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Autumn Joy by Lupinicious Autumn Joy by Lupinicious
An entry for #Unframed-Nature's "Autumn" Contest. :)
Go check it out at [link] !

This photo pretty much sums up my impression of the first two sessions with the EOS 1D X.
It was taken at the same low light scene at Wildpark Edersee where I've always failed to take sharp photos of even slowly moving wolves.
And now here's a photo of one of the adult timber wolves running through the foliage... and yes, the EXIF is correct, this is 1/1250s at ISO 8000 (because I stopped the lens down to f/4) and I was surprised to see how useable it still is.
One particularly fascinating aspect is that despite the high ISO, the colors are still very vivid, something that just didn't work with the 1Ds Mk III.
Although it worked pretty well here, I'm not overly impressed by the new AF accuracy and speed. But yes, the AI servo tracking is spectacular... and I must admit this is autumn joy not only for the wolves :-)
The most exciting thing about the new camera is that I am getting shots I could never have taken with the old one. It's a whole new kind of photography.

More to come...

EXIF:
Camera: Canon EOS 1D X
Lens: 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM
400mm f/4 @ 1/1250s, ISO 8000
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:iconlobita70:
Lobita70 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student
OMG! It's Tsume!
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blackbluecat777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cute!
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blackbluecat777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good!!!
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darkshines99 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Wow :-o
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ADangerousMan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
aarf!
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kalokagathie Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Hi. I like your picture a lot. I would like to use it for my web site about bodyweight conditioning and healthy natural lifestyle. How does it work with permission? Thx a lot
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Photographer
Hi :-) It's all written up here: [link]
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SetsiAngelSailor Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured here - [link] :heart:
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His face really seems very happy :D Really pretty wolf!
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:iconloki-dokie:
Loki-Dokie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the colors clash here :o the gray with the oranges~
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ShadowsOfTheWolves Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may I use as a ref?
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:iconwindstern:
Windstern Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wow, I love this picture!
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on your win! :D And that is one awesome camera to have such high iso and little to no grain. Man wish I could afford your camera :XD:
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
Oh, there IS grain, a lot... it's just not visible at this magnification. It's mostly luminance noise though, which is not too hard on the eyes and Noise Ninja does a rather good job removing most of it. Still, the color dynamics at this high ISO amazes me with that camera, and the amount of detail that's preserved. Most cameras just produce pixel mash, if anything, at ISO 8000.
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :)
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on 2nd place in the :iconunframed-nature: Contest !! :clap:
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Seb-Photos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ISO 8000??
Wow...

Great photo.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Amazing shot! I love the contrast of the gray wolf with the orange and red leaves! :iconautumncolorplz:
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow it's beautiful!
me wants to have a new camera, too! ;)
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ABJR47 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Congrats on the contest (autumn). This shot is absolutely captivating,astonishing,and perfect!
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on placing in the #Unframed-Nature Autumn Contest !!! :clap:
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BlueAnomiS Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Your work is featured here >>> [link]
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TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot. I love the colors and you captured the perfect moment. :heart:
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This deviation has been voted submission of the week by the members of :iconbeautiful-wilderness: and has been featured here [link] :woohoo:

Your gallery is beautiful :D
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Photographer
Wow, amazing! Thank you very much! :hug:
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You deserve it :)
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steppeland Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Photographer
Awesome capture!!
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savasrule Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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FinnOWolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That dark fur brings great contrast with the background colour.
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Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I wanna run through those leaves too!
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey,

Incredible shot! This is really amazing and I am so envious. But it seems that - even if I got an EOS - I would still lack the kind of objective to shoot photographs like this one. :-)

Greetings and looking forward to your future work
Miou B-)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much. Actually, you're right. It's the combination of lens and camera.
With the lens, I quickly noticed that it needs too much light so I had to use high ISO - and the noise really was a weakness of the "old" cam. So I had to upgrade to use the lens properly. I hated to do it and wasn't sure about that step, because I think the camera is good, but not worth twice the value of the 5D Mk III, which is almost the same but only costs half. But I have to admit, the 12 fps are a bit addictive too :D I just hope it pays off. So far, I'm mildly optimistic.

