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  1. brandon

    Lots of Photos

    it's surprisingly a lot wider especially on a full frame camera. I use it for a lot of my star photos to get as much sky in as possible.
  2. brandon

    Lots of Photos

    belippy I have a 14mm, 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and a 500mm. All Canon Lenses. Hope that answers your question!
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    Migrating Sockeye

    Hey everyone, Normally I would post photos in the photography section but since this is fishing related, and just downright cool in my opinion, I felt I'd share them in the main forum...hopefully there's no probs with that! Anyways here in Northwestern BC, the Sockeye have entered the streams. I remember back when I was younger seeing some underwater photos of spawning salmon out east and since then I've always wanted some shots of my own. Now this whole thing is still a work in progress as there's still not too many fish in the streams, but here's a couple keepers so far. I hope you like them and keep an eye out for some more in the near future! And for those wondering, these were all shot with a GoPro Hero. Underwater Sockeye by bbroderick86, on Flickr Migrating Sockeye Salmon by bbroderick86, on Flickr Thanks for checking them out, Brandon
  4. brandon

    Photo Contest

    It doesn't matter when the photo was taken and time is running out to enter!!
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    Giant Milky Way Panorama

    Here's a 7 vertical shot panorama of the Milky Way as it's seen from Shames Mountain Ski Resort near Terrace, BC....enjoy! Specs - 7 vertical shots stitched together, 30sec @ f/2.8, ISO 4000, 14mm The Milky Way by bbroderick86, on Flickr
  6. brandon

    Kermode Bear

    thanks for all that info Dave!
  7. brandon

    Kermode Bear

    thanks again everyone!
  8. brandon

    With all the bear posts lately...

    If those shots are from Ontario then they're 100% cinnamon phase black bears, not grizzlies. Grizzlies don't exist east of the Rockies. still cool to see cinnamon black bears though! nice shots!!
  9. brandon

    Kermode Bear

    thanks for all the comments! In regards to the ones about me being too close, I agree that it looks bad in that shot, but also keep in mind my years of experience in the field with bears. That Kermode was the calmest bear I've ever been around and I didn't feel threatened at all. The only reason I got up and moved right after that last photo was taken was because the bear was too close to shoot with my big lens (Drifter - I'm shooting with a Canon 1D mk IV and a Canon 500mm f/4 L IS USM lens). And I always carry a can of bear spray with me in case things get bad....but haven't had to use it yet!
  10. brandon

    Kermode Bear

    Hey Guys, I normally keep this stuff in the Photography forum so I hope this is fine to post here....anyways, as some of you know I now live in Terrace, British Columbia. I moved here in January to take a Pest Control job - more or less just a means of paying bills so I can afford to live in and photograph a new area. The scenery and wildlife is the main reason I chose this region to move to, but one species in particular was the real driving force behind the decision - The Kermode, or Spirit Bear. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they're basically white black bears. The white coloring is due to a recessive gene making only about 1/10 bears look this way. It's the beauty combined with the rarity of these bears that made me want to get a photograph of one - and the other night, it happened. My girlfriend and I got in my truck and went for a drive about 50kms east of Terrace to check out a spot where a Kermode had been seen a few days before. Sure enough when we got to the area, it was still there. It was just hanging out eating grass on the side of the highway...definitely a lucky night for me, and even luckier that I had all my camera equipment with me. So basically I just sat down in the grass off to the side in the direction he was heading and snapped shots as came and went. The bear was extremely calm and the whole experience was very peaceful. Just so amazing to have such a close encounter with a rare animal. There's currently a proposal in the works to allow oil tankers to travel through the coastal islands that are home to the Kermode Bears. My goal with the photos wasn't to just show a rare animal, but to share a species of Canada that isn't as well known as it should be. And if a petition crosses your path about the oil tankers, hopefully this might give you a reason to sign it. Enjoy the photos and thanks for checking them out! Kermode Bear by bbroderick86, on Flickr Kermode Bear by bbroderick86, on Flickr Kermode Bear by bbroderick86, on Flickr And here's a shot that my girlfriend took of me while I was shooting IMG_1070 by bbroderick86, on Flickr Cheers, Brandon
  11. brandon

