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by bgorum
June 1st, 2015, 9:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Camera Bag
Replies: 10
Views: 5551

Re: Camera Bag

Seems like bigger is better too. Not necessarily. If you're going to be carrying this thing for any length of time, (i.e. actually hiking with it), I'd suggest getting a backpack with an internal frame for anything more than just a body and and lens or two. Your back will appreciate it! F-stop bags...
by bgorum
May 29th, 2015, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oklahoma advice
Replies: 2
Views: 1322

Oklahoma advice

Hello all, I'm making plans for a last minute trip to northeastern Oklahoma next week. My plan is to leave tomorrow am, spend an afternoon, night, and morning at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, then continue on to the far northeast corner of the state where I have relatives. I haven'...
by bgorum
May 19th, 2015, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12775

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

Bill: Have you been noticing any changes in herp numbers with year to year differences in precipitation? Do you have a suggestion for changing lens in poor weather conditions (sand blowing in the wind, rain, etc)? I will have to check out your posts in the FHF Image Lab. There are certainly big dif...
by bgorum
May 18th, 2015, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12775

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

1. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I usually herp pretty close to home. Favorite locations include Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the Magdalena mountains, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, the volcanoes west of Albuquerque and a whole bunch of other places that only locals, (and...
by bgorum
May 18th, 2015, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake ID request
Replies: 5
Views: 2185

Re: Rattlesnake ID request

The snakes are Crotalus viridis and the location is clearly not in Virginia. But then again, when it comes to snakes for most of the public, accuracy is really not all that important.
by bgorum
May 13th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We've lost another great herpetologist
Replies: 8
Views: 3227

Re: We've lost another great herpetologist

This is sad news indeed. I was fortunate enough to spend time in the field with Charlie back in the 1990s. He was a great guy to have as a mentor of sorts. I learned a lot from him and he was an amazing field cook as well! He'll be missed!
by bgorum
April 29th, 2015, 10:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review: Fstoppers flash disc
Replies: 5
Views: 8500

Re: Review: Fstoppers flash disc

This looks pretty cool. Could a small twig be used to hold the diffuser open at the top? I like the way they fold up, just like the diffuser I use does. It would be interesting to see a shot of the stone turtle with no diffuser at all, just for a comparison. Also, I assume the inside back and sides ...
by bgorum
April 24th, 2015, 9:22 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!
Replies: 21
Views: 9486

Re: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!

This is what I use- http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=13125&hilit=gitzo+g1340. Somehow this review is not listed in the sticky at the top of this forum. I use it with a Kirk BH-1 ballhead. I use this for nearly every picture I take and can say I am 100% satisfied with its perf...
by bgorum
April 21st, 2015, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Gas-Payer
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: New Mexico Gas-Payer

Corona is an interesting area. Not real heavily herped because of all the private land. Lots of ranching, both cattle and sheep. Hopefully you'll have some access to some of the private ranches as part of your job. NM 247 is a pretty nice road cruising road for plains species. I'd predict you'll hav...
by bgorum
April 18th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My FIRST in situ photographs - POST YOURS
Replies: 33
Views: 9875

Re: My FIRST in situ photographs - POST YOURS

Congratulations! You've taken an important first step into a much more interesting and exciting way of herping. As far as critique goes, I'll pass on one technical piece of advice. Stohlgren's suggestion about shooting when it is cloudy is a good one, but often times you don't have that luxury. Deal...
by bgorum
April 15th, 2015, 7:16 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain
Replies: 9
Views: 4893

Re: Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain

Thanks again for the responses guys. I thought about a harness system and had read Chris' review of the Cotton Carrier. The issue for me with this one is that the cameras are exposed and potentially could end up getting smacked into rocks, (for an old guy, I actually scramble quite a bit), plus here...
by bgorum
April 14th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain
Replies: 9
Views: 4893

