some recent shooting

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  1. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    cold, snowing, raining here today, so I spent hours catching up with my editing.. here are a few, but lots more on the website .... in here

    http://www.pbase.com/raymondjbarlow/recent_photos

    here is a buddy of mine.. we call him Lat... great guy, awesome photog.. here is his website... http://www.latcorreaphotography.com/

    he is like me, in it for the fun.

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    These are a bunch of shots from the last 2 weeks since we came back from Florida.. some from the lift bridge canal, some from from a meet with my friends Eric, and Peter, some from LaSalle Marina, and a couple from Bronte Creek.

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    these are 10 of 32 new images posted... now, back to the editing!!
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    You know, the thing that really blows my mind about your images is how crystal clear they are compared to most of the other bird/wildlife images posted here.

    Your images are sharp. You freeze action, no sloppy camera shake or subject blur from slow optics and low ISO's, everything is tight. If you can't avoid that, you create excellent pans or take advantage of it otherwise.

    Your DOF is even and natural, it's believable with now chromatic aberration or color fringing like what too many people on here get with their 70-300mm's wide open.

    I'm not joking or being sarcastic when I say that you have created the absolute best bird photographs that I have ever seen on this website, technically and compositionally.
     
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    Can't say much more than Sw1tchFX, other than whenever anyone asks about bird photography I send them to your site.
     
  4. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, Sw1tchFX is saying what all of us are thinking, Raymond, but then the 7000 Dollars you invested in your lens must pay off SOMEHOW, now must they not? My 139-Euro lens just CAN NOT bring out photos of this quality. And while we keep saying that it is the photographer behind the camera and not the equipment that takes the photos (which I still claim to be true!), at some point it ALSO, and IN ADDITION to the photographer's skill, is the equipment that helps take these utterly brilliant, sharp photos that you take.
     
  5. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    thanks everyone., your comments are very kind., this lens is awesome, a work of art on its own., it never leaves my side., the d200 camera works well with it too.

    The equipment is very helpful.. but it is like golf.. I could go out and spend 10,000$ on a set of golf clubs, but if I don't know how to use them, I am not a golfer.

    Wildlife photography is a difficult thing to learn, and do., I am very lucky to have extra time, and a devoted wife to allow me to pursue this hobby. It is great fun, and I always say, the best part o it is sharing these images with everyone.

    To do all this, you need 1.. the right equipment., 2 get in the right position, 3 the right camera settings, shutter, aperture, iso, and focusing.. then 3 ... execute.. getting the shot at the right time, right angle, still camera, focused etc., then finally, and just as important... post processing.. this is as important as anything I do.

    One thing I do that most other wildlife photogs I see don't do, is stay with a subject, and work it as much as possible. I have gone out to shoot a specific bird, and spent hours on one bird.. 50-150 frames, easily. Some days, I will be in one area, and fire 750 frames.

    I do not just sit there and hold the button down, and shoot massive quantities of shots.. I pick my frame, and fire.

    Also, my best learning tool is forums.. TPF is my first forum I have joined, and I now belong to 8 forums.. Canoncans images of owls 2 years ago got me started, and I have learned so much from him and Airic over the last 2 years.

    ok, enough rambling.. sorry!

    take care!
     
  6. JTHphoto

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    just awesome ray... you really are masterful at your craft... i'm glad you continue to share them with us! makes me wish i had more time to spend out in the field, but i'm living vicariously through these threads of yours!

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  7. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    thanks JTH.. cool Jeep!

    I used to have a 46 willys.. a long time ago., just for fun.
     
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    i just cant think of anything else to say and then i see yet another thread with pics you made.
    All of them are just awesome, they really are :)
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    as always .. outstanding!

    9 has slight sharpening halos, doesn't it?
     
  10. Raymond J Barlow

    Raymond J Barlow TPF Noob!

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    thanks Daan!

    thanks Alex.. and you are right.. I just did a re-edit on that one.
     
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    The more I see your photos, the more I get seduced by them. I copy them on to my system and look at them for hours and get the feeling. Thank you so much for sharing them.
     
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    it took me a minute to realize that you were referring to my avatar... i was trying to remember the last time I posted a photo of my wrangler...

    my grandfather still has his willys... i love that thing. They use this image on road signs around here to indicate that back roads/trails are not maintained and recommend a 4x4 for safe passage...
     

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