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GKPE 8, Yet more NZ ramblings from some flightless Kiwis.

 
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Feb 18, 2011 02:46 |  #961

If there are a lot of people you just need to find a place where you can see all faces.
Obviously depends on how many people there are in the group.
I have had to take group portraits of 80 people or more & it can be difficult to find a place where you can either get up high & look down on them, or can arrange several rows where each row is higher than the one in front.
Steps, hills or low walls can be useful. Just take the time to scout out a place early on.


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Feb 18, 2011 04:11 |  #962

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Mild panic is setting in.... My camera gear has mostly been in my bag for the past few months. My mother kindly offered my photo-taking services to my step-grandmother for her 70th birthday tomorrow. Now my step-grandmother's son has decided against getting the pro they were having come, and putting me in his/her place! To make matters worse, they've decided they want photos taken at 12pm tomorrow. There will be approx 20 people, including large numbers of small children. I have a Canon 400D, two kit set lenses and 100mm Macro. Any suggestions?!?

Use the 100mm as much as possible. It will mean having to stand a fair distance back, but the sharpness and background separation will be worth the foot-zoom. Background blur/separation is what the guests with p+s will not be able to get.


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Feb 18, 2011 12:44 as a reply to  @ momentz's post |  #963

State "favorite things" insurance ftw! lol
Monday/Valentines day = take wife for walk on beach and take photos, fall off rocks and drown camera, ring State when we get home.
Tuesday = drop camera off to get a damage report done, tech is off work for the day.
Wednesday = pick camera/report up at 10 am, email copy to state, pick up new camera/lenses etc at lunch time!


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Feb 18, 2011 17:21 |  #964

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Tonight's Moon...

Why is it when we take the moon's photos it seems like it is always gives us that face... I would have thought all the spinning would give us different facets...? Otherwise, nice!

tim wrote in post #11859767 (external link)
Nice. I could show you a moon photo, but I don't think anyone would like it much.

I don't think it would beat someone in the blue robe:lol:

kaypony wrote in post #11865115 (external link)
Mild panic is setting in.... My camera gear has mostly been in my bag for the past few months. . . Any suggestions?!?

All of the above suggestions. Do watch your aperture settings though... you wouldn't want the ones at the back to have some blurry faces. I remember reading somewhere... 1 - 2 deep - min. f5.6; 3 - 4 deep f8-f16... but also depending on your distance from subjects... Remember, when in doubt, chimp :p Also try to bring a stool or something to get the focal plane in line...

Remember that 12PM will cast some very strong shadows too... As Peter says, try to find a shaded spot if you can. Otherwise, fill-in flash will be good.

Also, remind everyone to either wipe the oil and sweat of their foreheads to minimise shine. the women are best to put on some face powder, again to minimise shine/blow-outs.

Lastly, remember that photography is like riding a bike - you never forget... you wobble for the first couple of seconds then you get into the hang of it pretty quickly. Enjoy!

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State "favorite things" insurance ftw! lol
Monday/Valentines day = take wife for walk on beach and take photos, fall off rocks and drown camera, ring State when we get home.
Tuesday = drop camera off to get a damage report done, tech is off work for the day.
Wednesday = pick camera/report up at 10 am, email copy to state, pick up new camera/lenses etc at lunch time!

Sweet!


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Feb 18, 2011 17:47 |  #965

dgcorner wrote in post #11869861 (external link)
Why is it when we take the moon's photos it seems like it is always gives us that face... I would have thought all the spinning would give us different facets...? Otherwise, nice!


Ask Pink Floyd...the moon has to have a dark side or the album wouldn't have made any sense!;)

(Of course it is spinning...at exactly the right speed to keep one side pointing at us. I always thought it was strange, too...but there you are...that's rotational physics for you!:confused:


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Feb 18, 2011 19:18 |  #966

I was just surprised I got anything decent first using the telescope and only had 10 mins while dinner was cooking :) First time using live view too which made it MUCH easier ...


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Feb 18, 2011 20:22 |  #967

Sancho wrote in post #11870518 (external link)
I was just surprised I got anything decent first using the telescope and only had 10 mins while dinner was cooking :) First time using live view too which made it MUCH easier ...

I think it's very good...the definition of the craters on the right side is excellent.
What telescope, Mark?


