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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Pet Portraits with 5D Mark III
« on: June 19, 2014, 06:21:12 PM »
Those were enjoyable - thanks for sharing - some wonderful angles used as well

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5D MK III Sample Images / Pet Portraits with 5D Mark III
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:23:16 AM »
Yesterday I had set up my portable photo studio to photograph a few real estate clients but afterward I had recalled our close friends acquired a 2 month old Great Dane which they named "Scooby" less than a week ago.  We typically watch their pets several times a year and thought with the studio up it was opportune to get pro shots of Scooby.

Anyone else out care to post their favorite pet photos taken with the 5D Mark III?

Here's my first..meet Scooby - taken with the 5D Mark III, 24-105 F4, Two Elinchrom Lights, 580 EX II hair line light (left rear about 7 feet high) and metered at 1/160, F11, ISO 400

"Scooby" the Great Dane puppy (IM5D_017490) by Anthony "Tony G" Gliozzo (Web Site is ocbirds.com), on Flickr

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Outside of shelling out 6800 USD for a 1DX, I am curious if any of you have found a good work around for the lack of Exposure control in Manual Mode on the 5D Mark III.  I've been reading up on Magic Lantern but don't see (at this point) a way to override and offer control of this feature.

This frustration comes when shooting Birds which are back lit.  Av mode is great when DOF control is needed which is almost always especially if a bird is at close range and positioned diagonal or any position other than horizontal.  Tv Mode is excellent of course if a bird is in flight or in motion so that you can determine the shutter speed yet both fall short of what each others' mode doesn't have yet they both offer Exposure compensation.  Manual Mode is therefore the best choice to get your DOF and Shutter selection however there's no control of Exposure Compensation for back lit subjects.  Evaluative Mode seems the best for metering especially when choosing AF Expansion Mode for in flight tracking.  Oddly, I've found that Exposure can be utilized in M mode if using bracketing but why take 3 shots to get one and add all those shutter counts to the camera?  I only shoot in RAW and can correct some of this in Light Room but then the image suffers from graininess when EV is at 0 in M mode.

Perhaps some of you may have your own techniques which I'd be very interested in learning.  Looking forward to any suggestions or thoughts on this and my searches here in the forum don't show much on previous threads regarding this issue.

Thanks in advance

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:31:10 AM »
PS not intending to steal this thread, but here's a female Northern (red-shafted) Flicker.  Note the pale colors which are accurate as the male version is far more colorful and with more contrast.  One option that may also help is if your camera has a setting which is set to sRGB you may be able to change that to Adobe RGB.  if you use LightRoom or Photoshop, sustain this color template during post process which offers greater color depth than sRGB and it may offer further accuracy.  You can almost always set your monitor and printer up for the Adobe 1998 RGB color profile so that all match from camera to print.

Keep up the great work on your bird pics..very nice first attempt entry and parts of Texas are a real birding paradise.


Northern Flicker (female) Red-shafted Western by Revup67, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:17:15 AM »
@Northstar - not sure I agree with the "little bit of punch" and certainly don't intend any disrespect but it appears the overall color and more notably the feathers have been altered with an unnatural purplish hue.  BirdseEye for the iPhone is currently housing over 100 of my images as well as the Mitch Waite group on their upcoming release of iBird Pro.  Bird accuracy and their display is paramount as they are reference points for the 1000's of birders using these apps as field guides (I realize that is not the case here but the OP is aiming for wildlife photography).  Many birds have similar overlaps such as the Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler and the Black-throated Green Warbler.  Enhancing color or saturation as an example could easily portray an incorrect species.

The bird at hand in the first 3 photos is a Tufted Titmouse should that help any and can be researched further here:  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/676/overview/Tufted_Titmouse.aspx (wish we had them here - we've only the Oak Titmouse (similar) and their call is excellent.

