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Animal Kingdom / Re: Spring Moths - Post yours
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:39:49 AM »
indeed, very nice detail  :)

what f number did you use? It looks like the DoF is quite big for that distance. Or is it focus stacking?  :o

the exif data should be on the images.  The full moth is at f5.6, and the close up is a cropped image at f8. No focus stacking.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Spring Moths - Post yours
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:38:53 PM »
I would have liked a more natural setting too - didn't work out today.

Animal Kingdom / Spring Moths - Post yours
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:29:21 PM »
This "little" fella was on my house today.   I would have loved to gotten him on a better background, but I didn't want to disturb him.   I used an EF-S 60 macro for this and didn't think they turned out half bad.  It gave me a chance to try out my new tripod and head (manfrotto 055CXPRO3, Giottos MH1300 ).

Do you have some moth or butterfly pics?   Post yours :)



Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Price History
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:01:16 AM »
Like this?

canonpricewatch.com > canon price list > click on a product

Funny - was about to post the same graph :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Price History
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:00:30 AM »

look for the product you want and there is a graph showing the price history.


Software & Accessories / Re: Has anyone here used PT Lens?
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:24:42 AM »
Thanks for the insight Mackguyver.   I was searching on reviews between LR5 and DxO's lens correction results when I ran across PTLens.  It sounded interesting and the price very reasonable for the software's intended purpose.  All of my lenses are currently covered by Adobe and DxO, so I pass on PT Lens for now.

What I really need to do is to quit searching for the all-in-wonder tool and just use the one's I got :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:00:38 PM »
I'm hopeful for the 7d MkII, but who knows....

Software & Accessories / Has anyone here used PT Lens?
« on: March 21, 2014, 01:59:55 PM »
I ran across this software mentioned in another forum as being comparable to DXO Optics Pro for lens corrections (only) and was wondering if anyone here has used it?   If so, what are your thoughts?  The link to the software is: http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/index.html

Thanks in advance for your response,

Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 21, 2014, 01:43:50 PM »
Hi There,

First time poster but been following for a little while now.

So canon have kindly introduced a cashback offer for the 70-200 2.8 II with £210 off which got me thinking.

Not sure if I should go for this to use for everyday shouting (out and about/sports etc) giving me 112-320 on my 70d or do i wait for the 100-400 replacement?

If you advise to go for the 70-200mm II then what's the compatibility with teleconverters between this and the 70d? Its a dark art that I simply don't understand and get confused about but I was wondering if that could be my solution to get some extra reach.


I would recommend the 70-200 2.8 Mk II with the teleconverters.  I've used the 1.4 III with great results.  I'm not sure about IQ with the 2.0III converter, but yes it should auto focus on your 70D.

As earlier mentioned - pair that with a 17-55 F2.8 and you've got a great kit for aps-c.



Animal Kingdom / Re: Breakfast is Served
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:29:03 PM »
Breakfast about to be served   :D

Wow!  Nice shot! 

Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:41:57 PM »
PS not intending to steal this thread, but here's a female Northern (red-shafted) Flicker.  Note the pale colors which are accurate as the male version is far more colorful and with more contrast.  One option that may also help is if your camera has a setting which is set to sRGB you may be able to change that to Adobe RGB.  if you use LightRoom or Photoshop, sustain this color template during post process which offers greater color depth than sRGB and it may offer further accuracy.  You can almost always set your monitor and printer up for the Adobe 1998 RGB color profile so that all match from camera to print.

Keep up the great work on your bird pics..very nice first attempt entry and parts of Texas are a real birding paradise.

Northern Flicker (female) Red-shafted Western by Revup67, on Flickr

Thank you for the encouragement and tips on color.  My system is set up for sRGB, but it's easy for me to switch to adobe RGB and compare.



ps - great picture of the Northern Flicker!

Animal Kingdom / Re: First real attempt at taking some bird pictures
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:36:59 PM »
Are they the full images reduced to 1024x683 or are they crops?

Hi Alan,
  I did crop the images a bit to correct for framing, but I also reduced them to 1024x??? so I could post them.


The first couple are nicely composed, with the bird about 1/3rd in from the left. The last two are not, with the bird straddling the picture - it would have been better to have the bird on the left with some open space on the right. They are also rather noisy - the EXIF says that you were at iso1600 which is rather high for a Rebel. With relatively static subjects and short focal lengths of 200-280mm you would have done better to use slower shutter speeds and have some room for sharpening with a lower iso and less noise.

Sorry for the delta time for the reply - had a business trip to take. 

Regarding the cardinal taking a bath - it was a very overcast day and my goal was to almost stop motion, but not quite.  I wanted the viewer to see her motion while she was taking her bath.  I had to increase the ISO to 1600 in order to get the shutter speed quick enough for what I was intending to do.  I usually limit myself to ISO 800 or under on my rebel, but in this case, I had to increase it.

After cropping the image to focus on the bird, I couldn't get the noise levels where I wanted them without making the picture look like a painting.  I included the original picture here so you could see what I was starting with.  I understand what you are saying regarding the framing, but in this case, I didn't feel that there was something interesting enough to include in the framing to put the bird off to the side.  Perhaps I cropped too much.  The Titmouse picture was much easier to frame than this one.

I also included another one I took of another female cardinal.  The only drawback here is the yaupon that's in front of her, but I thought this one was decent.  In this case,  I have the same framing issue as the previous one, not much interesting to put in the picture to move the bird to the side.  In this case, I put the eye in the upper corner of the "third." 

Thanks for the feedback!


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:19:19 AM »
Is AFMA toast?

The 70D is the tip of the iceberg..... it barely scratches the capabilities of Dual Pixel... there are interesting times ahead!

I think this is a correct assessment.  With dual pixel technology, you really don't need AFMA any more.  There is a great article about this in the April edition of "Digital Photo Pro" magazine.


Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:29:40 PM »
Congrats on your purchase!

Photography Technique / Re: Can you share your workflow?
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:59:36 PM »
I guess the lack of responses is because the reply would be so long and detailed.
If I were to give you my workflow in detail, it would take so much time. :(
I've been thinking of writing mine up, but as sanj says, it will take some time.  If I put it together, I was thinking about making it a document showing the full flow of one image with screen shots beginning with my import into Photomechanic, processing with DxO and ending with final export from Photoshop.  Does that sound like something that you and other people might be interested in seeing?
I would be interested.

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