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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama Email Ad
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:23:07 PM »
Is this the long rumoured Canon high megapixel camera, or is it Nikon's answer to the 5D3?

I'm confused..... even more so than normal :)

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:16:13 PM »
I've said it before and I'll say it again.... Any attempt to reduce a complex system used under diverse conditions for diverse goals to a single number is doomed to failure.

My problem with DXO is that they like to come up with a single number which somehow is supposed to rate how good a lens is. This does not work. This does not even work for a particular use....

Use taking pictures of birds as an example.... Is the bird small or is it large? Is it near or is it far? Is it stationary or is it flying? Are the wings moving real fast like a hummingbird or slow like a soaring raptor? and we haven't even touched lighting conditions, cameras, of focal lengths yet.... Good luck trying to create a rating number....

With the DXO ratings, low light performance is of paramount importance. That is why they rate the 50F1.8 (Canon's least expensive lens) as better than the 600F4II (Canon's most expensive lens).

Your needs, your preferences, and your budget are far more important than any magic rating number.

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:55:35 PM »
Staying in midtown?  First and most important rule.  GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!

Just don't do it between the hours of four and six.......

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daylight Savings Time
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:53:03 PM »
I use CUT /GMT « Coordinated Universal Time » no problem.  :)
Same here....

I also use cUT for all my work computers....

Circular polarizars aLso cut down reflection from glass.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:31:57 AM »
The nuthatch....

On the tree with a 60D and a 70-200 at 200mm.....
In the hand with a 60D and a 17-55 at 40mm...

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:28:47 AM »
Not quite as fierce as Gary's eagles.....

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:22:51 PM »
As a New Yorker I gotta post this to this thread. It is hysterical and all totally true. I'll follow with real suggestions after we all have a laugh.


I notice that you did not post this between the hours of 4 and 6 :)

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:00:24 PM »
As for a tripod, what if you took a Tamrac Zipshot?  You could use it as a monopod up on the top of Empire and it wouldn't get in anyone's way, etc.  I think the reason they don't allow the tripods is due to the crowds and the fact that the tripod legs stick way out and trip folks, etc.  Whatever the reason or whatever you decide, maybe you can use some kind of monopod braced against the rail to help with shots like that.  Good luck!  Enjoy!

I have never had a problem getting my monopod through security. I have a nice walnut ball that threads onto the top of the monopod and I extend it to cane length and walk with a bit of a limp :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:06:28 AM »
I would purchase the 200-400 simply because I like the flexibility of zoom. It woul be a wonderful addition on my 70-200

I zoom with my feet. ;-)

I chose the 600 II when I bought a big lens. Would make the same choice today, especially given that it is just as good as the EF 800 f/5.6 with the 1.4x TC attached (840mm f/5.6) and has the option to use the 2x TC for 1200mm f/8.
If I had the money, I'd go with the 600II as well. It seems like you never have a long enough lens....

You can zoom with your feet, but many time you can't because of terrain, water, or common sense (a 24mm lens and a grizzly bear are not a good combination). For those cases you either need a long lens or a bear-proof suit.

Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:38:39 AM »
The Statue of Liberty closed down after "Superstorm Sandy" due to floods and damage to the piers.  Do go if it has reopened.  The Empire State Building has some great art deco stuff and you should go up for the view once, if you've never been.

Agree on the Empire State building..... the view from the top is fantastic.

I was warned about long lines and a 2 to 3 hour wait to go to the top so I decided to pass on it and just walk around instead. As I walked by the entrance you could see the ropes for the lineups inside, but no people.... so I asked what the wait was and was told there was none. I went inside, through a LARGE room with lots of ropes for the line-up to go ( without people) and went straight to the elevators... at the top the view was great, no crowds, and to top it all off, a smog-free day and great visibility....

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:57:01 PM »
WOW! Again!

Fantastic series of eagle shots!

Thank you for posting them.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:50:45 PM »
a year ago this poor dog had been locked up for 5 years, but he's so well behaved when he looked for permission to go a single quiet word was all it took and he never  took even one step towards them.

Please! Can I go! by Tom W W, on Flickr

I like the shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:55:44 PM »

Inspirational... I know where a bunch of ducks are hanging out so I think I will go play with them tomorrow.

Did you use a flash?

Canon General / Re: 19 types of photographers. Which are you?
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:58:56 AM »
Hi Don.
Wow that would be a surprise, but how bad? Was it a face to face oh crap kind of surprise, or just walking back making a noise and scared him out surprise.
Worst surprise we had from an animal was a 30 amp 240v cable in a barn, pulled the bramble off it and FLASHBANG, all the insulation was missing for about 5 ft. At the end was the skeleton of the rat responsible! ;D we found the fault!  ::)  Why do rodents seem to prefer PVC insulation to sticks and other natural stuff?

I like both those pics, I had seen the Raven and dish image before on another post (or one from the same series?).
Token effort for on topic, is it 21 or 22 we are up to, but whatever number they left out my category,
xx not as good as I thought I was before I found CR! :'( But hopefully improving.

Cheers Graham.

Hi Don.
I would probably hang the broken weld if it was a macro that made it resemble some canyon in metal, or if it was a microscopy image using a disclosing agent, some of those look cool, but then I'm an engineer at heart. ::) 
It isn't properly broken until you fail to fix it. And the engineers mantra.
If it won't fit, force it, if it won't force, get a bigger hammer! ;D

Cheers Graham.

Ps I too have pictures of all those except the groundstations.

Definitely #10....

I get paid for it, but who wants to hang pictures of cable runs, inner assemblies of groundstations, worn bearings, or cracked welds on thier wall....

My heart is in landscape and nature.
Sometimes nature and technical photography come together. My avatar is of an access hole to a cable run up the base of a satellite dish... I left the plate off while running a new feed cable and when I came back after lunch... SURPRISE!!!

The second picture is the back of the same dish... complete with Raven and snow...
Nothing dramatic... she was staring out the hole at me as I walked up to the dish...

I definitly agree on the CR has made me a better photographer category... I am always learning and the images are inspiring!

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