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430EX II + YongNuo 622C Transceivers
Never mind, problem solved! Thanks anyways.

1 10/07/2014 - 9:52 PM
By alistairfarrugia
430EX II + YongNuo 622C Transceivers
Hi there - I'm looking to hear from owners of the Canon 430EX II speedlite, in conjunction with the Yongnuo 622C wireless transceivers. Did anyone manage to get these two units to high-speed sync properly? Although both units are advertised as being capable of HSS, I can't seem to make them work together. The HSS works on the YongNuo flash 568EX II.

Any tips or similar experiences?

1 10/07/2014 - 9:52 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Canon G16 or Fuji X20 (or ANO)
I own the G16 and I purchased it for the same reasons you put forward - comfort of carrying. It's a light, sturdy and high-quality camera that offers a ton of options. Go for it, you won't be disappointed. I only had one other Fuji camera and the shutter-button broke, twice. Can't recommend...

10 21/06/2014 - 5:55 PM
By AlanJ
Damage to Canon 600D
Thanks for the assistance. I took it to Malta's Canon agent and I already regret it... they need 2 weeks to quote me the repair cost. Great efficiency. They only have 1 technician... You'd guess given the demand they'd recruit an additional one but it's not the case!!!

4 14/03/2014 - 6:24 AM
By alistairfarrugia
Damage to Canon 600D
Hi there, I just dropped a Canon 600D and the front panel got a bit dislodged right where the " 600D "badge sits. Has anyone ever experienced something of the sort, and if so, how easy/disastrous is it to fix? In a long exposure, the dislodged body is a light leak to some degree. With the body cap on, I shone a torch at the crack and the light was registered on the sensor. This also means that it can attract more dust this way so it NEEDS to be fixed ASAP.

Anyone ever experienced something similar? What did you do if so?

Thanks!

Alistair

4 14/03/2014 - 6:24 AM
By alistairfarrugia
Black and white challenge ending 26 Feb 14 - Sport
Well done! Looking forward to the next one!

12 26/02/2014 - 10:05 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Black and white challenge ending 26 Feb 14 - Sport
I'm working on something right now.

12 26/02/2014 - 10:05 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Black & White Challenge - Books - ending 19th February 2014
Well done. Missed this one, but if it were up to me I think I would have chosen Anne's image too! Well done!

14 24/02/2014 - 6:13 AM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge - Ending 8pm Sunday 23 February: FOOD
Some very tasty entries, and some not so much Tongue (Coast, you know who I have in mind...)

However, after going through all the entries and giving each one some "mental points", I have decided that the best three are as follows:

3rd Place: Coast. Thank God I'm not a bird, but the picture was a good macro, full of colour and detail. A very good entry and interpretation of the food theme!

2nd Place: Cattyal. Technically superb, as is usual from your end. I liked this a lot and it was a very close call...

BUT:

1st Place: Fotomanic1. Most points for interpretation and I like the simple and effective composition adopted here. I like how the gold and silver contrast in the image, and the effect the lighting creates, particularly in the detail that comes out on top of the lid. Good choice playing around with it.

Thus, over to you Fotomanic1 for the next round!

Great work by all!

Alistair

16 24/02/2014 - 2:55 PM
By cattyal
Weekly Macro Challenge - Ending 8pm Sunday 23 February: FOOD
Yeah heard about the pickpocketing. It's for work mostly
. But will manage to find some photo time for sure
Wink

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16 24/02/2014 - 2:55 PM
By cattyal
Weekly Macro Challenge - Ending 8pm Sunday 23 February: FOOD
Topic is food. Same rules as usual, cant write for long as I need to catch a flight to Barcelona!! Smile Good luck to all...

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16 24/02/2014 - 2:55 PM
By cattyal
Weekly Macro Challenge - ending 8 pm Sunday 16th February: Badges
Thanks and apologies for the late response
I'll think of something tonight and set up a new challenge
Smile

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8 18/02/2014 - 7:14 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge - ending 20:00 Sunday 2nd February-Skin
Well done!

10 03/02/2014 - 5:50 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge - ending 20:00 Sunday 2nd February-Skin
Has been a while (again) but I made it this time and entered with a picture. It's a start at least... need to realllly get back on my feet and stay consistent! Good luck to all!

