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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:50:09 AM »
Sorry by "you" I meant the whole thread and people in general. I figured you were shooting in RAW and prob knew all this stuff. Sometimes I type what I'm thinking!
Not a problem. I figured what you meant but wanted to clarify...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:07:43 PM »
Lovely shots Mick!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:59:38 PM »
I actually wrote a blog article about RAW and JPEG, comparing the two by apying ridiculous adjustments to both to see what happened.

http://zeebytes.blogspot.jp/2013/04/raw-and-jpeg-torture-test.html?m=0

I though the WB correction would kill the JPEG but it didn't. In fact the JPEG file put up a good fight!

I think I'll do a follow up but this time an even more extreme version and with different subjects.
I thought the issue about editing jpegs was that multiple edits and save on the same file is what would kill it. If one stores metadata for the edits and never overwrites the original file but creates new JPEG files each time, I think the output would be acceptable even after multiple edits as we are just going to a second version of the edited picture each time. Of course whatever got baked into the original JPEG cant be undone.

I think if you use Adobe Camera RAW or other software, when you hit save it would then overwrite the original JPEG file and there would be no way to undo that. However am not sure but I think Lightroom leaves the original intact and as you said creates a separate JPEG file to a new location upon export. I think I'll try to change the file then close LR, reopen and see if I can undo the process to see what happens.

But in any case you wouldn't ever want to even moderately try and process a JPEG when you could very easily just shoot RAW and do the same thing with better results.
I am on the 100% raw team now. However, in my 300D days, I was on the 100% JPEG side and I saved a few of my pictures by editing them in LR. Hence the comment. For some pictures taken earlier, I used to save the original JPEG separately if I needed to. :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:39:32 PM »
I actually wrote a blog article about RAW and JPEG, comparing the two by apying ridiculous adjustments to both to see what happened.

http://zeebytes.blogspot.jp/2013/04/raw-and-jpeg-torture-test.html?m=0

I though the WB correction would kill the JPEG but it didn't. In fact the JPEG file put up a good fight!

I think I'll do a follow up but this time an even more extreme version and with different subjects.
I thought the issue about editing jpegs was that multiple edits and save on the same file is what would kill it. If one stores metadata for the edits and never overwrites the original file but creates new JPEG files each time, I think the output would be acceptable even after multiple edits as we are just going to a second version of the edited picture each time. Of course whatever got baked into the original JPEG cant be undone.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:31:30 PM »
Tanzania near the Mara River, Serengeti June 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO400
Yup, lovely capture. How far were you from the cheetah? Would it be about 35 to 40 meters?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 12:49:39 PM »
Great shots as usual Edward. Well done Sir!
+1

Lovely shots. I never thought I'd say like mother like daughter for a lion :)

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Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:26:39 PM »
I wonder what happens if/when you actually get all current Canon EOS bodies/lenses/accessories.  Does that satisfy, or do you start buying Powershots, old Canon gear (200 f/1.8 anyone?), Leica stuff?, Medium format, or cross over to the dark side ;) and start over with Nikon. 
Medium format all the way.  Phase One or Hasselblad, either way, it's a car or two...

It's all true, there appears to be no end, fortunately, Camera Manufacturers clearly understand us better than we understand them.

I have a reasonable amount of truly excellent Canon Gear & the only real limitation, is me.

I bought the D800 as I "felt" it might be a better tool for my underwater Photography than the 5DMKIII, for me, it was the wrong decision, I sold the D800 and currently use the 5DMKIII for my Underwater Imaging.

Friend of mine had the Leica M9, I "felt" that this might be the smallish carry anywhere Camera that I'de been hungering for rather than lugging the 1Dx about the streets of Tokyo or any City, couldn't get a sharp Image out of it to save my Life, all my fault of course, the Leica is lovely gear (with some 1950 issues), amazing lenses, but the Focus system is made for People with excellent vision, sold the gear.

So, I'm sitting here currently looking at Phase One, why ??

Only thing stopping me from buying a Phase One (Thank the Camera Lord), is the rumour that Canon may develop a MF Camera, so I can now sit & wait with a clear conscience that I don't have to have that new bit of gear for a while longer.
:)

What I have learned over the last couple of decades is that procrastination works...

It just does. It works best in the high tech field. You get better stuff at affordable prices a few times over before you die! ;)

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Lenses / Re: First Time: College Football Oh Boy!
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:20:45 PM »
newspaper... 5D3... 70-200...

One body, one lens, on a fairly basic monopod.

You have flexibility.  You have the ability to crop loads and loads and still be fine for newspaper resolution.

You have the faster AF.

