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Sports / Re: Surf Photography
« on: Today at 10:49:58 AM »
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Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:33:57 AM »
As others have said, this is a tough question.  Both lenses have some real advantages.   As I shoot sports the f2.8 is critical for me.  I simply could not shoot night games with an f5.6 lenses.  And I do sometimes ad the 1.4X converter to this lens. 

Part of me wants to recommend some combination of both.  70-200 and a 400mm f5.6 prime?  But that is probably not going to be in the budget.

For general photography and "ocational" wildlife I'm going to say 70-200 f2.8 and converter.  I just think the 70-200 f2.8 should be in the bag of almost any photographer, it is such a useful lens.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:37:25 PM »

Sports / Re: Winter Baseball
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:10:28 PM »
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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:36:14 PM »
The nice married couple that live nearby.
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:54:38 PM »
My first post to this form!  Photos from this last week in the San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico area.  Shot handheld with a 7D w/500mm.

Nice!  Which 500mm?

Sports / Re: Winter Baseball
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:06:15 PM »
Hi TexPhoto.
Nice timing, that must have had some power behind it. (The bat is snapped isn't it?).

Cheers, Graham.

Thanks, glad you like the photos.  That bat was broken.  I was well past the outfield and saw it happen before the very loud crack of sound hit.  You can see the pitcher's reaction is funny too.  I must admit, my timing is thanks in part to a 10fps on 1D4.  I try to anticipate a swing, and fire 2-4 shots if the batter swings. 

Comically the team's official photographer can be seen in the photo as well.  I tried talking to him, but he seemed annoyed to have me there. 

Sports / Winter Baseball
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:02:02 PM »
It's winter and if you live someplace warm, you might just have Winter Baseball.

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Technical Support / Re: DIY. How to shoot the bird from the car.
« on: November 13, 2014, 04:05:20 PM »
Wouldn't a towel folded and drapped over the open window accomplish the same thing?

It would, but like the bean bag mentioned at the beginning, it will tend to fall off, and out.    Getting out of the car to fetch it is going to scare the birds. 

BTW everyone, turn the car off.  The vibrations of the engine transmitted through the glass are not going to help steady your shot. 

Mine is always on.  I do with the camera would automatically shake the dust off every time I change lenses, and one per day / 1000 shots.  Seems silly I have to do this manually by turning off and on again.

Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:20:15 PM »
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Well first, not all sports are the same from the aspect of shooting.  Day, Night, Indoor?  Second, A, Tv, and Manual with Auto ISO, are all really the same thing, at least from the aspect of being correctly exposed.  The light meter is adjusting some part of the exposure as it sees fit.  Full Manual, but looking at the light meter say +1,0...-1, and adjusting is also kind of the same thing.

I shoot A priority, usually at the max aperture of the lens, I may add some exposure compensation.  Changing light conditions are why I use the meter.  1 or 2 of every 1000 photos is badly exposed for some reason, but that can be in a string of 10 that were shot rapid fire.  I have always assumed this is the camera just glitching.   The vast majority of my photos are exposed correctly.

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: November 01, 2014, 02:42:35 PM »
I was using my 70-200mm today for softball... it would have been tough to limit myself to only 200mm... so I think I may be keeping the lens even if I do elect to upgrade to the 200 f2...

Build quality on this lens is great, but I would just use a softball bat myself.  Maybe a 600mm f4 would be the right size, but heavy. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:56:53 AM »
Impressive shots Tex! Can you share some info on how you shot them?

Thanks!  And Sure!
I developed this technique myself.  (It is ridiculously simple)  Sort of a cross between motor driving and time lapse.
1. Set camera to Tv, 30 sec exposure.  M would work fine too.
2. ISO 100
3. Aim, Focus, Use a cable release that can be locked on.  Lock it on.
4. Drink beer and hope for lightening.  Adjust aim as best location may change.
5. I will usually dial in -2 to -4 exposure compensation because the camera is metering when there is no lightening.

Essentially I am letting the camera record 30 seconds exposure continuously.  In 30 minutes, you will take 60 photos.  And maybe get 3-4 keepers.  As this is so hands off you can easily work with 2-3 cameras at a time.

One thing about lightening photos is you must capture more than just lightening.  (Fireworks are this way too)  You must have ground objects to establish scale, and give some context.  The clouds really helped me here too. 

In post I adjusted color and added a lot of clarity.   If you have 2+ plus photos with strikes in each, and you did not move the camera, you can stack them in Photoshop and set top layers to lighten. This will add the strikes together nicely.  The middle photo is actually 2 photos combined this way.   

Oh and be safe.  I am standing on my 25th floor balcony here with 2 more floors of building and a lightening rod above me.  Don't stand on top of a mountain for a good veiw and get fried!

I bought my first 7D for $1200 new after a $200 "rebate" from Microsoft.  280,000 photo later, i think it has paid for itself.  There wis a 7DII in my future, but I can give it 2-6 months...  Plus, you know there is going to be an issue that requires a recall/fix...

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