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  • PhotobyCindy Premium user United States (Private)
    4 years 8 months ago
    Thank you for stopping by and the kind comments you left on the Short Eared Owl album.  We we really thrilled to find them perched and get some shots.  They were regularly being seen hunting in a particular area but it was usually after sunset and they were in the air.  What is kind of neat is that there was a group of four and after looking at the photos well and notating feather differences on the faces, I think we have three different owls:)
    I'm really enjoying the 7D.  The only short coming that I've found has been the noise level which is something you had mentioned when we discussed the camera.  I actually think the noise went up from the 50D which is surprising.  I always try to shoot at the lowest ISO I need for exposure time due to wind, movement, whether I'm on a tripod, etc...which is a great practice since it's very necessary with this one.  I really do minimal editing to start with but I use an old Elements 5 software program and think I'll have to bite the bullet and buy lightroom this year mainly for the noise.  The megapixels are great since I do a lot of print sales and can now use photos such as the owls that I had to take at a large distance and am able to do a considerable crop and still get a nice 11x14 print from them.  Before I bought the 50D a year ago almost nothing got cropped.  My eyes aren't the best anymore and I usually use autofocus on birds and wildlife so I'm quite happy with the expanded points over the 50D and many of the other options the 50 doesn't have.  Having the 7D also means I can now carry the 50D with an alternate lens and not do constant switching in the field.  In general I'm now quite happy with my set up and will be saving up from my photo sales for an improved long lens this year or most likely next since I put so much money back into prints and matting.  I'm currently using a Sigma 170-500mm which gets the job done but could use improvement.  Thanks for your interest and feel free to send over any pointers, LOL.
    Cindy 
  • PhotobyCindy Premium user United States (Private)
    5 years 1 month ago
    May I pick your brains once more?  I just got my 7D today and have reviewed the default settings as to what I want on or off, mainly by comparing how I like to shoot on my 50D.  With the 50D I have the noise reduction setting off as it's more of a long exposure noise reduction.  The 7D though has various settings for noise reduction for general shooting.  I'm a little hesitant since I don't want any softening of the photos and don't know if the noise reduction is necessary if I'm usually shooting at or under a 400 ISO.  Do you leave yours on standard or low all the time or just put it on with higher ISO's?  Thanks very much for your input.
    Cindy
    • Frank & Lori Premium user Canada (Private)
      5 years 1 month ago
      Hi Cindy,

      Congratulations on the new gear, you must be thrilled!   Unfortunately, I'm working away from home and cannot check the settings on our 7D, I'll reply back as soon as I get back home this weekend.  (I do think that we have our noise reduction disabled,... but that's pure speculation right now)

      Happy shooting,
      Frank (& Lori)
  • PhotobyCindy Premium user United States (Private)
    5 years 7 months ago
    Thanks so much for the nice comment on my recent Sandpiper album, and also help with species ID on it.  I'll take a good at them and am sure you're correct.  I rarely have the opportunity for shore birds and we had a great time on a recent trip to Alabama.  I've got a whole album of Sanderings to sort through next. 
    I also wanted to compliment you on the new additions to your Warbler album.  I never have the opportunity to see them and you've got some gorgeous shots and a wonderful variety.  Beautiful work:)
    Cindy
  • Bendenna (Private)
    5 years 9 months ago
    I hope you're both well Frank and Lori. I miss you both immensely and wish we were all sitting at Steve's having a great time.
    Frank, there are a number of very beautiful photos you've taken that, if you wouldn't mind, I'd love to have in my personal album of what I like to drink tea over.
    Please drop me an email so we can discuss it.
     
    Warm regards from snowy Edmonton,
    Ben
    • Frank & Lori Premium user Canada (Private)
      5 years 8 months ago
      Hi Ben,

      Great to hear from you. I hope all is well with you. Lori and I are doing good,.... busy,... but good. (Kinda sucks about the snow in Edmonton!)

