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A few today taken with the 300mm 4.5 AIS and 35mm 1.4 AIS I used my new tripod today for the first time and I absolutely love it. I thought it would crimp my style but it actually added to it








Jul 26, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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Those are fantastic shots Ray! Just my style.


Jul 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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Thank you Jay
Mark beautiful garden photo!
Tom the first two photos are good but that third one is great! I like the cityscapes as well.
Ron what an ugly bug beautifully photographed
Jorge so glad you stopped by.
Mark the clouds are very luminous - well done!
Georg looks like you encountered some ominous clouds. Lovely photos!



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Jul 26, 2013 at 01:46 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

A few today taken with the 300mm 4.5 AIS and 35mm 1.4 AIS I used my new tripod today for the first time and I absolutely love it. I thought it would crimp my style but it actually added to it

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v109/p1689546557-5.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v105/p1814461622-5.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v109/p1652456378-5.jpg


Love these Ray! What kind of tripod did you get?



Jul 26, 2013 at 01:53 AM
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Thanks Kevin, I got a Dolica 62" Proline for $39.99 shipped from Rakuten.com. It holds up to 13 lbs but I believe about 6 LBs is all I would use. It is very light 2.9 LBS and well made for the price and it is light enough that I will carry it. I have a much heavier one that I never use because of the weight. It also came with a very nice carrying case. I was able to get this shot at ISO 100 1/25 at F16 using the 24mm 2.8 - BTW the second bird photo was at 1/100 using the 300mm




Jul 26, 2013 at 02:18 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

Thanks Kevin, I got a Dolica 62" Proline for $39.99 shipped from Rakuten.com. It holds up to 13 lbs but I believe about 6 LBs is all I would use. It is very light 2.9 LBS and well made for the price and it is light enough that I will carry it. I have a much heavier one that I never use because of the weight. It also came with a very nice carrying case. I was able to get this shot at ISO 100 1/25 at F16 using the 24mm 2.8 - BTW the second bird photo was at
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Love it. I am a big tripod fan and am starting to like monopods too. I have a recently acquired Tamron 500/8 mirror lens (the one that many claim to be even better than the Nikon 500/8). Remains to be seen, but I am eager to try it. I also have a new 75-300 that I need to clean and a very nice old Vivitar 70-210 that I can use on Harrold and if I can find the Vivitar AI mount... Nonetheless, a good tripod is a must. I don't have Peters hands to hold things steady at lengths beyond 200mm.



Jul 26, 2013 at 02:49 AM
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Went on a mid-week-ish hike today in the hot Cascades up at the pass/crest. Most popular hike the the Cascades bar none - only 50 or so people today - on the weekends it's well over a hundred.

It was hot under the cloudless sky, but we persevered and made it to our destination. MF Nikkors I had with me were the 16/3.5 and 45/2.8P (as usual these days).

John





Uphill All The Way!







A Long Way Back To The Car And We Aren't Even There Yet







Ahh . . . destination achieved







Still Some Snow Left (It's Called Snow Lake For A Reason . . )




Jul 26, 2013 at 03:22 AM
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Wow beautiful shots John. That 45mm is amazing


Jul 26, 2013 at 03:27 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Wow beautiful shots John. That 45mm is amazing


Thanks Ray.

The 45/2.8 does quite well - especially if you don't look at the very far corners..

I must admit that some times I wish I had something at f/2 and a little wider. So the CV 40/2 is perhaps on my list of new acquisitions . . .



Jul 26, 2013 at 04:43 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Awesome video Peter. I have a vague recollection of knowing this but the video tells the story beautifully. I can't help but wonder whether the cicada Ron photographed was in its hibernation waiting for its climb up the tree. Nature is amazing. Thanks for sharing this.


17 years? I wish! We get them EVERY year here in Shanghai. Millions of them making the most ear shattering noise all day and evening long. It never ends. That and there seems to be a huge infestation of dragon flies this summer. Thousands of them everywhere, even very far from water where they normally reside.




