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Portland, Oregon, USA.  I'll put our Pacific Northwest scenery up against any challengers

That's funny. I am going to decide whether to stay in Houston or to move to Portland, OR in the next couple of months and the scenery is actually one of the biggest factors in favor of the city of roses.

I'm sure the cooler weather is a huge plus too. As a Houstonian, you're already used to the rain :)

There are lots of things I like about Texas, but the scenery isn't one of them! I dream of NorCal.....








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Mosquito bites? I got bitten by about 20 waiting for the bus this morning and about 20 more taking out the trash last night, so 50 to shoot nice locales is totally acceptable ;)

That was 50 bites over a course of 30 minutes or so :o Not fun.

The Texas scenery doesn't such quite as much here in the hill country, but it's still relatively meh compared to the rest of the world. Someone mentioned Cape Town. Now that's one f'n spectacular city!

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Portland, Oregon, USA.  I'll put our Pacific Northwest scenery up against any challengers


No argument here. I lived very briefly in Vancouver, WA :)

As for spectacular scenery in the States, I'd add Northern California and Colorado to the list :) That, and the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons areas.

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It's funny that you forgot Canada considering the site is owned by a Canadian  :P

I am from Houston, TX and I see what you are saying WSmith. It is very difficult to find scenic landscapes. However, the cityscapes are quite nice, I haven't exploited it yet tho'.

It seems a few are from various places in Texas. We can definitely have a Texas meetup of sorts.

Houston's like my second home. I'm there all the time for work. These locales should look familiar for any Houstonian. Yah, the area is quite possibly the most boring place on earth for landscapes, but you can find some cool urban spots from time to time:


Interstate 45, beeyotch ;D


That's the Toyota Center on the left.


At least the insane Houston humidity is good for crazy tropical cloud formations :o


Some old barns in beautiful Hempstead, TX. I got about 50 mosquito bites while shooting these :(


The most interesting thing in all of Danbury, TX is this bridge :o



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Austin, Texas :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:41:11 PM »
How about we all pitch in a few bucks/dollars/quid and buy dilbert a D800 for Christmas? Maybe he will finally stop complaining then, because I can't figure out why someone so unhappy with Canon and envious of Nikon wouldn't just switch and STFU :)

I'm 100% serious about this. I will pitch in the first $10 USD for dilbert's D800 fund. We just need 299 more people to pledge $10 USD to this altruistic cause. With the power of the internet, surely we can accomplish this!

-1.  Subsidies increase the target behavior while taxes cause the opposite effect.  What you want to do is charge him for each such post.

I was about to post Fred Miranda's DR test and start talking about how awful Canon sensors are. I don't actually believe in the "sensor gap", but I'll certainly take a free D800 to stop talking like there is a sensor gap  ;D

You don't complain nearly enough to warrant hush money :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:38:58 PM »
How about we all pitch in a few bucks/dollars/quid and buy dilbert a D800 for Christmas? Maybe he will finally stop complaining then, because I can't figure out why someone so unhappy with Canon and envious of Nikon wouldn't just switch and STFU :)

If you don't like his posts, then don't read them.

There, I just saved you $10.   ;D

Sorry, but I'm committed to the cause :) I'm in for $10 and that's my final answer ;D

Besides, if we collectively pulled this off and documented the entire process on the internet, it would be f'n hysterical. We could even have neuro autograph the box before shipping it off to dilbert.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:15:55 PM »
How about we all pitch in a few bucks/dollars/quid and buy dilbert a D800 for Christmas? Maybe he will finally stop complaining then, because I can't figure out why someone so unhappy with Canon and envious of Nikon wouldn't just switch and STFU :)

I'm 100% serious about this. I will pitch in the first $10 USD for dilbert's D800 fund. We just need 299 more people to pledge $10 USD to this altruistic cause. With the power of the internet, surely we can accomplish this!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:12:56 PM »
I haven't seen anyone addressing the HUGE problem that Canon Cameras underexpose  because the meter isn't always linked to the focus point. I love my Mark III. But, I would love it even more if it would ALWAYS METER FROM THE SELECTED FOCUS POINT. Canon needs to fix the meter link before they worry about dynamic range and that would solve a world of problems including dynamic range for some shots.

True dat. I love everything about my 5D3 except the metering. For some reason, the metering on my old 5D classic seemed better suited for my usage than the 5D3. I'm sure for other uses the 5D3's metering is an improvement over the 5D classic and Mark II, but for me the exposures are usually on the dark side.

