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09-19-2017, 06:00 AM - 1 Like   #8626
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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos - American White Pelican, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

apparently a resident at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL ( home to the Chicago Zoological Society )

hadn't just eaten a bird but it did appear it wanted to eat the feather.

Others were following it trying to get the feather away from it as it went from sunlight to shade

it eventually just dropped it and went on

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Peak colour is just around the corner...

Out with the K-3 and DFA 100



Tripper was attacked by another dog... he says "You should have seen the other guy."






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I'm doing a Single In September with the DFA 24-70. Took a few shots on the K3 for the extra length.

Fog and Sun.



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So I just received a message on Flickr from someone who tells me he shoots with a D500 and Sigma 105mm, and then asks me how I get such awesome macro results... (Actually, he asked how I got "such a high resolution", but I am paraphrasing to "awesome results" here, bear with me!)

Wondering if I should tell him:
a) It's not me, it's you!
b) It's not you, it's me!
c) It's the camera of course!
d) Some more reasonable/boring answer asking about his flash setup and diffusion and discussing technique and so on...

Thoughts?

... In other news, starting last weekend, Montreal was "invaded" by a never-seen-before quantity of Painted Lady butterflies! A rather fun invasion! According to news reports (one and two, in French), unusual contrary winds forced them to land here, whereas they normally fly way above us during their annual migration.

I find photographing butterflies very challenging. They are very large subjects compared to what I usually shoot, and when you get really close their face is just awkward, IMHO. So I tried various lenses and compositions.

DA35 fairly close in, with a butterfly on the ground:



Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary, with butterflies on flowers, trying to get more than one in each composition:



Same lens, but even wider, as if from the PoV of a butterfly on another flower:



And finally something close to my usual macro style, though even with this one this is less magnification than I am used to dealing with. It was very hard to get this shot as the butterflies were super active on the mint flowers, but I am quite happy with the resulting shot:




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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba:
So I just received a message on Flickr from someone who tells me he shoots with a D500 and Sigma 105mm, and then asks me how I get such awesome macro results... (Actually, he asked how I got "such a high resolution", but I am paraphrasing to "awesome results" here, bear with me!)

Wondering if I should tell him:
a) It's not me, it's you!
b) It's not you, it's me!
c) It's the camera of course!
d) Some more reasonable/boring answer asking about his flash setup and diffusion and discussing technique and so on...

Thoughts?
Is this person from Indiana? I ask because I recently had an almost identical exchange about your images with a friend there who shoots Nikon, although I'm not sure which model. He too does a lot of insect macros, and I introduced him to your flickr stream because your interests are so similar in that respect.

The images are great, as usual. The last one in particular struck me not just from the quality, but because the blurred blossoms in the background have a sort of "jazz hands" look to them. Butterfly performance art. In any event, well done all the way 'round.
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Pine Trees. (DA 15 limited)

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Fall crocus.
Between the frosts and the insects growing desperate for anything soft to chew on, they always seem rather battered by the time they open ...

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Very nice as always Norm. I was going to ask how the colours are in the park, I hear the leaves are changing. Seems early, but I'd heard they were coming out!

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Peak colour is just around the corner...

Out with the K-3 and DFA 100



Tripper was attacked by another dog... he says "You should have seen the other guy."








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DA 50mm and some of my sunflowers. I think I front focused a bit, but digging the colours and framing in this photo enough to post anyway.



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K 3 + SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro

A painted lady decided to pose
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
A painted lady decided to pose
And a lovely lady she is, too.
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Lake Ontario


with Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART
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Lake Ontario

with Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART
Not everyone goes birding with a 35mm lens. Great shot!
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Not everyone goes birding with a 35mm lens. Great shot!
The best lens for birding is one that you have attached on your camera!

I was passing by the lake while waiting for a call to do some shot (half body shot or less) for a business card and flyers and of course in my arsenal of lenses was only 35mm, 50mm and 70mm Sigma's, but while walking other 2 lenses were in my car and only 35mm was with me (did not wanted to leave camera in a car as the heat was scorching to over 40°C with humidex)... Easy choice!
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