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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: Today at 08:57:30 AM »
Thanks Lionrock. They are found in southern parts of Australia. I live about an hours drive NE of Melbourne, and my property backs onto a reserve of around 30 acres, which has these orchids. There's roughly 50+ types of orchids, green hoods, sun orchids, wax lips, etc in the reserve, but usually in small groups. The two above were in a group of 10-12 in the space of a small room, if that helps. At the moment, I'm trying to track down a Bearded Orchid, which appears as a single plant, in the space of an acre or so (well, there's usually about 5-6 in that area). Not easy to find, but fun when you do :)

Mr Bean,
Australia is unique that most of its flora and fauna are indigenous.  It is also rare that its plants are sold overseas.  Please post more of your orchids here.
Habitat for these precious plants are getting smaller, hope you can keep your part of the habitat pristine.
I return a pic with one of ours, though purchased.

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:05:02 PM »
Welcome to the dilemma.
My story is not much different from yours.  I started drooling after the Canon 200-400mm lens, but after renting it for 2 weeks, I feel I can't wield the monster so well because of my 5'4" size.  Still love the lens.  So, after a long while sulking about the lens, I started lusting after the 300mm.  Boss lady even went with me 3 weeks ago 520 miles to B&H to look at the 300!  It is hand holdable, not sure how long I can shoot with it, though.
But, my thought is that with a X2 on my 70-200 f/2.8 II, I have the reach, maybe not the sharpness nor light gathering capability of a f/2.8.  Still the combination on a full frame will give me enough use.
Now, my hope is for the introduction of the mark II of the 100-400.  And hope that it would be a big improvement over the current model.
Now, unlike you, there is not many exotic wild life where I live (adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest), just small birds and deer, so a long lens is used only on occasion, and I travel to foreign countries annually, but air travel with heavy gear is not encouraged.
Hope you come to a satisfying decision.  Keep us informed.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:04:39 PM »
A couple of Spider Orchids, which are out at the moment. Native to the area, some of these are quite rare, due to habitat changes and land clearing, unfortunately.

5D3 with 100mm L IS macro + MT-24EX Macro Flash.

Beautiful orchids!
May I ask where these come from?

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:41:05 PM »
I have visited Japan a few time, and it is a great place.  I talked to my wife just yesterday about going back to visit again.
I would like to ask you for permission to use your Autumn Kyoto photo as a subject for my wife to paint in watercolor.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:17:35 PM »
To Sunnystate,
Super sunset photo, just gorgeous!

Beautiful hummies.


Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:11:02 PM »
I offer one.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:07:32 PM »
Very breath taking abstract of Kyoto!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:13:33 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:37:39 AM »
Really well done with the stop motion flash.
Post more!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:41:10 PM »
Wow!  WOW!  Fantastic is all I can say!

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:28:05 AM »
It is really sad that the Japanese has this kind of behavior.  They have the most ethical society in Asia.  I just can't believe it.
This behavior is true in China proper, though in HK it is much less so unless the products are imported from China.  We would not purchase Chinese foodstuff, even here in the US for fear of unapproved foodstuffs or additives (I'm Chinese living in US for 40+ years.
For what's worth, I sincerely hope that what StraightShooter wrote of Japanese food is not true!

As for purchasing camera gear is concerned, I would be hesitant to buy there.  The cost is much higher there despite that the cameras and lenses are Japanese.  (HK prices are just as high for camera, last Dec., I tried an EOS M in HK and it was nearly US$100 more there than B&H.)  It is quite a bit lower in mainland US.  I can't say about used gear, though, I have not checked that market as I had done so with new equipment.


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:22:19 PM »

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:33 PM »
Japan has so many different architectures, landscapes, people and the places you're visiting are so diverse that if I was visiting as a tourist, I would basically shoot till I drop.  But, that's for me.
Memory cards are not terribly expensive, so you may consider getting a couple more.  As I wrote earlier, it is and expensive country to visit, and airline tickets are quite expensive, make the best of your trip.  If I dare say, it may be your tenth anniversary before you go again (don't get upset at me), so take as many photos as you can.
As a honeymooner, shooting one another is not quite romantic.  Maybe, consider a lightweight tripod and a remote shutter release to get both of you in the scene.  I guess I'm contradicting my earlier suggestion, I just am very fond of the country that I like to shoot as much as I can.

Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:54:10 PM »
I'd like to contribute my two.

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:26:28 AM »
Have a great honeymoon!
Enjoy your time in japan, it's really my favorite place to visit, though a bit expensive.
I would highly recommend trying the street food there, the food hygiene is truly excellent, I may say that it is even better than Singapore's.
I traveled to HongKong many times and from there to various countries in Asia.  I have never encountered issues regarding my photographic gear, from 40D to 5DII to 5DIII, lenses 24-70, 70-200II and 100 f/2.8.  Just the normal X-ray inspection.  Never been stopped for proof of ownership or purchase.  Regarding Li batteries, I carried extra in my gear bag, and the charger went in the checkin luggages.  And no issues with them, too.
These are before the time they require powering up electronics.  I'll see what it would be like this November/December when we go to HK/NZ.
Lastly but not least, enjoy the main reason you're going on the trip.  Focus ( literally and figuratively ) on your new wife!!!  This is your memory and life for the rest of your life.

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