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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:45:36 PM »
Some recent ones from San Francisco Golden Gate Park. Handheld, ambient light.

C69A1210-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A1217-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A1208-dpp-c-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A1209-dpp-c-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:09:15 PM »
Tawny Frogmouth on nest. Not a true owl, but a member of the Nightjar family of birds. A difficult one to spot as they blend in with the bark of the tree. Unfortunately, we found the body of a dead chick, on the ground below this nest. Hopefully, they have a second chick under this adult.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC.

I've never seen this bird, either. Thanks for posting it. I can see how it could easily be missed.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:07:53 PM »
1D X with 500f4L II + 1.4 III TC

Beautiful shot, Click. I love everything about it. Sharp, nice colors, well composed, and great water ripples.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:01:32 PM »
Some recent ones from the San Francisco Zoo. 5D3, 100-400L @ 400mm, handheld, ambient light.

C69A0939-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0970-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0972-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:54:54 AM »
Native grass flower, Kangaroo grass. Not really noticeable, unless you get up close. Most folk see grass as just....grass.
5D3 with 100mm L Macro

Very nice! Never knew grass could be so beautiful.

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: November 11, 2013, 12:57:37 AM »
Handheld, natural light

C69A1178-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:39:46 PM »
5D3 + 70-200 II - the first time I took to birds with this lens.

Bah ... I think I'm in trouble now. The IQ of the 100-400 almost suddenly feels like crap. Need to save up for a new 300mm f/2.8 II.

Beautiful photo, J.R. What bird is that?
Yes, that combo is nice. Like you, I wish for more reach. I dream of the 600mm and then wake up ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:37:09 PM »
Thanks click and rpt :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2013, 05:29:17 AM »
Just flipping back over stuff I shot in the summer.  For this one maybe we should have a new thread, "Ugliest Birds" or "Birds Only a Mother Could Love" or "Ugly as Sin Birds".  But that might offend our bird friends and get us in trouble with the Birds Rights Commission!  :)

6D 300 X2  2000th F5.6  ISO 2000   shutter speed - seems I'm always worried there will be movement or flight that I won't catch.


Nice shot, Jack...but you're right about not being the most attractive bird in the forest ;)

How about some pretty in pink flamingoes from the SF zoo?

C69A1032-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0880-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0877-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:21:40 AM »

C69A0770-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0763-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

C69A0646-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

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

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