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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:38:08 AM »

NIK & On One are just more intuitive than Photoshop, at least for me.

very much agree Edward....photoshop is extremely "not intuitive".


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:08:51 PM »
Ok, I understand now. And I also was not on any kind of drugs when taking this picture. ;)

Settings were: 20s, f/2.8, ISO 2000 at 24 mm   (EF 24-70, 2.8 Mark II)

I just get my new tripod and ballhead and like to play with long exposure. Tripod is Gitzo 4542LS and RRS BH-55 ballhead. I love them both. :P

Yes, Kanin is a mountain near, but it's not visible in this image. The mountain on the left side of the imade is named Krn.


Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:58:00 PM »
All I did was flip it upside down...here's the original!   ;D ::)   and the upside down shot is the second one.

The pond was so calm and perfect that day that the reflected image was just as sharp as the original.

in the original, you can see some ripples in the water in the upper right part of the image....and you can see those same ripples in the lower left after the flip.

north :D

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:26:20 AM »
Anybody care to venture a guess as to what happened to the birds in flight in this image?  ;)

OK I'll bite
When's a reflection not a reflection?..... when the source is missing  :o

The only solution I've come up with is that the UFO on the far left has death rayed the lower bird and is levitating it up to the mother ship to perform some hiddious experiments on  the poor thing.

....... that might be wrong  ???

LOL...not quite. 

Someone must know what happened with this crazy bird in flight image???

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:11:28 AM »
a face that only a mother could love.....
You got such a cute smile and a tilt of the head and this is what you have to say? ;)
A herd of cashmere goats.... we were combing them to get the cashmere wool...

I've never seen a cashmere goat...They look incredibly soft, are they?  Pardon my ignorance for asking.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:08:42 AM »
one from last evening

Really cool shot climber!  Where is this and how doped you shoot it?

Thanks. ;) This is where I am from - Slovenia, Europe. That mountains are are the first one which are a little higher (over 2000m), if you look from Adriatic see to the north. The see is less then 100 km away from those mountains. If you don't know where Adriatic see and Slovenia is, you probably heard for Venice. Well, Venice is 100 km to the west from here.

Sorry, I don't understand your 2nd question. Ask please another time without "doped" word, because I can't figure what does that word mean. ;)

Lol...the autocorrect changed my intended question from "how did you shoot it?"  to "how doped you shoot it".  (It's funny because "doped" is a word used to describe someone being on drugs)

So the question is, how did you shoot it!  Equipment, settings..etc. 

I looked on google maps...that must be near Kanin?

Again, it's a very beautiful image!  Thanks for responding.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:12:28 AM »
Anybody care to venture a guess as to what happened to the birds in flight in this image?  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:01:45 AM »
@Northstar - not sure I agree with the "little bit of punch" and certainly don't intend any disrespect but it appears the overall color and more notably the feathers have been altered with an unnatural purplish hue.  BirdseEye for the iPhone is currently housing over 100 of my images as well as the Mitch Waite group on their upcoming release of iBird Pro.  Bird accuracy and their display is paramount as they are reference points for the 1000's of birders using these apps as field guides (I realize that is not the case here but the OP is aiming for wildlife photography).  Many birds have similar overlaps such as the Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler and the Black-throated Green Warbler.  Enhancing color or saturation as an example could easily portray an incorrect species.

The bird at hand in the first 3 photos is a Tufted Titmouse should that help any and can be researched further here:  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/676/overview/Tufted_Titmouse.aspx (wish we had them here - we've only the Oak Titmouse (similar) and their call is excellent.

Personally, I enjoyed the Tufted Titmouse originals the way they are (display of accuracy and lighting is evenly balanced) and agree with the other poster on the Rebel as with most cropped sensors including the 7D image degradation sets in beyond ISO 800.

Rev, I defer to your expertise regarding the color accuracy.  You definitely know about a 1000 times more than I do about birds, and I've admired many of your bird images. :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:04:54 AM »
one from last evening

Really cool shot climber!  Where is this and how did you you shoot it?

