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cmantx

cmantx

Lives in United States bastrop, United States
Joined on May 22, 2008

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On Man's best friend in the great outdoors challenge (5 comments in total)
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Windancer: Show me a photo of a cat in the great outdoors..... :-)

That's a people problem. My cat is strictly indoors now even though she was roaming around like a feral cat. I thought she was feral until I caught her in a trap. She responded immediately to me after I got her indoors. Someone had dumped her with no regard to the cat or the impact on the native wildlife.

She is strictly indoors now, and is just fine like this. She greets me when I come home and often follows me around the house just like the dogs I've had.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 13:12 UTC
On Cats & dogs challenge (4 comments in total)
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mike schm: It looks like The Cat People" were the winners in this challenge! Nine of the first ten places went to cats. Well all I can say, " Congratulations" to all who entered, dog biscuits are on me!

Cat's don't eat dog biscuits. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
On Emmabelle in the Cats & dogs challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. I especially like the lighting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 22:25 UTC as 2nd comment
On Young Blue Jay Enjoying The Sprinkler in the Bath Time! (Nature) challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks Ed I'm glad you liked it.

Maybe they thought using the sprinkler"tainted" it. Which is fair enough, if that's the case. There's not much naturally occurring running water where I'm at, so the sprinkler or birdbath are the choices.

I had a hummingbird shot in the rain, but the light was bad making the shot rather flat looking, and you couldn't see rain/water drops in the shot. One of those is in my gallery.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 15:20 UTC as 1st comment
On European otter in the The Sense of Taste (Nature) challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice capture and composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 19:34 UTC as 1st comment
On baitng honey bees in the The Sense of Taste (Nature) challenge (9 comments in total)

Great shot what flash did you use?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 19:32 UTC as 2nd comment
On baitng honey bees in the The Sense of Taste (Nature) challenge (9 comments in total)
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Lanidrac: Wow!!! This shot made think macro can be good on a 7D. Now to find out what that MP-E 65 lens is...

Great shot.

tbcass
I think that is true though if money isn't an object a person couldn't do better than the MP-65 along with the Canon dual flash unit attached. If you could adapt another brand camera to that lens and flash you would do as well as with a Canon camera. It's the lens and the flash unit that is special.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
On Sweet Nectar in the The Sense of Taste (Nature) challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank You for the kind words, Ruth. That's a very true observation about what the camera and lens can capture that we never noticed with the naked eye.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 18:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Nazca Booby Portrait in the Birds, Birds, Birds! challenge (14 comments in total)

Great Capture, you can't help but smile at this bird.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 21:40 UTC as 1st comment

Perfect BIF capture.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 21:38 UTC as 1st comment
On Alaska Owl-1 in the Feathers challenge (1 comment in total)

Very nice. I love how you zeroed in on the Owl's eyes.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 18:39 UTC as 1st comment
On bubble blower in the Bubbles in Nature challenge (10 comments in total)

Great Capture! 1st and 2nd place is quite an accomplishment.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 04:54 UTC as 6th comment
On Animal Homes In Nature challenge (1 comment in total)

Please be aware that in the case of birds nesting you run the possibility of either driving off the parents or tipping off the nest to predators. I prefer to get shots of parents feeding the babies after they have fledged. They do this for quite some time until they gradually wean them.

When it comes to photographing wildlife "First do no Harm".

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 14:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (517 comments in total)
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cheetah43: What a hideous piece of a camera! Apart from that, with all the round bodywork how does it stay secure being held? Sony, Sony!

I don't get this comment about the grip on this camera. I can grip this camera without any problem and it feels very secure in my hands. I haven't even put the strap on yet, and only use it with a large zoom, Tamron 150-600 lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 04:34 UTC
On Symbionic Relationship in the The Pollinators challenge (2 comments in total)

Thank you Ruth. The hummingbirds really go for cape honeysuckle.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 04:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Fully Loaded in the The Pollinators challenge (4 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, cmantx, on coming fourth in 'The Pollinators' challenge, with your attractive native bee just leaving the flower, with VERY loaded 'saddlebags' of pollen. Yet another example of the amazing ability of insects to achieve the almost impossible, in this instance, to carry such heavy and awkward loads while flying and manoeuvring around. Beautiful colours and action in the whole picture. Ruth :-)

Thank You Ruth. I remember how surprised I was when I reviewed the shots and saw just how much pollen this bee had on his legs.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 04:17 UTC
On Fully Loaded in the The Pollinators challenge (4 comments in total)
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PERCY2: I wonder how he manage to collect all these pollens, It's amazing
Congratulations Carmen. this was my personal favorite also for the Pollinators challenge

cheers :)

Thanks Percy I'm glad you like it.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 04:14 UTC
On Pinkaholic in the The Pollinators challenge (22 comments in total)

Great shot Percy. Amazing detail and I like how the frame is filled with the red from the flower.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC as 7th comment
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1252 comments in total)
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cmantx: It looks like Samsung put a lot of effort in this camera. The fly in the ointment would seem to be lack of lenses. For instance it has a weather sealed alloy body, 15 fps, and good low light performance. All those are good qualities for wildlife photography, but no lens above 300 mm. That is really limiting for bird photography. Is there an adapter? If not they better develop one soon, and it has to not degrade IQ or limit features if they hope to capture photographers that want a camera that can do everything well. This should have been mentioned in the "Not Good For" section.

I'm specifically talking about birding lenses. I usually have to get a 3rd party lens like a Tamron or Sigma. I can't afford the Sony lenses. Birding lenses need to be focal lengths of 500mm +. That's with APC, FF 600 +.

Tamron and Sigma usually only make their lenses for Nikon, Canon, and often Sony. Pentax and Olympus have more of a Lens Legacy. Samsung is just starting out and needs to play catch-up. It seems that an adapter could really open it up for users of their cameras. Until they can develop more lenses.

I'ts just this one type of photography that would be impossible at this time. By almost all accounts this is an outstanding camera. My point is Samsung needs to develop an adapter so owners or prospective owners can use the impressive 15 FPS for bird photography.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 13:26 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (517 comments in total)
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TxDad25: We've been using the SLT A57 since early 2013. We use it primarily to take photos of my son's basketball games. While we're generally happy, it does have some minor issues. That said, I'm pretty heavily invested into a-type lenses.

I'm ready (I think) to move to something more current. I'm curious if it makes sense to upgrade to something like the A77II, or to divest myself of the a mounts and move on to mirrorless. If I should upgrade in the DSLR space, is the A77II a significant enough improvement on the A57 to justify the cost? I've also considered jumping to Nikon, though I'm not sure if I'd gain anything there.

All thoughts or opinions are appreciated.

I moved from A 57, and I really liked the A 57. I have really gotten my money's worth from it.

I shoot wildlife/birds, and was interested in the more sophisticated AF modes. It is more of a learning curve from the A 57. It's a slight improvement in Low light ISO. I like that I can up ISO in many more increments than I could with the A 57. FPS is a little faster. It's a better build IMO.
Of course it may depend on what type of photography you like, but for birds it's an improvement over the A 57. I think the A 77 II is a great value just as the A 57. Should you be bothered that the A 57 is a "Gold" and A 77 II a "Silver" I'd disregard that. The A 77 II is a step up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
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