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Nice work Raider.  What camera/lenses are you shooting with and what settings?  I'm sure several of us would be more than happy to make recommendations to help you with any questions that you may have.

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We had quite a heavy fog roll in one morning this week.  I've been waiting for a good, heavy fog to blanket Berry College and usually it will be foggy in one part of town and clear as day at the college.  Well, Mother Nature finally cooperated.  This is off to the side of the Ford Buildings, maybe 30-40 yards away.  I liked that I was able to get an outline of the buildings in the fog and then applied a small percentage of the burning tool to darken the buildings slightly for a little more contrast against the fog.

30985452343_3f2a419a63_c.jpgMorning View by Jason, on Flickr

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Haven't been on the forum in a while and found this thread while searching for photography rules for the Georgia Dome. Can any of you fellow photographers help? I scored a front row end zone seat for our first playoff game. Is there a six inch lens policy? I'd like to bring my 100-400 or a 70-200.

Anyway, nice thread. I'll try to contribute some shots in the future. Here's one of my favorites from this summer - I spent 3 weeks in Yellowstone...

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On 12/25/2016 at 0:05 AM, sandwedge said:

Haven't been on the forum in a while and found this thread while searching for photography rules for the Georgia Dome. Can any of you fellow photographers help? I scored a front row end zone seat for our first playoff game. Is there a six inch lens policy? I'd like to bring my 100-400 or a 70-200.

Anyway, nice thread. I'll try to contribute some shots in the future. Here's one of my favorites from this summer - I spent 3 weeks in Yellowstone...

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I can't speak for the lens policy as I've never tried to take anything into the Dome.  I usually park at a MARTA station and ride in rather than fighting the traffic.  My luck is that I'd get turned away at the gate with my camera and miss half the game taking back to the car.

Yellowstone for 3 weeks must have been awesome!  I'm going to the Tetons for a week in June and am hoping to spend some time in Yellowstone while I'm up there.  Post away once you find some pics that you want to share!

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On 12/26/2016 at 8:00 PM, mookie3127 said:

I can't speak for the lens policy as I've never tried to take anything into the Dome.  I usually park at a MARTA station and ride in rather than fighting the traffic.  My luck is that I'd get turned away at the gate with my camera and miss half the game taking back to the car.

Yellowstone for 3 weeks must have been awesome!  I'm going to the Tetons for a week in June and am hoping to spend some time in Yellowstone while I'm up there.  Post away once you find some pics that you want to share!

Thanks for the reply, Mookie. I'll try to find an answer before game time. I'd like to take Marta but won't do it unless I know I won't get turned away at the door. Plan B is to get there very early and be at the gates when they open. That way, if I get turned back I should have time to return to the car.

The Tetons are awesome. I spent 4 days there before heading up into Yellowstone. When I was younger, I climbed the Grand Teton.

Some photos from this year's trip:

1. A cinnamon colored black bear in GTNP. It was my only bear encounter there (I was unlucky in my timing, as there were Grizzlies on Pilgrim Creek Road just before and after I was there.

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2. A Grizzly nicknamed "Raspberry" in Yellowstone. This is the mother of "Snow", the cub I posted earlier.

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3. Old Faithful at night:

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4. Lightning near Old Faithful:

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5. The Milky Way over Lake Yellowstone:

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6. Bison in Hayden Valley:

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7. A Grizzly not willing to share his elk breakfast with a pesky raven:

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8. A Pronghorn Antelope chasing a coyote:

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22 hours ago, sandwedge said:

Thanks for the reply, Mookie. I'll try to find an answer before game time. I'd like to take Marta but won't do it unless I know I won't get turned away at the door. Plan B is to get there very early and be at the gates when they open. That way, if I get turned back I should have time to return to the car.

The Tetons are awesome. I spent 4 days there before heading up into Yellowstone. When I was younger, I climbed the Grand Teton.

