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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:25:03 PM »

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:24:26 PM »
Here's a collection of sunsets I've shot, all taken at the same spot (Signal Hill in Long Beach,CA) but different times, focal lengths, cameras, etc.
I really like that 4th image!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:20:06 PM »

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:19:30 PM »
Serengeti Sunset-minimal Lightroom editing.
The crop is a little tight for me but I love those Serengeti Sunsets! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:17:20 PM »
Thank you AmbientLight for your kind advice. I think you are right about FF since I was having a lot of trouble with the 7D obtaining focus and also keeping the whole bird in the frame. One day I hope to upgrade to the 5D3 or something similar in the future. :)

What lens are you using?  I use a 70-300L with a 7D for birds in flight and would just use less zoom than buy a new full frame body.  The auto focus of the 7D is more than adequate for sharp birds in flight when used with a fast enough shutter speed.  If birds are flying laterally, it's hard to get a high percentage of keepers, but with the 7D's frames/second, you should get some.  Do you use back button focus in servo?  That change helped my "keep" rate a lot.

Hi CT John,

I started out using my 100-400L but I was usually shooting in the late afternoon and often it is overcast and cloudy then. The light was not bright and so I had low shutter speed and large apertures to keep ISO <800. The focus and IS on the 100-400 was not great. So I started using my recently purchased 70-200L f/2.8 ii for the f/2.8 focusing speed. I also was often too high on the focal range on the 400mm and the 200mm made me not zoom in so much which helped like you suggested. I have never tried back button focus (I'm an old guy who is very timid or slow to try new things) but I know I should learn that technique. Also, I need to practice panning skills. The heron was flying both laterally and towards me at the same time. I was using AI servo, expanded or manual select center zone AF, high speed continuous shutter, and AI Servo tracking sensitivity on "slow". Are those the correct settings to use? Thanks everyone for any advice. :)

Those settings look fine - I use auto select for auto focus most of the time, and my Servo tracking sensitivity on normal....not sure it that makes a lot of difference.  I would recommend trying back button focusing because I think it's easier to keep that depressed while panning rather than half depressing the shutter release button.
AI Servo tracking on slow or "1" does make a difference.  It enables the AF system to track the bird more efficiently and to ignore things that may pop into view or slight alterations in course.   Auto select for BIF usually results in less keepers with my findings after 3 years with my 7D.  Back button focus is excellent as I've suggested previously.

Also, I've found that once I MFA'd my 100-400mm the sharpness and accuracy went through the roof!  Have you MFA'd you're lenses yet Serendipity?  It made mine like getting a brand new lens for about an hours worth of work...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:08:00 PM »
Eastern Spine Bill.
This ones been gorging on the Correas that are in flower in my backyard (note the yellow pollen on the beak).
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

Fantastic image Mr. Bean!  Outstanding!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:07:00 PM »
Practiced BIF again this afternoon. From advice I've received here, my capture/keeper rate is getter better. 7D, 70-200L f/2.8ii @ 125mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, handheld.
Wow!  Like night and day from just a few weeks back!  Great job Serendipity!  These images stand out!  Now to find this bird a nice lake background!  Keep up the great work and congratulations! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:03:47 PM »
Oriental Honey Buzzard
5DIII | 700mm | 1/1600s | F5.6 | ISO-500

Nice images Amirosama!  I love seeing Raptors that we don't have here in Florida!  Thanks for posting!

My copy of the upgrade is downloading right now.  I've been using the beta, the two big differences, the straighten tool and the radial filter are worth it to me.
I'm with you!  I've been using the beta version since the offering and I much prefer it over LR4.  The beta has been a bit testy at times but it's a beta version so what do you expect? 

I love the radial filter and the straighten tool is excellent!  The clone/heal brush in the beta is pretty decent but far from perfect.  I hope the final release is a little better with regard to that...  Easily worth the upgrade to me... :D

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:24:02 PM »
I agree with some of the others.  I think it's most tasteful when done with a minimalist approach... :)

Here I think I could have gone just a tad more with the red on the roof but I didn't want to lose the old, nostalgic feeling I was trying to achieve.  The flag I think I'm okay with, maybe a tad more there too...

I like this picture alot! I think this technique is a bit either or... I agree on the old feel, but a bit stronger so people are not guessing.
Agreed, it will be going back  into post for just a tad more color... just a little... Thanks!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:14:21 PM »
Since this thread started off as bird portraits, here's a family portrait.

Duck shots added too for the heck of it.

5D3 and 300mm 2.8 IS
I love this image Guy!  Exquisite!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:13:42 PM »
@Tadoba Tiger Reserve, India.
1Dx, 600mm f4L IS II,  f6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 2500.
Great image, beautiful bird Vkiran!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:13:00 PM »
Piping Plover - Martha's Vineyard
60D and 100-400 mm
Nice image Islander!  Are you from the Cape, Nantucket or the Vineyard?

I live on the Vineyard.
Great images, I'm from Yarmouthport originally...  :)

Lenses / Re: Why Does the 100-400L Sell So Well Still ?
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:02:59 PM »
I think this is why it keeps selling...

Sure some may rip it apart for it's lack of sharpness but it works for me!

EF 100-400mm
ISO 200
1/2000 sec

Why wouldn't one want that? :D

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