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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: Today at 06:35:46 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?
Patience and a steady supply of food... and works on more than chickadees....

But as said above, if Art Morris is using 1200mms on a crop camera, he is most certainly not dealing with "tame" or habituated birds. If I am quiet and non-threatening, I can get within 30 or 40 feet of a wild duck... but that is exceptionally close. There are several spots I know where people regularly feed the ducks and you can have them a foot or two away.
*nods* Agreed and understood. (Been pecked upon by a Jackdaw I raised when young, and bitten by a Mallard who expected food but got none from me.)

I'm also convinced that Art has all the skills needed to shoot wild birds and do it in a professional way. No pro would slap on a 1200mm combination of lens and TC's for a tame bird that could be shot at MFD with a shorter lens - a pro would know to use the best possible gear at hand, make the best of the situation. I've read his blog and the review of the 7D Mark II, and I have a good impression of him and his abilities to judge the camera properly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: Today at 05:46:32 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: Today at 05:30:20 PM »
Another from the cloudy and rainy day when I was out last. Taken at a pond at Klåveröd.
The fishing in the pond is "put and take" for all but experienced fishermen, who are allowed to do "catch and release". Species found are Brown trout (Salmo trutta morpha fario), and Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: Today at 05:14:39 PM »
Last week at Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Basin
Great balance in light and colours. I like it!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: Today at 04:27:08 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.

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Looked at all three of your fox shots, and they're all superb!
I met two young ones while driving home from a bird shoot this summer, but never managed to get shots of anything but a stump of tail and a foxy butt.

So I look forward to see more from you.

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: Today at 03:26:34 PM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D

Haha Too funny, and mostly too true.  ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:25:32 AM »
My Little Blue Friend


He's baack! I think he likes me. He would pose with each peanut before taking off this time.


(P.S. Utterly HORRID lighting...I wanted better light, but direct edge-on sunlight...no. Slightly diffused would have been sublime!)


Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Gitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2


Bird attraction setup, my backyard.
Great bird with colours that compliment the backgrounds. Wish I had similar birds here.

From the looks of it, I would say that he's eyeing you in a curious way, instead of the first variants where the appearance was more nervous. Soon you'll have him eating nuts out of your hand. Bring out the WA, or the 100/2.8, and start the training... :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:06:18 PM »
With 70-200mm f2.8 IS II. Calico Ghost Town in California, some old and rusty tools.
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I love your rusty shots, Dylan!
Rust is always interesting (as long as it doesn't show up on my car). It redesigns things we are familiar with, in ways we couldn't imagine.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:48:29 PM »
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Nice one, Preppyak! It makes me think of "Inglourious Basterds" and some of the forest scenes in the later part of that movie.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:43:26 PM »
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I would strongly suggest spending some time over here: http://www.sevenforums.com/ before taking much of the computer advice you are given on this forum. The Tutorial section alone will cover questions that you have and the ones that come up later- including the slipstream install and partitioning.

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I bow and exits gracefully. I'm fully aware that the experience I have of home systems is somewhat minuscule after working with servers in datacenters for a bit more than 20 years, and giving support to some thousand different business users in just about every timezone of the world.
Good luck and carry on!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:44:59 PM »
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One possible pitfall is partition size - you probably don't want one large partition, but a system and data one. Im that case don't chose a system partition size too small. Good luck!

This is one I forgot about. I think the suggested minimum size we went with, at the company I was with, were 30GB for the System partition. I would say increase that to, possibly, 50-100GB. Profiles, and installed programs have a tendency to make it eat up the System partition quite easily over the years.

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Rumours had it that it was a DELL manufactured monitor inside.

Neither Apple nor Dell manufacture display panels. They both use panels made by LG. Get your facts straight.

I'm happy to stay with my monitor for quite a while, only had it for 2 years. It was a lot cheaper than any Apple branded gear, and in no aspect worse.

Funny, the Dell UltraSharp 27" Ultra HD 5K Monitor which has the same screen size, resolution, and almost certainly uses the same display panel as the new iMac, costs $2499.99, or $0.99 (99 cents) more than the iMac. The iMac "display" comes with an entire top-of-the-line, fully spec'ed computer behind it. The Dell doesn't. Get your facts straight.

Sorry to have caught you while you are in attack mode. I should have written that it had the same interior/display panel as the DELL - I wrote from my memory of it, and thus I used the word "rumour".
Good to know that you have full knowledge of the cost we had here in my country for a monitor. I refer to "the monitor I have had for 2 years", and that it "was" cheaper. "Monitor" to me is more in line with the topics "display", and that is what I refer to with my response.

By the way: The cost for the DELL screen was a little under 7000 SEK, and the similar sized Apple did cost a few thousand more.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:21:37 PM »
Can anyone give me an idea how long it will take to do a 'clean' install of Windows 7 ???  It will be installed on a new machine with an Intel i7 4790 4GHz processor and 16GB of DDR3 RAM.

Also, are there any potential pitfalls to be on the lookout for ???

Thanks.
If you do a rather plain vanilla install (Going with suggested defaults), it shouldn't have to take more than 1.5h. I can't think of any particular oddities that could be make you grind your teeth.
Make sure you can access everything you expect to be able to reach: drives, Internet, other devices in the local network. Run update afterwards to see if there is any new drivers or other updates that needs to be applied. If you run with any other firewall than Windows own, make sure you disable the Windows one! Running two FWs at the same time will give you problems.

Edit: The time is from what it roughly took me to install a Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2008, when I last did that. The install part is usually straightforward and properly guided on screen. Doing some tweaks and configurations to make it behave in a special way can take an additional day. But most of the time that is not needed for normal usage.

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Surely not!
Had almost all my colleagues going bonkers if they couldn't have one of Apples 27'' monitors - they all thought it was so superior to all other monitors. Well, it had the apple logo on the back and it was shiny... If you are spending most of the day developing new applications by typing in code on your keyboard, that has to be important that it looks expensive (it was) and generates a lot of heat (those did) while not being the slightest bit better than for example DELLs 27'' monitor. Rumours had it that it was a DELL manufactured monitor inside.

I'm happy to stay with my monitor for quite a while, only had it for 2 years. It was a lot cheaper than any Apple branded gear, and in no aspect worse.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Battery recharge performance
« on: October 17, 2014, 01:15:20 PM »
I've noticed the same with my battery in the last month or so. Similar age as yours. Mine has been used for roughly 20k shots, and it has me baffled that it already shows signs of needing replacement. Expected a lot more from it.
I would imagine that the parameters include the number of recharges, along with the age of the battery. But there are probably more of them.

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