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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:41:43 PM »
I'd like to share a few.
This was the first opportunity for me to shot the Milky Way.  Living in an urban environment do not allow for dark night sky.  Was at the Pamlico River near the town of Aurora, NC., for a few days over Labor Day weekend.
These were shot with a 5D3 with a 24-70mm f/2.8 ver 1 at f/2.8 and ISO 3200.
The first was exposed for 15 seconds.
The second was exposed for 18 seconds.  The light over the horizon on the right was from Aurora.  Another in the middle was another small town.  The foreground was the remains of hurricane Sandy damaged dock illuminated by house lights from behind the camera.
The third one was a goof.  I set the lens at its wide end, fully extended, pointing vertically up.  It started to slide back to the telephoto end, and a cuss and a curse before I could stop the lens drift and close the shutter.  The effect was a bit like "warp speed".  Interesting in a way.  Exposure was for 35 seconds.
I love the 0.5697332199654399000012554354609487t6548489... warp speed photograph.  ;)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:35:50 PM »
Just a fun portrait shot of my daughter.

Banturiray
Canon EOS 5D Mark III ı Canon EF100mm f2.8/L Macro IS USM ı 100mm ı 1/60s ı f/5.6 ı ISO 800 ı Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT through Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite at 1/16 power triggered off-camera with a Canon ST-E3-RT

Banturiray by shutterwideshut on Flickr
Daughters are the best aren't they?

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Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:45:55 PM »
what the what? (as my 4year old is prone to saying)
I like that phrase. May I have your 4 year old's permission to use it when appropriate? :)


My trusty 50mm 1.4 stopped focusing the other day, and I couldn't even focus manually by turning the ring. I googled the issue and found that many others had experienced the same thing. I never dropped my lens or anything. It seems that all it takes is a bit of pressure on the front focusing element, and a metal part inside will get bent. This can cause the focus mechanism to get stuck.

I got a lot of help from following this guide:
http://image23photographic.blogspot.no/2012/04/fixing-stuck-focus-ring-on-canon-50mm.html

Getting the lens repaired here in norway was close to the cost of a brand new lens, so I figured I had nothing to loose. I have never repaired a lens or anything similar before. If I can do it, odds are you can do it too!
That is some piece of work! Congratulations! Welcome!

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:33:56 PM »

Thanks for the comments.

Here's the settings: 15 sec, f/2, ISO 6400

I first shot at 30 sec, but peeking at the photos I noticed some star trails even the 24mm should be fine up to 30sec. So I decided to use faster shutter and higher ISO.

Not really, using the 600 rule a 24mm is only good to 25 seconds. For those unfamiliar with the 600 rule, take 600 and divide it by your focal length and that is the exposure time in seconds before the stars become trails. In this case 600/24=25.
Yup! And take a look at this link. It has some calculations in there...
http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/30263/what-is-the-rule-of-600-in-astrophotography

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Site Information / Re: Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:28:31 PM »
People, let us drop it. No point going over it again and agonising. Those of us who have lived through his two avatars here on CR will have our views.  Let us get back to photography and nerdiness and courtesy and above all the great sense of humour and friendship that is here at CR.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:15:42 PM »
Now Serendipidy, you know this is a bird forum so what excuse have you for posting fish! ;)

BTW now I get the heron picture completly, thanks.  I could almost smell it right here at home.

Jack
Yes! I know! Fishy business this! ;)

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:03:19 PM »
Lovely picture. Too much light pollution where I am. I wish I could take pictures like this. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:35:55 PM »
More Heron fishing from today. Six duck pirates quickly raided us and refused to leave, stealing most of the bread. Heron still caught about 6 tilapia, 2 big ones. The biggest one he stabbed (I've never seen him stab a fish, before he always grabbed them like using chopsticks). It fought vigorously, getting away once, was quickly recaptured, and then, finally escaping back into the water.
7D, 100-400L, f/7.1, ISO 320, handheld


Great pictures Serendipidy. 8)  Keep doing photo of your heron friend. It's always a pleasure to look at them.  :)
+1

Serendipity, I have a couple of questions:
  • I thought you got a 5D3 didn't you? I see that these are shot with your 7D. Have you tried shooting the heron with the 5D3?
  • What is the heron's name? If he does not have one, may I suggest you call him TT. Tilapia Terminator! ;)

Thanks, rpt.

