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<p>You guys must all be making mom breakfast in bed this morning? <br>

I guess I'll kick this off!<br>

This is one from a hike I went on last week. I shot some brackets and finally got around to buying the Nik plugin collection a few days ago. So here's a HDR I put together with 5 exposures with my Rokinon fisheye on the K-5 and HDR Efx Pro. This is the Gunnison River as it heads into the Black Canyon. <br>

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The next two are from yesterday's bike rides (went on two). It was a beautiful day and I love it when the peaks are snowy like this. Next it just needs to green up a bit more in the valley which should be happening soon. <br>

K-5 & 18-135<br>

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<p>while doing a little botanizing was looking around a site of heart-leaved twayblade for photo ops and found 2 three leafers, but of course both weren't very photogenic plants and this one was inbetween two downed trees and it was impossible to use the tripod, but at least I got a "proof of find" photo. For those unfamiliar these are really small plants, a big one may reach 6 inches with gnat or mosquito sized flowers, not easy to find or photo and when you do find a site it's nerve wracking moving around and trying to photograph without crushing any plants, this is getting long winded but its a hobby of mine and I pretty excited, Doug will understand.</p><div>00bdbu-536783584.jpg.1a383a9ca8a06707a0972d75c0e5c18f.jpg</div>
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Are the Ram's Head Orchids going to be blooming soon?<br>

I went south to Brown County State Park this week, seeing what I could find. The best find of the day was a pair of Northern Copperheads mating. They were pretty laid back, but the lighting was terrible, mid-day and very harsh. What I had to do was to set my timer and basically run behind them and shade them as best as I could. I can't say I've ever had a better behaved snake subject.<br>

<img src="http://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/17305572-md.jpg" alt="" /><br>

Norther Copperheads, Pentax K7, 100mm f2.8 DA macro at ISO 200, f16.<br>

At the same area there were a couple of nice birds too.</p>

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Pileated Woodpecker, Pentax K7, 600mm f5.6 ISO 800.<br>

<img src="http://d6d2h4gfvy8t8.cloudfront.net/17305633-md.jpg" alt="" width="680" height="468" /><br>

White Crowned Sparrow, same as above.</p>

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<p>Douglas, of course the snakes were well behaved! They had other things on their minds... :-)</p>

<p> First one was with DA35 macro, last two with FA31. Morning latte from my daughter to her mother (with help):</p><div>00bdgQ-536861784.JPG.a96dca5e778e8be84d48890a44532726.JPG</div>

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<p>I love all them outdoors-photographs here</p>

<p><img src="http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss151/dorus/sized_IMGP1500_zps122517f3.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="662" /><br>

= spring, extremely</p>

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= these windmills aren't what they used to be....</p>

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= finished my plate. momma !</p>

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<p>Doug, My previous camera is a Pentax K-5 which I am keeping for backup. The new lens I used (Pentax DA *55 sdm) may also be a factor in terms of sharpness but I can't be sure as it has only been used on the Pentax K-5IIs.</p><div>00bdxU-537091584.thumb.jpg.f76436d01903d1b35f12a75121e1d552.jpg</div>
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<p>I got to play around with the DA 55 in a store in Osaka. That is one fun lens to use. Since I already have the 77mm f1.8 limited and a plethora of 50mm normals (1.4 A, 1.7 A, 2.0 A, 1.4 Super Takumar, 50mm f2.8 F macro) I couldn't justify getting the lens.<br>

Up to now my backup has been the K10D, which I mostly use in the lab. The K10D though has 'issues' and my K7 is showing signs of 'issues' so I've been thinking about upgrading. With all the talk of full frame I was hoping that it was more than rumors, but the K5IIs seems a worthy upgrade, especially if it has useful high ISOs (I can't really use the K7 above ISO 800).</p>

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