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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:40:56 PM »
Balaji: Very nice photo. And I do not agree with Mackguyver on the crop bit. What he says is generally the rule but I am not sure if it works for this picture.
I can see that too, sanj, and I really think a photo like this needs to be printed large - at least 11x14 to really appreciate it.  If it were my photo, I think I'd try both croppings to see which one I liked best, because at the end of the day, it's purely subjective and up to Balaji as to what he prefers.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:15:16 PM »
Happened to catch this pair of Southern Pacific Diamondbacks during the early part of their tango. 



That's certainly a good use for 840mm of focal length!  Interesting behavior and nice composition.

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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:10:40 PM »
A request:  Could you guys include the exposure values for these pictures.  Makes it easier to get some learnin.   ;)
Not that this helps with all photos (or Keith's) but for photos with EXIF data embedded (I try to do that with my work), you might give an EXIF viewer plug in for your browser a try.  I use FxIF for Firefox, personally.  Once installed, you just right-click on the photo and choose the FxIF Data selection (for that plugin) and it shows you what is embedded.  It'll give you something like this, with photos that have embedded EXIF:

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:02:28 PM »
Shot from Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: Snow Hikers crossing the Great Aletsch Glacier (Aletschgletscher).
balaji, that's an interesting photo - I like the use of negative space with just enough detail in the snow to see what they are crossing.  The colors of their clothes and gear give the image a subtle pop as well.   The only thing you might consider is a crop leaving a bit more image on the left of the frame and a bit less on the right. It's a technique that gives the subject(s) a bit more direction and a destination as they cross the frame.  I like the photo, and it's well done, especially considering the distance.

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I regularly shoot in the swamps of Florida and use repellents products most of the year.  Mesh headnets and such are great until you put your viewfinder up to your face...so I don't use them.

When bugs aren't too bad (windy days and Jan-Mar), I use Repel lemon eucalyptus spray, but it doesn't last long.  It doesn't eat plastic, at least.  I normally use the Sportsman formula of Deep Woods Off! or the 100% DEET when things are unbearable or I'm in a static position.  The Sportsman formula works really well with gnats and I soak my hat in addition to putting it on my face and other exposed skin.  The clothes & hats with Permithrin work well for mosquitoes but don't do anything for gnats.  The key to using DEET is to have a towel handy to wipe your hands off - otherwise you'll be leaving permanently etched fingerprints on your shutter and other plastic parts as I have done :(

My only issue is with biting flies (deer flies, yellow flies, black flies).  They are huge miserable devils from hell and don't care what you wear or spray on yourself.  They are big, undeterred by the wind, and take chunks of skin out of you that leave scars and can get infected.  The only solution is to run like hell or wear strips of sticky paper on your clothes and hats, but neither work well and they love to dive bomb your face after circling you like sharks.  If I ever figure out a solution to them, I'll let you know :)


How about some tennis?

http://www.theexecutioner.co.uk/html/index.html

Amazingly, deer/horse flies survive the blow but are often dazzled enough for you to escape. Admitedly, they are not very suitable when you are on the move or on a canoe.

That looks fun!  They often swarm me by the dozen, though, and they have all but driven me insane.  I actually spent three hours hiking through high grass to avoid having to go back through a particularly infested swamp.  I decided I would rather take my chances with rattlesnakes, water moccasins, and alligators instead of biting flies.  I used my tripod to feel my way through the grasses, which was not a lot of fun, either, but better than the flies.  And I only ran into one snake (water moccasin or banded water snake); I didn't see the head as it slithered behind me and they look alike otherwise.

It's days like that when I really question my decision to shoot wildlife :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:21:18 PM »
Eldar, I like your series of photos of Torghatten across the various threads - you should think about submitting your work and a write up of this and/or the Iceland trip to the Zeiss blog.  I think you have and are producing a great series of photos.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:05:10 PM »
weixing, those are awesome!  The second one is really sweet and I had no idea they actually slept like that!

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I regularly shoot in the swamps of Florida and use repellents products most of the year.  Mesh headnets and such are great until you put your viewfinder up to your face...so I don't use them.

