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How big do they get? I've stuck with Sennheiser because they're relatively comfortable on my big noggin; but the build quality on the HD280 Pro and PC350 leave a lot to be desired (creaky, bad connections, disintegrating pads).
I bought my wife a pair of M-Audio Studiophile Q40's and they sound great, but they're way too small for me and it feels like someone put a C-clamp on my head.
I've heard great things about Beyerdynamic & want to give em a shot! ;)
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4:42 Pocketwizard Plus II doesn't do TTL... The flash needs to be in manual mode and needs an external sync port or hotshoe adapter.
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My take on +RC Concepcion's 9-shot HDR challenge at the www.photoshopuser.com member site

Processed as a 32-bit HDR in Photoshop, then tweaked in Lightroom and Nik ColorEfex.
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I was invited along to photograph nude art models at the Royston Wrecks, a ship graveyard acting as a breakwater about an hour's drive away from my home, and near where I grew up.

These models were brave! The rusty old hulk didn't look very hospitable, and I decided not to climb aboard. Ironically, I was the only one to walk away bloodied, after a light drizzle made the rocks of the breakwater where I was standing slick, and I got a good barnacle scrape on my leg. Oh well - beers at the pub afterwards made up for it! :)

This was my first time shooting a male nude, but his experience showed and we came away with some good images. I think the bad weather added to the moodiness of his posing.
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Is it weird that I kinda want to go back? We went to New York last March for my wife's work. I tagged along with our 1-1/2 year old and had way more fun than I expected.
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A few random shots from last summer :)
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Thanks everyone :)
+Antonio Pena, These were shot with my 720nm "standard IR" converted Canon Rebel XS. The fisheye shots were with the Rokinon 8mm aspherical fisheye and the others were with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. All at f/8-f/11 with low ISO's and hand-holdable shutter speeds

All were manually focused, composed, and shot in Live View mode due to the limitations of phase-detect autofocus in DSLRs. I'm actually looking to sell this camera and move to a smaller mirrorless setup that would fit better in my camera bag so I'm less inclined to leave it at home.

+Joel Formacion, I also found HDRs to be kind of counter-intuitive to the look I was going for as it killed a lot of the Wood effect in the foliage. I actually ended up layering my HDR version over top of the a correctly exposed version and masking out the parts that looked weird to me.

+Libby Stack and Paul O'Neill, Thanks very much! I'm excited for Spring time. Looking at all these great IR shots during the winter has me itching to go outside!
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I had no idea Miller's supported Canadian customers. cool :)
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Trying the blogging thing again... let me know what you think!
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So after re-discovering this channel and watching a bunch of videos, I went and bought Heart of the Swarm and played my first match since the Wings of Liberty beta... I am so dissapoint in my skillz :|
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email address on bnet is RobertHayes@me.com and my name is "Tossakun"
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Our Friday night models & photographers photo shoots / coffee meets have started again :)
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I just ordered the camera that I intend on converting to infrared to replace the converted Canon Rebel XS I was using before.

After much consideration, and a recent sale, I went with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3. It's a 16MP micro 4/3rds camera with an electronic viewfinder, fast contrast-detect autofocus, and a flip-out LCD touchscreen.

The reason I went with a mirrorless camera over another DSLR:
DSLRs use phase-detect autofocus, which relies on visible light and happens before light hits the sensor; because infrared light is focused at a different point than visible light, the camera will still focus for visible light even if it's been converted to IR, causing significant back-focus issues.

Mirrorless cameras, on the other hand, tend to use contrast-detect autofocus, which relies on what the sensor has actually captured, meaning that if your sensor is only exposed to infrared light, it will focus using whatever it sees.

The reason an Electronic Viewfinder an important consideration:
After using Live View as a workaround for the phase-detect autofocus issues of my converted DSLR, I knew that on bright/sunny days it was sometimes very difficult to see what was on the LCD screen and accurately determine framing/focus. A Loupe/hood would have made this easier, but an electronic viewfinder (EVF) works even better; giving a real-time display of your actual exposure and composition under infrared light. Having this pressed up to your eye is much more natural than squinting at a small screen at arms length.

The reason an articulating LCD was important:
Having primarily used my IR camera with a fisheye lens, I was often trying to get as low as possible for exaggerated perspectives and to fill the scene with wonderfully dark and moody infrared skies. Having a flip-out LCD screen would definitely save me from having to lay down prone on prickly bushes and pointy rocks!

Finding something inexpensive that had all of these things
Built in EVFs fell out of fashion rather quickly after a lot of people complained about the slow responsiveness (lag), reduced dynamic range, and low resolution of these early displays. Luckily the Panasonic G3 has a fairly decent 1.44 million dot EVF that, while still somewhat laggy, is sharp and quite good. 

For $350 at B&H I think it was a decent deal and is definitely a camera to consider if you want to get one converted. Other cameras I considered were the Samsung NX series, Sony NEX, and Olympus PEN's with the hotshoe-mounted EVF. All would work nicely and have options at many price points. The Panasonic G3 just hit the price/performance sweet spot for me. I'll report back once I've had the camera converted! :)
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I think you'll be pleased Dave. And when it comes to IR, I have found that an EVF of any kind is better than no EVF at all. For the ones who complain all day long about EVFs, I just honestly don't know what the heck they're expecting to see. Full blown cinema? Let's get real here.

I hope you enjoy the camera and can't wait to see your shots.
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There's something about finding a solitary tree in an open field that draws me in. I know it's cliché but it stops me every time.
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thank you very much, I will follow your news
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