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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!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
Great blue heron high in a cedar tree


how wonderful to find a great blue heron up high in a cedar tree, and as i view the photo it feels like i'm right there with the heron.   very nice!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:37:56 AM »
Few local pics I did over the last year.

Great shots Mick!  love #3 n 4

where were these taken?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:42:08 PM »
Worst indoor track facility for photography ever.  If it wasn't too dark (ISO 5000-6400 in the middle) there was a bright window in the background.


I would guess that someday as light tech and camera tech evolve, there will come a time where indoor shooting of faster moving subjects will be much easier...until then, the positive is that amateurs can't get shots like you can get.

Good shot in what sounds like a real tough setting.

By the way...when i cover his face with my thumb, this guy appears to be an "old" guy with his bigger belly, lime green socks, and all white shoes.    ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:25:55 PM »
Shot with the 24-70 II and a Ranger Quadra in a Deep Octa 70cm. The next day to this, it was 30 cm of snow and an all out blizzard.

cool (literally) picture Viggo!

EOS Bodies / Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:25:15 PM »
Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."

Sounds like a good problem to have?   ;D  :P

Try a few of these around the house to brighten up those lamps.  They also have 50-150-250 and you can just keep the lamps on 50 for normal use, and then switch to 250 or 300 when u need some light

GE 41459 - 100/200/300 Watt


Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:53:22 PM »
Which 100mm are you asking about? If you're talking about the Macro L it's one of my favourite portrait lenses: http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/review-canon-ef-100-f2-8l-is-macro/. I worry that the AF on it may not be able to keep up in sporting situations. The IS will certainly help, but it's by no means a "sports" lens (switching the focus limiter away from the macro setting would help too).

Thanks for the feed back. I actually initially wasn't thinking about the L, but now I really am! These are just toys for me, but it will be fun to dabble in the Macro world and still be able to use the lens as a portrait lens. Birthday is coming up :-)

both the 85 1.8 or 100 2.0 are excellent for indoor sports.  the very small optical edge probably goes to the 100 f/2...but 100 can get a bit long for indoor basketball


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:22:29 AM »
Snowy Owl, 650 meters away, taken with an SX-50 in "green box" mode, 50X zoom and 4X digital zoom (equivalent of 4800mm !), handheld, in poor light, in a snowstorm.... and heavily cropped to boot....

The IQ is so bad that this is art :)

That's funny Don....also a bit true!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:21:04 AM »
Great Grey Owl

Wow!  Great shots.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:18:51 AM »
And don't forget  about software.... A program like lightroom and learning how to use it will have more impact on you images that anything else.... This is the digital era and for $100 or so you can get a "darkroom" that allows you to things that the masters could only dream about in the days of film....

Totally agree....Lightroom or Aperture should be your first purchase.

Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:42:36 AM »
With the Black Rapid style of strap the dangle has it's benefits. Have you actually tried one prior to dismissing it? I myself use the RS-7 Curve. Super comfy no matter the lens or mount (camera or lens plate) I cannot go back to neck straps after wearing a sliding sling. They're not popular because they're trendy, they're popular because they work well.

Totally agree...I will never go back to neck straps and love my BR strap.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:07:29 AM »
i've upgraded to the new firmware and everything is fine on my 1dx....i've shot two indoor sport events without any problems.   

fwiw...i don't notice much difference for my use.

Have to say that there is some good info in this post...thanks for starting it gas am.  I learned something.

Thanks to others who took the time to explore this issue....mt spokane and neuro.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:04:47 PM »
Here's one of my fav's - from Japan, titled "A Golden Winter" - taken with a 1ds and a 24-70.

What a great photo!

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