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This is what I came home with. For this image used a 6D instead of a 60D. Some LR and Nik

1/2500 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 1000
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x III

Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve near Willows, CA

Photography Technique / Game Ranches for photography
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:29:38 PM »
Only recently I've become aware of game ranches for photography in the US.

I watched a dpreview of the 7dII at a game ranch in Montana, DD, I think. When I looked at the fees, it was like $350 for 90 minute experience photographing a prime animal such as a snow leopard.

In the Bay Area, there is a safari place near Santa Rosa, and I think San Diego Zoo has a wildlife park.

What game ranches have you photographed at? Prices? Positive/Negatives?

Note to Admins: please consider a section such as, Where to photograph


Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:06:46 PM »
I follow and have set-up google alerts

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:17:54 PM »
6D, 16-35mm at 35mm; 1/100 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 50

LR and Nik

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:25:44 AM »
60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM ; 1/800 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 100 some LR and Nik and Exposure 5

Canon General / Drawing for Canon Gear
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:16:16 PM »
I follow Jeff Cable on FB. He photographs the Olympics, some motor sports, hockey and Bat Mitzvahs

Multiple vendors have provided him gear to give away, so there is a drawing

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2014, 12:12:53 PM »
House Finch; San Jose

60D with some LR and Nik

EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +2x III 
1/3200 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 1000

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:07:03 PM »
60D; iso 1000; 70-200mm w/2x teleconverter; f5.6; 1/2500

Some LR and Nik

Any tips for photographing sky-filling BIFs at sunset?

Birds, ducks, geese etc are arriving around the Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve. At around sunset they take off en mass for the surrounding rice fields for some munchies.

Should I focus close to the ground as they take off? All the BIF at sunset pics I've seen are silhouette of birds against either a dark sky, or, if lucky, the sun as it sets

I will be using 60D, 70-200 with 2x III teleconverter

Software & Accessories / Source of Sci-fi digital backgrounds?
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »
I will photographing a Cosplay event at the end of the month in Fremont and was thinking of using chromakey background and then insert a Sci-fi background.

I've seen the DVDs on ebay and Amazon, but can anyone recommend a specific source or DVD they have used? Thx

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:59:28 PM »
EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at 35mm 
30.0 sec;   f/22;   ISO 160

LRcc; Dfine2, Exposure 5

Upper Antelope Canyon

Editorial: I have mixed feelings about photographing Upper Antelope Canyon. I chose a photo-specific tour, with a Max 12 of photographers. What really happened, there are about six other Navajo tour companies offering tours of Antelope Canyon, some with photo tours, and others, with regular tourists. When I signed up I thought, great, only 12 max togs, yet, that was so far from the truth it makes politicians look like they are telling the truth. There was over 75 tourists streaming through the canyon. I felt I spent most of my time up against a canyon wall waiting for the masses to get by. When you get to the end of the canyon, you are required to double back, so, while one horde is coming in, another horde is leaving.

I went off-season during a mid-week day.

I don't think I would ever go back during the in-season when the beams of light make there appearance because the in-season visitors increase...think of Disneyland in July.

1. Consider using 3m stick to the wall hooks to hang the dress. They come in different sizes.

2. The diagonal background of the blog boxes make the text harder to read.

3. Liked your post about group posting, getting the people off a straight line

Some ideas (I live in San Jose).

Option 1: spend more time in Monument Valley, Page, AZ, St. George, UT and Death Valley, then go straight to Portland

Option 2: Drive from Death Valley/Vegas to Los Osos, CA. visit San Simeon; drive up Highway One, through Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Selfies at Google/Apple, San Francisco, Pt Reyes, Ft Bragg (skunk steam train), Redwood National Forest, Portland

Reviews / Scott Kelby's college football game using 7II
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:39:36 PM »

Scott used a 7II for the action shots

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