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It happened to me twice in one day a couple of weeks ago, while attached to my 300 f/2.8 and using a Black Rapid RS-7. The first time I was taking it out of my rucksack, it detached itself, hit the end of the boot on the minibus we were travelling in, then landed back side down on gravel, so a relatively soft landing, but it did  scratch the screen. The second time, I had checked it was connected five seconds earlier, but it still detached as soon as I let go. Luckily, it landed on the quick release plate and that took most of the force, taking a gouge out of it, plus a few scratches on the battery grip, no marks on the body. The day before, it had partly disconnected a couple of times and I only realised when the shutter didn't respond (luckily I was just checking exposure). Ironically, as soon as I attached the BR strap through the Canon one on the body, it didn't do it again, almost as if it knew :P. It seemed to be shooting fine afterwards, although I don't have any AFMA set on the MkIII, as I haven't seemed to need it (I also haven't got around to testing it).

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:33:17 AM »

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.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:25:32 AM »
Interesting how neither Grey or the guy / guyess in the rumoured 100-400 II photo are using hoods. Have hoods gone out of fashion ?

Greg was using the new (at the time), Nikon 80-400 which he tends never to use the Hood on, he also uses the Nikon 200-400 but keeps the Hood on.

I've sort of followed suit as it seems to work, the Canon 70-200 I don't use the Hood (it's so small in any case), the 200-400 I do but that's mostly because it's the new Baby so gets extra care and attention.

If I have the Sun forward of the front element I'll generally put the Hood on, otherwise I tend to leave them off, at this point I've had very little issue with flare on any of my Canon Lenses.

Just to add to the discussion on hoods....Personally, i hardly ever use them.
In certain lighting conditions, hoods don't just protect against flare, they'll also improve contrast. When the light source is directly in front or behind or if it is even lighting, they probably wouldn't have much effect, but with side lighting where you may have incident light striking the lens element, they could be the important extra lift to an image.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:27:25 PM »
Following on from the blurred foreground in the 135 thread, here are some similar with the 300 f/2.8.


Flemen Response by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Goat through the Undergrowth by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:16:07 PM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm
Unusual, but probably a bit more typical of what you see. I didn't manage to get anything this time, I couldn't really see the hills on the opposite side of Ullswater and rain and wind tend to play havoc with lens elements and filters :P.
Here are a some of my favourites from Scotland instead.


Looking up Strathconon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Sunlit River Conon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Evening on the River Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Thanks Richard. Sorry to hear your Lake District trip was a wash out; mine was too. I have attached a few incidental pictures from our last trip - I go with my partner in Building Panoramics. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling on us. That's the trouble with the Lakes, it should be called the Rain District.

Great light in those last two pictures of yours. Looks like you were luckier in Scotland.

@ Gilbo65, many thanks. The subtle colours in the clouds were beautiful. Love your high key shot of the Haystack Rock.
Thanks Sporgon, you're right, I was much luckier. The second from last is one of the few landscapes I've done without a tripod and filters (we were travelling light up the mountain, stalking deer). I like the clours on the gate shot.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:08:22 PM »

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 24, 2013, 05:37:45 PM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm
Unusual, but probably a bit more typical of what you see. I didn't manage to get anything this time, I couldn't really see the hills on the opposite side of Ullswater and rain and wind tend to play havoc with lens elements and filters :P.
Here are a some of my favourites from Scotland instead.


Looking up Strathconon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Sunlit River Conon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Evening on the River Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:40:18 PM »
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2


Nice one ... good work with the foreground too!

I really like to include a foreground element with the 135L when possible because it does such a good job with both foreground and background bokeh.  Doing that always adds an extra bit of depth to the image.
I like adding a bit of foreground blur too, especially with lenses like the 135 and the 300 f/2.8, which have such a nice smooth OOF blur. Not only does it give an image more of an artistic feel, it also adds a sense of looking through the undergrowth and being there.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:36:30 PM »
I was out of the vehicle down on the river bank shooting Elephants crossing the stream about 200 metres down stream, didn't see this Young Bull come around the Bend behind us, he didn't really see us until opposite us, then he just dropped his head & charged us, the chap with me Greg DeToit (He just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013) stood up & raised his arms and yelled at the Young Bull, he eventually stopped about 5 Metres from us and kicked & blew water all over us.


Shot with 1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/4 & 1/250th ISO400

Northern South Africa near the Border with Mozambique.

Wow Edward, I just cancelled my reservation to join you on your next safari !

Perhaps he thought your 1Dx with 200-400 was a white trunk'd rival.

Great shot.
No sense of adventure :P.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:35:12 PM »

The interesting thing was that once I downloaded the images I noted this Guy had one Blue & one Brown eye, didn't notice it at the time.

I can't imageine why you didn't notice at the time :P.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:04:29 AM »
As a little perspective. If you cropped the 5DMkIII 1.3x, you would end up with roughly a 13 MP image, compared to the 16 MP image of a 1D MkIV.
I was also considering a used 1D MkIV for wildlife to replace my 7D which gets limited use now I have the MkIII (until funds were diverted elsewhere :P). The frame rate isn't often needed, but when it is, there is no substitute. Also, I was told by the UK CPS rep, that while the MKIII AF is more accurate, the 1D MkIV AF is faster, because of the batteries driving the motor. That may also be an important factor, although I don't know how big the difference is.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:15:26 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.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:11:47 PM »
It's beginning to make me think I should dig out my 44-4 that came with my old Zenith.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:09:13 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.

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