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Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: Today at 11:40:26 AM »
This is the difference between a "WILDlife photographer and someone who takes pictures at the zoo.

There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at a Zoo.
There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at the back yard feeder.
What is unethical is when you present your pictures as real "wildlife" taken in a natural setting.

But, in the end of the day, if a commercial photographer is assigned a task of getting a specific shot that an advertising or marketing manager wants of a leopard or wildcat stalking a prey and it has to be to ready for press on friday, t

The sad thing about your example is that images of wildlife have become such a basic commodity.  Currently on Getty, if you search for a lion image, there are 17,701 results...and they are mostly fantastic shots.   

I'm not criticizing you or your comment, I'm just lamenting the fact that there's a lot of "been there done that" in photography now days as a result of the digital camera revolution.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx replacement speculations.
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:27:07 AM »
Despite some of the rumors, I would guess that it will be a modest upgrade (but secretly hoping for huge improvements) :)

As a sport shooter, i would like to see improvements in these areas, in order of importance:

1. AF speed/accuracy - when covering action in less the ideal light, I still get too many OOF shots.

2. Better high ISO IQ and DR - give me 1/2 stop better high ISO...this would be huge for me as I regularly shoot at ISO 3200 to 6400. 

3. Video with AF tracking - I would love to have AF that tracked my subjects for me when covering action. I never use the video on my 1dx...it's worthless to me for covering action.

Do just these three things, and maybe a slight bump to 14fps, and I would buy a 1dxii in a heartbeat.


Edit...oh, and keep the price under $7,000!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 25, 2015, 04:54:10 AM »
My backyard a couple days ago.  Canon 5d mkii pano with 200mm f/2.8 ii

IMG_2928-Edit by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Nice backyard!

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm Mk I vs Mk II
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:26:17 PM »
The Mk I is a wonderful lens.  But the price difference is not that great, and Buying a Mark 1 means always winding if you should have bought mark II and wondering if/when you will upgrade.

this is so true.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm Mk I vs Mk II
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:54:45 PM »
as others have said...once you move up past f4, the difference is minimal.  but at f2.8, the difference is significant.

you also get improved IS and the ability to get good results with both extenders on the version ii.

also, the AF is slightly faster on the version ii.   you can see the difference in sharpness here:


you get a lot more for the extra money IMO

Quote from: Marsu42

I think Nikon appreciated this and thus released the d750 as 5d3 "all around camera" competition

Almost three years too late.

The d800 barely made it on the list...interesting.

I say that because I think it would've been much higher had Nikon made the d800 a true follow up to the awesome d700, instead of going the high MP route.

I was one of those that left Nikon at the time and bought a 5d3.....it makes me wonder how many others did the same.

Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:11:22 AM »
 :'( >:( >:( :'(

Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 15, 2015, 11:16:21 AM »
I've thought to myself many times after shooting a sporting event and looking through my photos, why is my keeper rate so low?

For sports in poor lighting, if i'm looking for very sharp shots then 1 in 25 are keepers....and if the subjects are moving fast, roughly 1/2 of those 25 will be tossed because they're OOF.  It's hard to keep the AF point directly on the subject consistently...and if it moves off the subject momentarily, I'll get OOF.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 15, 2015, 09:14:02 AM »
Some lions from Kenya in november 2014

Beautiful series. Nicely done.


Lenses / Re: A New Nifty Fifty Coming [CR1]
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:41:33 AM »
Where in the HE double hockey sticks is the 50 1.4 replacement??


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:10:17 AM »
This didn't end well for the pigeon. I was driving through a parking lot when the Cooper's Hawk knocked the pigeon from the sky right in front of me. Feathers went everywhere! I had just started shooting (this is with a Canon XSi) so it was lucky that the hawk was intent upon protecting his kill. I probably took over a hundred photos and this was the only one close to good. This is about an 80% crop. It was very near dark and I had no idea what I was doing in 2008.

At first I wasn't sure what was happening in this photo! ::) 8)

Your description of the events make viewing the photo so much more interesting!  Something I need to remind myself to do more often rather than just post a picture.


Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:05:19 AM »
Interesting photos...I liked them.   Thanks for posting this Drizz!

Portrait / Re: The New Guy
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:19:06 AM »
I have always taken landscape photos with no lighting or flash etc.

This was an experimentation with our newest addition to family that came over Christmas! I definitely see things that could be improved, but I would love to hear feedback/critiques on technique, composure, etc.

Beautiful baby! 

I think they're great photos.  The only critique I would have (because you asked) is that the photos appear a bit too warm for me.  Not overly warm, but just a smidge.  Maybe it's the yellow blanket as Tabor mentioned.

Enjoy those giggles and smiles!

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