Re: Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain

Thanks for the responses guys. I'm leaning against the idea of a vest, just because I worry about the safety of the equipment. I had a Tamrac vest at one time and I remember it being pretty poorly padded. (I do end up biffing it at least one per year). The f-stop Kenti looks nice, but I still think ...
by bgorum
April 12th, 2015, 5:06 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain
Replies: 9
Views: 4893

Carrying small amount of gear over rough terrain

Hello fellow herp photographers. I just spent the day yesterday exploring an area looking for new dens and came to the realization that I need a compact, light weight camera outfit for doing this. My plan is to carry only a camera body, 24-85 vr, and 70-300 vr. I need both hands free, since I'll oft...
by bgorum
March 28th, 2015, 5:21 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: In light of my recent post...
Replies: 4
Views: 3197

Re: In light of my recent post...

Congratulations on the new set-up! As far as critique goes, I'm personally not a big fan of black backgrounds. If you could get the subject closer to the background you can get a little color/detail there and I think that would be an improvement. Of course that can be a double edged sword too, becau...
by bgorum
March 24th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sunday afternoon trifecta den
Replies: 7
Views: 4063

Re: Sunday afternoon trifecta den

Very nice. I like the way they're all tucked back into the crack like that. Sunday was a perfect day for checking dens. Unfortunately I spent the day home sick!
by bgorum
March 24th, 2015, 8:48 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Need tips for buying wide-angle lens, please
Replies: 6
Views: 4153

Re: Need tips for buying wide-angle lens, please

I don't know what Pentax offers, but I'll make one suggestion to you that I've made to others before. When evaluating wide angle lenses for herp work, minimum focusing distance is really important. All else being equal, chose the lens that focuses the closest. Extension tubes and achromats don't wor...
by bgorum
March 23rd, 2015, 11:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 68949

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

Tailing? If I were a wiser man I would probably keep my mouth, (or keyboard), shut. But I guess I'm not that wise. Also I should probably say what I have to say in a PM, but I've seen too many similar post, (admittedly on facebook, not here), to not say what I have to say publicly. I can see in the ...
by bgorum
March 8th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20709

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

I have to agree 100% with what Jonathan said above. Although I do acknowledge that there is a time and place for posed, field guide type shots. Like Soopaman my interest in herp photography started by looking at filed guide shots, (not in books, but during slide shows given by some more seasoned her...
by bgorum
March 6th, 2015, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20709

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

You've got to be freakin' kidding me! Photos like that have won wildlife photography competitions?
by bgorum
March 6th, 2015, 10:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20709

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

Does the above photo make any sense, though? You're 100 times the photographer I am, so maybe I'm missing something, but it just doesn't compute for me. How does a camera that completely blurs or smudges the entire bottom half of a photo also take the perfectly composed shot he got? Unless I'm supp...
by bgorum
March 5th, 2015, 10:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 20709

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

First of all, I'm amazed that somebody actually went to the trouble of writing an article to debunk the authenticity of these pictures. Please somebody tell me that there are not a significant number of people in this country that actually believe these to be real! They're stupid, and I suspect if s...
by bgorum
February 25th, 2015, 6:42 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: microphone for dslr
Replies: 1
Views: 2375

microphone for dslr

Hey guys and gals, I'm sitting here shivering in the cold and thinking about the warm months just around the corner. One of the things I would like to work on this season is recording video of calling anurans, (spadefoots in particular), with my Nikon D7000. I'm wondering if some of the people out t...
by bgorum
January 3rd, 2015, 8:51 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon D3200 macro zoom suggestion
Replies: 2
Views: 2497

Re: Nikon D3200 macro zoom suggestion

So to my knowledge there have only ever been two real macro zoom lenses made. The first was the Vivitar series one 90-180 f4.5, which was only ever available as a manual focus lens. The other was the 70-180 micro Nikkor, which I reviewed here- http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=106...
by bgorum
January 2nd, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW - Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS MACRO HSM
Replies: 7
Views: 7360

