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Landscape / Re: Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:23:32 PM »
So if the "rule" of 600/FL gives you the maximum exposure time over which you get "star trails," is there a similar rule for planets?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Racket Tailed Drango
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:55:56 PM »
Very nice.  May I ask about your EXIF?  I presume this was also shot in Southern India?  I saw one there in flight but did not have the reach to capture it well.

Landscape / Re: Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:49:58 AM »
So I feel a little better.  I did not miss much.  Here's the good news.  I really like the new Gimbal.

It performed perfectly and I got to spend some quality time with my remote shutter honing my night sky photography skills.  Here's a jpeg (sorry about the compression artifact) showing about what I saw all night.  With some post, I could make this a better looking photo but it would still be bad.  Next time I set out to do a night sky shoot, I'll try to get out of town for better (or should I say less) light pollution.

Landscape / Comet 209P/Linear Meteor Shower
« on: May 24, 2014, 03:42:57 AM »

I was ready.  Had my 14mm f/2.8, my remote, my tripod and my new gimbal.  Got the times from news articles.  Got the coordinates (local time midnight with compass 348 and az 28 degrees.  Even used my iPhone app to make sure the direction to the constellation Camelopardis was where I thought it should be.  And I got.....


I expected light pollution (could not get out of town) and was concerned because of the fires in Northern Arizona and the articulate that would be on the Northern horizon.  But, no streaks / meteors at all over 2 hours.  Anybody see anything? 

Great topic.

To be honest, I have become so accustomed to the menu system and nuances of Canon that "jumping ship" might be difficult.  Whatever I decided on would need to at least match the capabilities I've got (or better them).  Then I'd think about things like what it weighs, how it handles, and, of course, price.  In the end, I'd likely go with the Canon lineup, again.  But, I might go with a different equipment lineup (1D something instead of the 5, different lens lineup although I kind of like the combo I've got until GAS strikes).

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 23, 2014, 01:31:11 PM »
Just remembered a clever idea that one of our group in Denali had last year.  She got a "dry sack" like you'd use for gear on a kayak and used the opening end to insert her hands.  Then, the bottom was cut out and velcroed around the business end of her lens.  So she had jury rigged a "shooting condom" which worked quite well.  If she needed to see the camera or the viewfinder or the controls, she'd just roll it up enough to do so. 

Nicely done.

Of course, I guess it could be a model dressed in a squirrel suit.......... ::)

Seriously, beautiful image and great story to go with it.  Congrats.

Software & Accessories / Re: LensMaster
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:59:56 PM »
Thanks.  Redged TSC 424W.  Got it cause it is light weight CF with twist locks and holds enough weight for my purposes.  Think they've subsequently replaced it with a newer model

Software & Accessories / LensMaster
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:25:41 PM »
Hi Cr's,

After a lot of internal debate, research, reading and reviewing threads here, I got my Gimbal, the LensMaster RH-2.  I looked at many different brands and rice ranges and decided on this product because the price is right, I actually won't use it that often (yeah, right....just wait until I start to find excuses to use it!), and it seems more than adequate for my needs.  Just started to play around with it tonight and it is easy to balance and seems very substantial.  The parts move smoothly and it was a snap to remove my Ballhead and put this on my legs. 

Here's some shots (courtesy of iPhone) of the 5Diii and 300 f/2.8 ii. Wish I'd had this for the "Red Moon" Eclipse.  Now I am ready to go back to Denali!

Street & City / Re: New found love - 35mm
« on: May 19, 2014, 01:03:19 PM »
Great contrast on the B&W's.  How much is lens and how much is post?

Landscape / Re: Alleppey Back Waters - A Photo Walk
« on: May 19, 2014, 01:00:49 PM »
Whoops.  Not me who did the post.........

BTW, enjoyed your beach shots from Kerala posted on a another thread


Any thoughts on the Gangster Museum of Valley of Fire?

Sorry, but I don't know anything abut that museum.


First, I just booked a half day mule ride for The North Rim Grand Canyon

IMHO, and this IS just an opinion......I've never seen a mule riding tourist who looked happy in the saddle.  I'd rather walk.  Plus, they limit what you can carry and I'll bet they don't allow photos from the saddle.  And, you are on their schedule and will only be on parts of trails where they go.  Walking, you can take your time, linger, and have more choices.  And, if you are of that type, you can carry all you want to your heart's content including a tripod, etc.


Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 16, 2014, 06:15:43 PM »
Hi, Few klicks from my end for all of you.

Gears Canon 5D MIII : Lens 17-40 f/4 IS USM, 14mm f/2.8 IS USM

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Anil George

Nicely done.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 16, 2014, 05:34:04 PM »
Little guys in a tree in the Tiger Preserve in Peryar (Southern India).  Taken with a 5diii, 200mm, 1/50, f/7.1, iso 5000.  Don't know what they were (species) but it looked pretty cool.  This is a crop form a larger image.

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