we go... blah.

Having said that... I have shot around 1/500 of a second and I didn't like the outcome... to much motion blur in the face...

But maybe that is just a matter of taste. 

And the images are cropped... some heavily so... and some are underexposed which leads to extra grain, so I'm still working out the night game kinks. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:10:31 AM »
I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.


Maybe you picked the wrong hobby ??? From your long list of subjects, it sounds to me like you are looking to justify all the money you've spent on gear.

Many people take up photography because there is something that they are driven to shoot. Maybe it's Large Format B&W Landscape. Maybe it's cat and tuna sandwich shots for social networking ;) Ask yourself why you bought a camera ???

I don't know that's entirely fair.  I have my kids... they are my primary subject... but I'll dabble in things... macro, sports, portraiture, some landscape or panoramas... and I've taken some exceptionally blurry photos of deer at the dead of night.  You can grow as a photographer and you can fit more on your plate as time goes...


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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:19:20 AM »
lmao..  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Not sure that will pass the wife test.   .Though I'm up for something new, I have a rule that I won't do something that I would be ashamed to show my mother
... who am I kidding, sure I would.
edit: of course, if she's that hot I probably wouldn't be ashamed to show anyone

I like classy boudoir photos... because women have been lead to believe that it is art... sure... sure it is.

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Looks like it is time to beg the better half for a 200 f/2.  Good luck.  :P

Jim

I was shooting @ f/4 with a 1.4 teleconvertor... I have a hankerin' to buy a 300mm f/2.8L (first generation), but that still doesn't help me with my light issue. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Local Photography Group
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:00:03 AM »
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20829.msg394099#msg394099

Not sure this helps... and I still haven't quit because I'm stubborn... but I do mull it over.

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The last photo of the bunch is at iso 10000... so definitely more than I normally push it... but is it REALLY that much worse than the iso 4000's... meh.

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I suppose the ideal case there is two flashes well off to the sides and remote triggering for them, but under the given circumstances winding the ISO up and giving up a notch of shutter speed might be all you can do.  :-/

Jim

I'm not 100% sure it was the pitcher... it might have been... because they were my focus... but it very well could have been the 2nd basemen... heck a 3rd basemen wouldn't like it with the flash going off in his periphery... so I'm of the opinion that all flash would be persona non-grata... though what I would love is to be behind the net just off to one side or the other of the catcher with 4 satellite flash, 2 hanging from the foul netting pointing towards the pitcher, with another 2 in the dugout... but that's just me playing with the idea of fully lighting my subject. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:02:43 PM »
Boudoir... offer some free service and tape it down to your leg and really deviate from the norm.

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It really isn't that big of a deal.  I was at a AA baseball game and I was using my 5Dmkiii @ iso 3200ish, 1/1250ish, and my 600ex-rt on body.  I was taking photos throughout the game from the stands... literally in my seat and in the 6th inning I'm requested by an employee of the team to kill the flash.  The guy was nice enough and polite enough, so I'm really not complaining about being asked to kill the flash.

I suppose my question is... do yall just kick up the iso and live with the results in lieu of using flash at sporting events?  Considering it is semi-pro... and if 6 o'clock is right behind the catcher, I would say that I was at 7 o'clock... maybe 7:30ish... It just seems like they should be able to deal with the noise and one lone flash... though this is their profession... and if one at bat leads to 5 runs and a significant bump up in their ERA... so they DON'T get the call up to the pro's... so I understand this specific circumstance...

I will say it gave me an opportunity to force myself to shoot at iso 12800 which I never do... so I guess that's a sliver lining.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:21:05 PM »

If the guy told you that they did not have them in stores, he was lying, and trying to get you to order one online.  Unfortunately, salesmen resort to tricks to push a customer into buying.  Its likely that he was showing you how many 5D MK III + 24-70 f/4 kits they have in stock.  They might even show it as discontinued.

The point is, you are making incorrect statements that can easily be checked.  Why not do it before posting?

I went to the website and put 5D MK III bodies into my cart.  They had a limit of five and a note came to call if I wanted more.

Throttle back now.  We don't all jump the gun to assume we are being lied to.  And I don't think there ids a really good reason why a salesman would push someone to go online...

The information may be inaccurate but the driving force to relay said information isn't malicious.

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I'm in the market for an 84" umbrella... I don't need an 84" umbrella... but I want one... so I'll get one... maybe two. 

Light bends... black holes... when passing from air and through water... It happens... but it generally don't curve ball around the air and hit a subject at a multitude of angles... and that's my issue with the bouncelite... The harshness of the light may be reduced... great... but I really can do that with a variety of sources to include a white plastic grocery bag filled with air and wrapped around the head of a speedlite... and that's free with the purchase of anything in the grocery story... and that... the created sphere is a larger surface which will produce light falling onto the subject than the bl. 

I'm cheap, despite having a crap ton of gear... and I wouldn't risk any more than $20 on the device... and even then... it would be difficult decision to open the wallet.  I wish yall at the success in the world... but I'm a bit pessimistic.

And while I'm at it.. I created my own diffuser using a water bottle, crinkled aluminum foil, and some tape... and i put that around the head of a 430ex ii... and it worked remarkably well considering I basically used trash... to reflect the light... but I wouldn't use it in studio... it was softer than the speedlite alone... but it really can't beat a decent umbrella.

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