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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:00:16 AM »
When I was visiting Victoria, Vancouver Island, a group of us were photographing birds at this lake. Towards the end of the day, I thought it looked just right through the 15mm :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:07:23 PM »
Spent a day at the Western Treatment Plant (near Melbourne, Australia). It's essentially a place where sewage from Melbourne is treated before being discharged into the bay. But the good quality of water, after treatment, and winding it's way through a series of ponds and lakes means the bird life is abundant. Plus, it's Spring down here, so, everything from raptors to waders to small birds.

Great birds, well shot !
Thanks IslanderMV.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:25:11 AM »
Some beaut pic's posted by others, BTW.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:23:08 AM »
Grand Central Station.
Even the 15mm, as wide as it is, had trouble capturing the size and space of this beautiful building :)
13 seconds @ f22

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:57:18 AM »
Striated Thornbill and nest. A little tricky to photograph, due to bright sunlight (from the right) and the fast movement of the parents. In the end, used an off camera flash (fitted with a snoot) and held out to the left. There are at least 2 chicks in the nest, the mouth of one you can see. The nest is mainly made up of bark (from nearby Red Stringy Gums) and spider webs. Not bad for an animal without hands :)

5D3, 300mm f4 + 580EX II


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:41:59 PM »
"Who you looking' at...."
Zen, enjoying the beach.


Really Nice atmosphere !
Thanks Helios68. I find that the 24mm f1.4 has a certain quality with the light, which helps. Plus, I had a CP filter in place. Taken at f1.8 focused on Zen's nose :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:47:03 AM »
Whistling Kite. Three of them were floating above us on the weekend.



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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:44:50 AM »
Bald Eagle in Alaska - 5DIII + Tamron 150-600.



Phil.
Beautiful light. Adds a certain surreal dimension to it :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:55:37 AM »
"Who you looking' at...."
Zen, enjoying the beach.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:51:56 AM »
Spent a day at the Western Treatment Plant (near Melbourne, Australia). It's essentially a place where sewage from Melbourne is treated before being discharged into the bay. But the good quality of water, after treatment, and winding it's way through a series of ponds and lakes means the bird life is abundant. Plus, it's Spring down here, so, everything from raptors to waders to small birds.

Golden headed Cisticola. A tricky one to photograph as they liked the tall reeds and grasses around the lakes. That meant my camera had a great time focusing on grasses, rather than the bird :)


Superb Fairy Wren, male. Dragonflies seemed to be the flavor of the day.


This White fronted Chat had 3 dragonflies in its beak.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:41:39 AM »
Yellow-billed Spoonbill, taking off.


I spent 45min (and 400 images later) photographing a number of Terns swooping down to feed on a lake.
Sometimes they got their target (the little bubble thingy)....


....and sometimes you don't..... :)

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:50:36 PM »
It's a scan with a Canon 8800F scanner. Scanned twice and overlayed, once in flatbed mode then in transperancy mode.
That's really well done Cinto. I like the use of a flatbed scanner. Very creative :)

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »
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Thanks Lionrock. They are found in southern parts of Australia. I live about an hours drive NE of Melbourne, and my property backs onto a reserve of around 30 acres, which has these orchids. There's roughly 50+ types of orchids, green hoods, sun orchids, wax lips, etc in the reserve, but usually in small groups. The two above were in a group of 10-12 in the space of a small room, if that helps. At the moment, I'm trying to track down a Bearded Orchid, which appears as a single plant, in the space of an acre or so (well, there's usually about 5-6 in that area). Not easy to find, but fun when you do :)

Mr Bean,
Australia is unique that most of its flora and fauna are indigenous.  It is also rare that its plants are sold overseas.  Please post more of your orchids here.
Habitat for these precious plants are getting smaller, hope you can keep your part of the habitat pristine.
I return a pic with one of ours, though purchased.
-r
Thanks for the pic Lionrock. I'd never really been into orchids until I moved out here 8-9 years ago. Then I started noticing these little things and armed with a camera, well, it became a challenge to not only photograph them but to know them. The 2 really rare ones out this way are the Rosella Spider Orchid (only a handful of plants left) and the St Andrews Spider Orchid (around 100-200 plants left). Up until 5 years ago, people kept building houses on land where these things are and wiping them out. Sometimes I have to wonder what goes though the mind of people  :-\

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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:05:41 AM »
Wax Lip orchid.
Note: the colours look a little bright after uploading the files (saved to a Google site).




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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:00:54 PM »
A couple of Spider Orchids, which are out at the moment. Native to the area, some of these are quite rare, due to habitat changes and land clearing, unfortunately.

5D3 with 100mm L IS macro + MT-24EX Macro Flash.


Beautiful orchids!
May I ask where these come from?
-r
Thanks Lionrock. They are found in southern parts of Australia. I live about an hours drive NE of Melbourne, and my property backs onto a reserve of around 30 acres, which has these orchids. There's roughly 50+ types of orchids, green hoods, sun orchids, wax lips, etc in the reserve, but usually in small groups. The two above were in a group of 10-12 in the space of a small room, if that helps. At the moment, I'm trying to track down a Bearded Orchid, which appears as a single plant, in the space of an acre or so (well, there's usually about 5-6 in that area). Not easy to find, but fun when you do :)

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