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by chrish
June 24th, 2010, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One Week to Collect Data for Contest! Expanded Leaderboard!
Replies: 22
Views: 5317

Re: One Week to Collect Data for Contest! Expanded Leaderbo

I noticed I entered a new species, is there a way to find out what it was? Josh http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=47234 That is the record that got you that point. There are two other records for the species, but they were created after your record was. I hate to question but there are thre...
by chrish
June 24th, 2010, 7:49 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Getting GPS coordinates from Google Earth
Replies: 13
Views: 5070

Re: Getting GPS coordinates from Google Earth

Isnt there a way to center the map to where your cursor is so that when you move the mouse, or bump it while you are copying down the coords (which I do all the time) the coords do not change? I simply click onto the other window. I think if you move the cursor off the map it gives the coordinates ...
by chrish
June 24th, 2010, 2:14 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Bermuda Mudsnakes, Chinese Rattlers, Kansas barrier Islands
Replies: 18
Views: 4735

Re: Bermuda Mudsnakes, Chinese Rattlers, Kansas barrier Isla

chrish - do you check any other way than just a visual inspection of where your data falls on the map? I only have a few hundred records in there right now so it isn't too hard to eyeball. I'm really not looking for things a few miles off, I'm looking for obvious things. I guess I could go in and l...
by chrish
June 24th, 2010, 2:00 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: How do you organize your photos?
Replies: 17
Views: 4628

Re: How do you organize your photos?

I use the keywording capabilities of Adobe Lightroom to keep my photos organized. I keep them in folders based on place and date (so I have a folder called "Yucatan Peninsula 2010-05"). I have those grouped by locality (so that folder is under my Mexico folder). When I import the photo into lightroo...
by chrish
June 23rd, 2010, 9:16 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Getting GPS coordinates from Google Earth
Replies: 13
Views: 5070

Re: Getting GPS coordinates from Google Earth

My easiest solution to date is to get centered on the spot on Google earth and open NA Herp in a browser window that is slightly smaller than the google earth screen so that I can see the google earth data from underneath the bottom of the browser window. If you have a large widescreen monitor, just...
by chrish
June 23rd, 2010, 9:12 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Bermuda Mudsnakes, Chinese Rattlers, Kansas barrier Islands
Replies: 18
Views: 4735

Bermuda Mudsnakes, Chinese Rattlers, Kansas barrier Islands

I downloaded my NAHerp data in the KMZ format today just to check for errors. Sometimes it helps to see it on a map. What did I find? - a mudsnake found in a log about 150 SE of Hamilton, Bermuda (it did say the log was partially submerged!) - a DOR Western Diamondback and a Great Plains Rat found c...
by chrish
June 22nd, 2010, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?
Replies: 20
Views: 5500

Re: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?

Big Bend Geckos have eluded me on the few occasions I have tried to look for them. I haven't tried too hard, but I have herped in their range. Several Ranid frogs have managed to evade me over the years: Wood Frog Gopher Frog Crawfish Frog Pickerel Frog Probably my biggest "whiff" so far has been my...
by chrish
June 22nd, 2010, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 26566

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Mexican Hognose Snakes aren't rare. They can be quite common under the right conditions and reasonably easy to find. Not as easy as Western Hogs, but still not "rare". Here's a species that rarely gets posted due to its limited range. It isn't rare in its small range, but its range is small - Brazos...
by chrish
June 22nd, 2010, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Neelaps, WA burrowers
Replies: 11
Views: 3084

Re: Neelaps, WA burrowers

Cool snakes - neat shots.
by chrish
June 22nd, 2010, 2:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hiking Boots/Shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 7257

Re: Hiking Boots/Shoes

I've researched some, but I'm hesitant to spring for a $100 pair of shoes without getting some good advice from some seasoned vets. :) I wont pay more than $100 for ANY shoe period. Thats my range. Thanks Brandon I used to feel the same way. I only bought hiking boots that were in this range (altho...
by chrish
June 22nd, 2010, 9:48 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Newbie Question
Replies: 10
Views: 4021

Re: Newbie Question

There is no easy answer to this question. There are a lot of things that go into making a good herp photo and there is no recipe for success. Make sure you understand the principles of exposure and what the purpose of the iris (f/stop) and shutter speed are. Once you understand that you will have a ...
by chrish
June 18th, 2010, 12:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod
Replies: 8
Views: 3105

