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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:53:40 AM »

Paulwalnut ? He's Scottish for heavens sake ! Why do you think Hadrian built his wall ??  ;D

Do you remember the Image PaulWalnut posted of the Squirrel with his Junk hanging out ??

I'm pretty sure Hadrian built that wall to keep those little Chaps Out of England and away from Good Romans, Danes, et all, what ever was Living down South at the time.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:07:42 PM »

Buy the Lens in Singapore and save 15%, I think the Europeans & Aussies get taken to the cleaners on gear prices.
So you are calling the Brits Europeans? ;)

Huge apology RPT, Being an Aussie we generally call Brits similar but possibly worse things, terribly sorry, wont happen again. But, I do wish you Guys would all work out this Currency thing, your all (Mostly) part of some EU thingy, but you Brits have Pounds, the Norwegians have Kroner, the Danes have Kroner but different to the Norwegian Kroner, the Finns have Markka (What the hell is that ??), the Swedes have Krone, just to be different they leave off the 'r', My wallet after this trip looks like a repository for Bird Droppings. I took Euro's stupidly thinking all these Countries would operate in Euros, everyone takes them & gives you back some colourful local currency (Except in Longyearbyen of course, there they will only take Norwegian Kroner, no Exchange, even the single Bank in Longyearbyen wont Exchange foreign currency, they consider the Euro foreign, like USD etc), which I finally understood was reasonable as they aren't part of the EU, seemed smart to me, but what do I know. The one Brit onboard of course handled all this with complete ease, seemed to have a wallet with loads of currency from about 20 Countries, big wallet.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:47:55 PM »
Eml, I love your Svalbard shots, it's a couple of stone throws from my house, (well, almost) ANd I had a friend who lived there, but I never got around to take the trip, so I live through your pictures, just lovely stuff! I love that you squeez out so much color from a very white and bright place.

Hi Viggo, appreciate the comments, Thank You, it's an interesting place, Longyearbyen is a tiny town, around 2k people, but once you get into the Northern Islands it's quite Beautiful, and as it's so difficult to get to hopefully it will stay this way for a long time. I enjoy the colours in the Arctic & Antarctic, the Greys, whites & occasional Blue, reminds me of places like Namibia, just different, well, a lot different. But the feeling is the same, silence, stark & quite Beautiful. The Bears for me were the definite Highlight, we were fortunate to see so many, some trips report seeing only 2 or 3 over the 10 days, and when you get them on the Ice, that's about as good as it gets.

We had one bear that gave a bit of a show, the one in previous Images on top of the small Ice Berg, she came out from behind the Ice, rolled around, shook her self off, climbed up to the highest point of the Berg, tried to work out how to get onboard, gave up, went slowly down to water & slipped in then swam off, 40 minutes of absolute wonder, fortunately I remembered to keep pushing the shutter button, I'll certainly be going again, planning on 2016 and working to Charter the Stockholm for a back to back trip (20 days), then spend more time on the Ice in the North at around 82 degrees, with only 6 Cabins to fill it should be workable.

Like the Duck Images as well, Love this Lens, Sharp as a Razor.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:34:19 PM »

For me the flight cost would be minimal in comparison and I'd probably be sitting in the airport longer than on the plane. I would probably still need to change at Gardemoen though, as I don't think there are any direct flights to Longyearbyen from the UK.

There was a Brit Chap on this trip (Nikon Guy, but nice chap just the same), he had to go Manchester, Copenhagen, Oslo (Overnight), Tromso, Longyearbyen, reverse going Home, not much different to my time in the Plane, my longest was Singapore/Copenhagen, 13 Hours.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:03:35 AM »
I think I need a higher paid job.

Canon EF 200-400 £12000
Trip to Svalbard          £5000
Trip to Botswana        £5000
Total                            £22000

And that's just for the next 12 months :P

And not to forget the Flights, for me it was around 36 Hours to get there, with 12 Hours stopover in Oslo going up, same in Copenhagen coming back. Wouldn't want to do this more than every couple of Years, the actual trip cost isn't that bad, it's the Gear & Flights that Murder you.

Buy the Lens in Singapore and save 15%, I think the Europeans & Aussies get taken to the cleaners on gear prices.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 06:57:31 AM »

Absolutely fantastic. What an adventure! Great job, Edward. What is that object (to me it looks like a great white shark with something in its jaws leaping out of the water) just in front of the ship?

edit: Oh, I see...it's just a bird 8)

Hi Serendipidy, Loads of Birds, probably a Birders Paradise, but I generally don't shoot them, no teeth poor attitude, plus they're damn hard little Buggers to Focus on.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 06:55:15 AM »
Great pictures eml, loving the effect that 200-400 has. I'm guessing the shot of the ship was with that. Polar Bear asleep on the ice ! It's amazing how such a large mammal can survive in such a harsh environment.

Hi Sporgon, yes, missed the info, the Image of the Stockholm was with the 200-400f/4, probably 80% this trip was with the 200-400, managed another 10% with the 600f/4 + 1.4x Converter (840), remainder with the 70-200f/2.8 II.

