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Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:11:51 PM »
Yup! The sunsets I took from Newport Coast, I started up an hour before sunset until the light died out. The light changes so fast unless you have the camera (with the right lens on it) you are likely to miss it. You can try again tomorrow. Will it, ask for it and it shall be delivered to you :)

Darn! I almost sound like a preacher :P

Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 15, 2013, 09:42:36 PM »
Hi folks,

newbie here with more money than brains (or technique).  I recently was gifted with 600mm II and a 1.4x III (and a 2x III, almost forgot that one).

I did "OK" on a moon pic:
Nice one!

but I'm having trouble learning how to use this beast on other stuff.  I'm coming from a 400mm f4 DO + the 1.4x II.

I'll start by saying this 600mm out resolves the 400mm by quite a bit, even with the 1.4x on it.

That said, holding this sucker is a bitch even as "light" as it is for a 600mm (and it is light, you can hand hold it, just not for more than about a minute.  At least I can't).

Does everyone who owns a lens like this use a tripod?
I don't have the 600L but have you thought of a monopod? Much less hassle to carry around than a tripod.


On the tripod I got crap results unless I did live view (which locks up the shutter, still have to figure out how to do that w/o live view.  I did say newbie, bokay, don't yell at me.  Too much).

The moon pic is cropped, 5DIII + 600mm + 2x + tripod + live view + remote shutter release + IS on.  Is that just what you do when you have a lens this big?  I mean the live view remote shutter IS part.

I'm used to walking around and grabbing shots as they present themselves, the 400mm lets you do that, the 600mm is not so much.  I did get some keepers just walking around but a much much lower rate than the 400mm.

I guess what I'm asking is what is the basics of using a 600mm and 600mm+1.4x.  What settings do you use, do you always lock up the mirror, remote release, no IS or IS?

I'm new to this big bad boy and still not sure if it is for me, I love the sharpness and the reach, not yet comfortable with my sucky technique.
If the same image taken in live view is sharp and taken with AF is not, it means your AF needs AFMA done. I suggest you procure FoCal Get the Pro version.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 15, 2013, 09:26:58 PM »
Osprey leaving the water. Im keeping the fish shot for later.
Fantastic shor Mick! Look forward to the whole sequence.

Street & City / Re: Boredom - Leigh on Sea
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:56:30 PM »
I like it.
Yup! Lovely. I wonder if he is waiting for the Fish and Chips of the Full English Breakfast or Hot Dogs...

Technical Support / Re: How Exposure Compensation work with auto ISO?
« on: September 15, 2013, 01:44:08 PM »
Wouldn't the "feature" that the OP is asking for defeat the purpose of Manual mode?  Why not set the ISO himself, bumping it up or down to obtain the level of exposure according to taste.
He is probably shooting in changing light conditions (bird flying). Probably more or less against the light so he wants M with Auto ISO and EC to be applied on top of that. Cant be done on a 5D3. You can do exposure bracketing but no EC :(

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:20:18 AM »
Couple of Bear shots from the Zodiac, Northern Svalbard Islands, August 2013.

Shot with the 200-400f/4

Bear Spray 519mm @ f/5.6

Stepping Out @ 560mm f/5.6
:) Great as usual. In the "stepping out" picture the bear has a look showing purpose.

Savona, Italia. 70-200 mm/2.8 II. 200 mm, 1/6000 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
I love the picture.

Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:50:43 PM »
How did you get the blue??

I guess same way than I get most photos I like: dumb luck.

Other explanation could be WB-slider?
Yup! Use WB to cool the picture. Will get you bluish hues.

Ah! Okay. I had a feeling but I only changed it a couple clicks. Tonight's gonna be a good night. :D
That song is not for taking pictures of stars!!!!  >:(

Leverage it.

Ahahaha!! You caught it! :D
So it seems I am not alone. (Not a compliment though  ;).   )

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:10:35 PM »
Here's a couple more from today with my new 5D3.

