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by bgorum
October 28th, 2016, 4:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 25307

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

It's is the AF-S (non VR) It's a sharp setup (I'll post a Fence Lizard photo at min-focus distance). With the 36MP Sensor in the D810 vs my D700, and D610 for hand-held shots it's incredibly hard to be stable enough with this combo, works great with a Tripod, monopod, and if I have something to lea...
by bgorum
October 27th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 25307

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

Thank you Bill! I'm still playing with the idea of this lens, or the new Tamron 150-600mm G2 (so far looks great). With the new D810, having major issues with the 300mm F/4 (old version) + 1.4x converter. Cheers, Chad Chad, What sort of problems are you having. I thought you had the 300 f4 AF-s. Th...
by bgorum
October 12th, 2016, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Spring Salamander in situ
Replies: 7
Views: 3562

Re: Northern Spring Salamander in situ

Thank you guys - and Josh, I actually did have a flash on the salamander and a second one on the background. Wanted to do a true in situ shot though without moving the salamander. Good choice! I think the posed pictures always look a little contrived and they really aren't being true to the animal'...
by bgorum
October 11th, 2016, 7:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Northern Spring Salamander in situ
Replies: 8
Views: 12263

Re: Northern Spring Salamander in situ

I’ve done a little of this, though my situation is somewhat different from yours since I live in the wide-open southwest and am usually photographing animals against the night sky. Even on a moonless night the sky is always brighter than animals in the foreground. If you are working in forest your a...
by bgorum
October 9th, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 25307

Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/161453895/m%3D900/a82e2e2ffea92751d2def0a436e9ee4d Texas Horned Lizard, (Phrynosoma cornutum). by Bill Gorum on 500px.com I like long lenses. That statement would probably come as no surprise to anyone who has seen any of my post here on Field Herp Forum. They often c...
by bgorum
September 30th, 2016, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring
Replies: 12
Views: 6776

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7433/9254990605_4d1850ba80_h.jpg Gorum_130708_0787 by Bill Gorum , on Flickr Here's a nighttime viridis from Socorro co. New Mexico from a few years ago. Like Jimi mentioned dorsolateral and dorsoventral blotches are all but invisible. It was an animal that looked esse...
by bgorum
September 23rd, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring
Replies: 12
Views: 6776

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring

I love the porcupine and skunk photos here! I, too, have found it relatively easy to get near skunks without getting sprayed. I'm glad they don't have quick triggers. This faded out appearance is something I frequently see in Prairie Rattlesnakes that are encountered on roads at night. It also occa...
by bgorum
September 19th, 2016, 6:38 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 15827

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Well, it looks like you're right. I haven't worked with high-end telephoto lenses before, so I didn't consider the possibility that the "filter size" listed for the lens wasn't for the front element. This leaves me with a few options: 1. Change lenses or add extension tubes in the field. I don't th...
by bgorum
September 15th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 15827

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Thanks for the diopter suggestion! I ordered a hard-to-find .62 power diopter which would give me a focus range of about 1-1.6 meters, and I'm going to rent the lens in a couple weeks to try it out. If that doesn't end up working, what macro lenses do you use? I might try to get something similar a...
by bgorum
September 14th, 2016, 8:45 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 15827

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 bgorum
September 13th, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 15827

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Thanks for the diopter suggestion! I ordered a hard-to-find .62 power diopter which would give me a focus range of about 1-1.6 meters, and I'm going to rent the lens in a couple weeks to try it out. If that doesn't end up working, what macro lenses do you use? I might try to get something similar a...
by bgorum
September 11th, 2016, 5:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back
Replies: 12
Views: 6563

First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back

https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/165868267/m%3D900/3f14ecd2b3388c2fbc780d1942e70f98 Coreopsis in a meadow in Ponderosa Pine Forest, AZ by Bill Gorum on 500px.com In July I took a visit to Arizona, (guess New Mexico wasn’t hot and dry enough for me)! https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/166007605/m%3D900/f0...
by bgorum
September 11th, 2016, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part two, what happened to the monsoons?
Replies: 5
Views: 3464

First 3/4 of 2016- part two, what happened to the monsoons?

