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Old 03-03-2018, 08:45 PM   #41
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Re: 2018 Project - Focused picture a week (WoodButcher)

Week 9. Theme this year seems to be making due. Or maybe just being flexible. I headed to Palmetto State Park this morning to go on their bird walk...only to find I can read a calendar. It was yesterday. So I asked questions and took off on my own. Gray and overcast, like many of my outings have been this year. Saw some birds, got a few pictures of them. None particularly good, but enough for me to get a good id on them at home. However, flowers were starting to bloom and there were butterflies starting to fly around. So I couldn't resist that. Here's one when I have some brief sunshine in the morning.

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Old 03-03-2018, 09:01 PM   #42
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Re: 2018 Project - Focused picture a week (WoodButcher)

Cat photo. Any pic that can stir human emotion is a good one. Its primal ain't it.
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Nice 'Insects and Flowers category' picture.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:02 AM   #44
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Week 10. Back to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This was driven by a couple of things. My wife saw my picture with the alligator in it and said she would have come if she had known there would be alligators. Then I sold my truck and got a Subaru Outback and wanted to take a road trip anyway. So off to the coast...the same weekend as Spring Break starts. Great planning, eh?

And we saw some birds, but a bunch of alligators. One bunch of babies still being guarded by mom. Others about two feet long, max, that were on their own. Here's on of the latter.



I was up close and personal. Slight crop on this. 400mm zoomed in.

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Great shot! You have a knack for critter shots.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:15 PM   #46
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Thanks. I like doing it and keep working on getting better (and closer). I hope to work more on landscapes this year though. We'll see. So far the weekends I have free have had weather issues.
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That's an amazing shot, Rusty.... How long was this speciman? Two feet?
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:22 PM   #48
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Yep, about 2 feet. The small ones were near the edges in the thick reeds to stay away from the big one. More pics here: https://woodbutcher.smugmug.com/Port-Aransas-3-2018/

This smiling one was around 10 feet long, including tail.

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Old 03-18-2018, 10:21 AM   #49
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Week 11. Something on a whim this week. Earlier in the week I saw a Facebook post on the Texas Parks and Wildlife page about a pink bluebonnet at Lockhart State Park. Weather was cloudy, but dry on Saturday morning and I was itching for a ride. Loaded up the camera, a flash and tripod and took off.

Turns out it was right by the headquarters building. I got a dozen or so shots and then toured the park. Here's the result:



CAMERA Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
LENS Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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FOCAL LENGTH 67.0 mm (72.4 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/4.5
EXPOSURE TIME 0.00625s (1/160)
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:04 PM   #50
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Week 12

Sorry, I'm a bit late this week. We celebrated my daughter's 25th birthday over the weekend. I was out in the morning with a tripod and a macro lens getting flower pictures, but also shot some family pictures. I decided to go with a flower shot since that was actually planned whereas the others were snapshots.

Cape honeysuckle.



CAMERA Canon EOS 7D Mark II
LENS Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
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FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (168.5 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/8
EXPOSURE TIME 0.00156s (1/640)
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:34 PM   #51
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Very nice. For a treat, click on Rusty's pic and go scroll around on it at Super Hi Res.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:42 AM   #52
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Thank you. I had another that was technically better of some little red flowers. It was a three shot stack to get more in focus. This was more eye catching and is just a single shot.
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Week 13

Well, I rode out to Fredericksburg to spend Saturday riding with friends and coming home early Sunday for Easter with the family. My hope was to get some bluebonnet fields or roadside shot. Nothing caught my eye.

However, we have a screech owl that has taken up residence in the house I put up in the backyard for them. So I've been stalking him some. This week I only went out once, but found a better angle to watch for him. List is around 8pm and getting very dark. I'm shooting f2.8 and high ISO on a 70-200mm lens. Handheld, but sitting in a very stable position. 1/50 of a second. You may notice that I'm using my crop sensor body instead of my full frame with better low light capability. I'm finding that there isn't much more than a stop or stop and a half difference and I'm gaining more than that by using the f2.8 70-200 at 200(x1.6) vs. the full frame with the 100-400mm at f5.6 or so. Because I have to zoom in a bit more on the full frame so the 70-200 wouldn't get me close enough. Next I'll try the 1.4x teleconverter on the full frame with the 70-200mm. But that's for another day. If you click on the image and look at it larger, you will see the noise from the high ISO.

