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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:49:53 PM »
Great images, Jock! I love the paddock and podium shots! Unfortunately, access to those areas is restricted at COTA until after the race. Looks like they do it right at Abu Dhabi. 

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:18:34 PM »
I totally agree with you on the sound, I found them very quiet compared to last year’s V8's, I just done the whole Abu Dhabi event without any ear plugs at all, not something I could have done last year!!
Even though this year was a runaway year for Mercedes; the Abu Dhabi GP this year was the best I have ever attended, my Aunt and Uncle came over from the UK and as she's in a wheelchair we got gold class entrance to EVERYTHING so maybe that played a big part 8)  My programme has all but 5 signatures, Marussia (as they weren’t there), Sauber as I missed them due to being stuck in traffic during their session and Jenson Button.  My seat was directly opposite the podium too, so I managed to see all the celebrations.  I'll post some photo's soon of the event itself.

Yes, please share those images!

Glad you had a good time. Yas Marina looks like an incredible facility. I hope to see it in person today, but first I have to visit Spa, Suzuka, Silverstone, and Monza :)

Next years should be interesting. With Alonso going back to McLaren, and the Honda power units reportedly being the class of the field, maybe the drought will be over. I can't help but think that Seb and Ferrari will continue to struggle. If Renault manages to eek some more power out of their engines, I think they could definitely challenge Mercedes for the championship.

Lighting / Re: Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:52:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, fellas. Although I don't need to lug around modifiers that often, I know the options are limitless for the Profoto system. Great point.

Those RoveLight RL500s are an intriguing option. I think the rather basic transmitters would drive me insane, but then again they're less than 1/3 the price of the Profoto B1s. I read that article several times, and couldn't figure out if you have to jerry rig something up to get the HSS to work? Either way, gotta love all the competition out there these days ;D Nice to know that Profoto is working on a HSS firmware upgrade as well. That would be awesome.

I don't really want to spend the money on the Profotos, but after going through my books it's looking like I'm going to need a big tax write off to close out the year. I'd much rather upgrade my gear than send my money to Uncle Sam ;D

Lighting / Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:56:20 PM »
Does anyone here own a set of Profoto B1 lights? How do you like them? How well does the built-in diffuser work? How long does the battery last? I'm debating between the B1s and the Phottix Indras. The players:

I know there is a huge price difference between the two, but the convenience of having the battery packs, wireless triggers, and reflectors built into the heads on the Profoto lights is very appealing, especially for shoots that involve changing locations several times, which means setting up the lights several times. The Indras have a separate battery pack and reflectors, so that's more setup time and cords to trip over. One advantage of the Indras is that they have HSS, which the B1s do not, but I don't see that being too useful for my needs.

My primary objective is trimming down on the amount of gear I have to lug around in the field, as well as cutting down on the setup time. I'm currently using three White Lightning heads triggered by a Phottix Odin/Strato combo. Between the lights, cords, battery packs, reflectors, and triggers I need a big ass Pelican case to fit it all in. In contrast, two B1 lights will fit in a small backpack. I can see myself using the B1s in situations and locations where I would have never bothered with the White Lightnings due to their size and the hassle of setting then up, choosing instead to limp around with Speedlites. Not having to attach the battery packs,  power cords, reflectors, and triggers will save me 15 minutes in setup time and 15 minutes in pack-up time each and every time.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:34:23 AM »
Don't get me started on the lovely and friendly ladies of OZ or we'll have to start a new thread.

Sounds like a great idea to me ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 01:06:06 AM »

The marsupials get all of the press but Australia has awesome birds!

Australia has all kinds of awesome animals. The women aren't too bad, either ;D

BTW, nice shot :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:42:01 AM »
Good move. I still have my old 5DC in the camera bag as a backup. While its user interface, ergonomics, handling, build quality, AF - hell, just about everything - is antiquated by today's standards, the 5DC still produces exceptional images. What I feel are some of my best shots (others may disagree ;D) were taken with the 5D. Resale on those things are so cheap now, that I can't really justify selling it, so I might hang on to it indefinitely for sentimental purposes :)

So are you going to buy one, dilbert?

