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Frozen sunkissed
yesterday evening on the way home from work - After it had been snowing for 3 straight days with nothing but gloom, yesterday afternoon it stopped snowing and the sun came out briefly before it set. I loved how the sun kissed the tops of the trees on the one side of the inlet and not the other.

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Zoom Lenses Seem To Be Increasing In Popularity
Whenever there is a request for a suggestion for a lens it seems that the majority of the suggestions are zoom lenses.

Zoom lenses do offer the "convenience" of multiple focal lengths, but, generally, prime lenses are smaller, lighter, faster and less expensive than zooms. All of my lenses today are prime lenses. I used to use zooms (most recently the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR) but I felt that zooms lenses were making me lazy in my photography, allowing me to change the focal length to fit the image to the frame rather than moving myself forward, backward, left, right. I found (re-found?) that moving gave me a different perspective and different point of view of the subject than just changing the focal length does. For me this is part of the joy of photography. I hope the pleasures of shooting primes doesn't get lost in the pursuit of having as many focal lengths as can be collected.

Here is a list of my lenses:
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF DC Nikkor 105mm f/2D
Nikon AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
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Covered bridges of Columbia County
Today is 22 degrees outside but still boring...Going back to 2012 looking for pics to rehash. Columbia County PA boasts 28 covered bridges. I still have a map that the tourism office used to provide that shows them all. These were just a couple colorful shots from a day trip. The braced beam shot was my business card for a couple years.

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Approching storm and the storm
The first two shots are just before sundown. There was a storm brewing about 25 miles to the East so I got a coupe of shot from two different places before dark. When I got to the house I told my girlfriend that there was a storm brewing to the east. While were watching a movie I noticed some flashes of lightning through the window, and I thought its time for the tripod. I was my first attempt at lightning photos I got my camera and tripod and went outside. The first 2 photos are 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 200. The lighting was 20 sec, f4.5, ISO 800. Some were tweaked a bit differently. Camera was a Canon EOS t5 with a 18-55mm kit lens at 18mm. The light in the upper left is Jupiter

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Late night visitor
Last night --
The motion light came on about 1am just as I was headed to bed. This little cutie came right to my back door. I quicked grabbed the camera and snapped a few shots before going to bed. Please be nice, I am aware they are not perfectly sharp, They were taken in the spur of the moment through the glass door. Which I apparently need to clean :) I was just happy to catch a few shots. The mama was close by,watching, but didnt come into the light for a photo.

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Essential "raw"
I can't find exactly what I want already, and I don't think it would be productive to hijack another thread - so I'll ask my question here: essentially, what is needed for a file to be truly "raw"?

For example, Nikon has several different sizes of NEF; I understand that some keep different precision of bits, but don't others keep different numbers of pixels?? If some type of interpolation is used to get the smaller pixel count, I would think that would be mild "cooking".

Then, of course, there are the manufacturers, such as Sony, Fuji, and Pentax, that are rumored to do Noise Reduction on their "raw" files.
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Tamron 100-400 f4.5-6.3
The woodpecker was in the shade so I had to use a flash w/extender.

D500 1/250s ISO 100 f8 400mm.

I don't know if it needs tuning but I'll explore that when I get the tripod collar. I have the console.

The lens is worst at 400mm but I think its still very good.

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Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR
Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR

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Cornish 'fast response barber'.
This chap used to have a barber shop beside Porthleven Harbour, and he became known locally as "the harbour barber".

Then the rent go too expensive, so he moved to a shop away from the harbour - but he got fed up with that because the rent got too expensive there as well.

So he bought and converted this caravan into his Mk III barber shop and became "The harbour Barber on Tour" - (it had the bonus that he could also use the caravan for his holidays as well!).

The plan was that with this new mobile set-up, he could if required, rush to any gent's hairdressing disaster scene in West Cornwall - although he's since got fed up being a barber and become a lorry driver!

So there is a vacancy in this area for a mobile barber, if anyone fancies a career in gent's mobile hairdressing.

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Winter void
My yard, yesterday....
No birds at the feeder, no kids playing in the treehouse, no life to be found...

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