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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:40:57 PM »
Harris hawk

5d3
70-200 2.8ii w/ 1.4x at 280mm


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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:22:08 PM »
I walk and cycle a lot with this lens and always use a Black Rapid shoulder strap for carrying. It works flawlessly and balances the body and lens very well.

Also bought a Don Zecklens Cap which I am very happy with.

Contrary to another writer above I always - always - use it with the hood on. All that glass up front and no protection? Hmmm... YMMV.

Finally, remember to microadjust. Mine needed just a twist on each of my bodies. However, almost only shooting wide open I could see it at once.

Happy Shooting!

couldn't agree more about the black rapid strap.  canon should wake up and start including something similar with the 1dx and 5d3 instead of the current neck strap that goes unused by many.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:48:06 PM »
My first ever hummingbird photos!   (I'm mostly a sports/people shooter)

Excellent!

thanks neuro, click, buddy, and wildlife!

i'm not as skilled at BIF like many here are so i appreciate the kind words.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:00:55 PM »
... with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

 ;D   ;D   ;D

Beautiful "scenery" ... after a while of watching, I can see Smiley appearing slowly.

Click...LOL, I think you're right!

Old Shooter and Sporgon...I'll try to do better next time!  lol   ;D  (and don't think I wasn't a little tempted  ;))


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While a but "corny" for some, check out "Old Tucson Studios".  It is a recreated old western town where many films and TV shows have been filmed.  A fire a few years back destroyed some of it but they've rebuilt some of it and there are opportunities for some interesting photos and backgrounds.

Depending on your interest and time allowances, you might want to go to the town of Oracle and check out the Biosphere, a huge greenhouse like structure that was allegedly built as a self-contained environment meant to replicate what might be done for space travel in the future.

South of Tucson, about an hour or so, is the tiny town of Tubac, and "artsy" community set in the desert that makes ro some interesting shopping, walking and photography, as well.

Jpaz...I've heard mixed reviews on Old Tucson Studios, but Tubac sounds very interesting....Thanks for the suggestion!!

North

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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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