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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:19:32 PM »
nonac, that's great and so are the results.  Too bad all birds won't cooperate! ;)

Jack

They rarely ever cooperate!  You just have to outsmart them.  I've got to start working on some "in flight" shots like those great ones you posted of the chickadee.  Any tips, other than patience?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:38:12 PM »
This poor gal must be old, look at the chunk missing from her beak.

7d Mk II, 300mm f/2.8L
ISO 400, 1/500 sec @ f/4.5
Cropped to about half its original size
Wow! Nice! So do you have a blind that you shoot from? How do you get so close?

Yes, I shoot them on my deck via a blind fabricated on my patio door.  I cut down a couple small sapling trees and attached them to the deck rails near my feeders.  They land in those a lot before going to the feeder which makes for a more natural look.  Page 1 of this post has a picture of how I built the blind in the patio door:  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=24326.0
I can put it up or take it down in just a couple of minutes, keeps me warm and hidden.  The feeders are about 15' away.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:47:55 PM »
This poor gal must be old, look at the chunk missing from her beak.

7d Mk II, 300mm f/2.8L
ISO 400, 1/500 sec @ f/4.5
Cropped to about half its original size

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Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:36:37 PM »
Does anyone else have any New Year's Gear Resolutions for 2015?

...........(or RRS finally has a genuine sale)

I don't ever see that happening.  I've darn near bought everything they make and I don't even good a good customer discount!

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A fireproof gun safe is the ideal thing.  Provides protection and security.  I'm in and out of it frequently so it vents, plus I keep canisters of silica gel in there to keep the humidity low.  If you keep an eye out, you can find a decent one on sale for a reasonable price.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:19:49 PM »
nonac, if you don't mind I'm most interested in a comparison of the 300 X2 full frame vs 7D2 300 X1.4, etc.

What's your take?  I have the 300 and extenders and a 6D and may buy the 7D2 but I'm concerned about a decrease in IQ, especially since I clearly prefer to stay below ISO 1600 with the 6D.

Of course I wouldn't mind more reach but ......

Jack

Hi Jack.  I've only had my 300 for about a week so I have'nt had a chance to shoot a whole bunch yet.  I have yet to AFMA this lens to either of my bodies either.   However, the thing I have noticed is the 7d image IQ at below than 1600 with plenty of light are really good, the Cardinal I posted be an example.  The fill flash I used really helped. I've mainly been shooting birds with it since I got it.  I plan to use it for sideline football next fall.  I'll have a chances try it out on some tennis, sand volleyball, softball, basketball, and baseball in a few weeks as I'm attending one of Canons workshops at Arizona St. University.  By then, I should no a lot more about this lens and both bodies.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:10:30 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160
I'm, yet again, floored by the images that comes out of the 300/2.8L. Amazing work, nonac! *all thumbs up*
+1

It was a very fine drizzle of rain that turned to snow later that evening.  I think bird pictures during rain or snow are really amazing.  It just adds a whole new element to the scene.


Are those snow flurries or rain drops?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:08:49 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160
I'm, yet again, floored by the images that comes out of the 300/2.8L. Amazing work, nonac! *all thumbs up*

Thanks. I just got my 300 within the week and I'm already ecstatic about it, both on my 5d III AND 7d II!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 03, 2015, 10:06:02 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160

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Street & City / Re: Washington DC, in my imaginative Idea.
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:48:20 PM »
dawgfanjeff, oh man, I didn't even consider that shot of the flag & washington monument.  Now I have to go back and get it :)

I shot one like that as well 3 years ago.  I also included a few others that I liked.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: December 31, 2014, 06:27:31 PM »

I've been intentionally paying way too much tax withholding through the year. Come February, I should get decent amount money back. So the big question is, should I get 1DX for ~$5k, or wait for 1DX2 for (maybe) $7k around late-summer (or early winter) (just guessing, no knowledge on price or release date).

I've been trying to read the speculations on the 1DX2 features, but nothing solid there. Will it have enough improvements to make it worth the extra money and wait?

Current 5D3 does great, so no immediate need to upgrade. There's big sports tournament in May, but I've already given hope of having 1DX2 by then.

That isn't the best way to save money to make a purchase.  Put the money in a savings account and let it earn some interest, albeit a small amount.  That's better than letting the Feds hang out to it and use it. 

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Technical Support / Re: Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:07:17 PM »
Thanks for the comments.  Some great shots.  Sharp on did you have any specific spots you shot from that were favorites?  Also, what time of year were you there and did you have to battle crowds of people to get your shots?  I'm really looking forward to this trip and I hope the weather cooperates. I've never seen the Canyon from the rim, but I've seen every mile of it from the bottom as I did an 8 day whitewater trip on the river about 10 years ago.  I'll be there the first week of March and it will definitely be cold in the mornings and nights.  I just hope there are no major snow storms moving through.


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Technical Support / Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:42:16 PM »
I will be shooting some single row, and possibly multiple row panoramas in a couple of months during a 3 day visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  I am looking ahead as to what lenses I might use for this.  Has anyone used the 100mm f/2.8L macro or the 135mm f/2L for stitched panoramas, and if so how well did they work for that? Thanks.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 25, 2014, 03:15:57 PM »
I got myself a 300 2.8L II.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:58:12 PM »
Do yall ever use flash?  I was thinking that setting up a wireless umbrella/680ex rt set up to do high speed sync would be a good way to go about shooting birds... but then I REALLY don't want bird crap on my flash or umbrella.

I have.  I set it on a small table about 8' from the bird feeders.  They get no where close to it.  The shot I included was with a glass.  It really helps to bring out the details in the bird.

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