Personally, I enjoyed the Tufted Titmouse originals the way they are (display of accuracy and lighting is evenly balanced) and agree with the other poster on the Rebel as with most cropped sensors including the 7D image degradation sets in beyond ISO 800.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:51:05 AM »
Here's a Northern-rough Winged Swallow with symmetrical reflection.  One of the most difficult birds I've ever photographed from an in flight / motion standpoint.  5D III users set your camera to AI servo with CASE 5 when tracking this erratic flyer (if unfamiliar most swallow/swifts will have same rule of thumb when in flight)


Northern-rough Winged Swallow (13326) by Revup67, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:57:25 AM »
Keeping the flow

here's a Vermilion Male and Female Flycatcher taken with the 500mm II and 1.4 III today 3.8.14 - both were seen together and most unlikely visitors for our county

Male

Vermilion Flycatcher (male) (13413) eBird Rarity by Revup67, on Flickr

Female

Vermilion Flycatcher (female) (13401) eBird Rarity by Revup67, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:56:51 AM »
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I have a question for the 500+ guys - how many of you shoot bare glass (i.e. with no extenders?).  I was reviewing Art Morris' blog posts the other day and noticed that he almost always has an extender (usually the 2x!) on his 600mm.  I realize he has a style that requires close shots, but it mirrored my experience with the 800mm.  It just didn't seem long enough - or should I say it was too long for stuff that was close to mid-distance but not long enough for nesting eagles and such

500mm F4 IS II without extender 20% of the time
500mm F4 IS II with 1.4 extender 65% of the time
400mm F5.6 without extender 10% of the time
400mm F5.6 with extender 5% of the time

I've been in situations where the 500 with the 1.4 is simply too much.  if I've got the time and the bird is less likely to take off such as with the Turkey Vulture head shot I'll disengage the extender and shoot the 500mmm straight away.  The 400 is quite sharp about half the weight and great for longer distance hikes (entire day) though when attaching the 1.4 III you only get center AF points (5 to be exact - cross shaped) or single point.  On the 500mm all AF selections are available.

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:51:00 PM »
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How do those of you hiking with the 500 handle it?

We're all different but I hand hold this 500mm IS II, 1.4 extender, 5D Mark III around my neck for about 3 hours with hiking included.  I alternate with right hand grabbing by the collar as if I was carrying a baseball bat to offer an example.  I sometimes put my my left hand under the hood and hold with right hand at collar or just carry upright with left hand on cone handle and right on camera grip.  The tripod and gimbal are in my opinion just unnecessary every second counts with shooting birds.  I won't lie, it's a bit cumbersome and sometimes you want that resting option in which this scenario does not offer.  I usually carry along a Samsung Note II to track birds and play calls if needed, sometimes binos and it does take some getting used too..somewhat of a juggling act.  Ultimately, you just know in the back of your head all the discomforts that this may bring on is reaped afterwards when viewing the end results.  It just doesn't disappoint.  I've a friend that uses the 300 2.8 and swears by it and its a great lens but I personally graduated from the 400 to the 500 as for smaller targets the 300 is simply a stretch and with birds you typically can't get close enough thus the extra focal range is needed.  Hope this helps.

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:35:02 PM »
@eml58 you wrote: 
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But the 500f/4 II has almost as much versatility, lower entry price by a significant margin, and as you say, will get you out to 700 without reverting to the 2x converter, which I'm not enamoured of.

Your issue I would guess would be having the 500 & not having the 300, you will miss that f/2.8 a lot of the time, but if you could have both ??  Almost heaven.

Would agree with all you say though I have found at close range (MFD min. focal distance) with smaller birds that 2.8 (though offering more light) doesn't do much as the DOF disappears quickly.  Even with the 500 @ F4 I've noticed this.  That being said for birds at closer range, I typically up the F stop to 8 or more to capture more DOF from the crown to the tail.  I rarely use F4 unless my subject is off in the distance and I am needing more light. 

Sample at close range at F8 with 500 IS II and 1.4 III (wish I had chosen a smaller F stop such as F16 in this instance - diffraction considered) as the detail diminishes quickly as you may note. (no right or wrong here, just my opinion and lesser desire for wider apertures with wildlife at close range)


California Thrasher (12595) by Revup67, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:30:08 PM »
@johnf3f - you are a brave soul to carry all that gear.   the 800 is one fine lens so a congrats back to you as well!  I think with shooter larger birds, the 600 was too much reach as I've cut off wings and other body parts on birds like Pelicans.  it is as you as portray a top notch lens for smaller birds.  if you have a link on flickr would like to see your work.

