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Carlin

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  1. Fred, Will makes a display case each year with all the flies and takes them around to trade shows with him to have on display. Here is one from a few years back:
  2. http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license/prices.html
  3. If I were to plan an Alaska trip with a bunch of friends, I'd plan on flying into Anchorage and renting an RV or a truck for 2-3 weeks then work the road system for salmon, trout and grayling, camping along the way. The Naknek and similar rivers/lodges are a great opportunity, but I personally would rather fish a number of different rivers and watersheds and explore in the process. Take a guided trip or two on the Kenai, do some saltwater fishing out of Deep Creek or Seward, wade Quartz, combat Bird Creek, fish the Little Su, Willow, Kashwitna, etc. on the way up to the Denail highway, then fish for grayling and camp for a couple days across the dirt road (you're not supposed to take rentals across the Denali, but whatever... ) then work your way back to Los Anchorage fishing the Gulkana, and some other smaller grayling streams like Mendeltna along the way. Just another option.
  4. It's a crisp -8F outside with not a cloud in the sky and as I looked out the window the moon was just begging for a photo shoot. This was taken hand held with a Canon EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens and Canon 1.4X teleconverter on my 30D; ISO 640, 400mm (x1.4), f/5.6, 1/250sec. I had to manually focus due to the teleconverter, so out of about 50 shots with different settings and focus, maybe 3 or 4 came out nice and clean like this one. Some minor tweaking in Lightroom and this is what I got.
  5. Congrats Will and Nick. I know you guys put your heart and soul into the mag and I'm sure it'll exceed all of our expectations as well. Waiting anxiously...
  6. I recall seeing a few websites that had been setup using free hosting sites, but they were full of ads, popups, etc. Check out Godaddy.com for cheap hosting and domain name registration. Monthly hosting is around $3.50/mo which includes a ridiculous amount of web space and bandwidth. I'm pretty sure they even has some free web hosting options w/ domain name registration purchase (again, with ads I'm sure).
  7. I had the same problem for most of yesterday Jay. It ended up clearing itself up later in the afternoon. Will said it was likely the DNS information having not been fully propagated after the server switch and that time would eventually fix it. Give it 'til later this afternoon and if you haven't been able to get in by then, shoot me an email.
  8. Cool stuff guys! Nice pics. Here is one of my favorites taken by a friend - love those teeth!
  9. Jim, I picked up a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro lens for my girlfriend a while back and it is a fantastic zoom/macro lens for the money and comes in at right around $200. It takes photos better than several other comparable lenses that I've tried that are 2-3x the price. It's not professional quality of course, but it is also not $1500 and for the price there is no better lens out there in its class. My girlfriend and I have been very, very pleased with it. Here is the version for the Pentax: http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-70-300mm-Telep...9490&sr=8-1 If you decide to go that route, be sure to get the DG APO Macro version. There is a DG Macro and an APO Macro and neither are as good as the DG APO Macro.
  10. A shot of an eagle taken this weekend while on a steelheading trip: Graham, we probably saw - no kidding - a thousand bald eagles during the course of the week. :devil: Most were paired up, and during the middle of the day they could be seen flying high in the sky in groups of 5-15.
  11. Ditto Will and Andrew and don't forget Amazon.
  12. Definitely some nice wide angle shots Graham. I especially like the shot looking up into the ship's rigging. What lens(es) were you using?
  13. Man Graham, that turtle is sick! The golden crowned kinglet is sure cute Chris. We have ruby crowned kinglets that flock around here in the summer. I'll try and get some shots when it warms up and they show their faces. Great doves and finches flyrod! Once I would've laughed if someone said 'learn to use a lens', but I know better now. Here are a few shots from this weekend taken with my new Canon 100-400L IS lens, which I have officially fallen in love with. :headbang: A camp robber: A boreal chickadee: A nuthatch: A kinda neat shot of a nuthatch really working to crack a shell with some serious backlight: Well, its not a bird shot but I'm a sucker for moon shots so here is one from last night:
  14. Beautiful scenery and photos.
  15. I've had really good luck with B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
  16. Nice shot of the eagle flyrod98, and nice lens! I just got the Canon 100-400L IS but I haven't had the chance to give it much of a workout yet. Hopefully I'll have the time this weekend.