When bugs aren't too bad (windy days and Jan-Mar), I use Repel lemon eucalyptus spray, but it doesn't last long.  It doesn't eat plastic, at least.  I normally use the Sportsman formula of Deep Woods Off! or the 100% DEET when things are unbearable or I'm in a static position.  The Sportsman formula works really well with gnats and I soak my hat in addition to putting it on my face and other exposed skin.  The clothes & hats with Permithrin work well for mosquitoes but don't do anything for gnats.  The key to using DEET is to have a towel handy to wipe your hands off - otherwise you'll be leaving permanently etched fingerprints on your shutter and other plastic parts as I have done :(

My only issue is with biting flies (deer flies, yellow flies, black flies).  They are huge miserable devils from hell and don't care what you wear or spray on yourself.  They are big, undeterred by the wind, and take chunks of skin out of you that leave scars and can get infected.  The only solution is to run like hell or wear strips of sticky paper on your clothes and hats, but neither work well and they love to dive bomb your face after circling you like sharks.  If I ever figure out a solution to them, I'll let you know :)

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"WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE. I need it WIDER!" said sigma and well, Its pretty WIDE.  ;D
Sometimes 14 or 16mm rectilinear just doesn't cut it 8).  I'm hoping others will post their work on this thread, certainly I can't be the only CR member who has used this lens.

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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:45:15 PM »
Beautiful work, Tom, and it's hard to believe that those are shot in moonlight, but obviously they are and they came out great.  I like the sheltered campsite, too :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:47:45 AM »
Oragutan & Graham:

That's a question for LSV him or herself - I was referring to the person that posted the photo of the Burrowing Owl sitting above the electric fence a couple of posts above this one.  Sorry for the confusion!

Graham, I love all of the guesses, and I'll add my best guess:

LSV:  Lunacy Started [by] Valvebounce

;) ;D ;)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:40:07 AM »
So, the lens has truly negligible coma! What a dilemma. It is f/4. OK, I knew it when I bought it but now wmy 14mm 2/8 II will fight with the 16-35 for their night use  ;D
I know f/4 is marginal, but at 16mm you can get away with longer exposures and since buying the TS-E 17 f/4, I've done some searching and have actually seen a lot of great astrophotography done with it on the 5DIII, 6D, and 1D X, so with the right body, I'm sure this lens will work well for night shots as well.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM
« on: July 22, 2014, 10:57:27 AM »
One of my mentors, an incredible photographer at the very top of his niche in the world who was tragically killed on a shoot, Marc Paris, used the 12-24 almost exclusively. He had the money to buy pretty much any lens and camera made but he swore by that 12-24 on his 5D MkII.

If you look in any high end motor yacht magazine from two to ten years ago, chances are there is a Marc Paris photo shoot in there, often times more than one. Every interior shot was done with that Sigma 12-24. And if you like the lighting on those interior shots know that he did it all with three flashlights (torches) and a mixture of ambient and light painting.

A true master of light and sorely missed.
Private, thank you for sharing that information and I just took a look at some of his work on yachtsinternational.com and other sites.  His work is impeccable and I can see a number of the 12mm shots that you mentioned.  For a yacht interior I'm sure that was a perfect tool and he knew how to get the most out of it.  That's also interesting about his lighting and makes a lot of sense, especially if you're traveling around a lot and can't bring strobes with you.  I also found the information about his tragic death and I'm sure he is missed by many.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:21:58 AM »
I owned this lens a couple of years ago and found that it was pretty decent at 12mm & f/11, but not great at any other aperture or focal length.  DxO did a good job of correcting the distortion and when I compared it to the 14L II, I found it to cover roughly 1/3 more area in terms of field of view at 12mm than the Canon at 14mm.  That's pretty crazy!  I didn't use the lens a whole lot, so I sold it (for a huge loss) when I bought my 300mm, lens, but there are still times when I wish I had it, because the 12mm focal length is so unique.

A few months back I put together a thread with my best shots from the lens in the Lens Gallery, if anyone is interested in seeing shots beyond what Brian did for the review:

Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Photos

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:08:50 AM »
One of the big guys - LensTip - just completed their review - leaving DxOMark & SLRGear as the remaining major reviewers that haven't published their results:

http://www.lenstip.com/411.1-Lens_review-Canon_EF_16-35_mm_f_4L_IS_USM_Introduction.html

It's a mostly positive review - they fault the lens on vignetting (I agree) and flare resistance (I disagree based on my testing), but give it high marks across the board.

They also score it highly for coma, so it looks like (other than the aperture), this will be an excellent astrophotography lens, with coma correction very similar to the 24-70 f/2.8 II.

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