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  1. #1
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    Hark's 2017

    Hark's 2017
    I'm certainly off to a late start. Went out a couple of days ago and took a few photos. In the Post Your New Purchases thread, I mentioned getting a new CP filter for my 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens due to color issues with my previous CP filter. Since the new CP filter hadn't yet arrived, these were taken without a CP filter.

    This little guy allowed me to take his photo right before he flew off.

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    There were so few people at the park--and very few ducks, geese, and seagulls. Even the 2 ducks lying down appear to be a little chilly.

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    I love the texture of these weeds plus the yellow bush added some color to a dismal winter afternoon.

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    Re: Hark's 2017

    Hark's 2017
    I replaced the CP filter on my 70-300mm because the one I was using switched the greens to an annoying and not so pretty green/yellow. It's too early in the year to tell if this one will be any better because there isn't a lot of green around right now.

    There were several seagulls lounging around--not too many people though because it was pretty chilly.

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    I did a heavy crop of the above image and sent it to ON1 Resize to enlarge it. I can't remember who originally posted about this software when they released a free version, but it works quite well. The above image was already slightly cropped to a 5x7 ratio from the original.

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    And below is the Canal that runs from Easton, PA down to Bristol, PA. There were small patches of water beginning to ice up and just a few walkers along the towpath.

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    Nikon 14mm f/2.8; Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye; Nikon 85mm f/1.8G; Nikon 105 f/2.8G micro VR; Nikon 180mm f/2.8; Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S
    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


  3. #3
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    Hark's 2017
    Yesterday they forecast 8-12" of snow. We wound up with 5" which was quite fine by me (I'm the one who cleans it up). So I decided to go out and take a few photos. Here are two from yesterday.

    This is a walking path that was not yet cleared. Sure made for a picturesque image.

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    The image below is part of the canal that runs from Easton down to Bristol (Pennsylvania). This lower end needs to be repaired badly. The water actually doesn't flow all the way down to this end (due to the badly needed repairs) so it only gets filled by rainwater. Usually the bed of the canal is either dry and cracked or filled with stagnant water. Recently it was dry but must have filled from some of our rain storms. Over the past few years when I've photographed this lower section of the canal, I can honestly say this was the first time I've seen any wildlife using the water (two geese in the lower right corner of the image). Towns such as Yardley and north of there are maintained very well which supports wildlife year-round.

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    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


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    Re: Hark's 2017

    Hark's 2017
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    I'm certainly off to a late start. Went out a couple of days ago and took a few photos. In the Post Your New Purchases thread, I mentioned getting a new CP filter for my 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens due to color issues with my previous CP filter. Since the new CP filter hadn't yet arrived, these were taken without a CP filter.

    This little guy allowed me to take his photo right before he flew off.



    There were so few people at the park--and very few ducks, geese, and seagulls. Even the 2 ducks lying down appear to be a little chilly.



    I love the texture of these weeds plus the yellow bush added some color to a dismal winter afternoon.

    Hark's 2017-dsc_2447-low-res.jpg
    This is good one. I like everything about it.
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    Re: Hark's 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by cwgrizz View Post
    This is good one. I like everything about it.
    Thank you. Usually winter is pretty dull around here, but for some reason, this park has more color than I can find elsewhere.
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


  6. #6
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    Hark's 2017
    Last week we had snow. Today our temps were in the 60's! Crazy weather, but since I am not fond of snow, I am thrilled. Here are a couple from this afternoon's walk at my local park.

    I've never seen so many cars at the park. In fact, there were so many people here that some had to park on the grass. I waited and waited...and waited some more for this stretch of walkway to be vacant, but it just wasn't going to happen. Meh...the people add a little interest...at least that's what I'll keep telling myself!

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    Although they may be difficult to see, there is a couple who were skimming stones across the water.

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    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


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    Hark's 2017
    Guess I didn't update photos from the beginning of March.

    When a local mall was built in the 1970's, some of the small businesses in towns really suffered. Bristol, Pennsylvania just won a grant from a TV show contest that will help to revitalize small businesses. However, before they won the contest, building a dock at the waterfront was already underway.

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    I can't decide if the statue in the following photo is pointing to the dock construction, or if she is doing a Herve Villechaize impersonation--ze plane, ze plane!

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  8. #8
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    Hark's 2017
    Two of these are posted in my thread concerning the shutter error. Usually I don't do any type of birding unless they are stationary, but this goose was really animated and vocal. Possibly mating season?

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    Hark's 2017-dsc_2971-1-lo-res.jpg

    For a moment, I wondered if the Loch Ness Monster had relatives in the lake! Seriously though, I didn't know geese would partially submerge themselves in water while swimming. I've only ever seen them floating/swimming on top of the surface.

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    And apparently humans aren't the only ones who do spring cleaning!

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  9. #9
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    Hark's 2017
    This afternoon I played with BBF on my D7100 but decided it isn't for me. Last summer I injured the lower joint of my right thumb, and while pressing the back button to focus, I could feel twinges of pain. The other thing I didn't care for is that I wear glasses. I use my left eye to look through the viewfinder which allowed the right lens of my glasses to press against that thumb. Smudges on my glasses...meh. I could live with them but not with the discomfort in my thumb.

    The other thing I noticed with BBF is that the VR would engage with both the back button and the shutter button. I assumed it would only work with one of them.

    So I switched back to using only the shutter button in AF-C. It still tracked the birds' movements, but even though I left it at FOCUS and not RELEASE, the majority of my shots were blurred. That could be user error though. I'm not the best when it comes to handholding a DX body with a telephoto lens. I used my 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens at 300mm. Because I have chronic tendonitis in my forearms, I'm not the steadiest with hand holding longer lenses--and it's always more noticeable on DX compared with FX.

    The ducks were not at all interested in posing for me. Most of them I shot from their rear view, but I really didn't care since I was just testing out the settings.

    Our weather today was really dismal. Rain and thunder. This afternoon there was a respite from the rain so I ran out to test BBF. Neither of the following was shot with BBF due to my thumb, but both were in AF-C. These were pretty much the only two that weren't blurred. I like the tracking ability of AF-C. What I didn't care for is the single point focus dots are much larger in this D7100 than in either of my FX bodies. The problem was trying to keep the dot on top of their faces (near their eyes when possible). Quite often the focus points would also cover part of the background so that might also factor into some of the blurry images.

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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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    Nikon 14mm f/2.8; Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye; Nikon 85mm f/1.8G; Nikon 105 f/2.8G micro VR; Nikon 180mm f/2.8; Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S
    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR


  10. #10
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    The wake from this duck reminded me of footprints in snow.

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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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    Nikon 14mm f/2.8; Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye; Nikon 85mm f/1.8G; Nikon 105 f/2.8G micro VR; Nikon 180mm f/2.8; Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S
    Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G; Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII; Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR






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