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ianhlnd

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« on: February 08, 2007, 21:26 »
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Lately, in the forums and different sites we all belong, all you see are snow pics.  Ice, snow, sleet, skis, snowmobiles - Theres a photographer with the handle "freezing images", that I gotta turn on the heater to view his portfolio, and it's really great--but cold--and I hate cold.

So, as you know, and you're probably getting tired of me saying it, I'm leaving for a couple years and need crew.  This last weekend, the temperatures hit the 80's here in So California, about 45 mi north of LA, mild santanas were blowing (warm air out of the north), so I decided to audition crew on an overnighter to our offshore islands.  Yes "audition" cause I need people shots.  This is a mother/son combo.  Both of us are qualified with Master's degrees and can home school through High School. 

Anyway, here's a couple shots, she's only about 28 years younger than me-no chicken hawk comments, this is strictly professional ;D-  I'm really getting desperate for crew.

Comments?

Special note to Tyler,  This is what sailing is all about!


« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 23:36 »
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No winter here in Queensland, Australia..........

30 every day, with clear blue skies.........

It's paradise.....

I have only lived here four months; emigrated from England.  Am I going back?  Never!

« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2007, 18:25 »
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I'm not all that fond of winter myself, well, let me correct that... I'm not fond of winter when there's no snow. I hate the short daylight and dreay grays and flat browns of winter.  However, when  it snows, I do a complete flip and love the winter. Then, it's bright, cheerful, happy, clean...I like that!    Problem is, it hasn't snowed any appreciable amount yet this winter in New Jersey, not even enough to cover the grass.
   This year that is especially disappointing to me.  I have a job to shoot a photo essay for a quaterly magazine, the winter 2007-08 issue. They specifically want "snow shots" of Bucks County, PA.    ........ain't no snow.  >:(
     Win some, lose some, but I sure would like to complete this photo shoot.  Anyone here in the snow-making business?   8)    -tom

p.s.   ianhlnd...  from these pix.. I can see you are   "desperate for crew",    I'm really feeling bad for you, partner...... ;D  ... can't wait for the rest of the series.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 18:29 by tgt »

eendicott

« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007, 18:30 »
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Tom - this is the first time since around December 20th that I can see pavement in front of my house.  I live in Denver - they finally had some heavy equipment come by this week to clear the snow and it's also been warm enough that I'm starting to see the remnants of grass in my front yard.

Problem is the warm air is causing an inversion layer against the mountains so we've been under serious health advisories regarding the smog for the past two days.

« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007, 18:42 »
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I came thru Denver on the California Zephyr...   Absolutely LOVED the area up near, I think it was,  Tollinsville and Rollins, on the way to the Moffat Tunnel.  It's like an alpine valley.. plenty of pines and a-frame homes on a dirt road along a raging white-water stream all backgrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the continetal divide!!  Talk about a sportsman's & photog's paradise!!!   I'm imagine your portfolio is loaded with great four-season shots!!   
   It was one of the greatest rides of my life,  I liked it better than touring the Swiss or Austrian Alps. I have to say, it was pretty much equaled by the ride thru the Sierra-Nevadas though.
    Problem is, you can't take a decent shot out a  train window.  I shot over 1,200 pix that trip. Don't think I got a dozen out the train window that were worth the digital memory. 
   I just paused and popped into your website!  Some great shots!! Tell me, is that your slide-in camper??   8)  -tom
« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 18:45 by tgt »

eendicott

« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007, 19:40 »
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Thanks - it is a great place to take pictures but landscapes don't do well on Micros.  I'm changing pace a little bit this year and am going to start submitting more to traditional agencies - the landscapes and wildlife do better there.

The motorhome in my portfolio isn't mine, neither is the red Toyota with the slide in camper.  Those images were taken at a State Park about 15 minutes south of my house.  My slide in pop-up camper sits on a Blue 4 door Ford Pickup and is a few years old - spending too much money on camera equipment!

I'm actually going up to Granby tomorrow morning - doing some fishing and snowmobile riding.  We'll be passing Winter Park where the train stops.  It is a great place and too many times those of us who live here take it and it's beauty for granted.

I've also discovered the Eastern Plains the past few years and their dying way of life.  Farmers are having to sell out because of drought and water prices.  A lot of people don't tend to visit East of Denver and the land is just as beautiful and the people are twice as friendly - just a different topography.

ianhlnd

  • tough men are pussys
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2007, 00:02 »
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BBBrrrrrrrr.  Jeeese now I've got to turn the heater back on again.  Anything under 59 degrees should be left to the bears and penguins-just joking-

I've lived in Halifax, Madrid, Penticton, Milwaukee, Toronto, and Montreal, in addition to Mexico DF, Porto Negro Brasil, and now So Cal.  Porto Negro was the best, just can't speak portuguese.

