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Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:25:20 PM »
Three answers come to mind:
"To Win Friends and Influence People" (or to meet girls ;D ).
To not would be to rob the world of a genius.   ::)
When you have the camera, no one is pointing one at you.
I had not figured the third one :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:55:14 PM »
I really wish i could figure out what he was thinking at this exact moment.
5DIII and 24-70 2.8II at 2.8

A friend of mine summarizes a dog's thoughts with regards to eating something as:

"There is a chance that this might be edible, so, to be safe, I better eat it."

Love the shot!

:)
The dog I had 15 years back used to do that - look at the biscuit and drool. Then all I needed to say is "Fluffy, give" and she would snatch it up - not eat it but move sufficiently far away :)
She did not want to share her biscuits...

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Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:45:21 PM »
I used to like this lens more. Then I began to appreciate prime lenses. All of a sudden this zoom becomes mediocre. It's performance is average but it's versatile. I am debating whether to sell it to fund a sigma 35. But I'm afraid I'll regret selling a general zoom. Plus it's not worth as much as when  I bought it. For those of you who own this zoom, do you still use it very much? I realize it's unfair to compare a zoom with a prime but I promise myself not to add a lens without selling one. What a dilemma...
Yes. For primes I have the 40mm and the 100L. I would still shoot with the 24-105 when the light is good. I guess I have been spoilt by zooms and am a lazy photographer. I would rather not change lenses. I guess I have never shot with the f1.8 or 1.4 or 1.2 so I probably don't know what I am missing...


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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:38:45 PM »
I really wish i could figure out what he was thinking at this exact moment.
5DIII and 24-70 2.8II at 2.8
That's easy!
"Wow! A big ameba! Now if I wait long enough it will multiply by dividing! Yum!"
 ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:34:16 PM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a year...one for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
Ooops, it was meant as a joke, due to the mouthfull of dog hair that it has in its beak........ :-\

When we brush our dog, in the springtime the hairs go into the feeder shown so birds can take them as nesting material.

Cheers Brian
That's an idea! It is summer now and both dogs will start shedding soon!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:04:59 AM »
Its a damn sight more interesting than my attempt at the last Space Shuttle night launch ever. Mind you I was 14 miles or so away so I could never frame anything like as tight as you did, so I didn't bother trying.
Lovely!

You guys are lucky bugs! The only rockets I see are firecrackers!

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Lenses / Re: Need help choosing lenses.
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:51:28 PM »
Like the folks have said 15-85 can be your walkabout lens. If you want to go long, look at the 70-200 and 70-300 options. These should be L glass. No point getting the non-L. You could look at the 55-250 but that would be a compromise compared to L glass. Typically you want to keep your lens for a looooooong time :)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:43:16 PM »
sunrise over lake ontario - ISO 640, f3.5, 20 seconds


awesome!
Yup! Excellent shot Chuck!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:40:54 PM »
Full 180.  You must have been hanging upside down for that one!  :)

Bit of fun from a concert/benefit I shot the other day for Burning Man.

1Dx, 8-15 f/4 Fish, 600 EX RT

She was, I had placed my camera on the speaker deck she was hanging above. The flash stopped her but let the background blur a bit due to the music, which is exactly what I wanted. Super excited as the company she works for contacted me for a full head-shot session of all their dancers.
Congratulations! Great shot and technique. It is shots like this that make me want a 8-15...

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EOS Bodies / Re: The sound of silence
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:50:57 AM »
Written by Paul Simon sung by "Simon@Garfunkel"
That is the first thought that hit me. I just love that song!

And then there was the news of the bombing in Boston some days back - and in Tripoli and the killings in Nigeria and so many more deaths... for no reason. And as you can notice I am just talking about human deaths...
*sigh*

I wish we were "better" living beings...

Agreed, were not, but we live in hope.
Yup! There is hope!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Common Hawk Cuckoo aka Brain Fever Bird
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:55:08 PM »
Nice shots Anand!

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EOS Bodies / Re: The sound of silence
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:06:33 PM »
Written by Paul Simon sung by "Simon@Garfunkel"
That is the first thought that hit me. I just love that song!

And then there was the news of the bombing in Boston some days back - and in Tripoli and the killings in Nigeria and so many more deaths... for no reason. And as you can notice I am just talking about human deaths...
*sigh*

I wish we were "better" living beings...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:50:33 PM »
a beautiful dusting of snow came last night...
1dx
24-105
f10
iso 100
1/400
Blue, white and brown. Lovely picture!

Btw, what are you complaining about? If you want warmer weather come over to my place - Pune, India - a comfortable 38 degrees and I am talking C not F :).

No weather channel - the weather does not change that much...

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Lenses / Re: which lens to keep
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:23:44 PM »
Sell both and get a new 24-70 f2.8 ii
It's what I'd do and if your going to buy online in US, do it before this Internet wide sales tax kicks in which looks like is going to happen soon.
I was sad when I saw that. But think about it - "real" sellers will prevail and the duds who fleece the people on the internet will  - well , let us say (hopefully) expire. They say, there is no free lunch (or breakfast, brunch, dinner or happy hour - you get my drift?).

So action item. Buy soon! Or you will pay more.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:45:11 AM »
I've only recently started but here's a few of mine. All hand-held, 7D, usually ISO 800 or 1600, no idea of the other settings.

Geese Flying (100-400 L)
IM130780.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Flying (100-400 L):
IM131697.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Wren (70-300 L):
IM132508.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Fightling (100-400 L)
IM131916.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Starlings (70-300 L)
IM132740.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Blackbird (70-300 L)
IM133941.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

The pairs are great!

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