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- Desert Sonoran Museum (natural zoo)
- Saguaro National Park (I think west is nicer than east)
- Tombstone and Bisbee
- Pima air museum

Desert Sonoran Museum and Pima Air museum are def on the agenda...thanks RC.

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I highly recommend Sun Xavier mission near Tucson--it can be gorgeous if the lighting is just right.

http://www.sanxaviermission.org

As for the boneyard, it is truly an amazing place to photograph and I was lucky enough to do so a few years ago when I knew the base commander there. If you don't know someone on base, I understand there are bus tours, but at the time, I was told the bus tours don't allow photography. That may have changed. You'll definitely need to check that out ahead of time.

If you can go north a few hours, Sedona has the gorgeous red rocks to photograph.

thanks Vived...much appreciated.  I'm going to look into the boneyard and the sun xavier mission. 

sincerely,
north

Dear north,

As someone else noted in a post after mine, the correct spelling of the mission is San Xavier. (The dark side of auto correct.) As for it being one big white building in the desert, it is. But I personally find it to be architecturally interesting and I like the fact that you can photograph it without clutter in the background. The good news is, is that it is been photographed many times and you can go online and see in advance if it is something you'd like to go visit in person. It's all personal preference.  :)

Cheers,
Vivid

I'll do that Vivid, thanks!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:17:05 AM »
Here's "Smiley" (named Smiley for what appear to be rows of teeth on his jawline)

First image Smiley....second image Smiley with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:48:02 AM »
Last light...

serene.  beautiful.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:55:38 AM »
My first ever hummingbird photos!   (I'm mostly a sports/people shooter)

Shot while hiking

handheld
5d3
70-200 2.8ii
1/2000
iso 250
f5

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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:40:42 AM »
tip - don't use it for street shooting in sketchy areas

suggestion - enjoy what many agree is Canon's best lens. 

I can honestly say that i've never used the lens hood on my 300 2.8ISi, who wants to carry that thing around?

congrats!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:00:09 AM »
I have an induro tripod and ball head ....and I like them both very much.   They seem very well made.

Good luck.

http://m.indurogear.com/products/induro-cgt114.aspx

I have an Induro monopod and I like it a lot, it's rated to support 50 pounds.  I can't seem to find a lens that weighs 50 lbs for rent, though!  1000mm f/2...

Lol   ;D


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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 30, 2014, 06:46:40 AM »
I have an induro tripod and ball head ....and I like them both very much.   They seem very well made.

Here's a kit for $490...carbon.

http://m.indurogear.com/products/grand-turismo-alloy-8m-tripod-kits/

And for a little less money, the aluminum.

http://m.indurogear.com/products/grand-turismo-alloy-8m-tripod-kits/

Good luck.

http://m.indurogear.com/products/induro-cgt114.aspx

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Mooses
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:50:35 AM »
In Glacier National Park.

Very nice Longexposure!

Must have been great to be there.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:41:19 PM »
A wild Golden Eagle dines out on Red Fox

Red fox already dead?  (Or do GE's prey on fox?)

Great shot mick!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:51:31 AM »
Focal length = 300mm, f/5.6, iso 125, 1/250 s

This is at the sweet spot of the lens

Lots of nice pictures Alan!  I especially like this one.

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I just realized that i didnt answer your question.

Answer...not much.

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I highly recommend Sun Xavier mission near Tucson--it can be gorgeous if the lighting is just right.

http://www.sanxaviermission.org

As for the boneyard, it is truly an amazing place to photograph and I was lucky enough to do so a few years ago when I knew the base commander there. If you don't know someone on base, I understand there are bus tours, but at the time, I was told the bus tours don't allow photography. That may have changed. You'll definitely need to check that out ahead of time.

If you can go north a few hours, Sedona has the gorgeous red rocks to photograph.

thanks Vived...much appreciated.  I'm going to look into the boneyard and the sun xavier mission. 

sincerely,
north

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:28:13 AM »
Emu

Menace...I was scrolling down the screen looking at all the great bird images when I found this guy looking me straight in the eye!  Great shot, thanks for posting it.

I saved it for my iPad lock screen...here's a screen grab.  Hope you don't mind.

Take care,
North

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:15:34 AM »
I will take criticism openly. I am here for that.

1dx. Zeiss 35mm f1.4

Your photo has a calming influence on me...the scene is so peaceful.   I like it.

Question, is that smoke in the background? 

Take care,
North

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