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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.

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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.

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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? ;)

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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.

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

"...this is a knife" ;D


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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

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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.

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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 ;) 

Jack
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):


mackguyver,

Beautiful colors and nice sharp focus on the eye.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Fun with cameras
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:17:06 PM »
Guy in 2 has mental health problems.
That's a cruel assessment of one of our more prominent members...........   :'(

Very true.  The Guy in 2 doesn't have mental health problems.  He is clearly the best photographer ever.

+1...and look how happy he is too! ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:07:38 PM »
All of these beautiful and intersting birds.  How about some love for poultry?!?

Yummy ;D  Nice photo 8)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:43:47 AM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.


C69A2827-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2804-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2777-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2745-dpp-c by EricJ777, on Flickr

There are some more on my Flickr page (just click on one of the posted photos to take you there).
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy them. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:37:24 AM »
Lorakeet - Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

5DMKIII - 70-200 2.8L II

Beautiful colored bird. Nice shot.

+1...lovely!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:33:02 AM »
Edward,

Wow! Whether above or below water, your photos are always amazing. 8)

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:28:53 AM »
Sunset from my yard yesterday. 5D3, 70-200L2.8ii


C69A2646-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2648-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr


C69A2647-dpp by EricJ777, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 15, 2013, 01:53:46 AM »
Here are three owls: an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl, and a Barred Owl.
Great owl shots - are they all wild?  If so, I'm extremely impressed.  If not, they are still beautiful photos, but I will know you, too, are a mere mortal.  I love owls, but they are so freaking hard to find out in the wild!  Here's my best owl shot to date - a very noisy little Barred Owl:


Great shot!

In India there is a common insult dished out with the phrase "Ullu ke Patthe", the literal translation of which works out to "Owl's disciple". Owls are considered pretty dumb birds and the phrase "Ullu ke Patthe" is used to call someone an "Idiot". Most average Indians use this phrase a fair few times in a day!

Very few Indians can look at an owl shot without a chuckle.   

Cheers ... J.R.

In parts of the western world, owls are considered wise (even though they are not).
"The origin of the wise owl dates all the way back to Greek mythology. The owl represents Athena who was the goddess of wisdom."-source: Yahoo voices, Rachel Ellis, Yahoo Contributor Network

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