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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 24, 2014, 09:24:53 AM »
The Ospreys are back again this year... a mating pair!

Dang, all I get in osprey nests are geese!
Seriously, we've got two nests in the area that have geese in them.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:54:57 AM »
The boys getting ready for a night on the town....

These pelicans are in breeding plumage with the crowns and the breeding bumps on the beak.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:53:20 PM »
I occasionally see raptors flying high, usually too high for photos. I took the kestrel (middle) and buzzard (bottom) last weekend and the marsh harrier (top) last December. They are all 100% crops, with the birds occupying only 400-500x600-700 pixels, which gives an idea of how far away they were. All are hand-held using the 5DIII + f/2.8 300mm II + 2x TC III at f/5.6. 600mm and iso 640. (I saw them while walking around and could not have used a tripod).

I agree the kestrel looks good. However, I'm certain that the one titled buzzard isn't a vulture. My guess is an immature red-tailed

Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:38:26 PM »
Dear Friends.
Sorry, I do not have 300 mm. yet, But for my dear 600mm. + 2X, I must use Monopod and  Elastic Rops to tie the monopods to the Metal Hand rails for shoot the Baseball at the Baseball stadium,  half miles away( ?) from the  Homebase. Yes, I have no choice, if I do not use the heavy weight Tripods.

Great shots, and interesting posts as always.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:53:15 PM »
One of my dove photos just hit the first page of popular on 500px. First time any of my photos have gotten quite that far. Given that it was a from-the-hip shot without ANY planning or artistic goals whatsoever, I'm pretty stunned:


UPDATE: Now it's the first image in the second row of the popular page! :D Pulse is 99.7. I wonder if it will hit the top row before it's pulse is knocked back at 24hrs...

That should help justifying the 600?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 13, 2014, 04:40:55 PM »
I'm calling this a dark-eyed (Oregon) junco.
I really like the snowflakes.
7D, 500 f4, 1/500, f5.6

I've been corrected, probably a pink-sided junco

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:44:31 AM »
These shots were taken with an SX-50 in "green box" mode, full zoom plus digital zoom (4800mm equivalent) handheld. To the naked eye the ducks were just dots and you could not tell what kind of bird they were.

I realize these shots are not National Geographic quality, but for a cheap P/S zoomed out like that, it is amazing that you can get this much detail and that the IS actually worked!

That is amazing - a handy device to be able to take a picture while birding and check out the details later.

Have you thought about a BlackRapid Sport sling?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:58:05 PM »
Ya gotta love a fast frame rate!
7D, 500 f4, cloudy day

That was cruel.
As someone who has been waiting for a 7D update for years, it was everything I wanted

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:03:57 PM »
A lovely Spring day in WY (not).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Mooses
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:01:06 PM »
some great shots in this thread.
These are so-so, the light was really tough this AM. On the other hand, I didn't have to go far. A cow and calf were working over the trees in the park. I noticed the magpies in wildlifeandmore's shots too - they must be trying to feed on the ticks.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Mooses
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:35:28 AM »
And they rather like my trees! ;)  Especially the willows.


I hear that! One in our backyard...
BTW, have you seen the book by Charlie Craighead - "Who ate the Backyard?"

I am still trying to understand why it is not guaranteed to get a sharp picture with AI server for stationary objects with shallow dof as long as light is enough. But there won't be any focus confirmation beep. Considering there is no AF lock with AI Servo, it is not possible to do focus and recompose with it right?. Do I need to always switch to one shot AF with focus and recompose.

Why would you want to focus and recompose using AI servo, anyway? THe point of AI servo is to track moving objects. If you're going to focus and recompose, the subject has moved and you're OOF again.

Regarding your question on the lack of a sharp picture: From my experience with AI servo, which I use at least 75% of the time, that mode will "hunt", especially if you are hand-holding a long lens and there is a little motion. Combined with the need for more precise focusing when you have a shallow depth of field, the AI servo mode can end up with the focus somewhere other than you want it to be.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Breakfast is Served
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:34:40 PM »
Although, it seems we've been focused on the carnivores. How about a vegan?
Why not vegan?  This guy eats both!

True, although I doubt he's eating sagebrush.
No tags in the ears - was that one of 610's cubs from a couple of years ago?

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