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Lenses / 70-200/2.8 IS II - wrong lens for me?
« Last post by Mitch.Conner on Today at 01:38:21 AM »
I've noticed that when I use my 70-200/2.8 IS II, I almost exclusively use it at 70mm or 200mm.  I'm wondering if maybe it might be worthwhile to save up and eventually sell it to be replaced with 2 primes, the 85/1.2L and 200/2L.

Would this be a mistake?
Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« Last post by Roo on Today at 01:36:59 AM »
Hi Phil.
Didn't know 3444 was a BMW, thanks will add that, don't know who entered it! The firebird was a slight play on words about the flames from the pipes, I know the Firebird was a Pontiac Trans Am.
Thanks for the compliment on the anning, I messed up by setting aperture priority to control the depth of field, should have gone shutter priority or manual with auto ISO maybe, was trying to keep ISO under control.
Thanks for feedback on the Dolomite shots, (and the other shots) I think you are right, maybe if it was a full car just slightly OOF it would work?

Cheers, Graham.

D'oh! That's funny I did look at the flame and missed the reference lol Too clever for me on the day.  The beauty of digital photography is that there are any number of ways to skin a cat (hopefully the unethical PETA aren't reading this haha) and you can choose which ever method you want.  I know people who do prefer to use AV mode for sports photography but I've found that TV mode works for me a lot of the time because it's easier to adjust the shutter speed to decide how much blur or motion is captured. Not sure if you can set an iso limit on your camera but on the 5Diii I can use auto iso and set whatever I want the maximum to be. 

We were lucky that we didn't get the Avengers or similar out here but we did get the Dolomites (I thought they were cool as a kid) and the  shot you suggest would have worked :)


Canon General / Re: Am heartbroken! :(
« Last post by sanj on Today at 01:24:58 AM »
Canon General / Re: Am heartbroken! :(
« Last post by sanj on Today at 01:23:15 AM »
Here is the report. What a learning experience!
I totally failed with the lens I selected! I went with a preconcieved idea of the function and did not do proper research. In past all her school functions were in the open and parents were at a considerable distance away (something like KeithBreazeal photo). I found myself in a dimly, very dimly lit indoor auditorium. Felt like banging the Sigma 150-600 f5 on my head. 70-200 f2.8 would have been the appropriate lens - opening wider by 3 stops, smaller, correct focal length. Bumped up the ISO to 6000 and still getting 1/15 shutter. Damn. Note to self: Must do proper prep and not be an idiot.

I was amongst the early ones and was pointed to sit in the second row from front. Not good I kept telling myself as the lens could block the view of people behind me. But since I would not have to stand up, it would be more or less ok.

The girls started walking in from behind me walking through the isle towards the stage. I could not get any photos as I was totally immobile and at 1/15 all shots with any movement were going to be useless anyways. :(

The ceremony started and I realized that the official photographer was strictly doing what he was there for: 1 single photo of the girls receiving the certificate. I steadied myself and took some shots.

You be the judge if me taking the camera was worth it or not. I know with better lens choice I would have had better photos.

A note before I post the pictures, the daughter met me in the evening and hugged me and said thank you for the photos (I took of her friend's also, many of who have posted them on their face book page). I asked her to see this thread and her first response was "Oh you and this Canon Rumor 'thing' again? Don't you get bored?" She read all the comments smiling right through, occasionally giggling while shaking her head in agreement. And then she asked me for money to go out with friends for dinner. So am not sure if the hug and all was true or a ploy get the car and dinner money. Hmmmm.

Here are the pictures, it is obvious which is the one taken by the school photographer.
Abstract / Re: Too Abstract?
« Last post by Famateur on Today at 01:00:15 AM »
I like this thread. It reminds me of what Bob Ross would often say: "This is your world -- you're the creator."

That reminds me. For anyone who enjoyed Bob Ross, the remix MelodySheep did a few years ago for PBS is worth a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLO7tCdBVrA

While I'm at it, the one they did of Mr. Rogers was cool, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM

Canon General / Re: Am heartbroken! :(
« Last post by sanj on Today at 12:49:30 AM »
KeithBreazeal: So true! I myself did not respect my parent's small desires until I crossed 40. :) But I must point out again, taking these photos does not provide me with any joy except to help the child get more photos to look at of the event.

Johnf3f: Sorry to hear about your father. And this is why I took photos...

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« Last post by dpc on Today at 12:49:23 AM »
Tulip petals
Very nice dpc!

Thanks, Eldar! Have a great day.  :)
Canon General / Re: Am heartbroken! :(
« Last post by sanj on Today at 12:43:17 AM »
Distant.star: :0 ;) Wait for my report of the event.

CanonFanBoy: Ohhh. That is sweet. She will never forget those moments. I am just like that too. Live is too short to be conscious and restrained.

Scotia: You express your feelings so nicely and have real concern for the young girl's feelings.

AcutancePhotography: Of course having respect for others and the event goes without saying.

Takesome1: I know my daughter. She is actually proud of her papa and loves that I take pains to take photos of events that are important to her. She knows this kind of photography (events/birthdays) is not for me.

KeithBreazeal: Wait for the report - will show you some photos. :)

Serendipidy: Yes, the issue was not the photography but the big camera. Which would make everyone look at the person I was pointing the camera at and she did not want to become the center of the attention.

Takesome1: Sweet. :) As much as I appreciate her accomplishment, I wanted to take pictures for Her. Photos which the school photographer will not take.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Last post by Eldar on Today at 12:37:10 AM »

Cool images Henrik, especially the first one.
Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
« Last post by ERHP on Today at 12:36:40 AM »
I waited weeks after it was 'released' on a couple of lists and then several weeks ago I called our local store, George's, and they said they had one in stock for the same price as everyone else so I bought it.  I really plan to use it in Montana next month, to catch some of the canyons, falls and ghost towns with it.  Shooting at 11mm is much more difficult than I imagined, though.  Here is a 13mm look at a section of Sunset Cliffs just after I bought it.

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