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Taken from about 200 feet up on a hill just to the west of grand prismatic springs, Yellowstone National Park
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
The composition is generally good, but I wonder if it hadn't been better to show more of the right side and cut the picture at the last tree on the left. Do you know what I mean?
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LakeFX Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Incidentally... Two Austrian couples and a couple from Italy traveling together that spoke only a little broken english traveled up the steep hillside with me to get these 'rarer' shots. One of the Austrian men had an awesome canon 5d with a 35mm f1.4L lens, he let me take a few photos with his camera and had me take some group shots for him. Wow was that a bright lens. I asked them where the were from. I don't remember the towns. They all loved skiing and adventure hiking. well, they had come to the right place!
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
How were your experiences with a f1.4 lense? Like which shutter time did you need with yours and which with his? I'm really interested in this. I thought about buying the Canon 50mm 1.4 USM for some 390 euros. But for example the 50mm 1.8 (no USM) costs just 90 euros. I hope you can remember a little bit :)
I think nearly everybody in Austria loves skiiing. I do too :)
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LakeFX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well i love skiing but we only have ski 'hills' with maybe 200 ft of total drop and just a dozen runs. a little bit Further north of here there are some resorts with 4-500 feet drops that are a lot more fun. Otherwise, we have to go way east or way west to do get any real good sking.

At any rate, i have the 50mm f1/8, and i love it. It's cheap, it's plastic, it's small, and comes in handy for dark indoor situations and I like using it for Aurora photos and milky way photos. It grabs a tremendous amount of light for the price. A 50mm USM is nice, BUT, a fixed 50mm is not very useful for APS-C format DSLRs, like the 40D and 450D, etc. It's not wide enough and not telephoto enough. 90 euro is a good price for a 50 mm you won't a ton of use out of but it's hard to justify almost 400 euro for somethings that's really only just a little bit nicer. If it were me, i'd go with a 28 or 35mm fixed lens in that same price range, it would get more use I think!

That 17-35mm lens i look through was VERY bright and shutter speeds were very short even on this partly cloudy afternoon. Not to mention the USM was exceptionally good at getting razer sharp focus. I haven't seen any phot examples with the lens on this camera but based on what i saw through the eyecup it's a magnificent lens.
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I thought about using the 50mm 1,8 for studio photography. As 50-70mm is a focal length I like to use to get people or animals close-up, this would be interesting.

For landscape or scenery photography, though, a Canon 15mm 2,8 (€ 600) or Sigma 15mm 2,8 (€ 450) or Sigma 20mm 1,8 (€ 360) would be more interesting. But as I just bought the Canon 17-55mm 2,8 USM for € 740 (which is extremely cheap, as you usually don't find that below € 850-950) I can't or want to spend much money again.

Wait, did I get that? You can even see more brightness while looking through it? I thought it just affects the sensor by don't needing long time to get the right amount of light?
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LakeFX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed it looks brighter. You can simulate this with the 'image preview' button. I think you have to be in manual mode, AP, SP, etc. If you press this button, located at the front of the camera at the base of the lens, you can see a preview of your depth of field, you can also see how much darker the scene looks. When resting, the lens is normally at it's widest aperture, so when you look the the view finder this is what you normally see. the wider the aperture, the brighter the view. F1.4 is just astoundingly bright!

I misquoted the lens, its a fixed 35mm lens:
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
ah, didn't know these things. I will try.
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LakeFX Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have about 2 dozen of these with many different compositions. I chose this one because it brought in the most 'depth' i think. I'll upload another version based on your recommendation.
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Would be interesting. Maybe I'm wrong with this theory ;)
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