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Last bit, landscapes. You can do them without a tripod, depending on your style, but if you are going to end up being rather serious about them you should definitely consider a good quality tripod, which will run you $500-600 and up. But, if you just sorta have an interest, leave that for another time. Also get a cable release and learn about mirror lockup.
I'm curious why folks spend that kind of money on a tripod for stills.  That's almost as much as I paid for my video tripod with dual handles and a nice fluid head, all of which is massive overkill if you don't need smooth pans and tilts while the camera is live.  I'm just curious, speaking as someone who has never shot stills with a tripod that costs more than about forty bucks.  :)

Weight and stability.

Seriously, I'm (really really) not earning a living from photography, but I am quite sure that you should be able to go through a college photo program with a 5D MkIII and a 7D.

I am also trying to figure out what type of college photography course of study would need something more than a 5d mark anything and a 7D?

I'm trying to figure out how I didn't manage to make $20,000 a year from my college Photog days !

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:34:20 PM »
Not exactly an exotic animal, but hey ! it's all I've got at the moment.

50 f1.4 @ 1.4, ISO 100 1/60

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 14, 2014, 05:19:26 AM »
@Viggo, I re traced my search links and my apologies: the flicr boards were dealing with the old Sigma 50 1.4, not the new Art. I'm not picking up the CR threads on this either though, so will keep looking.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:24:57 AM »
Has anyone read the comments on some of the Nikon sites? Do they report similar issues?

I did a google search on AF issues with this lens and it apperas to be throughout Nikon and Sony too. Same thing; AF apperas to drift over time.

That's everyone except Sporgon  ;)

Lenses / Re: Great Lens 135 mm With Old 2002 Canon 1DS MK I body
« on: May 13, 2014, 05:36:34 PM »
Like your BF-10 picture of the leaves; works well.

These older digital cameras do have a certain signature - a little abrupt in tonal graduation compared with film and latest digital  but it can work well.

My ardour for the possibility of my first ever Sigma purchase just went cold.

Best lens I have owned.

Lovely shot, don't think I would have cropped it quite so tight.

just a note / query on your approach to this event. How big was your team?

Its too big an event for one photographer to capture enough varied images, especially of volunteers who are spread out over a vast area.

You should have had a TEAM over a period of 2 days covering setup through dismantle...

Its not that much different than a giant wedding shoot...

Errrrr........ You are joking....right ?

How is something like this ever going to be viable if you had to put a team of photographers on it ?   ???

Canon General / Re: Tilt & Shift Fan?
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:48:17 AM »
I agree 100% with both of you, the look is so unnatural, my brain just knows it's wrong.
However, here's an example, I could never figure why it got printed or displayed, or even why the photographer shot it this way, he certainly knew exactly what he was doing, why he shot that way and what the print would look like.
From the first time I saw this photo, I did not get "IT", I still don't.
Is there any chance that the structure itself is bigger at the top than the bottom?  If you look at the building in the background and the windows, they don't look distorted.  Either that or maybe I just need some more coffee to wake up this morning...

That was my thought when I first saw this picture. I assume this is a large water tower for the glasshouses, and it looks like it may be a form of 'clinker' build; that is where the ascending planks overlap slightly on the outside of those below- so it gets wider as it goes higher. Same thing happens when a boat is 'clinker' built.

Lenses / Re: What would you do, if you have...
« on: May 11, 2014, 12:42:29 PM »
If you're not already doing so I'd recommend hanging a weight of some sorts ( bag of stones etc) from the tripod as being carbon fibre the 5541 is relatively light. Also use a remote release, maybe you get very excited at the moment of firing the shutter. ;)

Sports / Re: Kayaking
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:29:00 AM »
Like the first one the best; shows what the paddler has come through. Last one least.

Maybe you should have tried a 6D ?

Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 11, 2014, 06:17:54 AM »
I was rushing up to this mountain peak to grab sunset on Mount Rainier. Turns out I was about 15 minutes late after finding a decent comp. Here's my blue hour Mount Rainier.

Still a good shot; like it. Try reducing the size to 740 pixels across before attaching the next one so we can see the whole picture without having to slide it about.

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