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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 31, 2013, 02:07:59 PM »
A common turn taken with a 500f4 mk2 at speed and its pin sharp. All afternoon for a couple of shots.
Nice job Mick!  Great capture...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 31, 2013, 02:05:58 PM »
Piping Plover - Martha's Vineyard
60D and 100-400 mm
Nice image Islander!  Are you from the Cape, Nantucket or the Vineyard? 

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However, i'm about to buy a new FF camera exclusively for weddings and i wonder if the 6D is best value for money over the overpriced and noisy 5D3. (i mean that camera completely failed me when i compared it with 5D 2. They walk side by side until ISO 12.800 of course in RAW mode)

The 5DII image quality was (and remains) excellent.  The 5DIII fixes pretty much everything else that was 'wrong' with the 5DII...notably the AF system. 

I'd pick the 5DIII over the 6D in a heartbeat for any situation with moving subjects.

Agreed.  5d2 was good but you couldn't AF to save your life in a crutch situation.  6d is good for extreme low light detail photos, but 5d3 is better in just about everything else...
Absolutely agree!  I recall reading several articles, even on CR before I got mine, stating emphatically that the 5D Mk III was a wedding photographers perfect tool... It's an excellent choice.  And I agree with others regarding the AF, it's really second to none in the sub $3,000 price bracket for Canon bodies...  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:34:47 AM »
There are several ...  the one you're thinking of is probably:  proverbs 21:2.   "every man's way is right in his own eyes..."

and thanks Jrista for the great clarification re:  color noise and moire and the AA filter.
Yes, that's the one!  Thank you Dlleno! ;D

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:15:31 AM »
EF 24-105mm L
1/200th sec
f/5
ISO 100

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:08:27 AM »
Another set:

Gadwall: AI Servo AF, Case 4, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion:surround, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer.  ISO 2,000, 1/3200, f/5.0 (it was moving around a lot)

Standing Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 4 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 4,000, 1/2000, f/5.6 (it was moving around a lot)

Head on Duckling: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 5,000, 1/3200, f/6.3.

Grebe Family: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 3,200, 1/2000, f/10.0

(I don't know how to post this info at the bottom of the image)
Outstanding!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rear AF button
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:05:41 AM »
The only flip side is if I have to give my camera to someone for taking a one of photo of me in a group photo. I have to explain to him/her how to "differently" operate my camera than he/she normally does his/her point and shoot.

Green square mode overrides the back button AF setting so a half-press of the shutter will AF like people are expecting. If the camera is set to shoot in RAW, it still does.  So unless you have a 1-series body, there's an easy fix for that.
Indeed.  Green square mode is often the safest bet when in that rare instance I turn my camera over to someone else's hands! 

They are often intimidated by the size of a larger camera like the 7D, 5D series or 1D series, especially if the former are gripped.  Turning it into an overgrown point & shoot for them seems to quell their trepidation...  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:58:57 AM »
Fantastic imagery from all over the world... It never ceases to blow me away.  I often have to force myself not to think about all the places I'll never see except in someone else's images from somewhere around the globe... Thanks everyone for sharing your world with us!   :D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:54:56 AM »
Went out today to try and practice/learn BIF. Tried the suggestions made by this forum and I'm starting to improve and get some keepers (I hope).Best 3 out of about 60 tries (in some shots, the bird wasn't even in the frame :(). 7D, 70-200L/2.8 @100,130mm ISO100, TV 1/800s, Aperture 2.8-4.0, hand held, cropped, DPP. Comments to help me improve are welcome. Thanks. :)
Nice Job!  With my 7D I rarely shoot BIF under 1/1600th sec.  You may try that for even sharper imagery and ISO 200. 

Have you tried changing your AF to the back button instead of the shutter button?  Also, just wondering what AF mode you're using?  Once I got used to panning and getting the bird in the image more often, I found the single AF point worked better for me than the expansion point... Expansion seems to capture a few more images but I found the single AF point will give me better, sharper images when I do get them in the viewfinder... Spot AF is very difficult to use for BIF on the 7D but great for static shots...

