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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:03:37 PM »
Currently, I'm a (little jaded) IT person, working in database design, sometimes support role. While I've been working in the IT field for 20 years now, I'm at that tipping point of wanting to move on to a new career. In 2011, I was out of work for 12+ months, which certainly brings focus to what is important in life. Getting back to work in the past 3-4 years has certainly been financially rewarding, allowing me to pretty much get the gear I wanted. Photography has always been a release of the mind for me. Landscape, macro, birding, etc, have not only brought creative elements to my photography, but also the technical challenges. Prior to IT I was in the hospital equipment business for 15 years, and before that, optics and optical design.

Great thread by the way :)

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One "artist" (art faculty at some German place) really ticked me off. Comes to my institution, and wants to use our scanning electron microscope for some art project. Sure, why not. I'm the nice fellow. As things come closer, I look her up. Turns out she takes the most mundane samples, NaCl-salt (yawn), prints 'em on an inkjet, pardon me: giclée, and sells them for 1-5 grand.
That's the beauty of "art". There's a market for everything. Well, that's what I'm relying on ;)

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: February 21, 2015, 06:56:26 AM »
Wow, stunning images cazza132 and jrista.

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The 5DS/R are not meant to be 5D MkIII or 1DX replacements, they are meant to be complimentary niche products for those comparatively few shooters that need the specific feature set the new cameras give.
Yep.

I love my 5D3 and I would like to see how the new camera performs for landscape/macro, which is where my interests are. Wildlife and birding are other areas I like to explore, and the 7D2 would be suitable for that. In the end, for me at least, it's about buying the right tools for the role. It maybe that in the next 12 months I end up with the new 5D and the 7D2 to compliment the 5D3 I have. In many respects, the way current technology is moving, I don't see a "one body fits all" situation. You want high MP, you will get slow FPS/data transfer rates. You want high FPS/data transfer rates, you get less MP.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:54:42 PM »
7D MK II.


Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)
by Tony Varela Photography, on Flickr
Wow, very nice. Great back lighting. You really caught the moment :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:53:09 PM »
Gang Gang, female. Spotted a few today. They have been very active. The tricky bit when photographing them is they fly in an erratic flight path, making it difficult to pan. But, when it works, it's fun :)

5D3 with 300mm f4L.

Lovely shots. It is very hard for me to get birds this size in flight but I am learning :)
Thanks rpt. I had a lot of out of focus shots just to get these two. Thankfully, it's digital :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:59:11 PM »
Thanks Click.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:12:27 AM »
Gang Gang, female. Spotted a few today. They have been very active. The tricky bit when photographing them is they fly in an erratic flight path, making it difficult to pan. But, when it works, it's fun :)

5D3 with 300mm f4L.




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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:14:35 PM »
What will become of the 5D Mark III?  It will remain an excellent camera capable of delivering terrific images.
Yep. I've had the camera for 2.5 years, and it still amazes me with the image quality. As I like to do everything from landscape/macro to BIF/wildlife and more, the current 5D3 handles my current needs.

If I were to change in the next couple of years, I'd probably have to have 2 bodies, a 7D2 for BIF/wildlife and the newer 5D for landscape/macro as I don't think (looking at the spec's) the new 5D will be a "one camera does all" for me IMHO.

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 28, 2015, 07:43:29 AM »
Great review Dustin. As an owner of one of these beauties, they can also make for interesting portraits.
5D3 @ 1/25 f3.5 and real close :)


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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:54:43 AM »
My attempt at comet Lovejoy, unguided.
5D3 with 300mm lens. ISO 25,000 1.3 seconds @ f4, uncropped  :)


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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:51:39 AM »
Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2


I don't get to do comets often. They aren't in the sky that much, and even when they are, they are often low to the horizon during sunrise. Terry Lovejoy, comet-finder extraordinaire, discovered another comet in August 2014. It finally drifted into the northern horizon skies on December 24th, and I've been wanting to get some comet photons ever since. Finally got a chance last night:





In my haste to get some data before the moon came up, I ended up underexposing my subs. That resulted in the heavy banding of the 5D III showing through. I managed to eliminate most of it, but some is still visible in the coma. This was my first tracked comet image, and I managed to get some detail on the tail, which I'm fairly happy about. Hoping I get another opportunity to image this again, and get some better data.
Nice one jrista :)

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Photography Technique / Re: How to Expose and get sharp Focus of Moon
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:02:14 PM »

Good input!  I did NOT turn IS off, even though I know better.  :(   I'll try again tonight with what remains of the full moon.

Thanks!

I'm not an astro-shooter, either, but not having a full moon might actually help your quest for sharpness and detail. You won't get a perfectly round moon, but you'll get shadows on the craters near the waning edge that will increase the contrast of the details. Just a thought...
Yes, a good suggestion, this gives better detail of the craters, as they cast a shadow.

I've used the 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC on a 5D3 for moon shots. I simply use autofocus, as it's big enough to obtain focus + mirror lockup.

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Nice site tonyz. Simple and clean. Out of interest which Wordpress theme did you select?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:12:57 AM »
Callistemon (AKA Bottlebrush). In flower Down Under at the moment.


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