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Messages - Don Haines

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:08:06 PM »
I guess I'm pretty lucky.....I did a count of the species that I have photographed in and around the yard and came up with 88 different species. These are shots from this year of the ones that I can count on being around most of the time....

What camera/lens combo were you using for these?  These are awesome shots!
They were all shot with a 60D and either the 70-200F4IS lens or the Tamron 150-600 lens. I had a hunting blind set up so they got closer than they normally would.... the wood ducks are particularly shy, while the chickadees will eat out of your hand.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:48:17 AM »
and continued...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:46:36 AM »
I guess I'm pretty lucky.....I did a count of the species that I have photographed in and around the yard and came up with 88 different species. These are shots from this year of the ones that I can count on being around most of the time....

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:51:08 AM »
WOW! for high resolution sensors! Pixel pitch!

Keep in mind that IF the 7D2 comes with a 24Mpixel sensor, that's the same density as 61.4Mpixels on FF.... Odds are, that's your high resolution sensor......

I would not get to excited about this meaning a high megapixel FF camera is imminent :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:56:55 PM »

A bit off topic, but...
Like most tourists, I don't think you understand how quickly things can go bad in the wild. Sure, black bears seem more timid than grizzlies but many animals may look quite docile and then the situation changes in a heartbeat.

Yes I've heard those rumors.  :D
I must say that I am very happy to not have crocs, alligators, and large or poisonous snakes where I live...

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I have been using one of these for years when the bugs are really bad.

http://www.mec.ca/product/5016-842/original-bug-shirt-polyester-insect-proof-shirt-unisex/?q=bug%2Bshirt

Most of the time I just wear a hat and spray deet on the underside of the brim. The deet keeps the insects away and by spraying it on the hat, it is not touching my skin.

another option is to bring along someone that the bugs like more than you........

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 10:49:47 AM »
I'm sure mammals require more effort (staying downwind, etc), but I've never attempted to photograph them.

Mammals can be easy.  They let you get nice and close sometimes.  Just make sure any bunnies you try to take pictures aren't from Caerbannog...

It's just a rabbit!

Well, that's no ordinary rabbit!  That rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide!  It's a killer!
that's the most foul, cruel, and bad tempered rodent you ever set eyes on.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:54:16 AM »


Time can be a factor, but gear is not immaterial. If I wanted to get a shot of bears, I'd much rather have a 1DX/5D III and a 600/4 + 2x TC, or a 7D and 600/4, than anything else.

Think I'd go for a helicopter first myself  ;D

You wimps!   ;D
...

A bit off topic, but...
Like most tourists, I don't think you understand how quickly things can go bad in the wild. Sure, black bears seem more timid than grizzlies but many animals may look quite docile and then the situation changes in a heartbeat.
Last year, one of the locals was hospitalized by a female deer. People have been attacked by groundhogs and squirrels... Ospreys are a very real threat when climbing towers at work.... even small birds like redwing blackbirds will attack if you get near the nest. Chipmunks can be nasty!  If you get too close to any animal, particularly if the animal feels trapped, you don't know what is going to happen.

Bambi's mother might look cute and docile, but she has the ability to break your bones in an instant if you push things. I like long lenses.....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:31:20 AM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:42:37 PM »
a deer...

60^ + Tamron 150-600 at 375mm, 1/400, F9.0, iso320

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:38:05 PM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:33:20 PM »
Dinner is served....

60D + Tamron 150-600 at 1/1250, F9, 600mm, ISO320

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 21, 2014, 02:35:25 PM »

Well, MY next question is how many of us wear ghillie suits like Jrista describes vs. just plain camo vs. blind vs. no blind and no camo? How many people use camo covers on their lenses ("Lens Coat" or other)? How many use products that claim to suppress human odors?

A lot of my waterfowl photography is from a bright red canoe... so camo clothing is lost on me.... stay silent and move slowly while paddling on the far side of the canoe and not lifting the paddle out of the water and you are less scary... You can also paddle upstream/upwind and gently drift back....

For small bird photography I bring a chair, good book, and lots of sunflower seeds.... after you stay still for a while the lure of the food seems to overcome the fear of the human.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:09:04 PM »

Many of those I mentioned come with mounting systems that mount them to just about anything.

I was thinking about mounting one to a high-speed model airplane, but the gopro is too boxy and unaerodynamic.  In fact, it would nearly double the total profile drag of the entire airplane, thereby defeating the whole purpose.

have you seen this?

http://www.mikesenese.com/DOIT/2011/07/wide-angle-hd-micro-camera-mounted-to-a-firework/

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http://petapixel.com/2012/12/24/how-to-scan-your-film-using-a-digital-camera-and-macro-lens/

That's basically what I did....except I was doing slides

Set the tripod up over top of a light-table, used the 100L macro lens, and a slide holder to hold the film down flat on the table, focus with live view, and use a remote to trigger the camera.

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