      Cheers,
      Frank & Lori

      P.S. Glad you like the photos, feel free to use any of them.

  • Photosues United States (Private)
    6 years 9 months ago
    Hi Frank & Lori
    I'm sorry it took so long to respond to all your nice comments on my photos! I just got behind on a bunch of stuff. I'll be back soon to check out your new stuff. Hope your spring is off to a good start!
    Susan
  • PhotobyCindy Premium user United States (Private)
    6 years 10 months ago
    Thanks for stopping by and the very kind comments on a few of my birds.  Winter was supposed to find me totally caught up on all of my photo files but I'm still doing a review of 2010 files before they hit the recycle bin.  Most days find me adding both 2011 and 2010 photos here and there to fotki while I do my computer spring cleaning.  I'm determined to finish them up before spring migration starts here.
    I really enjoyed browsing your new photo additions, beautiful sharp work.  It's also very nice for me to see some varieties that I either haven't seen or we don't get in our area.  You have a few woodpeckers that are new to me and I like your little Boreal Chickadee.
    You have such a great variety of birds and such high quality.  Do you do any photo selling in your area?
    Cindy
    • Frank & Lori Premium user Canada (Private)
      6 years 10 months ago
      Thanks for stopping by Cindy. We too are always playing catch up with our files, definitely the least favourate part of photography for us. To answer your question, no we do not sell our photos.... we consider ourselves rank amateurs with plenty to learn both in the field and with processing.

      thanks again,

      Lori and Frank
  • Photosues United States (Private)
    7 years ago
    Lori & Frank:
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving all those super nice comments on my bird photos--I have improved my lens by getting a fixed 300 w a 1.4 TC so I'm getting a bit closer and sharper but still no where near what you have! Still, it's been fun trying to find new and better photos of the local bird life. I hope you had a nice holiday season and I'm now going to stop by and see what's new with you.

    Thanks again!
    Susan
  • Photosues United States (Private)
    7 years 4 months ago
    Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my photos. I'm working with a new lens now--a fixed 300 and got a 1.4 TC so I've been testing it out the last 2 weekends and it is a big improvement. I do so appreciate your nice compliments as I spend most of my time on bird photography although I do other stuff as well. Your comment about the Wilson's pharalope was nice--it was the first time I saw one myself (I had to look it up in my guide to figure out what it was). And I agree with you on my pelican flight shot--it needs to be over to the right more but I didn't have room--I know there is a way to add space in PS but haven't tried it yet. Thanks again for stopping by and hope you had a wonderful weekend.
    Susan
  • PhotobyCindy Premium user United States (Private)
    7 years 5 months ago
    Thanks so much for the recent butterfly comments. They are so great to see almost floating about and I really enjoy getting the photos. I'm noticing the last few days that some of them have faded and have wing rips, etc... So sad to see them fading away with the season.
    Cindy
  • Photosues United States (Private)
    7 years 5 months ago
    Hi: I just noticed you asked about the woodpecker. They are pretty much limited to the west coast of California, Oregon and Washington--the map in my guide book shows them maybe up in the Vancouver area as well. The map also shows them in Arizona and Mexico--they are very cool birds--they store massive amounts of acorns in holes they dig all over and have a very lively social structure.
  • Photosues United States (Private)
    7 years 5 months ago
    Thank you so much for your nice comments on my birds. It was such fun having some new ones to photograph although the lighting conditions were really bad last weekend. I haven't seen the plovers, the skimmers or the least terns at that location for at least two years--or I should say, I didn't see more than one of each. We had a huge pelican die-off earlier this year--they speculated it had to do with their food sources being too deep due to ocean conditions and/or storms so perhaps that is why there are more of these other guys here this year--although they don't really have all the same food sources. Anyway, I always appreciate your comments since I find your bird photos so professionally done! It's nice to get feedback from those who excel in bird photography. Thanks again.