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by kit fox
April 18th, 2016, 7:20 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 200380

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

Western Zebra-tailed Lizard - Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus


ImageDSC_6468 by Bill, on Flickr
by kit fox
April 18th, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 200380

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

Juvenile Red Racer - Coluber flagellum piceus

ImageDSC_6463 by Bill, on Flickr
by kit fox
April 8th, 2016, 7:00 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ideas for low light macro
Replies: 11
Views: 18073

Re: Ideas for low light macro

One useful trick that can help your camera focus in the dark is to use one of those novelty laser pointers with the projected "shapes". I found one once that projected a tic-tac-to board shape and it was a perfect shape for a camera to focus on. Anything that projects a series of lines would be per...
by kit fox
April 8th, 2016, 6:51 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fill flash for daytime shooting
Replies: 12
Views: 9304

Re: Fill flash for daytime shooting

A great way to blend harsh light, with shadows, is to use a diffuser panel. This will lessen the effects of the harsh light, which will make it easier to take a photo with more balanced lighting. The addition of fill flash can really make the image stand out. Finding the right balance of lighting, i...
by kit fox
April 8th, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Micro Photo Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 13845

Re: Micro Photo Advice

A word of caution, the higher the magnification, the smaller your depth of field becomes. Here is an example of the DOF at 1:1 magnification.

ImageSpider-lunch by Bill, on Flickr
by kit fox
August 5th, 2015, 5:23 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Colour rendition - camera settings & editing - help, please.
Replies: 8
Views: 5882

Re: Colour rendition - camera settings & editing - help, ple

Kevin nailed it with the simple white balance card. If you want to really get fancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUrNGhK ... 8BOSZKEJR1
by kit fox
February 28th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Yongnuo flash?
Replies: 2
Views: 2686

Re: Yongnuo flash?

Over Christmas I got the Nikon D3200 kit. It's a good camera but I'm disappointed in its weak pop-up flash. Since I use a flash diffuser, this weak flash does not work as well as I need it to. I'm looking for an external flash that is cheap, but still powerful enough for night photography. Yonguo s...
by kit fox
January 9th, 2015, 8:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: .
Replies: 5
Views: 3747

Re: What can i do to improve?

Thanks for the reply! Now that i look at it, i completely agree that they are too blue. The snake and the vole were both taken at night, and i shot each to purposely get a black background and then i used the vignette tool to further darken and add more of a dramatic look to it. What would you sugg...
by kit fox
December 20th, 2014, 2:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: .
Replies: 5
Views: 3747

Re: What can i do to improve?

I love the Owl Silhouette! Both the snake, and the Owl have color balance issues (too blue) for my taste. For me, the other two photos have too much of a "Spotlight Effect." I assume both were taking during the night, using a flashlight? Try diffusing the light, in order to capture more of the backg...
by kit fox
December 20th, 2014, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds
Replies: 36
Views: 8579

Re: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds

During the hot dry summer, in Castaic California, I saw hundreds of lizards on South and East Facing slopes during the morning. I saw three Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes on North or West facing slopes. All the Desert species I documented were in flatland areas.
by kit fox
June 14th, 2014, 5:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 168668

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Crotalus Scutulatus

ImageCrotalus Scutulatus by sgbofav, on Flickr


Nikon D90, Cactus V5s, Lumopro LP160, Tokina 100mm Macro lens
by kit fox
May 29th, 2014, 3:45 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nighttime flash photography techniques
Replies: 6
Views: 4345

Re: Nighttime flash photography techniques

Kevin, thanks very much for your suggestions and photos of your setup. Do you happen to have any examples of photos where you used the bounce card? Zach, Check these links out, the concept is the same: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/09/bounce-wall-geniusinsanity-line-goes.html http://guyphoto.wo...
by kit fox
May 24th, 2014, 10:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maps question
Replies: 9
Views: 2403

