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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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Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:29:21 AM »
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.



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:36:12 AM »
Fan Tailed Cuckoo. A few of these are now appearing in the reserve behind my place. It's Spring Down Under, and these ones have an interesting way of nesting/breeding. They are a brood parasite, meaning, they lay their eggs in another birds nest, usually the much smaller scrub wren or thornbill, and let them go about raising/feeding, etc.

Anyway, a rather late in the day pic, with exposures being around the 1/25 sec @ f4.5, 800 ISO - 5D3 with 300mm lens, on a monopod. Not as sharp as I'd like, but, I'll try again tomorrow :)


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:29:09 AM »
Nice one jrista. Out of interest, what exposure settings did you use?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:39:48 AM »
Mr Bean, would you mind letting me know what ISO that image was taken at?
I am going to hazard a guess - Me thinks >= ISO 8000

From a cropping perspective, this is the original, image. I would have used the 1.4x TC but the light was low as it was (1/125 @ f4.5 ISO 400 - using a tripod as a monopod, one leg extended, as I was moving around and no time for the tripod setup).



What a wonderful picture ! I would only crop it to change the composition slightly. Love the bokeh produced by the 300 @ f4.5. Would make a lovely large print on canvas.
Thanks Sporgon, I hadn't thought about the image as a lesser cropped version (with more of the foliage)  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:19:30 PM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:18:22 PM »
Thanks for the feedback jrista and scyrene. For most of the morning I did have the 1.4x TC on the 300mm. But I was walking out of a canyon area (late in the afternoon), where I'd been photographing a waterfall, as a long'ish exposure, hence the tripod (I normally use a monpod for birding). As I walked out, I fitted the 300mm, just in case I saw anything interesting. I did think at the time, I should put the 1.4x on. Oh well, next time ;)

Was that on the 5D3? ISO 400 seems low to me. I'd recommend ETTR by using a higher ISO then darkening in post, which can actually help reduce (the appearance of) noise overall. A lovely capture anyhow :)
As it is, I tend to use ETTR by exposing 1/3 to 1/2 a stop over. One of my custom settings (for birding) is set to a center focus point, spot metering, with an ISO of 400 (for me, when using the 300mm it's a balance between using a higher ISO and cropping, if that makes sense). In the case of a quick bird shot, I can turn the dial to the custom setting (it's C3, meaning, I can turn the dial without looking, knowing what the setup is). That's the reason for the ISO 400. It was a rather quick reaction :)

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