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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: August 08, 2013, 04:05:00 AM »
A bit of fun from Cornamucklagh Donkey Derby Festival

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:38:58 AM »
70-200 @ f/8, against a white wall with soft light from both sides of the subject....
When I was taking my baby's photo for his passport at 1 month old, I found the minimum focal distance of the 70-200 too great. A ring flash was great for even illumination.
I used the 100L + MR-14EX flash, with the baby lying on a white towel on the floor. f9 and 1/100th. The mistake I made with the first couple were not leaving enough space to allow cropping to size with the eyes on the right line. It actually worked better when I took in landscape rather than portrait, and cropped to portrait.
Attached is the photo we used. Not a great photo, but meets the exacting requirements for an Irish Passport.
(ps my baby has been on a Ferry, but not on a plane.....)

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:47:34 PM »
Missing something......

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Horses
« on: June 16, 2013, 03:46:53 PM »
Slightly less natural environment....

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:21:45 PM »
Simple enough photo... but shows why I love this lens
5D2 1/1250 f2.8 ISO100

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: May 26, 2013, 06:21:02 PM »
Tiger at Tayto Park, Co Meath, Ireland
Shot through perspex
5D2 70-200 2.8L II @2.8, 1/800, ISO 100

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Sports / Re: Hurling
« on: April 27, 2013, 04:52:43 PM »
I think these are excellent - it can be pretty hard to get the ball in shot and in focus in such a fast moving sport. Number 3 is also my favourite

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:50:30 PM »

Nice effect but looks like a montage - is it a single frame or has the horse and rider been added ?

Looks like a very frosty Irish morning !

Thank you - appreciate the nice comments

Single frame
Very hurried shot - and the shutter speed was not high enough (taken 5D2 24-105 1/320 f4 ISO200 - fairly heavy crop) - some post in Aperture and Niksoft - may be I was a little heavy handed with my post processing (which was mainly to lighten the foreground) which is why it looks like a composite - just for interest a very down-scaled jpg of the straight out of camera is attached
If we have a similarly beautiful dawn I would love to retake with my brand new 70-200 2.8 and be smarter (or quicker) setting the camera up

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:03:32 AM »
One I got in December

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Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 26, 2013, 05:59:38 PM »
Quality and Range of Lenses.

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:57:38 AM »
I want to win!

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Lenses / Re: do image stabilisers decrease image quality?
« on: November 07, 2012, 04:35:45 PM »
EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II
Image Stabilization & a very sharp lens

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:54:51 AM »
mine is a bit different, but i find myself spending time looking at it, and it's interesting IMO.

I was at the zoo, and took this shot of the two griz bears playing....what I caught in the reflection of the windows made the shot much more interesting.

this image is not edited other than a little bit of exposure/sharp/sat/contrast.

i'm curious what others think of this shot...comments welcome.


This is reminiscent to me of the 2003 winner of Wildlife Photographer of the year -
Gerhard Schulz -  Gorilla and Boy
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/12/1071125653861.html

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:15:49 AM »
Is it just me or do gary's shots of these animals on the previous pages just don't look "THAT" awesome. They seem grainy, a bit blurry here and there and the bokeh is just not beautiful. Compared to other shots posted here, these look more like rebel than 1dx. No offense, but I really want to know what's wrong cause that is not what you await from a $13000 setup (1dx+200mm 2.0)

Couldn't disagree more. I keep revisiting this thread specifically to see Gary's animal shots, which are simply amazing. Your comments and the photos I see from Gary simply don't match.
Having come on and been so rude with your first post, you now owe it to the forum to post examples of your own amazing work.
PS - how to tell when someone is going to cause offense - when they preface their remarks "no offense"

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Lenses / Re: Portrait Lens
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:53:36 AM »
I have both the 24-105 and the 100L Macro
I absolutely love the 100L - but still take many more pictures with the 24-105

If I had to get one, it would be the zoom, even though I prefer the 100L

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