What's got me confused is if we're going into a global warming period, should I go north, but what if it's global cooling, then south...dedisions, decisions. As long as Pelosi gets her big jet I guess there's no problem with any climate changes and it's a bunch of hooeeey

eendicott

« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2007, 21:29 »
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OK Ian and TGT - we went fishing yesterday on the snowmobiles at Lake Granby.  Fishing is my other passion.  We had quite an adventure but it was pretty fun.  Here's a link to a trip report as well as some pictures.

As an FYI - zMan in the report is a moderator on that board that for some reason has cursed me and a few other people into bad luck.  It may look cold, but I was in blue jeans, a t-shirt, and a light jacket all day.  At the end of the day just jeans and t-shirt.  I think it got up to 43 degrees (Farenheit) - about 6 degrees celsius

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/index.php?topic=14041.0

ianhlnd

  • tough men are pussys
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2007, 08:14 »
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Nice pics, just one question on the second, do you have to P in the hole before you fish?

I don't know why, but the music:  "Hey-bob-a-re-bob" kept running through my head.  No, that's Wabasha.

Just joking, looks like a great time.  Are those pikes or muskies?  I'm not up on fresh water fish.  Yeah, I've heard about the big one that got away before.....never used it myself.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2007, 08:24 by ianhlnd »

eendicott

« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2007, 08:48 »
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Nice pics, just one question on the second, do you have to P in the hole before you fish?

NO - not me or my friends - that's usually done by a tree in the woods in those parts.  We do have to drill a hole - I think the ice was about 2 feet thick so the it was good a friend had a gas power auger - the manual one would have taken a lot longer to get through with (and more work).

Those were all lake trout - no pike or musky in Lake Granby.  It was a good time.

The big one really did get away - I have a witness!  ;D

« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2007, 17:11 »
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eendicott -   Sweet!!  Times sure are tough out there in Colorado!!  ;) What a life!!  My wife, son and his wife want to relocate out there, somewhere on the other side of the divide!! I think the entire day we went thru on the Zephyr, once we passed the Moffat,  all we saw were folks REALLY enjoying just about every outdoors activity created!  Seemed like the whole state on that side was some kind of park ...all the way out to Grand Junction.  If it's done in the outdoors, we do it!!  ;D
    Well be shooting thru again May of 2008.  Watch out, you might find a group of New Jerseyites knocking on you door looking to be 4-wheeled into the high country!  LOL     8) -tom

btw --- some great shots!!! What's your weapon (camera) of choice?

eendicott

« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2007, 10:41 »
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btw --- some great shots!!! What's your weapon (camera) of choice?

Those were taken with a 30d.  Most were with a 100-400 and one was taken with a 24-70.  I took about 60 pictures that trip.  Some will be sent to Alamy once I get things together.

I'll be getting my camera of choice by next Friday - a 1Ds MKII.  Am very excited  ;D

« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2007, 16:45 »
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MK II....   must be nice!!   dude, I hate you.... :D     -tom

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2007, 17:48 »
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Must be an engineer . . . they get the big bucks  ;)

I'll be getting my camera of choice by next Friday - a 1Ds MKII.  Am very excited  ;D
« Last Edit: February 15, 2007, 18:02 by Professorgb »

eendicott

« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2007, 20:12 »
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Must be an engineer . . . they get the big bucks  ;)

I work for your phone company fighting tax auditors  ;D

(at least until I can get myself established doing this full time)

...and yeah, engineers make big bucks.  This will be my entire annual bonus.  In 2007, I will make $5,000 less than I made 5 years ago.  Go figure.

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2007, 20:16 »
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Here's to an impressive year of sales for you.  Make us proud by paying off that new camera of yours.

This will be my entire annual bonus.  In 2007, I will make $5,000 less than I made 5 years ago.  Go figure.

« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2007, 22:19 »
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This will be my entire annual bonus. 
......funny how that bonus kind of is   'now you see it, now you don't"... :)

Mine was respectable as well. But instead of a sweet  MK II,  mine's going to these $1,000 a month gas & electric bills I'm getting every month this winter.  :'(   -tom

ianhlnd

  • tough men are pussys
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2007, 23:23 »
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tgt:  "mine's going to these $1,000 a month gas & electric bills I'm getting every month this winter. "

There ya go, another reason to hate winter. 

How many months do you get $1K energy bills?  compute that at compound interest for so many months, and after 10 years, you might be able to put your kid through college.

PROMOTE GLOBAL WARMING, Drive a HumVee, squeeze cows (I forgot, this is an Intl forum - cows the second largest producer of methane on the planet),  and, don't kill termites (the largest source of methane gas on the planet), Some scientist measured, uhhhhh, termite and animal farts,  with a US government grant and  came up with that conclusion. 

At least as digipros we don't burn up a lot of cellulose film, and dump silver oxides down the drain.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2007, 23:31 by ianhlnd »

« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2007, 02:29 »
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eendicott: Just curious - as a non-pro photographer, why do you want a 1Ds? Or rather, what can it do for you that your 30D or a 5D can't?

~Stephen

« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2007, 03:31 »
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boy this is the potporii thread :)

1ds Mark II vs 30D vs 5D

Well the 30D doesn't have a full frame sensor so that puts in a second rate level at the get go.  A smaller sensor means more noise (basically).

