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p.36 #1 · p.36 #1 · Anyone up/in for a "Canon Spring 2013" Thread???


Good one, Kevindar.


May 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM
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p.36 #2 · p.36 #2 · Anyone up/in for a "Canon Spring 2013" Thread???


Second that emotion; beautiful work, kevindar...

I got out early this morning in pursuit of birds, but was distracted while crossing the river.
With 24-105...

Jerry




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May 26, 2013 at 02:57 AM
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p.36 #3 · p.36 #3 · Anyone up/in for a "Canon Spring 2013" Thread???


Nice one!


May 26, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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Great shot


May 26, 2013 at 04:40 AM
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Photon wrote:
Ilya, regarding your profile, it's never good enough, but as we try to improve the effort is always worthwhile.

My photographic results of this particular journey have left me unimpressed; I've seen my ass being resoundingly kicked (photographically) at least by one companion, a girl 6 years younger than myself. Most certainly, this journey can't possibly yield 5 A2 pages worth of photos like the one to Xinjiang did. So, in a sense, yes, it has reinforced my feeling of being "not good enough" photographically, but that has been totally eclipsed by other aspects - the camaraderie in the team (despite all of us being of different origin, age and gender), the thrill of discovery, the sense of being alive and active... all of which I miss in my daily life.


Good stuff! Looks like a tough location for mobility with equipment (or even without).

We were moving between location in vehicles, of course, and then venturing out on foot. The weather was pretty decent (except that morning on the dune, it was a nice mixture of rain and sandstorm most of the time), since it was early May - our captain was right to have chosen this season, as summer is very hot and all the vegetation is faded and burnt.
As for myself, moving around wasn't very difficult. I was carrying 2 cameras (one with a wide, one with the 70-200) and the remaining lens was in the chestvest. We were often sharing lenses between us (for example, when venturing into the canyon, I left my 70-200 in the car and offered one of the girls to "help" her carrying her 70-200 II. In the end I also took her Sigma 10-20 and wore it for most of that day, giving her my 16-35 instead. She didn't seem to complain.


When we see these seeds/fruits in spring, they usually have a wasp in residence. This one was vacant, making it a candidate for an indoor portrait. I used three 600EX-RT to highlight as much texture as I could, as well as the microscopic fibers around the stem. This is a focus stack of six shots.

Great stuff!



May 26, 2013 at 06:45 AM
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Snopchenko wrote:
So, in a sense, yes, it has reinforced my feeling of being "not good enough" photographically,


Sometimes I wonder if i'm actually ruining my vacations by taking a camera and then getting disappointed at all the photos I didn't take.




May 26, 2013 at 06:06 PM
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Well, I can see where you're coming from, but what if you know you can do better?
Anyways, here's another bunch:

















Our trusty vehicle, the Delica, and the driver Serge. He (and his brother Michael who steered the second vehicle) quickly turned from hired guns into the dearest members of the team. I loved that feeling of togetherness, let me say this again. Not something I experience regularly, even with my coworkers of 3 1/2 years - I am always wary of something when communicating with them, knowing that each has his/her own quirks that need to be avoided like landmines.





Speaking of Michael and his vehicle...











The unfinished observatory up there in the highlands. Apparently it was all but done by 1991, but then the Soviet Union crashed, taking all the industry, science and defense with it, especially outside what became the current Russia. I'm told that some stuff outside survived, mostly the stuff that was/is still owned by Russia, as most of the resulting smaller states had no need in high-tech stuff, nor the expertise to run it. And mind you, Kazakhstan wasn't even the worst example...





Here's our entire team, sans myself. We were photographing off a tripod in a scenic spot, but only really did the full group photo using another member's 5D Mark II. When I tried to set up my own kit, I could only get a few shots like this before the team said "That's it". I was unable to persuade them to wait for me and do a few self timed shots that included myself. Was pretty p*ssed off back then, but then thought, I know how I look like, so let them have it!
BTW all the photogs are clustered nicely in this photo: it's the 3 girls in the left half of the picture, and the hairy guy behind them. My 1D Mark II N with (heavily taped) 70-200/2.8 IS is seen in the foreground, along with a 5D Mark II, presumably belonging to the redheaded girl in the center.

That's it for the 1D Mark III shots so far; in due course I'll be uploading some more, as well as posting the shots from the second camera, my trusty 1D Mark II N.



May 26, 2013 at 07:56 PM
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Snopchenko wrote:
Well, I can see where you're coming from, but what if you know you can do better?


Agreed, it is disappointing to not live up to the potential you feel you have. But i would also argue that the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, and if you are spending all your time trying to take photos you aren't disappointed with, then you maybe you would be better forgetting the photographic aspect entirely.

