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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:24:50 AM »
Lake Femunden, Norway

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:55:03 PM »
Why ruin a perfectly good hobby?

The advantage of being an amature photographer is that you work for a great client who pays you what you are worth.  Also the taxes are a lot easier.  ;D

+1, excellent!

I often have people ask why I don't sell my photos and the fact is, I'd rather give them away than price them where they would sell and deal w the hassles. This way, they are 'priceless'.  ;) I have great admiration for pros that can turn this wonderful hobby into a living, but that would spoil the fun for me. And, I am passionate about my real profession and that finances my hobby adequately.

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Looks a bit 'retro' to me - kind of like a beta test of the Canon Version 1, 300 2.8. Tough focal length to compete in given the quality of the Canon 300 2.8 II, but I wish them well. More companies making high-quality lenses (benefit of the doubt given) is a good thing for photographers.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:42:53 AM »
one in the shade - @1/400

Very nice. I love nuthatches, hilarious little birds.

agreed - their personality really shines through

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:14:19 PM »
hummer from today - not quite sharp on her eyes, but I liked the pose and setting.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:11:56 PM »
one in the shade - @1/400

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:09:19 PM »
White Breasted Nuthatch from today. 5DMKIII, 600 II + 1.4X III, Better Beamer at -2, ISO 3200, 1/4000, f5.6.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:09:02 AM »
A few hummers from today. 5DIII, 600 f4 II + 1.4X III, better beamer fill at -2, f8, ISO 1250.

Cool, I love when you can see their feet for some reason. Here's another Anna's.

tiny foot fetish? I actually like that too.  ;D

beautiful setting for your shot

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 06, 2014, 05:39:25 PM »
A few hummers from today. 5DIII, 600 f4 II + 1.4X III, better beamer fill at -2, f8, ISO 1250.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:58:04 AM »
Good for wildlife too, 5D II, f1.2, ISO 400, 1/1000

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:20:46 PM »
One Anna's and two antagonistic Rufous Hummingbirds

very nice capture of the competitive behavior - I haven't been lucky/skillful enough to get two in the frame and in focus…yet

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:45:16 PM »
One thing I do to tone down my HDR is to process the image 100% all out HDR.  Then take the the middle exposure image and process it normally (conservatively).  Then layer the 2 images in Photoshop, and se the top layer opacity to 50%.  Now use the opacity of the top image as a slider for how much HDR you want.  You could also use the erase tool to effect parts of the image, or add an adjustment layer.

Note your HDR image may be different in total pixel dimensions, as different RAW processors treat the edges differently.  If that is the car, select both layers, auto align and trim the edges.

Nice tip Tex. I use Photomatix for HDR, but it takes a lot of fiddling around to get the effect I want (my incompetence is a possible explanation). In the attached photo, I first took an HDR image of the scene (3 exp), then we posed in the scene and I combined the files and selected us for 'deghosting'. I happen to like the rendering - others are free to disagree. BTW - I enjoyed all the posted photos in this thread. Some appear 'natural' and others not, but they all were nicely composed and pleasing to my eyes. The fact is that a single exposure image does not actually replicate the human visual system in many settings, therefore HDR (however it is defined) can be more 'natural'. And, not all photos have to document our visual reality.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:20:55 AM »
Vern, what a great collection you got there :)

Few shots from my front yard - no flash.


Nice capture of drinking behavior Dylan and thanks for the positive feedback from others. I sometimes shoot them w a multi-flash set-up to completely freeze the wings, but I think these feel more natural with a little blur. The fill-flash helps to bring out the colors in plumage, plus deal with any backlighting. Too bad the males were no where to be seen. I will try again once we have a cool day.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:55:25 PM »
Braved the heat to snap a few hummers. Kit = 5D III, 600 II + 1.4X III on a Gitzo tripod with RRS full gimbal, exposures - Fill-flash at -1 & 2/3, ISO 2500, f8.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:55:13 PM »
A couple taken last Dec in New Orleans on a 1Dx. Playing w DOF at 2.8.

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