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« Reply #4650 on: February 26, 2014, 11:13:09 AM »
Beautiful and educating seeing what's around other parts of the world.  Keep it up everyone and thanks for the added information.

I think Dolina deserves an award in that and other categories for posts such as the following!! :) ;) :D ;D

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Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) by alabang, on Flickr

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Sunbird

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Baños,_Laguna

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4650 on: February 26, 2014, 11:13:09 AM »

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« Reply #4651 on: February 26, 2014, 12:44:30 PM »
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Re: Show your Portraits of Red-Breasted Mergansers Eating Eels
« Reply #4652 on: February 26, 2014, 01:14:43 PM »
"Losing My Lunch on a Bad Hair Day"

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Re: Show your Portraits of Red-Breasted Mergansers Eating Eels
« Reply #4653 on: February 26, 2014, 01:29:55 PM »
"Losing My Lunch on a Bad Hair Day"

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Great pic Neuro.

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Re: Show your Portraits of Red-Breasted Mergansers Eating Eels
« Reply #4654 on: February 26, 2014, 02:16:36 PM »
"Losing My Lunch on a Bad Hair Day"

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Wow!!!! What an interesting shot!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4655 on: February 26, 2014, 02:22:20 PM »
Hi Jack.
I'm here to try to learn, thought my problem was my camera, then people post beautiful pictures using he 7D so now I think it might be my lens, Sigma 150-500, anyone got any really good pics from one of these to prove it is me not the gear!  ::) ;D

Ferris, how did you even get the 2400mm effective lens to stop quivering as your heart beat while you tried to frame it, (I'm guessing it's not hand held) come to that how did you know where to point it in the first place, must have been a fair way away almost out of sight? Beautiful pic none the less. It would seem the 7D is capable of great pictures in the right hands, I'm not for one moment suggesting the camera made the shot, if that was the case I'd have pics like that too! 

Like Mackguyver said lots of great pics from everyone else too.

Cheers Graham.



My usual suggestion so that we're not just looking at pretty pictures we could see virtually anywhere, please add interesting/useful information such as the lens used etc. ;)  I think most of us are here to learn how we might improve.

Great shots everyone.

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« Reply #4656 on: February 26, 2014, 02:46:04 PM »
100-400L in action...  8)



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« Reply #4657 on: February 26, 2014, 03:07:26 PM »
Hi Jack.
I'm here to try to learn, thought my problem was my camera, then people post beautiful pictures using he 7D so now I think it might be my lens, Sigma 150-500, anyone got any really good pics from one of these to prove it is me not the gear!  ::) ;D

Ferris, how did you even get the 2400mm effective lens to stop quivering as your heart beat while you tried to frame it, (I'm guessing it's not hand held) come to that how did you know where to point it in the first place, must have been a fair way away almost out of sight? Beautiful pic none the less. It would seem the 7D is capable of great pictures in the right hands, I'm not for one moment suggesting the camera made the shot, if that was the case I'd have pics like that too! 

Like Mackguyver said lots of great pics from everyone else too.

Cheers Graham.



My usual suggestion so that we're not just looking at pretty pictures we could see virtually anywhere, please add interesting/useful information such as the lens used etc. ;)  I think most of us are here to learn how we might improve.

Great shots everyone.

Jack

Here is the simplest bit of advice I can offer. If you don't know how to tell if it is your equipment that is your problem, then it is not the equipment (yet). The day when you are 100% absolutely certain that your lens or your camera body is holding you back, then, and only then, should you upgrade.

There are certain aspects of a lens like the Sigma 150-500, or the 7D, that will diminish the quality of your images compared to better equipment. However you should be able to elucidate exactly how and why your equipment is diminishing the quality of your work before you start looking for more expensive gear. Even with a 150-500 and 7D, once you have the skill, you should be able to make some great photographs.

They may not adhere to all the little nuances of your artistic goals, the backgrounds may not be blurry enough or things may just not be sharp enough when viewed larger on a screen...but overall, for the kinds of smaller sizes and crops we usually post online, your current equipment should serve you quite well once you have a good handle on how to properly use it.

The day you can say, with complete confidence and clarity, that it's your lens or your camera that are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect, that's the day you should buy the necessary replacement part.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4658 on: February 26, 2014, 03:21:20 PM »
The day you can say, with complete confidence and clarity, that it's your lens or your camera that are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect, that's the day you should buy the necessary replacement part.

Alternatively, you could just go out and buy top of the line gear, such as a 1D X and 600mm f/4L IS II.  Then you can be certain that only you are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect.   ;)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4659 on: February 26, 2014, 03:24:31 PM »
100-400L in action...  8)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4660 on: February 26, 2014, 03:45:36 PM »
Hi Jack.
I'm here to try to learn, thought my problem was my camera, then people post beautiful pictures using he 7D so now I think it might be my lens, Sigma 150-500, anyone got any really good pics from one of these to prove it is me not the gear!  ::) ;D

Ferris, how did you even get the 2400mm effective lens to stop quivering as your heart beat while you tried to frame it, (I'm guessing it's not hand held) come to that how did you know where to point it in the first place, must have been a fair way away almost out of sight? Beautiful pic none the less. It would seem the 7D is capable of great pictures in the right hands, I'm not for one moment suggesting the camera made the shot, if that was the case I'd have pics like that too!

Like Mackguyver said lots of great pics from everyone else too.

Cheers Graham.


Graham,

As I recall, I was using a tripod with that configuration.  I'm sure that many people that know more about photography than I do would state that the Sigma 50-500mm is not the world's sharpest or fastest lens, but I find its wide and deep range to be very useful, and I appreciate its image stabilization, which allows me to handhold it.  I can JUST handhold it with a 2x teleconverter attached, and can ALMOST handhold it with both a 2x and a 1.4x attached.

So, in that situation with the Red-tailed Hawk, I was using a tripod to help me stabilize things, and taking plenty of photos.  The juvenile was good enough to be sitting rather peacefully on a relatively close perch for an extended period of time.  For additional looks at this Hawk, use the following link, and keep clicking on the left arrow to go through them all.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/37648871@N06/7477026706/#in/photostream/

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« Reply #4661 on: February 26, 2014, 04:23:05 PM »
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« Reply #4662 on: February 26, 2014, 04:39:05 PM »
The day you can say, with complete confidence and clarity, that it's your lens or your camera that are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect, that's the day you should buy the necessary replacement part.

Alternatively, you could just go out and buy top of the line gear, such as a 1D X and 600mm f/4L IS II.  Then you can be certain that only you are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect.   ;)

I must confess I find that much more palatable, sorry jrista! ;)  CR is always good for some kind of chuckle.

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« Reply #4663 on: February 26, 2014, 04:41:42 PM »
Have to think New Zealand would be a photographer's paradise!!

Great pics everyone.  Even the one that made me want to throw up. ;)

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« Reply #4664 on: February 26, 2014, 04:47:52 PM »
The day you can say, with complete confidence and clarity, that it's your lens or your camera that are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect, that's the day you should buy the necessary replacement part.

Alternatively, you could just go out and buy top of the line gear, such as a 1D X and 600mm f/4L IS II.  Then you can be certain that only you are preventing you from achieving the quality you expect.   ;)

Yes, well, that is generally my personal approach...however I ran into the limitations of the 7D and 100-400 in about four months. I bought the 600/4 II already. Now it's just a matter of getting the body. I'd get a 1D X, but I already put a bunch of money into astrophotography equipment, so it'll be the 5D III instead. :P

If someone has money to burn, that's certainly my recommendation....however for everyone else...use your gear until you fully understand it, and can properly elucidate WHY it's holding you back. ;)
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