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05-07-2016, 02:13 PM - 1 Like   #9016
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A few flowers from this morning

Pentex 645Z w/300 F4 and #3 ext tube
After shooting flowers for many years with a 600 f4 and tubes this was my first opportunity to take the 645Z out. I shoot with both the 90 2.8 macro and the 300 with tubes and much preferred the 300 with tubes

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A couple more flowers

I can't seem to get all the images I uploaded to submit . I'll try again
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Haleakala Crater, Maui

Clouds gave way at the summit...
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05-07-2016, 08:18 PM   #9019
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Haleakala Crater, Maui
Gasp!

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Those are lovely Jim.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mleader Quote
Clouds gave way at the summit...
Wow, that's great! How far is the hike?

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A pano that I think was with the A 200. I wish I could enter the FL for old lenses.
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I birded yesterday for a few minutes. I found what I think is a Bluejay pair that has 2 fledglings. I started with this one up in a tree and after a while it flew down to a better position.






Once again the transition from smugmug to PF looks terrible. These are sharp after I export them from lightroom, I don't know why smug mug degrades them so much?

I've been using this set-up for telephoto shooting for quite some time. Old Bogen aluminum legs(either of the 2 sets I have) a second hand(less expensive) Wimberly Gimbal head, long arca swiss plate to accommodate any forward or back movement on the clamp for balance, old film flash handle with arca-swiss clamp attached to accept the flash and cactus triggers.

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QuoteOriginally posted by littledrawe Quote
These are sharp after I export them from lightroom, I don't know why smug mug degrades them so much?
They actually look pretty sharp to me, on my non-hdpi display. Do they appear degraded to you before you post them here? Default PF account settings are for viewing posted images at small -ish maximum size, which considerably degrades apparent sharpness of anything larger. If you set them to display at a larger size (I set mine mine to 1280w, 1024h) and make sure your images are smaller than that when you post them, then you will be able to view them them at their 'actual' size, with no degradation. This happens a lot here with folks who post image urls of hi-res pictures from Flickr. Anytime you leave image scaling to the browser, IQ is out the window.


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QuoteOriginally posted by dsmithhfx Quote
They actually look pretty sharp to me
Me, too. FWIW, I always down-size photos before posting them to smugmug--partly so I have more control of the process but mostly because my Verizon DSL connection is so slow.

BTW Those aren't Blue Jays--maybe Western Scrub Jays?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mleader Quote
Clouds gave way at the summit...
Wow, that's wild. You should have that one printed sufficiently large, it's so good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Wow, that's great! How far is the hike?

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A pano that I think was with the A 200. I wish I could enter the FL for old lenses.
Thanks! You can actually drive up to the summit and then take short hikes to various vantage points including down into the crater and surrounding areas. The weather is unpredictable and can change quickly, elevation 10,000 ft. Clouds gave way at about 8,000 ft.

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Wow, that's wild. You should have that one printed sufficiently large, it's so good.
Thanks bobbotron, am looking to make a print of this plus many more from the trip. Almost looks like a drawing when zooming into the center part of the crater due to the high winds that sweep through there constantly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by littledrawe Quote
I birded yesterday for a few minutes. I found what I think is a Bluejay pair that has 2 fledglings. I started with this one up in a tree and after a while it flew down to a better position.






Once again the transition from smugmug to PF looks terrible. These are sharp after I export them from lightroom, I don't know why smug mug degrades them so much?

I've been using this set-up for telephoto shooting for quite some time. Old Bogen aluminum legs(either of the 2 sets I have) a second hand(less expensive) Wimberly Gimbal head, long arca swiss plate to accommodate any forward or back movement on the clamp for balance, old film flash handle with arca-swiss clamp attached to accept the flash and cactus triggers.
Cool setup !...what's the lens?
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mleader, amazing colors (Haleakala crater)
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mleader, amazing colors (Haleakala crater)
Thanks Mike, it was a great day for photos at the summit, there are so many colors and textures up there which make for awesome photo opportunities...
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QuoteOriginally posted by John T Quote
A few from a recent Scottish Highland Trip in April, using the 645Z, 28-45, 45-85 and 120 macro.
I love the first one in particular John.

I hail from your neck of the woods originally and we were back in mid Feb-mid Mar for significant family events. We stole 10 days in Scotland during that time


Something a little different from me (A35 on P645D):


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