Looking forward to seeing more of your BIF work and the progress you're making.  Looks like you're off to a wonderful start!  Congratulations! :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rear AF button
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:17:28 PM »
It's very useful for bird and nature photography.
1. I use the telephoto as instead of a telescope. So, I can focus with the back button without wasting battery on IS.
2. I use A1 servo for focussing. There are a couple of situations where it is useful to uncouple the focussing.  Sometimes it is difficult to lock on to a small target because the AF darts backwards and forwards from the subject to the background. You can lock on to the target and then release the back button and them take the photo.  Or you can sometimes want to focus on a branch on which the bird is standing and then hold the focus as you recompose. Similarly, if you think the bird is going to take off sideways, you can focus on the static position and not worry about losing focus as it leaves its perch. 

I generally feel more in control being able to focus independently and I know it has increased my keeper rate.
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I always use back-button AF.  It's great in many One Shot situations. Where the distance-to-subject is not changing I don't have to wait for focus, I just snap.  If I've recomposed slightly after focusing, I can shoot many shots without moving the camera.  It's even better in AI Servo, where I can independently control focusing and the shutter.

Here, here!  I always use the back button focusing option.  I thought it was silly but Artie Morris recommended it to me and encouraged me to try it.  Just for giggles, I did try it... I didn't like it for 2 days but promised to try it for a week.  I was SOLD half way through day 3!  I've never looked back and when I pick up someone else's camera I find it awkward to use the shutter button for focusing instead of metering and shutter only... drives me nut! 

I use it for portraiture, wildlife, BIF, landscapes, the whole gamut!  Give it another day or two and feel the power of more control in your fingertips!

All the best!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 25, 2013, 04:04:31 AM »
Mother's Day Photo Shoot~

5D MK III with EF 24-105mm L and my first attempt at a Backdrop designed by me, hand painted by me and my assistant...

Shot at:
F/5.0
1/200 sec
ISO: 100
105mm
Two Soft Boxes, 580EX II Main light, camera left and 430EX II, rim light camera right...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 11, 2013, 01:19:05 AM »
My view is quite a simple one. If you look at National Geographic magazine you will see photographs beyond what we see on here. Yet,they were all taken in camera. If such can be taken in camera, why do you need a computer to make your images look better when they dont?
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Mick, are you saying that no photos published in Nat Geo has been post processed?
Good question, because that simply isn't true.

Ever hear of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife? They provide "wild animals" for the film and photography industries. National Geographic is one of thier best clients. Go look them up on the web and look at thier client list and credits list.

National Geographic passes off trained rent-an-animals as wildlife..... and Mick would have us believe that they are so ethical that they do no post-processing of images.....  National Geographic has a long history of manufacturing articles that runs all the way back to faking Peary reaching the north pole.
I believe I've even seen some HDR in a NGM not to many months ago...

My favourite is the February 1982 issue where they moved the pyramids closer together on the cover shot.....but that was done in a darkroom so it must be ok......
Lol!  Yes, perfectly acceptable in that case...

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: May 11, 2013, 01:18:00 AM »
Sigh... :)

Yeah...even visual evidence derived FROM HIS OWN evidence isn't even enough! Oh well...guess a Zebra really can't change its stripes.
Indeed!  I think there was some biblical quotation that went something like: "no man is wrong in his own eyes"
But I'm not positive...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 11, 2013, 01:05:39 AM »
My view is quite a simple one. If you look at National Geographic magazine you will see photographs beyond what we see on here. Yet,they were all taken in camera. If such can be taken in camera, why do you need a computer to make your images look better when they dont?
+1
Mick, are you saying that no photos published in Nat Geo has been post processed?
Good question, because that simply isn't true.

Ever hear of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife? They provide "wild animals" for the film and photography industries. National Geographic is one of thier best clients. Go look them up on the web and look at thier client list and credits list.

National Geographic passes off trained rent-an-animals as wildlife..... and Mick would have us believe that they are so ethical that they do no post-processing of images.....  National Geographic has a long history of manufacturing articles that runs all the way back to faking Peary reaching the north pole.
I believe I've even seen some HDR in a NGM not to many months ago...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2013, 01:03:39 AM »
jrista.....by the power not vested in me, you are hearby awarded the photographers Purple Star for injuries sustained in the line of duty ;D

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I think this would make a cool thread..."What I had to go through to get the shot"
I would like to wade and make my way through all that stuff to get the shot but I'm always worried about these...

I saw one grab a huge Great Blue Heron a few weeks back and in one fell swoop, it was gone! 

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