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Here's the other one.

Nice shots Brian!

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From our parade today in Danville CA. Shot with Fuji XT1 and 55-200 lens.

Never forget.....I won't!!!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 04, 2014, 09:13:48 PM »
I wouldn't worry about a few dust spots. I had a very small spider in my 1D4, he was a little distracting when I was trying to compose a picture but I got quite fond of him/her after a few days.

Your real name isn't Peter Parker, is it?   ;)

Lol again!! ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 04, 2014, 09:12:56 PM »
I wouldn't worry about a few dust spots. I had a very small spider in my 1D4, he was a little distracting when I was trying to compose a picture but I got quite fond of him/her after a few days.

Lol John!   Funny!  ;D

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Matt...Mr Hyde....I love both of your photos.   Well done!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:32:22 PM »
Rattlers are common where I live (southeastern Arizona) and one learns a thing or two about them after a while.  First, they are utterly uninterested in people.  Rattlesnakes don't "attack" people, they defend themselves when interfered with.  Yes, it's possible to get bitten if you put your feet or your hands where they shouldn't be or if you forget to watch where you walk, but statistically, more than 2/3 of rattlesnake bites occur when people deliberately interfere with the snake.  The basic rule is: leave the snake alone and it won't bother you.  The second rule is: always stay outside of striking range, which is a minimum of 2/3 the length of the snake.  Stay 3 feet away from a 3-foot rattler and it can't reach you.

These are also highly beneficial reptiles in that they keep down the rodent population.  Arizona has many times more packrats than rattlers and packrats can do a lot of damage to property whereas rattlesnakes do none.

I see rattlesnakes here at least a couple of times a month, especially during the warmer months.  They're everywhere.  Seeing so many of them is conducive to developing a "live and let live" attitude about these beautiful animals.  I might add that snakebite is a very rare phenomenon even though there are many snakes living here.  In a state with a population of about 9 million people -- augmented by several million tourists each year -- we experience only about 300 rattlesnake bites per year.  One has a much bigger chance of being hit by a car while out walking than being bitten by a snake.

That said, I'd never leave a snake in a location where there is a risk that someone could blunder into it.  A snake on a sidewalk or on the front doorstep needs to be moved to a safer location.  Don't try doing that if you see one, call a professional to do it for you.  In my community the local fire department will gladly remove troublesome snakes.

Glad to hear that the FD will remove it at no cost to you.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:10:56 PM »
Why do they bother making video cameras if video is such a big deal on SLRs? I hate the fact I had to spend so much extra for a feature I've used once on my 5D3.


Why can't they just split the lines properly and sell each one at a reasonable price?
Video in a DSLR is a high demand item, and has likely reduced the price of a 5D2 and 5D3 because of the bigger sales volume.  The feature sells cameras. and high volume reduces prices. 
You could have bought a 5D Classic when they came out for $3600 with no video.  With inflation, that would have been a lot more in today's dollars.
 
There is also the Nikon Df with no video which sells for $3,000 when you can buy a D800 right now for $2100.  That's $900 more for no video!


Spot on Spokane!

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I hate to resort to this but I DARE you to post your US flag photo....double dog dare!!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:38:55 PM »
double crested cormorant

juvenile male mallard

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Landscape / Happy 4th of July! - Post your United States Flag photo
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:24:43 AM »
Independence Day in the US!  Post your US flag photo

Took this shot this morning while out looking for something interesting to photograph.  It was mostly sunny out, but dark skies loomed on the horizon and I used those dark clouds as the background for this photo.

5d3 and 300 2.8IS w/ 1.4xiii.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:22:58 AM »
Hi Steven.
Cool shot, I like the detail you captured.
Does your friend have a "BEWARE OF THE DOG RATTLER" sign?  ;D
I like the idea of leaving nature be, but not sure I would like to live with something so easily pissed of and so deadly when it is, in the proximity! Does he keep it well fed?

Cheers Graham.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.  Photographed in a friend's front yard, where the snake lives in peace and undisturbed   by passersby.

Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, ISO 320 "M" setting, f7.1 @ 1/60, scene lighted by Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlight, with diffuser.

I would never leave a full grown diamondback anywhere near my property....you're just asking for trouble by doing that.

But, to each their own!

Nice detail in that photo!

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:05:38 PM »
Surapon....you sure can tell by the picture of your house that you are an architect!   Very nice looking home!  Interesting design!

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If the wedding was during the day and environment illuminated by large windows, your hardware is sufficient and give very good results. However, if indoors with dim lights (or fluorecentes with ugly color) flash in TTL mode, and diffuser will help immensely.

+1

Maybe take this time to invest in a flash....canon 430ii form$250.....it will make a huge difference if light is poor.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 03, 2014, 07:35:02 PM »
Just did the upgrade from the Mark l to the Mark ll, bottom line if you can afford it, get the ll, if you can't work and save up for it. Well worth it. Sharpness and AF speed/accuracy for me made it worth it.

One word...yep.

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IMO, in general, rental fees are money wasted.  There are exceptions, like kids' skiing gear that they grow out of each year.   Yes, if you'll use a supertele once or twice a year, rental makes sense.  But with use that's more frequent, buying is more cost-effective.

+1

in hindsight, of course it also makes sense to rent if you don't have $10k laying around.

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