Re: Maps question

Tamara D. McConnell wrote:Kit Fox,
Very, very big thanks!
You're welcome! I've owned several Garmin units, and was aware of the SD card limitations.
by kit fox
May 24th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maps question
Replies: 9
Views: 2403

Re: Maps question

New question: It appeared that I needed a mini SD card for my Garmin Etrex 20, to load maps on. So I went to buy one and, being not very knowledgeable, I figured bigger = better. So I bought a 64 GB card. The Garmin does not appear to recognize it. Is there such a thing as having too many GBs for a...
by kit fox
May 24th, 2014, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 2014 AZ Fossorials
Replies: 13
Views: 3791

Re: Some 2014 AZ Fossorials

Great photos. I recently found a Threadsnake myself, and wanted to share my image so others can get an idea how small they really are:

Image
by kit fox
May 22nd, 2014, 3:43 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser - UPDATED - Mark II-III
Replies: 12
Views: 9176

Re: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser - UPDATED - Mark II-

Chris, Have you ever considered creating a bounce wall (which enlarges your light source, and softens it was well. I tried this and was impressed with my results. I have used collapsible diffusers and reflectors to do this on a number of occasions but I find that having someone else have to hold th...
by kit fox
May 15th, 2014, 8:14 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser - UPDATED - Mark II-III
Replies: 12
Views: 9176

Re: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser - UPDATED - Mark II-

Chris, Have you ever considered creating a bounce wall (which enlarges your light source, and softens it was well. I tried this and was impressed with my results. http://guyphoto.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/diy-bounce-wall/ http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/09/bounce-wall-geniusinsanity-line-goes.html
by kit fox
May 15th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vacation = Five Lifers for me!
Replies: 0
Views: 1329

Vacation = Five Lifers for me!

Hello everyone, I recently finished a three week vacation, and a had a total of five days, to go herping. Thankfully, I was not let down. I traveled from the Mojave Desert, to Florida, to take a cruise down to the Caribbean. I found some cool lizards during my trip: Ft. Lauderdale "Hotel Anoles." ht...
by kit fox
May 6th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 200380

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

My Caribbean Herps: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5592/13938809768_6dbf6c89b4_z.jpg DSC_4189 by sgbofav , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/14125745184_023ebd8cef_z.jpg DSC_4188 by sgbofav , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/14145505743_b175fbae85_z.jpg DSC_4186 by sgbofav ,...
by kit fox
May 6th, 2014, 4:52 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 200380

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

I just came back from a seven day, Eastern Carribean cruise. I managed to find Anoles, and two wild Alligators, in Florida. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14102253346_b291e3170e_z.jpg DSC_3815 by sgbofav , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/13938766899_e299de9a0a_z.jpg DSC_3803 by sg...
by kit fox
April 19th, 2014, 1:54 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: strangest thing you ever caught
Replies: 48
Views: 56812

Re: strangest thing you ever caught

Some great fishing stories in this thread. I've caught dozens of tumbleweeds while fishing the California Aqueduct. I've also caught about 30 African Clawed Frogs in Lake Elizabeth, CA. On one memorable outing, I was running a deep diver along a steep lake shore. I felt a "tug" and set my hook. My r...
by kit fox
April 15th, 2014, 6:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash options for Nikon D3200?
Replies: 7
Views: 5397

Re: Flash options for Nikon D3200?

I think I will go with a single flash and radio trigger for now. As for the flash, would you recommend I go with the sb700 or would a cheaper manual flash serve me just as well? Thanks for the help Read this, and consider the Lumopro LP 180 and Cactus V5 triggers. http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/...
by kit fox
April 13th, 2014, 9:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash options for Nikon D3200?
Replies: 7
Views: 5397

Re: Flash options for Nikon D3200?

From my personnel experience (photographing two outdoor weddings) using both manual flashes with radio triggers, and an SB700 using Commander mode, I prefer the radio triggers and manual flashes. The main reason I prefer radio triggers, is due to poor performance of the IR signal used in the TTL sys...
by kit fox
April 12th, 2014, 8:20 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash options for Nikon D3200?
Replies: 7
Views: 5397

Re: Flash options for Nikon D3200?