The 5D and 1dsMark II is a closer batter, but here are a few things the 1ds MarkII has over the 5d

-More megapixels 16mp instead of 12mp
-Weather sealing - if using L series lenses you can shoot in the rain.
-Better controls.  You need to press minimum 2 buttons to change anything, sometimes 3.  Nice to things don't ever get 'accidently' switched without your knowing. (happened to me once on the 10D... i was shooting for a band, and thought I was taking RAW, only to look down and realize my hip had changed the settings to be taking medium jpg.
-Focuses over the entire sensor instead of just on X amount of points.
-is built like a tank.

there are a few things anyhow, I am sure there are more though.

The 5d on the other hand is lighter :)

eendicott

« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2007, 09:52 »
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What Leaf said  ;D

« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2007, 14:37 »
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I dunno about some of your points.

Sealing: How many times have you ever shot in the rain or in a sandstorm? The issue here would be with crap getting on the lens and ruining the shot, not getting inside the camera. I've shot in foul weather with a D60, 10D and 20D without any problem at all.
Buttons: I sometime think that three-armed engineers designed this camera series. Changing settings is far too bulky - especially if you have to do it quickly in order to not miss the shot. Sure, it gets manageable, once you get used to it. But you have to get used to it first.
Megapixels: Megapixels are a measure of area, not size. A 1Ds MkII image is 4992 x 3328 px, a 5D is 4368 x 2912 px.  A 5D makes an image that is 624 x 416px smaller - that's only 13% smaller, and not the 23% difference you get if you compare image are. Not a huge difference - and certainly not worth the price increase.

That being said, the reasons I find a 1Ds preferable to a 5D are more in line with day-to-day use:
White Balance: Extraordinarily accurate. Yellow-hued indoor shots are a thing of the past when you use this camera. I only use a custom white balance when I use hot lights in the studio.
Exposure: Almost bang-on every time.
Autofocus: It seems to read my mind on what to key on. And very fast - even in low-light and low-contrast situations. Lens "hunting" is very rare.
Batteries: I can easily get 1200+ shots without recharging. Recharging is very fast.


I sometimes think that owning a 1Ds is overkill. Could I get by with a 5D? Yes, I think I probably could. I'd use the money I saved to buy other equipment. Perhaps better lights, a large product photography table, or maybe a huge cinematic lcd screen.

... just my opinion.

~Stephen
« Last Edit: February 16, 2007, 14:51 by sharply_done »

eendicott

« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2007, 14:50 »
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I dunno about some of your points.

Sealing: How many times have you ever shot in the rain or in a sandstorm? The issue here would be with crap getting on the lens and ruining the shot, not getting inside the camera.


Here is a link to a few I took during the Denver blizzard.  The 20d and the 70-200L went flying when I slipped trying to cross a street to get the "Denver" sign.  I hurt my knee so bad I called it a trip.  The lens hood on the 70-200 got scratched up.  The glass on the UV filter isn't as secure as it once was.  The accessory battery grip on that camera had to be switched with the one I have on the 30d because it won't work on the 20d anymore (I haven't figured out why).

http://www.ed-endicott.com/portfolio9388.html

Here's a few I took on an ice covered lake while it was snowing. It was so cold I had to return to the truck a couple of times to warm up - camera stayed outside so the lenses and insides wouldn't fog up with the temperature change between the inside of the truck and outside

http://www.ed-endicott.com/portfolio5906.html

Some of these pictures were shot in the rain (it rained in the morning) while I was using a 100-400L

http://www.ed-endicott.com/portfolio5488.html

For me, and my style, and what I like to shoot, it happens often.

Megapixels: Megapixels are a measure of area, not image size. A 1Ds MkII image is 4992 x 3328 px, a 5D is 4368 x 2912 px.  A 5D makes an image that is only 624 x 416px smaller. Not a huge difference - and certainly not worth the price increase.


Have you seen the requirements for submitting to places like Alamy, Getty or Corbis?  I only submit to Alamy at the moment but a picture that meets the size of their requirements is going to save me a lot of post-processing time.

That being said, the reasons I find a 1Ds preferable to a 5D are more pragmatic:

White Balance: Extraordinarily accurate. Yellow-hued indoor shots are a thing of the past when you use this camera. I only use a custom white balance when I use hot lights in the studio.
Exposure: Almost bang-on every time.
Autofocus: It seems to read my mind on what to key on. And very fast - even in low-light and low-contrast situations. Lens "hunting" is very rare.
Batteries: I can eaily get 1200+ shots without recharging. Recharging is very fast.


I agree with you on all points - especially with relation to shooting at lower ISOs.  All but two of these images were taken at 1600 or 3200 ISO.

http://www.ed-endicott.com/portfolio6829.html

« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2007, 14:59 »
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Ooops, I edited my post while you were writng yours - sorry about that.

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2007, 15:37 »
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More winter to weather--not quite a blizzard here in Fort Collins, but it's coming down fast:



 

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