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Canon General / Re: 5Ds R Moire and Bird Feathers
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:27:16 PM »
I'm going to stick with my 7D2....

First picture is a 1-1 crop with a 70-200F4, and the second photo is the head portion blown up further.

I'm with you. I just got a 7D2 but I haven't had a real chance to test it out yet. But if that top image is a 1920x1080 crop out of a 5472x3648 image, I don't know what reasonable person would not be impressed. What was the exposure settings on this photo?

ISO 200, 1/400th second, and F8

P.T. Barnum's motto is alive and well.

Instead of thinking of these photos as art, think of them as cars....

So I am a Mazda dealer.... Mazda ships me 1000 identical cars, I put fancy rims and race tires onto them, and I start selling them for $100,000 each.... except for 50 of the cars that I put floor mats into,  call them special, and sell them for 3 times as much. With the regular stock, once I get down to 200 left, I jack the price up to 5 times as much. Once the stock gets down to 100, I double the price again.... and somehow people keep buying them.

Why doesn't someone go to another Mazda dealer... or a ford... or Honda... or whatever????

There is one born every minute....

Canon General / Re: 5Ds R Moire and Bird Feathers
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:40:48 PM »
I'm going to stick with my 7D2....

First picture is a 1-1 crop with a 70-200F4, and the second photo is the head portion blown up further.

If all you want is an expensive print, then fine.... but anyone who thought that a Lik print was an art investment does not know the first thing about investing. Buy high and sell low is a doomed strategy, and having someone with a $200,000 print who can't sell it for $5000 does not fill me with confidence..

With $200,000 I can buy 15,150 cases of beer... have the party to end all parties... and at the end have $18,000 dollars worth of empties... an investment with a return 3.6 times greater than an expensive Lik print...

But what camera do you use to shoot a woodpecker on a weasel?

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:09:28 PM »
Hi Folks.
I grew up on Star Trek, probably the first reruns. I too feel that Leonard Nimoy's death is a great loss, a good man, but he will live on in the reruns for a long time yet!
Three things guaranteed in a life, Birth, Death, and Taxes! All the rest is a bonus.

Cheers, Graham.

It is sad, but I guess the only guarantee in life is death.

Don't Forget DR, someone will always bring that up. ;D
To expect that a thread on this forum would not have DR intrude would be illogical....

Lenses / Re: Canon ef-s 17-55mm 2.8 is usm GONE
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:13:06 PM »
Has anybody seen that the 17-55 is completely gone from the product page from canon usa? I noticed yesterday that the price was missing and if you clicked on it that you got redirected to the home page. Now it's completely missing from their product page.
still here in Canada....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gift for gf's birthday?
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:09:46 PM »
Take her out to dinner on her birthday, and stop at a camera store. Let her pick what she likes...

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:48:19 PM »
Communications research....

First major project that I worked on was Telidon.

The project predated the internet and influenced many aspects of it's design, including the concepts of HTML and the idea that you could connect from anywhere. In 1986, when the internet was officially created, we were part of it.... and here is a picture from 1986.... the first cat picture posted on the internet!

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:09:17 PM »
"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human. Rest in Peace, Mr. Spock."

Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:55:38 PM »
Game farms have a real use.  I don't want 100s or 1000s of people out in the wilds stressing animals, perhaps causing them to abandon their young.  No picture is worth the animal's life (or yours - but you can control the latter in most cases).

There is a fine line between game farms and animals that are free but are regularly feed/protected or baited.  How do you honestly label the latter?
I agree and unless they are abusing the animals, its gives far more people the opportunity to see/photograph animals than would be possible or responsible to do in the wild.  It's the captioning that is important, at least to me.  I don't think people would think any less of a photo if they knew it was at a game farm upfront, but I think they would be very disappointed if I tried to pass one off as wild and they found out I was lying.

The whole attractant thing is another matter.  If it's a man-made watering hole or a bird feeder that supplements natural food and water sources, I don't think that's a huge deal, but if people use bait, or game calls, that's going too far, IMHO.  It may take animals away from doing activities they need to survive, teach them to become dependent on humans, or in the case of large predators, teach them associate humans with food.  Note, that is humans=food, not humans=creatures who feed us. 

Finally, if it were me, I would caption a photo of a bird, even if the feeder wasn't in the frame, something like "Blue jay visiting my backyard bird feeder".
Personally, I do not think that I have to explain that these chickadees have been baited into a spot where it is possible to take a reasonably close picture of them.....

Lenses / Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 Going Away?
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:43:54 PM »
It is a great lens that sells well and has no equivalent..... I can't see it going away unless it was replaced with a newer version.

Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:43:27 PM »
At -17F frost usually forms on the windows.


That is one gorgeous photo! Welcome to the forum :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Doing Glasses
« on: February 26, 2015, 09:14:18 AM »
I expect to see licensing and huge penalties for misuse required coming in the next 2 years.

That's the problem - if I see your drone flying over my garden with my gf sunbathing topless, I can (try to) track you. But how do I know your hud glasses are only showing you the way to the next bus stop, and not recording me?

As far as I remember, Google was forced to remove the silent (or eye-controlled) picture snapping feature from their firmware in Germany. But when there's a demand, there'll be a supply ... unless it's illegal like "concealed carry" in parts of the country of our big brothers (pun intended, sorry, cannot help it :-p).

Unfortunately, in the paranoid world we live in, you are probably already being recorded... security cameras at the bus stop, in the bus, traffic cameras, security cameras at the front of each business you walk past... and how many governments are recording what we type on this forum????

Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:55:04 AM »
In the local birding community there is a big controversy going on about baiting owls. People will pay a lot to get Snowy Owl pictures, so "photography guides" take them to an area where the local birds have gotten used to handouts from the humans. They wait until the owl notices them, then release a live mouse for the owl to swoop down, capture, and eat.... all within a few feet of the photographers.... and of course, these pictures are passed off as snowy owls in the wild....
Some even use fishing poles and reel a mouse (dead, I hope) across the snow/ice to entice the owl...
I found out how well that works by accident. I was in the back yard playing with the cat... I had a catnip mouse on a fishing line and I would cast it and the cat would chase it. A barred owl took the catnip mouse.

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