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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:26:48 PM »
Cinnamon Teal.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/800

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My go-to camera used to be a 7D.  Then, I purchased a 5Diii and I've never looked back. Currently, I own two 5Diiis.  One of them is more or less permanently affixed to a 400 DO, which I use for birds and animal photography.  The other body divides time between a 70-200 f4L IS, a 180 Macro, and a 16-35 f4 L zoom. 

The image quality that I get from my 5D iii is immeasurably superior to what I get from the 7D, even with extensive cropping.  That's convinced me that there's no circumstance where I would substitute a crop body for a full frame.  In the past couple of weeks a few of my friends have lobbied me to try a 7D2, assuring me that the image quality of the newer body is enormously upgraded over its predecessor.  Maybe so -- and I assume that Canon would have figured out a way to vastly upgrade its product after nearly a decade -- but I'm really happy with my full frames and intend to stick with them.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:07:27 PM »
I live in the Tucson area.  It's great for viewing all sorts of wildlife including birds.  We have the advantage of being directly underneath a major north-south flyway for migrating birds and we also see many seasonal residents.  There are about 450 species that show up in our area.  Part of it is the surprisingly diverse habitat.  Most people think of desert when they think of Tucson, and that's true.  But, we also have mountains with habitats that change with elevation and a few riparian areas.  Our proximity to the Gulf of California also means that we see birds that are commuting to and from that area.  It's not usual to see an Osprey here, right in the middle of the desert!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:56:30 AM »
Wishful thinking.  Song Sparrow and Crane Fly.

5Diii, 400DO, ISO 800, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/640.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:32:48 PM »
In response to GraFax, I really like my 400 DO.  I purchased mine about 18 months ago and it's obviously the "old" model as opposed to the one that was just issued.  It's light and razor sharp.  I've read a number of critiques of the older lens and, to be honest, I experienced none of the problems that some raised. 

As for color variation among red tails, yes, absolutely.  The one in the image is a standard "southwestern" bird, typical of what we see around here (Arizona) in summer months.  Wintertime is more varied because we get a lot of migrants from points north, and these tend to come in different colors.

Here's one more, in this case, a juvenile.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:37:44 PM »
Red Tail, airborne.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1650.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:20:46 AM »
Black Phoebe.  5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting f6.3 @ 1/800.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:46:24 AM »
Red-tailed Hawk.  99% of the time these birds fly away from the photographer.  This one took off straight at me.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1600

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:22:59 PM »
Black Phoebe.  Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, Aperture preferred setting, ISO 400, f5 @ 1/400.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:59:14 PM »
Lurker.  Red-tailed Hawk hiding in a dead Cottonwood Tree.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1600

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:06:49 AM »
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. 

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1600

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:35:04 PM »
Gunnison's Prairie Dog, photographed in the wild in northern Arizona

Canon 5Diii,400DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 400, f5 @ 1/500

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:34:20 PM »
And 1/3 second later . . . . .

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred setting, f7.1 @ 1/2000

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:32:52 PM »
At the moment of liftoff

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred setting, f7.1 @ 1/1600

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Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:43:56 PM »
I use M mode exclusively on my 600 EX-RT and I also shoot in M mode.  I've memorized settings that work under various lighting conditions and at various distances and I'm really pleased with the results that I get.  I really like the flexibility and control that comes with shooting in M mode.

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