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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:06:12 PM »
turquoise browed motmot, Quintana Roo, Mexico

WOW Amazing colors. Very nice shots.
...And welcome to cr  :)
Yup! Lovely capture. The tail is interesting. I guess it dives a lot...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:02:19 PM »

I tried the 2XIII and 1.4XIII with a 13mm extender a friend of mine has.  My 1D IV said Error!
My 5D III said, OK, but I can't focus.  And My friend's 7D said...Error.

The Photo is actually just the 2X on my 400mm with my Mark IV

The Canon 12mm II just arrived. My 5DIII won't focus either manually or AF with the 1.4x III -12mm - 2x (or vice versa). What am I doing wrong? Does anyone want to buy a 12 mm Canon II extension ring, 1 day old, used twice?
He seems to have a 1DX. And the 1.4x is the first one mounted. Not sure if that matters. I tried my 5D3+1.4x+12mm+100-400L @400mm and it did not AF. Even manual focus was not possible. My 12mm macro extension tube is Kenko but I don't think that is the problem.

I guess this is one for Alex to field...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:45:12 PM »
A few shots of some wild ducks in the drainage ditch next to my house using my just purchased 5D3 (which I don't know how to use yet ;D). 100-400mmL @400, f/8 handheld.

Hey serendipidy my friend, congrats on your new acquisition.  :)  Keep practicing, you're doing good.
Congratulations on your new acquisition. You are going to be able to shoot at higher ISO than you were used to. It is a lovely toy!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:42:49 PM »
Jrista, Jack and serendipity
That image was not entered into a competition but merely presented to a website that takes 800x600 reduced size images, on which I have many. Two weeks ago I got within 6 metres of a kingfisher and got several shots where you can see every feather.  Here is a close up of a head, cropped from the full image.
Nice! It looks like it is posing for you :)

Landscape / Re: Northern Ireland
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:56:06 PM »
I went to the North coast of NI recently. A couple of photographs:

Giant's Causeway by RCARCARCA, on Flickr

EXIF: 5Dmkiii, 24-105mm @ 82mm, ISO320, 1/50 sec, f22

Richard, so did you see these muscular bees that could open the stone hives? I mean the giant bees...

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:48:12 PM »
From a recent trip to the States
Quite obvious. You are on the wrong side of the bridge! ;)

Portrait / Re: One thing led to another...
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:46:23 PM »
Fantastic pictures! And I am not saying that just because they are B&W...

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:39:59 AM »
Looks great. You can now shoot zebras unnoticed.

Fine, if you are standing among zebras.

This would allow stand in the middle of zebras and shoot the approaching lions without spooking the lions. :)

I'm going to take it to the zebra enclosure at the Nashville Zoo and see if I can get their attention . . . I can hear them commenting, " Hey check out the new guy! Is he white with black stripes or black with white stripes?"
So what you are saying is you have matching attire?  ;)

Don't even bother to answer... :)

Nikkito, I loved 2 and 4.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:04:31 PM »
At Corsica. 70-200 mm/2.8 II. 200 mm, 1/60 s, f/4.5, ISO 400.
Lovely spin cycle ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:42:09 PM »
... and Peter (Pan) was there chasing his shadow...

Colibri by Omar H, on Flickr
Lovely capture Omar!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:41:17 PM »
This might seem dumb but I'm new to all this and don't fully understand the terminology relative to cropping percentages.  DPP has 50%, which seems to double the subject height, for example??

AlanF says 100% crop meaning??  You get the gist of my uncertainty, someone please fill me in on the normal way of describing cropping.


Thanks for asking that. I don't understand crop percentages either.
My understanding of 100% crop is that:
  • it is a cropped image
  • when rendered either on the website or on your computer after a download, the image does not get resized

Because (and my English teacher would kill me for starting the sentence with the word "because") cropping an image to 100% of its size makes no sense to me :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:53:58 PM »
I've been thinking of taking some star shots. I've just been playing to see what comes out. But I quite like this one.

nice shot skulker... I'd like to learn more about how you shot this...could you briefly describe?

Thanks for the compliment  :-[ and also thanks to  RPT,Click and bornshooter.

This is a composite of 50 shots taken over 25 Min.

1) Each shot was 29 sec exposure, f4.5 ISO 1600. Tripod mounted 1Dx with 24-105 @ 24mm. using remote control.

2) Exposure, contrast etc adjusted on one and all the settings copied to the other shots. All shots made into small Jpegs.

3) open Jpegs in PS and record an action to select next image, copy, delete (this also takes you back to the previous image), paste in place, finally set the opacity to lighten.

4) play the action 48 times.  ;D
Have you tried StarStaX? http://www.markus-enzweiler.de/software/software.html

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:56:58 PM »
Juvenile Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

EOS 5d Mk III, 70- 200 f/2.8L II  + 1.4x III extender.  280mm,  1/500 sec @ f4.0, ISO 640
Absolutely stunning!

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: August 17, 2013, 09:29:36 PM »
The BBC has an interesting article. Take a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23714699. Will look at some of those softwares later today. I was also pleased to see Canon cameras and lenses in the pictures ther :)

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