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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 12, 2013, 01:10:36 PM »
I'm tentatively calling this one "Mouse performing endoscopy on American Kestrel, Part I."

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:48:41 PM »
Here's one more.  It was a rare overcast day in southeastern Arizona.  The sky was still filled with clouds but I caught this juvenile Red Tail (not the same bird as in the previous shot) just as the sun broke through.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:43:47 PM »
It's been a while since I posted anything.  Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk, 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, f6.3 @ 1600.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:00:05 PM »
I wish I could say I photographed this Gray Hawk in the wild.  However, I took it yesterday at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's superb Raptor Free Flight program.  It's a must see for any serious wildlife photographer, the birds are allowed to fly free without restraints and only the promise of food lures them back.

5Diii, 70-200 f.4 L @ 200 mm, ISO 100, 1/1600 @ f8.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:41:28 PM »
As long as we're on the subject of dragonflies, here's a little something.  Roseate Skimmer, shot with 5Diii, 400 DO, Iso "automatic" @ 160.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:03:28 PM »
Autumn in southeast Arizona means that Ferruginous Hawks are arriving in the flatlands and grasslands.  Here's one taking off, photographed yesterday on the Santa Cruz Flats, about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.  5Diii. 400DO, "M" setting, 1/1600 @ f7.1.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:01:39 PM »
One that I made yesterday.  Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 400, "M" metering, f7.1 @ 1/1250

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:45:47 PM »
Wow, I love that heron photo.  I know that sometimes I get so obsessed with closeups and trying to capture every last little bit of plumage that I forget that taking a few steps back might make for a stronger image.  This is a classic example.  Beautiful, just beautiful.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:24:17 PM »
One of many raptors that I saw and photographed this past Sunday.  Dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, shot with 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 400, M setting.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds on 100-400L with 70D
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:35:59 PM »
The 100-400 is a fine lens and produces outstanding results.  I've taken literally thousands of photos with that lens, on my 7D and also on my 5Diii.  One bit of advice:  avoid shooting wide open if possible.  It's ok at f4-5.6 but it really shines at f7.1 and f8. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:24:57 AM »
Where I live (southern Arizona) if you want to do wildlife photography you need to be prepared to walk to your subjects.  I find that weight is a big consideration.  Lugging a heavy lens/camera/tripod combination is simply impractical most of the time.  I was looking for something that gave me significant magnification, good image quality, and was reasonably light.  A friend suggested the 400DO to me.  I did some research and discovered that it seemed to be a forgotten item in Canon's inventory.  My friend, who is a superb wildlife photographer, assured me that I couldn't go wrong with the lens.  I swallowed hard and bought it.  I must say that I never cease to be pleased with it.  The image quality is superb, and it is light and portable, weighing not all that much more than my 100-400 f4-5.6L.  It's become my go-to lens for wildlife photography.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:30:45 PM »
Every once in a while one needs to change perspective.  I've been concentrating on raptors all fall. Today, one of my favorite raptor hunting grounds was a total bust.  So, I wound up waiting by the bank of a stream for nearly an hour until the local songbird population decided to ignore me.  I was rewarded with this shot of a Song Sparrow.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 800, f6.3 @ 1/320, hand held.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:01:22 PM »
Final Approach

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (different bird)

5Diii, 400DO

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:59:27 PM »
Landing!

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, 5Diii, 400DO

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:59:33 AM »
Here's lookin' at ya.

5Diii, Canon 100 f2.8 Macro, non-IS, non-L, hand held, available light.

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