At one time I wished for a larger buffer, but memory cards have become so much faster in the last 2.5 years that this isn't an issue for me anymore :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:46:32 PM »


Aye, I think this is Nikon's biggest problem. They have phenomenal technology to work with...they just aren't doing the market research necessary to package it up into a product that would sell like hotcakes year after year. Kind of sad...as if they DID, then could really put pressure on Canon to actually move their corporate ass on the sensor IQ front. Maybe the combined forces of Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and the others that are now using Exmors will put that pressure on.

The sad truth is that companies with great ideas and talented employees are often run by idiotic management teams. Reminds me of the demise of AMC (American Motors Corporation). After it went bankrupt and Chrysler bought them out, Chrysler execs were shocked at the caliber of engineering talent that went to waste for so many years. AMC developed the world's first full-time all-wheel drive system. Not Subaru :) This was made possible by an AMC-pioneered viscous center differential, which is used in just about every AWD road car and WRC Rally car today. AMC invented the modern SUV with the Cherokee and Wagoneer. AMC also invented the original military-grade H1 Hummer.

All that, and AMC still went out of business. Hopefully Nikon management will get it's act together, because someone has to continue applying pressure on Canon. As Canon users, we need Nikon to sell lots of cameras just as much as Nikon users do.   

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:35:59 PM »
In re-reading my post, I don't want it to be perceived as a criticism of Nikon bodies, so please allow me to clarify :). IMHO, the D750 (if and when it comes out), D800, and D810 - when looked at individually - are very impressive tools in their own right. For some people, they're better tools for their needs than Canon gear.

When viewed as a whole, however, praising Nikon as an innovative company for continually introducing bodies more frequently than Canon is silly. The D800 was hardly outdated when Nikon revamped it as the D810. Likewise, the rumored D750 wasn't created to address a market segment that didn't previously exist. Both products were created in response to Nikon neglecting the core needs of the original D700 user base.

That's anything but innovative. It reflects a product that was too niche (D800) that required a supporting cast of two additional bodies (D750, D810) in order to meet Nikon's sales objectives in the $2,500 - $3,500 DSLR segment. 

 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:05:18 PM »
But that´s why the 5D MK3 was not a preemptive strike against todays D750. :)

Maybe for you it wasn't, but for many others it was. Like I said, if the D750 was released two years ago (regardless of whether or not it had 4K video), and Canon soldiered on with junk AF and FPS in the 5D line, I'd be shooting Nikon right now.

Choice is great for consumers. As a Canon shooter, I love that Nikon is putting the pressure on Canon. From a business perspective, however, Nikon would essentially have three different bodies (D750, D800, D810) filling the same slot in the market as the 5D3. Praising Nikon for failing to immediately address the needs of D700 users, then releasing two subsequent models (D750, D810) to finally give their users what they want after a two year delay, is preposterous.

That's not innovation. That's an epic failure in market research, R&D resources, and overall business management. Go Nikon ;D

Sony Exmor sensors are innovative. The wrappers Nikon chooses to put them in by retroactively reacting to market demands aren't. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 03:48:37 PM »

But two years later, I'd say that the 5DIII now looks outdated vs the D810, which is definitely more future-proof.

I agree 100%, but like you said, it's been two years :) A newer product better be more future-proof than an older product, regardless of the brand.

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Just to be clear, I am only disappointed with the 5D III for landscapes and low ISO work.

Here's a link to a guy who's a hot topic on 500px at the moment, that CR members may enjoy seeing. Does he shoot D800 ? Does he shoot high ISO ?

http://500px.com/JakeOlsonStudios

The only noise comes from people complimenting his work.


When I see images like that, I think "Wow, that's one talented MFer."

"I wonder what gear he shoots with" is the last thing on my mind. I suppose that makes me a freak :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 03:15:49 PM »

We can only hope that Canon will be responding in some way to the D750.

The way I see it, Canon preemptively "responded" to the rumored D750 two years ago by releasing a great all-rounder in the 5D3.

The D750's rumored specs and price point make it extremely appealing. However, releasing a lower megapixel, higher FPS body only two years after launching the D800 reflects a epic failure on Nikon's market research department, IMHO. The bulk of D700 users didn't want a resolution monster with a slower frame rate, but that's exactly what they got with the D800. Perhaps if Nikon gave D700 users what they really wanted, they wouldn't have had to make the D800 a more versatile all-around (by creating the D810) in addition to launching another lower resolution, high FPS body within just two years of releasing the D800.

IMHO, the D750 is the camera Nikon should have released two years ago to replace the D700. If they did that, and if Canon didn't dramatically improve the AF and FPS of the 5D line, I would have switched to Nikon two years ago and never looked back. Fortunately, Canon delivered the perfect camera for my needs (5D3), while Nikon continues to lead the way in the highly lucrative landscape segment ;D

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