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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
It is amusing how we subconsciously view/interpret things. I had to think twice before it registered that the weight of the bird had pressed that creature into the ground.;)

Jack
 

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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Netherlands
@AlanF - very nice series of lazy birds (hiking a lift on the back of other animals...) and beautiful shot of the lilac-breasted roller (y) - the only shot I managed of this bird in South Africa was with 200mm at, like, 200m distance :( so by far not as detailed as yours ;)
@ISv - nice set; those night herons are really 'up close and personal' - very nicely done (y)
W.
 

AlanF

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas. A E
Aug 16, 2012
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@AlanF - very nice series of lazy birds (hiking a lift on the back of other animals...) and beautiful shot of the lilac-breasted roller (y) - the only shot I managed of this bird in South Africa was with 200mm at, like, 200m distance :( so by far not as detailed as yours ;)
@ISv - nice set; those night herons are really 'up close and personal' - very nicely done (y)
W.
Wiebe, I have been trying to get a decent shot of a lilac-breasted roller since my failure in South Africa 6 years ago! This time was more successful and I got a shot of a Eurasian Roller as well.

2B4A6549-DxO_eurasian_roller_1.jpg
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
6,063
964
Alberta, Canada

AlanF

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas. A E
Aug 16, 2012
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Envy.:sick:

I get travel tour material relating to my University days and the latest one has me just torn - it's too expensive for me - I could just manage but my wife says we can't afford both of us and well ...she's my gear caddy! ;)

Fly into the Jungle to float on the Amazon in northern Peru in comfort with explorations by native guides into the jungle to photograph birds.:love:

https://worldwidequest.com/index.php?page=trips&cmd=review&key=amazon_rainforest_expedition_cruise#ad-image-0

Jack
My guess is you won't need much caddying with that type of tour as you will be either on the boat, in a landcruiser or on a short stroll.
 
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Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
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Netherlands
Wiebe, I have been trying to get a decent shot of a lilac-breasted roller since my failure in South Africa 6 years ago! This time was more successful and I got a shot of a Eurasian Roller as well.
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Beautiful Alan..., colourful without being too flashy ;)

Dug up my attempt - can you spot the tiny speck in the brush :cry:... :p
ZuidAfrika-194.jpg

(EOS-50D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L @ 200mm f/4.0 - cropped as far as reasonably possible from 50D sensor - at least the lens' sharpness outperforms the sensor :))
Wiebe.
 

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
672
268
Netherlands
Envy.:sick:

I get travel tour material relating to my University days and the latest one has me just torn - it's too expensive for me - I could just manage but my wife says we can't afford both of us and well ...she's my gear caddy! ;)

Fly into the Jungle to float on the Amazon in northern Peru in comfort with explorations by native guides into the jungle to photograph birds.:love:

https://worldwidequest.com/index.php?page=trips&cmd=review&key=amazon_rainforest_expedition_cruise#ad-image-0

Jack
Hi Jack,
If you feel up to organizing your own itinerary, I found it is possible to save a significant amount - especially travelling with 2 (or more) persons... That way you could travel with your wife/caddy within your budget :unsure:;). It does take a lot of preparation though :(
W.
 

AlanF

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas. A E
Aug 16, 2012
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Hi Jack,
If you feel up to organizing your own itinerary, I found it is possible to save a significant amount - especially travelling with 2 (or more) persons... That way you could travel with your wife/caddy within your budget :unsure:;). It does take a lot of preparation though :(
W.
An expert guide can make all the difference. Ours in Tanzania was simply fantastic. The driver was quite good, but the tour guide just knew so much.
 

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
672
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Netherlands
An expert guide can make all the difference. Ours in Tanzania was simply fantastic. The driver was quite good, but the tour guide just knew so much.
Cannot agree more - yet scouting for reputable local tour guides and booking your own travel / lodging can make the difference!
 

AlanF

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas. A E
Aug 16, 2012
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Beautiful Alan..., colourful without being too flashy ;)

Dug up my attempt - can you spot the tiny speck in the brush :cry:... :p
View attachment 181875
(EOS-50D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L @ 200mm f/4.0 - cropped as far as reasonably possible from 50D sensor - at least the lens' sharpness outperforms the sensor :))
Wiebe.
Here are some images that show what you can get out of cropping. The first is the full frame taken by my wife with the 5DSR + 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC at f/8 560mm, below that is the crop, and bottom is my effort with the 5DIV + 400mm DO II + 2xTC f/8 800mm. The bird is of comparable size to that in you shot yet you can crop the 5DSR image with not the sharpest of lens combinations and get good detail. This is why I love that body so much.

3Q7A9022-lilac_breasted_roller_full+5DSR.jpg
3Q7A9022-DxO_lilac-breasted_roller_5DSR.jpg
2B4A3195-DxO_lilacxbreasted_roller_5DIV.jpg
 

Nat_WA

EOS 7D mk.II
Aug 15, 2017
672
268
Netherlands
Here are some images that show what you can get out of cropping. The first is the full frame taken by my wife with the 5DSR + 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC at f/8 560mm, below that is the crop, and bottom is my effort with the 5DIV + 400mm DO II + 2xTC f/8 800mm. The bird is of comparable size to that in you shot yet you can crop the 5DSR image with not the sharpest of lens combinations and get good detail. This is why I love that body so much.
Thanks for sharing Alan!
W.
 
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Excellent cropped image. I'm sure it's great gear but credit where credit is due. Your spouse really nailed the focus on that one. In my experience that's the hardest part of cropping a small subject out of a large frame. A sharp eye with a nice spectral highlight makes all the difference even in an image without a lot of micro detail. Nicely done!
 

AlanF

Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas. A E
Aug 16, 2012
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Excellent cropped image. I'm sure it's great gear but credit where credit is due. Your spouse really nailed the focus on that one. In my experience that's the hardest part of cropping a small subject out of a large frame. A sharp eye with a nice spectral highlight makes all the difference even in an image without a lot of micro detail. Nicely done!
Thanks. Spot on about eye and highlight. And a sharp beak always helps.