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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:45:08 AM »
Jaguar in water, Zoo Miami, August 2014.

« on: July 29, 2014, 02:39:42 AM »

I will start with one from last night in my city of Tucson, Arizona.
5D3, 70-200 2_8 L (non IS).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:25:35 PM »
Will try another one to bump the thread and see if I can get others to join in. This one is from Houston Zoo and will be in a new book I am self-publishing called Zoos Of The Southwest.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:19:15 PM »
I bought the non-IS about a year ago, after the Sigma (100-300 f4) that I was using lost autofocus and repair parts were unavailable. Of course I would have gotten the IS2 if I could afford it, but I could not and the non-IS was a thousand bucks less. Very happy with the lens, no complaints, and the high ISO on the 5D3 is so good that I can just bump up ISO in place of using IS. (I also use a tripod often, which of course negates the need for IS).

I find it tack sharp and it is interesting to see people here say it is actually sharper than the IS version 1. Makes me glad I got the non-IS new instead of getting an IS1 used. But of course if money is not an issue than by all means you should get the IS2. For me the main advantage of the IS2 would not be the IS, but rather the closer minimum focusing distance.

Animal Kingdom / Zoo Pics 3
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:19:45 AM »
Last thread is getting long, starting a new one. Post your favorite zoo photos below.

I will start it off with a recent shot at a summer night opening at Reid Park Zoo. Canon 5D3 with 70-200 2_8 (non IS) and 1.4x extender. Racked out to full 280mm (and cropped in post) and wide open at f4 (extender takes one stop away). ISO 2500.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:29:05 PM »
What, if anything, did you do with/about white balance under black light?
I've shot under black light only a few times, auto WB produces a result similar or same as yours here, setting a custom white balance with the black light aimed at a gray card, sheet of paper, white tee shirt or what have you produces a very different result.

Mind, I'm not criticizing how you've shot here, it's actually quite dramatic and certainly places the subject well. Just saying you will find setting custom WB interesting for sure, though the look may be on the clinical side, therefore less eye pleasing. I do think it's worth a look.
Last time I set a black light WB, I intentionally left that WB set and then shot under florescents, boy and howdy that came out wrong but sure was interesting and educational. You'll likely only do that once, but that once is worth doing.

I used auto white balance, never tried anything else. What does custom WB do? Does it make the rock less blue and more natural looking? If that is the case, I think I would prefer this blue look.

Street & City / Re: Skybridge
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:20:40 AM »
Your fourth one down is excellent. The series (from washed out sky to deep blue sky) would make a great tutorial on shooting at the magic hour.

When I visited years ago, I only got this shot with a washed out sky, which kind of ruins it. I should have waited for magic hour. Taken on slide film with my main camera for many years, Canon Elan2e.

Street & City / Re: London - A different take
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:13:52 AM »
Yes, very dramatic images and nicely processed. Good to see a different view of such an iconic city.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:11:17 AM »
Went back to Reid Park Zoo tonight for their last evening opening of the summer.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:41:58 PM »
By the way, nice images on your website!

Thank you very much!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:26:39 AM »
Summer night opening, Reid Park Zoo (Tucson).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:09:09 AM »
Yes, great stuff! (Love the red foxes).


Animal Kingdom / Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:17:51 AM »
I will try to kick off a new thread and see if it goes anywhere. This was taken last weekend during the summer Saturday night opening at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There is a wall where lots of wild bark scorpions live and visitors and docents are usually there with black lights to find them (since scorpions fluoresce under black light).

Canon 5D3, Sigma 85 1.4 lens, 1/80 second at f3.2, iso 3200, tripod.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:19:50 PM »
My first was the black 80-200 2.8L, which I bought used in mint condition for $600! (Got it from a coworker at the photo lab I work at). I recently sold it, after a decade of use, for about the same amount.

It was a great lens and I think I like the black better than white (I now have the 70-200 2.8 non IS). I only sold it because it does NOT take teleconverters and it was too heavy carrying both that and the 300 f4L (which I also got cheap used). So now I use the 70-200 with 1.4x extender. Another thing I like about the old black version is the tripod collar was hinged and could be removed without removing the lens from the camera. The new version has a solid ring which is a step backwards IMO.

Street & City / overgrown train tracks
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:48 PM »
About a week ago I was riding my bike downtown (Tucson, Arizona) and discovered a section of unused train tracks. They had trees growing in the middle which I thought was cool. Biked over this afternoon to do a few pics. Canon 5D3, 24-105L f/4 lens, quick application of Nik Bleach Bypass (at about 50% opacity over the base photo).

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