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Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: November 03, 2013, 04:41:42 PM »
Mushrooms of some variety!  They're like little Umbrella Mushrooms!  ::)
They may be porcelain fungus. They look like some sort of Mycenoid anyway.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:01:42 PM »
Another image from the old 7D and the 18-135mm Kit lens!
It just shows you can get decent landscape images even with bodies not necessarily designed for that sort of work.
Agreed Richard and thank you!  I loved my 7d and I don't miss it a whole lot, as my 5D MkIII certainly took away the pain of letting it go, rather quickly! 

Looking back at my settings, I have to wonder, what in the world was I thinking?  Why didn't I take that image at 18mm or 24mm?  I think there were some images I took on that trip where I must have thought that I would lose the sharpness if I was to wide, who knows... Live and learn I suppose and as you and I have mentioned previously, nothing really bad to say about my 7D, I loved owning it! 

In fact I was surprised to see you made the move when you did to the 5d3... I had a feeling you were going to wait it out for the 7D MkII...   Like me, I'm sure you have no regrets at this point! 

All the best!  :)
I still have my 7D. The plan was that the MkIII would replace the MkII for landscapes, macri and low light, but the first itm the light started dropping last year, the MkIII came out and the 7D went in, then it was another year before it came out again. I then realised just how twitchy the AF is on it compared to the MkIII and missed shots as a result.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:51:14 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm
NR with new DxO's Optics Pro 9
Thanks Ken, it's always good to see nice dragonfly images, mind you, I might get jealous :P. One thing I've been playing wtth recently in Lightroom, is reducing HSL of certain colours and green was one I was playing around with. If you're usnure whether or not the green is too much, it might be worth a play.
Yes, I'll look further into it.  Sometimes I just cannot decide.  The very first image I ever took with it was a dragonfly image I took several years ago, the day I received my 70-200mm f/2.8 II.  I'll post it here and you'll see what I mean, I just couldn't decide about the green.  I even did a B&W rendition of it...

The greens couldn't be helped, as the creature landed on a single blade of grass in my backyard, down deep in the grass... Perhaps jumping into the HSL settings would have offered some better options to "tamper' it down a bit...

I've attached the "green" photo and the b&w for comparison...
Of course it complicates things when the dragonfly decides to use green as its primary colour :P. I think the only way would be to duplicate the layer, then use a mask or eraser after toning it down in the background.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:26:30 PM »
On my way back from my regular visit to the Scottish Highlands, I stopped off in the Glencoe area, this time in Kinlochleven. I finally saw the first spectacular sunset of the autumn. I've always found that sunsets seem to be much more impressive in the autumn (fall) for some reason.

I started off wide, with the 24mm f/1.4 MkII on the 5D MkIII.


Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

After waiting for the right light for half an hour and stopping to photograph something in the opposite direction, with the colours getting more intense by the minute, I finally decided "job done" and packed everythying away. I started walking back to the hotel, but looked around, only to find the colours had got even stronger. I was torn, as the filters take a long time to sort out, plus I had the 70-200 attached. In the end I couldn't resist, so just put the 70-200 on the tripod without any filters and this was the result.


Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

As I was finally walking back to the hotel, I passed a family literally running in the opposite direction, only to hear the little girl say "Mummy, it looks like the end of the road is on fire".

Those are both fabulous shots.  The first one has a great lead in with the little stream, and the compression of the color layers on the second one is equally fabulous!
Thanks Dustin. My landscape work has been almost non-existent this year, with just a handful of previous shots, so it's always good to know I haven't lost my touch.
Richard, I agree with Dustin, these are fabulous!  I really like the first as well, very nice composition.  Looking at the second, how can I not like it equally as well?  It's really quite well done!  I so need to get over there one of these days!

Thanks Ken, it's certainly a place for the landscape photographer (but also for the wildlife photographer). The Western Isles are probably among the best for teh quality of lighting though, there's something unique about it (when it isn't drenched by rain). Have a look at some of the shots from Skye. I wan't lucky enough to capture the best of the lighting, but there's plenty about, especially around Elgol.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:23:35 PM »
On a monster road trip this summer, we stopped by Yellowstone and experienced one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever had:


