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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:31:44 PM »
One for Valentines Day  :)

Lovely B&W Image Jeevz

They do appear to be a pair of young Males though, but on Valentines day I'm convinced any show of emotion is fine.

In keeping with the B&W Lion Theme & Valentines Day.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:20:04 PM »
Yes agree totally with the rest of the Guys, great subject, wonderfully lit & well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:58:03 AM »
Indeed. I don't believe I would feel very safe in that situation. There are enough respect imposing videos on youtube, of elephants who had enough of safari cars and people and decided to do something about it. But the red eye is a great image and since Edward is still with us, it was worth it :)

And your quite right Eldar, there have been many incidents of Elephants taking exception to vehicles, particularly those made in Japan, in our situation we were careful to observe all the Elephants were either Female, or very young Males that were not in "Musth", and we were driving a Landrover, a Toyota may have pushed them over the edge, it would me   ;).

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:16:47 PM »
Thanks Guys, yes in this case we were as close as you would want to be, at one point we had around 10 Elephants stretching there trucks out to smell us as we lay on the ground next to the vehicle.

The purpose of being out of the vehicle was simply for the perspective, shooting wide angle up, I was somewhat nervous which would account for any degree of OOF, due to camera shake.

The young chap in this Image is the Pro Photographer/Guide I do all my Africa stuff with, I'm sensibly right behind him, which is not as safe as it seems as he can run a lot faster than me, although running in this situation wouldn't be a lot of use.

In the Image of the close up I basically processed for a B&W in layers but left the Eye as per Original Image, in colour.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:31:23 AM »
1Dx Tanzania

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:52:28 PM »
I´m off to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe later this year, with Tom Svensson, so hopefully I can contribute with something more exiting than The Local Lion then.

I was at Chickwenya in 2012, great Camp, amazing spot Mana Pools, only place I've been able to Photograph Elephant from a Canoe, Hippos are a PIA though. They have good Lion & Leopard here as well.1

Look forward to hearing your experiences & seeing the Images.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 08, 2015, 01:37:46 AM »
Gentlemen, Thank You all.

And Dylan 777 I love that image, beautifully processed, good material to start with always helps of course, lovely young ladies, totally absorbed.

Ah-ha, now I know what it's for !

But do we have to speak with an Austraaali'n accent to get the best out of it ? I guess eml will find out  ;)

That's a fair assessment Sporgon, but, after 26 years living in Jakarta & Singapore it's been a revelation on returning to Brisbane Australia to find, I really no longer speak the language, after 6 months back here I'm still left looking like a stranded fish when confronted with the local Aussie Strine.

Hopefully the 5DsR Menu system will be in "proper" English   ;)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:39:15 PM »
1Dx & 400f/2.8 II @ f/2.8

I guess it won't be long now & this thread will be somewhat defunct, everyone will be posting to the 1Dx II & 5Ds/R threads.

Still, until then, the 1Dx has been without a doubt the most satisfying piece of Camera gear I've ever used.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:40:56 PM »
Thank You Gentlemen, this particular Male was entrancing, the eyes I have never seen this bright before on any Lion, and I've Photographed a few, he is the Alpha Male of a coalition of 3 Brothers in the Mashatu Plains area, on this particular morning he was on his own & was following vultures in the sky hoping they would lead him to a fresh kill, so he was constantly looking upward and the light was just about perfect.

Another day in Paradise.

Beautiful capture Edward.

Thanks and I like your Image as well, has some Nick Brandt style in the processing, hard to beat.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:39:05 PM »
Lovely Images Viggo, especially the second earlier image, the Cap says it all.

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:19:52 PM »
I went recently to Japan for 4 weeks, for the first time ever I went with just Primes, and all Manual Focus.

Zeiss 15f/2.8, Zeiss 21f/2.8, Otus 55f/1.4 & Zeiss 135f/2, I felt it worked exceptionally well.

I could have taken my Canon 8-15f/4, 16-35f/2.8, 24-70f/2.8 II & 70-200f/2.8 II, and perhaps my Images would have been just as good, but I don't think so, and there's just something extra satisfying in using good primes that makes me feel better about the resulting Images.

Lenses / Re: What to take to Iceland ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:11:38 PM »
I certainly reinforce the comments made by "Eldar", My last trip to Iceland (2013) I went with a 1Dx & 5DMK III Body, plus my Zeiss 15f/2.8, 21f/2.8, Otus 55f/1.4, 135f/2 & the only Canon lenses were the TSE17 & 24 plus I threw in the 300f/2.8, just in case something escaped from the Zoo.

As it turned out I used the TSE 17 over the Zeiss 15, the Zeiss 21 & Otus 55 were used the most, the Zeiss 135 some, and I found out later Iceland has no Zoo for anything to escape from so the 300f/2.8 had a Holiday (there are Birds though, if your into small things that move fast, Oh yes I did see a Fox as well, sort of squashed on the side of the road).

The only issue I have with Iceland is that the place has this tendency to draw you in, the more time you spend there, the more you want to stay, and return, I've been back 5 times over 10 Years.

I'm heading back 2015 in November & this time I intend taking a Phase One IQ280 that a friend of mine is lending me, I have some nice friends   ;)

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:00:07 PM »
An interesting article, I think nothing new here though, just a well written article.

I imagine I fall into the "enthusiast" area, with some caveats, I Photograph for my own enjoyment, I have never tried to sell what I produce, and my Photography fuels my other serious vice, travel.

I do agree with Hogan though regards the difficulty today for the "Pro" photographers, wedding Photographers in particular, it's a pity these Guys don't get called back in to Photograph the "divorce" as well as the "Marriage", it would allow a doubling of revenue from what I can see today.

In the areas of Wildlife Photography I don't see too many "Pro" photographers surviving this Market without running "Workshops", it has become the bread & butter of their existence, actual sales of Prints a very distant second.

"Private" made a very interesting & pertinent point regards his own perceived lack of business acumen affecting his bottom line, it's the one area where I've felt I have been able to help several of my "Pro" Photographer friends, all exceptional Photographers & genuinely nice People, but as is often the case where Youth & skill are present, not had the time to develop the Business Skills to turn their Photography skills into something that makes Money, consistently. And this is not I believe a difficulty experienced by the few, It's from what I've seen affecting a lot of very talented Professional Photographers.

And Hogan's point regards Apple etc & the development of better & better phone cameras etc is to me a cause for some sadness, I like the fact that "Good Photography" still requires some skill, still requires some better equipment, for me it will be a truly sad day when someone can take an iPhone, point it in the general direction of a subject, take no trouble over focus, settings, time of day, etc etc, because no matter how badly you stuff up the shot, you can just make all the adjustments in "Post" and end up with a wonderful Image, sort of takes the shine out of why we currently enjoy what we do.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 22, 2015, 03:21:33 PM »
Hi may I ask? Do you guys got workshops or anything like that. Sounds like a blast.

Hi Ashton, over the last few years I've done a few photography workshops with Pro Photographers, it's one of the best ways to learn a lot in a short amount of time, in particular when it comes to wildlife photography. 

Typically a 10 day workshop/safari with a Pro will set you back around $10k plus airfares, as long as you go with someone that has a reputation for excellence you will not regret the time & money.

I've used Oryx Photography & Greg DeToit for the last 4 years, an amazing combination, there are a few others that do a great job as well, if your interested PM me & I'll be happy to send you details.

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