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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:25:12 PM »

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) by Robin SS Lee, on Flickr


Stunner, absolute stunner.

The Images of the Hawk ?? trying to lift the fish out of the water on your flicker site, just as good.

Welcome to CR.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:16:04 PM »
Thank You everyone for the very supportive comments, it is appreciated.

Photographers I think have a number of things in common, but the one that I think stands out the most is we are never quite satisfied, always a little critical of our own work (and sometimes others, like the 4 million dollar image), always looking at our Images and perhaps thinking "if I'de only done......." it would be a better Image.

Today I find myself revisiting places I had been to years ago, Florence, Alaska, Morocco etc, places where I'de taken Photos & now find myself thinking "what was I thinking ??".

The Night time Images of the Leopards was a case in point, had tried this some years back, abject failure.

Last year I went back, more experience, better equipment, and a Plan, as Eldar mentioned, all these things go together to hopefully take us from "Photos" to "Image Making".

I think I've Posted this Image before on the 1Dx thread, getting old, start to loose track of things.

1Dx 300f/2.8 II, shot @ f/7.1 & 1/250th ISO2500

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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:37:00 PM »

Good timing... I just bought my sweetheart a LV bag....


that's really very funny, a spoke shave Bag   :D

If I bought one of these for my wife I'de be coughing up bits of the bag for a year.

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I love these types of threads.

I want:

a 1Dx with 45MP sensor (that has more DR, just like a Nikon), 14fps RAW of course, WiFi built in, 4K video (never use it, but what the heck), 20% less sized, 20% less weight, half the price.

And I want it now, and stay tuned because the list could change.

The Lenses are fine.

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but the image was only to present the bokeh not my druken photographic ability...
I know, it's 0700 here, just getting my Humour shots in early, at your expense, my apologies   :)

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I also had both, and I think that the difference is often not a big deal, but I like the 35 L better, it seems smoother.

And this has been my own experience as well, I think the Art 35 is a sharper Lens, and seems to have a better focus set up, but I still go back to the 35L as to me, the Bokeh is just smoother.

I think perhaps there's a lot of unrealistic hope surrounding what Sigma can/are able to do with competing lenses, My thoughts are that they are doing a pretty good job with the Art Series, the 35 is good and compares very well with it's target Market, in particular the Canon 35f/1.4 L, I've heard the new 18-35 f/1.8 is pretty good as well, but in general can Sigma produce a Lens at less than half the price as good as an Otus 55, or even a Zeiss 15f/2.8 ?? I'm not convinced, but it would be wonderful to see it if they could, I just don't think they can or will.

Canon made a pretty good Lens in the 50f/1.2 L, not perfect for sure but pretty good, if Sigma can drop a 50 f/1.4 Art with AF into the Market that solves some of the issues that the 50f/1.2 L has, it will sell and sell well especially with the Canon users, but the "aiming at the Otus" hype from Sigma ?? it's just that, marketing hype.

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I don't see anything wrong with the bokeh on the sigma 35
here is an example @ 1.4

Hi wicked, your right, Bokeh seems Ok, but I think you had too many of these BEFORE taking the shot, the Glass is leaning to the left, you needed to stand with your left foot on a box of matches so you could have the beer level, works for me.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 06:47:03 PM »

It's a tough job, but somebody has to separate a fool from her money ... Thanks Louis!

Or a fool from his money

My wife has a LV bag and guess who paid for it ?  :(

Yes, I'm in the same Boat Sporgon, but I'm sure the reason you bought that LV or Herme bag is similar to mine, allows you to almost argument free, buy the 1Dx MK II etc.

We will see a heap of these floating about Singapore & Jakarta, mostly owned by the very large Leica Crowd, they'll probably hold anything but the Leica, you don't own a Leica here and shove it in a bag where no one can see it, it's worn over the shoulder, attached to that Noctilux Lens, with it's genuine leather accessories.

I dont imagine I'll see too many of these on my Africa trips, If the Thieves don't get them the Lions will take one look at all that genuine leather and have a chow down, should make for some good Photo Ops.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:28:33 AM »
I think one of my favourites, we had planned this shot the day before, the Male Leopard was mating so we knew he would be in the area late at night, not hunting, moving slowly as his work was cut out for him mating about every 5 minutes (tough guys these male Leopards), light was from another vehicle placed with it's headlights on the Animal.

We were able to set up quite close to the Animal without spooking it, allowing a series of Images, of which I think this was the best.

1Dx & 300f/2.8 II

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 02, 2014, 07:38:59 PM »

Do I make a case for a 500 over a 600, allowing also for the cost factor??

Jack

Hi Jack, your 300 set up is just great, have used it myself for years, at first with the 300f/2.8 V1 then later with the V2, the 300 in my view is still the sharpest best all round lens that Canon make. The 200f/2 is also an amazingly sharp lens but I feel lacks the versatility of the 300.

