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Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on September 01, 2014, 10:58:11 PM »
I find it interesting, but I already have far too many gadgets
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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« Last post by jdramirez on September 01, 2014, 10:48:51 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

There is also the Pro and Elite versions of the Spyder4.  The pro is 149 and the elite is ~225 I believe.   I've had luck with mine, but it's an Elite 3 I got as part of their studio package.  The only software quirk I've had (running v4 software) is that sometimes I can't calibrate my second monitor.  After some research I found it is an incompatibility with the NVIDIA driver.  When I turn off the nvidia desktop I can calibrate the second monitor.  I don't use the desktop anyway, so I leave it off.

There are lots of options out there - xrite, pantone, datacolor.   Most folks respond having the xrite or datacolor solutions when these questions are asked.  One thing to consider is that as monitors age, so does the color they produce.  Most of these products stay attached to your computer and take light readings and either adjust as necessary, or remind you to recalibrate if conditions change enough to affect what's on screen.   

Btw, good synopsis on the 12th man.   The point behind the story is that even though Mr. Gill sat on the sidelines, it was is his response to be ready should he be needed by the team.  That's also the basis for the 12th Man Foundation and the Aggie Network today.  If you need something, there's an Aggie there somewhere ready to help you.

Thanks for the info... but the first time I heard the 12th man story (not sure how old I was, but I was probably young since I grew up in Texas) I was annoyed he didn't get in the game.  That's the hollywood ending I wanted...
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High speed sync?   My 5d mkiii also syncs at 1/200..., but that isn't really germane.
Sure I'd like a 400mm f2.8L is mkii, but I don't have a spare $12,000... though I can check the couch cushions... let me check right now... nope only $8,000, mostly in pennies.  I have mulled over a 1dx, but I'm quite happy with the mkiii at the moment.  Actually, when I shoot sports I time and anticipate... I haven't sprayed and prayed in quite a while.

Good news 400mm f2.8L is mk II down to a rock bottom $10,500!

Actually I was going to mention the 300mm f4 is a hell of a lens for the money.  300 2.8 is nice, but f4 will get the job done.
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I did notice... and I'm going to be perpetually tempted until I finally dive into the pool.  I considered the 300 f/4... but I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii plus the 1.4 extender. which gives me the 100mm to 280mm range @ f/4 (though admittedly with a hit to image quality).

Right now I'm buying a few accessories I otherwise am too cheap to buy, monitors (and evidently the color correction system), a good monopod,  etc. After all in said and done... I'm going to be a good 6 grand away from a new 400 f/2.8... but maybe a used one will be only 3 or 4K away... and that isn't impossible... though admittedly... not likely. 
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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« Last post by bobby samat on September 01, 2014, 10:43:27 PM »
quinault rain forest.  late july

looks better here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobbysamat/14873245029/
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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« Last post by Hillsilly on September 01, 2014, 10:39:42 PM »
Hi John, your shots have a lot going for them.  The eyes are in focus and the lighting is pleasant.  Your choice of aperture also leads to a nice gentle blurring on the subjects shoulders.  My only suggestion is in relation to cutting off the tops of the head.  If you are going to do, I'd cut off a fraction more to make everyone realise it is intentional.  With photos such as 3604, cutting off a small bit makes you wonder if it was framing problem rather than an artistic choice.  With most portraits, you can crop the tops quite aggressively without problems and sometimes this adds a little more impact to the photos.
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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« Last post by EMD on September 01, 2014, 10:35:09 PM »
Red alder forest in the Oregon coast range. Hopefully the water is not too distracting. It's one of my favorite forest hikes.
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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« Last post by John.Nacion on September 01, 2014, 10:34:22 PM »
If you can get your second subject again, try this second pose with the smile like the first one.  I'd be happy with either of the ones you got, just curious to see how it would look.

Jim

Thanks Jim, It's Labor Day today and the wifey was more than glad to have her photos taken. I'll be be glad to post them when I'm done with the PP.
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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« Last post by wsmith96 on September 01, 2014, 10:33:48 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

There is also the Pro and Elite versions of the Spyder4.  The pro is 149 and the elite is ~225 I believe.   I've had luck with mine, but it's an Elite 3 I got as part of their studio package.  The only software quirk I've had (running v4 software) is that sometimes I can't calibrate my second monitor.  After some research I found it is an incompatibility with the NVIDIA driver.  When I turn off the nvidia desktop I can calibrate the second monitor.  I don't use the desktop anyway, so I leave it off.

There are lots of options out there - xrite, pantone, datacolor.   Most folks respond having the xrite or datacolor solutions when these questions are asked.  One thing to consider is that as monitors age, so does the color they produce.  Most of these products stay attached to your computer and take light readings and either adjust as necessary, or remind you to recalibrate if conditions change enough to affect what's on screen.   

Btw, good synopsis on the 12th man.   The point behind the story is that even though Mr. Gill sat on the sidelines, it was is his response to be ready should he be needed by the team.  That's also the basis for the 12th Man Foundation and the Aggie Network today.  If you need something, there's an Aggie there somewhere ready to help you.
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High speed sync?   My 5d mkiii also syncs at 1/200..., but that isn't really germane.
Sure I'd like a 400mm f2.8L is mkii, but I don't have a spare $12,000... though I can check the couch cushions... let me check right now... nope only $8,000, mostly in pennies.  I have mulled over a 1dx, but I'm quite happy with the mkiii at the moment.  Actually, when I shoot sports I time and anticipate... I haven't sprayed and prayed in quite a while.
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Good news 400mm f2.8L is mk II down to a rock bottom $10,500!

Actually I was going to mention the 300mm f4 is a hell of a lens for the money.  300 2.8 is nice, but f4 will get the job done. 
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