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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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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:23:24 PM »
From today. 5D3, 100-400L
I like the portrait.

Until yesterday, I always imagined that Harry would be wading in water to catch his prey.

Oh, btw, I like the "Bait, prey and Fisher" picture too.  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:19:22 PM »
Cool to get a pair of fairly diverse birds in the same shot like that, freeomega! 

Harry has to be one of the best fed BCNH's I've seen, serendipidy.  Cool shots, as always!

Sunday, I spotted a Loggerhead Shrike perched in a bush.  Took a little while to get something other than the head on shot.  Now if I could just catch him/her with some prey.
Lovely!


I thought I would post this one too... 

I swear, this is not a montage... They were there at the same exact time... and this was shot in our backyard :)

This was taken a few seconds after the Broad-winged Hawk posted earlier.
Nice! Quite unique to be able to get a variety of birds in a single shot.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:15:28 PM »
Just some recent shots

Beautiful colorful birds. Well done degies
+1...and they look so cute.
+1

I love the colours.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:13:49 PM »
5D III + 70-200 2.8 II
Excellent portrait! Where did you take it?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:56:13 AM »
Some recent shots...EXIF in files.

Ha ha, Harry the Heron is back...  :)

Very nice shot Serendipidy. I like your duck too. Well done!
Yup. Lovely duck portraits.

Now you need to get a sequence of Harry Fischer actually fishing. Or is it that he fishes and then waddles up to your door and demands his picture be taken?
 ;)

Ask...and you might receive ;)
Certainly looks like it humped into Harry's mouth! Great shots!


Hey guys,

It's been a while I've been on here, but I never posted.

Anyhow, here my first post.

Have a great day!
Great pictures. Welcome!


My best Hummingbird of this season...
Lovely! Looks light a fighter jet! A F35 with a beak :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 22, 2013, 12:57:09 AM »
NYC
Lovely panos and I absolutely love the chocolate bridge :)

What bridge is that?


San Diego

Stunning!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 22, 2013, 12:40:51 AM »
Some recent shots...EXIF in files.

Ha ha, Harry the Heron is back...  :)

Very nice shot Serendipidy. I like your duck too. Well done!
Yup. Lovely duck portraits.

Now you need to get a sequence of Harry Fischer actually fishing. Or is it that he fishes and then waddles up to your door and demands his picture be taken?
 ;)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:47:21 PM »
Dawn, Tanzania March 2013

1DX 400f/2.8, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/1250th ISO800
WOW! stunning eml,can i ask what software you use for editing?b&w here is stunning :)

Hi Bornshooter, NIK's Silver Effex Pro 2, Started with the attached colour Image in LR5, applied several of the Presets in Silver Effex Pro 2, and made some local adjustments in PS CC around the Head & Eyes.

I bit the bullet and am now working in the Adobe Cloud, other than it seems murky in here, not sure there's any change really from LR4 & CS6, other than my wallets now slimmer.
When I saw the B&W pic I thought I'd like it much more than the colour one. But seeing this one now, I like them both equally. I guess it is the intense stare that is captivating and if you look at it the colours are kind of monotonic except fro the bit of blue between the trees...

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:37:35 PM »
Some recent shots above my house from the Oahu Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, a major route from Honolulu to Kailua. It is also a critical historical battlefield site where all the 8 main Hawaiian Islands were 1st united under one king.
5D3, 24-70mmLii and last one 70-200mmLii.
It's about a 2000 ft sheer drop off the top and you can see 2 hikers near the top. I didn't see them when I took the shot, but only later in pp. Many people are lost, hurt, or die hiking in these mountains every year.

<Snip!>

Lovely! I like the second shot.

Isn't it funny how you discover things in PP and never saw them in the viewfinder or in live view?

