Noded

Where your concerns are duly noded.

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Tree Of Life

Tree Of Life

Speaking of trees, here it the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom.  The details of this tree are amazing.  Right now the area around the tree is under construction so you can’t get really close.  Under the tree is the show A Bug’s Life, at least I think it is still there interesting show, mostly for the young ones but it is a nice cool place when the whole Kingdom is hot with summer heat.

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Nice Tree

The Tree

Sometimes the subject of your photo is chosen by the camera.  While I should probably pat my self on the back for such a tack sharp tree, the real subject of this photo was supposed to be something else, obviously.  Still the painterly rhino backside looks kind of cool.  And if anyone ever asks I did this on purpose.

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Sun Going South

Sun Moving SouthIt may be hard to tell but the sun had moved quite a bit south.  We only have two months till winter starts and the sun is at its southern most point. Still all in all here is Florida the sun is keeping the pool warm enough to swim every afternoon.

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In The Afternoon Sun

In the Afternoon Sun

You must shoot pictures, Lots and lots of pictures.  I started out experimenting with the XF 35mm F1.4 wide open but there was just a little too much sun today. Ended up with this shot at F8.0.

I’ve been reading the Dan Winters Road To Seeing book.  He uses a small black border on a lot of his images which helps to keep the eye inside the picture.

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LIftoff

LIftoffMore and more Black Bellied Whistling Ducks hanging around out back.  This one looks like he has his flaps down for takeoff.

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Blue Heron

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We have a number of good looking birds at the golf course.  This one was nice enough to let me take his picture.  The Herons nest in one of the taller palm trees on the back nine.  In the spring you can see the rather larger baby birds high up in the tree.

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Claws

Dragon

Iguana at Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World.  I think it’s an Iguana but maybe it’s a Komodo Dragon.

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Better Moon Photographs

Moon

One of my better moon shots lately.. Taken a day after the full moon.  When you shoot the full moon it loses some of its texture because of the straight on light from the sun.  It’s like taking a picture with the popup flash on you camera, flat uninteresting image.   When the moon is not full you get the shadows from the craters along the edges giving you much more depth.

The only way to get a good photo of the moon is to put your camera in manual mode.  I set my Nikon D600 to ISO 100, f11, 1/125. I used my 28-300 zoom at 300mm.  I did use autofocusing as it’s not hard to find the focus when you have good contrast.

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Ducks (In A Row)

Ducks (In A Row)

 

This image seems to me to be out of balance. Couldn’t figure it out until I saw the second duck from the left.  How is he standing on one leg like that. Looks like he could fall over any minute.  Then there are the other two ducks on one leg. They all had their eye on me as I moved close to them.

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Elephant (Abstract)

Elephant (Abstract)Words can not convey the rough ride you get in what looks like a converted school bus with solid bench seats at Kilimanjaro Safari.  Especially if you are in the last row. The slow (1/40th of a second) shutter speed turns a boring back end of an elephant image into an abstract.