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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:31:13 PM »
Spokane,
Nice present for the upcoming holidays!
Nice toy and I hope you'll enjoy it.
Look forward to your impression of the lens.
-r

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:50:38 AM »
Stan,
Very nice portraits!
Great lighting.
Beautiful subjects.
-r



A few of my favorites from the Christmas photo season...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:31:00 PM »
Jack,
We have pileated woodpeckers around the neighborhood, but can't see them too often.
You shot wonderful photos of them.
-r


Boy some lovely shots recently!!

Similar for me, I wasn't expecting this grand daddy to show up and 420 was too much but it does qualify as a portrait.  No flash this time.  Yes they really are this red and always amazing to watch, especially flying - I'm trying but this is all I have at the moment.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:27:32 PM »
Bravo!!!
-r

There I was, sitting in my hide in my garden with 840 mm of telepower, all set and ready for small garden birds. What do you do when a sparrowhawk lands at 5.5 yards (might have been 5.7 yards ;-) ) from you ? You take a portrait !


Mario
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 10, 2014, 03:26:18 PM »
ichetov
NICE!!!
Must be a very compliant creature ;D
-r


Do passport photos count as portraits?
 :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 07, 2014, 09:44:22 PM »
Coworker of mine, IT/SysAdmin, has 4 on his desk, two video cards.  It's a information overload condition.  And, Marsu, you beat his situation with your array of 15!
-r

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Technical Support / Re: QUESTION ABOUT RECHARGABLE AA BATTERIES.
« on: December 07, 2014, 12:00:13 AM »
I charge them, 2 or 4 at a time in the Sanyo charger that comes with a battery set from BandH starting at about 7PM., until the next morning.
I tried charging them until the green light turns solid, and it seemed not to provide as much power as slow charge over night.
-r

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 06, 2014, 03:34:49 AM »
GraGax,
Thanks.
It was part of a machine gun shoot.  My wife was trying to feed a pair of ducks but the flock of gulls came by for part of the fun, too.
Left NZ three days ago.  In HK for another 2 days before flying back to the US.  Thereby ending the trip, and back to the salt mines.  Sad to say, I miss work!
-r


gulls are fairly easy to shoot, especially when being fed, as this case presents.
Shot in NZ.
-r

Like the first one, nice sense of movement. Back from NZ or still on holiday?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:40:19 AM »
Khelal,
Great shot!
-r

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:37:21 AM »
gulls are fairly easy to shoot, especially when being fed, as this case presents.
Shot in NZ.
-r

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:13:59 AM »
There are several varieties of seagulls in New Zealand.  I shot a couple there.
The first is the black billed variety.
The second picture is that of the red billed kind.  These are vile birds.  I was shooting them very close, and perhaps I got too close to the colony for photos.  As a consequence, I got carpet bombed!  Nasty, nasty stuff.  Nuff said.
A third photo is that of a duck.
-r

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Street & City / Re: Why is poverty so photogenic?
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:17:44 PM »
Look at the situation in several aspects.
Most photos of "poverty photos" are of the elderly.  The elderly convey a sense of longevity, with their wisdom built into their features of wrinkles.  The young, on the other hand, convey a sense of longing, longing for a part of life they may only hope for, striving to make a better life, however/whatever that they can do to get there.  Look at their eyes.  Hope and worse yet, somewhat with despair.

Another aspect is that we look at differences, of lifestyles, races, dresses/costumes, statures, and now, even religions with colored vision.  We look at those and think they are different.  With some photos of war torn countries, one can see the locals looking at the victors parading with hate or joy depending on how the locals perceive the victors to be.

Yet, one more aspect is the photos of dignitaries and celebrities.  Sure, they're just as photogenic and interesting.  Just as eye catching.  Last night, at an Indian restaurant having dinner at a village near Christchurch, I saw photos of the owner with the Dali Lama and another with Prince Charles.  Those are also photogenic, especially to the owner of those photos.

Photographing an aspect of life is not that it is photogenic, it is also reporting a fact of life not all of us see regularly, and so it reports on documentary, social interest, or, a means of showing us something we may learn from.  Whatever it may be, I don't think it should take the message that poverty is bad.  In Bhutan, the country is not rich by any means, but it looks to life with a different standard, that of "Index of Happiness".  I shot photos there, and at a glance, you see poverty, too.  yet, it's citizen gets free education all the way through high school, and if it warrants, the government provides for international college education.

So, I'd like to drop the word of "photogenic" for pictures I shoot of situations like these.  I'll just say this style of photography is documentary.
-r

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Heat from a speed light ...
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:14:17 AM »
Marsu,
yeah, like trapping a thumb closing a car door.  Been there, done that ...
To both thumbs.
Never smoked before, though.

Again, that flash was hot!
-r

Sounds like swallowing a burning cigarette because your parents surprise you - I hear this is something you only do once, too :->
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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Heat from a speed light ...
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:53:41 AM »
Thanks Marsu and tpatana,
Not normally one to use a flash, nor one to go full blast, either.  Just this time trying to sync the remote with the flash to use in a dark restaurant where a post wedding dinner was held.  I didn't want to disturb the patrons of the place, so I faced the flash head down on my pants.
Note to self, don't do that again!
-r

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:44:51 PM »
This is really a big reason to get my GAS addiction fixed.  My 70-200 f/2.8 II just doesn't have the reach for the attached photo.  I hope the 100-400 II would be available soon.
The photo is highly cropped.  Taken near Catlin Lake, NZ.
- r

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