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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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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 23, 2014, 07:28:12 AM »
This is Paisley, My wire haired Daschund...


Nice photo dave!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 23, 2014, 07:26:17 AM »
6D - Puppy love

I just love those puppies!  ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:05:22 PM »
Alley Cat.... found as a kitten in an alley... and now enjoying a life of luxury.

Lots of great shots here....Don, this is a beautiful cat/image!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:47:51 PM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO

Looks like a lot of fun to photograph.  Hopefully nobody landed on top of you.  ;) Nice shots!

Thanks wildlife!  Yes, basketball is a fun sport to shoot because there are no helmets in the way and you can get very close to the action.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:01:57 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. The penny still fails to drop. It will one day, I hope. Currently either I do not know something or brain cells not working.
Perhaps soon I will have an 'ah ha' moment. Waiting.

sanj....your wrote "either i don't know something or"...could it be that you don't know that one shot is better(sharper)than servo for "non action" shots?   I'm sure you know this but I just thought i would point it out just in case. (i'm sure you do know because i've seen your awesome images)

the main reason for wanting the set up steve describes is to quickly and more easily switch from servo to one shot by having the buttons right next to each other.  ("af-on button" and "*" button)   (servo and one shot)

Northstar: No I did not know that 'one shot' is sharper than servo for still objects. I thought is was about getting focus, not the way one got focus. And I believe that once I get focus and I remove the thumb from the back focus, I am as good as 'one shot'. Am I wrong?

Having said all of this, I am positive that I am missing something... I will get it one day and go 'yeyyyy'.

Hi Sanj...I believe the "predictive" nature of AF servo leads to a lower hit rate on critically sharp images vs one shot...at least that's been my experience.   

Even if you acquire focus with servo and release the AF-on button like you wrote, the focus was acquired using the predictive algorithms that servo uses.  The servo system works great most of the time, but if something truly isn't moving, it's better to not have the predictive nature of servo involved.

If I'm wrong about this then someone please tell me.

North

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:42:39 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. The penny still fails to drop. It will one day, I hope. Currently either I do not know something or brain cells not working.
Perhaps soon I will have an 'ah ha' moment. Waiting.

sanj....you wrote "either i don't know something or"...could it be that you don't know that one shot is better(sharper)than servo for "non action" shots?   I'm sure you know this but I just thought i would point it out just in case. (i'm sure you do know because i've seen your awesome images)

the main reason for wanting the set up steve describes is to quickly and more easily switch from servo to one shot by having the buttons right next to each other.  ("af-on button" and "*" button)   (servo and one shot)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:54:06 AM »
:( I do not understand. I have been using back button focus for a long while now and it seems fast enough. On the top lcd I leave it on servo focus.
What am I missing here? In any case I have the 1dx set exposure on the focus point.

Would love to understand this post, I constantly want to improve my technique.

Sanj...Steve is still using back button AF-on for servo...no change there.

The change is that he's now using the * button (AE lock) for when he wants to shoot in one shot mode. 


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:31:40 PM »
Went to the park for an hour to test the new lens,i have never shot birds or anything but got one i was happy with especially as i am a total noob at this lol.

you did great...very nice!

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