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Animal Kingdom / Re: A new take on BIF
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:00:46 AM »
Hi Chisox.
Interesting idea for a thread, but I think I'll stick to birds for a while, at least until I can get a nice picture of a bird!

Cheers Graham.

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Canon General / Re: Anyone still shoot with an FTb?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:36:59 AM »
Hi Steven.
I'm glad you asked this question, Mum dug out Dads AE1 Program the other day and asked what to do with it. I have a minor interest in it, but it also led me to dig out my 1000FN, discovered a film in the cupboard with it, have no idea if it might be any good, I guess the only way to find out is run it through and see! Then I found the Ixus APS camera and several exposed or part used cartridges, wonder if anything has survived on those! Must look in to developing them.
Suggestions for developing in the UK any one.
I shall watch this thread to see the general consensus about using this great old gear.

Cheers Graham.

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Sports / Re: 2014 Philippine Polo Games
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:44:05 PM »
Hi dolina.
Nice shot, pure raw power in mid flight, nice!

Cheers Graham.

2014 Alabang Country Club Chairman's Polo Cup by 500px.com/dolina, on Flickr

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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:23:14 AM »
Hi Folks.
State Farm seem a bit random with pricing, 15k cover for $187 vs 17k for $176.
I know that kind of difference could be down to risk, recent claims, local taxes? and perhaps other factors but it seems a large difference taking in to account 2k extra cover, and I now know insurance companies are thieves.
Based on an online quote for the same cover with the same company as I was already using without any new customer discount the quote reduced by 40% or thereabouts on car insurance, just to clarify I was insured with company x, did an online quote for the same car with company x, using all the info from current policy, I could have saved 40%!
Asked them why got a load of nonsense reply and MOVED insurer, saved 50% in all.
Keep on top of insurers people, they will fleece you!

Cheers Graham.

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Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:04:05 PM »
Hi BL.
Did you try a jpeg or medium jpeg?

Great nostalgic find.
I have a hard drive that was removed from a pc when the pc was upgraded to a 256mb drive the original was 128mb!

Cheers Graham.

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Hi Erik.
I wanted to say Huey, but saw the wheel config which led me to Blackhawk, never even considered they were from different aircraft, I guess that says something for the quality and consistency of your pictures!
I guess that to the uninitiated the Pavehawk and Blackhawk are similar birds, so not too far out on the ID.
Thanks for the explanation, and again excellent shots.

Cheers Graham.

Great series, are you able to say which gunship this is, I guess Blackhawk, but I'm no expert, to some it may be obvious, but I have seen exactly none of these in the flesh, relying on tv images for ID.  ;D

The first shot is from the cockpit of a UH-1H Huey from the 23rd Flying Training Squadron (USAF) at Fort Rucker, AL. The remainder of the shots were all taken aboard a HH-60G Pavehawk of the 512nd Rescue Squadron (USAF) at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. The Pavehawk is based on the Army's UH-60A Blackhawk but has been extensively modified for Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) and can be armed with 7.62mm "miniguns" (as shown) or with the good old .50 cal, or a mixture of the two types of guns.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:48:26 AM »
Hi Eldar.
It certainly tells the story, 840mm hand held at 1/500th, not bad!

Cheers Graham.

Not quite in flight yet, but doing his best :)
Great Crested Grebe.
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II + 1.4xIII extender, 1/500s, f5.6, ISO2000, handheld.

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Hi folks.
Thanks for that, I checked an abreviation page and came out confused, but that explains it all!

Cheers Graham.

UA = Utsunomiya  2012 not 2006.

Ooops, yes you are quite right. U is 2006. My mistake

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Hi Beckscum.
Could you please clarify UA from your post please, I am not familiar with this abbreviation.

Cheers Graham.

that they returned full batches of UA lens back to Canon in 2012

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Hi Erik.
Great series, are you able to say which gunship this is, I guess Blackhawk, but I'm no expert, to some it may be obvious, but I have seen exactly none of these in the flesh, relying on tv images for ID.  ;D

Hi Roo, nice shots, I like the jet pipe view, I took a similar image to this of a Phantom in the commemorative airforce museum AZ.
something fascinating about looking in there from the hot end!

Cheers Graham.

While shooting airborne shots is always an awesome experience, it's also a fantastic opportunity to portrait America's unsung heroes:










Another great series!  Love that second shot capturing the used shells being ejected out the tube.

Here a some B52 shots from Avalon last year.  The old girl can't hide her wrinkles :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:17:09 PM »
Hi climber.
I think I Prefer the before picture.

Cheers Graham.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:55:35 AM »
Hi Climber.
Nice work, a great shot.

Cheers Graham.

This one is panorama of 4 photos, where the 1st from left is single shot, 2nd is HDR from 2 shots and 3rd and 4th are HDRs from 5 shots.

Stay tuned for another version of this image. I'll post it today. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:51:42 AM »
Hi 2n10.
After the first two pics, as I scrolled down and saw the hares ears, I was thinking now he didn't find that up a tree surely. Nice pics, I like the way you can see the shadow on the back of the hares ears. Did the canine (coyote?) catch whatever it is he was focused on?

Cheers Graham.











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Hi Erik.
Nice shot of the B52, amazing they can get fuel in faster than all those engines can drink it!  ;D
There are some people out there that you just don't mind them having a really bad day! I bet the pilot was happy to help! :o ;D
It would seem that you have had some great opportunities but I'll bet you had to work hard to get them.

Cheers Graham.

Great pics, like the Huey, and the Tomcat is great, along with the opportunity to photograph did you witness them in action too?


Yes I did, I was fortunate enough to spend some time aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (aka "The Big Stick") during Operation Iraqi Freedom. If you look underneath the big Cat, you'll notice some live ammunition (I believe these were JDAMs) and a Lightning pod underneath the wing. When this F-14 recovered, it no longer carried the bombs, so some terrorists must have had a really bad day!

I don't have more Tomcat shots online, so I'll have to look for them but meanwhile, here's another favourite memory of mine:



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Sports / Re: Surf Photography
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:06:11 AM »
Hi TexPhoto.
Wow missed these the first time I looked, great shots, I wonder if the SeaDoo made it through, that was either fun or a shock!
Great shots by all?

Cheers Graham.


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


Surfer by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

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