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    I struggled a bit with what to post in the March contest. I really wanted to include this one:

    537A1953 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    A bit abstract, but I like it.

    Here is also another "current" shot from my walk along the South Bank in London trying to walk off the jet lag.

    537A6695 by kayaker72, on Flickr

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    From the recent eclipse, taken in Newport, VT.

    "08Apr2024 Total Eclipse"

    EOS R3, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + 1.4xIII, 1/80 s - 1/8000 s, f/8, ISO 200, Baader ASTF 140 filter used except during totality

    "Prominences and Beads"

    EOS R3, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + 1.4xIII, 1/6400 s, f/8, ISO 200

    "Corona"

    EOS R3, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + 1.4xIII, 1/80 s, f/8, ISO 200

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    The central image of the composite is itself a merge of two exposures, one for the corona and the other for Baily’s beads. It occurs to me that while corona + Baily’s makes a nice image, Corona + Bailey’s would make a truly disgusting cocktail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuroanatomist View Post
    Corona + Bailey’s would make a truly disgusting cocktail.
    Maybe it's one of those things that sounds gross, but actually works. You'll have to let us know.
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    Post your best current shots



    This is violating all rules that govern the universe as I know them…

    What happens when beer and liquor are one??? And not one coming before the other???


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    A few of my other eclipse pictures. Taken outside of Austin, Texas (Spicewood).

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    This shot was taken shortly after the above and you can see how we were battling clouds right up until totality. Fortunately, we had a couple of clear moments during totality.

    537A7573 by kayaker72, on Flickr

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    537A7606 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    My other favorite of the day:
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    Thanks for viewing...Brant

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    A couple from a day trip to San Antonio Botanical gardens the Saturday before the eclipse:

    IMG_3281 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    IMG_3301 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    Thanks for viewing...Brant

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    Incoming Dog Pictures

    I just picked up a R6 II (since it went on sale), primarily to take better pictures of my dog... My 5DS autofocus can't even hope to keep up, and the ergonomics of my M6 II are less than ideal for this kind of thing. It felt like time to get a new camera. I'm using all adapted EF lenses for now.

    Took her out to play fetch in some dandelions yesterday, figured that would be a good first test. I need to fiddle with the AF settings, because my keep-rate was still not as high as I expected (expectations based likely on hype from optimistic youtubers). It may be that my EF 70-300L just can't keep up with a dog running at full speed towards the camera. I got some nice images, but there were plenty that missed autofocus. Still better than any of my other cameras, though.





    Nailed eye focus when she's sitting still.

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    Congrats on the new camera and great images!

    Yes tinker, but I will say, I’ve always struggled with animals running straight at you. Side to side is much better.


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    70-300L does pretty good keeping up with a running dog, even towards the camera but:

    Older cameras:

    Change from one-shot AF to Servo AF. By the time the shutter releases, the dog will have moved. You need focus tracking.

    Change the release from shutter to focus. This should be set for both the first shot, and subsequent shots. Shutter release takes the picture when you press the shutter, great for getting very specific timing, best if pre-focussed... not ideal for tracking a moving animal. Until this point, the camera has been tracking the moving dog, but not predicting it, and you'll get a blurry dog with a sharp tail. When you choose focus release, the camera will start predicting the motion, focussing slightly in front of the dog so that when the shutter opens the dog will be in focus. Note, this *can* cause a delay before the first shot of a burst is taken, as motion must be detected, predicted, and focus updated.


    Newer cameras (basing on my R7's manual... no actual running dog experience with this camera yet):

    Either, Enable Servo AF, or, change One-Shot release priority to Focus. As above. You don't seem to need to change Servo AF to focus release priority anymore. I guess that's because there's no delay with moving mirrors (or perhaps it's a limitation of the R7).


    All cameras:

    Your lens needs to move glass around much further to change focus near the camera, making it harder to maintain focus. Tracking when at 300mm will work far better than attempting to track at 70mm. Do not change zoom mid-burst. Focus tracking doesn't know what's going on if you're zooming out to keep the dog framed... the dog will maintain good framing longer at 300mm than at 70mm.
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