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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:09 pm 
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3rd party cheapo eby from China job. I wanted a split prism one and Canon don't do one. I had tried the Canon S type in the past but it didn't do it for me. I actually haven't got used to the split prism yet, but there is another ring around it that really helps a lot. Wish they made the whole screen of that stuff!

I do need to stop slacking an actually use the combo for some photos some time!

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 2:55 pm 
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I've been eyeing the KatzEye when I get my new body, was wanting to see if that's who you went with. I haven't ready a bad review yet, just nervous about doing it when the time comes

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 7:54 am 
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I think "bath salts" and other synthetic recreational drugs are evil, because the users tend to do evil things, such as clawing and gouging one's grandmother's skin, with fingernails, then biting a piece of flesh from the grandmother's arm. Why? Apparently, this drug made this quite stout young adult fellow think The Devil was inside his elderly grandmother.

I think evidentiary photography can be a challenging occupation. This is especially true when photographing the grandmother described above. I have photographed plenty of bite marks. This was not a mere mark, it was, well, a deep void, with flesh missing. Macro photography of a living, conscious person's injuries is a very intimate, personal, invasive, emotionally draining experience.

I think I am glad my three-week vacation (holiday, for those speaking the King's English) starts this Sunday!

Two of my colleagues were not so lucky. Of the three police officers who first encountered this monster immediately after the attack, two have arm injuries, one a fracture, which will require weeks to heal.

I think this is going to be a long, hot summer!

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 9:10 am 
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Wow Rex, that is quite the story! Gave me the creeps... Can't have anything but respect for the people that have to deal with this stuff.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 5:32 pm 
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A week from now I will be back in the great bear rainforest but this time in its northern most region within 20km of the Alaska/USA boarder. After having to sit at home for all of last summer it's gonna be great to get back into expedition mode along-side other wildlife photographers

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 6:35 am 
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awesome, Enjoy
How has the body healed up, back the full fitness?

I had the chance to chat to an Australian Geographic photographer recently, he mentioned that for the magazine photos must be taken in Landscape and Portrait mode. Guess its due to page layout, but also different perspective on the same subject.

Anyway, have started doing this a bit for every Horizontal/ Landscape shot I try and take a Vertical/ Portrait shot. I think its a great tip, well worth practicing for all types of photography and gives good focus / perspective on subject. The other tip was not to just pay focus on the the subject, but pay attention to the background.

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:49 pm 
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The body is great max thanks for asking... after 14 months it better be lol. I actually think I am in some of the best shape I have been in in the last 20 years.

And yup on the orientation... most magazines ask for that that I have dealt with. As far as including or giving the backround some focus... I agree with that as well... it is something I talked about here in the forum some time ago. The fact that a shot of an animal is great but I have always preferred shots which show some of the environs in which these animals live. For me it tells me so much more about the species and I know plenty of magazines feel the same. Along with that a dramatic landscape which includes an animal will usually always be a hit.

Im planning on doing another write-up here on the forum on the trip like I have in the past so hopefully ppl find it interesting and maybe even a bit educational. Seeing this trip will be comprised of all professional wildlife photographers... 7 in total (as it was put to me this will be a 5 day hyper focus on grizzlies meaning 15 hours a day shooting grizzlies and thats it so you need to either love bears or be getting payed for it. it was also said there would be no side trips no matter how many whales or any other animals we may see) with 3 being directly affiliated with NG Im sure they will be sharing some tips with me that hopefully I dont know yet... even so Ill be picking their brains so hopefully I will come back with a few new tips to share with you all.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 11:03 am 
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The camera geek in me wants this :P :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 2:22 pm 
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This (minus the website name) would be cooler. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 7:34 pm 
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Haha, that's true enough, Bjorn :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:17 am 
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So I just finished my grizzly shoot and was driving home today... about 4 hours into my drive I seen a black bear and stopped to take a few pics... got back on the road and about 15 minute later I heard an extremely loud thunderous crack. A second later a tree falls down just short of the highway about 100 meters in front of me.... I slam on the breaks and barely come to a stop when I see a small wall of water surge across the highway and boalders roll on to and across the highway no more than 10 meters in front of my car. I got out after a minute to take some pics when the RCMP came and started yelling to get out now as the entire mountain side had become unstable due to an extremely heavy rain storm that morning and sure enough the flow increased and boalders continued to come down...I was that close to being swept away by an avalanche. Had to turn around and go back to where I started the day and Ill need to find an alternative route home tomorrow as highway 16 through the rockies west of Jasper is completely shut down...

So Im thinking... its a good day to be alive :shock:

And yes... pics of the avalanche and grizzlies to follow when I get home :twisted:

Oh yes... and pics of the black bear that either saved my life or extended my trip by 2 days depending on how you look at it will follow as well

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:34 am 
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Sounds like its time for a glass of nice beer. Followed by something stronger.

Good to hear you are ok, looking fwd to the pics.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:41 pm 
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Just returned from my first ever organised photo walk. Very large group (almost a 100 people), one other Leica user, and a nice day out on the streets. Now it's time to see the results...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:39 pm 
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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Just returned from my first ever organised photo walk. Very large group (almost a 100 people)


How did that work out? Got some nice photographic opportunities? Seems like an awfully large group to me!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:40 am 
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Certainly got some interesting shots (already posted some here), plus it was great weather to be out and about. The group was too large to walk together, but it quickly dispersed into small groups of between 2 and 6 people, which worked just fine.

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