Very Happy with the 200-400f/4, working from the Zodiac at times it was getting a little Heavy, but perhaps 70% of the 200-400 shots this trip were Hand Held, which required faster shutter speeds & higher ISO due to the weather being crappy most times. I did note my Sharpness hit rate was down compared to say my Safari shots where you have the advantage of a more stable platform. The 600f/4 + 1.4x Converter shot from the Ship on a Bean Bag gave an excellent sharpness hit rate as well. But the Zodiac requires a new skill set to keep the Object even in the viewfinder, ended up a reasonable amount of Spray & Pray unfortunately.

1Dx 600f/4 + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO250

I'm also dealing with an irritated wife, so I can't really bring a studio in a bag to the room... I've been bouncing light off the ceiling and side walls reasonably effectively, but I'm also noticing some scratches along the baby's skin, so I have been softening the photos in post.  I personally think most babies look really awful shortly after having emerged from the womb, so I'd appreciate any suggestions on how you think I should photograph them.  I have been using an 85mm f/1.8 as my lens of choice and mixing in some wide photos using the 24-105. 

Thanks for the help.

Congratulations to both of you.

It's been too long since I needed to take Baby Photos of my own Boys, but from what I can see your getting some great advice from CR people.

My only advice would be to work on enlarging your Bank Balance, your going to need it.

But, it's the most pleasurable way I've found to spend Money, so Good luck & The Very Best Wishes.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:37:17 PM »
Trying to spot Bears on the ice was a lot more difficult than I expected, especially if the Bears went to the water, once they are down in the Brush Ice it's almost impossible, when they are up on the Bergs there's a better chance, the attached Image gives an idea of how difficult it can be, our Guide on this trip spotted this Bear from 4 Kilometres away, interestingly enough we got to around 100 metres before the Bear woke up and noticed us, in some cases the Bears go straight to water, in this case the Bear decided to see if there was any way he could climb onboard, fortunately there wasn't.

1Dx 600f/4 V2 + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm f/8 & 1/800th ISO250 (Bear Sleeping)

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 200mm f/6.3 1/1600th ISO400 (Same Bear, maybe 30 metres from the side of the Stockholm)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:27:09 PM »
This was my first time shooting Walrus from a Zodiac, the Groups with no Young were inquisitive but careful, the Groups of Females with Young were very aggressive when it came to pushing their young away from the Zodiac, the Young (as in most Mammals), were extremely inquisitive, when they got too close the Mothers would either push them away from the Zodiac, or attack the Zodiac, those Tusks have a tendency to create concern when heading for the Zodiacs Rubber pontoons, not sure how Cold the water was but the Ice floating about at times was an indicator.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 320mm f/6.3 & 1/800th ISO250

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 200mm f/4.5 & 1/100th ISO250

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:15:56 PM »
Thanks Gary, Viggo, Click.

Getting to this place is a bit of a cut lunch & water bottle trip, but worth it when you get there, especially onboard these small ships that work North of the Islands up into the Ice Pack, we were as high as 83 degrees North, so at times only 500 Kilometres from the Pole looking for Bears on the Ice.

The Stockholm had the advantage of being rated for Ice, plus it had just 6 Cabins, on this trip there were only 10 People total, only disadvantage was speed, 10 Knots was Her cruising speed, but the 1950's style was a pleasure to experience.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:09:53 AM »
The 1Dx Bodies worked a treat, at times we had -40 with Windchill, sitting in a Zodiac, spray coming in most times, we had one day where we had the Zodiac take a large wave that half filled the boat, the 1Dx with the 200-400f/4 just took it all, not a single issue through the trip, the only protection I use is the Lens Coat covers on the Lens, I did use the 5DMKIII but carefully and only on the ship, not in the Zodiac.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot at 560mm f/5.6 & 1/100th ISO320

Storoya Island Northern Svalbard

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:00:11 AM »
Thanks Serendipidy, I did my best to Bear up under the pressure.

This Male worked his way around these Large Walrus, the Youngsters were well hidden inside the group, he thought about it, but I don't think seriously, most of the Large Walrus probably weighed more than He did so he wandered off after 30 minutes of contemplation.

It was unfortunate but during the 16 days we didn't see any Polar Bears on a Kill, we did though see 14 different Bears including Females with single Cub.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/1600th ISO250

Northern Svalbard Islands

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:34:31 PM »
Thanks Bornshooter, RPT, Click, nice to be back, note the quality of images on CR hasn't changed, missed your Ladies of Scotland Images Bornshooter, after being in 20 below I get a better idea of how difficult it is to perhaps shoot in Glasgow.

1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/640th ISO320.

Almost ran this Young Male down with the Zodiac, hard to see when they are in the water with the Ice, followed him for about an hour & half until he finally came out onto Phippsoya Islands, most Northerly Islands of Svalbard @ 81.5 degrees North.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:10:01 AM »
Taken from the MS Stockholm sailing along the Edge of the Gustav Adolf Land Glacier Front, North Eastern Svalbard Islands, approximately 80 degrees North.

August 2013.

200-400f/4, @ 200mm f/6.3 & 1/1250th ISO400

This particular Bear was above the Deck height, around 30 metres off the Starboard Bow, she climbed to the top of the Berge and was trying to work out how to get onboard, fortunately she wasn't able to work it out.

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