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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:47:54 PM »
I have about 10,000 geese in the bay behind the house! They are LOUD!!!

The second shot is a 7 picture panorama and shows about 5 percent of the total flock....
Foie gras anyone? ;)

 ;D ;D ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:45:28 PM »

Sorry...the period at the end got included in the link for some reason. Drop the period, and it should work.

Hmm, but this sounds kind of like cheating!? ;)

Once you see the results, you won't think that. ;D

It is no more cheating than hiring a model for a studio shoot..... and the best thing is that chickadees will work for peanuts :)

LOL ;D  Very nice photo. Do they sign a release? ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 24, 2013, 03:44:06 PM »
Last summer rented the 600 f/4 II for a weekend to capture kingfishers at the "Oostvaardersplassen" in The Netherlands. I got quite lucky.

5D3, 600 f/4 L II + 1.4x III, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 1250. I did not use a tripod but was sitting on my knees with a fallen tree as support. The image is uncropped. The amount of detail that this lens can resolve (look at the feathers and water droplets at full res) is amazing.

IMG_3067 by Vossie_NL, on Flickr

Beautiful photo. So colorful and razor sharp! Creamy background. Well done. :)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:04:50 AM »
Got this lens on loan from CPS - day 1 1st impressions:  after you get used to the massive and awkwardness of this lens, its most impressive.  I opted to lug it around without anything other than the camera strap and the lens strap.  I had a 3/8" threaded handle from a ZOOM H4N hand held 4 track recorder (looks like a cone) that I mounted in the female threaded foot.  I wouldn't dare hoist the lens up with my left hand by that cone shaped handle, but with the assistance of my right hand under the lens and left on the vertical handle it made it fairly easy to hand maneuver and obtain birding photos.

Here's a few all handheld on IS Mode 1 of 3, Manual, AF, faithful mode at 1/500, F4.5 or 6.3 with Auto ISO which averaged at 1000 across these 3 photos.  The AF was on Expansion or Zone AF with AI Servo enabled.

Golden-crowned-Sparrow (11453) by Revup67, on Flickr

Northern Mockingbird (11466) by Revup67, on Flickr

House Finch (female) 11469 by Revup67, on Flickr

Very impressive. So sharp with nice detail and great bokeh.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:00:24 AM »
LeMaire Channel Antarctica June 2011.

This Image was the Front Page for Tattler Traveller magazine First Edition 2012.

5DMK II & 24-70f/2.8 L V1 @ 24mm

Wow...simply WOW! Your photos never cease to amaze. :)

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:56:45 AM »
Rinca Komodo Indonesia

My Youngest Lad taking a breather on the surface.

5DMK II & 8-15f/4 @ 15

That is so cool...What a great shot.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:54:54 AM »
Whitehaven beach, Whitsunday Islands - Canon 1DIV, Tamron 24-70 f2.8 at 24mm, f/7.1, 1/640s

Very beautiful photo!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:57:40 PM »

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:52:50 PM »

You mean you watched it right through to the end ?!  ???

If you have not watched the second half, you missed most of the fun.

OK, so I watched the second half; there's just something about her presentation which makes me feel I could turn gay.

She's not married to Ken Rockwell by any chance ?

Brother and sister maybe? ;D

OK...curiosity finally made me cave and watch it. I thought it was humorous and obviously tongue-in-cheek. From now on, I'm using P mode so I can be a pro too. 8)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:57:31 AM »
Hey Serendipidy, what time is it there? - 3 AM here and I should be smart enough to go to bed but this woodpecker got bugging me as I was editing pictures. :) 

Are you agreeing with my 3 toe or saying "What's it" is a 3 toe?


Hi Jack,

Midnight here. I was agreeing with your 1st photo being a three toe. I think you might be right about "What's it" is a juvenile yb sapsucker. I'm no expert and we don't have woodpeckers/sapsuckers in Hawaii. Hope someone nails it for you. Good luck. :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 22, 2013, 03:55:25 AM »
Some more Mejiro photos from my yard this afternoon. 5D3, 100-400L, handheld while balancing on the top of a ladder.

C69A2924-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A2941-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A2946-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A2949-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A2938-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 22, 2013, 03:48:06 AM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.

We have some of their cousins in India as well. We call them Oriental White-Eyes. I clicked this this one earlier in the morning today -

Very nice shots, J.R. I can see the close resemblance.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:01:04 PM »
Beautiful shot Islander.  8) Nicely done.

+1. How cold was that surf at this time of year?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:35:42 PM »
I was photographing kingfishers today. Of course they are not that rare or difficult to photograph. But when it sat in front of me and I needed ISO12800 I thought I'd give it a try.

I just can't believe how well it can out. I thought it might be interesting for some to see what comes out.

It converted from raw in LR4, minimal sharpening, but NO NOISE REDUCTION, or any other adjustments.

Fantastic! You're making my 5D3 start to worry ;D

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