Re: Tripod

I thought about the bean bag. I think I'm gonna check out that low one that Chris is talking about too. I want to raise the quality of my pictures, but without lugging too much around. I'll check all your suggestions before I make any decisions. Thanks guys. Really Right Stuff make an interesting l...
by chrish
June 17th, 2010, 6:55 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod
Replies: 8
Views: 3105

Re: Tripod

You get what you pay for with tripods. A $35 tripod will work, but you will never be happy with it. I would take a serious look at Adorama's Flashpoint carbon fiber tripods. A friend of mine bought one of these and I was surprised at the quality of this tripod. It was pretty much as good as my CF tr...
by chrish
June 17th, 2010, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great trip to the Trans Pecos!
Replies: 20
Views: 5823

Re: Great trip to the Trans Pecos!

Sounds like a cool trip. Even though I lived in San Angelo for 3 years, I never did see (or really try to see) a Concho Watersnake. :oops: Guess I have to drive out there and punch that one off the list. I like the in situ photo of that critter. Great find. Your lifer Tantilla hobartsmithi looks lik...
by chrish
June 17th, 2010, 12:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Your worst piece of camera gear
Replies: 9
Views: 3855

Re: Your worst piece of camera gear

Wow, I have some contenders for biggest waste of money: Sigma - 180 APO F5.6 Macro - bought this to have a longer macro 10+ years ago. It won't autofocus in anything but the brightest light, it isn't as sharp as a macro should be and mine has some fungus issues (it appears). Tokina AT-X AF 24-200 F3...
by chrish
June 16th, 2010, 10:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: I need a new camera
Replies: 5
Views: 2927

Re: I need a new camera

The best advice I can give is go to a retailer and handle as many of these as you can. The "feel" of the camera and position of the settings you will use are important. Remember, you are buying into a system. Evaluate what that system offers and which of those things you might need in the future. Ho...
by chrish
June 16th, 2010, 12:48 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 315524

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Curtis,

Cool lifer. Procellariform lifers always trump passerines!

Chris
by chrish
June 15th, 2010, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I GET TO GOTO TEXAS THURSDAY-MONDAY WHAT>>>
Replies: 4
Views: 1687

Re: I GET TO GOTO TEXAS THURSDAY-MONDAY WHAT>>>

I hope by going to Texas it isn't somewhere like Dalhart! :lol:
Texas is a really big state.

Actually Dalhart wouldn't be bad, you just wouldn't see many "Texas" herps. You would have to drive 7-8 hours south from there.
by chrish
June 15th, 2010, 6:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How to Photograph Snakes at Night?
Replies: 8
Views: 4938

Re: How to Photograph Snakes at Night?

I shoot photos at night all the time with wireless handheld flash (powered by the popup flash). I don't generally have a problem and I don't manually tweak my flash at all. I leave it totally on Auto/Wireless fill-flash mode. At ISO 400 you should have plenty of light. In fact, I rarely need more th...
by chrish
June 15th, 2010, 5:49 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Animals in water?
Replies: 6
Views: 3303

Re: Animals in water?

I think a polarizing filter is the obvious answer. You can buy adapters that will allow you to put a small polarizer on many point&shoot lenses. It depends on how small your lens is.

There are times that it is almost impossible to avoid the reflective glare. Bright overcast days are the worst.
by chrish
June 15th, 2010, 5:46 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Any Nikon Users using lightroom?
Replies: 9
Views: 11415

Re: Any Nikon Users using lightroom?

I don't do Nikon, but I have had similar problems with Sony RAW in lightroom. I tried a few user profiles I found online but never found one I really liked. I think the issue is that no two people's monitors or tastes are exactly alike and finding a profile that matches what you want is mostly trial...
by chrish
June 14th, 2010, 6:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photo Hosting Site questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3224

Re: Photo Hosting Site questions

I used photobucket for years until I found out their "free-for-all" rights policy (i.e. anyone can steal your photos at any time). I had a Pro account there. Pbase is really the standard used by many professionals. I have been using it about a year now and couldn't be happier. The thing I like the m...
by chrish
June 14th, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some NM inspiration
Replies: 7
Views: 2767

Re: Some NM inspiration

That dripping springs fire shot is still one of the best Landscape shots FHF has ever hosted.

