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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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I tried the 135 for a couple weeks and then returned it.  I found the AF less reliable than my 70-200 2.8ii when shooting indoor sports.




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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:20:16 PM »
On the 5D3, the DOF preview button is where my right pinky sits naturally, so that works for me. I just wish it were a persistent toggle. It only switches modes while being depressed. It would be far better IMO to have it switch once per press, or alternately to cycle through C modes with that button rather than the dial.

totally agree about the "persistent toggle" (one press vs holding it)   If it did work that way, then this second back button solution wouldn't be as important.   But with that said, it's much more convenient to do it the way Steve is suggesting as compared to holding in the DOF button.

north

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:51:04 AM »
It took me quite some time to shoot these 2 fast little silver eared nightingales.



What a beautiful and interesting looking bird!   Nice shot!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:37:22 AM »
Not the best photo I've ever taken, by a long shot, but how many of you have ever seen an Elegant Trogon?  These birds are extremely rare in the U.S., living in only a few isolated canyons in southeastern Arizona.  I got this male this morning alongside a stream right on the Mexican border.

Very nice!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:25:22 AM »

lol...Rusty, you are one funny dude!  ;D


You think that's funny, check out what I changed my signature to today!   Bwaa Ha Ha!!   ;D


Funny...and I'm sure we would all agree that whatever Surapon said, it surely would be very respectful, friendly, polite, and helpful! :)

That is true. But I find you very helpful and polite as well!

Very nice of you to say,!  Thank you .

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 04:40:42 PM »

lol...Rusty, you are one funny dude!  ;D


You think that's funny, check out what I changed my signature to today!   Bwaa Ha Ha!!   ;D


Funny...and I'm sure we would all agree that whatever Surapon said, it surely would be very respectful, friendly, polite, and helpful! :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 23, 2014, 04:27:01 PM »






1Dx, 70-200/2.8, ISO 640, 1/250@3.5 with 8 speedlights set up to light the court.

jim....some good action shots, but i'm not sure about the "flash look" in these photos. 

i use my 1dx to shoot indoor sport without flash all the time...iso 3200-5000 still great IQ.

Yes, the 1Dx is good in gyms at 3200-5000, but what it's not good at, nor is ANY camera is cycling lights in a gyms.  I would say the 85% of the gyms I shoot in have some type of lights that cycle or mixed lighting types which just makes it a pain in the ass to get something done quickly for a deadline.  That's where flash comes in and fixes the issue.  Some gyms look better than others due to locations I can mount my lights.

And just to give you an example of a bad gym around here..  at 6400, 2.8 the shutter speed would had been 1/60.  Yes.. 1/60.  I asked the guy that was shooting with a 1D3 what he did and he said, "Wait for everyone to  stop moving" and even then his photos were underexposed a good 2/3 of a stop.    If I had the luxury of shooting in a D1 gym that was lit properly, maybe.   But even with state finals coming up next week for boys basketball I'm considering asking my Photo Editor to rent the house lights at Bankers Life for $300.   

With flash and sports, you either love it or hate it, and for me, the parents absolutely love it, because nobody else does it.  But as I said, gyms that I've never been in (like the images posted here) can cause issues with flaring or having a direct flash look.  However, some gyms that I work in on a regular basis, that isn't such an issue.

jim....1/60th at iso 6400 and 2.8, wow!  i see now why you went with the flash.

thanks for the info!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:49:22 PM »
Since I don't own a 1DX, I think I'll just heckle those more fortunate than myself!   8)

This thread is a true camera geek thread!!   :P

A bunch of uber-camera geeks sitting around discussing the various methods, techniques and strategies of which button method they use to focus with on their fancy expensive cameras!  And even going so far as to consider the f-stop and speed of the focus points together with which algorithm is used for the different focus modes!  Wow!

Truly, it's an enlightening thread but I just had to step back and joke with you a minute on how truly geeky it is!!   ;D


lol...Rusty, you are one funny dude!  ;D

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