Another option is to consider manual flashes and radio triggers. I have an older Nikon D90, with two Cactus V5 (receiver / transmitters) and two different manual flashes (A Strobie 130, and a Lumopro LP 160. A new LP 180 is $200.00 and a pair of Cactus V5s are $64.99 Far cheaper than a SB700 and the...
by kit fox
April 4th, 2013, 1:51 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Multiple flash set ups
Replies: 5
Views: 3153

Re: Multiple flash set ups

One advantage of a brighter flash, is the ability to produce more diffused light. If you used a hot flash, and large umbrella / soft box, you can cover an extremely wide area.
by kit fox
April 4th, 2013, 1:19 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser - UPDATED - Mark II-III
Replies: 12
Views: 9176

Re: cheap and easy macro flash diffuser

One material I had great luck with, is white Ripstop nylon. I use it for diffusing sunlight, when photographing wildflowers. With some creativity, you can use it to make a simple flash diffuser. http://www.diyphotography.net/homestudi ... ed-softbox
by kit fox
October 24th, 2012, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: YOY for 2012: Let's see those babies!
Replies: 83
Views: 19722

Re: YOY for 2012: Let's see those babies!

I rescued this Scute at work.

Image
DSC_8929 by sgbofav, on Flickr
by kit fox
October 23rd, 2012, 6:12 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 168668

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

focal length 200mm ISO-100 shutter speed 1/250 F/5.6 i know very little about cameras, but would like to know more. this was not on a tripod. i was zoomed in as far as i could go. anything you can suggest would be great. as far as messing with a gravid female, it wasn't me. actually i scold my frie...
by kit fox
September 26th, 2012, 10:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: YOY for 2012: Let's see those babies!
Replies: 83
Views: 19722

Re: YOY for 2012: Let's see those babies!

I rescued this Scutalatus at work.

Image
DSC_8929 by sgbofav, on Flickr
by kit fox
August 16th, 2012, 12:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Opossum protein neutralizes nearly all poisons.
Replies: 2
Views: 2206

Re: Opossum protein neutralizes nearly all poisons.

I would venture to guess that the govt, may have used this for clandestine purposes.
by kit fox
August 14th, 2012, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Bite First Aid
Replies: 124
Views: 26447

Re: Snake Bite First Aid

large Coyote packs Hard to imagine coyotes being a threat. They seem so shy. However, they don't travel in large packs in my area. Perhaps their behavior is different in other parts of the country? http://articles.cnn.com/2009-10-29/entertainment/canada.singer.killed_1_coyotes-taylor-mitchell-canad...
by kit fox
August 14th, 2012, 1:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Bite First Aid
Replies: 124
Views: 26447

Re: Snake Bite First Aid

For those that plainly discount the threat of Black Bears, read the list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America . I think that list shows how LITTLE threat black bears present. If you read the list, it mentions 72 fatal black bear attacks in the last ~150 years. T...
by kit fox
August 12th, 2012, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Bite First Aid
Replies: 124
Views: 26447

Re: Snake Bite First Aid

jonathan that kid was lucky. just a few years ago we had a kid get killed and eaten by a black bear just ten miles from my parents home, Sad story it is. The kid had food in the tent, the parents were in another tent . The bear ripped threw grabbed the kid and hauled him off. They are wild animals ...
by kit fox
August 8th, 2012, 6:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 168668

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Image

Sceloporus uniformis - Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard
D90, Tokina 100mm macro lens (F/8)
Mini-mag flashlight.
by kit fox
August 7th, 2012, 10:15 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 168668

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Image

Western Banded Gecko, LA County, California
Nikon D90
Phoenix Ring flash -1 EC
Tokina 100mm macro
1/200 sec
F/16
by kit fox
July 24th, 2012, 4:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Good news!
Replies: 41
Views: 8727

Re: Good news!