BTW: Objective = Ziel, Lens = Objektiv :) Common mistake of native German-speakers :D
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there!

A quick reply to tackle the "objecitve/lens" question:

Funny! Actually, I first wrote "lens" when I was typing my comment, but then had the impression that it would translate into "Linse" (which would have narrowed it down). When I consulted leo.org, I found "objective [tech.]" for "Objektiv" and thought it was okay. Now I'm confused, thank you very much! ;-)
Would you rather recommend "lens" as more commonly used expression? I'm eager to improve my English! :-)

Otherwise, I am often thinking about improving my camera equipment. On the one hand I am impressed by the new technology and possibilities that new cams and lenses offer. On the other hand I am rather content with the results of my D60. I have to admit that my photography skills are still limited and buying professional equipment would be a waste of money
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Photographer
Well, yes. "Objective" is being used for objective lenses in microscopes, but I've never heard it being used for photo lenses at all.
So, yes, lens is definitely the correct term in photography. :)

Don't think that buying pro equipment is a waste of money. The learning curve is very steep when you do, and that's a good thing. You can only improve as fast as your equipment allows you to. People will tell you you're not good enough for pro equipment, but that's probably just because they are jealous or afraid you might become a better photographer than they are :D Skipping semipro equipment and going straight for the pro equipment was the best decision I ever made. I wasn't good enough for the equipment either - but who cares? It took me about one year to get it all figured out.

If you ask me, taking small steps and buying average equipment is much more of a waste of money. If you're serious about photography and sure that you will upgrade to pro equipment some day, stick with your equipment and save up your money until you can afford the pro gear. That's what I did and I can only recommend it. If you buy the D5100, you will probably need to upgrade again within 2 years, and then again and again... when I bought the 1Ds, it was already about 2 years on the market. Now, after almost 4 years of using it, it's still great, works perfectly and is still state of the art concerning image quality. I don't know if I could say the same if I had bought the 30D like I originally planned to do.

The Sony Alpha seems to be a good camera, but I don't know anything about their lens assortment and so on. I also don't know many serious photographers using the Sony Alpha, which might or might not be for a reason. I tested the Sony Alpha briefly earlier this year and I was very impressed. The image stabilization and low light performance seems to be outstanding and it has a modern feel to it. However, I guess I would personally stick with Canon or Nikon.
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MiouQueuing Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[Uuups - tablets are tricky!]

Where was I? Ah, yes.

In my case, I fear that investing a lot of money in professional equipment would be pearls before swines. I thin, I can relate to the question of upgrading body vs. lens, though. I fancy the D5100 for quite some time now. Otherwise I'm very impressed by the Sony Alpha-series which has some great advantages ... And/or I could invest in a panorama lens?! :confused:

*sigh* It's all rather confusing and frustrating. :frustrated:

Greetings
Miou B-)
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SilentSomnia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness, look at those stunning colours! <3
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
They almost match your avatar :D
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SilentSomnia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yes! Now that you mention it, it really does nearly match! :D
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible photo.
And thank you for taking the time to include the info on the camera and what you can do with it. I already knew that I wanted a Canon EOS. But, with the way things are becoming outdated and the speed at which it happens, it is difficult to keep up with the new tech. Very kind of you.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
I know. I really hope Canon does not start throwing out new pro cameras every year now, which I'm afraid they might. And their prices are becoming more and more unreasonable, too.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, they are very expensive!
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GloomJuice Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional
Beautiful photo, beautiful wolf.
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot! That is incredible that the 1D X can go so high so cleanly! After seeing a review and now this I really want one haha :D Though I won't be affording it anytime soon ;)
Really though, fantastic shot I love it! You captured this wonderfully!
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Photographer
No doubt, there has been quite some improvement in the past 5 years :D
Thank you!
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed there has!
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CodyWolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Beautiful
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The timbre wolf with his black fur and the red/green/golden trees.... that's one amazing combination. :D
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Skeletta Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Amazing colors...just love this picture.
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Writer
He sure looks happy :3
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Bhorren Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Amazing photo :)
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