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Feb 18, 2011 23:15 |  #968

Saxon 705az3 - Was a 1-day special :D Always wanted to play with one and the price was right :)


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Feb 19, 2011 14:58 |  #969

Thank you all for your comments- they were very helpful. A few of the first photos from yesterday.... Lots of faults but I'm hopeful my family will like them anyway.
I'm also now living in Auckland and would love to get out and about with my camera (or without it) a little more so if anyone is planning any outings, I would definitely be keen.


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Feb 19, 2011 15:36 as a reply to  @ kaypony's post |  #970

Nice work kaypony, that second one really catches a moment and will be cherished.

Whereabouts in Auckland are you?


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Feb 19, 2011 15:47 |  #971

Nice work, just a suggestion, try cropping the 2nd one in portrait and getting a much tighter crop, I think it may work well by getting in closer and being even more personal :)

Glad you faced the fear and did it anyway, it's what life is all about, pushing those comfort zones... good on you! And I bet you gained a whole experience point in your photography too! LOL


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Feb 19, 2011 18:27 |  #972

<flameproof suit on>

So, I'm seriously considering selling all my camera gear getting myself a high end compact, and putting the rest of the moey into debt repayment.

In the last year I have taken less than 1500 photos, most of which could have used point and shoot for. That doesn't really justify the money I have tied up.

I've tried to revive my interest, but its not happening.

So if anybody wants any of the gear in my sig, please PM me. Otherwise I think it is going to go on trademe in the near future.

Any suggestions for a good compact would be appreciated too.


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Feb 19, 2011 18:59 |  #973

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<flameproof suit on>

So, I'm seriously considering selling all my camera gear getting myself a high end compact, and putting the rest of the moey into debt repayment.

In the last year I have taken less than 1500 photos, most of which could have used point and shoot for. That doesn't really justify the money I have tied up.

I've tried to revive my interest, but its not happening.

So if anybody wants any of the gear in my sig, please PM me. Otherwise I think it is going to go on trademe in the near future.

Any suggestions for a good compact would be appreciated too.


Has the passion completely gone out of it, or are you just taking a long break?


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Feb 19, 2011 20:18 |  #974

scotttnz wrote in post #11875367 (external link)
<flameproof suit on>

So, I'm seriously considering selling all my camera gear getting myself a high end compact, and putting the rest of the moey into debt repayment.

In the last year I have taken less than 1500 photos, most of which could have used point and shoot for. That doesn't really justify the money I have tied up.

I've tried to revive my interest, but its not happening.

So if anybody wants any of the gear in my sig, please PM me. Otherwise I think it is going to go on trademe in the near future.

Any suggestions for a good compact would be appreciated too.

That sucks :( I have been there myself the last year. My gear does little more than take product shots for websites and tardme! Again a P&S could do that! I love the art still and the passion has never been far, its a time thing for me. I love getting creative and doing fashion type stuff but simply cannot justify the time it take in PP when I should be working. I have around 200 items sitting in boxes that are not listed, I have about 800 items to get on my website plus 3 other websites for different products altogether that haven't even been started yet! How can i justify spending a bunch of hours on a hobby when I have that in the inbox :| Plus I'd probably get around 15-20K for what I have. Not needing the money at this stage but I have had the thought certainly several time in the last year.

Am hopeing now that I am full time I'll start to catch up on the backlog but it's happening very slowly! Then again I have taken on a bit of a social life again, visiting old mates on a regular basis, got back into indoor cricket, taking a few walks etc instead of 100% living to work. LOL - ooops... dribbled on a tad there :)


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Feb 19, 2011 20:58 as a reply to  @ Sancho's post |  #975

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Has the passion completely gone out of it, or are you just taking a long break?

We are talking about a long term loss of passion for photography. Even when I have the time, I just can't be bothered. The last photos I took, that I liked enough to print were taken in July 2009! :( Everything since could have been done on a point and shoot.

I'm looking at replacing my gear with something smaller, lighter, cheaper and more modern. Still with some creative control (Manual and RAW capabilities.) Thinking of something along the lines of the Sony NEX range. Looked at the G11 and 12 too, but the controls felt very old fashioned. Or maybe a Powershot Sx210 pocketable type thing. Who knows, maybe some new gear will fire the interest again? :confused:


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