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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:33:24 PM »
One of my favorites so far for 2013:



Very nice shot Mack!
Very nice shot! I like the Crane one too. The difference is that the black head is merging with the black in the rest of the body...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:32:06 PM »
From yesterday.... a handful of food around here and you are almost guaranteed to get a few chickadees

What a wonderful image Don!  This brings me back to my boyhood!  I grew up on Cape Cod and we had Chickadees all over the place!  I never see them here in Central Florida but I'm told they're around...

I remember every winter, we would stand out on our back deck and have some suet and sunflower seeds in our hands and the Chickadees would come and actually land on our outstretched hands and take seeds and/or suet from us!  It was really neat.  I miss there song too!

Thanks for posting, it's a really sharp image!  As Carol Burnett used to say, "thanks for the memories!"  :D
From the spring.... hope you enjoy them...The last one was a bit tricky trying to do everything with one hand while the bird hopped around on the other hand...

Ha!  Yes, Don!  That's exactly what I'm talking about!  Thank you so much!  Very enjoyable for me indeed!  I appreciate you taking the time to find them and post them... I miss those little rascals!

I remember when I was a kid, I had names for them and thought at the time that I could tell one from another from my backyard families of Chickadees!  lol... I did learn their songs well and could call them in at almost anytime...

Thanks again my friend, that was very cool!  8)
Very cool pictures!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:04:04 PM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)

Very nice RPT!  I like the lighting too!
Thanks. There is a lot of shade in the garden due to trees. The sun had just peeked over the clouds and so you see this mixture of light coming thru between the leaves and the shade.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:04:34 AM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)
A great muse, very inspirational, love the shot :)
Thanks! This hawk made so much noise that I had to go and take pictures. He stayed in the garden for over an hour until I got too close :)

I guess he figured I was not going to harm him and flew off only after I got to within about 4 mt of him.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:58:46 AM »
Finally got a good shot of a red back fairy wren, I am pretty happy with these two shots. 70-300L at f5.6

red-back-fairy-wren by Synkka~, on Flickr

red-back-fairy-wren hidden by Synkka~, on Flickr
Nice shots! What was the distance to the bird? with a 70-300 it had to be close. How did you manage that?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:44:25 AM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:38:27 AM »
My Engrish is so bad... I need to edit it to sound somewhat normal.  ;D

I think I spent about 2-3 hours just looking up. :) I photographed the Coppersmith at my friend's parents home so I was able to enter their property.
Wow! that time with the 800mm! You must have strong arms :)

I know exactly what you are talking about.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:47:38 AM »
Thanks Ken, Click, and rpt

Rpt, to shoot the Coppersmith you need to have a fruiting tree that it likes like the Balete tree from the genus Ficus. In this currently fruiting tree we were able to spot a family of four (two adults & two juvi) hoping around the tree looking for food. It took a lot of waiting and focus to get the subject in a frame that somewhat illuminated, does not have front obstruction and whose background isn't that busy or sky.

We were experimenting with using LED torches to defeat the back light with some success. I say some success as the LED torch was able to balance the back light but the subject was looking away from us at the time of exposure.

I normally look for slight movement in the trees and the Coppersmith's signature red head in a sea of green leaves to find it.

It also helps to have a friend with you helping spotting the bird and holding the LED torch for you.

For the above mentioned photo no LED torch was used.
Thanks for the description. So I lived from 2004 to 2010 in a 6th floor flat next to a Pipal tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_religiosa. You could hear the copper smith every day but I managed to see it only may be ten to fifteen times. I photographed it on three or four occasions with my 300D. The pictures were not as good as yours as the first time it was with my old 80-200 FD lenses and the other times with my 100-400L. If I find the pictures, I will post them.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:13:15 PM »
Got around to updating today (didn't want to before, had a couple of gigs imminent). So far, straight YN565 on the camera, and YN622/YN565 mix are behaving as expected. Exposure is good, communication good in terms of changing settings etc. I have some other shots I want to do later this week, if I run into problems with settings or my my 568 flashes, I'll drop a note back in here.

I have a Meike grip and 3rd party batts (Opteka) are behaving the same as before - when inserting new ones, I get the message about irregular communication, and a blinking battery LED (the latter every time I turn on the camera) but after taking the first shot I get accurate battery capacity readings.

@Dave - thanks very much for reporting back. I am in the middle of a product shoot and cannot risk it but will try to upgrade in the next week or so.

Is there a way to save the existing firmware out of the camera to support a future downgrade in the event the upgrade turns my camera 'pear shaped'? Also, does the upgrade wipe the camera settings or are they retained?

Admittedly I have only done an upgrade once with my 40D and it went well so there was no need to revert back to the earlier firmware.
If you had downloaded an earlier version, you can rewind back to that one. All the versions Canon puts out are complete. Unfortunately Canon USA has removed the firmware version 1.2.1 in the last two days.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:54:57 PM »

Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala) by alabang, on Flickr

The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith  (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat  which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a  coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in the  Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets,  they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are  mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged  termites.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_Barbet

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/7.1 ISO 5000 800mm
Wow! It is very hard to be able to photograph this bird. You can hear it but can't see it. It is very shy. Congratulations! What did it take for you to get this picture?

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:15:45 AM »
I was wondering how my camera would cope with moving children as a subject. It succeeded :-) Could you help me to entitle the first one snap?
Nice one! How about:
  • Thank you but no thank you
  • Thank you but I am non vegetarian
:)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 03, 2013, 03:42:02 AM »
Bee-eaters have started to come to our garden. Here are a few pictures.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:57:00 AM »
So the Bee-eaters are back. Shot with 5D3, 100-400L @400 Av f11 auto ISO. The third and fourth are with 100-400L + 1.4x
The first one: The classic pose
The second one: The three parties - Center, Right and Left
The third one: Eyes right!
The fourth one: What the beep is that chap up to?


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:28:47 PM »
Great Blue Heron
Oct 20 - Martha's Vineyard (Chappaquiddick)
60D 100-400 mm
I have a life-time supply of Heron picts, was looking for something different.

" a life-time supply of Heron pics "

I call and raise you two... LOL...
Ha! Ha! Ha! Looks like Chauncey raised you four!

Har..! I am counting Chauncey's spectacular photo as one. So I will match Diablo - except the photos have to be at least 2000 pixels on one edge, because manly men don't crop excessively.  ;)

I raise you three law breaking herons.

One who is clearly jaywalking! And two more that are taxiing down a runway without clearance from the tower!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, you made my morning :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:54:58 PM »
some more experimentation with the 100-400 + 1.4x ... does reasonably OK, I think  8)
That's an interesting image with the broken glass!  Did you use any NR on this one Jr?  What were your settings?

Thanks Krob78. Broken glass on walls is by far the most preferred method adopted in India for keeping trespassers - However, broken glass was not really on my mind when I was shooting this bird (a Great Coucal) who had been evading me for the past three days ;).

I processed this photo using LR. The image is cropped from the center of the frame. NR of 30 was applied to this image alongwith some clarity (20) and sharpness (40) adjustments.
J.R., I see your Crow Pheasant and raise you a crow pheasant! ;)


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