https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/155133631/m%3D900/cd454433228e6a8077a7063e05959c2f Male Twin-spotted Spiny Lizard. by Bill Gorum on 500px.com https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/155133633/m%3D900/b09af2933965f79f2ffdd5384f1fdf4b Northern Mockingbird. (Mimus polyglottos). by Bill Gorum on 500px.com https:...
by bgorum
September 11th, 2016, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring
Replies: 12
Views: 6776

First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring

Forays into the natural history of New Mexico (and Arizona)- first 3/4 of 2016, part one Winter and Spring Seems like I’ve developed a pattern here of FHF of posting biennially, but I’m late this year. I’ll preface it with my standard apologies of it’s long and it’s not just herps. Herps will always...
by bgorum
September 10th, 2016, 10:16 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16764

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

There are some differences between full frame and crop sensor, as is my understanding, although I don't quite understand why. It has to do with magnification. Because a full frame camera has a bigger sensor it requires more magnification to fill the frame with the same size subject. This results in...
by bgorum
September 9th, 2016, 9:26 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 16764

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

Great shots J.P. You have been to some amazing places that I can only dream of. Regrading the 100mm mac, the limited depth of field with that lens would drive me loco. It just would not be feasible in the field for my work. But you are correct, it is all what you shoot. I hit some of your pics on F...
by bgorum
September 8th, 2016, 2:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lenses for Herping Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 19263

Re: Lenses for Herping Australia

I will say that I really like the diopter, but will have to practice with it a lot, it has a very narrow range of use with the 70-300mm lens. When shooting something the size of a yearling boa (my unwilling test subject), I couldn't really get a good framed shot with the diopter. I actually ended u...
by bgorum
September 1st, 2016, 2:23 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best and Worst of your gear?
Replies: 6
Views: 11865

Re: Best and Worst of your gear?

Looks like Tamron just upped their game for type lens- http://nikonrumors.com/2016/09/01/tamro ... ore-106743
by bgorum
August 31st, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lenses for Herping Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 19263

Re: Lenses for Herping Australia

I don't have any experience with the Kenko +3 diopter, but Kenko is a subsidiary of Tokina and they make very well respected teleconverters, so I would expect the diopter to be of good quality. The issue is the +3. That means with the lens focused at infinity you'll have only 33 cm (13 inches) betwe...
by bgorum
August 31st, 2016, 4:18 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lenses for Herping Australia
Replies: 19
Views: 19263

Re: Lenses for Herping Australia

I'll go ahead and add my 2 cents here. I think your choice of a 70-300 is a good one. I have a Nikon 70-300 vr that I like. Its fairly portable and good optically, except perhaps at the longest focal lengths, (that seems to be typical for this genre of lenses). The one thing you may find you don't l...
by bgorum
August 29th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best and Worst of your gear?
Replies: 6
Views: 11865

Re: Best and Worst of your gear?

Thanks guys! Awesome photos and gear explanations. Anton, if you now could go back on your sb 500 purchase, would you rather get something like an r1 macro kit or something like a 2nd sb800? I shoot mostly with an r1 / sb700 combo but for some situations, especially with bigger snakes or herps, I c...
by bgorum
August 28th, 2016, 5:59 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Question about resizing
Replies: 2
Views: 8738

Re: Question about resizing

I haven't used Photobucket in years, but back when I did, exactly the opposite was true. If you did not resize your pictures, but rather let Photobucket resize them to their maximum resolution at upload (which used to be 1024 pixels on the long dimension if I recall correctly), they would look much ...
by bgorum
August 20th, 2016, 10:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best and Worst of your gear?
Replies: 6
Views: 11865

Re: Best and Worst of your gear?

