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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 10, 2013, 12:28:57 PM »
Those are fantastic vulture shots, Chief!

Here's an American version.  I was surprised to read the other day that New World vultures are not closely related to Old World Vultures and that the similarities are due to convergent evolution (two unrelated species evolving in the same way).

Shot with 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, Manual setting, 1/1000 @ f8

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My hobby is nature -- especially bird -- photography and I almost never leave a photo "as shot."  With the subjects in motion most of the time it's usually impossible to get the perfect composition in the viewfinder. Also, I find that there's usually a lot of extraneous background in my photos even with some pretty powerful optics (400DO + 1.4 extender).  So, substantial cropping becomes a necessary evil, if only to present a viewable subject.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 08, 2013, 06:44:59 PM »
Luck is a huge element in getting a shot like that juvenile Red Tail.  Down here in extreme southern Arizona, the hawks love to perch on utility poles.  Photographing them is a matter of finding a rural road in open desert and looking for the hawks.  They're pretty easy to spot.  But, the problem is that they're not terribly fond of people walking up to them and snapping pictures, so, they usually fly as soon as you get within about 25 yards.  Often, they fly in the wrong direction -- into the sun, for example -- or before you can get set up, or with a maze of power lines between you and them.  It's that one bird in 15 or 20 that flies toward you with the light at your back that you hope for.  I took this shot on a day when a friend and I spent 8 hours stalking hawks.  We saw dozens of them, I took about 400 photos, and this is the one really good shot of the day.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:54:35 PM »
Here's a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

5Diii, 400DO.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 07, 2013, 09:42:20 AM »
I haven't posted anything for a little while, so here's a contribution.  Black Crowned Night Heron in flight.  Shot with 5Diii, 400 DO. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 14, 2013, 10:32:40 PM »
Swainson's Hawk with mouse.

5Diii, 400 DO + 1.4 extender, ISO 400, f7.1 @ 1/1250

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:17:44 PM »
Gila Woodpecker in our back yard.  5Diii, 400DO + 1.4 extender, ISO 640, f6.3 @ 1/1000


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 07, 2013, 10:29:22 AM »
Nice juvenile heron!  Give us some data on that shot, please.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Joby strap
« on: September 05, 2013, 03:51:05 PM »
I have one and I love it.  I use it on my 5Diii and my 7D and I carry lenses as big as a 400 DO with it.  It's comfortable, allows for hands-free walking, and very secure.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:38:58 AM »
Red Tailed Hawk.  5Diii, 70-200 F4, Iso 800, F6.3 @ 1/1000.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:58:40 AM »
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk.  5Diii, with 400 DO + 1.4X telextender @560 mm,  ISO 800, 1/2000 @ 5.6

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:56:05 PM »
Point taken (well taken!) about not including the camera and lens for my shot.  It's a 5Diii with a 400 DO and a 1.4X extender.  This isn't a lens forum so I won't say too much except that I think that the 400DO is one of the best kept secrets of Canon's lenses.  It is light, relatively compact, and ultra-sharp, and obviously mates well with the 1.4X extender.  When it came out about 10 years ago it got a very bad reputation, but if it had bugs back then it sure doesn't today.  I love that lens.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:14:53 PM »
Had my camera next to me while drinking coffee in our backyard this morning when she shows up.  Female Costa's Hummingbird.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:19:39 AM »
Here's something you don't see every day.

Burrowing owl.   These little birds are the only owls that dig burrows.  They're also diurnal unlike most of their relatives.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:01:04 PM »
I was pretty happy with my 7D, too, until I bought my 5Diii.  The differences between the two cameras are substantial.

The 5Diii's IQ is just way superior to that produced by the 7D.  It is a much less noisy camera -- much less noisy -- than the 7D.  I primarily consider myself a nature photographer.  With the 5Diii I can get excellent quality images at ISO 1600.   I find that the cutoff for the 7D is about ISO 400.  I find the images produced by the 5Diii to be denser, richer, and more saturated looking than with the 7D. 

The 5Diii also has a much superior autofocus than that of the 7D.  I primarily shoot using only the center point and I find that the 5Diii locks onto a subject much more quickly and much more accurately than does the 7D.

Finally, I find that the 5Diii's dynamic range is much superior to that of the 7D.  I get more detail in highlights and shadows with 5Diii than I ever did with the 7D.


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