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05-19-2018, 11:31 PM - 10 Likes   #28471
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I went back yesterday to see if I could find any more alligators. Caught this one in the late afternoon / early evening. K3 - 150-450 at 330mm.





While walking along the trail, there was a couple that had two small children. The wife stopped me and asked me if I had seen anything further up the trail. I told her what I saw, and where-about to expect seeing it. While I was talking to her, the husband was eyeballing me up and down. From the way he was looking at me, I had a feeling he was going to say something stupid to assert his manliness in front of his woman, but he kept quiet. She told me thanks for the tip, I said good luck, and we went our separate ways.

A bit later, we all happened upon the gator above about the same time. I didn't say anything to them when I walked up, and just went to take my pictures. While I was shooting the pic above, she said "That's a nice camera". Before I could say thanks, the husband said "That's cheap junk, you can get that at walmart for 30 bucks, lets go" He grabbed her arm, and they started to walk away.

I could just tell from the way he was looking at me the first time, he had something stupid to say, but cheap junk? walmart? 30bucks? I actually questioned if I had heard what I did. I wanted to say something back to him, but knew it would only escalate things and I didn't want a broken camera. Plus, I was standing in between him and this alligator so I just let it go. I don't need to prove anything.
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
I just let it go
Good move (or no move). Dude has issues.
OTOH, you did let us all down by not sticking up for the brand.
Oh, yeah: terrific photo!
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
I don't need to prove anything.

That's right.


Like the fact that the woman married a nitwit.

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No doubt the nitwit has a Rebel he bought in 1995 with the kit lens. There are some people in this world. She is abused emotionally if not physically, but we cannot solve her problem here. I just pity her.
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I place feeders for the hummingbirds around my home. At the peak of the season (around late June) I usually have 10 feeders up, and will go through around 3 liters of syrup a day. I hang them from the eaves, using copper wire salvaged from the trailer house we lived in before building our house. On some of them I left a bit of wire as a perch, and this Rufous has taken to use it as a place to defend "his" feeder from the other birds.








The little guy sits there for hours on end, looking this way and that.









And when another bird approaches, he leans in the direction it is coming from before flying off to chase the interloper away.





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Not the greatest photos, but it's really nice to have these guys back in town.
I always look forward to the month of May in WA state.
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Not the greatest photos
I would say otherwise, nicely caught light, especially with the warbler

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Moon. Getting ready to Stargaze.

For Aussies, as most know Brian Cox is here, and Stargazing is on again.

Popped out the backdoor just now, caught the moon rising up.

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True confession - I still had the shutter speed set 1/160 sec from some previous shots. After a few seconds I glanced at the settings and changed them, but of course the bird was gone. Hand held, not brilliant, but better than I deserve.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
Marsh Wren

True confession - I still had the shutter speed set 1/160 sec from some previous shots. After a few seconds I glanced at the settings and changed them, but of course the bird was gone. Hand held, not brilliant, but better than I deserve.
I, of course, have NEVER done that kind of error.

SMC Takumar 55/1.8 on K-3. My wife put her hat on me as a hat stand (sometimes I'm useful). and I did what I would have done with the DA 12-24. I just held the camera out and went CLICK. It didn't autofocus! what's wrong with my camera?

Apologies to the list: this isn't a 300+ mm lens.
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Cunor 350mm review

I picked up this classic old preset telephoto lens to check out. It looks like a classic 4 elements in 3 groups "wundertute" type.



Mine is branded Cunor but it is most commonly found as a soligor. There has been an ongoing debate on mflenses.com as to who made this and other similar lenses. The soligors have a H6xxx serial, as does this cunor, coincidentally or not, H6's have been attributed to Kino. However I am going to place a flag and say this is a tokina, and the kino attribution to H6xxx serials is wrong. Even though I haven't been able to find any evidence of one branded as a tokina (or tokyo koki) online, for me the "faux" 47mm thread t-mount that this lens has is distinctively, and definitively, tokina.
I took along my soligor (tamron) 350mm f5.6 for comparison, that's a lens I rate. Some test pics of the musselmens raft were inconclusive due to inconsistencies, suffice to say results were similar. And both lenses took similar pics of the jackdaws and gulls on Conwy quayside (cunor top, NX20, f11 same pp - contrast bumped and resized images sharpened):



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Current state of play: the tamron made soligor is edging it, slightly better resolution IMO but most specifically because of it's much superior close focus: 3.5mm approx vs 6.6m measured mfd. However I did manage to reduce that to ~4m by unscrewing the stop screw on the focus sleeve on the Cunor.

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A reminder to watch where you step while looking up in the trees for birds. I scanned the ground, took a step forward, and this water moccasin (venomous) slithered out from under my next foot step. It was so well camouflaged with the leaves that I almost overlooked it. I'd like to say that I am pretty good at spotting snakes, but I completely missed this one. I froze in place and my foot hovered over it as it moved out of the way. A close call, an eye-opener, and a first for me. I spent the rest of the trail looking for snakes.

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Yesterday at the duck pond, I caught a lady hand feeding a Nutria Rat. I talked to her, and she said that she feeds him every day and that he likes salads, but today he got a treat of bread.
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A cormorant making a splash in Galveston, Tx.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
DFA 150-450
So you got the 150-450? How do you like it so far?
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