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Animal Kingdom / Re: Breakfast is Served
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:54:29 PM »
Snake; It's what's for Breakfast!  ;D

wow...what a series.   question, how the hell do they know if it's a poisonous snake or not?  or doesn't it matter?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:35:50 PM »
Looking out over the Rosario Strait

cool shot!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:14:59 PM »
Montage of three consecutive shots

very nice image!

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:38:37 PM »
UPDATE:

I bought the cann 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

i think my 24-70ii is my sharpest lens...congrats.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:16:10 PM »
Thanks Northstar.  That entire umpire scene still gives me a laugh.  I'll watch it on youtube from time to time.  Just fantastic!

great...glad I'm not the only one that has youtubed that scene!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:14:21 PM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO
Great shot's northstar,all incredibly sharp too :)

thanks bornshooter!

the 24-70 is sooooo sharp.   congrats on your 300 2.8ii  I think you'll love it! :D

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It's been 15 years since I lived in Tucson, but I guess the old standards are still viable:

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2. Old Tucson (pure tourist shtick)

3. Mount Lemmon

4. Sabino Canyon

5. Bisbee is nearby, as are Tombstone and Nogales.

6. Kitt Peak Observatory

7. Pima Air & Space Museum (they had a SR-71 Blackbird when I was there).

8. Davis-Monthan Air Base (aircraft graveyard)

9. Saguaro National Park

10. Colossal Cave

11. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument for unique cactus experience although it's a bit of a trip out of Tucson.

Look for the colors in the mountains -- I always loved the purples in the Santa Catalinas. Great sunset shots usually.

The desert at night is amazing, and Tucson has strict laws about light so you can usually see stars pretty well.

Have fun.

awesome info Distant...just what I was looking for! 

Tombstone and Airplane graveyard sound interesting, i'll have to google those.

thanks again!

any other suggestions are welcome...


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:21:25 PM »
Here's another thing this made me think of - from the movie Naked Gun:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhyCL-ELRxg

hilarious!

i loved that goofy movie and leslie's brand of "idiot" comedy.   

the scene in that movie where he plays the baseball home plate umpire calling strikes on every pitch and eventually responding to the cheering crowd with "moon walking" and break dancing strike calls is simply an all time classic movie scene. (in the comedy genre of course)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:17:21 PM »
We have derailed!!!  The Naked Gun scene is a classic. 

Here is a Beaver being a Beaver.  Moose-Wilson Rd. in Moose Wyoming at dusk.
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 300mm 2.8L IS
f/2.8
1/800
1,250 iso


this is an excellent beaver shot!!  well done wildlifeandmore!

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Heading to Tucson for vacation and I'm bringing my 5d3, 24-70, 70-200, and small tripod.

I've never been to Tucson.

I'm open to suggestions and advice on where to go and things to photograph.

I plan on taking some morning hikes, are there any spectacular areas/views that I should see and photograph?

Any southern AZ photographers here that can help me?

Thanks!




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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:18:00 AM »
Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

I did not know about that with Amazon either. I was aware that if you buy anything from anywhere (not just Amazon) with your American Express Card you get an extra year's warranty. So if a lens or body only comes with one year, you get two via American Express.


I wasn't aware of that either but I just checked my Amex card and here's how it read:

With Extended Warranty♦ you can shop with less worry knowing the terms of the original manufacturer's warranty can be extended up to one additional year. Applies to warranties of 5 years or less that are eligible in the U.S. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.

Thanks for pointing this out Neuro....I will definitely be using my Amex for all future purchases of gear and equipment that has a warranty.


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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:47:53 AM »
Here is Rosette nebula, in the constellation Monoceros (Unicorn), just to the east of Orion. Integration of 30x210s ISO 800 light frames, 30x darks, 30x flats, and 100x bias. Total exposure time 1h 45m.



I wanted at least twice the light frames, and it seems I could probably do much better with 60x480s ISO 400, rather than ISO 800. Next time I get the chance, which may be tonight, I'm going to give it another go, and see if I can get more dim nebulosity in the periphery.

Jrista...simply outstanding! 

After reading through your posts I have to say that I'm impressed by your knowledge, and thankful for the time you've taken to "write a short book" on the subject in this thread!  ;D


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:38:31 AM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

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

Nice shots, Northstar. Love the first one!

Thank you Expatinasia!

Thank you Click!


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:00:21 AM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

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

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:19:46 AM »

Wow that's more than I thought, great work!  Did those get published?


Hi Carl, most, if not all, of my Images need some work, I'de like to think at some point I get to the stage where little to none is required but at 64 I may not have enough time left.   :)

The image of the chap I posted with Mud all round him was one of those difficult ones to get right, he was behind two Bulls, coming directly towards me at the speed of charging Bulls, Mud Flying all over the place so messing with the AF on the 1Dx, basically I set the 1Dx on Manual, gave it +1 stop, f/8 to take care of DOF, 1/800th to semi freeze action, ISO1000 because I was using a Circular Polariser to cut down reflections from the mud & water highlights, and focussed on the bulls heads as they came towards me, then ensured my escape path was unobstructed, the bulls had an escape area at the end of the Mud Bath Run only about 20 Meters wide, I placed myself in the middle and moved left or right out of the Bulls Path, this only became an issue when they released 2 or 3 sets of Bulls at the same time, then it was best to make your escape earlier rather than later.

Biggest issue I had with this Image was having to crop 20% (I generally try not to crop at all if possible & the 200-400 has been a huge help in that area), introduces Noise which I'm not keen on, Dfine2 takes care of most of it & unlike some software programmes you can determine where you make the adjustment in the image.

The new On One Version 8 is a very worthwhile upgrade, I've worked for many years with Photoshop and am reasonably comfortable with it, but On One is what Photoshop should be, much more intuitive and easier to use, My feel is that given another upgraded version On One may well prove to be the Photoshop Killer. If Adobe ever introduce Layers to Light Room it will also be the end of Photoshop for 90% of users I would think.

I don't publish my Images, having said that I've won a number of Underwater photo competitions, had my Images published in several Travel Magazines and have sold several of my Wildlife Images to Businesses in Singapore & Japan, I do print for Friends & Family of course and although I've talked about setting up a website I'm still in the "talking about it" stage, have been for several years.   ;)

The only place I post images at all is here on CR, I do that because I tend to like the people, like yourself, that post images, comment & offer advice on this Site, there are exceptions of course, but not many which is unusual for a site like CR.

And I liked the Green Foliage Image you posted in waterscapes, very nice.

Thank you, you are too kind...and it is me learning from you!  I will probably upgrade to OnOne 8, but maybe they're about to go to 9 already?  I don't know.  As for DFine 2, I am very unfamiliar with it.  I know there are a number of third party noise reduction software packages available. 

As for not publishing these specific images, it is a mistake...submit them to National Geographic right now, Edward!  64 is not old...I will be there in less than 20 years...so it better not be old!!  Heck I was being called old back when I was 30...young people are punks, don't listen to them!!  Seriously, the older I get, the less respect I have for them...sad times!

Dfine is a very good noise reducer...I use it too.

Edward, I agree with Carl...you should try to get some of your shots published...especially those leopards!

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