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Photography Technique / Re: Photographing Ghosts / UV Photography?
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:14:00 AM »
I just use the camera the way it is. I find that ghost photography works best after several glasses of 18 year old scotch.....

I am sober....don't believe this is a ghost , the cat doesn't sense anything...usually they do  ::)
But, I am willing to go for that 18 year old scotch  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:45:08 AM »
Northern gannet, Bempton, E Yorkshire in England.

(Click for bigger).
Canon 7D, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS, handheld.

O, what a wonderful shot, Keith !
Amazing sharp while flying towards you. And what an expression on the birds face.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:49:49 AM »
Yes patience is a big factor.
I'm not really a "birder" though I must admit I am becoming one.
I come from doing a lot of spots and landscape photography, but I just love to get out into the bush around town, mostly just to get out of the house for a break ... I'm slef employed and work from home, so getting out is easy, and a bit of a walk around is nice, plus I got out to take landscapes .... in between birds come around so I keep a tele handy also.
I find stalking the prey enjoyable .. as I only have a short lens, I have to get close, and it's the hunt to get close I enjoy ... if I had say an 800 with a 2x and crop camera, I could sit in my lounge room and get the shot, but a short lens make me work for the shot.
I have recently met a birder who has just moved down here, and he posts shots up on the facebook page of the IBOC site, he is putting up shots of all these birds I have hardly even heard of ...
This takes me to what I wanted to say .... this guy knows all the habits of the birds and can pretty must rock up at the right time or he knows where to look for them.
So knowing your birds, or what ever it is you are looking for is a big part of being able to get the shot.
I am learning a lot about our local wildlife now and starting to know where to look for them.
In fact last week I found a southern Boobook nest from knowing a little bit about where they would nest.
The next test is to get a shot of it at night flying ...
I saw a youtube video interview of two young wildlife photographers of the year, this one young guy shoots wildlife with a wide angle lens ...
His winning shot was of an owl swooping down to get a mouse he had placed on the camera and triggered with a remote ... I so want a shot like that..
Anyway, get to know your subject ... and then have patience.

Get to know your subject....is doing a lot of research. If I want to take landscape or birdshots I have to get out from the area I live (city) and travel. But there is one more factor to add.....time. I have a regular day-time job making about 50 hours a week, having a family with 2 young kids makes it difficult to find the time. Adn, once I have the time....raining! Anyway, I keep visiting Canon Rumors to get inspired. Such wonderful photos and talent here! So thanks for sharing your photos.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:21:51 AM »
Thanks Candyman.

Here's another of the Sea Eagles ... I came to this spot a few days in a row at the same time and caught this Sea Eagle with the same catch. This day his mate was there and I watched them squabble over it for about an hour ... so funny watching the other one slowly move closer and take a bite and rip a bit off etc.
Wow, excellent shot! Patience is one of the most important factors to get these kind of shots

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:42:18 AM »
Very nice series Omni Images!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:11:25 AM »
400mm + 1.4x TC = IQ went down a bit

You need the 600mm  ;D 

Great photo!

Let's hope these are not Canon "Big Splash at Photokina" items

Exactly what I was thinking  ???

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:04:02 PM »
Okay, one more -

What is your least used piece of gear, or pieces of gear?

Mine: my 430EX and 580EXIII Speedlites.  I love natural light and use my Lastolite reflectors/diffusers or Einsteins most of the time I need to add or modify light.
+1 on the 580EXII. I use it only with he 24-105 and indoor events. But, these days my combination indoor is 24-70 & 70-200 & 50A

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:16:59 PM »

candyman's last image looks kind of similar, but I'm not sure it's too much sharpening. The "&" symbol has a weird glow to it. Maybe it's how the exposure was adjusted to make the scene look natural with the wide dynamic range, or maybe it's HDR?

Very good spotted: HDR
I may have done a bit too much adjustment but wanted to show a bit of the interior. This shop has an enormous amount of things, little things....

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:04:51 PM »
6D  -  16-35mm f/4 IS  @ 17mm
f/6.3  -  ISO200  -  1/320

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:43:47 PM »
I hope they bring back the f/1.0 - just sharper!

+1...without focus shift. Sharp from wide open to f2.8

Sharp ... you mean like how the Sigma 50/1.4 Art is sharp? Or sharp as in how the 50/1.2L is sharp?

Nice try Dilbert, we already had this one. Unless you expect a slow weekend  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:43:32 AM »
Awesome. Great first post...And welcome to CR  :)

Keep posting!

Thanks!  Looking forward to participating more.  Can't wait to see what, if anything, becomes of the rumored 7D mk II...would love to update my 7D to another 1.6 crop sensor body but with better image quality and lower noise at high ISOs.

P.S. how do I change the SX50 that appears under my screen name?  Don't know how that got there.

By posting a lot  8)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:42:16 AM »
Black Skimmer juvenile ALMOST able to fly. Taken from a Kayak

60D + 100-400mm at 400mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/1250

Nice catch, that must be still water - or how do you keep the Kayak still?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:41:13 AM »
Silent Water

Very nice Dylan. He/she is looking for a fish ...eh?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:39:45 AM »
Saw this beauty parked next to my car in our staff car park - had to get a shot.

It was really dark and was worried someone might run me over as i was almost horizontal on the tarmac.

85mm, 1/160, f1.2, ISO2000.
Cool shot and car, but the license plate is hilarious - intentionally or not, I'm not sure, but in the U.S. My Little Pony was a animated TV show for little girls:

Ha,ha,ha...so the owner could be female - it does not always have to be the boy with his toy  ;D

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