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Animal Kingdom / Reptiles and Amphibians
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:45:52 PM »
Here's some native Wisconsin critters I've come across recently.


Canon 5D mark II DSLR camera body only
apply 20% off code BTEJHHH22 : -$359.8
Total: $1439.2

Canon EOS T4i (body only) for  $559.99 shipped, same code

Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS for $847.20 shipped, same code

Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS for $920 shipped, same code

I'm looking for a new lens that will give me a bit more reach than my EF 70-200mm f/4 L for photographing wildlife (i.e. ducks, squirrels, etc.).  I've excluded the 100-400mm L as I don't like the push pull and the 400 mm f5.6 due to it's lack of IS.  I can't afford any of the faster L telephotos or those with longer reach.

EF 300mm f/4L advantages
* faster lens 4.0 vs 5.6 at 300mm
* compatible w/ Canon extenders
* slightly better sharpness at 300 mm?

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L advantages
* $80 cheaper $1269 vs $1349
* more versatile (range of focal lengths)
* more compact (travel friendly)

Did I miss anything.  I appreciate any and all opinions/comments.  Thanks!

Animal Kingdom / GODZILLA!
« on: October 20, 2012, 05:50:35 PM »
GODZILLA?  OK, maybe not, but I think I heard the cricket chirp that before he became lunch.

Sports / Scenes from the last day of summer (unofficially)
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:30:26 PM »
I love kayaking, especially on a calm lake on a bright sunny day.  Here's a couple of shots I took yesterday to help get through the cold dark winter that's right around the corner. 

Animal Kingdom / SSSSSSSSSSSSSSShow me your snakessssssssssssssss
« on: September 01, 2012, 03:07:27 PM »
Here's a captive bred pet of mine.  You can buy all sorts of stone decorations and plastic hides, but Dottie is more than happy with her empty paper towel roll.  Can't you tell?

Canon T2i, Tamron 90 mm macro, tripod assisted, f/8, 1/13 sec, ISO 200


How do you respond to the following compliment: Hey, that's a nice photo, you must have an expensive camera.  It's a compliment in that they like your photo enough to comment on it, but it seems like they are giving all the credit to the equipment used and none to the person behind it.

I took  the following two photos yesterday.  The lighting wasn't very good and I couldn't get as close to the subject as I wanted.  I like the fact that I was able to capture the squirrel eating in it's natural habitat, so I'm looking for some tips on how I can improve the look of the photos.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Animal Kingdom / My first attempt at stop action (hummingbirds)
« on: August 20, 2012, 07:09:21 PM »
So I grabbed my 7D mounted with a 70-200 f/4 IS and sat on stool on my sister's deck and waited for something to visit her feeders.  She mentioned that hummingbird's frequented them several times a day.

I didn't have much faith that I was going to see one and if I did that the photos would turn out any good.  Well, sure enough one visited after only about 20 minutes.  I took five photos.  Here are three that I was pretty happy with.  I know the composition isn't the greatest, but I think I did a pretty good job at freezing the action in two of them.

They are really pretty birds, aren't they?

Technical Support / Confused by 5DM3 C1 C2 C3 settings
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:40:10 AM »
This may be a dumb question, but I'm going to ask anyway.  I recently purchased a 5DM3 and while attempting to set up my C1 C2 C3 setting this morning, I noticed that the aperature and/or shutter speed were not selectable.  What am I doing wrong?  Maybe I need to read the manual?  ???


Animal Kingdom / Ribit!
« on: July 07, 2012, 09:11:56 AM »
Hi.  I wanted to share some frog photos I took earlier this week.  I think the first one is my favorite.

Equipment:  Canon 7D + 70-200 f/4 L

Macro / Couple of nice damselfly's
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:42:41 PM »
I shot these photos this weekend.  If you look at the second photo you'll notice a fly in the damselfly's mouth.
Canon T2i + Tamron 90 mm.

Animal Kingdom / It's not easy being green (frog and beetle)
« on: May 15, 2012, 09:35:52 PM »
Took these photos today (handheld) with my Canon T2i and a Tamron 90mm macro.  Image Stability, blah, who needs it :)

Animal Kingdom / My new 7d (a few sample photos)
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:05:35 PM »
Well I took advantage of Adorama's sale and picked up a new Canon 7d last week ($1199).  I finally got a chance today to snap a few photos.  I had a family of cardinals move into my backyard this spring and figured they'd be the perfect subjects.  Snapped these two pics of a male this morning.

Coming from a T2i, I have a bit of learning to do, but I'm quite happy with my first few attempts.

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