Monday in Nature, December 4, 2017

Discussion in 'Nature' started by sallymack, Dec 4, 2017.

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  1. Low tide at the Cullinan Ranch wetlands, northern California.
  2. Near Pelton Pond.

    Pelton Pond 11 2011-1.jpg
  3. Immature Male Meadowhawk (most likely an Autumn Meadowhawk)

  4. This bird goes by many names here in Uruguay. Most references call it the green-barred woodpecker Colaptes melanchoros. To me, it looks like and is about the same size as the common flicker we had in Canada, and it behaves about as intelligently (not). We've seen a few squished on the road. Colaptes melanchloros.jpg
  5. Early morning traffic this morning on Staten Island, CA. No bottlenecks, just long necks. Wild life abounding. Canada Geese in Full Moon.jpg
  6. No ID yet for this small mushroom, DSC_1889_crop_irfansharpadj_resize.jpg
  7. You've got your dragonfly technique dialed in. Curious on your focal length.
  8. :) Yup... I am not sure that there is such a thing as "too much time in the field", but if there is I am a way over the limit when it comes to odonates!

    As for lenses... I started out with a 70-300 zoom (always at the long end) coupled with a 36 mm extension tube. These days, I use a 300 mm f/4 prime with the same extension tube.

    I also sometimes use a flash (off camera) for fill (i.e. a stop or two under the ambient light) for many of my ode photos. These critters are most active on bright sunny days and a bit of fill flash helps even things out a bit. The flash is not necessary on days with a high overcast... which is best, (However, the photo above is without any flash.)

    My "ode rig" as of 2010 is show/described here: The Dragonfly Rig « Photographs by Frank. It has evolved over the years but as far as the flash goes my current rig is basically the same. As I indicate above I now use a 300 mm prime and I have dispensed with the remote cord for the shutter. (Also, the extension tube is 36 mm, not 30 as indicated in the photo accompanying this post.)

    Usually, this all gets mounted on a monopod. You can see a couple of photos of the rig (sans monopod) "in action" here: The Odontate Rig in Action « Photographs by Frank.

    There are many, many, many more ode photos on my blog... just use the "tag cloud" on the right of each page or the search box (also on the right).


    --- Frank
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    Bill Nelson, nice goose flight image with the moon. I have been to Staten Island (in California) a few times, but I haven't had a chance for the bird/moon combination yet.

    Meanwhile, I have been very busy at work. However, I have this image of a egret rookery near Mei Po, a well known area for birding in Hong Kong.

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  10. Langur monkeys in Chitwan, Nepal. Their faces were so dark that the facial features needed unshadowing and noise-removal.


    Nikon D300 with Nikon 200-400mm lens @400mm (effective 600mm)
    1/1000s; f/4.0; ISO 1000; Aperture Priority; Spot Metering
  11. How they fall sometimes... big and little rocks.jpg
  12. This weeks super moon. Sony A6000 Canon 70-200 2.8 with 2x extender sigma mc-11 adapter _DSC0543.jpg
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