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Animal Kingdom / Re: Mooses
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:45:44 PM »
A Little Upset

These Moose in Grand Teton National Park were all hanging out together enjoying some willow along the creek bank when all of a sudden this guy had a little temper tantrum.

wow...great shot!


I can tell you that regardless of age, experience, talent or skill level, everyone gets nervous.  But that soon goes away when you get rolling if you are well prepared and you have a solid plan to follow.

Rusty.... a slight edit:

I can tell you that regardless of age, experience, talent or skill level, everyone gets nervous.  But that soon goes away after two or three shots of vodka!

 ;D ::)

Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:16:48 PM »
living in the midwest, i see hummers about once a maybe 5-10 a year.

i spent a week in Tucson recently and during the week i saw 100+ that's a big part of it...the numbers game.   i'm no hummingbird shooting expert, but i got some great results because of the number of opportunities i had.

also, as someone else mentioned, you needed more reach....they get scared off if you get too close.   a 70-200 or 100-400 sure do weigh more, but you'll have a lot more shooting opportunities.

Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:11:13 PM »
The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong.

Ok, but I will play the dumb guy and ask.  What about this picture did you not like?  It is tough to give advice unless we know what you were really intending for your shot.

You shot this at f8 with 1/125th.  That's not too bad.  F8 gives you a bit of DOF leeway for when the Hummer zips sideways (which they always seem to do).  1/125 gives you a nice wing blur but seemed to keep the head pretty sharp.  Not every BIF needs to be razor sharp. 

Did you try cropping this in post to get rid of some of the distractions to the left?

If this is your idea of "dismal", you and I ain't in the same league.   ;D A little cropping and some post (you *did* shoot this in RAW didn't ya?) and you would have a nice picture of a hummer.  Nonone is gonna pay you a million dollars for it, but it is a pretty good picture.

Keep in mind, this was truly a "snap shot".  I think you did pretty good with the time you had.  One thing to keep in mind is that hummers often come back to the same group of flowers after darting away.  That might give you some more set up time.

Me thinks you are beating yourself up a little too much on this one. :)


i did it for you...looks pretty good to me.


This company is paying photogs $20 an hour and you might have to drive as far as 100 miles... But that's neither here nor there. 

I read through the quiz... and I really want there to be write in answers. 

For instance...

If you are photographing a person at 12 Noon in bright sunlight what would you do? *
Use your flash
Over expose 2 stops
Under expose 2 stops
Reduce the ISO on your camera

I'd go with... tell everyone to stare into sun... and I'd shoot from a high angle in time lapse... so you CAN SEE the exact moment when they all go blind.

You are photographing a 5 month old outdoors on the grass. Which would work best? *
Put the baby in a car seat
Put the baby on it's tummy
Shoot from a high angle
Use a fast shutter speed

5 months... my freaking 7 month can't sit up.  I'd ask the mother if her body has snapped back yet and if she has thought of doing nudes... oh yeah.  My concern is the grass... I think if you put a baby on the grass, it is going to poke them and they are going to freak the f out.

But hey... good for them... they are making fat cash off of people.

lol..high angle time lapse ;D

Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:28:36 AM »
Joshua Tree is out of the way from all the rest (much farther south near Los Angeles) and is not very scenic. Of course you can get nice photos there, but given your itinerary I would strongly advise dropping Joshua Tree.

totally agree!

So how did this story end?  How did it go?  Any pictures to share??

mack and rusty....lot's of good advice!!   (rusty, do you think he should practice first or just wing it ;D)

Here's a comparison (with the 70-200 Mk I, at least) I found that may be of interest:
Canon 135mm f/2 vs Canon 70-200 I L Lens Review / Comparison Test

I think the differences are pretty subtle and with the Mk II (he also did a Mk I vs. Mk II comparison), I'm sure they are much more subtle.  The 1-stop for speed is by far the biggest difference.

thanks Mack.   subtle indeed!  i would guess that 9 out of 10 people wouldn't notice the difference and wouldn't have a preference between the photos.

i had a lovely time in tucson.   the desert sonoran museum and sabino canyon were the highlights.  but i also went to the pima air and space museum and old tucson.

thanks to all for the advice and recommendations!

a few shots from the trip...(i've posted a few of these elsewhere on CR so pardon me for the redundancy)

Canon General / Re: Lioness Fights Crocodiles over a Dead Hippo
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:00:19 AM »
wonder how it ended?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:54:59 AM »
3. Take the time to get comfortable with "Register Camera settings" which designates the settings for "C1" C2" and "C3" on your mode dial. I had my camera settings prepped for three different lighting conditions, those being "on ice" bench/audience bleachers and inner hall/cafeteria. You be far more productive this way, instead of constantly switching up lighting, aperture, speed and iso as you move about the arena.

