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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:31:38 AM »
I reworked my Rosette Nebula image with a new software package called PixInsight. A VASTLY superior product for astrophotography, it gives me so much more control over everything, and allows me to tweak specific layers and scales of detail independently without messing with my color balance. This version of Rosette is much more color accurate than the nearly monochrome-red version that I posted before...and it has a bit more color contrast, so certain details should be easier to see than before:

simply fantastic!  it feels like i'm looking at it through an ultra powerful telescope.

Photography Technique / Re: 1D X - 12 FPS or 14 FPS?
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:44:17 PM »
almost always at 12 fps.

i've experimented with 14fps and MF on a select's cool, but too limited.  12 fps is fast enough.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:59:04 PM »
the hummingbird an the owl are outstanding !!!!!

My first posting here
BIF, yes for sure....  :D

1. bif heron

2. ist nearly landed allowed ?

Both made wirh Tamron 150-600VC

nice photos!   how did the Tamron work for BIF? 


Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:15:54 PM »
another hummingbird and a barred owl.

having fun shooting BIF.  now I know why this thread is so long!! :) :D

i'm happy to hear constructive comments...positive or negative.  i'm always open to hear different opinions.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:00:18 PM »
The dove shots are all great, and while I don't have any to share, I finally tracked down the little guy in my yard who keeps waking me up in the morning and serenading me with his hoots each evening.  He was way, way up high, but I snagged him with my 300 + 2x with (OOPS!) circular polarizer.  It was dusk but I didn't think it was THAT dark!  Luckily the IS allowed me to handhold at 1/30s allowing me to use ISO 1600 instead of 25600!  Note to self - remove CIR-PLs from all lenses before I pack my lenses to come home.  Now I need to get a better shot of him - tripod / Better Beamer will be at the ready for his next visit!

good story Mack!  nice shot, looking forward to the next one!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:58:58 PM »
5d3 with 70-200 2.8ii with 1.4x shot at 280.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:51:03 AM »
Hi Carl.
If you want pheasants just come to the Isle of Wight, trouble is they are mainly squished on the road, they have no concept of vehicles on roads at the best of times but it is the thinking with the small brain season so they are even less aware of their surroundings at the moment, one tried to get under my van wheels yesterday, not content with running in to the road it then started random acts of dithering left then right then stop then.... I missed him, but he tried really hard to get hit!

Really great pics from all, thanks.

Cheers Graham.

Excellent works, guys! Thanks for posting them.

And for something aerial kung-fu. Or taekwondo, if You like that better...

Great, don't see enough pheasants...I wish we had them down here.  The wings spread one is the best.

funny story Valve! ;D

and thanks for your kind words.

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

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

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.

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)


thanks neuro, click, buddy, and wildlife!

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

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  ;))

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!!


- 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.

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

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. 


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.  :)


I'll do that Vivid, thanks!

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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