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Here's an image of a flower taken early morning.  Oh, yes, and a butterfly too.  a butterfly in flight  --  BFIF.  That's my present obsession interest.

Giant Swallowtail and Penta (Pentas lanceolata).

1D X, 135mm + 1.4x extender, f/5.6, ISO 2000, 1/8000 sec.

Beautiful!  Interesting combo using the 135 plus 1.4 extender....do you use that combo often?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:25:55 PM »
This guy was nice enough to stand still for a while.

Ajperk...just a fantastic shot!   very very cool!

what body did you use with this?

Sports / Re: 17 years old: My First NCAA Basketball Game ASU vs. DePaul
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:22:38 PM »


Another photographer showed me how to access the rafters of the stadium.  It was not locked and definitely should have been, going there was pretty dangerous.  I'm sure it is different, in each stadium, but there is an elaborate system of rafters to give access to work on the lights, sound system, A/C.   The correct way to do it would have been to request access from the stadium.  I'm sure they would have had me sign a waiver, or just said no.  Just dropping a camera could have killed someone below. 

I made sure I had the camera on a strap, and laid down when shooting through access holes rather than leaning into them.  On the last day I set up a remote camera pointed down at one goal using a tripod to span one of the 2 foot x 2 foot access holes.  This let me sit on the court in the opposite goal.  Worked great except I used a 300mm f4, and the shots were too tight, the DOF too shallow.  Next time I'll use my 100mm macro.  (A 70-200 would be perfect, but I wanted that with me on the court) 

ok...i was just curious about the rafters because i've tried to get access to rafters in the past and been denied every time.  it makes sense because a camera dropped from that height would potentially kill someone.

You do good work!  What camera body did you use for the basketball?

Also, were you the member that posted recently about shooting sports for universities?  if so, PM me, I'd like to talk to you about that.

Sports / Re: Mma photos
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:26:04 AM »

You are improving!  Really nice job on some of these.  I especially like some of the black and white close ups, like the two guys laying on the ground with the on guy obviously "sucking air" and showing his exhaustion.

I might have to try some MMa myself!  It looks fun to shoot. (Except for the cage being in the way)

Sports / Re: 17 years old: My First NCAA Basketball Game ASU vs. DePaul
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:17:05 AM »
Very nice.  Color seems a little blue, but basketball is very hard to color balance.   If you can shoot jpeg + RAW.  This gives you the best of both worlds.  The jpeg for right here right now, get it published in the paper/website, color balance in camera as best you can.  The RAW for take your time get it perfect on the computer when you have time.

My advise would be move around and get some different angles.  A long lens from up in the stands, the corner of the court, etc. 
Off court action (team huddle, over the top fans, etc) can also be good. 

My basketball pics from a recent tournament: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103147492@N02/sets/72157638495325753/

Tex...I looked at your flickr page.  I'm curious about your shots from above, how did you get those?  Like the tip off shot for example.

Some great shots by the way...really nice!

Sports / Re: 17 years old: My First NCAA Basketball Game ASU vs. DePaul
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »
Hello all,
Last weekend I received the opportunity to shoot my first NCAA basketball game for ASU while they were playing DePaul here in Chicago.  I am in the works for shooting college sports and ASU is probably my number 1 choice as of now. 

Any way this was a crazy first experience...here are a few photos from the game, comments and critiques always welcome!

Thank you!


Overall, I'd say nice photos!  I agree about cropping the ref out....and getting some different angles/points of view.

Good work!

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:10:12 AM »
I thought I would stick a couple of pic’s up from the Dubai 24 hours in January, what a weekend of fun!  I learnt a lot, like it’s time to buy a 70D as the ISO on the 550D leaves a lot to be desired!!  I arrived back just before dusk to catch the “glowing” brakes (and maybe catch a little exhaust flamage) but there had been an accident and there was a 60klm flag out >:(, this stayed out until after dark so I had to turn the ISO right up to 6400 to capture the shots I wanted, however I got 1 good one that I’m happy with (pic 1). I hope you enjoy the pics.  :)
I had to get one of my orbs in there too ;)

Jock...cool shots, but what am I looking at in the second photo?

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results released
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:41:44 AM »
Within the Imaging System Business Unit, interchangeable-lens digital cameras maintained their top market share...

So despite the trolls, DRones, and naysayers, Canon is still doing something right (namely, selling more dSLRs and lenses than their competitors).

I would guess by the way they worded this, that they lost market share, but still maintained the lead.  If they had increased their leading market share position, they almost assuredly would have stated that here.

Just making a point about the clever way that statements can be worded to give a positive (or negative) spin.

Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results Released
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:39:04 AM »
I have to say...what an odd reaction to what really is good news.  Canon is a profitable, viable company.  I know the source of the negativity, that they won't be forced to innovate until their bottom line is hurt, but I also like to think that it is good to know that even in a down economy for cameras, Canon is doing well and will be around for awhile longer to service my gear and sell me more.  I doubt we can say the same for all the camera manufacturers out there.

A very good point.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:13:25 AM »
There are lots of good answers here,,,,tripod, flash, fast prime, extra memory cards/batteries...etc.

I have all of the above, and then some, but I use them very little compared to the following two "accessories" that I use all the time. 

1. A quality bag - you need a good bag for transporting and protecting your gear while traveling to and from your shooting location, and while you're at the shooting location.  Also, a good bag will allow you to conveniently carry multiple pieces of equipment or accessories. 

2. A good photo editing/management program like Lightroom or Aperture. 

If you don't have either of these, then one or both is a good place to start.

If you have both already, then I would suggest a flash, or one of the more affordable prime lenses like the 50mm 1.8, 50 1.4, or the 85 1.8.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:58:22 PM »
 here is a couple more BIF's shot two 8 shot burst's trying out the new1dx update I was shooting on AV  but my iso & f stop  was moving on me so I need to go look at my settings  to see what I need to turn off.

Great shots Gary!  Did you notice any difference after the firmware update?  (I didn't)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:56:00 PM »
The little sister also, the princess with the iron fists, trust me on that.

Cto gelled 600 ex on the table and 35 L shot wide open. Lr converted, nothing else.

beautiful little girl!  great picture!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:22:35 AM »
Short-eared Owl

so short i can't even see them!

nice shot!

Grumbaki...thanks for posting this.

I'll be buying that book.

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:23:54 AM »
I live near and work on Eglin Air Force Base, which is in the far Northwest panhandle of Florida.  The base has a saddle club where horse owners can rent stable space to keep their horses.   Oddly, it is located immediately under the final approach to one end of the runway and so there is outrageously loud jet noise (the base hosts F-15, F-16 and F-35 jets) throughout much of the day.  But these animals seem to have gotten pretty used to it.

I'm primarily a portrait shooter but one afternoon I was scouting a portrait location at the pond that butts up against the saddle club property and decided to take a stroll through the stables. 





Nice shots gb!

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