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Messages - jdramirez

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:56:28 AM »
Great pictures everyone!!

I shoot a lot of hockey, mainly tournaments.  We shoot with a 300mm 2.8 II and we have the advance of shooting from the bench, so we don't have to shoot through the glass.

The guy in the 2nd shot looks like Mitt Romney.

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:51:43 AM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

Can't believe I'm saying this...I'm printing x-mas photo cards for family members. Loving it  ;D

I took the pro-100 downstairs... So that's step 1... then unboxing... then installing the software... So I'm thinking by June I should by fully operational.  Just in time for Christmas in July.

Speaking of Christmas... this is the photo I went with.  I'm happy with it... but I didn't want to go any shallower than f/2.8/85mm because then one of the girls would be in focus and the other not...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:21:28 PM »
Good angle on the goalie shot.  At my arena, it is curved and it just is blurry and bends the light in an awful way... Out at least that's my perception of what is going on. 

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:17:55 PM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

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I've never had the issue, but some do.  There are issues with people using software to flag competitors posts too.
 
I've had people meet me and pay for expensive gear, and I've laid out up to $4,400 for purchases, and many over $2,000.
 
Spokane is a smaller city, and its pretty easy to spot scams.
Sometimes I screw with the scammers.... sure I'll mail you my stuff...

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I frequent our local Craigslist for camera gear... And if I see something flag worthy, I'll send an email to the person... then they get pissed... & I respond... It is probably going to be flagged and I would prefer to know a reason rather than just guess.

More often than not the people say thanks.

I don't flag much, but if someone is trying to sell an xti for$800, that's just stupid... or if they try to sell naked photos of themselves... go nuts, but do it in the home decor section or art... not in the gear.

I have been called a scammer... I tell them I have a receipt...

But... It is basically free... And over a long period of time I've had a good experience. 

The rule that initially tripped me up was listing gear on separate pages... that ruffled some feathers.


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Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 10, 2014, 10:56:31 AM »
I don't dislike manuals, but there are diminishing returns.  The stuff I already know doesn't help me... Then there are features I don't understand and reading the manual is like reading Greek.  So I'm really in the butter zone of knowing enough, but not nearly enough.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:10:58 PM »
Which car?  I don't begrudge people for having enough disposable income to buy anything, and there are plenty of times that I'm flabbergasted by how much my gear costs... And that's just a camera.

My friend dumped $100k on a car.

Good for him.

Are you jealous or why such negative post?

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I never shot at targets... but I would suspect the lens should be on par.  Have you manually focused using live view and then used a shutter release.  I wouldn't use auto focus because it might need micro adjusted... might...

My understanding is that live view bypasses the auto focus issues.  It uses contrast based auto focus via data from the actual image sensor, so the usual auto focus system - the one responsible for auto focus problems - is not in play at all.  In other words, the autofocus light path and image light path are identical with live view, which should avoid the split light paths that is at the heart of the kinds of autofocus issues resolved via micro adjustment.

Btw - since coming back a second time it does need micro adjustment (it's back focusing a tiny bit).  However, I can avoid that in live view.

What I'm saying is that if you manually focus using live view... you can digitally zoom into the image either 5x or 10x... and then you can make sure the target is in focus.  Switch off live view... or leave it on, I don't think it would matter, and then hit the shutter, either with a 2 or 10 second delay, or use a shutter release. 

So auto focus, as a variable is eliminated.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:13:47 PM »
If you don't mind rebates, you can get a pretty decent deal. Then use your rebate money to by paper.

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I never shot at targets... but I would suspect the lens should be on par.  Have you manually focused using live view and then used a shutter release.  I wouldn't use auto focus because it might need micro adjusted... might...

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Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:45:53 PM »
I don't, but I'll give it a go next time.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:26:02 PM »
I thought this was going to be another stupid dynamic range conversation... but it really is so much more and I find that to be incredible.

We have the Nikon is better than Canon discussion.
We have the novice buying top gear despite not having adequate knowledge to truly wield it.
We have the jealousy presumption.
We have the, Why didn't you ask someone who has more experience before buying discussion.
And we have what I believe is my presumption... That Nikon in the perception of those entering the market holds Nikon in higher esteem than Canon.

There is really quite a bit of nuance in this thread and I love it because it isn't just a pissing contest.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:35:02 AM »
I have Canon pro 100 that I haven't taken out of the box yet.  I generally send my print work to Costco, Shutterfly, etc. 

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I think I'm ok with mediocre on the sites of non-profits. 

I almost would hope they aren't expending resources on camera gear and professional photogs... because then I would assume that more of the money I'm donating would be going to the end recipients. 

I play the game... name the settings all the time... I look at a photo, I guess the shutter speed, the iso, the aperture, etc... and if I'm guessing a full frame and a 135L (because it does have its own look)... then I would find it disconcerting. 

Now maybe that's just me because I play that game... maybe the bulk of people will look at the image and be moved by the subject matter more so than the cost of the gear in use...

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