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Underwater / Re: Australias Leafy Sea Dragon
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:54:50 PM »
I only asked for you to post more photos, not the locations of these wonderful creatures, flora or fauna.  I'm well aware of poachers' deeds.  The better the locations are protected, both by laws or by secrecy, the better they are preserved.
Just as I wrote to Mr Bean, keeping the environment prestine is about what we can do.
My rant is over for now.

Underwater / Re: Australias Leafy Sea Dragon
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:23:03 AM »
Tremendously impressive!
Australia is surely a very different place on earth.  Much diverse environment, flora and fauna.  Just in the last few days, another CR member, Mr Bean, posted photos of Australian orchids,;boardseen#new.
Sure hope you'd post more of the local scenes.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:57:30 AM »
Thanks Lionrock. They are found in southern parts of Australia. I live about an hours drive NE of Melbourne, and my property backs onto a reserve of around 30 acres, which has these orchids. There's roughly 50+ types of orchids, green hoods, sun orchids, wax lips, etc in the reserve, but usually in small groups. The two above were in a group of 10-12 in the space of a small room, if that helps. At the moment, I'm trying to track down a Bearded Orchid, which appears as a single plant, in the space of an acre or so (well, there's usually about 5-6 in that area). Not easy to find, but fun when you do :)

Mr Bean,
Australia is unique that most of its flora and fauna are indigenous.  It is also rare that its plants are sold overseas.  Please post more of your orchids here.
Habitat for these precious plants are getting smaller, hope you can keep your part of the habitat pristine.
I return a pic with one of ours, though purchased.

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:05:02 PM »
Welcome to the dilemma.
My story is not much different from yours.  I started drooling after the Canon 200-400mm lens, but after renting it for 2 weeks, I feel I can't wield the monster so well because of my 5'4" size.  Still love the lens.  So, after a long while sulking about the lens, I started lusting after the 300mm.  Boss lady even went with me 3 weeks ago 520 miles to B&H to look at the 300!  It is hand holdable, not sure how long I can shoot with it, though.
But, my thought is that with a X2 on my 70-200 f/2.8 II, I have the reach, maybe not the sharpness nor light gathering capability of a f/2.8.  Still the combination on a full frame will give me enough use.
Now, my hope is for the introduction of the mark II of the 100-400.  And hope that it would be a big improvement over the current model.
Now, unlike you, there is not many exotic wild life where I live (adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest), just small birds and deer, so a long lens is used only on occasion, and I travel to foreign countries annually, but air travel with heavy gear is not encouraged.
Hope you come to a satisfying decision.  Keep us informed.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:04:39 PM »
A couple of Spider Orchids, which are out at the moment. Native to the area, some of these are quite rare, due to habitat changes and land clearing, unfortunately.

5D3 with 100mm L IS macro + MT-24EX Macro Flash.

Beautiful orchids!
May I ask where these come from?

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:41:05 PM »
I have visited Japan a few time, and it is a great place.  I talked to my wife just yesterday about going back to visit again.
I would like to ask you for permission to use your Autumn Kyoto photo as a subject for my wife to paint in watercolor.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:17:35 PM »
To Sunnystate,
Super sunset photo, just gorgeous!

Beautiful hummies.


Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:11:02 PM »
I offer one.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:07:32 PM »
Very breath taking abstract of Kyoto!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:13:33 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:37:39 AM »
Really well done with the stop motion flash.
Post more!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:41:10 PM »
Wow!  WOW!  Fantastic is all I can say!

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:28:05 AM »
It is really sad that the Japanese has this kind of behavior.  They have the most ethical society in Asia.  I just can't believe it.
This behavior is true in China proper, though in HK it is much less so unless the products are imported from China.  We would not purchase Chinese foodstuff, even here in the US for fear of unapproved foodstuffs or additives (I'm Chinese living in US for 40+ years.
For what's worth, I sincerely hope that what StraightShooter wrote of Japanese food is not true!

As for purchasing camera gear is concerned, I would be hesitant to buy there.  The cost is much higher there despite that the cameras and lenses are Japanese.  (HK prices are just as high for camera, last Dec., I tried an EOS M in HK and it was nearly US$100 more there than B&H.)  It is quite a bit lower in mainland US.  I can't say about used gear, though, I have not checked that market as I had done so with new equipment.


Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:22:19 PM »

Technical Support / Re: Japan - Hawaii Travel: gear advice
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:05:33 PM »
Japan has so many different architectures, landscapes, people and the places you're visiting are so diverse that if I was visiting as a tourist, I would basically shoot till I drop.  But, that's for me.
Memory cards are not terribly expensive, so you may consider getting a couple more.  As I wrote earlier, it is and expensive country to visit, and airline tickets are quite expensive, make the best of your trip.  If I dare say, it may be your tenth anniversary before you go again (don't get upset at me), so take as many photos as you can.
As a honeymooner, shooting one another is not quite romantic.  Maybe, consider a lightweight tripod and a remote shutter release to get both of you in the scene.  I guess I'm contradicting my earlier suggestion, I just am very fond of the country that I like to shoot as much as I can.

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