Based on your criteria for best/worst I'm going to say my current best piece of equipment is my Nikon 200-500 vr. Having such a long lens with really good vr has put a certain spontaneity back into my photography. I've always been a confirmed tripod user, (and still am in many cases), but I now hike...
by bgorum
August 4th, 2016, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 22466

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

How do you define restoration? A couple situations that I'm personally familiar with include restoration of roads and drill pads in Sanddune Lizard, (Sceloporus arenicolous) habitat after oil and gas drilling operations. From what I've been told the oil/gas companies break up the caliche roads and d...
by bgorum
July 30th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 34266

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

I took another look at your pictures on flickr and I still can't see the exif. However, I really don't need to. I also looked much closer at the background in magnified view and its pretty apparent that the lens is back focusing. For example look at the 2nd picture with the beetle and check out the ...
by bgorum
July 26th, 2016, 4:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 34266

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

Answering your questions about image quality on these pictures would be a lot easier if they included exif data. I looked at them on flickr and to me they seem just ever so slightly out of focus, but the possibility also exist that there could be some motion blur. If in fact the problem is focus the...
by bgorum
July 26th, 2016, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99586

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I don't collect because that's not the aspect of herps I enjoy. I like herps in the field. I find their behaviors and ecology to be fascinated. If I collected, my captives would not interact with the environment in interesting ways. (Moving to and from a hot spot in the cage or eating domestic mice ...
by bgorum
July 6th, 2016, 7:59 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Macro vs Mid Range Zoom?
Replies: 4
Views: 9675

Re: Macro vs Mid Range Zoom?

Although I would love something like a 70-200 or 70-300, I think the fairly long minimum focusing distance would make night time shots harder then with the 85, and I would lose some capability for smaller snakes where I feel the 85 really exceeds. That's where the double element diopters come in. I...
by bgorum
July 6th, 2016, 3:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Macro vs Mid Range Zoom?
Replies: 4
Views: 9675

Re: Macro vs Mid Range Zoom?

A lot depends on how you take pictures and the kinds of pictures you like to take. I do own a mid range zoom. In my case it is the Nikon 24-85 vr, which I find to be sharp, and which I often use for herp in habitat shots. I don't currently own a macro lens. For the sort of pictures most photographer...
by bgorum
June 29th, 2016, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quest for the milk
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

Re: Quest for the milk

Well you know Gary Johnson would say what they do under the privacy of their own board is nobody else's business!
by bgorum
June 29th, 2016, 3:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quest for the milk
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

Re: Quest for the milk

Congratulation Josh! Do you have a pair now?
by bgorum
June 28th, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising question/observations
Replies: 7
Views: 3151

Re: Road cruising question/observations

Yes! To all of your questions. There are often narrow activity windows during which you will see large numbers of snakes, sometimes all one species, sometimes a mix of species. Yes those windows are temperature dependent. They are also often moisture/humidity, wind, or moonlight dependent as well. A...
by bgorum
June 20th, 2016, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New mexico herping help!
Replies: 8
Views: 4903

Re: New mexico herping help!

Aye, and in addition to some of the lameness that you may encounter in the newer Mexico (see photos below); there’s also that boredom you feel when returning from a hike knowing with 100% certainty that your vehicle will be where you left it. You've clearly not done a lot herping around Albuquerque...
by bgorum
June 11th, 2016, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9790

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Spadefoot season here in New Mexico starts with the monsoons, so still a month or so away, but here are some older pics. https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/432/19807204056_419fe7e5f4_k.jpg Gorum_150719_3331-Edit by Bill Gorum , on Flickr https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/345/19719385902_dc20019087_b.jpg 1011...
by bgorum
June 5th, 2016, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in the Las Vegas Area (May 30 - June 4)
Replies: 11
Views: 6766

Re: A week in the Las Vegas Area (May 30 - June 4)

Nice post! I suspect your first juvenile rattlesnake is also a Mojave though.
by bgorum
May 5th, 2016, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New mexico herping help!
Replies: 8
Views: 4903

Re: New mexico herping help!

Well you're in luck because the snakes you want to see, (along with western diamond-backs and prairie rattlesnakes), are probably the most common species in that area. Have you been out to Santa Rosa lake yet? Plenty of good habitat there. I'm not real familiar with that part of the state. For whate...
by bgorum
May 2nd, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review: Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L
Replies: 4
Views: 12490

Re: Review: Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L

Nice review! Its good to see the pack loaded with real equipment. Always difficult to judge what it will carry based on manufacture's info and pictures.
by bgorum
April 26th, 2016, 3:04 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photo Critique
Replies: 12
Views: 15446

Re: Photo Critique

Thank you very much! I dont find your advice to be negative at all, we all need to hear others' advice to get better so it's great when people can point out the possible negatives so that they can be changed in the future. Personaly, i like a less tight crop on a photo, but then again my taste is a...
by bgorum
April 26th, 2016, 4:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photo Critique
Replies: 12
Views: 15446

Re: Photo Critique

The hognose snake is pretty nice! I'd crop it a little tighter though. That picture is all about the snake's defensive display, the colors you can see when it spreads its neck, etc. I'm afraid the landscape takes away from, rather than adds to this picture. My general advice to you would be to think...
by bgorum
April 22nd, 2016, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You Know You're a Herper....
Replies: 36
Views: 13961

Re: You Know You're a Herper....

