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12-08-2017, 05:32 PM - 1 Like   #26971
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As the great philosopher Linus remarked: " Summers fly. Winters walk. "
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I've considered this path in the past. Do you have an idea as to the maximum focus distance?
I'd have to fiddle and measure. Will try sometime maybe Sunday. Looks like a significant or at least annoying snowfall Saturday.
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I'd have to fiddle and measure. Will try sometime maybe Sunday. Looks like a significant or at least annoying snowfall Saturday.
That would be incredibly nice of you. I'm just wondering about focusing to about 50 yards.

I'm a couple hundred miles south and west of you, we're slated for only 2-4 inches.
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That would be incredibly nice of you. I'm just wondering about focusing to about 50 yards.

I'm a couple hundred miles south and west of you, we're slated for only 2-4 inches.
Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MessyChewBits all stick out to the east a bit, enough to get deeper into the path of some coastal storms. BTW: do you know where Cape May is? My mother grew up there. Used to visit her aunts when I was very small. I visited the town a few years back after not being there for over 50 years. Looks like a spot that time has bypassed, or where time has stood still.

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Very fortunate that this little gem (measuring around 18-20cm) visiting the local park on 1st of December few weeks ago. Missed it last year due to some irresponsible paparrazi (calling them as paparrazi instead of wildlife photographer) shaking the tree (just wanna to get the big eye shot) while he's resting, end up he didn't stay long... I hope that this year ALL the photographers behave and be responsible, let him take a rest after the long haul..







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Out again with the DA*300 + HD 1.4x TC. Egret caught making a nice ballet pose.

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Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MessyChewBits all stick out to the east a bit, enough to get deeper into the path of some coastal storms. BTW: do you know where Cape May is? My mother grew up there. Used to visit her aunts when I was very small. I visited the town a few years back after not being there for over 50 years. Looks like a spot that time has bypassed, or where time has stood still.
Cape May = Exit Zero, I was there once as a wee lad, some 40 years ago, on Family Vacation. Don't remember a darn thing about it other than I got car sick on the way down. I'm sure a great place for photography, though, if one can dodge the tourists.

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Cape May = Exit Zero, I was there once as a wee lad, some 40 years ago, on Family Vacation. Don't remember a darn thing about it other than I got car sick on the way down. I'm sure a great place for photography, though, if one can dodge the tourists.

OOPS! I made a mental typing error. Cape May was the location of the ferry dock before the bridge-tunnel complex was built. I have been there a few times doing some beach combing, and Audubon back then used to set up mist nets during migration season to do a bird count (Cape May is a bit a of a funnel-neck along the Atlantic flyway),

BUT, Cape May isn't where my mother grew up. That is the much more out-of-the-way, cannot-get-there-unless-you-try-really-hard town of Port Norris. It is sufficiently off the beaten track that we got lost twice trying to get there, including doing one classic complete circle and winding up back where we started (a consequence of a tiny bridge, shown on our map, that had been totally dismantled). It is an interesting little town, with several Victorian-era houses still standing, including the one where mom grew up - I think (50 + year gap in my visits, and five-six year old kids don't necessarily make detailed mental images of a building). The aunts who raised her also had a summer place in Wildwood, which mother sometimes spoke of fondly, but SFAIK I never visited that house. They called it "Greystone" because, I think, of the decorative stone or molded cement pillars that supported the front porch roof, visible in a poor photo of mother when a teenager.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Cape May = Exit Zero, I was there once as a wee lad, some 40 years ago, on Family Vacation. Don't remember a darn thing about it other than I got car sick on the way down. I'm sure a great place for photography, though, if one can dodge the tourists.
I also remember visiting Cape May as a child. What I remember most was the sunken cement ship off the coast. Yes indeed, it was a ship made out of concrete, of all materials. Don't know if it's still there since that was many decades ago.
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OOPS! I made a mental typing error. Cape May was the location of the ferry dock before the bridge-tunnel complex was built. I have been there a few times doing some beach combing, and Audubon back then used to set up mist nets during migration season to do a bird count (Cape May is a bit a of a funnel-neck along the Atlantic flyway),

BUT, Cape May isn't where my mother grew up. That is the much more out-of-the-way, cannot-get-there-unless-you-try-really-hard town of Port Norris. It is sufficiently off the beaten track that we got lost twice trying to get there, including doing one classic complete circle and winding up back where we started (a consequence of a tiny bridge, shown on our map, that had been totally dismantled). It is an interesting little town, with several Victorian-era houses still standing, including the one where mom grew up - I think (50 + year gap in my visits, and five-six year old kids don't necessarily make detailed mental images of a building). The aunts who raised her also had a summer place in Wildwood, which mother sometimes spoke of fondly, but SFAIK I never visited that house. They called it "Greystone" because, I think, of the decorative stone or molded cement pillars that supported the front porch roof, visible in a poor photo of mother when a teenager.
I know that some wildlife photogs like to go to Cape May for birds - not too many places here in Joisey to get snaps of snowy owls.

I'd never heard of Port Norris until you just mentioned it, but I live near a town called Port Morris, on the edge of Lake Musconetcong.

"Greystone" gave me a chuckle. About a half-hour drive from me is the former Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, which has since been shut down and partially demolished. Periodically the local newspapers would alert us to an escapee. Probably safest to photograph said escapee with a 600/5.6.

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I also remember visiting Cape May as a child. What I remember most was the sunken cement ship off the coast. Yes indeed, it was a ship made out of concrete, of all materials. Don't know if it's still there since that was many decades ago.
That ship's a relic of WW1. I'd imagine it's well-disintegrated by now.
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I also remember visiting Cape May as a child. What I remember most was the sunken cement ship off the coast. Yes indeed, it was a ship made out of concrete, of all materials. Don't know if it's still there since that was many decades ago.
Some years ago on the Wet (sic) Coast of Canada there were a few concrete boats made, commercial and pleasure. My family was a wooden hull family:
commercial fishermen. I remember dreading spring. It was time to stand in the mud and caulk the seams at low tide with the boat on supports ...
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time to stand in the mud and caulk the seams at low tide with the boat on supports ...
Ah, yes: good times, I imagine.
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I also remember visiting Cape May as a child. What I remember most was the sunken cement ship off the coast. Yes indeed, it was a ship made out of concrete, of all materials. Don't know if it's still there since that was many decades ago.
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That ship's a relic of WW1. I'd imagine it's well-disintegrated by now.
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The wreckage of SS Atlantus (commissioned in 1919, sunk in 1926), is visible off Sunset Beach near Cape May, New Jersey. 38.944322N 74.972083W[22]
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I posted a link in the Pentax Price Watch section but thought I'd give everyone here a heads-up on a trio of interesting Tamron teles on ebay, if interested.
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