You have less clutter at your feet and less clutter in your head.

I've shot at a few SPL football games (for football read soccer) Once the teams are out you stay put.  Frowned upon to move about as you'll be in the way of the folk who are paying to see the game.  Thats my experience, absolutely none of US Football.

If you really must, and want the added stress and headaches and loss of mental focus, could you set up your 2nd camera with the wide lens to be wirelessly triggered, facing your team from the touchline?

Personally I wouldn't.  It's your first time.  Keep it simple.  Pick a good spot  for each half.  Track track shoot.  Lots and lots.

One body.  One lens.  Less is more.

And you'll be better prepared when you are asked back...  Prepared mentally.  Too much kit is a hindrance.
+1
The 70-200 is your best bet.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:10:46 PM »
With the Sigma 120-400 lens, at 400mm, slightly cropped, downsized.
This is the Mahabharata flower! Indian epic (from the real India ;) )
Take a look at http://www.flickr.com/photos/archanashaktawat/5956947358/#

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:48:49 PM »
Two eagles? ...Houston, we have a problem. ;D
Yup! Too much whisky! ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:46:05 PM »
My moorhen friend (Morey) gets a bread handout every evening with Harry and me. He will swim a long way to us, eat a little morsel, swim out of sight, and then return for seconds later as he is doing here. As I was quitting, I saw that Harry wasn't the only one catching fish tonight on our canal.  ;D
Must have been fun taking pictures. What did he get in the end? A shoe? Or a broken line? ;)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:42:04 PM »
1Dx
600mm f/9.0 1/6400 iso 400

Lovely Image Gary, as usual.

+1....CR, Serenity base here, the eagle has landed. :)
Serendipity base, please check your camera and or screens! TWO eagles have landed! >:(
 :D

And Gary is back!
Yes!

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:31:16 PM »
Fire in the Sky~
Red Rock Canyon, NV
Oh lovely!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:04:20 PM »
Wow! What a picture! How the beep did you manage to capture that one?

Hi RPT, Not sure if you mean my "Wild Dog" or Northstar's "Wild Red Haired Snake Killing" Dog.

But mine was shot in Northern South Africa, near the Sand River & Mala Mala, pack of wild dogs had come into the area hunting, we followed them for a couple hours, in this shot we decided to sit on the Road hoping for the Dogs to come out of the Bush, eventually they did, but because they were running down the Road, and I dislike Images that have Roads in them, I used the 400f/2.8 II @ f/2.8 to try & blow out the Road & background, Focused on the Eye that was in the best light with centre point spot, AI Servo, shot @ 12fps, 36 frames, a couple turned out Ok.

This Dog slowed to an amble, which is unusual for these guys, they're mostly loaded up on Starbucks and jumping all over the place. Once they put their minds to Hunting it's almost impossible to follow them through the bush, you need to try and determine when/where they will break out of the bush & try to get in front of them, in all the sightings I've had I've only ever seen one actual Kill, a group of 18 Dogs chased & pulled down a Large Male Spotted Hyena, took about 2 minutes from initial chase to the Hyena in pieces (Wild Dogs unlike Leopards/Lions etc which throttle first, basically shred their Kills), I was so shocked I forgot to take Images until it was all over.

In the attached shot, the left Image shows the issue, poor background, vehicles, cluttered.

So I decided to wait to get the front Dog over the Rise with just the Road Rise as a background, right Image.

Then the Centre Image was as the Dog moved into FF and I could Focus better on the Animals left eye.
Oh boy! And here I was thinking that it is so easy to shoot dogs how hard can it be to shoot a wild dog? I did not realise it would be so hard. Oh and the two minute hyena hunt wow, that must have been something. Thanks for the detailed description. It puts that single wild dog picture into perspective.

I must admit the question was for Northstar. I never imagined one needed to put so much work into a dog picture :)
Thanks for enlightening us here. I am sure not many understood the effort behind that shot of yours.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:32:04 PM »
I am often asked, "what is your favourite Animal to Photograph", Leopards spring always to mind immediately, but when I consider first, I would say Wild Dog, there's just something amazingly intelligent in the way these Animals operate, they look wonderful as well, especially like this, Dawn Light, almost floating @ f/2.8.


1Dx 400f/2.8, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/640th ISO200


Interesting choice and great picture! The way these animals organize their hunting is quite impressive. I believe they have the highest kill rate/attempt of all African animals (and maybe in the world for all I know).

While not a wild dog, "Dusty's" kill rate is 100%, he's 1 for 1 with snakes.  ;D
Wow! What a picture! How the beep did you manage to capture that one?

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