  17. Thanks for all the kind words guys! I just wish I was still there, hanging out in the sunshine fishing and snapping photos. :crying: I know the photo you mean, quite well. I have a nice framed version of it sitting above me right now, and Graham was kind enough to let me use the image for my business cards as well. Its one awesome photo! Great to hear you are able to sell a few of those prints Graham! :yahoo:
  18. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few weeks in New Zealand in February where I gave my somewhat new Canon 30D its first real workout. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip: Fur seals: Coming in for a landing: Old electric fence: Falls: Sky over Akaroa: Cicada: Little fishes:
  19. Don't take the build quality of the 300D, 350D or 400D (EOS, XT, XTi) as indicative of the build quality of the higher end pro-sumer Canon bodies such as the 20D and 30D which are super heavy-duty and much better made than their smaller, plastic bodied brethren. Not that I want to dissuade you from taking Graham's advise on the Nikon, but I have a Canon 30d and absolutely love it, though my total experience with the D200 was limited to about 30 seconds of holding Grahams.
  20. Thanks guys! I didn't even think of trying the flash. In fact, I have an external 430ex flash for the camera as well that might have been just the ticket. I'll give that a whirl next time and see how things go. Thanks Graham. Yep. Got a 58mm converter for something like $10 from eBay. Works like a charm. I also picked up one that converts 58mm to 62mm so I can add the 50mm f/1.8 face to face with of one of my other lenses to increase the magnification significantly. It was too much for these shots, but I'll be using it in the future. Here is another crystal shot for you:
  21. I'm still trying to get the hang of my Canon 30d and I was able to spend some time this weekend taking photos of all kinds of stuff and thought I'd post a few of the not-so-sucky shots. The light was pretty poor (what do you expect from Alaska in the winter! ) so most were taken at high ISO settings. All the photos (except the crystal shots) were taken with a cheap zoom lens that I picked up with the idea of helping me decide which big $$ zoom lens I want to get. It is a Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 APO DG Macro that I paid $200 for from Amazon. Really a pretty good lens considering its cost! Here is a shot of the back end of a redpoll taken from inside the cabin (214mm, 500 ISO, f/5.0, 1/500sec): A pine grosbeak (300mm, 640 ISO, f/5.6, 1/160sec): A group of chickadee scattering from the feeder (119mm, 1600 ISO, f/4.0, 1/1600sec). A shot of the moon that turned out much better than I would've expected, especially since I didn't have the assistance of a tripod (didn't want to carry it all the way back to the cabin on snowshoes). Taken at 300mm, 800 iSO, f5.6, 1/640 sec. And a shot of ice crystals that had formed on the outside of the cabin windows. Taken using a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens mounted backwards, 250 ISO, 1/250sec. Actual size of the area in the photo is about 1cm across.
  22. If I'm not mistaken that camera is a simple point and shoot and doesn't have an aperture setting option. You might try leaving it in macro, zooming in to maximum (which will change the aperture from 2.8 to its minimum of 3.9) then physically move away from the fly a little bit.
  23. Check with these folks Inconnu: http://content-angler.com/vosselervise.html Very helpful, honest and won't give you the 'hard sell'.
  24. Had a little eBay snafu and ended up with 2 spare Canon batteries that I cannot use. Anyone who wants them, just PM me your address and I'll drop them into the mail free of charge. Brand new non-OEM NB-2LH high capacity 1500mAh lithium ion batteries. Fit the following Canon models: EOS Digital Rebel XT ( EOS 350D ), Elura 40mc, Elura 50, Elura 80, Elura 85, Elura 90, MV5, MV5i, MV5iMC, MV6iMC, MV800, MV830, MV830i, MV850i, MV880X, MVX200, MVX200i, MVX20i, MVX250i, MVX25i, MVX300, MVX30i, MVX330i, MVX350i, MVX35i, Optura 50, Optura 60, S30, S40, S45, S50, S60, S70, S80, ZR100, ZR200, ZR300, ZR400
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