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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:22:35 PM »
Seven of our thrushes (six of them are being sat on by the mother here).

Cheers Brian
Lovely! Is she nesting inside your house? There seems to be three light sources showing up in her eye and one looks like a fluorescent tube light.
In our shed. I had the light on to see if it would help my webcam, it looks down into the nest.
If I go in the shed then she just sits there very still, so I avoid eye contact. Obviously I try to
keep out of the shed, and now all are hatched a lot of time she's not sat on the nest. So we get
along OK.
Cheers Brian
Fabulous! Sometimes they just know they are safe. I am trying to communicate with the hawk that frequents our garden. Let us see how it goes - so far he lets me talk and hangs around for a while :)
I think in the end you are just part of the environment, they know that you pose no great danger if they are around regularly. The birds (Mainly magpies) run around behind our dog stealing his breakfast on a morning.
But its a long way from tame.
Cheers Brian
:) That must be a fun sight! My friend's German Shepherd had a particularly rough time with a pair of sparrows. One would distract her and the other would go on a dive and pull off some of her fur! After six or so sorties the dog had enough and ran off under a bed :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:26:45 PM »
@ rpt: no, he is just bringing one of his pets.
Homer is a cross breed too from a Cavalier King Charles and a husky.
Yours looks like a cutie.

Most dogs are fun. I love them.
Yes they are! we have two dogs and a cat. It is great! They are great friends.

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Canon General / Re: Canon direct mail marketing
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:20:23 PM »
Isn't it obvious? They know that you do not have the T5i or the SL1 - duh!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birdwatching @ Lake Neusiedel National Park
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:11:27 PM »
Some nice pics there. What camera body were you using?  The pic's of the birds in the reeds can be frustrating / challenging due to the clutter and the auto focus. I've taken so many pics of in-focus twigs with out of focus birds on them ;)
It is in the EXIF. 7D with 70-200L II and 2x.

Lovely pictures.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:57:31 AM »
Homer.
No! Wow! He looks like my dog Cuddles! except her tail is white. She is a cross breed with part Pomeranian. Looks like a small Border collie too. Does he lie on his back when he is playful?

Take a look...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:38:41 AM »
Seven of our thrushes (six of them are being sat on by the mother here).

Cheers Brian
Lovely! Is she nesting inside your house? There seems to be three light sources showing up in her eye and one looks like a fluorescent tube light.
In our shed. I had the light on to see if it would help my webcam, it looks down into the nest.
If I go in the shed then she just sits there very still, so I avoid eye contact. Obviously I try to
keep out of the shed, and now all are hatched a lot of time she's not sat on the nest. So we get
along OK.
Cheers Brian
Fabulous! Sometimes they just know they are safe. I am trying to communicate with the hawk that frequents our garden. Let us see how it goes - so far he lets me talk and hangs around for a while :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:49:45 AM »

Good lord! Gravity seems to be malfunctioning at that spot. ;)

Lovely picture :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:48:09 AM »
Seven of our thrushes (six of them are being sat on by the mother here).

Cheers Brian
Lovely! Is she nesting inside your house? There seems to be three light sources showing up in her eye and one looks like a fluorescent tube light.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: what to do
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:16:11 AM »
is gitzo a good tripod

 people talk about it here like it is...  and I'm willing to believe them.  I have a $40  tripod that I like,  but people don't share my enthusiasm for cost effective tripod.
LOL! What about a $40 tripod that one uses for say 30 years?
 :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:11:21 AM »
Trying to learn the skill of BIF photography on my 7D and 100-400L or 70-200LII/2.8. Have been practicing on several herons that frequent here. It's a lot harder than I expected. :P Most of the shots (>90%) are totally worthless OOF blurs :'( Starting to get a few almost acceptable shots which I will post for C&C. For those that are proficient, what settings do you use? Things like (on a 7D) AV or TV mode, what autofocus settings (zone, AF point expansion, etc), metering setting, etc? I try to limit ISO to 400 but that means wide aperture (shallow DOF-blurry) and/or slow shutter speed (again, blurry shots). Maybe I need a 5D3 or 1DX ;D Thanks for any suggestions. Here are some of my better ones from past 2 days.
Ok, one more time. Yes, I posted a long response and the connectivity gods decided my post needed to be rewritten!  :P

So here goes.

