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by chrish
September 14th, 2016, 4:40 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 15799

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Something about buying a $7K lens and putting a diopter in front of it seems a bit off in my book. I guess I could see putting an extension tube behind it but the magnification you will gain will be nomimal. These lenses aren't designed for close up work (although the 300 f/4 goes down to about 1:4 ...
by chrish
September 6th, 2016, 9:05 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question about resizing
Replies: 2
Views: 8719

Re: Question about resizing

I always think it is better to resize your photos in the size you want them before uploading. You can determine the actual settings and amount of compression you want as opposed to letting the photobucket computer do it for you.
by chrish
September 1st, 2016, 10:47 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lenses for Herping Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 19239

Re: Lenses for Herping Australia

Just adding another thought here. I know you said you want to keep the budget to $400 and that is OK, but you might want to think longer term. Are you going to make other trips in the future? If so, you should consider buying a lens now that will meet your needs now and in the future. I used to use ...
by chrish
August 31st, 2016, 7:58 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool
Replies: 5
Views: 12048

Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool

If you haven't logged into your ebird account recently, you should. Check out your Ebird Profile! Go to ebird, go to the My Ebird tab and then click the Your Profile link in the upper right hand corner. What pops up is your lifelist, etc. but also a clickable map of the world, showing how many speci...
by chrish
August 25th, 2016, 2:46 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Losing a species on your lifelist?
Replies: 6
Views: 11790

Re: Losing a species on your lifelist?

So they're taking away Golden-winged, but they want us to separate 13 species of Red Crossbills by looking at sonograms of their stupid flight calls? AOU can bite me. I'm going to form an Amish-style utopian society, except instead of freezing technology in the 18th century, I'm going to freeze tax...
by chrish
August 22nd, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?
Replies: 7
Views: 13647

Re: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?

If you are still using Avisys, I see someone has done the Clements 2016 update for it.

http://avisys.faintlake.com/

Use at your own discretion. The guy who started Avisys died last year and the software was pretty much left in limbo. This update was done by a user.
by chrish
August 22nd, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Losing a species on your lifelist?
Replies: 6
Views: 11790

Re: Losing a species on your lifelist?

So they're taking away Golden-winged, but they want us to separate 13 species of Red Crossbills by looking at sonograms of their stupid flight calls? AOU can bite me. I'm going to form an Amish-style utopian society, except instead of freezing technology in the 18th century, I'm going to freeze tax...
by chrish
August 21st, 2016, 10:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 34192

Re: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?

Porter, The problem with the two horned lizard shots is that they are underexposed, nothing more complicated. Here's how I can tell. Assuming the lizard was in bright sunlight (based on the sharp shadow), you can apply the sunny f/16 rule. There is a lot about this rule online if you aren't familiar...
by chrish
August 18th, 2016, 8:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 34192

Re: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?

Nothing insecure about making a conscience decision to overcome the urges veer off subject in self defense when the outcome can only result in embarrassing your opponent. Thank you so much for saving me that embarrassment. Could you do us all a favor though? Could you try to combine your rants and ...
by chrish
August 17th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 34192

Re: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?

Antonsrkn wrote:You should write a photography book.
:lol:

"How Kurt Cobain Taught me Everything I needed to Know About Photography"

Of course, no one would be able to read it because he is too insecure to write anything down and then leave it there to be held accountable.
by chrish
August 12th, 2016, 9:04 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Losing a species on your lifelist?
Replies: 6
Views: 11790

Losing a species on your lifelist?

As I complained recently, my lifelist jumped from 1998 to 2002 birds recently (actually today on Ebird) due to some recent taxonomic changes. But now it looks like many of us will be losing a bird. Recently published research shows that Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers are just color morphs of...
by chrish
August 5th, 2016, 5:14 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

1. The reason you can see your EXIF data and we can't is because you are logged in to your Flickr account. 2. The reason we can't see your EXIF data is because you have that setting disabled in Flickr. You have to go to your profile settings and unselect "Hide Your Exif Data". 3. The photos in quest...
by chrish
August 3rd, 2016, 9:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

One of the reasons we haven't been able to help you more specifically is because you are removing the EXIF data from your photos during processing/upload. We can't see what camera settings you are using. If you zoom in on the 2 gopher snakes shots, youll see that the darker one is sharper. I dont kn...
by chrish
August 1st, 2016, 7:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

Here's a one minute fix. Probably took less than a minute actually.

I'm not sure why you are having trouble with this if you have Photoshop. Adjusting the exposure and color balance is a very simple fix?

Image
by chrish
July 31st, 2016, 8:20 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

Dude... chrish... :) All my shots are purposely under exposed like that. I do it because it gives me a sharper image than the staying brighter. Actually, the way to capture the maximum amount of detail in an image is just the opposite. Because of some mathematical mumbo jumbo I neither understand n...
by chrish
July 31st, 2016, 7:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

To be fair to my last attempt, that was a very quick job using a program I never use. I pulled the photo up in lightroom instead (I stopped using photoshop a few years ago) and managed this is a few seconds of tweaking. It didn't need more contrast, just a bit more exposure and a tiny bit of white b...
by chrish
July 30th, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25606

Re: dark exposure help?

