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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:25:23 PM »
some more hockey from last night...

Wow! These are SUPERB! You really got some great action here.  :D

Thanks Viggo! :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:41:35 PM »
some more hockey from last night...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:58:24 AM »
Been watching The Life of Birds documentary by the BBC, and so was happy to see Gary's "Love Dance" and Steven's heron fetching nest-building materials :)  Timely and well-executed captures one can only dream about.

Here's a Brown Shrike from day 2 of practicing with my Tamron at 600mm on 6D, f 8, 1/320, ISO 640 handheld (some cropping, sharpening, tweaking contrast, as the mid-afternoon side light was still a bit harsh):

Perched Brown Shrike

PS: BTW, for the sake of educating new birders like me, please do try to ID the birds posted -- thanks. 600mm and 1/320th, handheld?   i could never get a shot that sharp at 1/320 and 600mm if hand held.

nice shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:28:54 PM »
What app did you use on your iPad?

Alan...I usually use snapseed...but for this quickie i just used iPhoto.

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!


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!

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 of the better/best shots in this post!

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?

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

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.

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 he described. 

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

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

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

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

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.

  I know they were kidding so was I
!!   there is a lot of nice people here
some not so much LOL true.  The 80/20 rule applies.   We (the 80), just need to do our best to ignore the 20.

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:

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:

wow, crazy...thanks for posting mack! 

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.'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"'re right, it's easier to think of it that way.


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 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.

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!!!

congrats...a nice feeling!

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