Been a few years, but this was always fun... "You know you're a Herper, when..." "You know you're a Herper, when... you take a squat in the field, and reach over to flip a board, before wiping." :lol: :lol: :lol: Bring it.... :crazyeyes: So you're the one who's been crapping next to my boards!
by bgorum
April 20th, 2016, 4:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: flickr problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3520

Re: flickr problems

I left photobucket for flickr a number of years ago because of language in their user agreement that essentially has you giving up copyrights to your photos. I left flickr a year or so ago for 500px, because 500px allows you to market photos through their site and their commission was quite good. Ho...
by bgorum
March 27th, 2016, 6:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26215

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

ImageGorum_150421_1095_1_2_3_4 by Bill Gorum, on Flickr

I've posted this one before, but its still my favorite herp in habitat photo from last year.
by bgorum
March 26th, 2016, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26215

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Here's one of my experiments with herp astro shots from last summer. This was really just trying to work out how to do this. I'm not a big fan of road shots, but that's kind of what I was limited to last summer. This summer I should have a lot more flexibility and I'm looking forward to working wit...
by bgorum
March 26th, 2016, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 26215

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/432/19807204056_419fe7e5f4_k.jpg Gorum_150719_3331-Edit by Bill Gorum , on Flickr Here's one of my experiments with herp astro shots from last summer. This was really just trying to work out how to do this. I'm not a big fan of road shots, but that's kind of what I wa...
by bgorum
March 11th, 2016, 5:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Russia, Dosang, Astrakhan region
Replies: 12
Views: 5719

Re: Herping in Russia, Dosang, Astrakhan region

Very enjoyable post. I only wish the photos were a little bigger. Such neat stuff, I want to see it larger!
by bgorum
March 3rd, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Common name for Crotalus ornatus and Crotalus molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 5285

Re: Common name for Crotalus ornatus and Crotalus molossus

Thanks for the responses guys. Eastern and Western make sense to me and I also prefer the SSAR's spelling of black-tailed to CNAH's spelling of blacktail. Little things like that end up getting pretty messy. For example I have pictures labeled western diamondback, western diamond-backed, and western...
by bgorum
March 3rd, 2016, 6:18 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Collapsible walking mono pod suggestions.
Replies: 8
Views: 6605

Re: Collapsible walking mono pod suggestions.

OK, so I hate it when I ask a question on a forum and somebody answers it by going off in some completely different direction that I've already considered and decided I'm not interested in. If my response is an example of that I apologize! Anyone that has been out in the field with me knows I am a h...
by bgorum
March 2nd, 2016, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Common name for Crotalus ornatus and Crotalus molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 5285

Common name for Crotalus ornatus and Crotalus molossus

So I'm going through the unenviable task of cleaning up my keyword hierarchies in Lightroom. Normally I keyword photos with the common name of the species and then enter the scientific name as a synonym of the common name. This has left me with a dilemma where black-tailed rattlesnakes are concerned...
by bgorum
February 23rd, 2016, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feb 2015 to Feb 2016- Wanderings
Replies: 7
Views: 3156

Re: Feb 2015 to Feb 2016- Wanderings

Good stuff Notah. Your canyon is beautiful! We need to get out more this year if your schedule allows.
by bgorum
February 15th, 2016, 7:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Micro Photo Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 12307

Re: Micro Photo Advice

#4 would be my choice on a budget. To use stacked lenses you'll need a male to male filter ring adapter with the appropriate size threads for the two lenses you want to stack. You mount one lens, (say your 90 macro), to the camera and then attach the other lens in reverse position onto the front of ...