I just opened it up the lousy windows 10 photo editing app., increased the brightness and the contrast a bunch and tweaked the white balance (color balance) a bit. Total time invested = 30 seconds. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/99045551/porter_dunes_photo.jpg It isn't a great fix, but it is on...
by chrish
July 29th, 2016, 5:30 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16726

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

I think with modern DSLRs and the ability to shoot at ISO 400, 800, or even 1600 with impunity combined with the fact that you are using flash probably negates the benefit of IS in your particular case.

Of course, if your camera body had IS......oh wait, you shoot Canon. :lol:
by chrish
July 28th, 2016, 3:43 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22240

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Like, in heavily contested border areas? Yes, or places with military "issues" like oppressive military regimes and general distrust of the government or places with potential instability from putative insurgent factions. Indonesia used to be this way back in the early 80s. Military looking gear wa...
by chrish
July 24th, 2016, 8:21 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22240

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Khaki won't get you in trouble like Camo can.
by chrish
July 24th, 2016, 9:23 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22240

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Sweet mother of mercy, Brian, it's true, you've turned twitcher. You weren't lying. Next time I see you, it'll be a tweed jacket and a fake British accent. Real birders don't wear tweed. They wear loose fitting kakhi pants, long sleeve kakhi shirts over a bird-themed T-shirt, a khaki photographer's...
by chrish
July 24th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 28595

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

The other thing that will help (that I don't think has been mentioned yet) is a decent sound recorder with speaker(s) so you can lure those distant birds in with playback. Having a sound recorder to record a bird in the field is a great idea. I often carry mine and sometimes my shotgun microphone t...
by chrish
July 21st, 2016, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 3623

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

This comes as a surprise to me? Is miquihuana really smaller than pricei on average? I've seen a total of one wild one, but it didn't seem particularly smaller than the dozens of pricei I've seen? I would have included that photo here but unfortunately, I still can't figure out how to add images to ...
by chrish
July 19th, 2016, 9:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 9
Views: 3693

Re: Undescribed species

You might PM the user HERP.MX (see the post on Bone-tailed Vipers).

I know they have been doing some work with arboreal vipers in southern Mexico so might be familiar with your snake.
by chrish
July 19th, 2016, 8:47 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!
Replies: 10
Views: 14420

Re: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!

Here's the revised album in case you haven't looked at it since I had 30 birds in it...LOL https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157660869053412 That's an impressive collection for less than a year....but step away from the saturation slider! No Terns? That is an easy group to pick up...
by chrish
July 19th, 2016, 8:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22240

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

As for empid identification in general, I suspect they are often misidentified, even sometimes by the most skillful birders when no vocalization is given. Agreed. There are some empids, particularly south of the border, that are easy to ID but I doubt anyone who says they can correctly ID non-calli...
by chrish
July 15th, 2016, 8:47 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22240

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Those pictures are misleading. How am I supposed to estimate primary extensions from those drawings? I actually like empids, and I live in an area where they almost never call (during migration). And if you are really having trouble, buy an older field guide. Western and Traill's Flycatchers are eas...
by chrish
July 12th, 2016, 8:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!
Replies: 10
Views: 14420

Re: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!

Chris: Are all your birds photographed, or are some just sightings and sounds? I have photos of a lot of birds over the years, but that 2K number is my identifications in the field. I know I photographed 220 species in one calendar year a few years ago as part of a friendly competition with some ot...
by chrish
July 11th, 2016, 4:17 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: quick improvements on a cheap point-n-shoot?
Replies: 5
Views: 11514

Re: quick improvements on a cheap point-n-shoot?

Much better series of photos. You seem to be getting "your eye" for herp photography.
by chrish
July 8th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!
Replies: 10
Views: 14420

Re: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!

I wouldn't feel too bad about it... give it a few years. Science will knock it back down to 1998 :lol: Thanks. That's just what I was thinking. BTW - did anyone else notice that Phoebe Snetsinger was the Google title person a few weeks ago. It was on 6/9/16 on what would have been her 85th birthday...
by chrish
July 7th, 2016, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: next generation, frog-blood-suckers, calling frogs
Replies: 3
Views: 2389

Re: next generation, frog-blood-suckers, calling frogs

Cool post, great pics and videos. That bullfrog egg photo is simply awesome.
by chrish
July 7th, 2016, 9:03 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Crow or Raven?
Replies: 5
Views: 11216

Re: Crow or Raven?

Agreed, Common Ravens. That big bill is a give away here.

Another thing that helps is their calls. They really do sound different - http://birdnote.org/show/ravens-and-crows-who-who
by chrish
July 7th, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!
Replies: 10
Views: 14420

Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!

