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1 CuriousLurker  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 5:55:51pm

Lovely, but why not share which lenses & settings you used? What about that one called “On the Road”? It looks like you must’ve been literally lying on the middle of the road to take that one—were you, or did you just set the camera on/near it? I also really like the last one with the mountains getting hazier the farther away they are.

Wait—is that a bluebonnet? If so, you just made me homesick for Texas, the sight of bluebonnets being one of the few things that can do that.

2 Political Atheist  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 5:58:46pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

I did set the camera down right on the pavement.

D_L Just finished making dinner, I promise i’ll post the metadata a bit later..

3 CuriousLurker  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 6:04:20pm

re: #2 Political Atheist

I did set the camera down right on the pavement.

D_L Just finished making dinner, I promise i’ll post the metadata a bit later..

That would be great, ‘cause I checked a couple to see if the metadata was embedded, but I didn’t find any. Give D_L my regards!

4 Political Atheist  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 6:35:02pm

re: #3 CuriousLurker

Okay, D_L runs on manual for the most part by way of learning to take control of the machine and practice switchology. I ran AV or aperture priority all day. That lets me bracket on my own terms fast and easy. We were switching lenses like crazy today!

On The Road-Canon 60MM EFS 2.8 to shallow up the depth of field, used focus to put the field where i wanted. Yup, just strolled out into the road with an ear cocked for traffic and did it.

The mountains getting hazy was an example of just living with the awful haze today which set up the look. Lemons into lemonade etc. Also shot with the 60mm prime and 2.8, AV. ISO 100. 1/8000th. Lots of light out there today.

D_L tells me that is a commonly named Bluebonnet, We know them as Lupinus, which show up in blue, pink, white and yellow. Family papilionaceae.

The hawk and water shots (Those water shots were D_L) were all with the new 400mm super tele. That thing is a handful! Tough to use really well. Loved this, good bokeh

But I was not thrilled with this handheld shot, the bird was just too fast and far away to really get like I wanted

5 CuriousLurker  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 6:59:44pm

re: #4 Political Atheist

Thanks! So the 60mm EF-S 2.8 is the macro, right? That’s the only Canon 60mm prime I know of. Have you ever compared it in person with the (non-L) EF 100mm f/2.8?

I’ve been practicing with Canon’s extension tubes and close-up lenses (the two-element achromatic ones, not the cheapies), so I’m trying to decide what my next step will be: Real, dedicated macro (if so, which one)? A super wide angle lens? A better quality standard zoom lens? A better quality telephoto or medium telephoto lens? An entry-level speedlight like the 320EX? Filters? A more modern, lighter tripod? Nothing, stop spending money and take more pix? Heh.

Too many goodies to choose from. This hobby is hell on my bank account.

6 Political Atheist  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 7:22:41pm

re: #5 CuriousLurker

Yup, the 60mm is the best macro and sharpest glass in the house. When I was shooting a lot of jewelry macro for hire I was really unhappy with extension tubes etc. Keep in mind I was competing with guys using medium format film or leafback digital. $50K Hasselblads.

The 60mm on the 7D body really did it. Not truly as good as those other guys but good enough to get me work and a couple magazine covers. I’m a fan of prime lenses where possible. Tack sharp. Just learn to compose with your distance instead of a zoom. Nothing beats great glass. Nothing.

About that cost of the hobby-OMG so true. My next buy will be the replacement model for my beloved 7D. I could so obsess on here about the suspected specs and rumors, lol. Bottom line-At least $1600 for a body. But ya know what? New gear is awesome motivation to make some money with the old gear. I’m all in CL I hear ya!

7 The Dude Abides  Sun, Feb 16, 2014 9:21:45pm

Looks like a lupine to me, and Dennis Moore agrees :)
Youtube Video

8 lawhawk  Mon, Feb 17, 2014 8:56:05am

re: #6 Political Atheist

I totally hear you on that! I’ve made a few sales of the Eiffel Tower twilight shot I’ve posted here in the past. It was taken with a Rebel xTi and a basic lens. I was still learning the camera since I got just for that trip to Paris. Worked out phenomenally, and now that I’m making a few bucks from that photo, I’m turning around and using it to put together a lens fund to upgrade the glass. I have a few ideas, but we’ll see how it goes.

Also, how I frame/sell it may change over time too. Just tried an aluminum print process with Adorama, and it turned out great. Might make a few more of those and sell them or otherwise put them up for display/sale in local french restaurants.

Or if I take enough of my other photos, I’ll have enough to do a display in a local gallery with an eye towards a few sales. We’ll see. Photography is real easy to get into, but hard to make money at since everyone these days has a camera, but it takes a great eye to make good art.

You’ve definitely got the eye, especially with those macro shots. I used to think that my landscapes were my best pictures, but it’s those macro shots of flowers that seem to win over at local photo contests. Then again, I’m my own toughest critic.

9 Political Atheist  Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:03:29am

re: #8 lawhawk

I tried aluminum with some fire photos and was not thrilled, but when I see landscape/cityscapes they look great. No need for a frame! Best wishes on the local gallery, that’s a big step. What I need to do is get to some better places. Like Paris.

Thanks for the compliment, I think the jewelry macro work forced me to get a good grip on that work. And we all have to be our toughest critic. Well us and the marketplace. I’m not sure we could bear more. ;-)>


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