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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:30:18 PM »

The marsupials get all of the press but Australia has awesome birds!



Australia has all kinds of awesome animals. The women aren't too bad, either ;D

BTW, nice shot :)
+1
It has a dinosaur crown too!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:28:08 PM »
Awesome portrait! I am glad everyone on CR are level headed enough not to go all bat-S___ crazy over how intimate the portrait was.


fandf-15 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

At Feathers and Fur, a small experience centre near Reading, UK

Now THAT is a bird portrait!
Lovely! Just perfect.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:26:25 PM »
American Kestrel,  my spark bird.   Canon 7D and yes this is a wild bird.

Great shot Northbird.
+1

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:09:44 PM »
Rare for SoCal- a Reddish Egret
Lovely!

At first glance the wing and the beak combined looked to me like an umbrella!

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:36:08 AM »
Nice image, Sporgon. Is that your neck of the woods, or are you a music tourist?

 ;D  Thanks Nancy, are you referring to Benjamin Britten ? No I don't live near there, I'm in the North of England, and I'm afraid that Benjamin Britten is about the last composer I would travel to either listen to or haunt his local. Hope he wasn't a relative of yours ! My dislike probably stems from doing a Britten opera at school, Noye's Fludde, and it was just - well, noise !

If you are familiar with Aldeburgh I did a few panoramics which have been lost to filing and never used, so I'll show them here for you. They are actually sunrises but still in the spirit of the thread. The stainless steel shell sculpture caused a lot of controversy with the locals apparently. It has cut into it some of the lyrics from Britten's Peter Grimes: " I hear those voices that will not be drowned". I presume it is a memorial to both Britten and those that have lost their lives at sea working out of the fishing town.

You are outdoing yourself, Sporgon!
That shell is a true work of art. I hope you make money on shots like these - you deserve it.
+1

Lovely pictures Sporgon!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:40:54 PM »
March Fly in flight.


Wow! How did you manage to shoot this?

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 07, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
My wife suffered a severely broken ankle a few months ago and I have been playing care giver pretty much 24/7.  Consequently the camera gear has stayed stored away for a while.  But she finally recovered enough that I could leave her home alone for an hour or two and these 2 sunset shots from 2 nights this past week represent my reentry in to the craft.
Nice shots. Hope she makes a full recovery soon.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:36:22 PM »
Beautiful series Andy.
+1

Love the lone crane against the golden sky. (I thought it was a crane)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
Okay, I have resolved my DPP issue.  I had been using the most recent version 4.0.1.0 and that didn't seem to work.  I installed the one I got with the camera and that worked just fine.  The resulting test pictures (raw) out of the camera were great once they were converted to TIFF and then to LR and then to PS.  Attached image is unmodified except for the various transitions.  This is a 100 percent crop but reduced to 800 px.  The head is OOF but the feather detail is excellent. I'm happy.  Thanks to everyone for their help and input. 
Nice. So I am guessing that there was no difference between Live View and normal AF as you shoot through the viewfinder.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:21:21 PM »
I fixed mine with a lens adjustment.

here is a bluejay shot at ISO 1000 and 30% crop
BlueJay - 7Dmkii by Corey Hayes, on Flickr
Lovely!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:15:23 PM »
Silly question, but did you AFMA the lens? If you did, does shooting at twice the shutter speed you shot the picture earlier that was soft sort the issue? Is it soft when shooting from a stable tripod?

That would be my guess, the entire bird seems a bit OOF.

Testing with manual focus in 10x live view might be a good way to test if it's body or AF.
Also if live view on stand focuses better than the normal AF, you need to AFMA.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:36:21 PM »
Silly question, but did you AFMA the lens? If you did, does shooting at twice the shutter speed you shot the picture earlier that was soft sort the issue? Is it soft when shooting from a stable tripod?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:35:32 AM »
Thanks click, at least I haven't gotten chastized! ;)

Now here's one that might get me in trouble.  Can you find the birdy (without zooming in)?

Jack
That's a bird? Looks like a Komodo dragon to me :P

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:29:48 AM »
HereĀ“s one more, same model, camera and light setup, but with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4

1/250s, f4.0, ISO100

Well, not too much wrong with the Otus 85 then, lovely Images Eldar.

My Otus 85 is sitting in my Apartment, my Son picked it up for me, won't get to play until he meets us in December, Diving in Komodo, not with the Otus though.

This recent holiday I came away with all Zeiss Lenses with the exception of the 200f/2, challenges the Focussing skills that's for sure, especially in low light conditions.
+1
Lovely image. The lighting is just right.

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