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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:24:28 PM »
ok here are some of my attempts

Nice! I like your kookaburra shot and the really colorful bird with the yellow hair that reminds me of Donald Trump. What kind of bird is that?

My to least Fav comments are

"You must have a good camera"  Usually followed by a discourse on their camera.


"I've got a picture like that, I took in on my phone" Usually followed by presenting an out of focused badly composed image.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Sorry but I can't resist.
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

No one has ever said "that image would look better with a bit more DR"   :-*

One person might ;D

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:18:19 PM »
The Moon in the Blue Sky

Beautiful shots...can't wait to see more from your next visit. :)

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:16:24 PM »
Adam, congratulations on your position and not to downplay your talent, but that lightning photo shows off the advantage of having the time to plan and wait for the perfect shot!  The shot is really incredible and I've been in storms like that  on some Fourteeners in the Rockies, so I understand the comments about your shorts!  I've had the hair raised and felt the tingle, but haven't seen St. Elmo's Fire, so I guess that makes me lucky and stupid.  I'll definitely have to check out the rest of your work!

Thank you, Macguyver. There was very little waiting for this particular photo. I had to rush up to the canyon from Flagstaff as I wasn't planning on being in the park on that day. I consider myself fortunate to be able to spend so much tie at the canyon which has allowed me to become very familiar with the terrain and the weather. I knew where I wanted to be to create this photo.

Here's another photo of lightning at the Grand Canyon created exactly 1 year earlier: http://adamschallau.photoshelter.com/#!/portfolio/G0000k0QQuS2DJXc/6

Took a look at your website. Magnificent works of art!  8)
My wife's from Philly and we got married there. ;)

Whhooooo....me? ;D
that Owl seems to be a professional ... how much does he charge for bird photography and wedding photography ;D

Bird photography is his specialty and he charges 3 mice an hour 8)

Street & City / Re: London Sights
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:57:38 PM »
6D +70-300L following tourists and seeing what all the fuss is about in London...........only joking!

Sphinx and London Eye by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Tower of London by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Anchor & St Paul's by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

HMS Belfast by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Anchor & St Paul's  (colour) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Very nice...I like #2 the most :)

A most amusing and entertaining thread to read.   ;D

A thread kevetching about people complementing equipment, that is posted in a forum on a website almost entirely dedicated to discussions about camera gear.

I especially like reading the comments about how the equipment is not the important thing from posters who list all their equipment in their signature. 

You guys are a hoot!  LoL

Whhooooo....me? ;D


The only comment I really dislike is actually meant as a compliment - someone or some group will see me wandering through a park etc. with a FF Canon and biggish lens of some sort, say something like "you must be a good photographer; could you take my/our photo?" and hand me a smartphone or point-and-shoot which I haven't a clue how to use, which makes me feel like an idiot; the resulting photo is probably dreadful, but luckily I don't get to see it....

Happened to me last month while I was taking lots of photos of the Golden Gate bridge in SF with my 5D3 and 70-200Lii with some other lenses in my bag. Beautiful day and lots of people there. A group of 5 or 6 young adults came up to me and said "you must be a good photographer; could you take our photo?" and handed me a smartphone. I've never owned or used a smartphone so I had to ask them how to focus it and where is the shutter? Then they wanted me to shoot the photo when they jumped in the air together in front of the bridge in the background. I knew that there is some lag with smartphones, so I said 1,2,3 jump as I tried to time the shot. They all looked at the result and one girl said disappointingly "my feet are still on the ground". So I tried several more times with the same result. They said thanks and left. Later, I thought I could have nailed it with my 5D3 or 7D and continuous fast shutter bursts.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:52:40 AM »

Nice shots all...I like #2 the best. Well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:49:13 AM »
Shot this Guy in the Serengeti, he was probably the only Cheetah I've found that was really easy to Focus on, still, just in case, I shot him/Her @ 1/800th, you never know with Cheetahs.

1Dx 200-400f/4, 400mm f/4.5 1/800th ISO 400

Cheetah IS version 2? ;)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:48:28 AM »
Timbavati South Africa 2013.

1Dx 400f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/400th ISO1000

Very nice. Looks like the leopard is posing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Fun with cameras
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:35:30 AM »
"...that's not a knife!"

"...this is a knife" ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Fun with cameras
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:23:50 AM »
RE to: It is not the camera but the photographer that counts.

I totally agree to this. But some animals are very good behind the camera too. (unedit quick and dirty JPG crop in lowres, edited RAW original image with different crop was for Canon marketing).

Is that what they mean when they say chimping the camera? ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:09:08 PM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.
Lovely shots.  Excellent focus on the birds!  What were your settings?

Thanks CT John. All were handheld and using only ambient light while I stood on a ladder next to the tree (honey bees buzzing all around the flowering tree).
All were AE priority, f/5.6, 400mm (all heavily cropped and some PP in DPP), auto WB, auto ISO ( 1st 2 were 640 and last 2 were 320 ISO), spot AF one shot, TV was 1/400s for #2 and rest were 1/320s.

If you click on the photo, it takes you to my Flickr. There at the bottom on the extreme right lower side is 3 little dots together. If you click on the 3 dots, a menu pops up and the bottom item is "show EXIF data". Click on that and it lists all the EXIF.

I like your Kauai wild fowl photo. They are so colorful.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:21:46 PM »
This is disgusting.  People taking pictures of beautiful songbirds and here I sit in Alberta with 10" of snow and -25C.  It is sunny though and I do at least have Chickadees that visit me ;) 

That's some cold weather for November!  I won't give you the details of my weather in Florida - instead I'll post a bird that makes my climate seem cold - with the caveat that it was captive (and I should get rid of that distracting bokeh spot):


Beautiful colors and nice sharp focus on the eye.

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