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#250089 Vancouver Island Bald Eagle

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 January 2018 - 12:01 PM

Nice shot, Gordon.  :)

#250039 Eagle in the Misty Rainforest

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 January 2018 - 01:29 PM

Gordon, I don't have any problem with composites, as long as folks say that is what they are.


Having said that, you nailed it.  Very well done!  :)

#249978 As Requested- My DIY Lens hood

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 January 2018 - 02:33 PM

Nice work, Gordon! 


Like Art, I thought that you had found a third party hood.  Job well done!  :)

#249976 Guitar Tuner in B&W

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 January 2018 - 02:25 PM

Art, until I saw version 2, I was going to say that I preferred the colour version, because it was brighter with more details.  However, Version 2 addresses that concern nicely.  Nice work!  :)

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#249918 Officially Announced

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 January 2018 - 02:39 PM

Thom Hogan has now weighed in on this:




Please note his heavy sarcasm.  :)

#249916 A man and his dog

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 January 2018 - 02:30 PM

As a notorious dog-lover, I have only 1 comment:  Aw-w-w-w!  :D  :)  :D  :)

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#249908 Playing with some light...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 January 2018 - 01:19 PM

Nice shot, Art.


24-70 is a good lens length, I find.  My Tammy is the main lens on my camera also.  :)

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#249819 Pelagic Cormorant

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 January 2018 - 11:42 AM

Nice shot, Gordon.  :)

#249785 Nikon to announce Nikkor 180-400/f4 lens

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 January 2018 - 11:44 AM

$15,550.00 CDN plus 13% tax


After tax money!

It is impressive ....but ...

View details here:



At that price, I would say that Nikon is well qualified, to teach a course on fundamentals of bank robbery.  :)

#249781 Officially Announced

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 January 2018 - 11:35 AM

The only way that I will be able to buy that lens is if I successfully pass that course that I mentioned in the other related thread:  Bank Robbery 101:  Fundamentals of Modern Bank Robbery.  :P  :lol:  :P

#249702 Portrait of my Daughter

Posted by Sailjunkie on 07 January 2018 - 01:38 PM

Lovely photo of a lovely lady... well done, Art!


I agree with Herman, Art.


A word of caution:  the look on her face is saying "Why did you wait until NOW???".  :rolleyes:

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#249675 Everything's Ducky (Very Image Heavy)

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 January 2018 - 06:50 PM

Just before Christmas, I took advantage of free time on a couple of Saturday’s, to try out my recently purchased Nikkor 200-500 lens.  What better location to do this than Como Lake.  The lake is one of our favourite walking spots; it’s close to home; and the ducks are always there. 


After nattering on and on about it here at PN, I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth is, and actually post something.  I decided to post it here because using a lens that big; and shooting birds is pretty much new to me.  Feedback, tips and tricks are actively encouraged. :) 


All of these images are hand held.  Lugging this behemoth AND a tripod around that lake wasn't going to happen.  Besides, I wanted to see if the glass was as good as reputed to be.  On the first Saturday, I shot wide open at f5.6, using auto-ISO and shutter priority set between 1/500 and 1/640 sec.  VR was turned off.








Looking at the images from Day 1, I was expecting to see much more blur in the images.  Using auto-ISO also resulted in a lot less noise than I feared I would see.  I got lazy and only used LR's noise reduction sliders.  I was seriously impressed.


Day 2 was the Saturday right before Xmas.  That turned out to be a proper challenge.  Metro Vancouver received it's first major snowfall the week before, then weather turned clear and cold.  That meant that walking around the lake required considerable care, to avoid slipping and falling.  Worse yet, the lake was frozen, and there wasn't a duck to be seen.  Then finally, I came to the only patch of open water.  Duck Convention in progress!  Every single duck on the lake chose to hang out in the same small patch of open water!


Settings were similar to the previous Saturday, except VR was turned on.  There was a lot of sunshine, so auto-ISO wasn't as high as it had been two weeks earlier.








I thought that I could tell that VR was turned on.  Perhaps that was just me.


So, my conclusion about this lens is that I love it to pieces!  Now, to learn how to put it to good use.


So, would I go back for more photographs?  Most definitely!  Angela and I have been around Como Lake so many times this year, that we can spot individual ducks, just by their markings (that doesn't mean that they cooperate! :angry: ).  Further, these guys are quite comfortable around humans.  I missed some of the funnier moments.  Hopefully, that will come with practice.



I will making more trips to Como Lake.  Also, to La Farge Lake, Coquitlam's very large, man-made lake.  Then there is the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Rocky Point Park.  I'm starting to understand why folks like photographing birds! 


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)




#249657 Nikon to announce Nikkor 180-400/f4 lens

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 January 2018 - 01:53 PM

New lens.




When I saw the expected price, I thought that Nikon might want to announce a course on Lens Acquisition Through Bank Robbery.  I'm going to have to pass on this one.  :huh:

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#249587 January challenge is your top 2017 photos

Posted by Sailjunkie on 03 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

Nice images, folks.  :)

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#249501 Double-crested Cormorant

Posted by Sailjunkie on 31 December 2017 - 02:02 PM

Nice shot, Gordon.  :)