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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:08:49 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160
I'm, yet again, floored by the images that comes out of the 300/2.8L. Amazing work, nonac! *all thumbs up*

Thanks. I just got my 300 within the week and I'm already ecstatic about it, both on my 5d III AND 7d II!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 03, 2015, 10:06:02 PM »
7d Mk II
300mm f/2.8L II + 1.4x III extender
2x 600ex-rt flashes (you can see them both in the eyes)
1/200 @f/4.0, ISO 160

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Street & City / Re: Washington DC, in my imaginative Idea.
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:48:20 PM »
dawgfanjeff, oh man, I didn't even consider that shot of the flag & washington monument.  Now I have to go back and get it :)

I shot one like that as well 3 years ago.  I also included a few others that I liked.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: December 31, 2014, 06:27:31 PM »

I've been intentionally paying way too much tax withholding through the year. Come February, I should get decent amount money back. So the big question is, should I get 1DX for ~$5k, or wait for 1DX2 for (maybe) $7k around late-summer (or early winter) (just guessing, no knowledge on price or release date).

I've been trying to read the speculations on the 1DX2 features, but nothing solid there. Will it have enough improvements to make it worth the extra money and wait?

Current 5D3 does great, so no immediate need to upgrade. There's big sports tournament in May, but I've already given hope of having 1DX2 by then.

That isn't the best way to save money to make a purchase.  Put the money in a savings account and let it earn some interest, albeit a small amount.  That's better than letting the Feds hang out to it and use it. 

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Technical Support / Re: Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:07:17 PM »
Thanks for the comments.  Some great shots.  Sharp on did you have any specific spots you shot from that were favorites?  Also, what time of year were you there and did you have to battle crowds of people to get your shots?  I'm really looking forward to this trip and I hope the weather cooperates. I've never seen the Canyon from the rim, but I've seen every mile of it from the bottom as I did an 8 day whitewater trip on the river about 10 years ago.  I'll be there the first week of March and it will definitely be cold in the mornings and nights.  I just hope there are no major snow storms moving through.


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Technical Support / Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:42:16 PM »
I will be shooting some single row, and possibly multiple row panoramas in a couple of months during a 3 day visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  I am looking ahead as to what lenses I might use for this.  Has anyone used the 100mm f/2.8L macro or the 135mm f/2L for stitched panoramas, and if so how well did they work for that? Thanks.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 25, 2014, 03:15:57 PM »
I got myself a 300 2.8L II.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:58:12 PM »
Do yall ever use flash?  I was thinking that setting up a wireless umbrella/680ex rt set up to do high speed sync would be a good way to go about shooting birds... but then I REALLY don't want bird crap on my flash or umbrella.

I have.  I set it on a small table about 8' from the bird feeders.  They get no where close to it.  The shot I included was with a glass.  It really helps to bring out the details in the bird.

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Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:54:31 PM »
Love it, though I think that might only work in areas where break-ins are low! :) 

I'm lucky there, I'm in a good neighborhood with lots of watchful neighbors.  Plus, the deck I'm shooting on is about 15' off the ground with no steps, so the burglars would have to bring a ladder.


Before now, i have set up a tripod next to the feeder for a long time, then slapped on my camera and lens using a wireless remote to get the pics..  :)


I've done that too. I use a CamRanger for the remote as it allows me to focus and adjust camera settings as well.

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Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:00:01 PM »
I solved the birds through the glass at the feeder on my deck by making a bird blind.  I cut it out of a piece of 2" thick rigid insulating foam, cut a viewing/lens hole, and weatherstripped it all the way around.  I put it in place and leave it there for days at a time in some cases.  It's probably got a better "R" value than the window itself.  I cut it to fit tight and weatherstripped it to where there are no air leaks at all.  I just pull up a chair, take out the plug and start shooting!

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Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:00:00 PM »
Sending this eval lens back a few weeks ago was difficult.  That said, I ordered my own today.

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Canon General / Re: External Monitor for Photography
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:56:24 AM »
The Cam Ranger is what you need.  I use it on the sidelines of football games to get the pics instantly to my iPad.  I also use it with live view to shoot macro.  You can also adjust the camera settings remotely and choose focus points. It's a very useful to tool and I have not yet used it to it's full potential.   And no, you do not need a network.  The Cam Ranger uses is own generated ad hoc network to connect to my iPad or iPhone.

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Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 13, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
I'd head out to the garage and fire up the acetylene torch.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:19:10 PM »
I for one can't justify the cost.  I have everything I want printed by MPIX.  Very good prints, fast turnaround, and great service.  I recently had an order with 3 prints that just didn't look right to me. A quick e-mail discussing what I needed with the print, they re-printed them and they were on the way to me the same day, no charge.

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