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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:29:51 PM »
I think you are right in your bird ID.

Excellent shot.


African Snake Eagle, I think.

Birds aren't my usual as I like stuff with Large Teeth & Attitude, but I cant resist Eagles & Owls, Ostriches are good also, they don't move too fast.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:28:24 PM »
Egret- "The early bird, and the worm story"

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:43:01 AM »
Hummer from this morning
5DIII, 400mm 5.6 at iso 640 1/1600 @5.6- 600 E-RT for fill

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:25:15 PM »
Mallard, in nearby pond

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:23:44 PM »
Hummer, in my front yard

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:21:00 PM »


Where were you when you got this shot?


More crazy eyes.
A Double crested Cormorant stops fishing to check me out. The bird was perfectly lit in warm afternoon light. They have such bizarre eyes, I did a max crop to see the inner structure. Very odd !

60D and 100- 400mm  The crop was shot at 1000th at f5.5 and ISO 1000
(the eye crop shows some great inner detail when viewed at full size.)

Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:06:45 PM »
Disclaimer: my passion is wildlife.

What if you encounter some really great wildlife or something really cool and you just don't have the reach?  The 70-200 2.8 II is very heavy on a hike so this wouldn't be my choice- 70-300.

I am looking into purchasing a 1.4x and/or 2x extender before I leave on this trip.

I'm thinking I could maybe leave the 70-200 and 70-300 home and use my 135L with the extenders for added reach.  I typically don't take a high percentage of shots at longer focal lengths anyway, and this would save quite a bit of space and weight at the expense of some IQ and convince.  Maybe i could just get by with the 24-70 II and 135L + extenders?  Maybe the 50 1.4 as well.

Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:59:03 PM »
I would say 24+70 II, 70-300L as a minimum for lenses.  Others are better to comment on the primes.
Have a great time.

Next month my wife, 14-year old son and I are flying to California to spend two weeks.  The purpose of the trip is to attend my nieces wedding.  Following the wedding my extended family has rented a large home in Santa Barbara to have a week long reunion.  The final week of the trip will be visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with just my wife, son and a nephew for lots of hiking, camping and photography.

So, week one I'll be primarily enjoying the company of my extended family.  Most photography will be indoors or outdoor outings and activities, 95% people shots and portraits.  Week two will be entirely outdoors and mostly landscapes and my immediate family enjoying the parks.

I plan to take my 6D and S100 as a pocketable backup.  My lens choices are:

24 1.4 L (loan offered by a friend)
50 1.4
135 2.0 L
85 1.8
24-105 L
24-70 2.8 II (just purchased yesterday)
70-200 2.8 II
70-300 L (offered as a loan by a friend)
430EXII speedlight
90EX speedlight (used for on-camera optical master/fill)

I would like to limit myself to 2-4 lenses and the speedlites as the other luggage will be considerable.  This is a family trip first and a photography expedition second. When taking overnight hikes and camping, we will leave much of our luggage and gear locked in the rental vehicle, as we will need to travel light.  I'll probably only take 1 or possibly 2 lenses for the long hikes.

Lighting / Re: Is my 430EX dead?
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:06:44 AM »
Sorry to hear about that. 

I had a very similar experience after dropping my  580 EX II.  I sent it in to Canon for repair for around $150.00 (don't remember exact amount).  Basically, they replaced the insides and it works fine. 

I was out earlier taking some pics and my 430 EX flash just stopped working! I was using it in manual mode at 1/4 power to help freeze the movement on some Dragonflies I was photographing. However after about 6 or 7 exposures it just would not flash. I have tried 3 sets of batteries with no joy. It seems to power up OK and the red "Pilot" light quickly shows it is ready but then it will not fire on or off the camera, even pressing the "Pilot" button will not trigger it in Manual or ETTL mode. If I put my ear next to the flash gun I can hear a VERY faint beeping at a rate of about 1 beep per second.
Has anybody out there any idea of what might be wrong? Although not a new flash it has been very rarely used so I wouldn't have thought it would be the tube - but I have virtually no idea on flash guns so any advice would be appreciated.

Site Information / Re: How big is your "Ignore List"
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:34:49 PM »

Sometimes I enjoy reading a militant, rambling rant.  Mostly however, really great stuff here.

Video & Movie / Re: Flash Photography Tutorial
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:59:07 AM »
Nice job!

I have done a few videos for my site.  My 2 cents.

Great review of subject.  Effective use of simple graphics helped make concept seem easy.    The video was the perfect length.

I find the hardest part is the voic-over- good job with this.

Thanks for your hard work

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which body/lens combo for this event?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:44:21 AM »
I'm not an expert..

The 5DIII with the 24-105 plus flash (when needed) is great.
The 7D yes.  However a crop body with the 70-200 may be a bit too long depending on the size of the venue.
what do others think?
A second flash might be good to have, but that is a lot of clunky stuff to carry.


My friend asked me to shoot his friend's wedding reception event. I don't have much details yet, but I understood it's some casual-ish indoor event, couple hours.

So my gear:
5D3, 7D
Lenses: 24-105, 70-200 2.8 IS II, Sigma 14/2.8 and Sigma 50/1.4
Flash: 430EX

How should I go there? Most likely I'm thinking to bring both bodies, instead of swapping lenses on the 5D. I'm kinda leaning towards 5D3 with 24-105 and 7D with 70-200. Then also I should steal/buy/borrow another flash so I can use one on both.

Or any other approach that would work?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:31:45 AM »
I love your shots.

Need an assistant?  I have my own gear.


Couple of Shots from Japan January 2013.

Bhuda Kyoto: 5DMK III 135f/2, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/60th ISO800

Snow Monkeys Nagano: 5DMK III 135f/2, Shot @ f/5.6 & 1/320th ISO1000

Another great Combo, 5DMK III + 135f/2, what a great Lens, never gets Old this Lens.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:29:23 AM »


Well, this building is in PA steel country...but it is a coal-sifting plant. I am so fascinated with the place I spend whole weekends there!
Hmm... Allentown? I was in Bethlehem in 99 - twice... Stayed at the Hampton inn across 22. Liked the fall stay better than the Feb stay...

I drive thru Allentown and Bethlehem on the way to coal country...Frackville and Wilkes-Barre areas are a treasure- trove for shooting. I see photos everywhere I look.

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:00:41 AM »
Here is my 2 cents.

I agree that you need to start somewhere.

The $100.00 is really nothing, and will just cover expenses.  If this was a "meet up" would you do it for free just because it is interesting or because you could learn something?

Also, nothing like actually being paid to do something to really understand the responsibility.  You will learn a lot from the experience, and you may get leads.  This may be more valuable than the money.

I would keep the copyrights but allow them to use the pics with restrictions that you see fit- that is fair given the small remuneration. 

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