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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 56
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Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
more on my current thinking on my blog, in way more detail than I can fit here.. chuqui.com/2013/01/… -- FWIW, the 100-400 and 300+1.4x combos both cost about $1400US. The 70-200F2.8LISII+2.0x is closer to $2500. Not an easy cost to justify...
Feb
25
comment What camera & lens combination(s) are ideal for animal and bird photography?
it's complicated. the 100-400 is less sharp, but the zoom may make it a better option. The 300F4+1.4 is sharper with better AF, but the lack of zoom meant I was carrying a 2nd body and lens with me most of the time. If weight/flexibility is most important, go 100-400. If sharpness is, go 300. Both are usable and good options. I ended up going to 70-200F2.8LISII and a 2.0XIII. Sharper than both AND with a zoom, but a lot more expensive. But for me, it made sense.
Feb
23
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
technical quality? no, it wouldn't make a difference.What I want are workflows that work reliably without a lot of manual tweaking, and that's tough to do using the print module.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
It looks like roughly 60-70% of the images need manual "fixing". at that rate, I might as well do the crops by hand and do them right up front, rather than build a broken process I have to be constantly manually fixing.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
If your exported aspect ratio and the aspect ratio of the existing image aren't the same, then some kind of crop is going to be needed. In a recent setup I was working on, I was going from (primarily) 2:3 (my camera's native ratio) or 4:5 (a common crop for me) to 16:9. If you use something like Jeffrey Friedl's Crop for Ipad regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/crop-for-ipad to handle the change, you have to choose where to crop (top/bottom or both from the center). I ended up with lots of birds with heads chopped off.
Feb
20
answered Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
Feb
17
answered Pistol grip vs ball head
Feb
14
comment Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
apologies, didn't realize that. just pulled links the way I typically do, didn't think taht it might be against policy.
Feb
14
revised Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
added 129 characters in body
Feb
13
answered Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
Feb
13
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Jan
18
comment Compensating for poor air quality?
sometimes you don't have that option.
Jan
17
answered I'm a Designer and Programmer who wants to create some software for photographers
Jan
10
answered Canon 24-105 vs 70-200 within the same range
Jan
7
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Jan
1
answered What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?
Jan
1
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Jan
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Dec
13
comment Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?
agreed on the 300F4+1.4x being a great and cost effective combo. It's my go-to lens these days (I used to preach the 100-400, also a good option, but changed about a year ago. don't regret it; my next upgrade will be to a 70-200 IS II and 2x, but that's about double the cost of the 300F4). Consider retnring a 500mm for the trip, too. You'll likely want it.
Nov
30
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