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:01:41 AM »
Pai, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand, in February 2014.

Wonderful colors and tranquility....makes me want to be there.,

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:52:55 AM »
two more - she can fly

She sure can fly!  That first one is really great!

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:48:36 AM »
Here are some of my favorites from my first Eventing, um, event, over the last few days:

Very nice Mack! 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:56:21 PM »
Well the Sagamok Family Hockey Tournament has come to an end this year, and all fundraising goals were met, I am proud to say my photography booth contributed $250, half the days work to our LNHL teams.  Once again I have to thank you all for the advice and guidance. I'd like to contribute to the forum discussion on hockey with regard to my experience over the weekend.

*The abundant technical advice here is awesome, so I do not think I need to add anything else to that but in terms of tips here is what I have to say!

1. Fans are an integral part of the hockey experience, I regret not taking the time to mingle amongst the audience and capture all the drama and emotion they exude with every puck pass and goal!

2. Depending on how much access you have, try and get shots of the players on bench. For this tourney I had unrestricted access all around the arena. Side portraits of players on bench is great because you witness the exhaustion, will power and mettle these players have. You can lower you shutter speed because they are not moving at 20km/h It is also a great way to break up a couple hundred photos of people wearing helmets and skating real fast.

3. Take the time to get comfortable with "Register Camera settings" which designates the settings for "C1" C2" and "C3" on your mode dial. I had my camera settings prepped for three different lighting conditions, those being "on ice" bench/audience bleachers and inner hall/cafeteria. You be far more productive this way, instead of constantly switching up lighting, aperture, speed and iso as you move about the arena.

4. This pointer maybe specific to my case of total unrestricted access, switch sides of the arena half way through each period to provide both sides the opportunity to be photographed "in action"

5. Did not do this shot this year, but I like to do one behind the goalie and behind the protective glass, where it is a long exposure where the goalie is motionless and the players are a blur either in the distance or coming his/her way.

6. Make use of any opportunity for a new angle or perspective. A goalie was injured during one of the games(nothing serious), so I went on ice and got photos of the two teams mingling with their friends, family, team mates and fellow players.

7. Some of the best photos occurred during warm ups. Such as father providing his daughter a crash course in hockey scrapping. Just to note fighting is banned at the tourney but this mock scrap with a daughter trying to tune her dad up was fun to catch on camera.

8. When players exhale their breath turns to mist and can either add some atmosphere to your photo or.....add this layer of grey that kinda kills your portrait. Get your timing down!

Things to note, I did not shot raw for this tourney as I had my wife manning the print station and she was feeling intimidated by the software. She got over it by day 2 but for expediency sake I stayed with JPEG for action shots and shot RAW for team photos. The first day was in regards to selling prints a flop. No one wanted action shots, they wanted team photos and players themselves did not stay when their game ended. This is a fundraiser tourney and many of them had work in morning, so I can't blame them. All our sales came on the last day when everyone was at the tourney for the finals and we had lots of team photos. A great inefficiency to profit was actually "action shots" where we would have a customer search for over 5- 10 minutes for a good photo of themselves or a relative on ice, thinking a separate PC and printer for those photos in the future.

One of the best take aways for this event for me was that it killed my lingering case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  I shot the entire thing with a 6d/70-200mm and a flash without a fancy diffuser. I am way more interested in refining my technique with what I have and not thinking about how a new piece of equipment will make me a better photographer. That is where this forum came in, so once again thank you! Chi-Meegwetch


some good shots Pakneh....question, are those two people fighting in the first image? 

anyway, it sounds like you learned a lot, that's the most important thing.

look at image 1 and 4....remember to STRAIGHTEN ....very easy and quick fix. 

good luck

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:25:23 PM »
some more hockey from last night...

Wow! These are SUPERB! You really got some great action here.  :D

Thanks Viggo! :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:41:35 PM »
some more hockey from last night...

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