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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:33:38 PM »
6D; ISO 3200; 70-200 2.8 @ 105mm; f 2.8; 1/4000, little LR, some Nik. Background is a Crepe Myrtle that is just turning colors

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:29:24 PM »
60D; 70-200 2.8 with 2x iii converter

LR, Nik

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:23:06 PM »
60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM; 1/500 sec;   f/7.1;   ISO 800

LR & Nik & Alien & PS Oil Paint

The original was crazy backlit. Didn't have a flash at hand. Started with Auto in LR, then, played with the sliders before moving into Nik, then, Alien and finished in PS Oil Paint.

Am trying to get the Gold Finches to get lower

Software & Accessories / LR 5.7 supports Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:43:57 AM »
According to Adobe, LR 5.7 supports Canon EOS 7D Mark II

This is what I came home with. For this image used a 6D instead of a 60D. Some LR and Nik

1/2500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 1000
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x III

Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve near Willows, CA

Photography Technique / Game Ranches for photography
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:29:38 PM »
Only recently I've become aware of game ranches for photography in the US.

I watched a dpreview of the 7dII at a game ranch in Montana, DD, I think. When I looked at the fees, it was like $350 for 90 minute experience photographing a prime animal such as a snow leopard.

In the Bay Area, there is a safari place near Santa Rosa, and I think San Diego Zoo has a wildlife park.

What game ranches have you photographed at? Prices? Positive/Negatives?

Note to Admins: please consider a section such as, Where to photograph


Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:06:46 PM »
I follow and have set-up google alerts

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:17:54 PM »
6D, 16-35mm at 35mm; 1/100 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 50

LR and Nik

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:25:44 AM »
60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM ; 1/800 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 100 some LR and Nik and Exposure 5

Canon General / Drawing for Canon Gear
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:16:16 PM »
I follow Jeff Cable on FB. He photographs the Olympics, some motor sports, hockey and Bat Mitzvahs

Multiple vendors have provided him gear to give away, so there is a drawing

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:12:53 PM »
House Finch; San Jose

60D with some LR and Nik

EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x III 
1/3200 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 1000

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:07:03 PM »
60D; iso 1000; 70-200mm w/2x teleconverter; f5.6; 1/2500

Some LR and Nik

Any tips for photographing sky-filling BIFs at sunset?

Birds, ducks, geese etc are arriving around the Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve. At around sunset they take off en mass for the surrounding rice fields for some munchies.

Should I focus close to the ground as they take off? All the BIF at sunset pics I've seen are silhouette of birds against either a dark sky, or, if lucky, the sun as it sets

I will be using 60D, 70-200 with 2x III teleconverter

Software & Accessories / Source of Sci-fi digital backgrounds?
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »
I will photographing a Cosplay event at the end of the month in Fremont and was thinking of using chromakey background and then insert a Sci-fi background.

I've seen the DVDs on ebay and Amazon, but can anyone recommend a specific source or DVD they have used? Thx

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