Remember that this was taken almost in the dark. My eyes could see the light wood of the owl house, but not the bird and barely the roof.




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FOCAL LENGTH 200.0 mm (601.1 mm in 35mm)
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I drove by some white bluebonnets or at least I thought they looked white, today. I’ll circle back in the next few days and take a closer look. They might be paying for all I know.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:38 AM   #55
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Week 14

Well, I spent more time this week stalking the owl and actually got some nice early evening shots of the one that hangs out in the bushes, but my goal with this is to be doing something new and attempting to grow my skills. So this week was a combination of wildflower and pet photography. My daughter, who lives in DFW, was pestering me to get a shot of the young German Shepherd dog that owns us. My wife was also behind the idea. So, we finally got a sunny day and I had already scouted a few locations. We headed out around 6pm with the plan of catching some golden hour light. A the first location we were a bit early, but by the time we got to the second location, the dog was calmer (worn out) and the sun was further down. Nothing special from lens and settings. Trying to keep ISO low. 24-70mm lens at 70mm and f4 so most of her head is in sharp focus, but background gets soft. Here's my favorite shot:



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Week 15 Not a great week for images, but did has some good riding

Got some group shots at the Tenerecity ride, but got really interested in watching a pair of swallows build a nest stuck right on a wall. Had to play around a bit to get the exposure right since it was dark bird on a light background. Had to over expose by over a stop to get the detail in the swallow.



CAMERA Canon EOS M5
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FOCAL LENGTH 150.0 mm (388.0 mm in 35mm)
APERTURE f/6.3
EXPOSURE TIME 0.004s (1/250)

Good observers may notice that it is not my normal camera. This is a Canon mirrorless that belongs to my wife. Similar sensor to my 7D Mark 2, but the lens is not nearly the quality of what I use on the bigger cameras. I have an adapter, but hauling it and larger lenses negates how nice this one packs on the bike.
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Week 16. MotoGP race week. Sorry I'm slow, but i took almost 3000 pictures and it takes a while to cull out the bad ones (focus, objects in way, poor composition). I decided that this attempt at panning came out nicely. This is Dani Pedrosa during one of the practice sessions. Or qualifying, I can remember. 3000 pictures, two days of shooting, give me a break on this one. Dani had broken his wrist two weeks prior and you'll notice he has two different gloves on. Anybody know which wrist was broken? I thought it was the right one.



I took lots of shots This was still a fast shutter speed for panning, but they were moving along pretty quickly. You can see blur in the background and that the wheels are moving, but fairly sharp on the rider and bike. Fairly sharp...not perfect.

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I thought they were saying it was the right wrist. That glove was bigger than normal to allow for the swelling. I have to say, I am amazed that he did so well during the race!
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He said he was all used up by the end. Had to use his left arm for support and moving the bike. No weight on right, only braking and throttle. Must have been tough.
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Week 17 - Semi macro time. Some of the guys were posting pictures of closeups with their macro lenses and I hadn't had mine out in a while. So I got it out and did some shooting. While this shot isn't a true macro 1:1 shot, it is about 1:2. Shot towards the sun and that got light penetrating the flower and the colors are nice and deep. This is the same shot I had in my macro thread a couple of days ago.



This is uncropped in post processing, but highlights reduced, some sharpening and a very little bit of vibrance. I will probably crop out some of the negative space and remove that spider web and lint from the upper left.

CAMERA Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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ISO 200
FOCAL LENGTH 105.0 mm (168.5 mm in 35mm)
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EXPOSURE TIME 0.00313s (1/320)
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