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01-19-2009, 10:09 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
I'd like to actually see his results before I go that far!
You name it, hes got it. His bird portfolio is quite spectacular


This one taken with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, on a Eos Rebel :











But he has lots of other stuff :











This is all from the same link I provided in my previous post :
Wildlife Photo Gallery by Greg Lavaty at pbase.com



And here are three handheld shots, by Robert N. Clark :








His articles on digital photography is also worth a visit, though fairly technical.

He is also big on astrophotography
ClarkVision Photograph - Ndutu Star Trails

ClarkVision Photograph - The Sword of Orion and the M42 Nebula, from Denver

This is generally the stuff that I pay more attention too. A guy who knows the theory to the smallest detail, but can actually take pictures too :

ClarkVision Photograph - Lion Cubs Play Fighting #8911

ClarkVision Photograph - Stare Into My Eyes: Lion Cub Love

ClarkVision Photograph - Tip of the Hippo

ClarkVision Photograph - Serval Cat #1688

ClarkVision Photograph - Lion cub with Zebra-Tail Toy #0415


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01-19-2009, 10:40 PM   #77
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonson PL Quote
You name it, hes got it. His bird portfolio is quite spectacular

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I saw his galleries etc. I was joking about the photos he was taking in the poses posted above. I recognized who he was when I saw the book, Clark, R.N., Visual Astronomy of the Deep Sky, Cambridge University Press and Sky Publishing, 355 pages, Cambridge, 1990.
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I saw his galleries etc. I was joking about the photos he was taking in the poses posted above. I recognized who he was when I saw the book, Clark, R.N., Visual Astronomy of the Deep Sky, Cambridge University Press and Sky Publishing, 355 pages, Cambridge, 1990.
Sorry, I misunderstod.

When I see pictures like those from R. Clark, it is both a blessing and a letdown. You know one will never be able to duplicate, but still one is in awe. I wish I understood it better, a lot of his explanations are lost on me.

But I really like the enthusiasm from both him and Greg, this can be alike for both us amateurs and the Pros. And I think it is cool, how it is high res. samples on the Clark site. Caring more about showing his work and helping/inspiring others. Such a joy to see that kind of work.
I have little hands-on experience; still a poor student. But nothing wrong with dreaming, about the kit one would like to have
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I have the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 and struggle getting decent hand-held pictures - just a bit too much weight for me. Using it on a monopod, however, is easy and I don't find a tripod necessary.

That said, it's a FF lens. Having a 500/4.5 for the APC format should make for a smaller lighter lens and would be something I'd be interested in. Going back down to 400mm would be tricky for me as the lens can never be long enough with most wildlife.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonson PL Quote
You name it, hes got it. His bird portfolio is quite spectacular

This one taken with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, on a Eos Rebel
I thought the consensus here was that a 400/5.6 was too slow to do decent photography.
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switching to the f4 camp

I find myself sometimes struggling at 800 iso @ 1/250 to have f8 which puts me close to the wall where my only options asides from going to 1600 iso [no way] is to (1) open up to f5.6 to get to 1/500 or if light starts to disappear then open to f5.6 and stay at 1/250 [leaving me no hope for freezing action]

i was in the camp for "give me a 400mm, 500mm, 600mm at f5.6 b/c I want to save $$" but after more field testing, i find myself wanting f4 more and more; weight and $$ aside, which means saving $$ to buy the f4 lens and bigger tripod and please one day AF

now I am working with the SMC 500mm f4.5 and learning to work with such a heavy setup and at MF speed

Yes, I would also take AF & f5.6 over MF & f4, the AF would help my capture window and focus accuracy
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That said, it's a FF lens. Having a 500/4.5 for the APC format should make for a smaller lighter lens and would be something I'd be interested in. Going back down to 400mm would be tricky for me as the lens can never be long enough with most wildlife.
It wouldn't be any smaller, at all.
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I thought the consensus here was that a 400/5.6 was too slow to do decent photography.
The speed is a limitation, but the A 400mm f5.6 is a very good lens.

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since we are talking big lens dreams; anyone have photos of wildlife taken with any big lenses and please note the lans and approx. distance from subject other metadata
I can recommend the BBC wildlife competition portfolios. They include some shooting condition information; lens and camera used, f-stop, aperture, etc.

Here is one link, to the newest :
http://www.amazon.com/Wildlife-Photographer-Year-Portfolio-18/dp/1846075815/...2515212&sr=8-2


The great Pro photographer Andy Rouse, has together with Lonely Planet, published the book
"Wildlife Photography (How to)"
http://www.amazon.com/Wildlife-Photography-How-Richard-IAnson/dp/1740599004/...2515283&sr=1-3
I haven't bought this book, but one of his others that I liked.
He was also shooting with the Pentax 645 Medium Format

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