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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:44:47 PM »

The back story was as great as the pic.  Thanks sharing

sek

Grey Seals at the dune of Helgoland, Germany.

Great shots, I wish I'd have had access to my current gear back when I was frequently at Helgoland in the 90s ... but a film camera with a mushy 100-300 usm lens doesn't cut it. It's certainly one of the best to see those!

A whole bunch of my favorites
IMG_8836 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

I originally didn't want to reply in this thread because it means "subscribing" to it and getting no ends of notifications ... but this shot made me do it anyway - one of the nicest I've seen recently! That's because it's not your usual lion or zoo animal, but something less exotic in its authentic environment.

You should definitely send this one to some competition or try to spread it further than just CR or your flickr page, even though it doesn't seem to look directly into the camera but that's the way these animals are. The horsies I usually shoot also insist on looking right next to the camera because that's the way their vision works.

The framing is a liiiittle off for my taste, if it's cropped/rotaed maybe recover some space below the goat or try to use the heal brush to copy/paste some rock if possible. I'm very prone to leaving not enough space below whatever I'm shooting, and it's the same here, but maybe it's just my impression?

Thank you to everyone who liked my work.  I'm very proud of the goat photograph as it required a lot of work to get.  This was photographed at the tallest peak around me at a hight of 9,596 feet.  The hike took in total about 6 or so hours and I had about 30 pounds of gear on my back.  While I was taking a photograph of the landscape, that goat tried to eat my hat!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:47:34 AM »
Beautiful shots Andy.

My fav is #36.

sek

A whole bunch of my favorites

IMG_1741-2 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Hawaiian Nene Goose by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Bald Eagle by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_3558 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_4376 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

Barn Owl on Snowy Day by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_7995 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_8836 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_8904 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_9762 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_0488 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

IMG_3890 by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:45:12 AM »
Ty Graham
Hi Scott.
Nice shots, and at least you got an evidence shot with the iguana in the frame, that is some party trick, walking on water, nice job.

Cheers, Graham.

Guayaquil, Ecuador, Parque De La Iguanas.

These critters roam freely, and people aren't allowed to touch or molest in any way.

The last two pics, to me anyway were interesting and surprising.  My shutter was set too slow for what was about to ensue.  The iguana (#48) was perched on the rocks at water's edge one moment, and in the next, he actually ran across the water.  I had no idea that they could use their webbed feet like snow shoes and run on top of the water.  Even though it is a blur, I find it interesting.

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:44:23 AM »
Beautiful shot Edward.

Shot in Ambon Harbour Indonesia, February 2012, 5DMK2, 100 f/2.8 Macro @ f/16 & 1/60th

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 15, 2015, 02:59:29 PM »
Guayaquil, Ecuador, Parque De La Iguanas.

These critters roam freely, and people aren't allowed to touch or molest in any way.

The last two pics, to me anyway were interesting and surprising.  My shutter was set too slow for what was about to ensue.  The iguana (#48) was perched on the rocks at water's edge one moment, and in the next, he actually ran across the water.  I had no idea that they could use their webbed feet like snow shoes and run on top of the water.  Even though it is a blur, I find it interesting.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:35:33 AM »
Finally a bit of news for high end.  Let's see what the 5D4 (or whatever they will call it) will have in store.  May be time to start saving up.

Canon, please wow us with goodness (make it affordable too please) .

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:57:04 PM »
I would love to see a fully automated, real time afma that changes immediately with any focus point used.  Couple that with improved AF speed and accuracy, that would be awesome.

sek

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The ad was a bit confusing to me, for all of the reasons already discussed.

It will be very interesting to see how these cameras perform.  I am sure the process will be a lot like the 7DII and 5D3 at the start: lots of complaints and trashing of the product.  Hopefully, after the hype and flame wars die down, like the other cameras, real world tests and bench tests will show this a worthy addition. 

Keeping my fingers crossed that Canon hits it out of the ballpark.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:31:27 PM »
If I upgrade to the 5DIV, I will keep my 5D3.  I'll give my 5DII to my brother.

I don't think that the camera limits my photography in any way- I do that all on my own!

This is a great camera.

Sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:18:25 PM »
Hey Jack.
I observed a lot of these HUGE birds on The Serengeti.  They were feeding off of carcases in groups mixed in with vultures.  I am sure that they could also be excellent birds of prey on their own.  They are also called the "undertaker bird", and with fairly naked head and neck, are well suited for eating carrion. They have wing spans >3.0 meters on average. Feeding with the vultures is a very loud and aggressive experience to behold.

Wiki has a great write up:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_stork

Take a look at an old pic of the bird in the right column with wings stretched.  HUGE!

Sek


scottkinfw, are you serious?!

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:20:47 AM »
Thank you so much.

I kind of think not.  If anything, I think he gets teased about his odor!

Compared to the Lappet-faced Vultures he was with, he was quite the dapper looker!

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:50:54 PM »
Marabou Stork

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Hey Craig, congrats on a great trip. I'm headed to South Africa in late October.

I would suggest that you add a flash to the mix with a better beamer.  This will come in handy even during the day in harsh light.  You may find animals sitting under trees for example.  Also, if possible, try to go on night drive safaris- way cool.

Your gear sounds pretty inclusive (I have been to Serengeti/Tanzania X2, so can't comment on your locations yet).  You may seriously want to consider hiring a guide as some of the critters (even large ones like giraffes) can hide in plain sight.

Finally, before  you start packing the large whites, check weight restrictions.  Get a safari vest with lots of pockets to off-load heavy objects until you clear check in.  The vest is not counted as a carry on and there is no weight restriction.

Sek

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Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:27:59 PM »
So, option 3
Just for fun,
ASSUMING the rumored 11-24mm f/4L arrives, performs well, has a bulbous element, and costs around $2499-$2999: which would option would you pick below if you could only have one since they would cost around the same?

OPTION 1: 16-35mm f/4L IS + 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye
PROs: Offers both rectilinear and fisheye UWA depending on focal length, 16-35mm accepts filters
CONs: No rectilinear option wider than 16mm

-or-
OPTION 2: 11-24mm f/4L
PRO: This one goes to 11. :)  Unusually wide for a FF rectilinear lens.
CONs: Expensive for a single lens, no filters, no fisheye option available, lacks 25-35mm coverage.

Just curious about what the opinions and use case scenarios for people would be  8)

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:29:22 AM »
Not a "typical" portrait, so please forgive.

Back story.  I was on the streets of Cuenca, Ecuador when I came upon this scene.   The door of the barber shop was wide open, and I had to shoot over people and other obstructions to get this shot.  I didn't do much editing.

I'd appreciate any comments and feedback, even if you don't like it.

Thanks.

sek

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