Some photos from this year's trip:

1. A cinnamon colored black bear in GTNP. It was my only bear encounter there (I was unlucky in my timing, as there were Grizzlies on Pilgrim Creek Road just before and after I was there.

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2. A Grizzly nicknamed "Raspberry" in Yellowstone. This is the mother of "Snow", the cub I posted earlier.

ys%204-307-600x400.jpg

 

3. Old Faithful at night:

ys%2023-342-600x400.jpg

 

4. Lightning near Old Faithful:

ys%2021-590-600x400.jpg

 

5. The Milky Way over Lake Yellowstone:

ys%209-013-600x400.jpg

 

6. Bison in Hayden Valley:

zzys10-321-600x400.jpg

 

7. A Grizzly not willing to share his elk breakfast with a pesky raven:

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8. A Pronghorn Antelope chasing a coyote:

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Nice!  How long of a lens were you using for the wildlife shots?  I've got a 100-400 on a crop body, but was thinking about renting a 1.4 teleconverter for the trip.

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Nice shots, Mookie. I believe I see Berry College in there. Class of '88 here.

 

I have a 100-400 mk1, but I bought a Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens last year and used that mostly in Yellowstone.  Usually you 'll want as much reach as you can get, but there are times that 400mm would have been enough. If your 100-400 takes teleconverters well, a 1.4 would definitely be useful. I love my Sigma, though. I kept my 100-400 because I prefer the push pull zoom for shooting my daughter's youth sports.

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7 hours ago, sandwedge said:

Nice shots, Mookie. I believe I see Berry College in there. Class of '88 here.

 

I have a 100-400 mk1, but I bought a Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens last year and used that mostly in Yellowstone.  Usually you 'll want as much reach as you can get, but there are times that 400mm would have been enough. If your 100-400 takes teleconverters well, a 1.4 would definitely be useful. I love my Sigma, though. I kept my 100-400 because I prefer the push pull zoom for shooting my daughter's youth sports.

Awesome!  I work at Berry in the IT Dept. and have been photographing the eagles there for the past 4 seasons, along with lots of the scenery on ccampus.  Six of those shots were actually taken on the campus and the 1st eagle wasn't taken too far away.

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To answer my own question, I finally found a policy that says no lenses over 6 inches in length. I'm thinking that I may rent a Canon 200 2.8II, which meets this criteria. My other option is using my sx50, which is a really cool bridge camera with lots of reach but not nearly as good IQ and focusing as a dslr.

Some people say to just go and enjoy the game, but I really like trying to get cool shots. I know if I don't take a camera I'll regret it.

Here's one of my favorite shots ever, taken with a cheap film camera and lens, from the upper level at Atlanta/Fulton County Stadium. Sid Bream beginning his slide to win the '92 NLCS:

 

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Ma Berry with grass for the nest on a pretty overcast day.  We were lucky that she flew about 25' above us and maybe another 30' away.  I was very lucky to get her in the frame.

31256757134_ede82b536e_c.jpgBC Female Bald Eagle 1 by Jason, on Flickr

32059027506_11eaa11964_c.jpgBC Female Bald Eagle 2 by Jason, on Flickr

Dad with a squirrel on the same day.  He had went to the ground not too far from the viewing area, but on the other side of a small rise/hill.  He popped right back up with a snack to take to the nest.

31256755994_eda5436106_c.jpgBC Male Bald Eagle 1 by Jason, on Flickr

Ma with more grass on a nicer day.

31980062721_d42b7231bf_c.jpgBC Female Bald Eagle 3 by Jason, on Flickr

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A few buddies and I loaded up shortly after Christmas and went to White Oak Pastures where they raise grass fed cattle, goats, pigs, turkey, duck, and have free range chickens.  They are routinely inundated with young bald eagles honing their hunting skills and picking off the free range chickens.  A lot of the action was after dusk as night fell, so no great shots, but here are some from the trip.

This little fella was so new to the world that he still had his umbilical cord attached and stumbled with every step.