I have been hanging perilously close to the 2000 birds mark for a couple of years now. On my last trip to Australia I decided I was going to try and get over the hump but I spent too much time herping :) and not paying attention to my bird count. I ended up leaving Oz with a total of 1998 species on...
by chrish
June 30th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few photos from a recent NZ trip
Replies: 1
Views: 8700

A few photos from a recent NZ trip

I had to make a quick trip to New Zealand to visit family earlier this month. Not much birding scheduled but I did manage a few trips to some protected areas to see a few native birds. Most of New Zealand's native birds were wiped out due to introduced mammalian predators and most of the ones that a...
by chrish
June 30th, 2016, 5:48 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 28595

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

You can get used to whatever power you have available. I have a pair of Nikon Monarch 7x42s and 8x30s and an older pair of Nikon 10x40s. All three are good binocs (the Monarchs are excellent), but frankly I find that 9 times out of 10, I reach for the 8x30s when going out in the field. Yes, the 7x42...
by chrish
June 19th, 2016, 11:29 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 28595

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

Good lenses trump power every time. I would much rather buy a high quality 8x42 than a lesser 10x42.
by chrish
June 11th, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9779

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Wow Bill, great photos. One of the things I love about spadefeet (spadefoots?) is the effort they put into their calls. It really looks like they are trying hard - Couch's - http://m1.i.pbase.com/o9/15/915115/1/155618631.5jTl2bE4.DSC07832.jpg Hurter's - http://m3.i.pbase.com/o9/15/915115/1/154818763...
by chrish
May 31st, 2016, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?
Replies: 14
Views: 6294

Re: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?

Kory (et al),

Do we know how many non-AHS members attended (i.e. how many people NAFHA brought in)?

Sorry I missed it.
by chrish
May 31st, 2016, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Tragic Story of Bothriechis rowleyi
Replies: 1
Views: 1897

Re: The Tragic Story of Bothriechis rowleyi

Wow. That habitat shot really shows the pressure those things are under. If that's what the remant habitats look like, it sounds like this species doesn't have much chance. :( I know the cloud forests of Chiapas were in trouble back in the late 80s when I visited there. I can't imagine how bad it is...
by chrish
May 30th, 2016, 10:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 5209

Re: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, e

I think the book dthor68 is referring to is Tennant's original Snakes of Texas book (from 1984). It is pretty good although some of the information is outdated (and was inaccurate back in 84 when it first came out). The Werler & Dixon book ( Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural Hi...
by chrish
May 30th, 2016, 3:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: The Fight for 500... (5/28/16 - FINISHED)
Replies: 29
Views: 28353

Re: The Fight for 500... (5/28/16 - FINISHED)

Congrats indeed.
600 is a lot further from 500 than 500 is from 400.
by chrish
May 24th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos
Replies: 3
Views: 28615

Re: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos

Sorry, I didn't see your reply here until today. What to buy for $100 really depends on what your long term goals are. If you think you will eventually be looking at buying a microphone, you might want to look at something like the Tascam DR-05. I don't have any experience with it to report though. ...
by chrish
May 23rd, 2016, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 9260

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

Actually, I got all distracted by the Eryx and other cool snakes and overlooked the most amazing thing you photographed!

What the heck is this thing? An odonate? A weird moth?

Image
by chrish
May 22nd, 2016, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida
Replies: 16
Views: 8986

Re: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida

I'm bothered otherwise responsible biologists fan the flames of public paranoia in the absence of data. The better answer to the question "Are there wild nile crocs in the Everglades?" should have been "We don't have any real evidence to suggest it. This might have been just an isolated instance. Ob...
by chrish
May 22nd, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander
Replies: 8
Views: 5930

Re: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander

That's a neat looking salamander. Looks a bit like Ixalotriton? I wonder how they are related.

Did you find these near Montebellos? I thought that had been deforested. Glad to know some stuff wasn't wiped out.
by chrish
May 20th, 2016, 4:52 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers
Replies: 10
Views: 16015

Re: Question to do with Multiple Flashes and Diffusers

Jeremy, These are looking really nice. Nice even shadowless lighting without it being distracting. What setup did you finally end up with? The first three are a little overexposed on my monitor. You might try bringing those down a 1/4 stop or so in photoshop? I have to do this with shots from my dif...
by chrish
May 20th, 2016, 4:48 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review: Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L
Replies: 4
Views: 12469

Re: Review: Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L

Thanks Jeremy. I will add this to the review links page.

Chris
by chrish
May 18th, 2016, 10:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The RAREST RATTLESNAKE in the World
Replies: 2
Views: 3060

Re: The RAREST RATTLESNAKE in the World

Unfortunately, the “post-find” celebration was short lived when the team was subsequently assaulted by a massive hailstorm, disoriented by thick fog, crippled by elevation sickness, and a boulder was knocked loose by a team member which barreled 30-40 meters downhill to strike Rob’s hand and then s...
by chrish
May 18th, 2016, 10:43 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 27993

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

That unit does look interesting although I'm curious about the looping. How much video can you record with the max sized card (32Gb) before it begins to overwrite the beginning? From what I can read online, estimates for 32Gb of video at 1080p (30fps) range from 20 minutes to about 4 hours depending...
by chrish
May 11th, 2016, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?
Replies: 14
Views: 6294

Re: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?

The meeting was great. Severe storms created waterfalls (my video doesn't seem to want to show up here) on the mountain and some flash floods which limited herping but we didn't let that stop us. When I write my full report on the meeting I'll go into that more but since immediately after the meeti...