I don't think he's lambasting DXO. He's merely pointing out the obvious in a very articulate manner :)

DXO's individual test metrics are as useful as their overall sensor score is useless ;D Why they can't disclose how they weigh their individual test metrics against each other to arrive at a final overall sensor rating continues to be the biggest mystery in the land of pixel-peeping and measurebating :o

In the meantime, the rioting over sensor scores ensues.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 09, 2014, 02:18:09 PM »
Apparently great minds think alike, because I've been researching this topic over the last few days. Unfortunately, I may have reached an even more expensive solution. If a 1D4 sells for $2,000 USD on ebay, and I can sell my 5D3 for $2,500, why not just put the money from the sale of the 5D3 toward a 1DX ;D?

Scenario A) If I keep the 5D3 and buy at 1D4, I'm out $2,000 total.

Scenario B) If I  put the $2,500 from the sale of the 5D3 toward a $6,000 1DX, then I'm out $3,500 total. 

The price difference between each scenario is $1,500, which isn't exactly insignificant, but we're approaching the end of the year and I could use a big tax write-off  :o

I have a buddy approaching a million clicks on his 5D2 that's in the market for a 5D3, so I wouldn't even have to monkey around with ebay ;D

It's shocking, IHMO, that the new 7DII has lower scores than cameras with even smaller sensors.

That's been the problem all along with DXO. While their three individual metrics are very insightful, how DXO weighs these metrics against each other to arrive at a single score is one giant mystery. And people are willing to riot over that single overall sensor score :)

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:34:12 PM »
Hi V8.
More great shots.
Things like this always remind me of that line in Crocodile Dundee, "that's not a knife"

It was definitely a Crocodile Dundee moment  ;D LOL. Actually, the bloke in one of the images (sitting next to the woman with the British flag) was flashing his big zoom, and his jaw hit the floor when this other guy sat in front of him with that monster lens.

I'm sure he got some great shots of the grid girls  ;D

That's exactly what I would have used such a lens for. I like the way you think ;D

As for the parade cars, last year the car Jenson was in couldn't make it up Turn 1 and broke down. He had to hitch a ride with another driver ;D

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:26:23 PM »
Seeing the buses on track was a real surprise. It looked like they were giving the kiddies a ride around the circuit. What a great way to nurture their interest in F1 from an early age. I doubt they'll ever forget that experience  :)

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:27:28 PM »

Ty, ty :D  How did you find the sound? 


Not as bad as I thought they would sound. Honestly, if F1 never switched to naturally aspirated V-10s and V-8s from the mid-90s to last season, and fans never got accustomed to the glorious mega-rpm shrill they produced, no one would be complaining about the sound of the new turbo V-6s. The new motors don't sound bad in and of themselves. The just sound bad in comparison to the 20,000-rpm V-10s and 18,000-rpm V-8s of yesteryear.

What I miss most is the violence and intensity of the downshifts with the old naturally aspirated motors. It sounded like someone was firing a shotgun each time then downshifted. Awesome stuff!

Speaking of sound, the downright bizarre sound of the new Ferrari motors had lots of fans making comments. Same goes for the Ferrari-powered Saubers. They sound like dial-up modems logging onto internet :o 

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:00:49 PM »
Post race images:

Happy Brits everywhere. The group of Tifosi sitting in front of these folks weren't happy at all, and vanished before the race ended. Can't blame them. I love the international draw of F1. I was sitting next to a nice couple from Manchester.

Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves! LOL. 

Not the typical passing zone going into Turn 11, but the inside bus made it stick despite the shallow entry ;D

After the third Austin event, my concerns of diminishing fan attendance are starting to wane.

The Kid Rock concert was very well attended. The Austin 360 amphitheater is a very cool venue. The whole amphitheater at a race track concept sounded like a gimmick when it was first announced, but I must admit it creates a very unique post race atmosphere.

Just outside the main entrance. The food trucks that Austin is known serve up great but ridiculously overpriced food here.

I'm not a Williams fan, but the Martini livery looks so cool I had to get me one of these :)


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