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Unread post by DuQues » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:34 pm

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As you posted in the Photography section I hope you don't mind me pointing out that the 5D is not really a camera for wildlife? The 30D will actually give you sharper photo's, and the 1.6 factor the smaller sensor gives you longer lenses for less money.
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Unread post by obelix112za » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:55 pm

I know the 5D isn't great for wildlife, but already owning a 30D, I'm opting for really wide-angle (as I think Panorama's is cool, but you don't see them often enough - especially wildlife)
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Unread post by DuQues » Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:06 pm

A 30D with the 10-22 on it will do very nicely. I agree with your pano's, too few people make them, but if you have a look around you'll see quite a few I made. All of those were made with a 28-105 on a 30D. So with nearly a 50mm lens.
The 5D will cost you around €2500, the 10-22 "only" around €750.
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Unread post by obelix112za » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:55 pm

After all said about me and a 5D (I have my reasons), I can't wait to come back to our beautifull country.

We are very blessed in the sense of natural splendour and our wildlife (fauna & flora). No other country has the variety we have.

Living in Europe, I can also say this, our South African food are the BEST ever. You can actually taste the flavour.

I think what all these different parks do is very important, and I'm hoping that these parks are always there...conserving, cause to me it seems our human ways is destroying the earth. Nice to know you can still go somewhere and enjoy nature.
I can't wait to smell dust again, being in the veld, seeing Springbokke, Gemsbokke (one of my favourite antelope), Lions, Hippo's etc... (all the animals)

Buy the way, you guys living in South Africa is very forunate, with all the troubles.

Have to go to work now, c ya!
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Unread post by arks » Thu Nov 23, 2006 5:11 am

This is likely a very dumb question, but I'm wondering how one adds the copyright line that many put onto their pix. Do you need some sort of sophisiticated (and expensive) software like Photoshop to do this? Also, what is the "process" called? And is there a simple (and inexpensive) way to add this to images?
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Unread post by richardharris » Thu Nov 23, 2006 8:37 am

Copyrighting your photo's ©?

I think there have been other discussions also about this.

Almost any 'paint' program can be used to add text to your photos - some are available for free. There are also some programs which just do what you want to batches of photos.

There are also ways of marking your photo 'invisibly' but which cannot be removed and can be used to prove ownership - but I don't think thats what you are after.

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Unread post by EricExSA » Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:12 pm

I use a program called Picture it. It is a free download and a has great picture edit functions. You can add text to your pic.
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Unread post by arks » Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:16 pm

Thanks, Richard and Eric, for the not-dumb :wink: answers. I will have to try out some of these programs when I have enough time — and apologies for not searching first for the link Richard provides. GoofyPest asks an interesting question about copyright laws in the last post in that thread. Does anyone know the answer?
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Unread post by richardharris » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:25 pm

arks - I don't know the answer and would be interested in an answer from a 'legal expert'. But this is why programs such as digimarc exist which can prove the 'owner' even after the photo has been edited.

Using RAW photo files, and only ever releasing jpg or tiff for printing, or relatively low resolution jpgs for publishing on the net, should also be fairly secure if a dispute occurred. Constructing the RAW file, even from a full resolution tiff file, would be all but impossible - and unlikely to be the same as your original RAW as you will probably have modified the photo when producing the tiff.

Notwithstanding these issues, as I understand it, the copyright remains yours unless you specifically give it away to someone else.

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Unread post by arks » Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:46 pm

Interesting, Richard. I don't shoot RAW, only JPEG fine, but the pix I've posted on the forum are all reduced to 25% of the original ... (and because they're reduced, I think also they don't have the full EXIF data?) Anyway, I'm not so worried about anyone nicking them (I don't think mine are that worth stealing), but I just think that the copyright overlay looks cool :wink: :lol:
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Unread post by Boulder » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:05 pm

Up until very recently I just used to sling a jacket over my window and put camera and lens on top in the car. I now have a beanbag which I bought from Hedrus. It is a large one and I bought bags full of dry beans from the supermarket and filled the beanbag and WOW is it heavy. Before my upcoming trip to Kruger I want to lighten it cnsiderably but still supply strong support. Should I use rice??? ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE as I can hardly lift it in its current filling.
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Unread post by richardharris » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:46 pm

I would have thought rice would have been as heavy. I use rice and my bag takes 2Kg. I buy it at a supermarket before entering; since its mostly used in the car (though also very good in bird hides) weight is not a great issue.

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Unread post by j-ms » Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:06 am

My big beanbag for the car window takes more than 10Kgs of samp but is still manageable and I have a small one that takes about 2Kgs that I use when going into hides. Samp is nice because its size means it is less likely to leak than rice.

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Unread post by bert » Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:54 am

Best we have used is bird seed. But the mixture with sunflowerseeds. The are big and much more lighter that rice or beans and works just as well.
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Unread post by simonb6 » Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:58 am

One online supplier of beanbags recommends small polystyrene balls or beads.

Presumably you could get them from a DIY centre or builders' merchants.
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