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Extremely dark situation, at a captive wildlife facility at dusk. Too dark for autofocus, had to switch to manual focus and do a series of shots with quick review and minor adjustment to get focus on eyes. F2 because DOF was so shallow that 1.4 or 1.8 were too thin to get all of head in focus. Even at this large aperture and ISO cranked up to 4000 and exposure compensation set to minus one (image lightened afterwards in PSE), shutter speed was only 1/3 second. Only worked because fishing cat was completely still and camera (5D2) was on a tripod.

Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:35:25 PM »
Joshua Tree is out of the way from all the rest (much farther south near Los Angeles) and is not very scenic. Of course you can get nice photos there, but given your itinerary I would strongly advise dropping Joshua Tree.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:16:03 PM »
Tasmanian devil, January, 2014.

Here is my photo website:

And here is a photo blog I write for my local photo lab:

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:17:32 AM »
A recent shot from my local Reid Park Zoo. Mother and son sparring.

Business of Photography/Videography / fight over illegal use of image
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:49:28 PM »
Interesting (but sad) article about Survival Magazine (an online magazine?) stealing an image and then going after the photographer because she made them take it off their site.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:31:24 PM »
oops - forgot the photo

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:27:54 PM »
A couple years ago, north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon naming policy
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:48:41 PM »
...As Canon still produces the EOS-1 V film body (of which I still have two!), I guess the marking change now truly separates the digital and film bodies...

They still produce a film camera? It was dropped from the Canon USA website over two years ago! (I have a 1N for the record).

Personally I find the use of numbers in Europe and names in USA confusing (I am talking about Rebels). I personally think Apple/Mac had a brilliant idea using big cat names (although they have now run out). I think Canon should start naming all their cameras after, say, antelope. 1DX becomes impala, 5D3 becomes topi, and the diminutive SL1 is named after the tiny but oh so cute dikdik!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Driving myself crazy, need help!
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:40:01 AM »
Absolutley go with whatever feels more comfortable in your hands and more intuitive to use. Image quality and features are great on all new cameras and I doubt there is any real world difference between comparable models of Nikon and Canon (or Pentax or Sony). If the Canon seems easier to use (and to me they are) you have already made your decision.

For what it's worth I think the 70D is a great choice and I am not sure why people are telling you to buy a lower model if you can afford this one now. It will be the only camera you need for several years.

Street & City / Re: London Sights
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:27:49 PM »
Really nicely done. The Anchor and St Paul's works equally well in black and white and in color (or colour to you Brits  ;)). Probably my favorite of the group but I like them all.

I am flying into London in a couple weeks but catching a train straight to the coast and not spending any time in London. These shots make me wish I had booked one night there.

Street & City / Re: Views from Waterloo Bridge, London
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:23:03 PM »
There sure are a lot of construction cranes over the London skyline right now!

Street & City / Re: Millennium Bridge, London - Big Stopper
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:20:48 PM »
I like how the one guy on the railing is tack sharp and everyone else is blurred. Nicely done (and I hope you are ok from your fall).

Lenses / Re: Which 70-200?
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:12:03 AM »
Several months ago I bought the Canon 70-200 2point8 new - the original nonIS version. Bought it because it was a thousand bucks cheaper than the ISii version. Fantastic lens, no regrets whatsoever. I have read the ISii is sharper but mine is so sharp that I cannot imagine any average person being able to see the difference in real life photographs (as in NOT pictures of line charts). IS would be nice, but not absolutely necessary IMO due to the excellent high ISO range of modern cameras. (I use it on a 5D2). Of course I also use a tripod quite a bit. Often use it with the 1.4xii extender with equally good results.

Lenses / Re: Found Canon 28-80mm f2.8 and Canon 80-200mm f2.8, thoughts?
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:00:56 AM »
I got an 80-200L used but in mint condition and used it for at least ten years (maybe more), on film body and then on digital 5D2. A great lens - no problems whatsoever - I loved it. The ONLY reason I sold it about a year ago is that it does not accept teleconverters. I used it in conjuction with a 300 f4 lens, but it was too heavy carrying both so I opted to buy a 70-200 and use a 1.4x to make up for the 300 (which I also sold). However, for video and if 200 is long enough you will have no regrets whatsoever.

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