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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:41:52 AM »
Overlooking the south Laguna Beach up on the cliffs

Sunset @ Badlands Park Laguna Niguel, CA by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:02:38 AM »
a Pacific-slope Flycatcher..taken at Casper's Park..southern California.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (7142) by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:17:30 AM »
Excellent Eagle shots Bill

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) by Revup67, on Flickr

Because of this Vultures high contrast and lack of color it is typically a difficult bird to properly expose while in flight.  Finally this one turned out quite well.  The ambient light at this very moment was just ideal as well as the bird's altitude for a 400mm on a full frame.  It's tricky as you have to overexpose by 1-2 full stops to get the under carriage but then that kills the white beak..even highlight recovery is useless at that point.

Lenses / Re: Focusing Problem with 600mm f/4.0L IS II with 1.4X Extender
« on: February 17, 2013, 11:46:16 PM »
Wade..in calling Canon only yesterday and with a mere 5.6 L 400mm I had a difficult time focusing on a bird.  In speaking with canon that asked I checked the outside temps which were within normal range at 79° F, check the limiter either on this lens 3.5m or 8.5m and I was a good 30 feet away so either was OK (not sure what limiters if any are on the 600mm), made sure AI servo was off and on One Shot with single AF point (not the one used for Macro - saw your disclaimer that you had checked this.  It boiled down to there was not enough contrast that causes my lens not to focus properly.  Ultimately I wound up doing a manual focus.  I think you hit all the right steps but did you include the calculated MFD with the extender attached ?  I didn't see any notes on the eagle as to how far away your were and if you met the MFD total of lens and XTDr combined.

Neuro thanks for the fabulous breakdown on your use of Focal..excellent.  I have found all my shots on all 9 lenses are razor sharp now with Focal but as you say you need excellent lighting or don't waste your time and no vibration..stable flooring is key.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 16, 2013, 10:54:36 PM »
Anna's Hummingbird - up close n' personal

Anna's Hummingbird - Quail Hill by Revup67, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 03, 2013, 03:05:28 PM »
Public Access day at the Limestone Canyon park allowed for fabulous hiking, birding and breath-taking views such as this one. (in Orange County, CA)

"West Loma Trail" 3 Limestone Canyon - Southern California by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 30, 2013, 12:25:44 AM »
Corey..a very impressive photo indeed..do you recall you settings other than AI servo?  especially interested in which AF setting, shutter and exposure..thanks..Rev

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 29, 2013, 10:27:53 PM »
So many great shots on this page 55 ..don't know where to start..Steven, Anand - those owl photos are truly incredible..keep 'em coming!

Got up close 'n personal yesterday with this American Kestrel.  Upon existing the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, this usually skittish bird allowed me a few quick shots before taking off.  Though all were quite nice, this one is perhaps the best

American Kestrel by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:11:48 AM »
My first shot of a Northern Harrier..this one is a beauty !

Northern Harrier by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:08:40 PM »
I was thrilled to be able to capture this shot..a White-tailed Kite.  Not a common bird to start with and his haunting eyes against the white feathers make this raptor somewhat eerie.


White-tailed Kite by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2013, 09:24:37 PM »
right you are..typical juvenile markings with the barring on the breast..another fine shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:05:22 PM »
I ran my Bird App and pulled up the Acorn Woodpecker.  I placed a few calls and about 5 entered the scene.  However, this is a very strange shot as this thin branch won't leave much room for a hole to plant his food.  He was either elated with the calls or wanted to leave room at the previous branch as a "gentleman like" courtesy.

Acorn Woodpecker Male by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:29:02 PM »
A Male Red-winged Blackbird perched in a barren tree adjacent to a wildlife pond.  They have the most incredible bird calls.  Noisy at times, but most diverse especially when in a cluster.

Red-winged Blackbird (Male) by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:33:48 PM »
DND..love the shots..owls are fascinating - thanks for sharing.

Here's a Say's Phoebe in Flight.  They have such a unique flight pattern:   Buoyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats., Hovers, dips for prey.  I witnessed them land on a branch.  They wait a minute, fly very close to the tree over an open area then flutter and hover for about 20 seconds then fly back.  Its a repeated process and intriguing to watch.

Say's Phoebe by Revup67, on Flickr

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