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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:09:39 PM »
Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. :)

My wife and I took our first vacation in 2 years and went for a week in San Francisco which we love and is the closest landfall from Hawaii (I really hate to fly these days). ;D She loves hummingbirds and told me I had to get some good shots (we don't have them here :(). So I looked and looked and couldn't see any. With only a few days left we went to the zoo where we saw some several years ago. 3 hours later as we were leaving...still no hummers. I got lots of decent zoo shots, however,with my new 5D3 (this trip was the excuse I used on her to upgrade from my 7D). Just as we exited the gate, there was this pretty blue flower plant so I got my 5D3 out with the 70-200F/2.8LII. She was yelling haven't you taken enough photos over the last 3 hours (she is NOT a photog and was ready to leave after 1 hour). Just as I focused, that pretty hummer zooms in. I couldn't focus on him since he was jumping all over, so I just focused on the flower and fired away.

Encouraged, 3 days later, I went to the SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park to shoot some flowers. Just inside the entrance was this 30-40 feet tall red flowering tree. I walked toward it for some tree flower shots, when I noticed several small birds flying in and out. They were hummers! These guys really were attracted ( a sign called it the red flowering gum tree from western Australia). So I used my 5D3 and 100-400L @ 400mm shooting up into the tree from 15-50 feet away for over an hour to get those shots. I really got a stiff neck and sore back from all that bending and straining upwards but my wife was pleased with the photos! (Happy wife...Happy life ;D).

Maximilian..yes, I wish that spider would have made his web elsewhere.
rpt and J.R., thanks for you nice words.
Dolina and Mr. Bean...All were taken handheld in natural outdoor lighting and were heavily cropped since the first one was @200mm and the other 3 were @400mm and I was not real close and they are small birds.
Krob78...Thank you my friend for your comments. You have taught me a lot on CR about bird photog. I think that background (which was just some distant green foliage in shade) turned black due to underexposure. I didn't plan that but it was serendipity :) and I like it too.
Jack Douglas...After your post, I do believe that is your green hummer. Flying south for the winter ;)

I just made this Flickr account several days ago to post all my SF shots since a friend told me I really should. I am still trying to learn how to use it well. If you click on the photo, it will take you there where I have more hummers and also will keep adding landscape and zoo shots over the next few days.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic range Nikon/Sony vs Canon
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:28:39 PM »
Still they get to live in a very nice - albeit cold - country...  ;D
Hey, come on, it´s not that cold. We used to have 9 months of winter and 3 months of poor sledge conditions, but because of global warming the ratio moved to 7:5 ;)

By the way, Terje is a Norwegian name and I believe Voldemort was Swedish (?) and you should be aware that a Swede impersonating a Norwegian (and vice versa), is a crime beyond treason! Like we say; You can always tell a Swede ... but you can´t tell him much!

Now it is time for another single malt. A 30 year old Isle of Jura should do. Have a great weekend!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D 8)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:56:55 AM »
Thanks Northstar. It took me awhile to figure out how to post a photo from Flickr. I also just uploaded some photos of SF bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:39:21 AM »
Recently took a trip to San Francisco. Took lots of photos with my 5D3. Also, just got a Flickr account. I will try to post some using my Flickr. I hope this works. Here are some hummingbird shots.

C69A1056-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1801-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1881-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A2217-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:50:00 PM »
I was wondering how my camera would cope with moving children as a subject. It succeeded :-) Could you help me to entitle the first one snap?

1) Your turn.
2)Buddies alway share.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Shutter Actuation App for Mac
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:14:05 AM »
Cool :)

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:56:03 AM »
Nice discussion, everyone.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:25:03 AM »
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Different strokes for different folks. Many great artists died penniless and obscure.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 16, 2013, 03:18:43 AM »
Oregon coast-Newport, Oregon, Marys Peak, west of Corvallis, OR, near Frenchglen, OR and from Sweet Checks Winery near Eugene, Oregon. These have all been fun to see!

I especially like the last one. Beautiful sky. Nicely done Sir.

+1...very lovely! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:51:03 PM »
Getting the smaller birds in flight is fairly tough and I don´t get them very often. And this shot is rather special (to come from me), since it is shot handheld with a 1DX and 600mm f4L II + 2xIII extender.

Very nice capture :)

Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:51:20 AM »
Lotus flower ../

Gorgeous shots! Nicely done. 8)

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:50:01 AM »
Mongstad oil refinery, Norway

Near Ølen, Norway

Very beautiful. :)

Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:49:06 AM »
A good reason not to use the in-camera panorama function in a kayak on a windy day :)

LOL...I'm getting seasick ;D

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:47:22 AM »
The 24-70 is very good, but its not wide enough for a crop body, so you still need a wide lens.
I'd watch for a deal on a FF body to go with your new lens.

I think he already has the 5D3.

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