10 03/02/2014 - 5:50 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge: ends 8pm Sunday 24th November 2013 -- Odd One Out
Well done. I would have picked the same winner!

16 25/11/2013 - 4:44 AM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge: ends 8pm Sunday 24th November 2013 -- Odd One Out
I'm going to give this a shot. Will upload my entry soon. Wink

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16 25/11/2013 - 4:44 AM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly Macro Challenge - ending 8pm 10th November 2013 - Music
Well done to all. Smile

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10 11/11/2013 - 12:02 PM
By FredDee
Weekly Macro Challenge - ending 8pm 10th November 2013 - Music
My consistency is so weak this year. Managed to submit an entry on this theme at least. Good luck to all!

10 11/11/2013 - 12:02 PM
By FredDee
Weekly Macro Challenge Ending 22nd September 2013 - Guess what it is!
Congrats!! Looking forward to the next one.

19 25/09/2013 - 4:13 PM
By cattyal
Weekly Macro Challenge Ending 22nd September 2013 - Guess what it is!
I'm finally back... took some macro shots and now the challenge is to pick which one to submit for the competition. Haven't been around in a while now, good luck to all!

Alistair

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19 25/09/2013 - 4:13 PM
By cattyal
It has been a short journey of discovery
From what I've read, that's a superb lens!

42 17/03/2013 - 10:24 AM
By iancrowson
It has been a short journey of discovery
At your service Tony. If you'll persist with using your long zoom on your candids, may I humbly suggest you try and get a bit closer and avoid using the full zoom? Zoom Lenses typically go softer (in terms of sharpness) at their longer ends. You'll get better photos simply by zooming out a little bit and walking a bit closer. Otherwise, keep doing what you like best, so long as it's legal and it's appreciated. You don't have to please everyone dude. Just keep in mind that when you ask for critique or comments, some might be harsh and others might be pleasing. You have to accept both and go on taking pictures! Smile Take care!

42 17/03/2013 - 10:24 AM
By iancrowson
It has been a short journey of discovery
Hey Tony, glad you replied. I can see where you're coming from re: the children photos and I respect your opinion. As I said, I only pointed that picture out to emphasise the point I was making - the picture's subject is the children's interaction with each other, not their face or features. In my view, capturing the picture with the intention to show the innocence of play at that age transcended the "tabboo" of shooting children. That's me though.

Your reply seems to imply that you have grasped what I said, that is, "beauty's in the eye of the beholder". You will never have full conformity and established hard facts of what constitutes good or bad work. We all have our tastes and preferences so don't be surprised when people don't like your work. Moreso, don't be surprised that people can't tell you what's wrong and what works with your picture unless you clearly explain what you intended to convey and what settings you used, etc. If you want critique, welcome it with open arms and make it easy for others to give it to you.

In respect of the above therefore, asking people to "tell (you) if you (...) have an eye for the art of photography" is a bit over-the-top, as what is artistic for you might be a no-no for me, and vice-versa. Case in point, you would have probably not taken that picture with the kids for example. Whilst I would never zoom in on someone with my telephoto whilst trying to get street shots. Regardless, I respect that you like shooting pictures like that, and indeed that could be your style, so to speak. You're likely also very good at it if you're aware of the limitations you're faced with when taking such pictures and take steps to correct them. Regardless though, don't expect people's critique to be all praise all the time. For some, your work might be inappropriate and more aptly described as something other than street photography. Just like for you, taking pictures of children is on the DON'T list. That's the beauty of photography I believe, it's freedom of expression with pictures. So long as we don't hurt each other and depict people in a state that denigrates them, then who are we to stop it, in whatever form it takes?! Smile Ultimately, it's not about the label or genre the picture falls in, it's more about what the picture says to different people that gives it its worth. That's how I see it anyway. And that's why the same picture may be worth nothing to someone, and 4.3 million to another. C'est la vie! Wink

42 17/03/2013 - 10:24 AM
By iancrowson
It has been a short journey of discovery
Eric, there's always hope! He's in his right to ignore our replies of course. I just chipped in to state my views and answer the questions as I saw fit. I don't expect Tony to reply or agree or anything - but if he does, then I'm looking forward to see the reply. Discussion never hurt anyone. Smile

42 17/03/2013 - 10:24 AM
By iancrowson
It has been a short journey of discovery
Hi Tony,


Quote: Could I ask you to (since most of you have gone through my PF) tell me if you think I have an eye for the art of photography: your honest opinion, please.


