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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What card(s) will you use for the 7DII?
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:32:16 PM »
I have a friend who will travel to NYC on Saturday, and I really hope he has time to pop by B&H. The price they have for two Lexar CF professional 64GB UDMA 7 cards, is (with tax) less than the price of one of those cards in Norway.
B+H is closed on Saturdays :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:31:04 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.


I'm sorry, but it's more than simply opportunity. Art has decades of experience and insight that far fewer than "millions" of other photographers have. If you actually read his blog on a regular basis, and read his books, you realize the depth of his experience. If I had all of Arties opportunities, I'm certain I would get better photos...however getting excellent photos every single time is another story. There are subtleties within subtleties within subtleties about bird photography that you learn when Art starts critiquing your work (which is something I do, over on BPN.) You start learning how nuanced getting every single aspect of a bird photo, from lighting and composition down to head angle and eye pointing and everything else.


I'm a decent photographer, and one of those "millions" of other photographers out there who don't very often have the opportunities that Art has. I know for a fact, though that even if I had them, I'd be missing a LOT of the subtleties.

+1, he has great compositions and looks to his shots even though many are a little on the high key side to my taste.  Reading his comments just from the 7D2 posts on his crop and composition choices shows just how much he considers when taking photos.


Yeah, there is a depth of consideration, for sure. The amazing thing is he seems to consider all those things in seconds or less. He also knows how to rebase his exposure every time he moves the lens or the light changes...and his techniques for doing so are amazing, but remembering to do all those things myself, every time I press the shutter button, is not easy. I still forget to rebase my exposure when pointing from one subject to another, where the lighting has likely changed. That sometimes results in hot or blown highlights that are difficult to recover with good detail. There are thousands of little things, nuances, that you have to think about and get correct, all in the timespan of a bird indicating they are going to do something interesting, pointing the lens, basing then adjusting exposure, and actually taking the shot at the right time such that you get everything right. I cannot think about all those small factors and nail it every time. I don't exactly have a lot of throwaways...however I rarely if ever get a photo I could call "Morris-level quality"...VERY rarely.
+1
For me, I get lucky.... for Morris, since every shot can't be getting lucky, there must be a skill involved far beyond my abilities.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What card(s) will you use for the 7DII?
« on: October 22, 2014, 09:56:08 AM »
I have a drawer full of 32Mbyte CF cards at work....

It would be like the good old days... changing film holders on the 4x5 :) Swap one out for every picture....

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:52:43 PM »
I'm not too excited about the built in intervalometer since it tops out at 99 shots.
What's that going to give me? A few seconds of TL video?

The Canon website says it takes 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals but also unlimited.

;)

That would make sense... go for a set number of shots, or run until stopped.... at a 0.5 second interval it should only take me 20 hours and 50 minutes to hit the rated shutter life :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:10:39 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

Yes! That's the way to do it!
Don, I've seen others from those neck of the woods feeding Chickadees in the palm of their hands. Is it the cold weather and sparseness of food for them that brings out this behaviour, or is it mostly good and patient training?
Patience and a steady supply of food... and works on more than chickadees....

But as said above, if Art Morris is using 1200mms on a crop camera, he is most certainly not dealing with "tame" or habituated birds. If I am quiet and non-threatening, I can get within 30 or 40 feet of a wild duck... but that is exceptionally close. There are several spots I know where people regularly feed the ducks and you can have them a foot or two away.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:21:48 PM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.
If it is a tame bird, you are not shooting it with a 600mm lens and a 2X teleconverter... and a crop camera for extra reach.... you are using a 24mm lens :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:19:32 PM »
Thanks Everyone! If you say nice things you might get more foxes.


wonderful pictures!

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
Edit: Sorry - got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...  I shop at Best Buy - not sure why I threw them under the bus.   ;D

Please keep admissions like these to yourself  :o

You were right on the first shot!  ;D

the local best buy is better than the local camera store :(

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:21:56 PM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D
or the cat trying to catch that elusive red dot....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:35:07 PM »
It is disgusting that you would have to do that to any camera.

Shame Sony... Shame on you... learn how to build photography tools, not toys....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 05:11:04 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

I had forgotten that the 30th was Sabbath.  Never having been to the store, having only been to NYC one time, do they reopen on Saturday evening after the close of Sabbath or reopen on Sunday morning?
they close at 2:00pm on Fridays and open up at 10:00am on Sundays.

Anyone thinking of showing up at thier store on the weekend may be in for a surprise :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:25:15 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:07:11 PM »
My Little Blue Friend

He's baack! I think he likes me. He would pose with each peanut before taking off this time.

Nice!

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Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:01:12 PM »
Is there a Henry's in your town?  I live in Ontario and I think Henry's has a cleaning service. If not there is a canon service centre in Mississauga.
I have heard a few horror stories about cleanings at Henrys.... I would send it to Mississauga. This is something that you really want done right.

You are talking about a spot on the sensor which is NOT dust. If it is tree sap, you are talking about a wet cleaning so you can ignore everything you have been told about cleaning dust off your sensor... those techniques will just make it worse in your case.

Send it to Canon and tell them what you suspect the spot is...

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:38:30 PM »
Nice pics on here so far. I'd like to add some of mine that I took from Vermont and one from Massachusetts. All taken with Canon 5D mark III and 24-105L lens.
I feel like I should be throwing a couple of turkeys into the pond on that last shot :)

Nice pictures!

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