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08-03-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Hi from the Buckeye state

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I am looking forward to learning from and sharing with fellow Pentax users from around the world. I bought my first Pentax SLR camera, a SF 1, about 17 or 18 years ago. I just bought my K20D (which is a great camera!) about 6 months ago and feel like a beginner again.

I think I may just need some help too.

Yesterday, my daughter yelled to me that there was a young sharp shinned hawk in my back yard in Columbus, Ohio. I quickly got my K20 and put the 300 mm DA* on the camera. I got outside and realized that the hawk was very close and tried to auto focus which failed. As this was going on the hawk got startled and fell out of the tree, dangling by his leg until he fell into the neighbors bushes. I went around the house over to the neighbors to get closer. As I positioned myself to take the picture of the hawk on the ground in the bushes, the hawk hopped over to me and took up a position on my foot for several seconds. Although I appreciated the irony of the moment, and how cool this was, it was way too close to get a good shot.

My neighbor came out with his point and shoot and, in just a few seconds, got a great picture of the hawk while I got a couple of out-of focus shots. The the hawk then hopped up into the bush and started preening. It blended in so well and he appeared to be no worse for ware that I thought I'd give the hawk a break and leave him alone the rest of the evening.

Russ

08-04-2009, 12:28 AM   #2
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Welcome Russ, you've just told us the photographic equivalent of the fishermans 'one that got away' story.
Never mind, bait your hook, there'll be other fish.
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Welcome to the forum Russ, glad to have you with us.
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That was a nice story. I hope your neighbour got the shot of the hawk on your foot. Gold.

Welcome to the forum and there is no doubt you will enjoy your K20.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Buckeye Quote
Hi,

I am looking forward to learning from and sharing with fellow Pentax users from around the world. I bought my first Pentax SLR camera, a SF 1, about 17 or 18 years ago. I just bought my K20D (which is a great camera!) about 6 months ago and feel like a beginner again.

I think I may just need some help too.

Yesterday, my daughter yelled to me that there was a young sharp shinned hawk in my back yard in Columbus, Ohio. I quickly got my K20 and put the 300 mm DA* on the camera. I got outside and realized that the hawk was very close and tried to auto focus which failed. As this was going on the hawk got startled and fell out of the tree, dangling by his leg until he fell into the neighbors bushes. I went around the house over to the neighbors to get closer. As I positioned myself to take the picture of the hawk on the ground in the bushes, the hawk hopped over to me and took up a position on my foot for several seconds. Although I appreciated the irony of the moment, and how cool this was, it was way too close to get a good shot.

My neighbor came out with his point and shoot and, in just a few seconds, got a great picture of the hawk while I got a couple of out-of focus shots. The the hawk then hopped up into the bush and started preening. It blended in so well and he appeared to be no worse for ware that I thought I'd give the hawk a break and leave him alone the rest of the evening.

Russ
Nice story. Yesterday i was about two feet from grey heron. never been that close and a woman on a bicycle came charging up to me ( and heron ) and of course it cleared off. she said it would be back. yes, like next Christmas. headline next day- cyclists clubbed to death with pentax camera. well, felt like it. am in london but we do have kestrels. also they have re introduced red kites and now being seen around Oxford and Cotswolds. go well and keep trying malgrosch@tesco.net
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Welcome to the forum, like the hawk tale, lucky it didn't eat you.
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