First off, what is, in your opinion, the ART of photography? What would classify someone as fitting within the category of "having an eye for the art"? My 2 cents is that art is a subjective issue - some people like abstract work for instance, whilst others loathe it and prefer classic stuff. There are millionaires that pay for such art all over the world, and then there are those who denigrate this practice. Should a painting, or a photo, sell for millions? My 2 cents is, who am I to say? The price we attach to something reflects our affection and/or established appreciation towards the piece of art. If there's someone willing to pay 4.3 million for a photo by Gursky for instance, does it mean that Gursky is good and that he "has an eye for the art", or does it mean that there are people out there who appreciate his work and are willing to pay for it? It might sound like I'm reducing this a lot, but to me, it all boils down to that. You cannot please everyone all the time. Some work just captures people's hearts and minds, and some doesn't. That goes for all kind of art. When your work manages to capture people's heart and mind though, you might be transmitting something to them that is "priceless", metaphorically speaking, and for such stuff, people to tend the pay in bucketloads. After all, attaching a price to something deemed invaluable isn't an easy practice.

Now, questions 1 - 4:

Quote:
1. what do you think is good
2. what do you think is bad
3. where must I improve
4. do you think I have a particular style?


I'll answer with another question, and I might be repeating: What IS IT that you want to achieve? What message do you want to put forward? What emotions do you wish to convey to the viewer? Before you express this, it would be presumptuous of us to say this is good or this bad, at least in terms of subject matter. What I can comment upon is technique though, and that relates to your 5th question too.

5. what do you think of taking photo of 'beautiful woman' on the street (some are portraiture format). Just to add many of the people I take photo of I do go and talk to then afterward; sometimes they pose for more photos, but I don't upload posed photos as I prefer candid expression.

I would personally not classify taking street photos with a long-zoom as street photography proper. To me street photography should have more context in the picture, and the person would be interacting or reacting to the context around him/her. Just presenting portraits taken from far off is more akin to candid portraiture and I can see why people compared this to voyeurism rather than street photography. I would personally not like it if a stranger was zooming in on my face with a long lens. It would make me feel as if I was being spied upon. I do understand that it is not ILLEGAL, and I agree one has every right to do so if that's the law, however it's not just what's legal/illegal that makes people feel comfortable or uneasy - it's also what people feel is appropriate that affects us. I think for most, being shot without prior permission with a long-zoom lens from far away would seem inappropriate and bordering on invasion of privacy. Regardless of it being legal, it wouldn't be appreciated in the first place.

And on this last point, I shall conclude my statement and tie with my earlier comment - appreciation. I do like some of your pictures, but I also feel a bit concerned and uneasy watching them, as they feel a bit too intimate and close for me to feel like I'm taking in the person and the context: I'm merely taking in the person. Seeing them up-close. And I don't think the mood that puts me in is particularly positive. I admit it feels like I'm intruding when I see some of your pictures. Could be just me though! Wink

When it comes to candid shots, I prefer to go for images that show some sort of interaction or behaviour that is universal. That way, the picture is less about the person (typical portrait) and more about the behaviour (ergo, the mood put forward). I have a couple of pictures in my portfolio that I will now link to and I'll ask you to let me know what you think of it. I'm confident that we might agree to disagree on whether these are good or bad, and I will understand it 100% if you don't like my work. It would simply prove my earlier point that after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You can't please everyone all the time, but just make sure that your work always pleases you. If it does, and others like it too, then you have the art of transmitting a good feeling to someone else, and that transcends the art of photography - whatever that means to you.

These are some of the images where my focus isn't the person, but the action/behaviour that has a sort of universal theme:
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/alistairfarrugia-208361/showcase/photo/father-and...
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/alistairfarrugia-208361/gallery/photo/motherly-lo...
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/alistairfarrugia-208361/album/candids-7057/photo/...

