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by Russell McMahon

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bio website khedron.livejournal.com
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Programmer, sci-fi reader, lucky enough to have the mythical Lisp Day Job.

Aug
11
comment Compability of Kenko DGX PR0300 2.0X C-AF F4.5 for Canon and a Canon 55-250mm lens
You know, the red circle doesn't align with the white box when I try it, as you'd expect.
Aug
11
answered Compability of Kenko DGX PR0300 2.0X C-AF F4.5 for Canon and a Canon 55-250mm lens
Jul
20
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Jul
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Jun
19
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
@DavidRussell - good tip, thanks. I'll coordinate with the groom to figure out who can do that (since it won't be the groom).
Jun
12
comment Does a Canon STM lens autofocus more quickly and accurately on a high-end camera body?
I'm disappointed with the 1st video you link above - on the non-hybrid AF camera they say the STM lens "focuses instantly" and "the non-STM is a little slower", when the times are 3.09s vs 3.17s. Those are virtually indistinguishable. Also, they're talking about Live View AF - none of this matters for using the old-fashioned (standard) optical view finder. If live view & movies are what you're about, that's great, but otherwise I think this is a basically just marketing material.
Jun
12
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
@mattdm - I don't think it's a duplicate since I was aiming for advice on taking pictures of groups outdoors, and the wedding was just the context. But believe me, I've read through that page more than a few times in the past few months!
Jun
12
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Thanks for the feedback. Michael C. is right, it's my wife's sister and wife's sister's fiance in question, but otherwise your advice is apropos. =) I will keep in mind to have narrower aperture for smaller groups as you suggest. I'm renting the 70-200 f/2.8 II and 24-70 f/2.8 II for the weekend and, as you and I think AJ Henderson suggested, skipping the macro. I was just thinking of ring shots & cake details, but will use the 70-200 for that instead. Thanks for the advice!
Jun
11
accepted outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Jun
10
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
I like your examples - thanks! I understand the raw statistical angle; thanks for the tip on manipulating that. 50mm on FF is about equivalent to rfusca's suggestion of 30-35mm on crop. Do you actually do 4'x3' prints? I have never tried. I would be very surprised if the particular people involved in the wedding want prints that big; digital photoframes are more the style for most of them. ;-) 1/50s - wow. Maybe it was the little kids raring to go Easter egg hunting, or maybe I was shakier than usual, but my pictures of 4-year-olds standing & primed to race were way too blurry.
Jun
9
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Thanks. For some pictures I took of a group of kids, I was very worried about this, and was between f/8 and f/11, with shutter speeds around 1/50s. The results were terrible. And to make it worse, I was too close (10'?) and using a field of view around 20mm (on crop). Curved & with a lot of motion blur due to moving kids. I'll try to get back farther, use a more normal angle (30-35 was suggested by @rfusca). And take lots and lots of pictures.
Jun
9
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Thanks, will do.
Jun
9
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
As to "portrait" and "28mm", sorry, I must have miscommunicated above. For that wide view I was definitely only talking about the group shot from a distance, I wasn't considering that a "portrait". I do know better than to get in someone's face with a wide angle lens.
Jun
9
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Hi there. Understood. I was leaning against renting the body, since there's enough going on (as you say). I'm familiar with the two cameras I have in hand. As to the wisdom of the wedding itself, yes, I have worries, but my s-i-l is a very private person and didn't want people she didn't know at the wedding.
Jun
9
comment outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Separately, is it crazy to rent a Canon 5D mk 3 for the weekend if the only DSLRs I've used are the T1i and my new 70D? I'm already planning on renting the 70-200mm f/2.8 II, and maybe a macro.
Jun
9
asked outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?
Jun
5
comment Why do I have more 'originals' than 'versions' in Aperture?
Was this answered by your "images were in shared services" comment on another post? FB / Photo Stream?
Jun
5
comment Why do I have more 'originals' than 'versions' in Aperture?
Aha! Thanks. I had to create a new library to switch to in order to see what you were seeing. Yes, I have 70267 versions, 70398 originals. Emptying the Aperture trash did not change that. It's not the number of videos (I have more than 131). In fact, after deleting all rejected items & emptying trash, the delta is now 169! And showing "all photos" only shows 70077 items (including videos). So: I don't know. I thought for a moment that perhaps a "version" was only created if there was any processing done, but then you would expect to see more than 797 photos in your library.
Jun
5
comment Why do I have more 'originals' than 'versions' in Aperture?
Where do you see this "797 versions, 1802 originals" information? I am not seeing that in Aperture 3.4.5 on MacOSX 10.8.
May
25
comment Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm?
My first lenses were 18-55 (kit), 50 f/1.8, and then 55-250. For quality per price, can't be beat.