I'd also comment that the difference between an OK shot and a good shot is often in the processing. It took me a while to realise that tweaking and cropping is also an important part of the process. If you go over to the Alt forum they have a "How would you process my image" thread trundling along, and its quite enlightening to see the difference between start and finish on an image and a description of what was done.



May 26, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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Shot with the 5DIII-50L at 2.2 plus tube...handheld

Processed with Topaz Clarity....learning to use photoshop less and less...













thank you for looking!! Terry



May 26, 2013 at 08:59 PM
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Jerry....love your river shot! wow

terry



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Snopchenko wrote:
Well, I can see where you're coming from, but what if you know you can do better?
...
BTW all the photogs are clustered nicely in this photo: it's the 3 girls in the left half of the picture, and the hairy guy behind them...

Yeah, and often that's life - you say to yourself, ok, I know I can do better, and maybe the next time you do!

I always find it interesting to see group shots of people working and/or traveling together. It seems to me that the 3 female photographers have an expression like "eh, if I have to be in a picture I'll make a face", while the other women are happy enough to be in front of the lens. The guy seems kinda neutral, like the rest of the men.

You are mostly photographing things other than people; once a photographer has spent years doing countless shots of people in every circumstance, I think he or she becomes a little more relaxed about being in front of the lens, even though we're more used to being behind it!

Anyway, thanks for sharing. Your region is one I've never visited, and at my age I don't know if I'll have an opportunity or not.



May 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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p.36 #12 · p.36 #12 · Anyone up/in for a "Canon Spring 2013" Thread???


Jerry, I too love the river shot.
Terry, really like the second shot, the budding flower.

I didn't get a real chance to shoot outdoors today, but found these in a neighbor's yard (first shot) and our own. Straightforward shots with the 100 L.




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No Photoshop, just some Lightroom tweaks to amplify the impression given by the light

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May 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM
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Thank you, Jess.

Really enjoyed your website. Very nice.



May 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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May 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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p.36 #15 · p.36 #15 · Anyone up/in for a "Canon Spring 2013" Thread???


Good Evening!

Snopchenko wrote:
So, in a sense, yes, it has reinforced my feeling of being "not good enough" photographically, but that has been totally eclipsed by other aspects - the camaraderie in the team (despite all of us being of different origin, age and gender), the thrill of discovery, the sense of being alive and active... all of which I miss in my daily life.


Ilya: I for one have always enjoyed your mini-photo-essays here at FM, and I understand that "Ah-Ha" moment when a person realizes a time-space in our lives that is unplanned can be so much more meaningful than all the best-made plans and intents...albeit with friends or "discovery". I have had the good fortune of living through the best of times/worst of times to be able to appreciate what you have recently experienced. Please keep the images coming...

Terry: Beautiful work here you have shown...

Jerry: +1 on the river shot...me likes!

Jess: Very nice work and rendering with the 100L.

Raining here off-on most of the day, hopefully a change of skies on Monday. Please keep the memories of all the fallen warriors alive in your hearts and minds; Peace never comes without the cost...

Best regards to all,

Edd



May 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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May 27, 2013 at 01:50 AM
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IndyFab, this image really pops, like the colors and composition a lot


May 27, 2013 at 04:13 AM
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Thank you all for you kind words and for your work which has been my inspiration. I'm starting the second set, from the 1D Mark II N.























Wild pheasant I believe.







May 27, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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Thanks, folks, for all the kind words...

Along the same lines as the preceding semi-philosphical discussion, it's ironic that probably the "best" photo I've posted for a while was a spontaneous production; at the time I actually was disappointed that I wouldn't make it to my intended destination before full sunrise when the light brightened and the eagle sightings diminished...I made a dozen bracketed photos and stood by the bridge railing for several minutes watching, until the scene itself settled me down...

As a planned trip to the Rocky Mountains approaches, I keep bouncing all around over the gear I'll take, finally deciding to keep it minimal (for me, four lenses and two bodies is minimal) so I won't get embroiled in the photographic potential and lose the family fun potential...and family vacation fun is all too rare as the younger two teenage daughters approach adulthood...

As Ilya pointed out, the camaraderie, the thrill of discovery, the sense of being alive...these aspects of the journey are as important and fulfilling (I'm speaking for me personally, of course) as the satisfaction of making a photo that accurately communicates the emotions I experience as I view the world around me...too many times I find myself being more of an observer at the "viewfinder" (more irony ) than an actual participant; finding the balance is a kind of wisdom to which I aspire...

I hope this makes sense; its late here in Tennessee, and time for bed...thanks to all you FM'ers around the world who make me think deeply and reflect upon the nature of art through dark sleepless nights...


Jerry



May 27, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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May 27, 2013 at 05:39 AM
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