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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:04:58 PM »
IslanderMV, interesting (and great shots).  I still haven't gotten around to getting a Kayak and always have visons of drowned camera gear.  Do you?

Jack
Hey Jack,
In the beginning I had near panic attacks about my equipment, but now that it has been through hell and back, not so much. I dropped the camera and telephoto on a cobblestone beach, had the shutter replaced ( extended warranty !! ) got fine black silt into the 100-400 push pull, and so on. So now if King Neptune claims my equipment, I will have an excuse to get new gear.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:22:31 AM »
Black Skimmer juvenile ALMOST able to fly. Taken from a Kayak

60D + 100-400mm at 400mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/1250


Nice catch, that must be still water - or how do you keep the Kayak still?
This shot was on a reasonably calm day. I always shoot over a 1000th of a second to offset wave motion.
I only go out when the tide, lighting, wind and waves are reasonable. Luckily that combo comes up fairly often. I hang my legs outside the kayak for a little more stability, and if hugging the shore I will occasionally crawl out of the kayak and use it as a blind. Unfortunately the Skimmers are in a protected area and no landings are allowed.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:21:11 AM »
Black Skimmer juvenile ALMOST able to fly. Taken from a Kayak

60D + 100-400mm at 400mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/1250

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:07:35 PM »
Auto ISO works on the 60D and 7D in manual mode.

Almost.  EC doesn't work for auto-ISO on my 60D.

True, But I did not say the 60D had EC. Actually, I was corroborating neuro's statement "Recent bodies, I believe including the 70D (not certain) have a functional Auto ISO in M mode".

In my style of shooting there have been rare instances where overriding the metering system for backlighting might have been helpful - otherwise manual with auto ISO and a carefully selected metering mode gets you very close in functionality.

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:01:07 PM »
Auto ISO works on the 60D and 7D in manual mode.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:36:42 PM »
Black Skimmer at rest. From kayak.

100-400mm at 400mm, f/9.0, ISO200, 1/1000

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:24:51 PM »
Thank goodness for keywords in Lightroom. It was fun going back over "Yardbirds"

attached are a few,

PS. Here are the REAL Yardbirds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNuQPTzuof4

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:09:30 PM »
I do like Barn Owls, taken a little while ago.

I downloaded the pic so I could see it full size. The image is really stunning on a 27 inch monitor. Everyone should take a look at the original image. Trust me !

Kerry, could you share some details on how you got the shot - from the exif data I guess you must have been very close.
Thanks

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 22, 2014, 10:12:22 AM »
Greater Yellowlegs on the shore. - I love it when a birds name is descriptive.

400mm ISO320, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 22, 2014, 10:03:26 AM »
Taken with the SX50HS


Never seen one in the "flesh", nice.

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This is my first upload.  I live in Connecticut and I photographed this fledgling bird on an estuary.  I believe this is a Great Blue Heron chic or an Egret chic, as I saw adult birds of those species in the area.  If anybody could identify it, I would appreciate it.

Nice shot !

I believe it is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

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Black Tern - Norton Point  MA. - Catching insects over the low tide flats.
Rare in our area.

60D + 100-400mm @ 400mm ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/1250

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A Southern Giant Petrel taking off of its antarctic lichen(orange) covered rocky nest. Hannah Point, Antarctica 2011

Now there is something you don't see everyday. Cool !

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:56:35 PM »
For those that want a 200-500 or xxx-600 or whatever instead, what if the bodies have f/8 AF points and you can use a 1.4x TC with the new 100-400?  The Tamron really needs to be stopped down to f/8 at the 600mm end anyway, so this lens would be about the same as that one, just in a smaller size with more flexibility.

100-400/4.5-5.6
140-560/6.3-8

That sounds like a good deal to me.

At twice the price ?

Yes, if it's better optically, has better IS, has better handling, has better AF, and is smaller and lighter.

If I count correctly, that is six ifs.
I do hope it is released and is  a big step up optically. For my uses, when my 100-400mm dies I will probably go with the big Tammy. I can use the extra reach, I often need to just identify distant birds.

I don't make much money from avian photography. So I guess investing 2x in a lens with only a small IQ improvement would be an example of the law of diminishing returns.

One other point I would make in Canons favor is that my 100-400 has been through hell and back and yet still works great. Hopefully the same would be true for the new iteration. We will not know about the durability of the Tammy in the field for a while.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:34:52 PM »
For those that want a 200-500 or xxx-600 or whatever instead, what if the bodies have f/8 AF points and you can use a 1.4x TC with the new 100-400?  The Tamron really needs to be stopped down to f/8 at the 600mm end anyway, so this lens would be about the same as that one, just in a smaller size with more flexibility.

100-400/4.5-5.6
140-560/6.3-8

That sounds like a good deal to me.

At twice the price ?

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