And this is my candid's album.
http://www.ephotozine.com/user/alistairfarrugia-208361/album/candids-7057

By all means, I do not want to imply that this is good work. It's just my work. I like it. Some others do too, and some don't. And I'm perfectly fine with that. I also think I still have a ton of work to do to improve in this department. I'm simply providing these links to further stimulate discussion on candid work and explain my point better. What do you think?

Good luck with your work!

Alistair

42 17/03/2013 - 10:24 AM
By iancrowson
Weekly macro challenge- ending 8pm Sunday 10th March 2013: Measuring.
I have slacked on this competition recently...need to get back in the game.

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13 10/03/2013 - 9:08 PM
By cattyal
Weekly Black and White Challenge - Self Portraits - ending Wednesday February 27th.
A nice photo with impact! Well done.

58 20/03/2013 - 9:00 AM
By cattyal
Critique Team
Wasn't aware a welcome party was taking place here too, thanks once again! Wink

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31 25/02/2013 - 8:55 PM
By bricurtis
Weekly Macro Challenge - Fun and Games - ends 23rd of February 2013
I haven't participated in a while but tonight I'll try to upload something. Got an idea and this time i want to see it through. apologies to all for the lack of participation in the past weeks! Been a bit busy!

Good luck to all!

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8 24/02/2013 - 9:10 PM
By JawDborn
Weekly B& White Challenge - ending 8pm Wednesday 13th February 2013
Will try to make it this time. Was a bit lazy these days photography wise. Work's been a ***** and I needed some quiet time away from the camera in the evenings. This time though I want to be in it - plenty of subjects around!

27 14/02/2013 - 8:56 AM
By SlowSong
Weekly Macro Challenge - drawing and writing implements - ends 8.00pm 10th February 2013
I'll draw some inspiration from my sister-in-law's art material, maybe I get this one write... Had to give the last one a miss as I was totally uninspired on the subject!

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14 10/02/2013 - 10:15 PM
By JawDborn
Weekly B&W Challenge ending Wed 30 January -- Hands
Well done on the winning entry, well deserved win! Smile

41 31/01/2013 - 5:27 PM
By darrenwilson41
Weekly B&W Challenge ending Wed 30 January -- Hands
I've got to hand it to you, you handle puns handsomely.

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41 31/01/2013 - 5:27 PM
By darrenwilson41
Weekly B&W Challenge ending Wed 30 January -- Hands
For a minute there I was wondering why the result wasn't out yet, and then... DUH! It's still Tuesday! Guess I need to keep a calendar...handy.

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41 31/01/2013 - 5:27 PM
By darrenwilson41
Weekly B&W Challenge ending Wed 30 January -- Hands
I just realised I could have renamed my picture "Hit any key to continue..."

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41 31/01/2013 - 5:27 PM
By darrenwilson41
Weekly Macro Challenge ends 8.00pm 27th January 2013
I was sure this win would go your way, well done!! Smile

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26 27/01/2013 - 10:29 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Campari Calendar 2013
Welcome. I was sure this would be well received here. There's also downloadable pdf-files that tell the story behind the shoot for most of the images. Interesting stuff.

5 31/01/2013 - 6:48 PM
By KDC
Campari Calendar 2013
This might interest fellow photographers, beginners and experts alike. The link is to the Campari Calendar for 2013, with the theme being Superstitions. Photographer Kristian Schuller did an amazing job here.

What do you think?

http://www.camparigroup.com/en/press-media/campari-calendar/2013.shtml

5 31/01/2013 - 6:48 PM
By KDC
Close-up Filters
Thanks for the suggestion, I might look into it in the future given that in four months time I'll have wedding expenses to contend with, and photography stuff will definitely have to take second seat lol!

Smile

5 25/01/2013 - 10:59 PM
By Paul Morgan
Weekly B&W Challenge ending Wed 30 January -- Hands
OK, before JawDBorn anticipates me, allow me to ask you something Jester - do you need a hand with this?

41 31/01/2013 - 5:27 PM
By darrenwilson41
Close-up Filters
If you, like me, are short on dough but want better magnification from your lenses, you should give close-up filters a try. I was after buying a macro lens but in the end decided to postpone buying an 800 lens, and instead opted for these cheap filters. I just acquired this set of four Polaroid Close-up filters, in 58mm size, and they seem to do the job of magnifying the image pretty effectively. They do render the lens useless aside of macro shooting, but if macro's what you're after, slapping these filters on and shooting better close-ups is easy and cheap!

