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      05-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #7767
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crazy, well I expect you'll be taking lots of pictures of her eyes over the years.
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[IMG="http://pcdn.500px.net/7211975/dcf8b687cac7be9c427b1c9114f00b7c54130d8d/4.jpg"]http://pcdn.500px.net/7211975/dcf8b687cac7be9c427b1c9114f00b7c54130d8d/4.jpg[/IMG]

Window to another world.
I like it, but the haze almost makes it look like it's a painted background
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      05-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #7769
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Great colors and composition Paul, BUT your horizon is drooping to the left. Sorry, but horizons just grab my eye.

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I like it, but the haze almost makes it look like it's a painted background
It was very hazy! I think it adds to it.
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crazy, well I expect you'll be taking lots of pictures of her eyes over the years.
I love her crooked smile also.
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Great colors and composition Paul, BUT your horizon is drooping to the left. Sorry, but horizons just grab my eye.

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I know - I've already rotated the sea round a few degrees already! - the tunnel was uphill.
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It was very hazy! I think it adds to it.
actually the larger you view the picture, the better the background looks. I like it, wish that were out my window
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funny bit of light around the door on the right? was that were the car was?

beautiful street. Makes me think I live in the wrong country
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Had to remove a car and some glare from this one.
Nice job. Would never have guessed there was a car in the original.
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Makes me think I live in the wrong country
Seriously. I really miss living in Europe.
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funny bit of light around the door on the right? was that were the car was?

beautiful street. Makes me think I live in the wrong country
No - don't know what that is tbh - The car was at the top of the street facing in near the 2nd door to the right
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Seriously. I really miss living in Europe.
at least you'll be there late summer for some R&R

I plan to get out that way, but I can never find people willing to travel with me. Maybe I smell.
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You hold these no different than any other lens, with your left hand under the lens near the mounting plated. With the Canons we can manage the zoom with our index finger and thumb without moving the other fingers. Balance is important and can vary from body to body. If it's too front heavy, then move you left hand out toward the optics until you find the balance point. This is important and will reduce strain.

Make sure your stabilization is on (I hope you got that feature. Skimping on that feature is a huge mistake that many make). Your shutter speed, particularly while you're learning to hand hold, needs to be at 1/500-second and higher (raise ISO to get there). When you get more experience you'll be able to go as low as 1/100-sec for a stationary subject.

You may need to build some arm strength for holding this lens in position. Thankfully that means simply shooting a lot and paying attention to your results and trying to improve. I didn't get really good at hand holding my 500/f4 until I'd shot maybe 20,000+ shots. A little weight lifting, seriously, might be in order to speed things along.

This is a workhorse lens that you need to invest the time to get very comfortable with. It works for portraits, some landscapes, sports and nature. I'll never be without one in my bag, although I'm very happy with my f/4 version.

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That's what I do. But the difference of this lens vs. any other lens that I have is the lenght; thus making the handling different.

I have the usual stance (with a short lens) where both elbows are tackled against my ribs, but this lens makes it impossible without feeling ackward. So I need to find a stable way to hold it and lower my shutter speed from there. I naturally put my left hand real close to the optics since this lens got some AF-lock buttons at this end. So want it or not, this is pretty much the only way to hold this lens.

I'm pretty sure I got the shape to handle it properly; I just need to find the proper stance. But I couldnt imagine myself handling this beast without my sling.
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That's what I do. But the difference of this lens vs. any other lens that I have is the lenght; thus making the handling different.

I have the usual stance (with a short lens) where both elbows are tackled against my ribs, but this lens makes it impossible without feeling ackward. So I need to find a stable way to hold it and lower my shutter speed from there. I naturally put my left hand real close to the optics since this lens got some AF-lock buttons at this end. So want it or not, this is pretty much the only way to hold this lens.

I'm pretty sure I got the shape to handle it properly; I just need to find the proper stance. But I couldnt imagine myself handling this beast without my sling.
Find the balance point by holding it with only your left hand. Use the AF lock button on the back of the camera, not on the lens. Concentrate on using the zoom without effort. Those other buttons can be worked between shots.

It's really not that heavy and you need to think of it that way. I've taught two women to hand hold a 500/f4, so I know that you can gain full and complete control of your lens.

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Great techinque Paul. I see that you took a horizontal image at a medium focal length and the cropped to fit the window. I was amazed at the lack of barrel distortion until I saw the EXIF and understood what you did.

The colors and details are deep and rich.

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