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William Burnett

I have used a Sony a6000 mirrorless camera for over two years. I have the adapters for larger lenses and I do believe mirror less does some things better than a pentaprism camera.

However excited I have been in the past about mirrorless cameras that excitement has cooled the longer I have used one.

I prefer my old Sony a850 full frame. It does not do video and it is not fast (3 frames per second) but for me it just fits. It is only 24mp but it gets the job done.

If I were a spot shooter then maybe the mirrorless would be for me but I am not a sport shooter. I often will only take a single exposer or at most a 3 - 5 shot bracket for hdr.

The things the mirror-less cameras do best I am just not interested in at all.

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Eclipse photography is all about post processing. Back in the days of film you set your white balance by selecting the right film for the type of light you would be using and by using colored filters to correct for light type.

In the digital age 99% of the time the camera decides the white balance but a camera looks for 18% gray to set as an average for the scene. Lots of times the camera simply has no reference point it can use. This includes underwater photography, sunset photography, and in this case eclipse photography.

In those cases you have to be the white balance detector. The easiest way to do this is to simply shoot in Raw and then change the white balance after the fact. If you are shooting a sunset or eclipse then dial in a white balance of 5500k. Which approximates the temp of the sun and sky together. But you can move it a little hotter or cooler as needed since that temp varies with the time of day and with elevation.

Chris McCabe, a friend of mine from my missionary days, took a few photos of the eclipse today. In camera white balance has the sun as white hot whereas adjusting the temp adds the color back to the photo.

Here are his shots. (Don't worry I told him I was posting these.)

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When we take photos we often look to great works of art for inspiration. This is normal and desirable.

If we refer to an existing work it might be tempting to simply recreate the original work. But we should keep in mind that we should be looking to make a transformative work and not a derivative work.

A transformative work takes an existing work and adds to it on a way that it changes the original message.

A derivative work essentially tells the same message but does it in a way where nothing new is added and more often than not something is lost and the product is inferior.

Today I was looking through a magazine and found the following image. Of course I immediately recognized the image as Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech from the four Freedoms series, except it isn't. It is a derivate work.

My question to you is this copyright infringement or worse yet is plagiarism.

I have no problem with recreating a famous photograph, sculpture, or painting but I feel that the work needs to be additive or transformational. I do not feel that photo does either. This photo to me is neither. It adds nothing to the original nor does it modify the message.

I would consider this both copyright infringement and plagiarism.

What do you think?

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Tiger Lilly - Sony a6000 kit lens.

While I have professional lenses and cameras there is something nice about taking a small camera with a kit lens out to shoot.

People leave me alone when I take the small camera, whereas when I have the big camera and lenses people interrupt a lot.

70 years ago today Sgt Pepper taught the band to play.
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Hello, is anyone ( SLC area) interested in attending a photo walk/tutorial on photographing flowers?

For many years the LDS church has discouraged flower picture submissions for possible publication. I think it was a combination of just too many flower pictures and way too many bad flower photographs.

When I did a year as a LDS mission photographer I took a lot of flower photos and had them accepted.

I am willing to do a teaching tutorial/photowalk to teach some best practices in flower photography.


I am going to try to finish my list of things for my challenges. Looking for ideas from the group. No guarantee thAt exact topics will be used but often a suggestion from the group gets me to thinking and we get a related challenge that I would not have thought of without group input.

Let the suggestions begin.

Weekly Photo Challenge for Jan 16 - Jan 22, 2017 is Something Cool.

This can be something "cool" as in that is cool or something that is physically cool. Preferably both if you can do it.

Have fun.

Tag with #somethingcool and #WPC2017

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I call this photo Paul.

Care to guess why and what it has to do with the Beatles?

#wpc2016 #TheBeatles
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