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Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:41:03 AM »

What I have learned over the last couple of decades is that procrastination works...

So True, saved me heaps.

As against Shooting from the Hip, that's evened out the Cost.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:33:04 AM »
Oh, btw, had to Google "snaggers"! Aussievault.com saved the day!

Some things you never loose, Haven't lived full-time in Aus for over 40 years, but the Language of our Youth never leaves us.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:28:50 AM »
And this is the Mum from the Cub of the previous shot Posted, you can see the Family resemblance I think.

1Dx 400f/2.8 + 1.4x, Shot @ 560mm f/4 & 1/250th ISO320

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:56:23 PM »
1Dx 400f/2.8 II

Northern South Africa near Mala Mala

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 10:30:24 PM »
Edward... I've got pork ribs on the grill tonight...I'm "Fleming" right now as I stand over the grill!!  Come shoot me, tongue is "wagging!"   Dusty is nearby to "clean up"!

Hi Northstar, The Ribs sound great and I've been known to "Flem" myself at a good BBQ, but I don't know about "Dusty the Red Haired Snake Killer", can we trust him not to rip the Snaggers off the BBQ ?? then drink all the Beer ??

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 25, 2013, 08:19:52 PM »
I wonder what happens if/when you actually get all current Canon EOS bodies/lenses/accessories.  Does that satisfy, or do you start buying Powershots, old Canon gear (200 f/1.8 anyone?), Leica stuff?, Medium format, or cross over to the dark side ;) and start over with Nikon. 
Medium format all the way.  Phase One or Hasselblad, either way, it's a car or two...

It's all true, there appears to be no end, fortunately, Camera Manufacturers clearly understand us better than we understand them.

I have a reasonable amount of truly excellent Canon Gear & the only real limitation, is me.

I bought the D800 as I "felt" it might be a better tool for my underwater Photography than the 5DMKIII, for me, it was the wrong decision, I sold the D800 and currently use the 5DMKIII for my Underwater Imaging.

Friend of mine had the Leica M9, I "felt" that this might be the smallish carry anywhere Camera that I'de been hungering for rather than lugging the 1Dx about the streets of Tokyo or any City, couldn't get a sharp Image out of it to save my Life, all my fault of course, the Leica is lovely gear (with some 1950 issues), amazing lenses, but the Focus system is made for People with excellent vision, sold the gear.

So, I'm sitting here currently looking at Phase One, why ??

Only thing stopping me from buying a Phase One (Thank the Camera Lord), is the rumour that Canon may develop a MF Camera, so I can now sit & wait with a clear conscience that I don't have to have that new bit of gear for a while longer.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:41:04 PM »
Something I had never noticed with Polar Bears in my previous encounters, they "Flem" just like Predators in Africa (Lions, Leopards), I didn't know Bears did this, but it was clear with at least three of our bear sightings when you see them Yawning and tonguing the Air.

1Dx 200-400f/4

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:30:35 PM »
Thank you Elm for posting your lovely photos. I am in Thailand currently on work and my other photos from this lens are in my main computer at office. Will post after a month when I return.

Hi Sanj, Look forward to it, enjoy Thailand.

And no more animal humping Images  :o

Hope you've noticed the issues ongoing in Nairobi ?? I visited this Mall with my Son in March earlier this year while on the way to the Masai Mara, will be bypassing Nairobi in future, Fly in Fly out same day, Same for Dar Es Salam.

Attached Bear Yawning, 1Dx + 200-400f/4, Shot from the Deck of the Stockholm, Northern Svalbard

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 25, 2013, 06:49:42 AM »
Hi Sanj, Found it.

Here's a couple of shots for your 200-400 thread, I particularly liked your Cheetah shot & Happy to hear your enjoying the Lens.

Sella174 ?? Feel free to be yourself, witty, sarcastic & critical.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:14:59 AM »
600mm f/9.0 1/6400 iso 400

Lovely Image Gary, as usual.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:47:30 PM »
Wow! What a picture! How the beep did you manage to capture that one?

Hi RPT, Not sure if you mean my "Wild Dog" or Northstar's "Wild Red Haired Snake Killing" Dog.

But mine was shot in Northern South Africa, near the Sand River & Mala Mala, pack of wild dogs had come into the area hunting, we followed them for a couple hours, in this shot we decided to sit on the Road hoping for the Dogs to come out of the Bush, eventually they did, but because they were running down the Road, and I dislike Images that have Roads in them, I used the 400f/2.8 II @ f/2.8 to try & blow out the Road & background, Focused on the Eye that was in the best light with centre point spot, AI Servo, shot @ 12fps, 36 frames, a couple turned out Ok.

This Dog slowed to an amble, which is unusual for these guys, they're mostly loaded up on Starbucks and jumping all over the place. Once they put their minds to Hunting it's almost impossible to follow them through the bush, you need to try and determine when/where they will break out of the bush & try to get in front of them, in all the sightings I've had I've only ever seen one actual Kill, a group of 18 Dogs chased & pulled down a Large Male Spotted Hyena, took about 2 minutes from initial chase to the Hyena in pieces (Wild Dogs unlike Leopards/Lions etc which throttle first, basically shred their Kills), I was so shocked I forgot to take Images until it was all over.

In the attached shot, the left Image shows the issue, poor background, vehicles, cluttered.

So I decided to wait to get the front Dog over the Rise with just the Road Rise as a background, right Image.

Then the Centre Image was as the Dog moved into FF and I could Focus better on the Animals left eye.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:39:00 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

NGAS, only cure is Death.

Underwater / Re: Over - Under -shot not in focus?
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:35:36 PM »

Is there any way around this perhaps?
I'm using a 8" dome and a 15mm fisheye. Underneath the water everything looked like it was in focus with only aperture f4.5 in this picture.

Perhaps where you focus can have an inpact. Prefocus on a point a third into the picture?

Manual Focus, only way.

If you Auto Focus your Focus Point will pick up what ever it's locked onto, underwater area/above water area, you have to Manual Focus for the best compromise between the Underwater section & Above water section.

Another trick is to wipe your Dome (The Housing Dome, not your other dome), with "Rain X Glass", helps make the water droplets not stick to the Dome and becoming a problem with blurry spots in the Image.

Over/Under shots done well are a bit of a suck & sea, lots of practise, but always with Manual Focus, f/16.

I use a Seacam Housing with a 5DMKIII + 8-15f/4 or 24f/1.4, 8-15 @ 15 & f/16, the 24 @ f/16.

Have a look at some of "Lemmyshowyou"s Images on the 1Dx site, maybe PM him and I'm sure he will gladly give you some more advise.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:25:32 PM »
While not a wild dog, "Dusty's" kill rate is 100%, he's 1 for 1 with snakes.  ;D

Yah Dusty, the Wild Red Haired One Time Snake Killer.

Very Funny Northstar.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:56:59 AM »
Interesting choice and great picture! The way these animals organize their hunting is quite impressive. I believe they have the highest kill rate/attempt of all African animals (and maybe in the world for all I know).

Hi Eldar, your right, amazing hunters, unfortunately the 2nd most endangered predator in Africa.

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