I went to the 600 when I still had the 400f/2.8 II as I was just wowed with the Images Gary Samples was getting with this Lens, and the 600 with 1.4x @ 840 is immaculate.

But the 500f/4 II has almost as much versatility, lower entry price by a significant margin, and as you say, will get you out to 700 without reverting to the 2x converter, which I'm not enamoured of.

Your issue I would guess would be having the 500 & not having the 300, you will miss that f/2.8 a lot of the time, but if you could have both ??  Almost heaven.

I did a stint in my Army days as a peace keeper (Zimbabwe 1980), the values stuck.

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Street & City / Re: Neon Bright Stockholm
« on: March 02, 2014, 07:18:57 PM »
Hi DKN, Brave person.

Lovely City, and your artistic rendition does you credit, it may not be to everyone's taste, that shouldn't concern you, the main issue here is do you like what you've done ??

As mentioned in an earlier post, it's always about light, in most of your Daylight Images you've clearly had very flat overcast light, your sort of behind the eight ball from the get go in these circumstances especially for the large view open City/landscape Images your attempting.

Once you decided to push the shutter your stuck with what you have, in a lot of the Images I see here considering the extremely flat light, an option may have been to go B&W, push the contrast up, work at getting one of those older style moody B&W images. Get out at night and look at Images that reflect the light from the City off the Cloud Base.

Another view might have been to concentrate on close in snapshots of the city, sections of buildings that are clearly Stockholm, I remember a load of old buildings in this city with Gargoyles on the lintels etc, these sorts of Images under flat light can be an option while you wait for a better light situation.

The pinkish toning will work for some viewers, but your fighting a battle with the traditionalists among the audience, I guess I'm somewhere in that crowd on the fringes, I do like art in photography (Infrared's Images on CR, Great stuff, and many others), but I'm not a HDR person, Images like the "Trey Rattcliffe" style of Imaging just doesn't work for me, but, you can't say they don't work for everyone as this particular chap (Trey Rattcliffe) has a huge huge following, and is almost the perfect example of how you take an interest in Photography and turn it into a multi million dollar business, very very smart chap.

Your Images remind me a little of his, so keep at it, develop your style, and the fact that your eager to have people critique your Images is a great sign for your future improvement.


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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »
I rented the 800 and took it to Svalbard..shared the expense with another photographer.  We both had the 500 that we took with us as well.  The 800 was very good without an extender, even the version III extender made the image soft.  After the new 600 came out I sold my 500 and purchased the 600 II....when I combine it with the 1.4 III extender the quality of my pictures are SHARPER than the 800 was without an extender....so I now get 840 reach, with a lighter lense and a superior quality picture...and if I don't need the extender I have a little more flexibility with the 600 than the 800 provided....combined with my 1Dx and my recently purchased 200-400 I think that I have all of the bases covered, telephoto wise.....I am keeping both of these lenses.....you never know when you need the 840 reach when you are shooting wildlife....but can't handhold the 600, not and still get quality shots all of the time.....

Hi Guys, great Thread, enjoying it.

Although I've never used the 800f/5.6 in the right hands it's clearly an excellent Lens for Birding, I've gone though for a similar arrangement to "Greatland" 600f/4 II (with V III 1.4x) + the 200-400f/4 & my totally favourite Lens of all time, the 300f/2.8 II.

I have owned the 400f/2.8 Versions 1 & 2, but once I purchased the 200-400f/4 found it somewhat superfluous, as long as I have the 300f/2.8 in the background.

On a recent trip to Svalbard there were a couple of people on the "Stockholm" that had the 500f/4 II, I did trie this Lens and thought it was also an excellent Lens.

Canon have done a wonderful job with these White Lenses, especially the Version II editions.

Love the Shot of the Heron with the Squirrel, I'm a little concerned if Sporgon sees it we will get into another round of "Squirrel" Images, I'm a little surprised Nuero hasn't posted one or two.

CarlTN love the Heron Image, get your Mum to plant a few more of those Purple Flowers, adds some colour to the Image.

Happy Birding Guys, the little blighters move to quick for me.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:21:04 PM »
Here's my final version of North Landing, a sheltered cove North of Flamborough Head. I'm actually standing in front of the disused lifeboat house, and the boat used to be launched down the steep slope, guided by the monorail into the sea. You can just see the bottom of it is the right of the picture.

It must have been one hell of a sight to see the lifeboat flying down this slipway into a stormy sea.  The boat has now been moved to South Landing, probably because with a very low tide, like in this picture, it could not be launched.

Lovely Image Sporgon, Sunlight on the boats, Mist on the Sea, Beautiful.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 02, 2014, 05:51:13 AM »
Skeleton Coast Namibia
Goodness me! No teeth, no claws, not even a piece of fur??

Great image though!

It's true, You won't find many Images of mine in this section, lack the skills.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:41:48 AM »
Skeleton Coast Namibia

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