31980071731_c43a22a176_c.jpgLamb 1 by Jason, on Flickr

32098099695_e85f54f342_c.jpgLamb 2 by Jason, on Flickr

It was a very foggy morning when we arrived, so I liked this one as black and white.

31287750493_56a771f2c4_c.jpgWOP Eagle 1 by Jason, on Flickr

31722873050_3c70954167_c.jpgWOP Eagle 2 by Jason, on Flickr

31287749423_0002f33959_c.jpgWOP Eagle 3 by Jason, on Flickr

31722872190_155a2b86db_c.jpgWOP Eagle 5 by Jason, on Flickr

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Loving those shots of Berry, especially the excellent shots of the eagles! I don't make it up there often, but I have a few decent shots of the eagles - not as good as the ones you posted, though!

 

Ma Eagle:

Berry College "Mama" Eagle

 

 

B3, the day after he fledged:

Berry College "B3"

 

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Had a blast at the game. Got on TV celebrating the Sanu touchdown. Decided not to rent a 200 2.8 - just thought it was a little too much trouble. Regretted it some, the sx50 doesn't autofocus quickly enough and isn't good at high ISO. 

Not too many shots, but here's a couple:

 

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Lighting wasn't great but Ma Berry flew REALLY close recently.  So much so that I clipped both of her wings and instead of trying to recreate them in photoshop, I went with a tighter crop.

32226077621_a03674d2f5_c.jpgBC Bald Eagle Female 6 by Jason, on Flickr

A series from the the following day of Ma Berry leaving her favorite perch to head back to the nest for a shift change.  I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch her banking towards me.

31573198963_c7bfa0f57e_c.jpgBC Bald Eagle Female 12 by Jason, on Flickr

32345021136_58f520858c_c.jpgBC Bald Eagle Female 13 by Jason, on Flickr

31573198193_3499e9a7ce_c.jpgBC Bald Eagle Female 14 by Jason, on Flickr

32345020826_08257db1e8_c.jpgBC Bald Eagle Female 15 by Jason, on Flickr

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A few shots from a dreary Sunday.  Still have some eagle shots to finish up.

This guy is great.  He typically lets you get within about 10 feet if you move slowly over the course of a few minutes.  He's quite confused though as he's picked out a female mallard that he tends to hem in and will fend of male mallards that come close to her.

32505441931_24d593125f_c.jpgWood Duck 3 by Jason, on Flickr

31816111903_fdc32fa24c_c.jpgWood Duck 2 by Jason, on Flickr

 

Also stumbled across a Red Shouldered Hawk while driving.  Saw him hoping around on the side of the road and then he flew to a power line.  Very cooperative guy that let me walk right under him while he was 8-10 feet above on the power line.

31816112563_81d7206ff4_c.jpgRSH 5 by Jason, on Flickr

Nictitating membrane over the eye.

32587667966_0b9ace27a5_c.jpgRSH 6 by Jason, on Flickr

31816112343_3d08de428e_c.jpgRSH 9 by Jason, on Flickr

32505442151_d16eee9389_c.jpgRSH 11 by Jason, on Flickr

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A local walking bridge that was once a railroad bridge.  It has a center column that allowed the bridge to turn so that steamboats and other large boats could pass under it back in the day.  Now that it's a walking bridge, the city of Rome, Ga has added an American Flag made out of lights and the locals have started to add "locks of love" to the bridge.

32981286895_ac0b86c25f_c.jpgFlag Bridge 1 by Jason, on Flickr

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So I just spent way too much money, but I feel really good about it.  Picked up a Canon 5D Mark III with less than 8K shutter count that comes with 2 Canon batteries, 1 Canon charger, 2 16GB CF cards, original box and other accessories for $1,600.  Then I turned around and bought a Canon 16-35 f/4L, larger ThinkTank bag, Black Rapid strap for the new 5DM3,  and a couple of new filters.  The UPS man is about to become my bff.

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