You could make some money with that shot.
by chrish
June 12th, 2010, 12:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!
Replies: 122
Views: 31289

Re: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!

bgorum, your NM atrox shot is a standout so far. Simply a beautiful photo. I don't know if this is my single best rattlesnake shot, but this is one of my favorites because it is uncropped and totally in situ. The snake was basking on a quiet south Texas dirt road so I layed in front of it with a 300...
by chrish
June 11th, 2010, 8:09 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 315524

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Botteri's Sparrow - not a lifer, but my first ABA record for the species.

Image
by chrish
June 9th, 2010, 5:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: panorama help (ChrisH, I need your help)
Replies: 7
Views: 3531

Re: panorama help (ChrisH, I need your help)

Actually, when I started playing with this photo, I realized there is a better approach. When I tried applying a levels gradient mask: - Create a new Levels Adjustment Layer - Lighten the adjustment layer to bring up the foreground to an accepatble level - Click the gradient tool on the toolbar (on ...
by chrish
June 9th, 2010, 11:24 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Dust bunnies. We all get 'em....
Replies: 7
Views: 3423

Re: Dust bunnies. We all get 'em....

I recently did some reading online and found a source that said Sony used isopropyl to clean sensors in their facilities. I used to use Eclipse solution but used isopropyl last time with no adverse effect. I have had a "self-cleaning" sensor for years and it gets dirty as well, just not as often as ...
by chrish
June 9th, 2010, 11:18 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash won't sync
Replies: 5
Views: 3502

Re: Flash won't sync

I used to have some aftermarket flashes for my minolta gear. While they were nice, they never seemed to work as well as camera brand stuff. I would go for the 42. I think you might be happier in the long run.
by chrish
June 9th, 2010, 10:54 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question about 1:1
Replies: 3
Views: 2434

Re: Question about 1:1

No, 1:1 is the total magnification. Different focal length lenses produce the same magnifications at different distances. The reason the distances aren't exactly double is because the total magnification is dependent on the amount of extension the lens provides and the internal elements of the lens ...
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Iraan In crockett county?
Replies: 6
Views: 2912

Re: Iraan In crockett county?

I haven't found coachwhips in Iraan, but I have found them out near there. They tend to be brownish with reddish heads. Some end up with prominent cross-banding as adults.

Those cuts east of Iraan are fun to hunt, of course that is illegal now. :(

Chris
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 7:11 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What about an Archival Section?
Replies: 42
Views: 18041

Re: Whab about an Archival Section?

Sorry to do this but....bump.

I wanted to get some more feedback before this post got buried behind hundreds of revisited posts.
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 10:50 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Herping bycatch
Replies: 2
Views: 1953

Herping bycatch

Did some herping the other night to fill in some gaps in the NAherp.com database. Found this guy on a fencepost along the way. I screwed up the flash and exposures (one shot had good focus but underexposed, one shot OOF with good exposure) :( Anyway, here's what I could salvage. I had to bring up th...
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 10:46 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Dryocopus pileatus in the Crystal Basin?
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Re: Dryocopus pileatus in the Crystal Basin?

If you go to the data on Ebird.org, you can see that there are a lot of records for the Sierras down to central CA. I was surprised, I never thought of Pileateds as a western species??

Chris
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photo Tips idea?
Replies: 2
Views: 1949

Photo Tips idea?

Since we are starting with a clean slate, what do you think about creating a special category of posts called photo tips? If someone has a herp photographic tip, they could title the post "PHOTO TIP - Diffusing Light" and give a quick explanation/tutorial with examples. We have had this stuff on her...
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 10:37 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What about an Archival Section?
Replies: 42
Views: 18041

What about an Archival Section?

Scott, et al, What does everyone think about creating a historical archives section/link where people could post summary posts of "important" FHF posts that were lost. I'm not sure we want to see all the thousands of posts reborn, but if people could summarize/group their posts in a sensible but mea...
by chrish
June 8th, 2010, 10:21 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash won't sync
Replies: 5
Views: 3502

Re: Flash won't sync

Jim, A couple of things to check. Make sure the camera is set to Fill-flash and ADI flash control. Make sure the flash is set to fill flash (not wireless). Actually, you could check the flash itself by trying it in wireless mode. If it works in that mode, you know the flash itself is functioning. Al...