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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:26:29 PM »
Sounds like a great update to my 60D. I am holding off till I see some in-depth reviews.

I searched through the on-line info and could not confirm the ability to micro adjust lenses. The 7D has that ability, the promo material says in-camera lens distortion corrections are possible, but that is all.

Hopefully I missed the info or Canon just did not say anything about it.
This would seem to be a major feature to delete.

For a wildlife shooter, the 7DII combined with the new Sigma 150-600mm could be an affordable dream come true.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:32:09 PM »
I only checked the 7D M2 and 5D3. Look at the Empire State building in the distance and the roof "mushrooms" in the foreground. Some of the air vents look washed out in the 7D M2, the Empire State has no detail in the 5D3.

I could not find Waldo anywhere !

I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:54:55 AM »
Greater Yellowlegs - Martha's Vineyard

A local saltwater pond and marsh was the temporary home for about 45 Yellowlegs. Visited the pond in late afternoon.
Had fun navigating low tide obstacles while fighting currents and wind to take some closeups in my kayak. Half the fun was the challenge. My trusty old 60D and 100-400mm recorded some nice images for my collection.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:05:27 PM »
Greater Yellowlegs

Haven't seen these guys in a year. Beautiful little birds, with a cute look. I was out scouting for dark sky sites for my astrophotography a couple weeks ago, and came across a small marsh and agricultural pond. At the time, the pond was PACKED with phalaropes, and I regretted not having my lens with me. I went back to the same spot the first chance I got, hoping the phalaropes would still be there. Alas, no, it looked completely deserted. However after hanging out for a minute, I noticed a few other species of shorebird, along with a lone heron that showed up a few minutes later.

In all, I picked out Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, a few Snipes, a Lesser Sandpiper, and the Heron in addition to the Yellowlegs in the end. No good photos of the snipes...they had already noticed me by the time I noticed them, and they skittered off into the corn fields before I could get any good shots. The Lesser Sandpiper seemed fearless for a while, I kept getting closer and closer...then the incessant warning call of a Killdeer kicked in, and the whole lot of them flew to the other end of the pond. Darn killdeer...  >:(

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II
Canon EF 2x TC III
Gitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2 Gimbal

Nice shot

I know the feeling,  we have Willets here who will follow you all over, buzzing you and wailing. Every living thing within a 1/4 mile knows exactly where you are. I am fan of birds, but sometimes I wish I had a taser in my photo bag.
The good news is they left for the season !! I was able to shoot some yellowlegs up close and personal via kayak. Will post them here soon.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:13:21 AM »
Sheep farm,  Chilmark Mass.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:45:27 PM »
Least tern in a hover.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:37:11 PM »
Some more Northern gannets - Bempton, E. Yorkshire.

70D, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS for the first image, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS with Canon 1.4x TC for the other two.

(Hmmm... uploading via the forum really kills the image quality).

They look great - like the perspective.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:45:37 PM »
Snowy Egret -
100-400mm @ ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/1600

This plumage display means, (This is MY fishing spot.)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:38:13 PM »
Hi All,

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics, I'm happy to post some more (plenty more where these came from) if people are still curious about the performance of the 70 - 200 with 2x extender.

Wonderful birds, really sharp images. I enjoyed them.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:17:45 AM »
Young Black Skimmer insists on being fed, parent relents.  Martha's Vineyard, kayak

1/1250, ISO 100, 400mm

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:55:44 PM »
Snowy Egret - Martha's Vineyard

100-400mm @ ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/1600

The first two are the Egret running after fish in a marsh.
The last pict is a plumage display that says: "my fishing spot !"

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:53:13 PM »
Moon light surf

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:47:44 PM »
Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:36:23 PM »
Low tide  Oregon coast, on a foggy summer morning.

Like the mystic feel of the haystack pict. Reminds me of CGI landscapes I would create with "Bryce". Nice to see it captured in the real world.

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