Re: REVIEW - Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS MACRO HSM

I owned the non-OS version of this lens, and rather than writing a new review I figured I’d just piggy back some comments onto Owen’s review of the OS version. The two lenses are quite similar with the OS version having a few more elements and weighing a bit more, (no doubt due to the presence of th...
by bgorum
December 25th, 2014, 7:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana-End of the Year wrap up (Warning LOTS OF IMAGES)
Replies: 19
Views: 8480

Re: Guyana-End of the Year wrap up (Warning LOTS OF IMAGES)

Very nice! I really appreciate that your in the field shots have some background detail. So often pictures from the tropics have that pitch black, dead of night look to them. Yours are a refreshing change from that, plus they are very nicely composed!
by bgorum
December 15th, 2014, 10:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71913

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

I have some records without gps data and like you have on occasion been asked to add the gps data. I have a serious issue with that. If I did not record gps data at the time, and do not know precisely where I was, then I think it is better to use an imprecise but accurate location. Its sort of like ...
by bgorum
December 8th, 2014, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more
Replies: 14
Views: 6028

Re: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more

Thanks for the comments everyone. Nick, yes. The two areas where I most frequently find massasaugas both have pretty good k-rat populations. Mounds are much in evidence, though I most often see spotted ground squirrels in those mounds. Not sure if banner tails and the ground squirrels just make simi...
by bgorum
November 18th, 2014, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: InSitu Rattlesnakes
Replies: 48
Views: 22080

Re: InSitu Rattlesnakes

Absolutely awesome!
by bgorum
November 10th, 2014, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more
Replies: 14
Views: 6028

summer 2014- Massasaugas and more

The summer of 2013 (which you can view here- http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17411) was one of my best ever. So I suppose it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the summer 0f 2014 was, well……………, just not as good herp wise. The reason is pretty straight forward. I just didn’t...
by bgorum
September 9th, 2014, 12:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subforum)
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subfor

Thanks again for the help, Bill. Do exsanguis not show any spotting until they are adults? Depends on the population. I worked on a study where we sampled lizard populations in the Rio Grande bosque from Albuquerque down to Bosque del Apache and the exanguis from our northern sites were recognizabl...
by bgorum
September 6th, 2014, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subforum)
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subfor

Looks like you had a productive trip. Your first juvenile New Mexico whiptail is actually a desert grassland whiptail. I think your little striped whiptail may is as well, but I can't be 100% sure from the picture. Are you the legendary Bill Gorum I heard so much about? It's a shame I didn't get to...
by bgorum
August 26th, 2014, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subforum)
Replies: 9
Views: 4996

Re: Albuquerque Trip Report (Crosspost from Rocky Mtn Subfor

Looks like you had a productive trip. Your first juvenile New Mexico whiptail is actually a desert grassland whiptail. I think your little striped whiptail may is as well, but I can't be 100% sure from the picture.
by bgorum
August 9th, 2014, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black tail threesome
Replies: 4
Views: 1770

Re: Black tail threesome

Very cool!
by bgorum
July 25th, 2014, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?
Replies: 12
Views: 2450

Re: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?

My vote goes for spadefoots. Especially Scaphiopus couchii mixed with Spea multiplicita and/or Spea bombifrons. Throw in a few Anaxyrus cognatus just for good measure. A concert like that on a dark desert night with the smell of wet creosote bushes in the air and all is right with the world!
by bgorum
July 5th, 2014, 2:37 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM APO
Replies: 1
Views: 5331

Review- Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX IF HSM APO

Review- Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX IF HSM APO Some people might call me a bit of a Nikon snob. For many years I only purchased Nikon lenses. In reality my preference for my camera makers own lenses was based on my (bad) experiences with independent brand lenses in the past. However, some of the independ...
by bgorum
June 30th, 2014, 10:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Thinking of a DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 5496

Re: Thinking of a DSLR

Chris makes some very valid points, but if you are just starting out how do you even begin to know what features you want, how you like to control the camera etc.? The good news is that you will almost certainly be very happy with the Nikon D5200, (as you would be with the competing models from Sony...
by bgorum
May 30th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall and Spring
Replies: 2
Views: 1258

