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Canon Ixus 105 @5000m altitude
Wow! beautiful!

A question:
How were you able to locate and press the shutter?
;)

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Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:54:46 PM »
Where can I get white ones?  If you know, can you post a link for me?  Thanks
LOL! Like the white lenses, they will be expensive ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:49:39 PM »
Nice pics rpt! I espescially like the second sepia one.
Thanks. Really, that part of England is so pretty - when it is not squalling ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:18:30 PM »
Same trip. June 2006. These are at Lytham. Stayed at the Clifton Arms smack opposite the Lytham green. Lovely place. Went to BAE to work...

In Lytham town


The old boathouse and the windmill


The Lytham green

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:11:45 PM »
So many lake district pictures! So here are a couple form me :)
Taken with the 300D and the 18-55 kit lens. Straight out of the camera. That time I shot JPGs :) Sorry no RAWs.





Yes, and it was a perfect week! June 2006.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:14:21 AM »
Messing around last night.  5DIII, 100 2.8L Macro, MR14 ring flash, 2 extension tubes.
That is so cool! How did you make it stay? Every time I approach one it walks up the tree :(

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Street & City / Re: Superstrikes South Africa
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:49:14 AM »
Dave, your comment takes me back in time. The year was 1983. The place was Al Jubail Saudi Arabia. It was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning. The door of our building was open and water was streaming in. I went to close the door and I found one of the Philipino engineers standing in the doorway getting drenched. I asked him if he was ok. He said that he was and commented. "I was feeling homesick today but this is feeling like Manilla. I am fine. Don't worry".
 :)

Al Jubail is on the coast so when it rained (the one or two days in the year) it poured. As you can imagine there were no storm water drains. With the roads properly concertised (but no drainage) the water stood in some of the town's streets for a week - till it evaporated!

Haha, yep, I've done the same thing here in NYC, but the storms just don't match that intensity and power. They don't leave me in awe.

The thunderstorms we had were also typically accompanied by a torrential downpour that would leave rivers running down the sides of the streets that the storm drains were unable to cope with. Any areas that didn't have drainage were easy to spot - invariably it would be flooded anywhere from three to several feet deep, and you'd see the folks that didn't know to drive slowly through it - they'd try gun it through the water, which would spray up under the hood, and flood and stall their engine.
Yup! Done that! Stalled the car once too! Water in the cab and through the exhaust! Oh boy!

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Street & City / Re: Superstrikes South Africa
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:22:07 AM »
Huge lightning over Sandton, Johannesburg. Canon 1Ds, 70-200mm f4 (45 second exposure)

Great shot. Makes me homesick for the thunderstorms that hammer the Joburg area, I loved them... how it felt to have lightning strike nearby, the thunder rattling the windows, sending a thud through the whole house and your belly... awesome!
Yup! Fantastic shot!

Dave, your comment takes me back in time. The year was 1983. The place was Al Jubail Saudi Arabia. It was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning. The door of our building was open and water was streaming in. I went to close the door and I found one of the Philipino engineers standing in the doorway getting drenched. I asked him if he was ok. He said that he was and commented. "I was feeling homesick today but this is feeling like Manilla. I am fine. Don't worry".
 :)

Al Jubail is on the coast so when it rained (the one or two days in the year) it poured. As you can imagine there were no storm water drains. With the roads properly concertised (but no drainage) the water stood in some of the town's streets for a week - till it evaporated!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:06:18 AM »
They were approaching a waterhole. They were thirsty and walked very fast.

That's a really nice shot, you can feel the dust and the heat and imagine the impatience of the herd.
Nice picture sanj.

I thought all that haze was the exhausts ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:30:24 AM »
Congratulations and welcome to CR! That having been said, look forward to you posting pictures! :)

BTW, I went from 300D to 5D3 and so I understand your delight! One word of caution - the DOF is very different. It takes a while to fully comprehend that... Also don't hesitate to push the ISO. It is not grainy at 800 :) I had a hard stop at 400 ISO. With the 5D3 even 12800 and 25600 ISO can be workable!

Enjoy!

One more thing - if you think the images are soft even when you take a stationary subject from a tripod, try live view focus. If that is sharp and the normal AF is soft, you need to micro-adjust the AF for your lens.

911
It is Laburnum time too :)

Laburnum and the moon.







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Lenses / Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:10:04 AM »
Thank you to all your remarks to all that replied so far.

Besides that, what you need to do is to see the focal lengths you shoot at. That should tell you what you need. I got the 100-400L for birds and animals. Having said that, I shot with it at the Grand Canyon and I did use it at 400mm.

I did that and am in the 200-300mm (*1.6 for crop) range if I need details.
Price (in the range of the discussed lenses) is not so much an issue.
When the 70-300mm L came out I thought it was overpriced for the fact that it is a slow lense - which doesn't matter so much for landscape though.

Probably the best thing really is to rent the 70-300 and try it.
Well, if you are mostly in the 200-300mm range, and when at 300mm it is not like you are wishing you had the 400mm option, the 70-300L should do it. If you must have f2.8 then go for the 70-200.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:01:58 AM »
My Heron friend caught his 3rd fish since we've been a fishing team. 7D, 100-400@400.
Wow! That was a big one! Good catch! And I mean the fish - compliment to the team! :)

Here is an image of a baby Pigeon, made with iPhone 4S ... this chick was well concealed in a corner behind the ledge of our office exhaust fan (I guess the Mama Pigeon was making sure cool air-conditioned air from our office to protect her baby from the intense desert heat ... what a smart move) ... the only way I could make this image was with my iPhone stuck through the exhaust fan, aiming at this bird, as the gap was too narrow for any camera, let alone my DSLR, to fit.
Well either you or your iPhone or both need a medal of honour. Good picture.

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Lenses / Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« on: May 19, 2013, 04:31:50 AM »
From everything you write the 70-300L is your lens because it unifies a small pack size (veeeery important when outdoors) with good iq (sharpness wide open, boekeh) and "always on" reach. For prolonged use it's important the weight is way below the 70-200L/2.8, and the 70-300L feels even less heavy because it's shorter, i.e. putting less torsion on the wrist.

When outdoors using a tc often is a pita since it takes time and it lets dust/sand enter the camera, but a Kenko tc (Canon doesn't fit) works fine with the 70-300L though the af performance/precision degrades somewhat, ymmv.
+1

Besides that, what you need to do is to see the focal lengths you shoot at. That should tell you what you need. I got the 100-400L for birds and animals. Having said that, I shot with it at the Grand Canyon and I did use it at 400mm.

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Ok, like others said, it is not spring in India either but here are some pictures of flowers in the summer time :)





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