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I am not going to apologize for seeing an opportunity which would by to my benefit
No, I don't suppose that you would...just as you wouldn't try to return a lost wallet.  I would hope, however, that you are in the minority, in regard to your ethical value system.  Profiting from someone's mistakes indicates a very low self worth.
From a personal point of view, I've had the pleasure of dealing with Helen Oster and have found her professionalism to be above reproach.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:57:35 AM »
It's Monday morning, the kids are off to school and I'm pondering some of my bird images...some of which are quite descent.  Anyway, it occurs to me that shooting birds is one of the better ways to develop one's skills as a photographer, ya get adequate gear and learn to properly use that gear and're now a bird photographer.  All that is fine if that's what floats your boat.
But, yeah there's always a but, what if you want more...what if you want to be an artist.  You can't control/pose them.  How does one use bird photography from an artists perspective, whatever that is?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 06, 2013, 04:48:59 PM »
Thanks for the kudos on the sand cranes my friends...but to be perfectly honest, I would rather they were pretty girls on the beach.        ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 06, 2013, 06:53:55 AM »
Three Sand Cranes marching in lock-step, as in ROTC training...

When these things squawk it sounds prehistoric, much like GBH's.
I desaturated the background somewhat to bring the cranes out.

Portrait / Re: Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:27:22 AM »
I abhor competition...the background should never compete for attention with the subject.  Distance the subject from the background.
Use something like a color checker to insure accurate skin tones.
Have some wise input concerning the subjects choice of clothing and colors, in this case, the blues tend to be overwhelming.

Rather than listening to the clowns that dwell herein, myself included...there's a ton of YouTube videos on this very subject.

I do a fair amount of BIF images of GBH's and Snowy Egrets using an older 300 f/2.8, with/without a 1.4 TC, mounted on an equally old Ds3, were those images mine...they would have been discarded in the initial culling process. But then, I'm one anal retentive, pixel peeping, SOB.
To be fair, I just got a new 2X IIII TC yesterday and haven't used nor micro-adjusted the focus yet but, if it preforms like the above'll be returned forthwith.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:53:46 PM »
That's right...turn to the side and look back at the camera...perfect...
I once asked this ole country boy how they cook wild turkey, he responded..."Ya cut off the head, dip in boiling water to get rid of the feathers, cook it at 350 for about 4 hours or so, grind it up and feed it to the dogs...then go buy a Butterball"

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 07:21:33 PM »
Love the contrast in this shot. The heron is beautifully detailed and colored.
To quote Elvis..."thank you...thank you very much"      ;)
Your stuff is quite nice...have you played with different PP?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 01:32:22 PM »
Just wanted to try portrait style PP on this heron


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 23, 2013, 01:49:45 PM »
Are portraits allowed here...Red Tailed Hawk.

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:14:52 AM »
Abject futility is defined as...comparing camera/lens quality based on internet images.
 To expand a little, assuming normal print size and competent cannot discern camera/lens brand from a print.

Is your ego that shallow that you concern yourself with comments like "Gee, your camera sure does take good pictures".  A little analysis might do wonders for that shallow ego.      ::)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:23:40 AM »
Swans are very beautiful, but quite available. So the challenge to shoot images that stand out is not an easy one.
Thanks for responding Elder...will heed your words.     ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:03:18 PM »
It clearly did not want it's picture taken...hey, I even offered a free print.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:00:31 PM »
I haven't quite decided on the PP with these images...what say you all?


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