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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:30:10 AM »
Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.
Staying at the Freycinet Lodge, I happened to be in the right spot at the right time :)
5D3 with 100mm L Macro.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:24:09 AM »
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Tasmania. The weather behaved itself, as it normally rains 250 days of the year ;)
5D3 with 40mm pancake lens. This is a superb lens for landscapes, IMHO.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:11:13 AM »
Pademelon @ Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
5D3 with 100mm L Macro.

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:07:31 AM »
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania at night. The Southern Cross and Pointers are just above the mountains, center / bottom of pic.
5D3 with 15mm Zeiss @ f2.8  30 seconds  ISO 3,200

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:00:11 AM »
As the summer comes on, the flying ants (termites) are out in force during the evenings. This one was snared by a jumping spider.
5D3 with 100mm L Macro. Hand held with off camera fill flash.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:53:45 PM »
Welcome Swallow in flight - Bicheno, Tasmania.
Made a little easier by a strong southerly blowing across the beach. The Swallows would hover a little before speeding off :)
5D3 with 300mm f4


Eastern Spinebill in flight - Freycinet Peninsula.
A few of them were hanging around bushes next to the cabin.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 20, 2013, 01:40:02 AM »
Olive Backed Oriole. A migratory bird that turns up in our area. The nest they build is a hanging basket style, woven from the bark of the Red Stringy Bark, a gum tree which is the main type of tree in our area.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:29:16 PM »
Welcome Swallow. 200 shots later....
I managed to get 2-3 good ones, but, they are a challenge. The tricky bit is trying to get the 5D3 to keep up with the focus. Or, more to the point, trying to learn how to track an object that moves at random. Sometimes it works :)
5D3 with 300mm f4

I´m impressed. I have tried myself, but never succeeded.
Thanks Eldar and ERHP. At times, the lens was grinding away, trying to work the IS and focus, as I attempted to track these guys. I tried the same a week earlier, but only had out of focus results. This time, I tweaked the AF system (pretty much took one of the Cases listed under AF setup and up'ed the sensitivity to the max on all 3 options - Tracking, Accel/decel, AF pt switching). While that gave me a better pickup rate, it also meant a better chance of loosing focus. I suspect the 1DX would be a better choice for this sort of thing.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:58:04 AM »
Welcome Swallow. 200 shots later....
I managed to get 2-3 good ones, but, they are a challenge. The tricky bit is trying to get the 5D3 to keep up with the focus. Or, more to the point, trying to learn how to track an object that moves at random. Sometimes it works :)
5D3 with 300mm f4

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 13, 2013, 05:40:35 AM »
Noisy Miner, feeding. We have a baby Noisy Miner in a nearby tree, constantly being fed by the 2 parents. This one was trying to get at the lerps (the patches on the gum leaf).
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4 TC III

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:38:58 PM »
few more....

Beautiful! Impressive. :)

thanks.  This lens really shines. All the test shots were handheld.

Can't wait to try real 1:1 shots.  So am looking for Macro flash/ring light and focus rail right now.

Will also try using it for portraits as most have suggested.
Beaut pic's Dukinald. At the moment, I use my 580EX II off camera (with a ETTL cord) to act as a fill flash. I find the fill flash system works a treat when done well. The ability for the camera to handle high speed flash sync automatically (in full sun), while I concentrate on the picture taking, simply stunning :)

I'll progress to the macro flash / RRS macro rails next year :)

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Very nice pic Neuro. This is one of those lens on my "to buy" list. However, I can imagine I'll have to buy a RRS macro rail, plus macro flash setup, etc, which isn't such a bad thing.... ;)

Out of interest, what was the flash setup for this?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 07, 2013, 05:48:30 AM »
Hover fly, doing, what it does best, hover :)
A tricky subject to capture, and this isn't the sharpest image. But, the beauty of digital means, I can try it again (this one took around 40 shots to get).
Off camera fill flash (to the left) to balance the midday sun. Even though the exposure was around 1/800 second, the wings still blur.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 05, 2013, 06:59:52 PM »
Chocolate Lily, starting to pop up around here. In the next couple of weeks, there will be a sea of lilac.
And yes, the scent of the flower does smell of chocolate :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 05, 2013, 06:57:28 PM »
Like the moth Mr Bean!  The flash seems to make it look more natural and the part I like, I honestly would not have known if you didn't say anything. 
Thanks ERHP. I'm starting to use off camera flash a lot more these days, for macro work, simply to balance light and shadows. Considering the camera has the smarts to handle high speed sync flash, I might as well use it :)
(the pic of the moth was taken at about 1/1000 sec @ f6.3 with high speed sync flash). All I had to worry about was keeping the moth framed and not stumbling over in the garden ;)

Love your dragon fly pic. Great sharpness and detail (and love your pic's on smug mug).

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