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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?


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.

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

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!

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

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 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 should try to get some of your shots published...especially those leopards!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:16:01 AM »
granddaughter came over tonight so pulled the camera out for a few fast ones her name is

 Kassidee she's 14 
   1Dx   85mm 1.2

Nice portrait Gary!  Beautiful Granddaughter!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:12:06 PM »
One of the moon over Atlanta tonight. 200-400 1.4x L @560, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec. @ f5.6

nice do you like your 200-400?

If I remember correct, I tested my Lexar 1000x on my 1dx using RAW..etc.  and it went somewhere in 40's before slowing.  (the 5d3 averaged about 29 with the same card)

Sorry about the delay in replying. After our return my wife had a hip replacement & had to turn from trying to be a reasonable nature photographer to being a chef. This is the first time in my life!!!!! Standing in front of all the supermarket shelves with their daunting variety of fauna & flora has also been a great new adventure. My wife has survived my efforts & doing well & so today I returned to the web site.

Thank you for the kind comments. TrabimanUK if you move the mouse to the right upper corner of the photo you will see the link "info". In summary we use Canon equipment IDIV & 7D with white lenses (500mm, 300mm 2.8, & 70-200mm 2.8)

I have previously added in shots from Caprivi area & today started on Etosha where we spent a month, so lots of photos to come, & then I will move to the last month which we spent in the Kgalagadi National Park

I enjoyed your photos on your website...very very nicely done!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:52:36 AM »
50D on 200 f/2, at f/2

Nice shot Carl...beautiful.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:43:48 AM »
All I did was flip it upside's the original!   ;D ::)   and the upside down shot is the second one.

The pond was so calm and perfect that day that the reflected image was just as sharp as the original.

in the original, you can see some ripples in the water in the upper right part of the image....and you can see those same ripples in the lower left after the flip.

north :D

Ahhhhh that's what threw me the reflection actually looks sharper than the subject!

 :D  yes, I'm not sure why this is true, but you're right!  I've always thought it to be an interesting shot in this way.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:34:42 AM »
Something new for me, a Yellow-eyed Junco.  These little birds are found only at higher elevations in southern Arizona and in Mexico.  I spotted this one at 8,000 feet on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson.  Canon 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 800, aperture preferred, f5.6 @ 1/500.

Wow, look at those eyes!!  Great one Steven!


-Sandisk 60MB/s write: 19 frames
-Lexar 95BM/s write: 23 frames
-Sandisk 90MB/s write: 25 frames
-Sandisk 150MB/s write: 35 frames
Just to rub salt in my own wounds...I just came across the box my Lexar 1000x card came in and it says "Rev C." and 145MB/s write speed.  Now I'm just utterly confused - how could the Sandisk 150MB/s card be that much faster???

Moral of the story... sandisk under promises and over delivers... Lexar over promises and under delivers.

+1. This is exactly what I experienced with the basic tests I performed.

Paging Surapon....this call goes out to Surapon...master of ingenious and cool accessories...

So true!   Surapon where are you??    :D

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