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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:12:04 AM »
Recently took a trip to San Francisco. Took lots of photos with my 5D3. Also, just got a Flickr account. I will try to post some using my Flickr. I hope this works. Here are some hummingbird shots.

C69A1056-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1801-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1881-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A2217-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

Awesome Serendipidy!  These look a bit more challenging as captures than Harry!  Congratulations, really, really nice!  I like them all quite a bit but I really love the last one... not sure why but that black background has something to do with it for me and the almost macro image of the flowers... really nice set! 

It looks like you've toned down the BB a little bit too, I like it!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:52:32 AM »
Hi again everybody,

By reading and re-reading all your thoughts and comments, I guess I have a clearer picture in my mind now. The only thing that made me consider the (rumoured) 7D Mark II is the fact that, being it a crop sensor, it might give me more reach, but then I will have to compromise, somehow, on IQ. The 1DX has got it all, so I guess I'll go for it. Also, I think I'll get rid of the 7D, since I rarely use it now (only in bright, sunny days) and, moreover, I don't need 3 cameras.

Dave, congratulations on your decision!  I think you made the very best choice!  Also, I think once you start shooting with your new 1DX, you'll be surprised how much reach you're not needing, the AF and the IQ being so much better than your 7D, you'll be able to very easily crop for your extra reach without any issues in quality degradation. 

Also, be careful, seems like lot's of 1DX owners get some sort of itch for 500mm - 800mm L glass! 

Congratulations again on your decision, I'm looking forward to seeing your 1DX images!! 

All the best!  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:58:24 AM »
Is there a website that I can watch for updates or news or any of that sort of thing regarding ML?
They have got a nice forum: ... look in the "new ports" section for updates on your camera, generally you will want to use the nightly releases since they include the latest features/fixes and are probably more stable than anything else.

Thanks Marsu!

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:54:09 AM »
I took this one a while back. I rushed when I saw this gentlemen go by. I think it adds value to the image.

Camera    Canon EOS 7D
ISO    100
Focal Length    70mm (112mm in 35mm)
Aperture    f/8
Exposure Time    0.0166s (1/60)

Larger view here:ère%29-4600-Modifier-X2.jpg

I agree with you Rowbear!  Very nicely done and the boat/boater definitely adds to it and gives it a story... I like it a lot! 

Good to see the lowly 7D's are still out there shining and excelling in areas that some say they aren't even made for... Very nice and welcome to the forum!  :D

Btw, you seem to have a couple dust specs toward the top right in the sky field...  ;)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:48:18 AM »
thanks so much! ;D

Lemmy, that particular shot, is just an absolute corker, really, great shot.

Yes I'll add my +1 to that. This shot must be as good as it gets !
Many of the pictures posted here, I think: I could have done that. On this one I can say with confidence; I could´t have done that!
Just great! honest and interesting comment because I've thought the same thing a few times, "I could shoot that shot". Lol

But I have to totally agree with you about lemmy's surfer shot....a great combination of skill, experience, physical strength/endurance, patience, and of course equipment.

I have to agree too!  But I'd like to try!

EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:46:07 AM »
So... To buy the Flagship of the entire Canon line, the best they have out there now, or wait and buy a camera rumored to be better than it's predecessor, how much better, nobody knows and that still won't be as good as the Flagship, proven, EOS 1DX... Which currently outflanks many of the specifications you're deeming as important, such the AF and the fps rate...

What's the question again?   ;D

What if you wait and the rumored 7D2 sucks?  Don't think it can't happen, ask former and present 50D owners how upset many of them were when the 60D was announced as the replacement to the 50D, albeit it was a better offering from a technology standpoint, Canon stripped it of many features that some thought as essentials, MFA for instance...

Get the 1DX, there will be no wondering if you made the right choice... you'll probably have taken 50,000 images by the time the 7D2 even hits the streets! 

All the best!

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:11:15 PM »
Tonight's sunset~

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:50:45 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Sleepy Bald Eagle
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:48:20 AM »
Here's another one I like from this year - it's the same bird as my avatar.  I was walking down a trail and stumbled upon him in a tree about 30 yards away.  I very slowly got out my telephoto lenses and took some shots of him.  I stood there for 3 hours waiting for him to fly off, but he just got bored with me and having had a big breakfast (see full belly and bloody beak), he dozed off!  I finally left...

I haven't see or been able to find another shot of a wild bald eagle sleeping, so I'm pretty happy with it.  This is a vertical crop of the photo:

Great image!  That is an image that I haven't ever seen before either!  I'd love to capture that shot!  Very nice!  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:34:57 PM »
I think with time, you'll figure out how to get the photo 95-100% the way you want it in DxO, at least in terms of global edits.  Like I've said before, DxO is much harder to get used to in terms of how the controls work, mainly because adjusting one control often results in (auto) changes from the others.  Take some time to read the manual (which isn't half bad and has some good tips) and practice.  After reading the manual, my method was to take one of my favorite and most challenging shots I had processed in Adobe and try to duplicate and then improve it in DxO.  It's not as easy as it sounds, but after about three rounds of that one one photo and few others, I really had the hang of DxO and have consistently been able to get the results I want.

I still use PS for retouching, local edits (usually with Nik), composites, and other complex edits, but DxO gets me most of the way there and with most photos, it's all I use.

Take some time to read the manual (which isn't half bad and has some good tips) and practice

Best advice of the day!!   Thanks!  :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:06:38 AM »
On the hunt for breakfast...

Or as Don would say; Just another Heron picture!  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:04:06 AM »
Stopped to see what I was up too while building a nest

Nice one Alan!  The catch light really makes this one work!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:02:07 AM »
Is there a general period of time that passes before it comes out of the Alpha stage?

No, because alpha/beta/final is rather subjective or depending on the project type and reputation. The main "issue" making the 5d3 port "alpha" is that there are some features missing in comparison to the unified ml for the digic4 cameras. Also a couple of years ago ml was considered a "hack" to it was easy to use lower standards, but now the expectations are higher and thus the reluctancy on ML's side.

As for stability the dev working on this (Alex Dumitrache) is very concerned about it, so it will take quite a while for this to get the "final" label, it's a bit like 0.x->1.x version numbers in the OSS world. Also "final" implies that it won't crash, never, ever, and this is a bold statement given the very limited number of people testing all features and actually returning useful bug reports - for for the time being it seems 5d3/6d will keep being "alpha" with everybody using them anyway. Just don't use ML "nightly" released for weddings and such...

Well, my 5d3 is getting ready to head off to CPS for maintenance (stuck/hot/dead pixel issues), perhaps I'll give it a go after she comes back... Perhaps after the 1st of the year and a little more thought.  The features are certainly intriguing if not tempting in some instances but I really want to know it's not going to hurt it at all...

I never did install it on my 7d but heard lots of good feedback for the most part, so I may give it a go, as I said.  Is there a website that I can watch for updates or news or any of that sort of thing regarding ML? 

Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:56:38 AM »
Always something different on this log :)

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:55:33 AM »
Yep, still enjoying this lens!

Very powerful image Dustin!   :)

Thanks, Ken.  I really liked it, too.

You're welcome!  Dustin, is this someplace local to you?  The rocks leading into the image are very rough and almost unnatural looking, not unnatural in a bad way, just large and jagged... I'm not expressing it very well but it's giving it quite a different feel than your typical lake image...

This is a local location (on a very large river).  It is really all about what you choose to emphasize.  Here I chose a more rugged, desolate foreground to emphasize the mood that I was shooting for.

In my opinion, you succeeded!  Very nice!

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