I have also found this quite useful for the same reasons.

Glad to have helped and I, too, love this site for sharing and learning from others.

Action shots for a fundraiser is difficult.  To get "the shot" you end up shooting lots of images.  If you need to turn this around for print-ready images before skaters or family leave the arena, there's no time to filter and post process anything.  And, you don't want to filter too much because you want family to find at least one shot of their skater.

At figure skating competitions, we hire a photography group who uses one photographer at rink side getting action shots and a second in a meeting room getting solo and group shots of medalists.  The photos are downloaded to a server and they use several laptops for participants to view and select their photos.  The vast majority of their sales occur during the competition.  It's rare that anyone buys online.  A benefit from the competition is that many skaters enter different events which are often scattered throughout the three day event.  So, they have time between events to view their photos.

If you find a solution to make action shots profitable for a fundraiser, please share.

good advice FTb!

how about that winter we just had?  :'(

earlier you asked about the 12fps and how much it contributes to getting "the shot".   i think it contributes greatly!  for serious sports photography, the 1dx can't be beat.  in a few years when the next 1 series comes out and the current 1dx is being sold in the used market for $3500, it might be worth consideration.

here's an example....this capture was from a burst of about 20 images....i wouldn't have got this shot with my 5d3 because the window of time where the puck is viewable(between the goalie's glove and the net) as she shoots is maybe 1/15th of a second? 


ps...are you still shooting figure skating?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:44:10 AM »
A couple from my first successful outing with the 1D X + 300 f/2.8 IS II & 1.4x III:

Snowy Egret @ 420mm f/4 1/500s ISO 400:

Anhinga @ 420mm f/4 1/1000s ISO 4000:

Double-crested Cormorant @ 300mm f/2.8 1/1250s ISO 320:

Nice shots Mack....good to see that you're enjoying your new 1dx!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:42:59 AM »
The lens was a 300mm f2.8

SM....pretty darn awesome shot!  Where is this?

Ok gentlemen, the pro just called me, thanked me for informing him about what happened and telling me that he understand the situation but I can't sell my images to the bride. No drama, he was very nice and polite.
He also assumes that the bride is playing a weird game as you said in other posts.

As far as the "game" the bride might be playing....yes, it's a real possibility.   She might just be trying to save some money.  (Especially considering that she was so eager to skip past the pro and buy your photos instead at a probable discount) 

Remember one thing from your experience with this post....ALWAYS take the most ethical route and you will be rewarded in the long term.    Integrity and trustworthiness might be two of the most important personality traits.

It sounds like you decided to take the good advice you've been given....very good to hear.  Now, you've shown the "pro" that you are a trustworthy person with on that.

Good luck to you.   :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:27:18 AM »
I bought two Benro ball Heads and two sets of Carbon fiber legs about 7 years ago.  The heads were junk, and just lay on my shelf, they won't hold a 70-200mm lens firmly without using pliers to tighten them down.
The legs still work fine, but a couple of years back, the rubber grips on one started disintegrating.  I contacted the Benro distributor about getting some spare parts, and at first they said they had never distributed the tripods and that B&H had sold me gray market.  I showed him the photo of the box with the name of his company on it, and he changed his story, claiming he had only worked there 3 years, and that's what he was told.  Then, he went on to say that Benro was never willing or able to provide spare parts for the tripods, and that they had tried over and over to get them.
The missing grip issue can be fixed with some tape, but if a critical part fails, then the tripod is just scrap or spare parts.  Even several years ago, it cost $400.
Its my understanding that Induro comes out of the same manufacturer, they are distributed by the same US company.
I'd much rather buy from a company that can supply spare parts for expensive equipment.  To me, this means Gitzo, RRS, Manfrotto, etc.   I can buy spare parts for years old equipment from them.
Its a factor to consider, some companies just do not provide support once a product is out the door!  I contacted the Fairbanks scale company a couple of days ago about getting the service manual for a very old scale.  They support every scale that they have ever made, going back to the 1800's.

Interesting about the make a good point.

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