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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:51:58 PM »
Milky Way

I really like your shot climber. Well done.


Here is another one from the same spot.
Wow, very nice climber. What gear/settings did you use?

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: October 11, 2014, 07:41:31 AM »
Bearded Orchid. A rare one to find. I spent weeks trying to find this one. Then, today while taking a group of people on a wildflower photography workshop, someone casually points out the orchid. Doh, I'd been walking past it for days :)

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:45:17 AM »
1 more ;)
Beaut B/W Cinto. I love a good B/W image :)

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:44:21 AM »

Lilac Water Droplet
by Tony Varela Photography, on Flickr
Very nice Northbird. I find macro work in (or after) rain to be most rewarding. The drops can add such an extra dimension to the images.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:42:23 AM »
Musky Caladenia. Starting to make an appearance around my place. And yes, they do have a musky smell :)

Lenses / Re: wide angle needed
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:52:55 PM »
I can just add to what Macguyver is saying. I have the Zeiss 15mm and 21mm and they are both phenomenal lens, especially the 15mm, which I totally fell in love with it this summer. But the 16-35 f4L IS is a lot more versatile and the IQ is very impressive. Be also aware that the Zeiss 15mm has a 95mm filter size, so filters are not exactly cheap.
+1. I have the 15mm and have used the 21mm. The 21mm I hired a number of times, to get a feel of it (IQ is probably slightly better than the 15mm). But, I wanted something wider at f2.8, so I skipped the 18mm and bought the 15mm. Not a lens I use much, but, when you need something in that realm, it's magic.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: September 28, 2014, 08:44:32 AM »
Painted Sky.
5D3 with 24mm f1.4 + CPL

I'll throw a curve ball here. For astro work, I'd use a Zeiss 21mm f2.8 lens.
- Yes, it's manual focus, which doesn't matter for astro work.
- It has an infinity hard stop, meaning, just turn the focus until it stops, and its in focus for you. No fiddling around with Live View.
- It's tack sharp at f2.8 across the entire frame.

I have the 24mm f1.4 lens and its fantastic for terrestrial use. A beautiful lens. But, not one I'd use for astro work, as others have mentioned (lacking in sharpness).

I used the 21mm a couple of years back for some astro and landscape work. Even though I have the 24mm, I'd consider getting the 21mm for specific things.

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 :)

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.

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.

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

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

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 :)

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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