IMG_6839 by yorgasor, on Flickr


IMG_6858 by yorgasor, on Flickr


IMG_6864 by yorgasor, on Flickr


IMG_6870 by yorgasor, on Flickr
Sunsets in stormy conditions can give some very stranage ans surreal colours, but I've never been lucky enough to be in position to get a photo, usually I find I'm driving to/from work. I can't make up my mind which is my favourite, probably one of the first two, but with a lightning strike :P.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:19:41 PM »
Another image from the old 7D and the 18-135mm Kit lens!
It just shows you can get decent landscape images even with bodies not necessarily designed for that sort of work.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:13:19 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm
NR with new DxO's Optics Pro 9
Thanks Ken, it's always good to see nice dragonfly images, mind you, I might get jealous :P. One thing I've been playing wtth recently in Lightroom, is reducing HSL of certain colours and green was one I was playing around with. If you're usnure whether or not the green is too much, it might be worth a play.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:02:58 PM »
And some other shots.


Backlit Mycenoid by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Male House Sparrow on Lobster Pot by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Roosting Treecreeper Vertical by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Looking up Strathconon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr
Love that third image Richard!  That's exactly why we miss so many shots, we don't see have of them, with their fine, built in camouflage!
Thanks Ken, that one is actually taken using a flash at around 11.00pm. Trying to hold a gripped camera in one hand and a flash in the other is quite challenging after a few attempts.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:01:39 PM »
A little bit of story telling in a sequence.

The capture.


Herring Gull with Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Breaking it open.


Herring Gull Dropping Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Lunch time.


Herring Gull Eating Crab by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr
Very Good! Takes more to tell a story ;)
Thanks, I went for a short story instead of a novel :P.
Richard, I love the way the background of clouds look in #2.   I find that I resist trying to capture the images anymore of the birds as they fly away, lord knows I have thousands of images of bird butts!  In this instance, it's quite appropriate though, as it helps the story unfold... Nice image! ;)
Thanks Ken, I also avoid AEV shots usually too, but it was the only way to get this one and the head of the gull is also visible, unusually, because it is looking down. After I processed these, I found a fourth image in between the water shot and the shot of it dropping the crab onto the beach to crack it open, where it is walking up the beach with it in its mouth.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 30, 2013, 03:55:28 PM »
Red Rock Canyon
Fairly simple composition Ken, but it works well.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 30, 2013, 03:54:17 PM »

Nice images ... I particularly like the second one

Thanks JR. It was one of those days where the light was in the lap of the gods. With the first shot, I waited around twenty minutes for the sun to light the mountains in the distance, but ended up with this one, taken soon after I'd set up, yet when we climbed the hill, it didn't look that promising, only to get the lighitng on the second.
Lighting of the gods indeed Richard!  That second one is one of those images that even if you missed it, you're glad you were there to experience it!  It feels wonderful, just looking at the image!  Thanks for sharing that one!

Was wondering also, not exactly sure the whereabouts of this area, are you in England or Scotland?  I have long unseen family in Newcastle and that area...
Thanks Ken. I actually live in the southwest of England, but I visit Scotland fairly regularly. The first two shots were taken in Strathconon, which is in the northeast of Scotland, around two thirds of the way up. The last was taken near to Glencoe, around half way up, near the west coast.
I also usually stop off in the Lake District, on the way up, which is on the northwest coast of England, in Cumbria. Cumbria is the northernmost county on the western half of England, before you end up in Scotland. It is also almost level with Newcastle, but on the other side of the Pennines. As a bit of trivia, Cumbria comes from the same root as the Welsh word for Wales, Cymru. They are taken from cymbrogi or compatriots in English.

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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 29, 2013, 03:20:23 PM »

And lets not even think about the word irony.  I am convinced that no one on the Internets Tubes seems to know really what that means.   ;D

It's ironic isn't it, that they don't understand the proper use of irony. ;)
Actually, that leads me back to cannot and the link to the German translation. While both languages tend to concatenate words to form new words, I think overall, modern German tends to concatenate more than modern English, although I haven't really done a comparison and my German vocabulary is pretty small.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:42:06 PM »
Lynx in a cold breeze and low autumn sun. There are only about 350 animals in around 60 family groups left of this beautiful animal here in Norway. One feels privileged to have seen it.
1DX, 200-400 f4L 1.4x at 560mm f5.6 1/2000s, ISO400
That's about 350 more than are left in the UK. Nice shot. I'm about 90% sure I saw a Scottish wildcat once (the rarest animal in the UK, around 400 left) and that set my heart racing at 5.45 on a cold March morning. I was so shocked, I can't even remember if I had my camera in my hand or in the rucksack.

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I had a 1.4x extender on, first time, I think the extender was still attached to the body, the second time it wasn't.

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