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bio website chuqui.com
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Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
That's very close to what I started with and shot for the first 3-4 years of my bird photography. It'll work fine. (my first body was a Rebel XT).
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
disagree on needing a tripod unless you have scorching sun. This is one place where IS makes a huge difference, so if you're going to shoot very early or late, an IS lens is very handy. this image: photos.chuqui.com/201110301812064_chuq.jpg was shot after6PM in October. ISO 3200 on a 7D, 1/125 @ F5.6, handheld, with a 420mm lens. So you can do good and sharp in bad light handheld iwth practice and technique.
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
speaking of eagles, here's one I shot over the weekend with my setup (7d+300F4+1.4x). There's some cropping, and I think the worry about cropping is somewhat overrated these days. photos.chuqui.com/… -- also, don't forget if you have to crop heavily, you have an option of using a tool like "perfect resize" to upscale the image so it can be printed larger. Lots of options beyond "more glass" these days.
Sep
6
comment What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?
the new amazon glacier service looks to be worth investigating, but at this point, I'm waiting to see what front end systems are built to take advantage of it. (expecting Jungledisk to have a good product at some point).
Aug
19
comment Tips to buy second lens for Canon 550D
Not everyone agrees with the recommendation on the 50mm. check this note: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/14313/…
Aug
16
comment Why is the sky in photos always too white?
another common option here is the graduated ND filter, which can affect only the over-exposed parts. You can also in many cases process a single image in different ways, one to do the sky, one for the ground, and then layer them together in photoshop or an HDR program. multi-image HDR is usually better, but not always practical
Jun
28
comment How can I import multiple cards into Lightroom simultaneously?
Platt's reasoning is about efficiency (as opposed to speed; not necessarily the same thing). In my tests, it's definitely faster to copy images to disk and THEN import. More importantly, if I'm importing multiple cards, copy all cards to disk, then do a singloe import means I can leave the computer alone for most of the import and not have to come back to swap cards. I don't use a multi-card reader at this time, it's overkill for me, so I can't say how that'd affect my workflow. (for 1 card imports, I just leave it to Lightroom adn not worry about it)
Jun
27
comment Should I buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?
by the way, a good way to help decide this issue: rent sample lenses and bodies and go do test shoots. chances are, a quick shoot with top caliber lenses will make the decision obvious.
Jun
27
comment Should I buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?
Another vote for upgrading lenses. I did that a few months ago, and it was well worth it. If your body is relatively recent (< 3-4 years old) it'll do you well. I tell people to plan to ugprade bodies every few years, but good lenses will last decades. rfusca is right about the 7D, that body rocks; I love mine.
Jun
27
comment How can I import multiple cards into Lightroom simultaneously?
yes, it does. Some manual interaction's going to be necessary; xenocross mentioned Platt's workshop, which is a good resource on this; the amount of time "babysitting" the import is less if you copy the cards to the disk first, because once you start the import, you can leave it alone. Fewer overall needs to "do something" along the way, and the time spent importing will be the longest part, so it'll go hands off early in the overall process.
May
7
comment What techniques should be used when attempting bird photography?
I edited to remove the 404 link. That piece needed a rewrite, and I took it down for now while editing up the blog over the weekend. I think the answer here stands without it fine.
Apr
23
comment What is the best way to digitize old photographs for preservation?
thanks for finding that!
Apr
23
comment What is the best way to digitize old photographs for preservation?
now that's weird. a whole hunk of that comment disappeared after I saved it. I'll have to edit it again.
Apr
15
comment Sigma 150-500 f/5-6.3 vs Sigma 50-500 f/4-6.3 for birds in flight?
You do lose some sharpness using a teleconverter, but the 300+1.4x combo is sharper than the 100-400 at 400mm, which isn't uncommon with a prime len. The effective result of that combo is about 430mm at F5.6, which is a nice lens, plus you have the 300 if you take it off. the 100-400 is a more flexible combo with a wider range. Like any zoom it softens at the extended range, but it's still quite a good lens. I only retired/sold mine after buying a 70-200 F2.8 that overlaps range with it significantly.
Feb
15
comment Where can I find advice on using an advanced AF system for wildlife and bird photography?
also, a great article on focus modes and customization on the 7d is here: jefflynchdev.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/…
Feb
15
comment Where can I find advice on using an advanced AF system for wildlife and bird photography?
another suggestion: get focus off of the shutter and onto another button (aka "back button focus"), so you can control focus separately from taking the picture. With a bit of practice it becomes second nature to push both buttons when you want tracking of a subject during the shot, but to get the focus locked in and then be able to turn off tracking makes a huge difference at times. see this piece on DPS for info on this, once you get some time working with back button focus, you'll never go back. bit.ly/wpodgl
Feb
12
comment Can you recommend a long cross body strap?
An update on this topic: Black Rapid was given a patent for the sling technology and has evidently let it be known they'll be defending it. Because of that, both the manufacturer of the Luma Loop and the CameraSlingers double camera system have cancelled their products. Luma has a new product that's just hitting the market called the Cinch. I just got a review copy while I'll blog about when I use it. Because of the patent issue, I no longer recommend the blackrapid products and I'm looking to retire mine as soon as I find an alternative.
Feb
7
comment Is there a 3rd-party Canon intervalometer which will drive both a 7D and a Rebel T3i?
So based on research and talking to various photographers, right now, it looks like the Promote is the "best practices" (and rather expensive) unit. I'm currently planning on buying the Phottix (listed above) which seems to have the functionality I want but at a lower price, knowing I might decide to upgrade at some point. It seems to be "good enough" for my needs for now, and should drive either body despite the incompatible plugs (oh, canon, standardize. seriously).
Feb
6
comment What's the best number of shots to combine to produce an HDR photo?
thanks, @Andrew Heath. Yeah, I dropped my flickr account. Those images aren't currently online, but I flagged this into my Todo file to figure out.
Feb
5
comment Is there a 3rd-party Canon intervalometer which will drive both a 7D and a Rebel T3i?
more research shows the Phottix to be another (and much less expensive) option: outdoorphotogear.com/store/…