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29 November 2014 @ 11:10 am
Late Happy Thanksgiving and what I have been up to  
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I spent mine quietly watching youtube videos and doing mostly nothing. Yesterday Chris and I went out to photograph birds on the road. Funny enough I have noticed that parks suck as far as bird watching goes. I really learned this in the Bahamas when I asked my guide about a national park I had looked up and she said "It's not very birdy." It would not have been good to pay all that money and not see anything. We mostly stopped on road sides and subdivisions. And I've done some great bird watching from my own car. So very interesting that there aren't really any birds in preserves but that's what I have discovered. So we didn't stay long at this park. I took two photos of landscape of which only one came out decent. But when we went on our roadside stop I got to see some excellent birds and put my camera to use. So I want to share a few pics from the birding we did.

This cow field was all flooded. There were cranes, cattle egrets and other wading birds everywhere.

I put on Chris's rain boots and waded on in. I love doing things like this. It was cold though so that's why I'm wearing a jacket and long pants which I hate.

Hehe the boots made my pants puffy kinda like the outfit Roosevelt used to wear.

So I wanted to practice with a fast shutter speed. I set my camera to TV and the shutter at 1/1000. Several pics came out nice. I like these egrets landing. I found my biggest handicap to be my lens is too small. It's only an 18-135mm and again I was frustrated by the lack of reach. Chris's zoom is awesome up to 50 times.

Here is a white ibis flying over some cranes.

Here is the same ibis flying over the road. It's very exciting to just hold down the shutter and listen to my camera go. Click click click click. That's just sweet.

This is at another location. I thought I looked cute here and you can see I was using the fence post as a monopod. But I didn't get any good pics here. Everything was so far away.

This was another spot still and there was a dead tree where two red shouldered hawks were waiting for prey. I took this from the car as the female went after a grasshopper.

Here is the male returning to the branch after missing.

The next batch is the female again diving and the pics that turned out the best for me.

How annoying that the last two were in perfect focus but that fence got in the way. Well I have learned that I have the potential to do well with this camera once I learn how to use it. And I can probably do some very cool pics once I get a real far reaching zoom lens. I really want the white L series Canon 100-400mm lens. It's very expensive though so hopefully I can find a nice used one at a deal one day. I also need a decent 18-55mm for macro. The current lens won't work with close up objects which is very annoying as that's the other type of photography I mostly do. Pics of my toys close up and of products I buy. So not good and I'm still frustrated for the limitations of my lens.

Here is another pic I took before the day started.

I spotted this truck at the Walmart parking lot stacked with classic cars and trucks. That blue car was so bright and pretty I had to get a pic of this unique scene. I had the camera set to landscape and look how lovely the sky turned out. All the colors are so vibrant. I want all my pics to be this lovely.

So I'm very happy with my camera and want to practice with things like fireworks, night buildings and timelapse. I love my camera though. I know I bought an excellent one and haven't even tapped into its true potential yet. I also did a short test film and found probably the only two things I don't like that are negatives against this camera. One is the autofocus does not work in film mode. So you have to manually focus your movies. I did not know this and when I zoomed in on some cows it looked horrible. Also it forces you to use the screen. I prefer the eye piece. I'm old fashioned that way but that's because I come from an SLR film camera background and I loved that camera. But that's not too much of a problem. They do sell a special hood that I need to look into getting so you can use the screen as an eye piece. But yeah the sun totally washes my screen out. This is an older camera so I guess the LCD wasn't as bright back then as they are now. Those are my only complaints. The other problems are not the fault of the camera but the short comings of the lens.

I have been reading reviews on my camera and even now there are still new reviews saying it is a great one even for film. Here is a review about it being a good film camera though they don't mention the manual focus issue. I got it for less than they were suggesting so I'm happy and I do think that was really meant to be my camera. Everything just worked perfectly with the timing. And I'm hoping that my old lens might work with this. It's for a film SLR though. I don't know how old it is and I need to find it. Here is an article I read about it. Using old film lens on digital camera.

Ok want to share two videos with you guys of our vacation.

I took this with my little point and shoot but I think the parts that aren't shaky turned out nice on these iguanas in St. Thomas.

Please watch this one if you only watch one. This is of the planes landing over Maho Beach. This trip was just incredible to visit one of the world famous airports. Considered to be the 3rd most dangerous airport. I can't explain how fun this was and what a thrill too. I think I enjoyed this way more than any airshow I have been to.

Today I hope to work on some inking. I haven't made any progress on the Christmas card. I don't have a good idea of what I want for it this year and I need to finish my second attempt. Perhaps I can still salvage it.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
actipton80actipton80 on November 29th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Love the red shouldered hawks. I think their striped wings and tails are pretty even if they are one of the most common birds around here.

That was crazy how close those jets got to the fence. I think the United jet got you pretty good.
Des: Travelthagirion on November 29th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes they have very pretty and complex patterns. They are common but I like them too.

Yeah it's really amazing. Haha yes. I thought I was far enough away. I even moved over to the left more. I knew not to stand behind it. But there was a stupid rock behind me right at my heels and when I went to put my foot back I went down. They need to remove all those rocks from the beach really.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 30th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, just the way you like it!

Good start with the camera. I know you will save up and get a birding lens in time. I like your red shouldered hawk photos!

I thought your camera took quite good photo of the two grey cranes to the left of the ibis.
Desthagirion on November 30th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was nice.
Yes one day I will get the lens I want.
I love those cute cranes. They have such a lovely voice.
ericrovveericrovve on November 30th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
Much enjoyed, thanks!
Desthagirion on November 30th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
No prob. Don't be a stranger.
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Des: Thagirion Drippingthagirion on December 13th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Hehe do not fear Thagirion shall spare you. ;)

Thank you for the comment. I almost missed this so sorry for the late reply.
I'm glad you liked the video so much. Gosh this was so fun. Though I do not know all the planes like you do I still had an incredible time. I have seen the St. Barts runway in a video and it is really bad too. The planes are cool but I am not a fan of United as they have terrible service and are rude. One famous musician had his guitar broken by them and made a famous song that cost them millions of dollars in loss. Serves them right. It's a very funny song.

I'm glad you liked my bird photography too. I am still learning this camera but it is going well. I think things will be better if I get a longer lens. Someday I will they are expensive.