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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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I was wondering about that..... around here, the Black Crowned night heron looks like this:
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.... or like this: first one is typical juvenile, second one is in transition to adult. Follow the link from Click to see how to separate both species when juveniles. I don't think you should pay attention to the red eyes, especially in the transition- it may come slowly... Oh, and the yellow and black bills - I don't know :(! Juveniles are more difficult to separate, at least for people who have never seen one of the species (like me :))!
You have nice shots anyway!

Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli - Black crowned Heron 10_DxO.jpg
Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli - Black crowned Heron 19_DxO.jpg
 
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AlanF

5DSR
Aug 16, 2012
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Jack, I'm almost 100% agree with your opinion. Instead of "Hard to beat good lighting..." I may write "Impossible to..." mostly because I'm not sure the fill flash will get you to the same results (well, at least I'm not very good in this, I always see some differences that I personally don't like).

On other hand there are situations when if you don't shoot you just go home with nothing! And I think there are some folks around who need to get that shot, no matter how fine it will look as a picture (by one or other reason). Alan is Alan and he loves to show what his equipment is able to do (and stretching the boundaries time to time...). Is that useful here in the forum? I think so (well, I'm sure so): despite the photos are hardly competing with photos taken in proper light, they are still photos taken home and for some purposes they are 100% good enough. All this is an info that may help the guys who are after the object at any price. I'm not sure Alan is doing this exactly by the same reasons :) but it works there well enough...
I'm not very sure if I succeed to express myself good enough (in English) and it's just my opinion. Could be interesting to see what others are thinking about that anyway?
You are pretty close to the truth.

CR is a site for gearheads who want to know what Canon is likely to be producing in the future, what you can do with Canon gear now, how the different bodies and lenses compare with each other and with other makes. It is not a specialist bird photography site that requires outstanding photos but it contains forums where the members exchange information about how their gear performs and what can be got out of it and share tips. For the reasons of information exchange, I always leave the EXIFs on my uploads and usually state the body, lens and focal length as well as other details. I am interested in what other bodies and lenses can do and generally download images from other posters to look at their techniques.

My own view is that members of CR who actively participate in forums should be allowed the self-indulgence of posting their images in the various image forums, some as a matter of pride, others for objects of discussion. It is a pity we are 100% enthusiastic about every bird image posted and constructive criticism is virtually non-existent as information exchange about composition and technique would be useful.
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Hey Alan, while I think I get your point and basically agree, we all know that every individual will have their own specific reasons for being here in the bird thread as well as in other threads that are more gear oriented. I think I can speak for at least a few regulars that in this thread we shed a little of our gear focus and place the bird at the forefront, but obviously CR wouldn't exist if it were not for the technology. We also seem to be able to have one of the friendliest atmospheres of the whole forum.

Speaking strictly for myself, I have consciously determined that I would not post photos or speak up if I were not willing to take criticism and I have on occasion expressed that we should all thicken our skins and allow for such exchanges without getting hackles up. It's the critical appraisal that benefits us the most if we're willing to allow it.

When you and I both shot 300's I started watching your posts with keen interest and have appreciated your feedback on gear immensely (I showed up as a complete dodo with so much to learn) and then lo and behold we were both buying the 400 DO, but different cameras. There are many times, aside from video, that I've thought I should have bought the 5D4 but at this point I'll either buy nothing, a 5DSR as you've suggested (cheap) or maybe move into the R.

And then I think, here I sit in the dead of winter shooting next to nothing; I must be nuts thinking about another camera!:(:):cry:

FWIW I'd like to suggest to bird thread posters that we include a little more information to add context to the photos like Alan does.

I'd also like to express thanks to all those who contribute their knowledge/expertise specific to bird ID etc.!!

Jack
 

Don Haines

Beware of cats with laser eyes!
Jun 4, 2012
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I sit in both camps. I love to see some of the fantastic images of birds of the world, but I am also interested in the gear that took them and the techniques used to do so. While it is great to see a perfect picture taken with the finest of gear, it is also great to see what can be done with lesser gear and different techniques.
 
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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
I sit in both camps. I love to see some of the fantastic images of birds of the world, but I am also interested in the gear that took them and the techniques used to do so. While it is great to see a perfect picture taken with the finest of gear, it is also great to see what can be done with lesser gear and different techniques.
And I'll chime in and ask posters to add more textual information on both gear and technique and situation. About the data, I believe you have to download the image to see that. I am interested but don't typically bother.

Jack
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
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Hi Lalumière.
If you want to add the exif info, you can click edit and type it in to the text. If the exif has not been stripped from the shot (Alan’s shots still have it) you can go through a few steps to see it, on my iPad I click the picture which opens it in the viewer then click the box with the arrow pointing out, this opens a new page, then copy the link and paste it in Jeffrey’s Image Metadata Viewer, if the exif is intact you will see the details of the shot, equipment, settings etc.
Unfortunately many must have their export set to strip the exif, including yours? :oops::LOL::LOL: I thought the CR site might have been stripping the exif but Alan’s is definitely there.
Some of the pictures are hosted on Flickr, like Olaf’s and again if the exif is not stripped on upload the exif is all there.

If you want help from Craig (CR Guy) you probably need to ask on the Suggestions / Issues thread, I think this is a thread he regularly monitors, too many threads for him to monitor all of them all the time and I think this one needs watching the least! ;)

Cheers, Graham.

Hi,
Is there a way to add or see EXIF data to photos already published on your site?
THANK YOU !
 
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AlanF

5DSR
Aug 16, 2012
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I sit in both camps. I love to see some of the fantastic images of birds of the world, but I am also interested in the gear that took them and the techniques used to do so. While it is great to see a perfect picture taken with the finest of gear, it is also great to see what can be done with lesser gear and different techniques.
That's precisely my attitude as well. The goals are to take some great photos and others for the record and identification, the means are to learn about suitable cameras, lenses and techniques. CR is an unusual forum because we can both post photos and chew the cud about gear. I have learned a lot here.
 

Click

I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 29, 2012
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American Goldfinch in Texas. A common bird in the winter here. Unfortunately, they are not here when they have their beautiful summer plumage.
I just got this lens today! I already love it.. 5D iv, 100-400L ii, 1.4x iii; ISO 2000, F 10, 1/160; 560 mm (all I got!)
Lovely. Nicely done, Mike.
 
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