Feb 24 I went to this place that migratory birds come to to get pics of BIF. I have posted pics on the forum. In the two hours I was there, I took 2000 pics. It was a great experience. The birds I photographed in flight were Flamingos, Egrets, Painted Storks, Ibis - including Black Ibis, Sandpipers, Gulls Terns and a few more.

I shot with my 5D3 and 100-400L mostly at 400mm. My settings for the shooting were:
Manual mode, shutter speed 1/800, f6.3, ISO Auto, AF center point with 8 way expansion, first shot shutter priority, subsequent shots focus priority, AF case 1, lens IS was on, focus limiter was on so 6.5m to infinity.

I expected more keepers. By keepers I mean that they are sharp even at 100% view in RAW.

My learning from the analysis I did was:
  • The shutter speed should have been in excess of 1/1200 probably around 1/1600 or 1/2000
  • The f stop should have been 7.1 or 8 - I intended to set it at 7.1 but obviously I mucked up
  • I would have loved to ETTR - I just do not know how to do that for BIF; in M mode one can't set EC; if someone can advise me that would be great
  • The card I used was a 400x; note to self - get a 64GB 1000x soon - see the buffer filled up and I got upset - that added to the shake I am sure

You have the 7D and some of these settings will not translate but this is the best I can do.

Hope this helps.

To the Gurus on this site, please advise if you have the time.

Rustom


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bchernicoff, dirtcastle, have you tried low level format of the card after downloading? I thought there was a thread either on CR or ML forums about this... If that works maybe you need to add that to your workflow...

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:49:11 AM »
Welcome to CR Spiffyinferno. I like your fire.

+1...very nice fire photo :)
Yup! All three are excellent pictures. I love the clouds in the third one. Welcome to CR!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:44:17 AM »
5d3 and mountain ....
:) lovely form of the stones. Looks like it is my "I like it better in B&W" day. :)

I took the liberty of converting it to B&W and posting it here, Hope you don't mind.



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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2013, 01:18:41 AM »
Posting this as an example of 1dx output as the light was really really low.
For those who are interested, these 'monks' bathe in Ganges every twelve years in a huge affair called Kumbh mela.
Sanj, Lovely picture. What were the settings? There is no EXIF to refer to. BTW, I converted it to B&W and it was so striking. The blue distracts me in the colour version. In the B&W, you go straight to the sadhu's face. And that after simply converting to B&W - no fancy profile stuff...

Lovely picture. I am taking the liberty of uploading that B&W conversion. I hope you do not mind.



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Here's some footage I edited together from last weekend in Central Oregon:

https://vimeo.com/66866250

All but the last three shots are with the Magic Lantern firmware....it's a bit tedious in post but WORTH IT!

Great video! Your intro reminded me of some of the other amazing bucolic footage I've seen from other ML RAW early adopters.

I was able to get RAW working on my 5D3. Tomorrow I'll shoot some footage and string it together. But alas, I don't think it will include misty mountains and green pastures. ;-) Lol... It will probably be more like bumper-to-bumper traffic, construction work, and people yelling at each other. Ah... city life.
So you guys went back to 1.1.3 or never upgraded to 1.2.1? I shall be watching this channel for your videos and comments :)

I never upgraded because I heard it breaks Magic Lantern.  I had never used Magic Lantern prior to the RAW video thing, I'm enjoying all the other, many features as well!

I've heard it's pretty easy to downgrade back to 1.1.3 though!
Yes, I know. However, my f8 focus will go away and my flash focus will be even lazier than me (or should have I said "lazier than I").

I'll wait on the sidelines for now - I have the 1.1.3 saved and so I could just make the jump...

Or else I shall watch the videos you people put up and drool...

Whatever...

Have fun! :)

Ahh, I see, I don't have a lens setups fancy enough that I need f/8 focus.

I have no doubt this will *eventually* work with 1.2.1 though, the rate at which these guys are fixing bugs is pretty impressive.  Most of my complaints about the raw2dng OSX GUI software have been fixed within days!
Actually I do not have fancy glass. If I did, I would not need the f8 focus. I have the 100-400 which is a f5.6 at the long end and when I add the 1.4x, it becomes a f8 560mm. If I had the fancy 500mm or 600mm f4 like some folks do, I would probably not upgrade... So I'll wait... And look forward to videos put up by you folks :)

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