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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: Today at 09:02:11 PM »
Thanks ERHP,

BTW, the Pileated almost always announce themselves with that flicker like call that is pretty loud.

Your suggestions are worthy but what is happening is a brainwave that was to take maybe a day to implement is turning into MANY days, while of course I was supposed to be doing various jobs, not playing! ;)

Never the less, I think this one needs to be taken advantage of based on the possibilities.  One is macro shots of birds admiring themselves in the see-through mirror - well more likely they'll be fighting themselves.  :)

For anyone thinking of a blind, I highly recommend a slightly pricey see-through mirror as opposed to the film that can be applied to glass or acrylic.  My 1/4" thick 6 X 16 piece cost me around $30.  Having such a window makes life so much easier.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: Today at 05:19:07 PM »
jrjr99, like the heron shot.

Graham, you're right.  I just feel short changed at ISO 12800 so the flash is a step up, regardless of the negatives.  However, if the result is not appreciated by whomever, that takes away the enjoyment.  In time I'll be able to gauge that.

Now, if I could afford another 600 EX-RT, yes I could position it to catch return visitors to the area I'm shooting towards, although that's a little challenging, unlike the on-camera flash.  It's a clump of trees that many birds love and close enough to get decent shots, like 10 - 20 feet.  I also have a couple props that are attracting some customers and they are closer and would be easy to roughly aim a second flash at.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:01:01 PM »
Thanks click.  Grafox, thanks for the comments.  I didn't realize that HSS was available and that one was not limited to, in the case of the 6D, 180th sec.  This opens a new world to me with the telephoto.  That Canon flash is certainly nice and being slightly used I only paid $400.  Now, this brings me to another item.  Some folk have mention a Better Beamer.  How important is this to a 300 or is the 200 zoom limitation of the 600 EX adequate?

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:10:28 PM »
Thanks click and dpc.  Don't you just love it when there is heavy frost!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:04:00 PM »
Those of you who are long time regulars may remember me showing up on CR not quite 2 years ago after purchasing my 6D.  I had shot one year with a Nikon D5100 and was really getting the bug.  I felt insanely uneasy having just spent $7k on the 300 2.8 II.

Uneasiness is long gone and I don't have any regrets on my purchases for sure and am enjoying learning.
Yesterday, I decided to buy a 600 EX- RT but I haven't used flash for 20 years.  I liked the idea of fill flash for wildlife and some of you have previously advised me in that direction.  So, now I need to come up to speed and am reading and experimenting.

Being late November here in Alberta it gets pretty dark around 4 PM and to boot it's been cloudy.  The result is that often I get shots from my observatory on the barn with natural light, at ISO 12800, which I don't really like.  It's just occurring to me that to have fill flash you have to have good natural light in the first place.

Anyway, that's the background and here are shots at sundown, 6D 70-200 F2.8 II X1.4 (HSS) that I'd appreciate feedback on.  Would these be considered acceptable or is the flash creating too much artificiality and if so any suggestions to correct that.  I might be able to rig up some kind of reflector for bounce but being outdoors it's not that easy, not to mention winter winds and snow.  Plain honest commentary is fine! :)

Jack




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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:37:34 PM »
Posted this in Birds but it fits here too.  ;)

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:29:37 AM »
slclick, you got that right!!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:34:53 PM »
Well Steven a visit to the area might be called for.  What's the best time of the year.  I was there once long ago searching for a bird and found ONE.  Trailered it home - a 1963 Ford Falcon convertible.  The feathered type were not even in my mind at that time! ;)

Couldn't find a shot so my 64 is substituted (Old Canon F1, film).  It is a bird and it does fly.  ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:08:30 AM »
Steven that is a gem, didn't notice the fly initially.  Reminds me of my parrot when I drop one of his fluffers and it's floating down towards his head!  What's you geographic location again?  Arizona?  Seems like you have a great sampling of birds.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:03:38 AM »
Thanks Click, my friend actually looked for the bird in Stokes at the page I referred to - good for a laugh

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:15:31 AM »
Rare Hooded Chickadee shot yesterday! ;)

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:43:57 AM »
Love the recent photos everyone!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:22:08 AM »
Up close and personal. Getting desparate here! ;)

Jack

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:16:38 AM »
Nope, there's an elephant under there, Erik X.

I may have posted this long ago.  A thaw in January and a wind swept drip.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:23:22 PM »
Click, forgive me, the Chickadee was for you too! ;)

Thanks everyone for the complements and advice.  Yes, 6d and sometimes the shutter is a little low but not that low, many were 500th and I've personally found ISO's pushing towards 12800 to be quite noisy and not what I like.  Evening or cloudy here is pretty dull and around sunset if I try to shoot at 1000th I'd definitely be at that ISO.  I have moved the AFMA around as I was shooting out there and figured I was OK.  However with one shot center focus (try for the eye) and recompose with a sometimes moving subject I might be missing focus somewhat.

My sensor could be getting a bit dirty as I have noticed the odd spot in the sky and I guess the X1.4 may affect sharpness a little but otherwise I don't know what to think.

Here's a shot of a stationary nuthatch with center spot focus and full frame just as is.  6D 200X1.4  F4.5  ISO 1250  Manual exposure.  The one shot focus point was right on the edge of his eye.  Jon, or anyone doesn't this appear to be in focus?  What else?  Anyway, that's what I'm getting.

Jack

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