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Lenses / Re: Sigma 150-600 Sport PRICE!
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:51:55 PM »
The biggest risk is that most people who want a lens like this will have already bought the Tamron. The Sigma sports will have to be REALLY stellar to convince people who already have the Tamron to trade up. Also, those who do not have the Tamron are likely Canon L users who think the quality is not good enough, so again Sigma sports will have to be REALLY stellar to convince them to buy third party.

Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:45:47 PM »
Same as most other replies. I keep them in case I need to sell the item down the line.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:07:43 AM »
Florida panther at Flamingo Gardens, August, 2014.

Landscape / Re: Post your light painting landscapes
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:28:43 PM »
Nice. Keep them coming!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:55:29 PM »
Juvenile puma, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, September 1, 2014.

Landscape / Post your light painting landscapes
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:22:06 PM »
Well I will see if this thread goes anywhere. Any type of landscape image (and we can define that very loosely) where you use a flashlight or other light source to paint in a portion of the scene with light.

This was during a Saturday night opening at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, which is actually a native wildlife zoo and botanical garden. But I found this old ore train and used a flashlight (torch if you use British English) to light it up.

10 seconds, f13, iso 400, 5Dmark3 with 24-105L.

Black & White / Re: Animals in Black and White
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:16:13 AM »
I took this a few days ago, really pleased with it!! Let me know what you guys think!!
The Midnight Snack by P A - Photography, on Flickr

Yes the lighting on this is very dramatic. I like it.  :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:11:25 AM »
Jaguar at Zoo Miami, August 2014. 5D3 with 70-200 2_8 (non IS). JPEG from camera with no processing other than size reduction.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:43:39 PM »
Nice shot chops411. Nashville is definitely the best place to photograph clouded leopards.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:45:08 AM »
Jaguar in water, Zoo Miami, August 2014.

« on: July 29, 2014, 02:39:42 AM »

I will start with one from last night in my city of Tucson, Arizona.
5D3, 70-200 2_8 L (non IS).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:25:35 PM »
Will try another one to bump the thread and see if I can get others to join in. This one is from Houston Zoo and will be in a new book I am self-publishing called Zoos Of The Southwest.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:19:15 PM »
I bought the non-IS about a year ago, after the Sigma (100-300 f4) that I was using lost autofocus and repair parts were unavailable. Of course I would have gotten the IS2 if I could afford it, but I could not and the non-IS was a thousand bucks less. Very happy with the lens, no complaints, and the high ISO on the 5D3 is so good that I can just bump up ISO in place of using IS. (I also use a tripod often, which of course negates the need for IS).

I find it tack sharp and it is interesting to see people here say it is actually sharper than the IS version 1. Makes me glad I got the non-IS new instead of getting an IS1 used. But of course if money is not an issue than by all means you should get the IS2. For me the main advantage of the IS2 would not be the IS, but rather the closer minimum focusing distance.

Animal Kingdom / Zoo Pics 3
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:19:45 AM »
Last thread is getting long, starting a new one. Post your favorite zoo photos below.

I will start it off with a recent shot at a summer night opening at Reid Park Zoo. Canon 5D3 with 70-200 2_8 (non IS) and 1.4x extender. Racked out to full 280mm (and cropped in post) and wide open at f4 (extender takes one stop away). ISO 2500.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:29:05 PM »
What, if anything, did you do with/about white balance under black light?
I've shot under black light only a few times, auto WB produces a result similar or same as yours here, setting a custom white balance with the black light aimed at a gray card, sheet of paper, white tee shirt or what have you produces a very different result.

Mind, I'm not criticizing how you've shot here, it's actually quite dramatic and certainly places the subject well. Just saying you will find setting custom WB interesting for sure, though the look may be on the clinical side, therefore less eye pleasing. I do think it's worth a look.
Last time I set a black light WB, I intentionally left that WB set and then shot under florescents, boy and howdy that came out wrong but sure was interesting and educational. You'll likely only do that once, but that once is worth doing.

I used auto white balance, never tried anything else. What does custom WB do? Does it make the rock less blue and more natural looking? If that is the case, I think I would prefer this blue look.

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