    Lots of Photos

    thanks everyone! Bill, I've added the EXIF data below each of the shots. And as far as noise reduction goes, I really don't have to do all that much. My cameras can shoot at fairly high ISO's without damaging image quality. And for what it's worth, I edit with Lightroom and not PS. I'm sure the noise reduction is similar in both though. Dave, I did enter that seagull shot...and I didn't win lol
  12. brandon

    Lots of Photos

    Hey Everyone, It's been a while since I've posted anything here so I'll pick a few of my personal favorites over the last few months starting with a fishing shot....enjoy! This is a self portrait of me fishing under the milky way and the northern lights...but since I know some of you will ask if I caught anything, I wasn't actually fishing...just a prop for the photo! Milky Way Fishing by bbroderick86, on Flickr 30sec exp @ f/2.8, ISO 4000, 14mm This is another shot of me from the other night during the Lyrid Meteor Shower....there's actually 8 of them in that shot although only a few are really visible. Shooting Stars by bbroderick86, on Flickr 30.0 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 4000, 14mm Here's a panoramic shot from last week in the Queen Charlotte Islands Rainforest Pano by bbroderick86, on Flickr 1.3sec @ f/10, ISO 50, 16mm here's a Pine Marten captured with my GoPro camera Pine Marten by bbroderick86, on Flickr The Northern Lights were out the same night as the meteor shower....this is a 2 shot panorama over the Skeena River Northern Lights Pano by bbroderick86, on Flickr 30.0 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 4000, 14mm These next 2 shots are from the Eulachon (also known as Ooligans) run on the Skeena River. This first one is a Harbour Seal Harbour Seal by bbroderick86, on Flickr 1/1600 @ f/4.5, ISO 1000, 500mm and this one is a Glaucous-winged Gull Gull Dive by bbroderick86, on Flickr 1/1600 @ f/4, ISO 250, 500mm Here's another shot of the Aurora over Lakelse Lake near Terrace, BC on Valentines day Valentines Day Northern Lights by bbroderick86, on Flickr 30sec @ f/2.8, ISO 3200, 14mm This is 2 people out for a walk on frozen Lakelse Lake A Frozen Walk by bbroderick86, on Flickr 1/500 @ f/13, ISO 200, 200mm this is a small waterfall that I shot today on the way home from work near Prince Rupert, BC Waterfall by bbroderick86, on Flickr 1.6sec exp @ f/14, ISO 50, 16mm + 8 stop ND filter and lastly, this is a 9 vertical shot panorama taken from the road up to Shames Mountain Ski hill about 20kms west of Terrace, BC. Shames Pano @ Night by bbroderick86, on Flickr f/2.8, ISO 4000, 30 sec exposure, at 16mm Thanks for looking!! Brandon
  13. brandon

    Bald Eagles in the Snow

    Here along the west coast there's eagles everywhere, and even more so in the winter as eagles are a migratory species...well most are anyways. There will always be local resident eagles just like there's migratory waterfowl but there's also resident ones. The resident eagles are the ones that will be more familiar with the area, and if there's people in the area, more familiar with people and less afraid. These are the ones you want to try and photograph as they'll tolerate sneaking in a bit closer. My 500mm lens does allow me to reach pretty far so I don't always need to get extremely close..which is pretty convenient when it comes to photographing bears. And another thing is just being patient. When I show up to a spot I generally just sit and watch what's going on for a bit. Just take in the behaviour of the birds or whatever wildlife I'm shooting. Once they're aware of my presence and don't see me as a threat anymore, I can start to set up and slowly make my way closer. I've waited hours before just to gain an animals trust and it's always worth the wait! Hope this answers your question!
  14. brandon

    Bald Eagles in the Snow

    thanks! those were shot with a 500mm f/4 lens
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    Bald Eagles in the Snow

    thanks guys! And Harrison, I actually had someone already purchase 75 greeting cards with that star shot on them!
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