Dan Cadieux’s ISO 800 and Higher Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery–Part I « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

DDan Cadieux's ISO 800 and Higher Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery--Part I

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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #1: Pectoral Sandpiper, juvenile in golden light.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux

Thanks Dan!

Dan Cadieux, a Canadian federal government employee, lives with his wife Chantal in Ottawa Canada. He is the proud father of two boys and two girls and an avid bird/nature photographer in his free time. He is a skilled, hard-working moderator in the Avian Forum at Bird Photographers.Net. As of 1:54 pm on September 21, 2016 he had started 2928 threads and posted 20,903 comments. Many of his threads include one of his great images posted for critiquing. In most of the comments he is critiquing the work of others telling what he likes, what he does not like, and offering suggestions for improvement. He is an invaluable member of the BPN staff. You can learn more about Dan here.

You can see more of Dan’s old 7D images here and learn about his post-processing here, both on the BAA Blog.


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #2: Eastern Kingbird, pair at nest.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux

Today’s Cadieux Collection

Today’s collection of excellent and beautiful Dan Cadieux images were all created at ISOs of 800 or higher with the Canon EOS-7D Mark II, often noted as being very poor at the higher ISOs. How do Dan’s images look to you? Best advice: expose to the right! Remember, it ain’t the lens and it ain’t the camera body. It’s what’s in the head, mind, and heart of the person holding the gear.


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #3: Semipalmated Sandpiper, juvenile.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux

Your Favorite?

Please leave a comment letting us know which two of Dan’s images you like best. And feel free to leave a question for Dan.


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #4: Cedar Waxwing, high key.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux

Dan and the Old 7D

If you missed the gallery of Dan’s image created with the original notoriously bad Canon EOS 7D, you can view it here.


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #5: Spotted Sandpiper, juvenile teetering with tail raised
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #6: Semipalmated Sandpiper, juvenile flapping after bath–high key.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #7: Veery.
Image copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #8: American Tree Sparrow
copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux


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This image was created by Dan Cadieux with the hand held Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the greatest ever value in a digital DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Image #9: Bohemian Waxwings
Copyright and courtesy of Daniel Cadieux

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14 comments to Dan Cadieux’s ISO 800 and Higher Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery–Part I

  • Cedar Waxwing high key. It takes my breath away.

    I enjoy reading about how you make your images and now how you process them. Thank you.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    All Great Images! My very favourite is the American Tree Sparrow.

  • Great images by Dan as always! I especially like the high key cedar waxwing. I don’t know why so many people get down on high key images. They are always high on my list.

    It is interesting, I checked my bookmarks and still have his tutorial bookmarked on using the original 7D. It’s not generally about the gear, it’s the photographer. Make the best images you can with the equipment you can afford.

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    With photography skills like this, why in the world is Dan wasting his time working for the Canadian government? Same thing was true of Artie working as a school teacher — way back when.

  • avatar Krishna Prasad

    Amazing images… I loved all of them..

  • Dan always enjoyed your work on Naturescapes and after seeing these they are all great Love em all

    Fredster

  • avatar Scott Borowy

    My two favorites are the Pectoral Sandpiper for light, color, and composition and the pair of Bohemian Waxwings for the interesting subject positioning, soft light, and overall picture.

    Side note – I got my car stuck in snow on a roadside cliff in North Truro, Massachusetts when a flock of Bohemians came south. Snow goes from a car-pliable mush to solid pretty quick around sunset in February, but I got my life bird(s). Fantastic bird.

    Dan’s work reminds me of how I am floored by your work in The Art of Bird Photography I & II. You did great things with film, as he has done with the 7D (and now the 7D II) and it really does come down to proper exposure.

    Masterful use of the post-processing tools helps, as exhibited by Dan and yourself, in expanding the quality of the image. I am also amazed at how you and probably Dan, can perform these edits lightning fast. As Glen mentioned, I would be interested in knowing if Dan’s workflow has changed.

    Lastly, I am time-and-time again convinced that micro-adjusting lenses is the real deal, and it is something I will be purchasing and practicing.

    Great work Dan and thanks for giving Artie permission to share.

    • Hey Scott, thanks, and you are welcome! See my reply to Glen re: workflow. You are correct that good post-processing is important to make an image shine, but as Artie says, and I agree with him, is that you need a good file to work on. “Junk in – Junk out” were his words, and the trash bin gets filled with those rather than attempted rescuing 🙂

      BTW, those Bohemian Waxwings were taken during my very first outing with the 7DII back in January – what a great species to have show up to christen the new camera!

  • avatar Jay

    They are all great images. No need to point out a favorite as the reason for differentiating them is inconsequential.

  • avatar Jerry

    Amazing images!!!!

    The Kingbirds are my favorite. Quite a photograph!!!

    JT

  • avatar Glen Fox

    In my experience, ETTR is definitely necessary to get this kind of results with the 7Dii. Is Dan using the same RAW development and processing workflow that he used with his 7D images, or has he adopted Arash’s DPP workflow? These are gorgeous images and reflect amazing field craft and artistic talent. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Glen, thanks! I’m still pretty much using the same RAW workflow as before, but with a few tweaks in settings as I now use LR6 and CS6 and they have different, often better, algorithms than the versions I previously used. I have never used DPP, so I can’t comment on that.

      • avatar Scott Borowy

        Thanks for the reply above and here, Dan.

        I did spend a little bit of time on your blog, which is another great resource for photography and practical things like wearing long sleeves and pants; how is your elbow, by the way?

        I’ve seen Artie using the trackpad on his MacBook to make edits and I have been floored by the proficiency and accuracy of those edits. These are things I would only attempt with a stylus pen or very awkwardly with a mouse. What input device do you use when making your edits?

        There are a lot of northern originating birds that I would love to come up and attempt to see; Snowy Owls and Bohemians are still local rarities for me without some driving. Gyrfalcon would be a great sight, too.

        • The elbow is 100% back to normal. It took a few weeks, even after the prescription, for the swelling to fully subside, but all’s well now. As for editing, I just use a good old fashioned mouse. I do work zoomed in big for better accuracy. We’re pretty anxious to see what this winter will bring us up here, it’s never the same two years in a row!

          Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog too – it’s not updated nearly as often as Artie’s, but I do enjoy working on it when I do post something new.