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02-05-2016, 07:33 PM - 2 Likes   #5731
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Cross posted from post your photos, and the 300 plus club/

K-3 DA*60-250 and 1.4 TC at 350mm

400 ISO, ƒ5.6 - ƒ8, AV


From my day in the park.

Evening grosbeak.


Pine Siskin


A gathering of Blue Jays


A single blue Jay


A gray jay


An always dependable black capped chickadee.


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Stunning images, Norm!
Especially the Blue Jays Band!
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Thanks... ya, that one made me laugh.
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K3 with Macro Takumar 50mm close to full extension. 1/100sec F11 ISO3200 Contrast and curve adjustment. Elbows braced hand held. (Cross posted to Takumar thread)

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Train, with F 28/2.8

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Steam locomotives are really handsome and fascinating. Pity they are relatively awkward and complex to run, and much higher maintenance than a modern diesel.
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Steam locomotives are really handsome and fascinating. Pity they are relatively awkward and complex to run, and much higher maintenance than a modern diesel.
Yes! I was quite close when this drowe by. It was quite powerful experience. those sounds, power, steam...
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QuoteOriginally posted by repaap Quote
Yes! I was quite close when this drowe by. It was quite powerful experience. those sounds, power, steam...
And a rumbling in your belly as if a teenager listening to the radio stops his car next to you at a traffic light. BOOM-badda-BOOM-badda-BOOM!!!
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44s Astrotracer shot. Samyang 10mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO 800.



First Astrotracer shot I was happy with.
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K-3 and Vivitar M 135mm ƒ 2.8
400 ISO, ƒ2.8, 1/2000s

I don't know why but this guy was running off all takers today. There was jumping an leaping and squaring off like a boxing match, he was the one left standing.



I was lying in the snow on my belly, half behind a tree... I think he was sizing me up considering taking a run at me.

He's got that "what you looking at?" expression.



Ask me how hard it is to get in focus exposures tracking a squirrel with a manual focus lens. If I was shooting film, these images would have cost me 2 rolls of 36 exposure film, for maybe 10 exposures in focus.
That second shot ... so funny ! And well done too !

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Train, with F 28/2.8

I like trains !
This one is special: very sharp, great composition with a touch of "high key" !
Well done.

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44s Astrotracer shot. Samyang 10mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO 800.



First Astrotracer shot I was happy with.
Beautiful shot.
How do you call this star group in the upper/centre image?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Beautiful shot.
How do you call this star group in the upper/centre image?
That's Orion, a Winter constellation. It has the largest number of bright stars of any constellation, a spectacular nebula (the middle bright spot of the "sword"), and the famous super giant* red star Betelgeuse (right shoulder of Orion, on your left).

*Difficult to get an exact size, but if placed at the position of our sun its outer surface would certainly be well past the Earth, possibly as far out as Jupiter.

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That's Orion, a Winter constellation. It has the largest number of bright stars of any constellation, a spectacular nebula (the middle bright spot of the "sword"), and the famous super giant* red star Betelgeuse (right shoulder of Orion, on your left).

*Difficult to get an exact size, but if placed at the position of our sun its outer surface would certainly be well past the Earth, possibly as far out as Jupiter.
Thanks for the quick course of astronomy !
Well, as stupid as I could be: I can't figure out what you are saying except for the fact that this image represents Orion !
Much thanks for the ID !
Cheers!
Edit: So I went here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=west+sky,+orion,+betelgeuse,+winter&biw=1289&...AwcMzfBJW9Q%3D
and now I can understand what you are saying.
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I thought you might have heard of Betelgeuse through the movie character "Beetlejuice" whose name, I believe, is derived from the star (pronunciations of star and spook are identical).
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