I bought the 5D3 2 weeks ago. Tried it out for 1 week (see my 5D3 Heron shots on page 162 from Aug 25 of this thread). Since I don't know how to really do AFMA or see if a camera or lens is good, I took it to the Canon Service center with my 11 month old 70-200L II (still under warranty), and they sent them off to CA, USA for calibration. Said it would take 10 business days, so I'm anxiously awaiting their return (soon, I hope).

LOL..good suggestion for a name for the heron. Could call him 'Arnold" for short. My wife asked me his name and all I could come up with was Harry the Heron.  ;D
If you are going to invest in software for AFMA, FoCal is good. I use it. If not, neuro has shared a link on this forum a number of times. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/AF-Microadjustment-Tips.aspx.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:27:17 PM »


Great shot. I especially like this one. Well done.
This is a classic chauncey picture. He has done these before. He usually has more in the frame. Lovely picture. Actually I like all of them. The cormorant on the swan's back is classic!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony's new little cameras
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:00:07 PM »
Realy cool! A camera that looks like a lens!

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Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:16:57 AM »
I've been eyeing the Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens for a little while now. I love the sharpness of the lens and that it's a bargain for it's range.

Would this lens make for an interesting landscape lens or it mainly for birds and sports?

A lot of people use deep telephoto's for landscapes; I however, am not one of them...but don't let my style dissuade you.
For me, wider angle lenses seem to be the choice for landscapes, but every now and then a long lens is usefull, things like trees and grasses on the other side of a pond, or other places not easily accessable.... so my comment is yes, it is usefull, depending on what you wish to shoot.
I have used my 100-400L @400mm as a "landscape" lens when I was shooting some of the features at the Grand Canyon. So yes. But I mostly use it for birding...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:07:07 AM »
More Heron fishing from today. Six duck pirates quickly raided us and refused to leave, stealing most of the bread. Heron still caught about 6 tilapia, 2 big ones. The biggest one he stabbed (I've never seen him stab a fish, before he always grabbed them like using chopsticks). It fought vigorously, getting away once, was quickly recaptured, and then, finally escaping back into the water.
7D, 100-400L, f/7.1, ISO 320, handheld


Great pictures Serendipidy. 8)  Keep doing photo of your heron friend. It's always a pleasure to look at them.  :)
+1

Serendipity, I have a couple of questions:
  • I thought you got a 5D3 didn't you? I see that these are shot with your 7D. Have you tried shooting the heron with the 5D3?
  • What is the heron's name? If he does not have one, may I suggest you call him TT. Tilapia Terminator! ;)

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Site Information / Re: Banning ankorwatt
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:40:47 AM »
There is a currently running Post re "Canon Sensors" that is both informative and interesting, the fact that it is currently at Page 2 and moving forward in a Positive & Informative manner is due entirely to the fact that this particular chap has been removed from CR.
I wondered about that. Now it makes sense why the thread is still alive and informative.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:58:04 PM »
And three more, could be much better, I know, but I have taken a lot of worse photos  8)

Hah! Love that last shot! Looks like my cat when she's begging for a morsel. :)
Amazing! That is the exact look my dog cuddles gives my mother-in-law when she wants dog biscuits :)

Stephan, lovely pictures!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: IQ comparison; or how meaningful is DXO
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:56:12 AM »
1. DCAB
2. ADCB
3. DABC
4. BDAC
5. ACBD
6. ADBC

There you go...

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