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Old 01-01-2017, 11:17 AM   #2621
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Have you looked at Yongnuo flashes? Very inexpensive and get good reviews. I have 1 and I have only used it a few times, but seems to work ok.
No, I haven't looked at those but I will. Thanks for the heads-up.

ETA: I looked at several online and while they have attractive price tags the reason for that is they're entirely manual in operation. It appears that none will work with Nikon's CLS. I like Nikon's CLS (creative lighting system) shooting TTL (through the lens) because it keeps the exposure the same regardless of the scene's lighting. In a studio manual is fine because the scene is relatively stable. Not so with family moving around!
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Old 01-02-2017, 09:33 AM   #2622
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No, I haven't looked at those but I will. Thanks for the heads-up.

ETA: I looked at several online and while they have attractive price tags the reason for that is they're entirely manual in operation. It appears that none will work with Nikon's CLS. I like Nikon's CLS (creative lighting system) shooting TTL (through the lens) because it keeps the exposure the same regardless of the scene's lighting. In a studio manual is fine because the scene is relatively stable. Not so with family moving around!
I don't know if Yongnuo's flashes are that sophisticated. I don't think mine is.
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Ronstar >>> if I may ask did you take that picture and this is a real photo from today??
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Ronstar >>> if I may ask did you take that picture and this is a real photo from today??


I took the photo a few weeks ago in Key West. There is a street of older looking shops along the wharf that have that rustic look.
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I like it.
As a suggestion, it might be helpful if those who post photos here include (if possible) the lens, f/stop and exposure time. Always useful.
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Mt Princeton, Collegiate Peaks, CO (14,196'), after the storm.
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Mt Princeton, Collegiate Peaks, CO (14,196'), after the storm.
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Great shot. Right place, right time. Lucky you.
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Great shot. Right place, right time. Lucky you.
Thanks RonBoyd,
The timing was fortuitous. We were driving home past buena vista after the last storm on a beautiful bluebird day, and noticed the winds really whipping the collegiate peaks. Managed to capture one of the more active periods of spindrift.
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Great capture hesperus- you caught the blowing snow to the point that viewer can feel the wind and the cold.
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Great capture hesperus- you caught the blowing snow to the point that viewer can feel the wind and the cold.

thx - it was a cold day alright!
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Dawn Patrol - Out for a morning desert hike
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Great shot. (Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.)
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Great shot. (Red sky in morning, sailor take warning.)
Thanks. This morning's sunrise may have been better, but more yellow.(So the sailors are better off today)

I found an app mentioned on Flickr that predicts good sunrises/sunsets. I forgot to write it down, but I think its skyfire Skyfire
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DW and I have been fortunate over the last several years to go on some great trips that are largely self-directed photo safaris. Many of these have been in North America (National Parks, etc.) but a few were in Europe, to Italy & Switzerland, France, and Norway. The international trips are usually for about 2 1/2 weeks and run $6000-8000 total including air travel. The domestic trips are less. We have loved them all.

I occasionally see in print or online some of the many offers of professionally guided photo workshops. While we have typically been quite satisfied to arrange trips on our own, there are some destinations that I think would be much more difficult to do well without experienced help. Two that come to mind are Iceland and Patagonia. I recently reviewed the offerings from IcelandPhotoTours.com and PatagoniaPhoto.com. They look fantastic, but the cost of just the workshop for one is in the range of what we pay for a whole trip for two. After paying for 2 workshops, plus travel and other expenses, the total could be $12,000 -$20,000. That would pay for 2 or 3 of our typical trips.

Has anyone taken a pricey workshop like this? Is is worth it? Does the community have some guidance on making such an expensive decision? Thanks.
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Yeah I've been looking at some of those tours. They're not necessarily photo workshops, though some photographers offer those to locations like Iceland.

National Geographic also offers trip packages to exotic places and they're expensive too.

Haven't bit on any of them yet.
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I've never gone on a photography specific tour in foreign county (I have in the US) but I have used local guides and tour companies when I'm required by law (Bhutan, Peru & Inca Trail) or it would be helpful due to language/logistical issues in a 3rd world country. Most of the time, you can talk with the tour company and they can help tailor your visit to be photographer friendly anyway. My guide I had in Bhutan actually worked with Art Wolfe in his Travels To Edge series.

The main benefit of the guided tours I see is (1) saving time on planning and logistics (2) the ability to make things right when something goes wrong. (3) access to restricted areas (4) knowledge of little known shooting spots (5) social interaction with other like minded photographers (6) safety in numbers, and (7) you can only go once and you want to be sure to get the shots of a lifetime.

#1 was important to me when I was working, not so much now. #2 is still important to me in 3rd world countries especially when I don't speak the language. #3 is necessary if the area is restricted but I don't think that's the case for your iceland/patagonia trips. #4 you can find out some stuff by researching online but local info from the guides can be very helpful. #5 YMMV. #6 is very important to me. If your vehicle breaks down in a remote area with harsh conditions you don't want to be alone with no backup. Also helpful in dealing with regular crime.

Photo tours help with points #3,4,5, & 7 over a normal guided tour (go directly to a local company, don't use a US agent). But as you noticed they cost at least double or triple a normal tour.

One photographer acquaintance of mine who runs workshops invited me to his scouting trip in India (which would have been at cost). Unfortunately, I couldn't attend for other reasons.
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Great shot! Both technically and esthetically.
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