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I think as the thread goes on and there is further analyses and explanations from the Op so the whole thing becomes less believable.

The pro was there to cover the wedding on a (presumably) professional supplier / customer basis and had kindly (strangely) allowed the OP to tag along, bringing his own camera.

When the bride was presented with the portfolio of shots it seems strange that she knew or assumed that this 'second' photographer who turned up with the hired pro, and 'ergo' was part of that 'togs team, did not have his pictures already included in that portfolio presented to her for perusal by the hired photographer. How was she made aware of the fact there was a completely different set of pictures that had not been included ?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:05:30 AM »

That is very kind of you.

There are some more at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smclaren/sets/72157634895659081/
That is a really spectacular collection. Thanks for sharing!

+1, thanks for putting the link up on CR. I had a look at the slideshow and they are all superb. The general standard of images on the 1Dx thread  is remarkable.

Were these shot on the Spey ? I had no idea there was so much Osprey activity there - judging from the different angles of the pictures I presume they are multiple catches.

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I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.

me too!

How would you remember what they are ? I have trouble remembering 3 !

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:39:11 PM »
Sharpness:
f/2 vs f/2.8 - They are very similiar wide open however the 35IS has more vignetting and softer corners
f/2.8 vs f/2.8 - The 35IS is sharper in the centre and mid-frame with the corners sharpness being similar. The vignetting also starts clearing up nicely by f/2.8.

Just out of curiosity from which source(s) of information did you draw these conclusions ?

One other thing I forgot to mention is that the 40 vignettes quite badly at 2.8 whereas at 2.8 on the 35 IS the vignette is much less.

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Having followed this thread and contributed once or twice I think the whole scenario has stemmed from an amateur  photographer being excited and flattered about someone being prepared to pay for his work and so the moral standards have slipped a bit.

Reminds me of a saying in different circles - "There's nothing so reckless as a standing p**** "  ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 06, 2014, 12:10:21 PM »
Personally I miss film like a hole in the head.

My sentiments exactly. I find that it's much easier to be nostalgic about an era if you didn't actually have to live through it.
;D

Perhaps, but I still love steam locomotives !  ;)

(But actually I didn't really live through that era !)

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:20:23 AM »
question: how does the 35mm f/2 IS compare to the 40mm f/2.8?

I understand the max aperture small difference, the 300$ price tag gap, and the former being a tad wider, but what in terms of:
- sharpness (@ 2v2.8 and 2.8v2.8)
- distortion
- bokeh rendering
- Dustin's "WOW" effect
O.

I don't have the 35 IS but have researched it and seriously considered it but I already have the 40.

Sharpness at 2.8 is very similar. If you're going to go test charts the 40 is slightly ahead, more so in the corners despite being fully open. So when both are fully open the 40 is ahead.

The 40 has virtually zero distortion (0.6 barrel), the 35 IS 1%, which is actually really good for the focal length and better than the old 35/2.

Personally I think the bokeh of the 40 at 2.8 is very pleasing. With my limited time on the 35IS I can't comment.

The WOW effect ? Again I think the 40 has it.

With the 35 IS you're getting IS, better manual focus ring, F2, distance scale and less money left in your pocket. You are not getting better 'IQ'; the 40 is exceptional value for money in that respect.

However if I hadn't already got the 40 I think I'd go for the 35IS now it's come down in price.

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I upload my stuff to a zenfolio site that I link to at the left with the little globe.

http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/

But alas, no one ever clicks on it, sees them and then tells me what an amazing, kick-ass photographer I am.  :-[
Oh well, I guess I just gotta keep on trying!   ;)

LOL!  Seriously, I shoot everything as a hobby for schools, scouts, church, etc.  I stay behind all the time trying to keep up with, process and post all the myriad event images.  It's the hardest hobby I've ever loved!


I really like the picture of the little girl filled with flash in front of the ship. Good composition and impact.

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I would say that wedding photography is more about organisation and relationships towards the subjects than pressing the shutter, especially so with digital and TTL flash.

I learned this lesson while pressing the shutter, and also while reviewing my photos later.  What did I miss that I could have gotten?  What views/angles worked?  How could I have positioned myself better?  Which guests should I have made a point to photograph better?  (the primary photog typically followed the bride, it was my job to make sure all the guests were in the final set of images, and to fill in the scenery he couldn't get)

That is undoubtably true; you're looking to improve your photography. Beingrequired to produce the professional results as the photographer and it's your sole responsibility to make it happen is a different thing altogether.

From your post I guess you have never been soley responsible for the successful photographic production of the 'big day'.

No, working as second only.  My response was to your suggestion that a new photographer be an assistant only at first, and not take any photos.  I felt I was able to get a sense of the organization and relationships while clicking the shutter as second-shooter.  I would not want to be the primary person responsible while going through that learning process, that's one reason I think the OP needs to keep on good terms with his local pro community: he still has some learning ahead.

I think we are at slight cross purposes. The OP is claiming to be a portrait photographer; the innuendo is that he is experienced. I was referring to someone who is looking to fast track into the wedding procedure rather than someone who is learning photography as they go along.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:07:42 PM »
Not the sort of bottom I normally like to follow  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:05:23 PM »
The Loaming Hour on the River Stour, Eastern England, just up stream from Flatford Mill made famous by the English artist John Constable.

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Her pictures are superb. Inevitably there is much pp work but that has always been an integral part of photography.

You can see more of her work and others in a similar 'dreamy vein' on www.500px although I think it should be called 500pp  ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:01:43 PM »
Hi Sporgon.
Beautiful light in the first one. Air bear just been turned out by any chance?

Cheers Graham.

Not really wild animals though these two can both be wild at times, especially the bay. (Proof Attached).

Two of my horses snapped during the last few rays of a sunny evening. Whilst most people on CR suffer from G,A,S, I unfortunately suffer from something much worse: E.A.S - Equine Acquisition Syndrome  :(

Thanks Valvebounce !

Yes indeed  ;) fortunately she's a little more tame when ridden  ;D

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I would say that wedding photography is more about organisation and relationships towards the subjects than pressing the shutter, especially so with digital and TTL flash.

I learned this lesson while pressing the shutter, and also while reviewing my photos later.  What did I miss that I could have gotten?  What views/angles worked?  How could I have positioned myself better?  Which guests should I have made a point to photograph better?  (the primary photog typically followed the bride, it was my job to make sure all the guests were in the final set of images, and to fill in the scenery he couldn't get)

That is undoubtably true; you're looking to improve your photography. Beingrequired to produce the professional results as the photographer and it's your sole responsibility to make it happen is a different thing altogether.

From your post I guess you have never been soley responsible for the successful photographic production of the 'big day'.

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Another point about being 'shown the ropes' at a highly dynamic photographic event like a wedding; I wouldn't expect the person coming to learn to even bring a camera. You're not going to learn much about the sequences and nuances of the event if you're busy snapping away with your own camera.

I would say that wedding photography is more about organisation and relationships towards the subjects than pressing the shutter, especially so with digital and TTL flash.

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