bhollis

bhollis

Lives in United States Juneau, AK, United States
Works as a Retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer
Joined on Apr 30, 2004
About me:

Been involved in photography, in one form or another, since the late 1960s.

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  • I think you're misunderstanding. When you lock focus on a given subject, the lens maintains focus on a plane which is your subject's distance from the camera.  Anything lying within that plane of ...
  • I'd strongly recommend you turn off automatic focus point selection.  If you plan to use the center point, then you'll need to select it. Not sure what camera you have, or how good the outer focus ...
  • Don't know that it's "life changing," but I do prefer using BBF. Think of it this way: Using BBF separates focusing and exposure.  Once use you lock focus with BBF, the focus remains unchanged ...
  • Thanks.  The bear pics really illustrate how much reach is really needed for wildlife.  The two bear pics were both shot at 560mm, fairly heavily cropped, and the bears still don't come close to ...
  • Thanks.  Yes, my 100-400 II is much better with the 1.4x TC than my original 100-400 was.
  • I live in Juneau, AK, and my primary setup for wildlife and long-distance landscapes is my 5D3 and 100-400L + 1.4x TC.  For wider landscapes, I use either my 24-70 f/2.8L II or my 16-35 f/4L IS. If ...
  • The 5D3 is certainly better at tracking in AI Servo, and the 5D3's outer points are definitely more accurate.  None of this should be surprising given the significantly higher cost of the 5D3. As ...
  • First, for events/candids, I'd recommend you consider using AI Servo rather than one-shot. The reason? People move, and AI Servo is much better suited to grabbing focus on moving subjects. FWIW, I ...
  • Hmm. Either someone at Canon NJ Repair is not smart, or they've got something else in mind. Either they don't get it, or they get it better than anyone understands. It's one or the other. There's ...
  • Replied in 5DSR or 5D IV
    I expect we'll have a pretty good idea on the specs of the 5DIV within the next couple of months. Unless you have some pressing need to buy now, I'd wait and see how the 5DIV shapes up, then make ...
  • Replied in New canon SLR
    There's no certainty at this point, but IMO, it's very likely we'll see a successor to the 5D3 in late 2016.  And given the sensors Canon put in the 1DX II and 80D, I thinks it's a virtual ...
  • Yep, reality does have a way of sometimes frustrating our artistic intentions.  And as for physical limitations, at 63 year of age, I can relate. No worries, though; it's a great shot as is.
  • I assume you're talking about low-ISO DR.  I haven't seen any head-to-head testing, but although the low-ISO DR of the 1DX II appears to be substantially improved over that of the 1DX, I'd be ...
  • First, I think this is a beautiful shot.  Love the lighting and, of course, the subject matter.  But . . . Since you asked for C&C, I'd say I'm not altogether taken with the framing. The right side ...
  • All good info, particularly the tip about watching the birds when the whales are bubble feeding. Unfortunately, birds won't be of much help when it comes to breaching. The good news, though, is ...
  • Replied in Focus Issues
    Different folks may have different techniques.  For myself, when I'm shooting a stationary object, I usually tap the back button once or twice to acquire focus, but I don't hold the button down ...
  • Thanks.
  • Thanks. I also recently upgraded my 100-400L to the II.  Great lens. (FWIW, all the shots I posted were taken with the original version.) I may get an ultra high resolution camera eventually. ...
  • Replied in Focus Issues
    Just wanted to expand a little more on focus issues. For the most part, focus isn't much of a problem. You'll see a whale moving slowly on the surface. Actually, what you'll see is the whale's ...
  • I live in Juneau, Alaska, and have shot a fair amount of wildlife in SE Alaska, including whales. First, IMO, 100mm is not nearly long enough. I recommend at least 400mm or more. If you're serious, ...
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