@Dylan - Bolsa Chica is fabulous isn't it?  Don't get up there as often as I would like but noted there is also a Flickr group dedicated to just Bolsa Chica.  I've been at the Pacific Coast Highway entrance and also the entrance off Bolsa Chica Street (prefer this entrance especially) to see the Northern Harrier's, White-tailed Kites, Osprey and other raptors.  Wonderful photo by the way.

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:47:52 PM »
Thanks Carl and Neuro.

@Nancy wrote: 
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Thanks for the review. Does the cone grip help you keep your elbow against your body? Yes, the description of your fitness is very pertinent. I too shoot with the 400mm f/5.6L hand held, which is like a toy lens compared with one of the f/4 or f/2.8 lenses. One of my concerns is not being able to hand hold the 600mm lens, and I am indeed working with dumbbells to increase arm and upper core strength. I am guessing that I am going to need to get to at least 15# in endurance style sets, but what do I know? At any rate, once I get to my desired fitness level,  I am going to rent first the 600mm and then if that's too heavy the 500mm.

Nancy - yes that cone does help either against the belly or free holding (ps don't by the camera grip by Cinevate.  Got that as a replacement / upgrade for the plastic one I have and had issues with it)  Try searching or even calling B and H for a camera grip 1/4" that threads into that lens foot.  I also wrapped the lens foot base with black foam that you see around A/C central air units piping. 
Thanks for agreeing on the fitness.  I shoot with a friend that opts not to workout and he does carry a tripod and gimbal around.  We're all different and find whatever works best for each of our needs.  I applaud your strategy and think that is an excellent way to go.  The hardest part of all this (I shoot almost exclusively birds) is juggling binoculars and a cell phone for bird ID and tracking along with the camera gear.  The Samsung Note II goes in the back pocket but when the need to log a species is evident (frequent of course) that juggling aspect of phone and camera gear can be a bit daunting.  I find I am best suited with the camera gear and phone only (no binos though I wish) as its simply overwhelming at that point.

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:55:38 PM »
Hi Neuro - sorry for that long delay to your question - ultimately I chose the Canon 500mm F4 IS II.  The MTF charts showed slightly better than the 600 and also thought the 600 was too much reach to have as a constant focal length.  Grabbed the Canon 1.4 III tele for the extra reach when needed.

Got the 500mm for just under 8600.00 - new and from a Canon Authorized dealer vs. the 11,799 for the 600.  For 3k+ in savings it made a bit more sense.  With the savings I grabbed the 1.4 tele for $425 and a 600AW II trekker for about $150 and gave the balance to the wife :)

Here's a photo from a few days ago with the 500mm straight - no tele


"Coming To A Dinner Table Near You" - Turkey Vulture (Bust shot) (13171) by Revup67, on Flickr


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Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 28, 2013, 03:21:50 AM »
I'm wondering why this post by the CR admin didn't rate this as a CR1, CR2, etc.

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The current 400 f5.6 L is a great lens but it could use IS for sure.
Unfortunately the replacement rumor has been circulated since 2009 on the Internet and it is still just a rumor.

I couldn't agree more and also don't believe the 400mm 5.6 will disappear.  As an example, you can still get multiple versions of the 24-70 L lens.  The 400mm lens is inexpensive and razor sharp as it is.  I find that shooting 1/1600 with birds in flight is still simply not fast enough. IS will only offer improvements with IQ at 1/400 or slower.  For you birders out there waiting,  just get this incredible lens as you may be missing many great shots while you ponder.  This one taken at 1/5000 note the slight blur on rear wing of this Allen's Hummingbird.  I'm not sure how much better a newer 400 can get than this


Allen's Hummingbird in flight (9103) by Revup67, on Flickr

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The Spot AF is ideal for macro focusing and ties in with Canon's Macro lenses such as the 100 2.8 II (and other 3rd party macro lenses I am sure).  This AF is not an everyday practical choice of AF and since you are shooting at a distance it would rule out the usage of Spot AF for macro.  Focal chose the Single AF point as its the optimum choice of Canon's AF choices for this application.

Rev

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