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OK, flickr is back up now so i can post a bit more. Here are some shots of inside the Jing'an temple.

First the courtyard, where you can see the very "Buddhist" practice of throwing money into a tall kettle. Of course there is nothing Buddhist about such a odd concept, yet you see it everywhere iN China.













Then a few shots inside the worship halls. These were very dark and I was shooting ISO100 film so shutter speeds are as close to being too slow to shoot as you can get.

Hard to get a sense of scale in this shot. Those fans on the right are about chest high.







This is a wooden statue, said to weigh over 10 tons. I am on a balcony looking slightly down at the statue. It is quite tall.







Strange, but the photo of the main Buddha statue (15 tons of pure silver) will not load at the moment. i'll have to post that one later.






Jul 26, 2013 at 06:44 AM
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here is the main Buddha statue, made from pure silver, 15 tons of it. I hope this link works.








Jul 26, 2013 at 06:46 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
One Tom I can handle, but two is a challenge when you've known one of them for almost three years by another name. Yes, I knew Leighton's first name is Tom and I even called him that from time to time when we exchanged emails. but then I fell back to calling him Leighton simply to keep things straight in my mind. If you don't mind my friend, I'll keep calling your Leighton. I'm having enough change in my life at the moment... Two Peters is enough...


I think it would be wise for you and everyone else to call me Leighton. I won't know who you're talking to if you don't!



Jul 26, 2013 at 09:42 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

A few today taken with the 300mm 4.5 AIS and 35mm 1.4 AIS I used my new tripod today for the first time and I absolutely love it. I thought it would crimp my style but it actually added to it

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v109/p1689546557-5.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v105/p1814461622-5.jpg


http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v109/p1652456378-5.jpg


Ray these are very sharp, no doubt that the tripod helped. I don't do a whole lot of nature shooting, but this is the best way to go about, with a tripod, IMHO. Whenever I do use one, it really slows me down and makes me look at composition more. Well done.



Jul 26, 2013 at 09:46 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:
Wow beautiful shots John. That 45mm is amazing


+1



Jul 26, 2013 at 09:46 AM
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Jul 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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Very nice bird shots Ray, and the lake scene is very pretty as well. I must remember to take and use my tripod more.

Georg, great shot of the cliffs and love the ferry mit stormy sky shot.

John, stunning shots from your Cascades walk. I must get up into the mountains sometime this season. And get a 16mm.



Jul 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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Ray, stunning bird shots with the tripod!

John, love the newest shots.

Kevin, hope you take that class, I'm finding mine fun, even though right now the pressure is on to get things wrapped up for the final presentation.



Jul 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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Ratty, nice shots from the temple. I'm guessing that it's not the Buddhist monks that started that tradition of throwing money in those large kettles.


Jul 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
17 years? I wish! We get them EVERY year here in Shanghai. Millions of them making the most ear shattering noise all day and evening long. It never ends. That and there seems to be a huge infestation of dragon flies this summer. Thousands of them everywhere, even very far from water where they normally reside.



I was musing about that myself and concluded that while individual cicadas have a 17 year cycle, the billions that exist on the planet are all on different cycles so we have a fresh crop appearing each year. I'd also wonder whether the 17 year figure is dependent in any way on weather. I could imagine that in warmer climates the cycle would be shorter but that is a guess. But I found this when I did a search on cicadas in California...

Approximately one hundred and fifty-three species of cicadas in seventeen genera have been de- scribed from the United States. Of these, sixty-five species in eight genera are known to occur in California. Since the works of Van h z e e (1915) and Davis (1919, 1920), no extensive keys to any of the genera have been published. This study presents not only a contemporary picture of the taxonomic status of this group but also attempts to further a renewed interest in the study of the family.

Unfortunately, only general information is available on the life histories of the California species of cicadas.
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So not every cicada has a 17 years cycle and there are 153 different species... doubtless some that speak only Chinese...



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