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Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:59:51 AM »
You guys are being waay too philosophical here...if it sells and makes beaucoup dollars, it's a great image.       ;)

Hey...if I could figure out how to use my canon glass on the Sony a7R, I would have already jumped ship.
Tired of waiting!        >:(

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 14, 2013, 01:16:58 PM »
The eagle season has begun:

I often wonder...when you have a stunning BIF image like that, where are the rest of the series.
Conventional wisdom dictates that one has to be shooting in AI Servo while holding the shutter down until the buffer fills up.  Is it conceivable that the AF just locked onto one image?

Lenses / Re: Canon 2X III teleconverter
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:57:16 AM »
The 300mm f/2.8 lens in question was purchased new in June of 2008...does that fact change anyone's opinion?

Lenses / Re: Canon 2X III teleconverter
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:13:24 PM »
FWIW, if your 300/2.8 is the IS version (either one), leave IS turned on when on the tripod - it has a tripod-sensing IS, and a secondary IS mode that damps mirror slap at shutter speeds where that's an issue.
That's what I thought, but the rep mentioned that sometimes it's functioning is sometimes less than reliable.??
Anyway...will send the TC back to Amazon...thanks!

Lenses / Canon 2X III teleconverter
« on: December 12, 2013, 09:29:06 AM »
Mounted this new puppy from Amazon between my 1Ds3 and a 300mm f/2.8 lens...was not a happy camper.
Sent some images to Canon Customer Support in Va and they agreed that there was a problem with IQ and that it should be returned or fixed under warranty.
 Which would you'll do?
Additionally, I've been considering one of these things
to help with shutter slap vibrations a lower SS, feasible or a waste of money?

Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:39:19 AM »
Let me see if I've got this right...It's a coffee table book and the client is doing all the PP work.
Stitch the tripod mounted images using what you have, insuring spot-on camera settings, and move on.
You don't need to make a huge production out of it...when he finishes, you probably won't even recognize it anyway.

Technical Support / Re: My DIY " How to shoot the Bird from the car"
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:26:16 AM »
Gonna hijack ya to show my similar set-up for my personal mobility vehicle...can go places you can't     ;D


It's not me at the wheel but modeled by my daughter.  When your 70 y/o, help is needed.      ;)

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"

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