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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: Today at 06:00:54 PM »
A couple of Spider Orchids, which are out at the moment. Native to the area, some of these are quite rare, due to habitat changes and land clearing, unfortunately.

5D3 with 100mm L IS macro + MT-24EX Macro Flash.


Beautiful orchids!
May I ask where these come from?
-r
Thanks Lionrock. They are found in southern parts of Australia. I live about an hours drive NE of Melbourne, and my property backs onto a reserve of around 30 acres, which has these orchids. There's roughly 50+ types of orchids, green hoods, sun orchids, wax lips, etc in the reserve, but usually in small groups. The two above were in a group of 10-12 in the space of a small room, if that helps. At the moment, I'm trying to track down a Bearded Orchid, which appears as a single plant, in the space of an acre or so (well, there's usually about 5-6 in that area). Not easy to find, but fun when you do :)

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: Today at 04:29:21 AM »
A couple of Spider Orchids, which are out at the moment. Native to the area, some of these are quite rare, due to habitat changes and land clearing, unfortunately.

5D3 with 100mm L IS macro + MT-24EX Macro Flash.



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:36:12 AM »
Fan Tailed Cuckoo. A few of these are now appearing in the reserve behind my place. It's Spring Down Under, and these ones have an interesting way of nesting/breeding. They are a brood parasite, meaning, they lay their eggs in another birds nest, usually the much smaller scrub wren or thornbill, and let them go about raising/feeding, etc.

Anyway, a rather late in the day pic, with exposures being around the 1/25 sec @ f4.5, 800 ISO - 5D3 with 300mm lens, on a monopod. Not as sharp as I'd like, but, I'll try again tomorrow :)


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:29:09 AM »
Nice one jrista. Out of interest, what exposure settings did you use?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:39:48 AM »
Mr Bean, would you mind letting me know what ISO that image was taken at?
I am going to hazard a guess - Me thinks >= ISO 8000

From a cropping perspective, this is the original, image. I would have used the 1.4x TC but the light was low as it was (1/125 @ f4.5 ISO 400 - using a tripod as a monopod, one leg extended, as I was moving around and no time for the tripod setup).



What a wonderful picture ! I would only crop it to change the composition slightly. Love the bokeh produced by the 300 @ f4.5. Would make a lovely large print on canvas.
Thanks Sporgon, I hadn't thought about the image as a lesser cropped version (with more of the foliage)  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:19:30 PM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:18:22 PM »
Thanks for the feedback jrista and scyrene. For most of the morning I did have the 1.4x TC on the 300mm. But I was walking out of a canyon area (late in the afternoon), where I'd been photographing a waterfall, as a long'ish exposure, hence the tripod (I normally use a monpod for birding). As I walked out, I fitted the 300mm, just in case I saw anything interesting. I did think at the time, I should put the 1.4x on. Oh well, next time ;)

Was that on the 5D3? ISO 400 seems low to me. I'd recommend ETTR by using a higher ISO then darkening in post, which can actually help reduce (the appearance of) noise overall. A lovely capture anyhow :)
As it is, I tend to use ETTR by exposing 1/3 to 1/2 a stop over. One of my custom settings (for birding) is set to a center focus point, spot metering, with an ISO of 400 (for me, when using the 300mm it's a balance between using a higher ISO and cropping, if that makes sense). In the case of a quick bird shot, I can turn the dial to the custom setting (it's C3, meaning, I can turn the dial without looking, knowing what the setup is). That's the reason for the ISO 400. It was a rather quick reaction :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Features seen in the past and absent today
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:51:16 PM »
* A-DEP mode -> automatic depth of field. I would want the 3-step method [as implemented e.g. in EOS 3], not the latter 1-step procedure [as e.g. in 40D, 50D]. I'd be willing to pay up to 25 €/$ extra for that feature, since it reuqires a minor firmware change only. http://www.vad1.com/photo/autodof.html

Yes please. I used it on occasion with my EOS3. While not perfect, it was another tool in the kit :)


* Focus trap ->  automatic shutter release, as soon a moving object gets into [pre-set] focus. To my knowledge, this feature was never implemented in a Canon EOS - but on some/many Nikon DSLRs. I'd be willing to pay up to 25 €/$ extra since it requires only a minor firmware change only.

Ah, yes, this would be interesting to have for some of the wildlife shots I do. I have a feeling that Magic Lantern on the 5D3 can do this (not 100% sure).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:52:59 PM »
Very nice Steve. Beaut detail, and great pose :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:51:36 PM »
Mr Bean, would you mind letting me know what ISO that image was taken at?
I am going to hazard a guess - Me thinks >= ISO 8000

From a cropping perspective, this is the original, image. I would have used the 1.4x TC but the light was low as it was (1/125 @ f4.5 ISO 400 - using a tripod as a monopod, one leg extended, as I was moving around and no time for the tripod setup).


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:16:58 PM »
Mr Bean, would you mind letting me know what ISO that image was taken at?
I am going to hazard a guess - Me thinks >= ISO 8000
ISO 400, but heavily cropped.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:46:20 AM »
Thanks 2n10. I'd been photographing a number of less colourful birds at the time, with little success when this one popped into view. It posed for the pic's then took off :)

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As others have said, the MT-24EX is better for flower/insect macro work. I have one, and some of the handy features is the ability to vary the power of the flash heads, allowing you to either create some sort of shadows (good to bring up detail on some objects) or, with bright sunlight, I can balance the light / shadows, to give a better composition. Plus, I use the 580 EX II as a slave.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:56:05 AM »
Eastern Yellow Robin - Kinglake National Park.
After spending a dismal morning trying to photograph these and other small birds (they have a habit of perching in bushes, meaning, lots of images of in focus twigs and out of focus birds), this one plonked itself on a branch, in the open. The only catch was the bush between me and the Robin. Moving myself slightly, I managed to sight the bird through a gap, hence the blurry green at the bottom of the image. 20 shots later, it took off, but it certainly made my day. 5D3 with 300mm f4


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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:25:15 PM »
Can somebody explain the appeal to me? Not trying to start a flame war, just trying to understand.

A 24mm pancake (which won't have IS) seems a bit redundant with the 24mm 2.8 IS, which by all accounts is a very good lens, has USM and which Canon cut the price to a much more reasonable level. The size seems kind of irrelevant once you put it on a 5D, 6D or other full frame body and for an SL1, you end up with a 37mm lens which is barely in the wide-angle realm.

Do people like these pancakes just because they are cute (no argument there)? What am I missing?
For me, it's a great landscape lens. Sharp at 5.6 and great contrast and colour. On a 5D3 with grip, it looks a bit odd, but, it takes great images. That's all I care about :)

Very handy as a street lens. Wandering around NY with the 5D3 stripped down (grip removed), it looked less attention seeking ;)

The 24mm pancake I don't have a need for. But, I might get one if its cheap and compact.

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