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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 21, 2014, 06:18:58 PM »
I decided to get into bird photography last April... these a few of what I think are my best shots.
Any constructive criticism would be great.
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They're all great! You have good, smooth, backgrounds in general. DOF enough for the bird. Punchy colours without overdoing it.
The last one, which looks like an Eurasian Reed Warbler I shot a 2-3 years ago, could possibly be a little tighter.

Hi, Thanks for the suggesttion I've given that a go.. Think it has helped. N

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I think so too. *thumbs up*
My experience with those birds that are rather grey (monochromatic) in their appearance, is that photos of them are more interesting if I can see textures on the feathers, or a hint of their eye colour for example. Either that or I back out totally and try to get them with a substantial part of their environment. I have a hard drive with numerous examples of not so interesting shots of these. I keep them to annoy me, and to make me do better the next time.

You're doing great and I look forward to see more from you.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:52:56 PM »
I've still to buy my first steady tripod. Tried to collect arguments over the years to make it easier to make my decision, and it starts to lean towards aluminium, and I've even looked with some interest towards one made out of wood (upper leg parts made of oak, and the lower part aluminium).

My thinking is that:
 * Aluminium will "age" better - oxidation is no problem with aluminium, neither is exposure to sun.
 * In case manufacturer stops supplying spare parts, it should, hopefully, be easier to find someone locally that can "invent" a temporary fix.
 * Should be cheaper per kg it can take as load.
My thoughts are that aluminum is better for small tripods where it can be worse to have too light of a tripod, whereas CF is better for big tripods where the weight differences are more significant.  You really can't go wrong with either unless buying CF exceeds your budget or you're hiking A LOT (think Appalachian Trail in the USA) and those extra pounds or ounces will make you pay for buying aluminum.

Si, that was my earlier way of thinking. But when I look at the weight difference for one example that I have considered, it's not much more than the weight of a EF 50mm/1.4, or 10%. Packing smarter, or leaving one lens at home should be enough to even that out.

As an example of what I've been looking at - Vanguard's Auctus Plus 283AT (weighs 3.45kg), and the CF alternative Auctus Plus 283CT (weighs 3.15kg and takes a load up to 14kg).

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:26:10 PM »
My own, very subjective, findings from a few searches yesternight:
Quite a few of the big shops that formerly offered the 7D, are now either at "0 in stock", or listing that they only have 1-2 items on the shelf (mostly in Far-away-ville, and they've had them there for years without selling diddly). None of them suggested that they soon would have new 7D's coming in.
Yet again others had totally removed the 7D from showing in searches and listings at all. Accessories could be found, as was expected.

It's nothing solid, but it is a change in behaviour that, at least for me, shows that current rumours are for the correct kind of camera.

Sincerely,
 "He-who-kicks-in-open-doors"

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:00:37 PM »
Very interesting and it seems thorough enough. I've been skimming through the initial link, and spent more time with reading a linked page and all the data/diagrams and equations found there.

Thanks for finding such a meaty little treasure, JusSayin! *tips hat*

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Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:48:08 PM »
I've still to buy my first steady tripod. Tried to collect arguments over the years to make it easier to make my decision, and it starts to lean towards aluminium, and I've even looked with some interest towards one made out of wood (upper leg parts made of oak, and the lower part aluminium).

My thinking is that:
 * Aluminium will "age" better - oxidation is no problem with aluminium, neither is exposure to sun.
 * In case manufacturer stops supplying spare parts, it should, hopefully, be easier to find someone locally that can "invent" a temporary fix.
 * Should be cheaper per kg it can take as load.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:11:29 AM »
I decided to get into bird photography last April... these a few of what I think are my best shots.
Any constructive criticism would be great.
---8<--Snip!--8<---

They're all great! You have good, smooth, backgrounds in general. DOF enough for the bird. Punchy colours without overdoing it.
The last one, which looks like an Eurasian Reed Warbler I shot a 2-3 years ago, could possibly be a little tighter.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:14:03 PM »
BTW: Does anyone know who invented the hybrid IS that is incorporated in the 100/2.8L IS USM macro? And how many other brands use that in any of their lenses?

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:48:30 PM »
Oh, how glad I am that Canon isn't developing new items based on a way too narrow client base. I'm perfectly happy that not all Canon gear suits me, but that they have a broad portfolio so that (nearly) everyone can get what they like and need.

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 05:41:23 PM »
I'm on the wrong continent, otherwise I would be more than happy to sell items on here. If I had enough money I would even trust a few of you enough to buy gear from you.

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Photography Technique / Re: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free
« on: August 19, 2014, 11:54:36 AM »
I pulled down a few more than 20 of them, and I've read some of the shorter ones so far. Nothing overly impressing for me personally, but I'm sure there will be some good bits among it all. And as said: You just can't beat the price!
My primary intent was to get some useful information for a friend that has recently started shooting with a dSLR, and she can benefit from getting information laid out a bit differently than I would have.
For the bad or outdated PDF's there's always a delete button.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:39:08 PM »

Oh, who am I kidding!?  I'm going to get drunk and cry in my beer if the 7D2 doesn't rock!   :o
I've got $2500 set aside for the 7D2.... if it does not rock, that's a lot of beer!

Don and Marauder: Stay away from Westvleteren "Yellow cap" (a Belgian Trappist beer) and the $'s will last longer.  :P

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Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:01:50 PM »
I enjoyed watching it so much that I didn't notice anything especially odd and quirky in it. Keep up the good work - it's certainly entertaining!

There's rumoured to exist a Mexican recipe for Chilli con carne that involves some seriously strong chili fruits, a good sized slab of beef, and 2 full bottles of Tequila (one for the dish, and one for the chef to drink while preparing the ingredients) - that could turn into an episode full of carnage and some moments of serious laughter... ;)

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Canon General / Re: Need help to get deleted Canon photos back
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:52:16 AM »
Sorry to hear that you're in such a pickle, Aimeeuoy78.
With most of my SanDisk cards, there was a voucher of sorts, that allowed me to download and use a version of their SanDisk RescuePro. It works very well when it comes to recovering lost files. I haven't had the need to use it on my CF cards (yet), but I've tried it with some other media with exceptional results.

As others have said: Avoid low level formatting your card until every other option has been tried!
I would guess that you might have a damaged folder, and that makes it impossible to find any files.

Good luck!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:10:45 AM »
It's been a while since anyone's posted to this thread, so here are a couple of recent shots:

Who say's it's not a landscape lens?  The humidity dulled these a bit, but they still came out well:
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The low angle of the sun, and its direction, plays very well with those pines, Ian! The only thing that I miss on the 2nd photo is the top of the trees, but I'm fully aware that one cannot always get what is desired - especially not with a prime.
The waterlily is just wonderful.
In my experience: A solid farting is all it takes to get deers and other wildlife to turn their eyes, ears, and nose towards you - briefly, before they dart off like projectiles into the shrubbery, gasping for fresh air.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:50:48 PM »
Sneaker Zoom is quite a bit cheaper

True true, but the restraining order and the electronic ankle bracelet I wear makes the sneaker zoom hard to utilize properly. :)

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