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:27:25 PM »
Windmill in the middle of the Australian desert.
Nice colours. On a framing perspective, I would have panned a bit to the right and got the windmill on the 1/3rd vertical instead of being smack in the middle. That way the sun's glow would also come to the 1/3rd vertical on the right. You have the horizon on the 1/3rd horizontal right.

If you have a chance to shoot it again do try it.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:20:20 PM »
I finally took the time to microadjust my 300mm 2.8 lens using the trusty yardstick/fluorescent tape method...here's a couple 800 px crops

As well as the litter collecting abilities of a GBH...gotta love the M&M candies.

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Something seems off. Try doing AFMA using the 5% target from this article.
http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/focus-chart

I printed on A4 and A3 for the wider and longer lengths. This is before I bought FoCal. I believe ML has AFMA tool built into it but I do not have the latest build. Waiting for the Alpha-4 to be released. They seem to be taking their time. One year and counting...

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Canon General / Re: Accidental L Series Ad
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:50:26 AM »
Nice shot!

Here's mine, but it wasn't accidental.  The 'L' of the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, shot with the MP-E 65mm.

Im very disappointed in canon.  I expect my L's to be perfectly straight! We should all demand refunds :D
I agree. An L with squiggles and a rogue red ink dot? Don't they AFMA their printers >:(

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:42:56 AM »
Dawn, Tanzania March 2013

1DX 400f/2.8, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/1250th ISO800

Excellent as usual....how close do you estimate you were Edward?
Yup! I just love it. I think B&W makes it stand out.


. . . could you briefly walk us through the details of how you shot this one?
Thanks for looking and thanks for your kind comment.  #1 is get up early and load the camera in a waterproof housing making sure the controls are set, there’s a good seal and everything is about the same temperature to prevent fogging.  This was shot near Nixon’s Western White House south of San Clemente, California which for me means waking up at 4am, on the road by 5, parking before 6 am and a mile and a half hike before swimming out before sunrise.  I swim out on the north side of the break and look for views of the surf with the sun rising behind:

then move south through the line-up and move in towards shore to try to get the surfers riding waves towards the camera.  Water spots on the acrylic in front of the lens ruin many photos and you need to constantly work on keeping water completely off the front glass or in a thin unbroken film of water in front of the lens.  Sitting too far out results in missed shots or a poor angle to capture the action but too far in creates an unmanageable amount of water spots in front of the lens.  The surfer is Patrick Gudauskas from San Clemente, California currently ranked #28 on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Championship Tour shot @ 7:48 am – 1/2000 f/7.1 ISO 400, 24mm f/1.4L II lens.

Lovely! My, you worked hard for these :) see, I am a lazy tog...


Some of us are going through withdraw from not seeing Gary Samples eagle photos lately, so I thought I'd post some images taken this spring.  The interaction between the herons and the eagles was really fun to watch, but I'm sure the herons did not enjoy the eagles attempts to steal their fish.  Sometimes the heron would put the fish underwater to protect it, but sometimes they just dropped it.  The eagles would rather steal than catch their own.

Gary, miss seeing your shots.
wonderful shots looks like you have all your setting just right !!   
Yup Gary, you have competition ;) Excellent pictures sharp shot! Living up to your name I see :)

Gary, some pictures are requested :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 Signs You're a Photo Geek
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:44:52 AM »
You might be a photo geek if you have painted your walls 18% grey.

Or added focus targets

Or see pattern noise when you close your eyes.  ;)
If I rub my eyes, REALLY HARD, I see some cool color patterns!  ;D
If I don't then the noise is pretty random and organic and confined to luminance channel only.
Since these sensors are always stuck on live-view I don't have the software to boost in real-time to check for possible underlying patterns.  It's OK tho, because in normal earthly lighting conditions they have exceptional dynamic range, resolution and the ability to identify the faintest of adjacent shade/tonal differences, probably exceeding 16 bit/color.  ;)

And with that I'm gonna go away and let that post-count sit for a little while.

You Devil you ;D

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

I was wondering about your language an then I scrolled up ;D

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