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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: March 07, 2014, 01:08:14 PM »
I just want to say thanks to FTB-n, tolusina and NorthStar for all the advice. The forum community here is very helpful and the primary reason I frequent this site. I just wanted post an update, I am currently shooting at a Hockey Tourney fundraiser for the LNHL in Ontario and have swapped my 7D for my wife's 6D. I am applying the advice you all provided and am having much improved results in acquiring more "keeper" photos.

Once again, thanks for the advice and I have two more days hockey photography to put to practice!

-Pakneh

good improvements Pakneh....make sure you look at the image in post editing for ways to improve the image...boosting exposure usually helps with hockey to see their faces a bit better.

it looks like you're really in a dark ice arena if you're shooting at iso8000....tough conditions.

i took the liberty (i hope you don't take offense)  to show you what I would do with the last image...

straighten..cropped...add exp...a little contrast..sharpening...added some light to the players face...and noise reduction.

obviously i'm just working with a small jpeg file and would be better with RAW.

unless you're planning to print it out in a larger size(rare now days) don't be afraid to crop it tighter to bring us closer to the action.  with sports, there's a reason why people pay more for the front row.  ;)

looking forward to seeing more!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:52:46 AM »

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) by Robin SS Lee, on Flickr

Very we'll done....one of the better/best shots in this post!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:47:08 AM »

A Huge Sunset by Sharad Medhavi, on Flickr

Very nice Sharad...what were your settings on this shot?  Did you use a filter?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:41:51 AM »
1Dx
600mm


Gary...I'm curious.  When you shoot a fast moving subject coming straight at you like this using a super tele and your 1dx, do you get several oof shots mixed in with the sharp ones when burst shooting?   I do, so I'm just curious if it's normal?

For example, if I shot this eagle coming straight at me with my 1dx 300 2.8 combo I'm guessing that in a 10 -12 shot burst there would be 3 to 5 out of focus. 

Anyone else with thoughts on this I sure would appreciate....sometimes I wonder if I need to send in the 300 for service/inspection.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:16:56 AM »
I think they're good shots.  There are really only 3 images though as the first two and the last two are pretty much the same shot.  ( a bit redundant )

As Alan mentioned, the framing could be a bit better on the last two...like he described. 

I like the first one the best...sounds like you had fun!

One other thing....you could do some minimal editing to give it some more punch....like this 30 second edit done on my iPad. 

Thanks for sharing Wesley....keep posting! :D



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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:56:50 AM »

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 06, 2014, 02:18:17 PM »
Gary, there is no serious talk of "banning you", it's just kidding around about how great your shots are.  I'm a beginner and there is lots of inspiration that comes from viewing the best of the best (your eagles brought me to CR initially).  Keep posting in the wildlife threads! ;) 

So far I like CR and in particular the wildlife threads because I think we're all just ordinary decent folk who love life especially as represented in nature.  We also like to joke around all in good fun.  A little humor is good for the soul.  I'm sure I'm speaking for the vast majority.

Jack
  I know they were kidding so was I
!!   there is a lot of nice people here
some not so much LOL

Gary...so true.  The 80/20 rule applies.   We (the 80), just need to do our best to ignore the 20.

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Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:19:10 PM »

And don't forget Bigfoot, countless UFOs, and the Loch Ness monster. Poor photos can be iconic.

I got a snap of the Yeti on a one pixel camera! I love that single white pixel. It gets across the true essence of the Yeti and it was also accepted as solid proof by a leading cryptozoologist.
That sounds like my gigapixel panorama of the blue sky - I've been fielding calls from NASA ;)

Also, I don't know if you guys saw this set of photos (also from India) - I think the 2nd photo was selected as a photo of the year for Reuters or someone:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016812/Leopard-attack-India-Big-cat-knifed-beaten-village-rampage.html

And yes, I know some of you hate the Daily Mail, but photos are photos and this is the best source for these particular ones

I also found this second (possibly NSFW) set that some might find rather disturbing:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/leopard-attack-gallery-animals-loose-graphic-content-1437991

wow, crazy...thanks for posting mack! 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:57:30 AM »
It is just magnification and aperture, once you accept that, however convoluted the route to getting there, then it is easier on the mind.

Start to think magnification and aperture and all the inconsistencies and complications fall away.

PBD....you're right, i had always thought of the three.... focal length, distance to subject, aperture....but when i read what you wrote, "start to think magnification and aperture" only....you're right, it's easier to think of it that way.

thanks,
north

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Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:29:30 AM »
isn't this a part of the world where lots of children wander the streets?   dangerous for them indeed!

Yes it is. The part of India I'm in reports at least one human death from leopard attacks in a week. Women and children are most exposed to risk.

really?  wow...i guess the 3 feet of snow outside is good for something....no leopards.
keeps poisonous reptiles and crocodiles away too....

and also...i remember when i lived in the southwest, i always got a little nervous after walking through something as simple as a spider web.

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:21:28 AM »
I’m published!!!!!!!
I was asked to snap a Karting event on Monday night, I used the new 70D and the 18-55 STM kit lens (as I haven’t picked up the 24-105L yet), this was the second time I had the camera in my hand as I only bought it on Saturday night.
Although I’m delighted at seeing my name (spelled wrong, LOL) as a recognised photographer, I have major critique on the results, so here’s hoping I’ll have sharper images at the next event!!!

http://www.dubaiautodrome.com/tracktalk/2014/03/report-sws-rx7-and-junior-sprint-races/

congrats...a nice feeling!

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Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:09:45 AM »
isn't this a part of the world where lots of children wander the streets?   dangerous for them indeed!

Yes it is. The part of India I'm in reports at least one human death from leopard attacks in a week. Women and children are most exposed to risk.

really?  wow...i guess the 3 feet of snow outside is good for something....no leopards.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:06:04 AM »






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. 

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mack...i think something is wrong with your card or 5d3 settings if you're only getting 23 shots before slowing.  i did this simple test a couple weeks ago and posted results comparing the lexar 1000x and sandisk 90mbs with 45 write speed....both went to about 30 shots before slowing on my 5d3.

i wanted to point out to people with a 5d3 that my upgrade didn't make any speed difference in write times....or read if using USB 2.

check it out.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19648.msg372042#new

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: In Like A Lion
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:55:32 AM »
I'm surprised that others living South of us in Ct haven't seen them migrating yet.  Maybe East Coast Birds are smarter :)   We live North of Spokane, Wa  about 47 degrees 56 minutes Latitude, well North of CT

I heard a "bird expert" on talk radio recently say that between 1-5% of robins don't migrate, they just stay all year.

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