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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!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:09:26 PM »
A few from my recent trip to Hokkaido... My first time photographing birds actually.

Beautiful rmfagan....what gear and setting did you use for these.

First timer?  Wow.

Thank you! Sure: Gripped 5D III, 500 IS II on all. 1st: ISO 250, Av, f/4, 1/4000. 2nd: ISO 250, Av, f/4, 1/1250. 3rd: ISO 250, Av, f/4, 1/2000.

It was a great time. Very educational shoot for my first time out. I experimented with differing AF modes and found that in this scenario (pretty frantic) AF expansion in Servo mode worked best for me to lock and keep focus. All shots were handheld. I initially was trying to track on a tripod, but found handholding much more intuitive and the reduced weight of the 500 vII made it pretty easy.

I got quite a few shots of red crowned cranes and whooper swans as well, though those were generally easier to shoot fundamentally, more difficult as far as finding unique compositions...quite a bit of luck involved in hoping the cranes/swans did something interesting.

good to hear your thoughts on the AF and 500 ii.  thanks.  north

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:54:17 AM »
70-200 2.8
ISO 4000

My edited shot....and the original.(straight out of camera RAW converted to jpeg for export)   Just thought I would show an example of my work/fun...and the 1dx's RAW "under helmet recovery" for sports.   I shot this "to the right" and pushed every so slightly it in post to show his face.

The players move so quickly in any direction so I try to shoot a little wider to keep them in the viewfinder....and then crop it as my eye sees the scene.  I have two versions of this...one with the player on the right included, and one with just his gloves and stick which you see here.

Also, a final image that gives a sense of the speed involved...EXIF data shows that all three images (and 5 others not shown) were shot at the exact same second.  The third image would've been a very interesting shot except that the 1dx chose to momentarily start to focus on the closest player for about 1/4 second, resulting in this blurry image.

hope someone finds this useful or interesting in some way...
love all the action love your shots

Thanks Gary...much appreciated!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:34:33 AM »
A few from my recent trip to Hokkaido... My first time photographing birds actually.

Beautiful rmfagan....what gear and setting did you use for these.

First timer?  Wow.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:31:49 AM »
One day I'll actually get a yard :/
;D ;D ;D ... one day I'll get a place where birds at least exist, then I'll get a yard and then a stump  ;D ... right now where I live I see a bird maybe 5 or 6 times a year. But at my office (my office room is next to a window ... I'm the only lucky guy in the office to have a window facing a tree) I do get a couple of Myna birds, a few Pigeons and a bunch of sparrows occasionally ... but now, we are moving into a skyscraper next month with absolutely no chance whatsoever of seeing a bird  :'(
If I want to photograph some birds, I need to travel about 125 kms / 77 miles (one way), that too only for a little over 4 months (between November to March). So, I envy all you fortunate people and eagerly look forward to any new bird photos from the CR members.

Reinz...the skyscraper I worked in for a decade had peregrine falcons nesting on the roof....maybe you'll be so lucky.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:30:14 AM »
Sturm und Drang.  Went out to look for hawks today and found this very athletic Red Tail doing an aerobatic maneuver.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 500, M mode, 1/1250 @ f6.3.

Excellent shot Steven!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:15:06 AM »
The dog dragged us to the beach today, Saunton Sands in Devon, UK if you're wondering.

The light was quite unusual.

Nice images...i especially like number 1.

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