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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:26:15 AM »
I've had this lens for about a year and as others have mentioned if you have decent light, it will get you great images probably on par with the other big whites. personally I found it to be better than the 100-400 even though it lacks IS.

I use it hand held on a regular basis for BIF, ideally you want 1/640 or faster shutter for such images. for perched birds you will probably want to use a tripod.

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:29:48 AM »
Really nice photo Menace, I like the various elements in the photo.

I would like to contribute an image from one of my shoots earlier this summer which was taken at my favorite summer birding spot. a few of the regular bird photographers at the beach were wondering why I did not come with my 400mm lens that day!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:48:40 PM »
Thank you for your comments, Click and Skatol. Indeed this is at Conowingo, I was there with my wife on Sunday morning. It was our first time there and it was also our first time photographing eagles. I heard the action was better on Saturday. I had taken the 800mm f/5.6L on evaluation loan from CPS... amazing lens for perched birds.. a bit hard to maneuver it when the birds were close. I will try to return there with my "regular" gear in a couple of weeks.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:19:53 PM »
thank you! it's not what I told him... he was doing all the talking and parading his catch in front of us! I think the sound of all those camera shutters going off in high speed mode made him extra proud

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:01:52 PM »
I got a chance to play with one of the big white super-tele's this past weekend

Portrait / Re: The Undead Thread: Ghouls, Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts!
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:39:11 PM »
This is one of my shots from Comic Con NYC 2013... not sure what the character is supposed to be, several people dressed in similar costume

Technical Support / Re: Brick Wall.
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:23:50 AM »
I went through a very similar phase in the middle of the summer. I did take a small break from photography during my vacation back to my home country where I took very few pictures and this did help clear my mind.

One aspect of this hobby that keeps me interested is that there are so many different styles to shoot where you feel that you have several hobbies not just one. I primarily shoot wildlife so the past couple of months I did some street photography, now I am almost ready to go back at dawn and wait for that bird/critter to show up.

Try a field of photography that takes you completely out of your comfort zone.

At the end of the day it really depends on what you want out of each photo sharing site: views from strangers, showing a group of images to friends? photo of the day among a group? below are my observations for the sites that I use:

500px: currently this site will give you the most views on your images but quite  a lot of these views will be from people seeking exchange votes. the voting system is in the process of being changed and the site is a bit off its peak of "quality" users

Flickr: I have very little experience with the groups, but currently this is the site if you want to put up a lot of photos, group them and share them with friends. I agree with others about TOS and you original High res files can be exposed to the world. I'm currently considering cleaning up my presence there

facebook groups.... not mentioned previously but lately I have noticed a trend where photographers build up a following on the major photosharing sites then draw you to their FB page and then to their own domain

your own personal domain... you have complete freedom of what to post and why... however it is also up to you to handle all the marketing and promotion behind it... having something under your own domain though is possibly one of the best "business cards" if you will

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Auto ISO
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:27:58 AM »
Shooting wildlife on my 7D, I've been using manual shutter and aperture settings with auto ISO (limited to max 1600). this works fine for cloudy days but on sunny days I find that it over exposes the image (colors are washed out, too bright for my taste). I've taken what I learned from the "camera's mentality" and lately I've been trying to shoot in Av mode and adjusting exposure compensation as I see fit

not sure if someone posted this already... but take a look at some of the thoughts behind the new flickr....


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I've had a revelation
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:22:48 PM »
I shot a couple of rolls of Velvia 35mm in Yosemite National Park last year and I agree completely with all previous comments... the slides look stunning on the light table. Velvia detail resolution is pretty much on par with a couple of shots that I took with the 5d3/24-70f/2.8 combo that I tried at the same park as part of a canon promotion.

if you can find a reputable print shop, you can come close to the quality of viewing the slides with a loupe and then a lot of credit will go to the print shop for the end result.

currently I am "scanning" the slides with my 7d and 100mm macro lens but I am having a very hard time reproducing the colors with DPP

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:37:35 PM »
I got a copy of that lens back in December (new)... along with a 7D. I am quite impressed with the quality of the build (it survived being yanked off my shoulder by the kids) as well as the image quality. I've attached a shot of an osprey I took last week with it. image is not cropped but has been scaled down

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:27:24 PM »
I ran into this pair of hawks on the way home from work today

I recently tested the 400L and 100-400 and I found that for shots faster than 1/500 sec, the 400L gave me sharper images so I bought the 400L... I agree with Mt Spokane that this lens shines for birds in flight but far I have used it successfully for still images of flowers, celestial bodies and of course "still" wildlife.... of course wildlife never sits still....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter count on a new 6D
« on: January 28, 2013, 08:50:38 AM »
I noticed the same thing when I picked up my new 7D about a month ago... hmm interesting

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