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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 26, 2013, 01:07:34 PM »
One of my best shots. At least for yesterday..  ;)
I managed to annoy a Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) by not moving out of its way and insisting to stick around and photograph him/her.
Was the national anthem being played while you photographed him?

He has his hand to his heart!

Abstract / Re: A crack in the universe
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:52:17 PM »
I still can't figure out your photo, but its awesome! And I love all these puns, funny folks in this thread!
Funny? Funny??? You call us funny? Bah! That is the rest of them. Not I!!! ;)

I just got my camera back from the Irvine Service Center today, 4/25/13, and it still had the same firmware in it........1.1.3.   I sent it in for sensor cleaning and asked them to update the sensor and they said they would do it...... I didn't write it in the service request though.
Not surprised.

I believe that even if you did, they would not load it unless it was "released". But then that is just my opinion...

Lenses / Re: Need help choosing lenses.
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:58:39 PM »
For your 60D, I think the 15-85 is still your best option for a walk around lens, and it sells for around $750.  Canon doesn't have any EF-S "L" lenses for some reason, but the 15-85 and 17-55 are fully "L" quality.  Personally, I think the 15-85mm is superior to the 24-105L optically and has a much better focal length (on the wide end) on a crop body.

Any of the standard zooms with an L designation start at 24mm, which is 38mm equivalent on a 60D.  That is just not wide enough for a general purpose zoom.

The EF-S 15-85 and 17-55 both hold their value pretty well also if you plan to sell later if you move to a FF body.
Entirely agree. If you are buying just one lens for the 60D, get the 15-85. When you multiply by 1.6 to get the FF equivalent you have 24-136...

Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:54:40 PM »
Works for 80-90% of my every day shooting...  It's not the best at any one thing, but very good at many things...
So I woke up in the morning and asked myself this question. Guess what, the answer is still "yes"!

But then I don't have over two thousand dollars for a 24-70L II... So I would not know what I am missing...

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:35:44 PM »
5DIII 300 2.8L IS - Final Discovery Flight into DC.
Nice! End of an era! I guess like the Apollo program all space program's will end and some others will start up. Btw I did not realise that the tail plane of the jumbo had stabiliser fins!

Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:25:20 PM »
Three answers come to mind:
"To Win Friends and Influence People" (or to meet girls ;D ).
To not would be to rob the world of a genius.   ::)
When you have the camera, no one is pointing one at you.
I had not figured the third one :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:55:14 PM »
I really wish i could figure out what he was thinking at this exact moment.
5DIII and 24-70 2.8II at 2.8

A friend of mine summarizes a dog's thoughts with regards to eating something as:

"There is a chance that this might be edible, so, to be safe, I better eat it."

Love the shot!

The dog I had 15 years back used to do that - look at the biscuit and drool. Then all I needed to say is "Fluffy, give" and she would snatch it up - not eat it but move sufficiently far away :)
She did not want to share her biscuits...

Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:45:21 PM »
I used to like this lens more. Then I began to appreciate prime lenses. All of a sudden this zoom becomes mediocre. It's performance is average but it's versatile. I am debating whether to sell it to fund a sigma 35. But I'm afraid I'll regret selling a general zoom. Plus it's not worth as much as when  I bought it. For those of you who own this zoom, do you still use it very much? I realize it's unfair to compare a zoom with a prime but I promise myself not to add a lens without selling one. What a dilemma...
Yes. For primes I have the 40mm and the 100L. I would still shoot with the 24-105 when the light is good. I guess I have been spoilt by zooms and am a lazy photographer. I would rather not change lenses. I guess I have never shot with the f1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2 so I probably don't know what I am missing...

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:38:45 PM »
I really wish i could figure out what he was thinking at this exact moment.
5DIII and 24-70 2.8II at 2.8
That's easy!
"Wow! A big ameba! Now if I wait long enough it will multiply by dividing! Yum!"

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:34:16 PM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
Ooops, it was meant as a joke, due to the mouthfull of dog hair that it has in its beak........ :-\

When we brush our dog, in the springtime the hairs go into the feeder shown so birds can take them as nesting material.

Cheers Brian
That's an idea! It is summer now and both dogs will start shedding soon!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:04:59 AM »
Its a damn sight more interesting than my attempt at the last Space Shuttle night launch ever. Mind you I was 14 miles or so away so I could never frame anything like as tight as you did, so I didn't bother trying.

You guys are lucky bugs! The only rockets I see are firecrackers!

Lenses / Re: Need help choosing lenses.
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:51:28 PM »
Like the folks have said 15-85 can be your walkabout lens. If you want to go long, look at the 70-200 and 70-300 options. These should be L glass. No point getting the non-L. You could look at the 55-250 but that would be a compromise compared to L glass. Typically you want to keep your lens for a looooooong time :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:43:16 PM »
sunrise over lake ontario - ISO 640, f3.5, 20 seconds

Yup! Excellent shot Chuck!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:40:54 PM »
Full 180.  You must have been hanging upside down for that one!  :)

Bit of fun from a concert/benefit I shot the other day for Burning Man.

1Dx, 8-15 f/4 Fish, 600 EX RT

She was, I had placed my camera on the speaker deck she was hanging above. The flash stopped her but let the background blur a bit due to the music, which is exactly what I wanted. Super excited as the company she works for contacted me for a full head-shot session of all their dancers.
Congratulations! Great shot and technique. It is shots like this that make me want a 8-15...

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