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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 :)


Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:46:59 PM »
Race images:

....coming out of the esses on Lap 1. That's the most I've ever seen an F1 car lean!

Single file up front.

Three-wide mid-pack!

Uh oh. I never realized how fast these safety cars are pushing the limits around the track.

Lewis closing the gap.

Lewis takes the lead.

A few photogs in the crowd were feeling all manly with their big white zooms until this guy showed up. Something tells me he's well equipped in more ways than one :o

Congrats to Lewis. Ten wins on the season already. Incredible!

Turn 9 is way too far from the podium, so I had to settle for this.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:29:15 PM »
What a race. The side-by-side racing in the middle of the pack was incredible. There were so many passes that weren't captured on TV. I was surrounded by Brits, and hearing them cheer Lewis on was a real treat. Poor Button didn't get any love from his fellow countrymen in the crowd.  I'll post the images up in batches to make them more palatable.

Here's the pre-race stuff:

The more I watch Ricciardo race, the more I like him. His smile is even bigger in person.

Valteri and Kimi were competing for the "Least Excited Fin" award.

As always, Kimi wins that contest everytime ;D

Seb insisted on driving the parade car last year too. Very cool. I've never thought he was that great of a driver, but he does seem to be a very down-to-earth dude.

Ah, the many perks of driving for Ferrari. Even the parade cars are badass :)

Hope to see you back in F1 next year, Jenson!

It was great seeing all the Mexican fans in attendance supporting their driver. I felt bad for them when he retired so early from the race.

Where's Jennifer Becks? There's plenty of room. What gives?

The Brits in attendance really seem to dislike Nico. They're still pissed about Spa.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:06:47 AM »
Thanks for the kinds words, fellas. I don't plan on shooting much today, as race day is way more crowded and I just want to soak up the race atmosphere and enjoy it. Turn 9 is a great place to shoot. It has a great vantage point of Turns 6-11, and you can see the cars flying down the backstraight from there too.

On a side note, the Ferrari-powered cars sound very strange when the turbos spool up prior to accelerating out of a corner. It reminds me of the weird noises a dial-up modem used to make back in the day when logging onto the internet. They emit a very high-pitched whine when downshifting as well. So being ugly and slow isn't their only problem :o

I'll go out on a limb and say Alonso will win today. Yeah right ;D

V-8:  More reach? ... You mean you're not one of those photogs in the Roberts vests with a 300 2.8 on a strap plus a beat-up, mono-podded 600 casually slung over their shoulder like they were burping a baby?  Great shots.

LOL. I try to stay as discreet as possible. Events like this are the only time I had more reach than my 70-300L has to offer.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:26:30 AM »
Is anyone else heading out to Austin? I'd love to meet up with some fellow CR members :)

Looking forward to seeing your pics after the event :D

Since you asked so nicely.....

I figure this is one of the few times a Ferrari has passed anything this year :o

I loaded some more images up in a separate thread.

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