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Manual says 108 mm but how would that work with the petal hood?  I'm not familiar with these filter holders.  I've designed some pretty unique contraptions so would be wondering if this could be another project. 


Lenses / Re: First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner
« on: Today at 05:58:46 AM »
A couple recent shots, just goofing off and not using the best camera settings but still interesting perhaps to see.  Just downward, right in the spruce tree shot you can see my right boot print.  I had to reach the camera way out to avoid my boot.  What a fun lens and not heavy by my standards!


Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:08:37 PM »
Picked mine up yesterday here in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  Heard so much of it being a beast that I was surprised at how light and easy to handle it is.  Better than the 70-200 2.8 to carry all day for sure.  Love it.


Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:12:46 PM »
Yes isn't that an amazing trick!  Now it's back to work. :)


Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:03:22 PM »
Well here it is; proof that I've been actually working on a hardwood floor and not playing, hint, hint.  ;) ;)


Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:31:23 AM »
Jack, I'm glad you're enjoying the Freeman book.  I broke mine out again as I haven't reviewed it in 4 or 5 years.  Also, I'll continue the thread with additional and somewhat less conventional examples.

Please feel free to comment (good or bad):

1. Wood stork feet - Gatorland near Orlando, Florida

OK, here are my comments or observations, which hopefully get qualified by others who feel inclined.

1.  Hard to judge if the average person will appreciate this.  The shallow DOF helps a lot in separating the lead leg from the other and the bokeh gets rid of distracting items

2. Interesting pattern that has been shot at an angle to position it corner to corner.  Again, kind of abstract and may not appeal to the average person.

3. Stronger composition for me with more interest.  The OOF calf Manatee leads to the IF mother.  Her body also leads to the head and together they sit as a V in the shot so positioning seems correct.

4. Not sure on the cropping other than it seems to take it from a simple alligator to one with a little more mystery.  The eye is the focal point off to the right and is strong but I'm unsure about the nose being missing other than there is some element of accentuating it's being a "hidden" creature.

5. An unusual pose with an interesting branch but it's hard to view without wanting to rotate it.  Upon further reflection it grows on you but it's easy to dismiss up-front.

6. Think I'd prefer if the pool was removed.  Interesting pattern with the IF alligator showing some personality that adds interest since the others seem just sleepy.  In this case the OOF forward alligators don't distract too much.  I think I'd be inclined to crop out some of the rear as it doesn't add to the shot.

Now, I'd like to hear what others think about these shots.  Back to my half finished engineered wood floor!


2. American alligator scales (captive) - Tallahassee Museum, Tallahassee, Florida

3. Manatee mother & calf surfacing - Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla, Florida

4. American alligator sunning - St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks, Florida

5. Downy woodpecker - St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks, Florida

6. American alligators (captive) - St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Florida

Photography Technique / Re: Does this photo work?
« on: February 28, 2015, 03:36:47 PM »
After further reflection for my personal taste I'd go with the original composition with the launch pad included and not chopped but perhaps toned down.  It positions the bird more favorably in the frame.

Is this strictly motion blur due to a low shutter speed, with the bird perfectly in focus?


Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:23:47 PM »
BTW that is indeed a very impressive frost photo and having only semi-seriously ever tried a few, and just recently, I'd love to hear how it's done.  Here's one of my attempts.


Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:05:03 PM »
Reading CR responses sometimes beats the funnies!  Love it, how some folk pick up on things so easily. :)


"Let's see. You make an ignorant, broad-brush assessment of art and then wonder why no one bothers to argue with you. Perhaps it's because your post is so dumbfoundingly uninformed and misguided that there is really no point to furthering the discussion."

And then ........ lots of further discussion ensues - I like CR for the humour or humor or just to satisfy my sadistic side! ;) :)  Required reading for Psychology 101. 


Photography Technique / Re: Does this photo work?
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:44:54 AM »
This is most interesting and informative.  For my taste I think I'd like a little more blur and I do prefer some inclusion of the launch pad even though I agree it can be somewhat distracting.  For me the educational value of this thread is enhanced by folk making their changes to the photo - seems I can only really appreciate a change when I see it as opposed to hear it. :)


Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:28:52 AM »
Like children in front of the Christmas tree on December 24! ;)

Hope it's not like one Christmas when I was about 12 and was absolutely convinced that I was getting a much desired "transistor radio".  When all was quiet and dark I snuck it into my bed and opened it to find .......... a travel alarm clock!  Didn't sleep well at all that night!! :'(


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:00:46 PM »
weixing, now that was worth a look.  I've pretty much made up my mind.  As a beginner I can't justify it but I'm getting it because it will inspire me just like the 300 2.8 has!


Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:56:08 PM »
Auto Focus manual adjustment - if you didn't do it then that could at least in part explain the results.  I have had settings up to 10 or more in deviation from the factory 0.  A +ve setting reduces front focusing and vice versa.  Lots of threads on this topic, many of them exaggerating the complexity of the process as if it's rocket science. 


Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:10:58 PM »
Although it would take some effort, I agree it would be most helpful to see some of the comparative examples.  Sometimes things that are hard to believe are true but the average person doesn't have quite that much faith as to not want proof.  The photo shop I visited recently and asked about their experiences were indicating no negative customer feedback even when I pressed the issue, not that that proves too much.


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