Okay, so after bouncing back and forth between saving for an external flash, or making a diffuser, or getting a camera bag, and the list goes on; I'm think I'm going to order a Graslon Spark. Thanks to Jason for the link. After reading reviews and seeing the design, it seems like an affordable solu...
by kit fox
July 23rd, 2012, 3:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Poison Oak- The Terror of the Outdoors
Replies: 13
Views: 3348

Re: Poison Oak- The Terror of the Outdoors

I hope this doesn't sound goofy, but has anyone tried wearing something like a Tyvec suit when you need to visit areas loaded with Poison Oak? The ability to shed the suit when done appeals to me. I realize this may be impractical with So Cal's hot summer temps.
by kit fox
July 23rd, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Good news!
Replies: 41
Views: 8727

Re: Good news!

Off camera flashes are definitely the way to go. If the flashes have all the TTL capabilities, the price goes way up. I use manual only flashes, and love their capabilities. Some models to consider for affordibility are:

Yongnuo. http://speedlights.net/


I use and prefer my Lumopro Lp160 flash.
by kit fox
July 9th, 2012, 12:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Opossum protein neutralizes nearly all poisons.
Replies: 2
Views: 2206

Opossum protein neutralizes nearly all poisons.

Interesting article: Opossum protein neutralizes nearly all poisons, could have benefits for humans
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/op ... 04532.html
by kit fox
July 2nd, 2012, 6:02 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 168668

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Image

Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus - Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
Nikon D90
Tokina 100mm Macro
1/30 sec exposure (no flash)
by kit fox
June 23rd, 2012, 8:43 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Replies: 12
Views: 12108

Re: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Great review! Do you fix lens distortion in post processing?
by kit fox
June 11th, 2012, 7:13 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon D50?
Replies: 3
Views: 1647

Re: Nikon D50?

My wife and I have owned and used our D50 since 2005. We upgraded to a D90 back in 2009. We have taken thousands of shots with our D50, with zero issues. The only complaint we have is the small, low resolution screen on the back. What is more important than the 6mp image size , is the quality of len...
by kit fox
June 6th, 2012, 12:25 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Importance of a flash in the rainforest
Replies: 9
Views: 3976

Re: Importance of a flash in the rainforest

If you have time, seriously consider an TTL, off-camera cord. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/7 ... d_for.html

This will allow more creativity when photographing critters.
by kit fox
June 5th, 2012, 6:01 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Importance of a flash in the rainforest
Replies: 9
Views: 3976

Re: Importance of a flash in the rainforest

Do you have a price range for the flash your looking into. Manual flashes with remote triggers (flash and camera) is the most affordable route to off camera flash. TTL flash usually cost quite a bit more. My main flash set-up is a Lumopro LP160 , triggered by two Cactus V5 triggers. Rainforests tend...
by kit fox
May 31st, 2012, 8:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4391

Re: Underexposed with Flash?

Are you sure the problem is just not enough light from the diffused sb600? F/16 @ iso100 with a good sized subject and 105mm lens seems like you need a good bit of light. I didn't even think to consider GN when I came up with my suggestions. I calculated the GN of the SB 600, which is 98. Using ISO...
by kit fox
May 26th, 2012, 6:24 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4391

Re: Underexposed with Flash?

A couple of things to check out: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d200/users-guide/menus-custom-bkt.htm http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/ttl-flash-metering-system-not-ttl-bl.html http://prairielightimages.com/2010/04/my-experience-with-under-exposure-in-nikon-ittl-flash-photography...
by kit fox
May 23rd, 2012, 12:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Selling photo "rights"
Replies: 10
Views: 4852

Re: Selling photo "rights"

Things to consider: - Duration of Use - Genre of Publication - Type of Publication - Size of Distribution - Size of Image - Location of Image - Region of Use http://photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm I've spoken to many "published photographers," and most of them got paid very little for their im...