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Still shooting with a Nikon D40X; is that wrong ?
Okay, I will admit it... I'm still shooting with a Nikon D40X and I absolutely love the thing. It's like an old battle axe. I've never had a single bit of trouble with it and still use the original battery which I just keep recharging. I know there are better, newer, nicer and more expensive Nikons out there, but I just refuse to give the thing up! It's like an old comfortable pair of boots, why change when it still shoots so well. Comments ?
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Dawn's Blaze 3rd Attempt
Sunrise at Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Captured with Nikon D810, 80-200mm lens at 80mm, ISO 100, F22, 1/15 second with a GND filter.

Finally got it to post. Now I hope you all enjoy the sunrise. Thanks for baring with me until this finally got posted.


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Buyer's Remorese?!
I'm just not sure....I have ordered the Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 for my Canon 6D; it should arrive tomorrow via the Big BrownTruck. The lens that I have used most of the time is the Canon L EF 24-105 F4. I ordered the Tamron to replace the Canon lens. To be sure, due to my limited financial status and retirement situation, I saved several months in order to be able to afford the new lens. I had hoped to sell the Canon lens in order to partially defray the cost of the Tammy. I have loved the Canon lens but my hope is that the new Tammy, due to its longer reach, will assist in reducing lens changes as situations dictate. I have several other L lenses and use them all for limited applications. The two lenses may be redundant. Therefore, at the risk of tying up my financial funds needlessly, I need someone to talk me into keeping the L lens or to give me some advice toward selling it. Sounds childish I know, but at age 67 I may be regressing into my second childhood. Thanks in advance for any responses. Dan
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Sunset and Sunrise.
Around the Bay area.
San Francisco sunset

Sonoma wine country


Stanford Farm

Our Bridge

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I have heard that your shutter speed should be no slower then your focal length. Example if you using a 400mm lens your shutter speed should be 1/400 are faster. the question is, if you have a lens that is 400mm on a 1.6 crop camera should your slowest shutter speed be 1/400 or 1/640?
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One eaglet is flying, so this will be the final chapter for 2016
In the final image below Mom is showing remaining twin how it's done. See youngster in the nest screaming, "No, no I don't wanna go!"

The flying eaglet was already in tree adjacent to nest tree when I arrived. There was about an hour's worth of false starts before it took off again, and as you'll see I missed the take-off by a half second! (My in-flight shots are blurry)

Thank you all so very much for following this year's family with me!

Mom showing remaining twin how it's done. See youngster in the nest screaming, "No, no I don't wanna go!"

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Raindrops on petals and one enjoying the sun.
Two from my garden hope you enjoy. Some of the rose heads have been as large as saucers!

Canon 650d 18-55mm lens

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Processing The Scene
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Hummers at dusk
Took some hummingbird shots at dusk tonight with the last of the light.

Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-500



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El Galeon
El Galeon is a replica of a 17th Century Spanish galleon. She was underway last week, under auxiliary power, on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada, to Rochester New York.

El Galeon is a work of art, built in Spain in the early 2000s -- 170 feet long, 125-feet tall and has a 30-foot beam. She weighs 495 tons and draws 10.5 feet of water. The planks are Oak. The vessel is maneuvered by a crew of 22 and has sailed well over 40,000 nautical miles and visited dozens of countries.

The Spanish galleons were prominent in the settlement of the Americas in the 1600s.
Some even became pirate ships.

Just prior to shooting photos, we were enthralled at the skill of the pilot who moved her almost imperceptibly between the narrow concrete walls of the Iroquois Locks without scrapping the sides.
This shot was at Cardinal, Ontario. She was a good three football fields lengths out in the main channel.

Perhaps sometime I will be lucky to photograph this tall ship with her sails unfurled.

She is beautiful.

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