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Keith_Reeder

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6225 on: August 03, 2014, 11:10:59 AM »
Gannets in love, Bempton Cliffs, E. Yorkshire coast of England:


(Bigger here).


(bigger here).

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When people bang on about dynamic range, this is what it means to me: these birds were in direct, very bright sunlight, and straight off the camera there was practically no highlight feather detail to be seen.

But 7D files, converted and processed well, provide a ton of highlight latitude, and I routinely shoot way further to the right than some "experts" recommend, confident in the amount of highlight detail I'll be able to recover.

Keeps the shadows clean, too.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6225 on: August 03, 2014, 11:10:59 AM »

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« Reply #6226 on: August 03, 2014, 11:16:19 AM »
Lovely pictures Keith. I especially like the second one.  8)

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« Reply #6227 on: August 03, 2014, 01:35:03 PM »
Taken with EOS M at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6228 on: August 03, 2014, 02:39:48 PM »
Hi Keith.
First stunning shots, you and some of the others using the 7D keep me reassured that my camera is far more capable than I am !  :-\

The new sigma lenses that are compatible with the dock offer AFMA at 4 focus distances at 4 focal lengths, a total of 16 points as against the best Canon in body offering of 2 points 1 at near and 1 at far zoom, and 1 point at whatever zoom you prefer for the rest of us!

Cheers Graham.


So, what is it that the new Sigma will given above the old one?

No first hand experience, but I understand that optically the old and new versions are identical, but that the new one is - supposedly - more reliable in AF (never had a problem there myself), and is compatible with the USB dock which allows the user to fine-tune focus at the lens rather than having to rely on in-camera AFMA, and to update the lens firmware.

Looks pretty cool too, the new one!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6229 on: August 04, 2014, 05:04:15 PM »
A Steller's Sea Eagle stares malevolently at the eagles and ravens surrounding it - photographed on the pack ice located off Hokkaido in northern Japan - we're heading back there in Feb 2015 hopefully

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6230 on: August 04, 2014, 05:09:40 PM »
Awesome shot David.  8) Well done.

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« Reply #6231 on: August 05, 2014, 12:33:43 AM »
Awesome shot David.  8) Well done.

I agree. Wonderful

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6232 on: August 05, 2014, 12:49:21 AM »
This particular red-breasted something-or-other had the grace to sit on every handy perch in front of me, squawking the whole time face full of grasshopper or not!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6233 on: August 05, 2014, 01:58:52 AM »

European or african swallow? by Pierre Pichot Photography, on Flickr, 500px or my portfolio

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6234 on: August 05, 2014, 02:53:04 AM »
Thanks Candyman & Click for your kind comments
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« Reply #6235 on: August 05, 2014, 07:03:04 AM »
A Steller's Sea Eagle stares malevolently at the eagles and ravens surrounding it - photographed on the pack ice located off Hokkaido in northern Japan - we're heading back there in Feb 2015 hopefully

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Wonderful shot David!
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« Reply #6236 on: August 05, 2014, 09:15:36 AM »
Well done David, Jim and Pierre.

Jim you have a female Robin there.
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« Reply #6237 on: August 05, 2014, 11:39:39 PM »
Finchfest

About a week back, I was driving through a new neighborhood built on what used to be a large open field behind my neighborhood. I used to go out there to photograph the moon, thunderstorms and sometimes sunsets, as it had a great view of the sky. I thought the entire field had been developed (original plans indicated that was going to be the case), however once I got into the new neighborhood, I learned it was a very small, single road with a cul-de-sac at the end. There were maybe a dozen homes in it. Just past the end of the cul-de-sac was the rest of the field...and it was PACKED with birds. They were all flying up and down between this large thicket of thistles and the outer eves of the roofs of the last two houses (the center two spot on the -sac was unused, with a large cinder block wall dropping strait down into the field).

Well, naturally, upon seeing so many birds, I headed home, grabbed my gear, and photographed the Finchfest. Almost all the birds out there were finches, three species namely: American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, and the ubiquitous House Finch. They put on quite a show, ripping and shredding the old dried and dead, and now thorny thistle blossoms to get at the Nyjer seed inside. These were probably the most cooporative group of birds I've encountered, as it usually takes a special bird setup and a lot of careful waiting in a hide to get perfectly posed photos like these.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #6238 on: August 06, 2014, 08:06:56 AM »
Tamron150-600mm woes - what the Fenway Park Cormorant thinks.

Had just a few minutes to spare in Boston en route to Halifax Nova Scotia so popped down to Fenway Park to check the whingeing in the thread about Tamron 150-600mm requiring AFMA and AF problems. Fortunately, I came across a cormorant who enlightened. First, he listened, then he burst out laughing, and then he turned his back to show what he thought about compaints about the Tamron 150-600, which was protruding from my 5DIII.
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« Reply #6239 on: August 06, 2014, 08:52:48 AM »
I took about 70 shots of a Red tailed hawk, a luck find, at various focal lengths of the 150-600, all of which were in excellent focus. Here, the hawk is threatening to gouge the front lens of anyone who says he isn't sharp.
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