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#259768 New Z 24-70

Posted by fotofill on 14 February 2019 - 01:28 AM


#259716 February Challenge "Favorite Color"

Posted by fotofill on 10 February 2019 - 06:19 PM

I like blue.

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#259258 Bird Count Photo winners

Posted by fotofill on 25 January 2019 - 11:49 PM



I see just as good or better here.

#259254 Shooting from the hip...an observation

Posted by fotofill on 25 January 2019 - 01:02 AM

That's great it can be customized for you. 

#259053 Super moon tips from...Nikon

Posted by fotofill on 16 January 2019 - 03:07 PM


#258992 Ice changes the way we look at things

Posted by fotofill on 13 January 2019 - 07:26 PM

Ice on things gives it a new look

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#258936 Held ball

Posted by fotofill on 12 January 2019 - 07:07 PM

I like that the girl in the back is like...I want no part of this. It's soft and noisy, but it fun to see the activity.

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#258890 Get info on lens via serial #

Posted by fotofill on 10 January 2019 - 01:27 AM

Lots of you know this site, I am just posting for anyone who does not know about lens serial numbers.


#258889 Thud, the sound of gear hitting the floor.

Posted by fotofill on 10 January 2019 - 01:11 AM

Here's a little issue I am dealing with. Anyone using a camera strap system, knows to keep checking the tightness of the keeper that resides in the tripod socket. The short of the story, I didn't and a D5 with 24-70 hit the gym floor. Camera is fine with no mount problems. The lens is in two pieces with the from element section separated from the rest of the lens. 


I called my friend at Roberts and bought a nice used one. I then took photos of the injured lens and sent them to https://www.peachtreecamerarepair.com/ in Atlanta.I sent info 3 times and heard nothing back. I live in Nashville, 3 hours way.


I finally sent the lens to http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com/ in the Chicago area. I had heard that they used to be a Nikon repair station, but they do more than that now. It's a 24-70 2.8 and I will sell it somewhere upon return. 


Those Black Rapid connectors are TIGHT now and forever more.

#258888 Color laser printer

Posted by fotofill on 10 January 2019 - 12:53 AM

Thanks you guys. I bought a Brother HL-L8260cdw, based on your my "brother's" recommendations, thanks.

Did you know HP designs their printers and sends specs to Canon to have them built? Toner carts are interchangeable.

#258600 The faces of basketball

Posted by fotofill on 26 December 2018 - 07:41 AM

Recently there have been Christmas parades at night, tours of decorated homes etc. but I feel much more at home covering sports. My age and arthritis challenges me to sit on a hard floor at the end of a college court, so I almost always turn-down that assignment. Basketball has even lighting and it is in climate controlled environments. That makes me happy. Some advice for those shooting basketball would be:

      >Shutter speed at 1/640 or faster, When shooting under the goal, do at least EV +1, maybe more or the faces will be too dark.

      >Choose a different court position every quarter, this has made my photos look different than others shooters who just stay under the baskets. I shoot from behind benches and at midcourt. I like to stand at the corner of the the court that is on the right-handed shooter's open side or "left hand down" side.

       >Shoot to the spot where the action is moving into. Know the game, make an educated guess what action is about to happen.

      >Get safe shots early

          Coach speaking to team during a full timeout when players are seated

          A player shooting a free throw

          Players dribbling and directing others

     >Watch for floor battles like held balls, or traffic in the lane, that is where the best "faces" in photos occur.

     >Pass up the shooter shooting, focus on the net to get focus, then come down to get ready for the rebound photo.

     IMHO, Players attempting a jump shot is not a very interesting photo. 


These are some of my learned behaviors. I would be interested in getting feedback from sports shooters  as to what is in your head about technique in the sports that you shoot.


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#258299 Shooting from the hip...an observation

Posted by fotofill on 11 December 2018 - 02:51 PM

When using a Black Rapid double (the new "breathe" model is not as good as the previous model IMHO) a camera with no 1/4-20 socket on the lens, must be connected by the tripod socket. On cameras with a vertical button, the unit may rub against the photographer's side and get hip activated. I gave this subject great scrutiny last night at an event. The camera with 70-200 on the right side was no problem. However the 24-70 on the left had many floor and wall photos. I heard the camera most times and moved it, to stop. I didn't want to lock it, but that's what I had to begin doing. More experimentation needed.


#258285 Violinist

Posted by fotofill on 10 December 2018 - 11:48 PM

I was going house to house, photoing Christmas decorations. At one of the homes, a greeter said,"Think of what a home in 1900 would look like at Christmas. Well, I feel that old sometimes. The house was DARK and it was full of visitors. I had to find something to shoot. The young lady was playing and I was shooting. 

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#258188 December is Christmas/Santa/what ever the Season is to You!

Posted by fotofill on 06 December 2018 - 03:44 PM

Parades on ccccold nights begin.

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#256500 The wonderful World of Photo Prints

Posted by fotofill on 22 September 2018 - 03:02 AM

I have been using Sams for a long time. I get 20X30 s printed on boards. But, be sure to do what you did about NOT using their auto exposure tools.