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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:11:33 PM »
A misty morning in Pai, Thailand


Beautiful B&W. Well done Robert.
+1

Just beautiful. The contrast is perfect.

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Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:41:47 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D    (for the 1200L advise)

I prefer zooms.

My standard lens on the 5D3 is the 24-105. I use the 100-400L for birding and the 100L for macro. I have hardly used my 70-200L and the 40mm pancake.

On the 300D I used the 18-55 a lot! zoomed in with my feet. Again, 100-400L for birding.

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:30:52 AM »
Here is one of mine. The bird was far out. You can see the settings and the crop I chose in the image below and the output from Lightroom. The first one is a screen capture. Comments and suggestions are welcome. I got the eye and the eye in the reflection on the right intersections of the 1/3rds.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Paradise Tanager (Ecuador)
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:34:34 PM »
Lovely! Were you also high up in the canopy? It looks like you shot it from a similar level.

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Photography Technique / Re: Advice for upcoming "can't-miss" shot: PRACTICE
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:45:55 PM »
See if you can get access to the room a week or more in advance to practice.  If not, see if you can get more detail about the inside of the room, e.g. dimensions, ceiling height, color of walls and ceiling, etc.  Then collect all the advice you can find, write it down as a series of options, and practice, test, practice, test.  Recruit your son or someone else to be your practice model.  There is no substitute for practice in comparable circumstances.

Also, see if you can get your son to wear a tie or stuff a hanky in his pocket that's 18% gray so you can do color correction later.   :)   But seriously, a pure white hanky visible in the scene could give you a base for color balance.  Alternately: before or after the ceremony find an opportunity to sneak up to the presentation position and get a shot of a gray card under the same lighting.

Don't wait, start planning and practicing now.
+1
When I took pictures of my daughter getting her diploma, it helped to shoot a number of people who came up before her. That way, when her turn came, I got every shot conceivable. I was probably 20 to 25 feet away and I used the 24-105 on my 5D3. No flash was needed as it was outside in the evening and the light was good.

Maybe you rent or borrow another body so you have the 24-105 and the 80-200 on body and you can swap when needed.

Get new enloops for the event.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:18:43 PM »
A red-throated diver (loon) that turned up locally this week. 5D3+500L+2xIII (handheld).


Power! Handheld of 500L with 2xIII
Great series.
+1


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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:21:01 PM »
Very sorry to hear that.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 15, 2015, 08:45:52 AM »
Some lions from Kenya in november 2014

Beautiful series. Nicely done.
+1

The first one looks like it puked the whole pile :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:47:31 AM »
Hi Andy.
Some lovely shots, I really like the mountain goat on the skyline, excellent composition and colours.

Cheers, Graham.

A whole bunch of my favorites

+1

I love the "Why are you on my mountain?" look in the first one.

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: February 14, 2015, 09:07:41 PM »
Panorama of Vallée des Bellevilles, Savoie, France with EOS M 22 mm merged in PS CS6

pan_150213_001 by 123_456, on Flickr
Nice! Lovely sky.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:26:32 PM »
Wow, the price went up on that... When I bought it, it was 190 euros, which came out to around $250. It was some of the best $250 I've ever spent, for sure. The only other more worth-while money I spent on astrophotography was my mount...but that is simply because, without it, I wouldn't need PixInsight. :P
Jon, I haven't seen you on the forum much these days, clearly you've been busy doing really amazing imaging.
I echo the sentiments of others here, truly awe inspiring stuff!

Regarding paid software... I guess in the greater scheme of things how much is $250. Considering how much one spends on a lens and body, and tracking mount, how much time, money and effort goes into the planning a trip and executing the shots, etc... If software makes your life easier and/or gives you results that you are happy with then it sounds like a solid investment.
You have a valid point there :)


Aye. You probably couldn't find anything else in the astro world for as little as $250. Some scopes are as low as $400, but those are usually really short wide field refractors that work best with APS-C-sized sensors.


Most decent scopes are around a grand. Very good scopes are five grand or so. Top of the line scopes are over ten grand, and can be as high as thirty or fourty grand.


An entry-level mount is $1500, a midrange mount is $3000-$6000, and high end mounts are again ten grand and can be well over twenty grand (although a new breed of light weight/portable high end mounts has hit the market, like the Astro-Physics Mach1 or the Paramount MyT, which are about $7500...they don't have the 100lb plus capacities, but they are extremely good mounts).


Then you have your cameras. Aside from ILC cameras, you have your CCDs. Those range in price from around two grand for a "midrange" one from Atik, QHY, Starlite, to around five grand for one of the nice SBIG or QSI ones or a little more for an FLI Microline, to ten to fourty grand for one of the big chips (either FF size 36x24mm, or what they call large format in the astro world, which is 37x37mm or now, with FLI's latest new beast, the 49x37mm 50.1mp Microline 50100.)


So, yeah. Seriously, $250 is a drop in the bucket.
Yes, it is a drop in the bucket. I realise that. I have always wanted to do astrophotography. All I have done so far is a few star trails a few "starry starry night" shots and some moon shots. I do want to shoot the Andromeda Galaxy (before it hits us  ;) ). Buying the software will be a first step. I think I will need a mount next. I will stick with my 5D3, 7DIi, the 100-400L and the 70-200L for now. Thanks for all the input. Your posts are always informative. Thank you.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:10:44 PM »
Jon, for what it´s worth; I enjoy reading your posts and, even though I am not nearly as educated as you, I share your views. I also think it´s worth saying that most of us see how some twist your words, opinions and reasoning and put statements in your mouth you never expressed. So, please continue. The only way to stretch Canon is to be vocal about what we want them to deliver. A fanclub praising anything they do does not help!
+1

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:58:52 PM »
Wow, the price went up on that... When I bought it, it was 190 euros, which came out to around $250. It was some of the best $250 I've ever spent, for sure. The only other more worth-while money I spent on astrophotography was my mount...but that is simply because, without it, I wouldn't need PixInsight. :P
Jon, I haven't seen you on the forum much these days, clearly you've been busy doing really amazing imaging.
I echo the sentiments of others here, truly awe inspiring stuff!

Regarding paid software... I guess in the greater scheme of things how much is $250. Considering how much one spends on a lens and body, and tracking mount, how much time, money and effort goes into the planning a trip and executing the shots, etc... If software makes your life easier and/or gives you results that you are happy with then it sounds like a solid investment.
You have a valid point there :)

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