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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:48:36 AM »
Here are some of my favorites from my first Eventing, um, event, over the last few days:

Very nice Mack! 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:56:21 PM »
Well the Sagamok Family Hockey Tournament has come to an end this year, and all fundraising goals were met, I am proud to say my photography booth contributed $250, half the days work to our LNHL teams.  Once again I have to thank you all for the advice and guidance. I'd like to contribute to the forum discussion on hockey with regard to my experience over the weekend.

*The abundant technical advice here is awesome, so I do not think I need to add anything else to that but in terms of tips here is what I have to say!

1. Fans are an integral part of the hockey experience, I regret not taking the time to mingle amongst the audience and capture all the drama and emotion they exude with every puck pass and goal!

2. Depending on how much access you have, try and get shots of the players on bench. For this tourney I had unrestricted access all around the arena. Side portraits of players on bench is great because you witness the exhaustion, will power and mettle these players have. You can lower you shutter speed because they are not moving at 20km/h It is also a great way to break up a couple hundred photos of people wearing helmets and skating real fast.

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.

4. This pointer maybe specific to my case of total unrestricted access, switch sides of the arena half way through each period to provide both sides the opportunity to be photographed "in action"

5. Did not do this shot this year, but I like to do one behind the goalie and behind the protective glass, where it is a long exposure where the goalie is motionless and the players are a blur either in the distance or coming his/her way.

6. Make use of any opportunity for a new angle or perspective. A goalie was injured during one of the games(nothing serious), so I went on ice and got photos of the two teams mingling with their friends, family, team mates and fellow players.

7. Some of the best photos occurred during warm ups. Such as father providing his daughter a crash course in hockey scrapping. Just to note fighting is banned at the tourney but this mock scrap with a daughter trying to tune her dad up was fun to catch on camera.

8. When players exhale their breath turns to mist and can either add some atmosphere to your photo or.....add this layer of grey that kinda kills your portrait. Get your timing down!

Things to note, I did not shot raw for this tourney as I had my wife manning the print station and she was feeling intimidated by the software. She got over it by day 2 but for expediency sake I stayed with JPEG for action shots and shot RAW for team photos. The first day was in regards to selling prints a flop. No one wanted action shots, they wanted team photos and players themselves did not stay when their game ended. This is a fundraiser tourney and many of them had work in morning, so I can't blame them. All our sales came on the last day when everyone was at the tourney for the finals and we had lots of team photos. A great inefficiency to profit was actually "action shots" where we would have a customer search for over 5- 10 minutes for a good photo of themselves or a relative on ice, thinking a separate PC and printer for those photos in the future.

One of the best take aways for this event for me was that it killed my lingering case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  I shot the entire thing with a 6d/70-200mm and a flash without a fancy diffuser. I am way more interested in refining my technique with what I have and not thinking about how a new piece of equipment will make me a better photographer. That is where this forum came in, so once again thank you! Chi-Meegwetch


some good shots Pakneh....question, are those two people fighting in the first image? 

anyway, it sounds like you learned a lot, that's the most important thing.

look at image 1 and 4....remember to STRAIGHTEN ....very easy and quick fix. 

good luck

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.

wow...at 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 done....one 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 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

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

Gary...so 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.

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.


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