Re: Fall and Spring

Just realized there is something funky going on with the HDR of the Prairie Rattlesnake in the rodent burrow. I'm going to need to redo that one when I get a chance.
by bgorum
May 30th, 2014, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall and Spring
Replies: 2
Views: 1258

Fall and Spring

Where have the last 8 months gone? Here is a little catchup post since my summer 2013 post which you can see here- http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17411 I haven’t gotten out nearly as much lately, but here is a small spattering of photos of things I have found close to home. ...
by bgorum
May 19th, 2014, 2:46 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!?? - OOPS
Replies: 13
Views: 5291

Re: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!?? - O

Another great thing about paying for Adobe products by subscription service.....if their server goes down you can't access "your" software. http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/05/15/creative-cloud-login-offline-for-almost-24-hours-and-counting?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_mediu...
by bgorum
April 29th, 2014, 4:47 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182616

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Kyle,

I liked your cornsnake photo on facebook, but it looks even better (many times better) on this forum. Really nice!
by bgorum
April 28th, 2014, 3:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182616

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

ImageGorum_140425_1952 by bgorum, on Flickr

Kingsnake from last Friday at Bosque del Apache.
by bgorum
April 16th, 2014, 7:29 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182616

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

ImageGorum_140415_1852_3_4 by bgorum, on Flickr

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake laying out at a new den I found yesterday.
by bgorum
April 13th, 2014, 7:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash options for Nikon D3200?
Replies: 7
Views: 5130

Re: Flash options for Nikon D3200?

What about an SB-700 plus an SC-29 cord? I think that the cord preserves the commander function of the SB-700, but for a single flash set-up that really doesn't matter, since it still allows i-ttl with that flash. If it does preserve the commander function then that's an added bonus if you ever buy ...
by bgorum
April 9th, 2014, 5:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tips for night photography?
Replies: 9
Views: 3945

Re: Tips for night photography?

I agree with Stohlgren. Getting the flash off of the camera and bringing the light in from an angle is the best way to avoid harsh reflections. It produces much more interesting lighting as well.

I'd post an example, but the new Flickr is driving me nuts!
by bgorum
April 2nd, 2014, 4:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182616

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Greetings. I am new to this website / forum. This is my first post; I plan to join conversations in other areas of the forum shortly. Here is my contribution to this thread... Although it is a close up and doesn't show the environment (and it is on a boardwalk trail), this shot is natural and was n...
by bgorum
March 24th, 2014, 2:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182616

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Image
Gorum_140323_1634_5_6 by bgorum, on Flickr
Three Black-tailed Rattlesnakes laying out at a den in the Magdalena Mountains, New Mexico yesterday.
by bgorum
February 13th, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: $1100 600mm coming this month
Replies: 19
Views: 7693

Re: $1100 600mm coming this month

I don't normally chime in on these sorts of discussion. (talking about the image quality of a lens I've never used), but the pictures in the review look dam good to me. The flat contrast Soopaman mentions could easily be a matter of how the photographer prefers to process his/her images or the light...
by bgorum
January 14th, 2014, 5:51 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon kit 18-55mm lens
Replies: 2
Views: 2172

Re: Nikon kit 18-55mm lens

I used the 18-55 vr for a very brief period and found it to be a very nice lens optically. Its very cheaply made, but the only issue I had with it optically was that it produced some ghosting, (but remarkably little veiling flare), with sun in the shot photos. Incidentally I think the 10-24 produces...
by bgorum
November 24th, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!?? - OOPS
Replies: 13
Views: 5291

Re: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!??

You download it onto your computer just as you would the program from an install disk. You get assigned the serial number and that's it. The big question is, if you stop paying, do you lose the service? If not, what would stop me from just paying the one year min. to get the software (which would b...
by bgorum
November 23rd, 2013, 7:41 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!?? - OOPS
Replies: 13
Views: 5291

Re: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!??

A question for those who do/have used it.... Is it totally cloud based or do you get to download the actual program? My real concern is that if you stop paying for it, you have nothing. I currently have PS - CS2 (http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=14766) and LR 4. If I don't feel ...