I bought my set from Amazon.de and though the delivery took long, the end result was worth my wait. I'll update this post with some sample pictures at a later stage. This would also improve my review therefore, but so far, I think they're good enough for the money you pay (which is around 20 Euro, btw).

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5 25/01/2013 - 10:59 PM
By Paul Morgan
Weekly Macro Challenge ends 8.00pm 27th January 2013
I love how these challenges bring us all together... Wink This one will probably be a tight race!!

26 27/01/2013 - 10:29 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly B & W Challenge ending 16th January.- Rooftops.
Will have to give this one a miss. No time this week to do it properly, plus rooftops aren't much fun here as "roofs" are typically flat and used to hang clothes, not sloping stuff like you have in the UK. Was thinking of uploading an image of a famous dome instead, but didn't manage to take the picture. Good luck to the participants.

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17 16/01/2013 - 11:28 PM
By Snapper
Weekly macro challenge electronics Ends Sunday 13 Jan 2013 8 PM
We are our own worst critic. Happens to everyone I guess. Smile

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9 13/01/2013 - 10:06 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly macro challenge - Smoke or flame - Ends Sunday 20th Jan 2013 8 PM
Can it be a smoke AND a flame? Smile Tongue

11 21/01/2013 - 10:01 AM
By blastedkane
Weekly macro challenge electronics Ends Sunday 13 Jan 2013 8 PM
Yeah...as soon as I saw the image I felt like my mediocre (last-minute) attempt was pointless. Submitted anyway just for the sake of participating, but I knew right away he'd clinch it. Well deserved Steve! Very creative and fun! Smile

9 13/01/2013 - 10:06 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly B/W Challenge ending 9th January - Round the Bend
Hmm... never heard this one before rambler...

28 09/01/2013 - 8:06 PM
By SlowSong
What Tutorials Would You Like Mike Browne To Write For ePHOTOzine?

Quote: I'd really like a simple, beginners guide to starting macro photography. I've read this: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/close-encounters---macro-photography-explained... , but to be honest, there's just too many options there. Bellows, filters, etc etc. What I'd like is to a simple guide with straightforward recommendation for which type of (highly affordable!) lens/accessories to purchase as the easiest and cheapest way for beginners to break into macro photography, a kind of minimum gear requirement, and some tips of what to look out for with some sample shots taken with the recommended gear so that us beginners can know what to work towards (not sample shots taken with thousand dollar lenses and cameras!!!).

I did read the article about using magnifying glasses taped to your lens, which sounded interesting and worth trying, but I'm not convinced its a workable everyday solution!

I just orderd close-up filters made by polaroid that do the same function as a magnifying glass attached to the lens, if I understood correctly. I'll be using them as soon as I receive them. They were quite cheap, not more than 20 incl. shipping, so it's a very good way to break into macro photography without busting the bank. If you have a kit lens that can do some OK close-ups, with such filters one should technically get closer to 1:1 reproduction. Image Quality will likely be very far off the dedicated macro lenses, but hey, we don't all have 800 plus to spend all the time, and 20 seems very reasonable. I think you should consider that!

19 07/09/2014 - 12:21 PM
By imagecolorist
Need help please ! :)
Have to agree with all the above posters - it seems that you're not getting the best you can out of the equipment and software you have available, so it's best if you take a small break from shooting and focus on learning a bit. I didn't start out long ago, but I did a LOT of reading on the subject. You can start off here in the forums, in the Techniques pages, as well as on other websites. Join photography communities in social networks and follow one or two good photographers. There's so much to learn that sometimes just reading up will fill your spare time! Of course, balance reading about techniques and stuff with actually trying them out for yourself, so you get the most of the learning process.

9 08/01/2013 - 2:15 PM
By alistairfarrugia
Weekly macro challenge electronics Ends Sunday 13 Jan 2013 8 PM
I've got cheers, they're multiplying, and I'm losing control...it's the power, you're supplying....

9 13/01/2013 - 10:06 PM
By alistairfarrugia