After shooting about 100 shots to test it out, the 5D3 worked fine. Then I sent it to Canon Service Center (Irvine,CA) for calibration with my 70-200Lii. Got it back 2 weeks later and the 1st time I used it 2 days ago (and every time since), I can't download the files to my MacBook Pro (v 10.6.) using the camera to USB cord. EOS Utility opens, recognizes the camera and when I click on download, it seems to initially try to download but then after 1 minute (with no downloads), it crashes and closes. I've downloaded the shots without any problems by putting the Sandisk CF card into my 7D or using my card reader. Bummer! Has anyone heard of this problem. I'm taking it into the Honolulu center tomorrow but they have very limited capability. :'(
This cardinal from south of the equator is posing for you! There has to be more than just bread you give him. ;)

Here's one out of my office window ... I don't know the name of this bird ... can anyone help identify? (its the same size of a sparrow)
Image made with Nikon D7100 + 18-300mm VR at 300mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 800 ... and cropped to death.

Edit: I just found out from a book (which I bought a few years but did not bother to read  :-[) that its the Indian Silverbill (apparently it is also know as White-throated Munia)
Great pictures Reinzphoto!

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:59:33 AM »
So many lovely pictures! Fantastic!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:56:42 AM »
Thank's guy's :-) will be shots like this until i can afford one of those 200-400's would love to do what you guy's are doing with the wildlife images :).

Thought you were shooting Glaswegian wild life ! The last one looks pretty wild to me  ;)

I think bornshooter is going to have some choice words/phrases for us ;)

Harp Seal, Northern Svalbard

1Dx 200-400f/4, 412mm f/5.6 & 1/640th ISO400

Bornshooter, you will note the subtle, but telling differences between this Youngish Lady, and your own, other than the obvious fact that my Young Lady doesn't have Blue Eyes.

The 200-400 in these instances does have the advantage of your being able to keep your distance, not sure that's the requirement with your own superb Imaging.
In some cultures (some human cultures included) bulk is preferred to skinny. But then elm, you should have looked harder to get a blue eyed lady. Well, green or grey would be fine too. ;)

Here are some recent portraits from the last couple of weeks :-) the girl with the blue eyes her name is Kat i used no photoshop her eyes are really like this i was amazed :)
wonderful work keep them coming  !

Nice to hear from you Gary, how are the Eagles ??

I was shooting Vultures in Tanzania a few months back and thought of your Eagle shots, Eagles are prettier.
Gary! You are sorely missed on this thread and in CR in general. Look forward to your posts.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:35:20 PM »
Just got my new 5D3 back from Canon service center calibration 2 days ago and even though it was dusk and getting dark, I tried it out on some ducks and Harry the Heron. Some shots were 6400 ISO or higher. Could never have done that with my 7D.
100-400L, f/7.1 handheld.
I love the second picture. Aaron holding the fish, fish holding the bread.... You are THE heron photographer.
Yup! Lovely shot! How long do herons live? I should google that. We can expect such shots for a long time :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Hungry Jaguar
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:24:48 AM »
I stay a healthy distance away from both crocodilians and big cats . . . and by safely away, I mean I wouldn't get close enough to use an 800mm in the wild  ;D
LOL - I must have things backwards - here's an 11 foot alligator with my 24-70mm:

and a little cat with my 400mm:

Maybe someday I'll be fortunate enough to capture amazing photos like the ones in the OP!

LOL...i hear that as long as you stay to their side you're pretty safe...but next time try using an 8-15mm fisheye and get closer!!
Better yet, 100L with macro rings ;)

Fantastic pictures on this thread! Luckily the only Gators near where I live are in the zoo.

Lenses / Re: So the 70-200 f2.8 IS-II zooms only to 180mm?
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:08:38 AM »
Mine also reports 200mm just fine.  Have it repaired.
Thanks. I have given it in. They even called and said it is fixed. I will get it tomorrow. Will AFMA it again then.

Animal Kingdom / Re: A butterfly is born.
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:32:36 PM »

Thanks. I hardly did stuff. The caterpillar --> pupa --> Butterfly. Me, I just depressed a button... I was the witness. Not the creator or the conceptualizer of the result of the pictures I was able to take... I feel blessed.

Shall I say that you brought it to the world?  Isn't that the purpose of photography, capture the image and show to your audience, and save for prosperity?
Yup! I am the history recorder...  :)

Awesome photos (especially #2) and great timing!
Thanks. Having so many pupae there was fantastic! One still to hatch. I checked. It is still in the pod.

Lenses / Re: So the 70-200 f2.8 IS-II zooms only to 180mm?
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:22:46 PM »
Thanks people! Boy this is bad!

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