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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:27:43 PM »
From 2 years ago. A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula).

Wonderful! Goldeneyes are so handsome, but I never manage to get close - round here, they stay away from people, bobbing out of reach in the middle of lakes :(

And given how fast ducks fly, getting a shot like that is doubly impressive :)

Thanks, scyrene!
I find larger birds quite easy to shoot in flight - if they're within decent reach - since they are rather predictable in the way they fly. As far as a I can remember, with this Goldeneye I could hear him taking off, and I just stood looking at the reeds to see where/if he should pop up, and found him flying in a smooth circle around me. Aimed and shot as I was spinning around and it turned out ok with the suns direction, clean sky as background and so forth.

I have a few spots where I can get fairly close to various birds without disrupting them. Equipped with 97-98% patience, and some 2-3% luck there have to be some keepers.
Don't give up, you'll get yours!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:14:01 PM »
And one more, while I'm at it. A Mallard.

EF 70-200/4L IS on a Canon 7D.
1/200s f/4 @ ISO 160

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:02:55 PM »
From 2 years ago. A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula).

EF 400/5.6L on a Canon 7D
1/1000s f/5.6 @ ISO 100

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:49:45 PM »
A young Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) I shot last summer.

EF 400/5.6L on a Canon 7D
1/640s f/6.3 @ ISO 400

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One item that I have is a homemade memory card holder. It holds 3 overlapping CF cards in their plastic containers and slips easily into small pockets on the straps of one of my packs. It was made as an experiment, so has been done by crocheting. The plastic container for the CF card was used as a mould. It's naturally stretchy, and easy to handle.

I recently discovered the Cocoon Grid-It system. I recently assembled a connector kit for audio and used it along with a Think Tank Cable Management 20 and a 15' mini to mini cable. I'm giddier about this than I should be.

Oh, that looks supersmart and useful in so many ways! I even think it would be possible to create something similar from scratch to fit inside pockets of my backpacks. *scratches head and starts thinking*

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:11:24 PM »
I don't do Birds In Flight because a): my lenses aren't long enough, and b): I can't focus on the damn things anyway.
Thought I'd post this of a Lapwing as I haven't seen any of these ground nesting birds on CR yet. They mob any creatures that approach the nest, and you can see this one is giving me the eye.

5D mkii, 300 f4 L @ f9

Nice birdie, Sporgon! I didn't even recognise it at first. I'm used to see them a lot on the ground or showing off the wings in a different way.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:36:03 AM »
Not exactly "flying" ... but at least it's a bird!

BIF - Birds In Flump ? ;)

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I don't shoot 5D, but I will most certainly take a very close look to see if there is anything I can make use of on my 7D as I shoot with it. (I bet there are.)

Many thanks for creating such a good article!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:53:19 PM »
While I'm sitting amazed looking at all your shots, I have to toss a few of my BIFs into the mix.
1) Terns
http://flic.kr/p/f3Vw6F

2) Terns in mid-air combat
http://flic.kr/p/f3HSbW

3) Red Kite - Milvus milvus
http://flic.kr/p/eD7eJt


*growls* Bleh! That didn't turn out as I expected. :( Was expecting my shots to show up nicely in the post, and not just be text links. Oh, well... You'll manage to watch them.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 23, 2013, 05:54:50 PM »
I hope these two shots of swallows, from earlier on this year, will pass nicely as "portraits".

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For those mentioning problems with handing the camera over to someone else. If I hand over the camera to someone else it is either because I'm being robbed, or someone is buying it from me.

You've never been on vacation with the family or wife...  ???

With my gear I couldn't afford to have a wife... and if I could, I have a backup body in that case. ;)

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Also shooting with a 7D, and the first thing I looked for in the manual was how to set it to have BBF. I don't even think I took a single frame with the camera before I had it set up. If I love it? You bet I do! :)

For those mentioning problems with handing the camera over to someone else. If I hand over the camera to someone else it is either because I'm being robbed, or someone is buying it from me.

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The one I bought is the 70-200/4L IS. They way I was reasoning was that it had at least the same resolution as the /2.8L, and with IS I can use almost the same shutter speeds on the /4. I couldn't see enough benefits in shelling out around twice as much for one stop more then. It has served me well both outdoors and indoors.

Side note: For those mentioning the lack of tripod collar on the 70-200/4L IS. I use the tripod collar from my 400/5.6L. It works.

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Software & Accessories / Re: When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:17:05 AM »
Just some late thinkings on DLO.
I've been using it now for a while, and when I apply it to my files they, roughly, double in size. I can live with that, and the outcome is superb. The trouble is finding out how much to apply, and not to ruin the image by adding noise in high-key areas.

Also, I lack DLO-data for some lenses, and I haven't been able to figure out if/when Canon will supply that data, or where I can read more about which lenses will be considered. I mainly lack the correctional data for my 400mm.

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Lenses / Re: Rare opportunity to get some nice L glass which would you pick
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:35:54 AM »
I would go for the following:
1) 16-35/2.8
2) 100/2.8L
3) 600 EX

You would get some overlap, but I think you would be happy with these additions any day.

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