Alley Oops #46: “Ass-kew”

My Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera got so confused taking this picture that it malfunctioned, and now I have to send it to a service center in New Jersey for repair.

Note segments of the donkey sign and the telephone pole splayed across the image like a cubist painting.

Bummer, but at least it’s still under warranty.

🙂 🙂 🙂

[a Monday sampling of signs, murals, graffiti]

Osprey, Pelican, Two Eagles & a Dog

A 500mm lens is a must-have for wildlife photography, but I have long resisted because such a heavy piece of equipment requires a bulky tripod and I haven’t the patience to fiddle with such things.

Until now. Nikon has recently come out with a quality 500mm lens specifically designed to be hand-held. It’s not for the frail, weighing in at 5 lbs., but manageable.

Two things I am looking for as I test out a new lens = (1) how fast it picks up and focuses on subjects speeding across the sky, and (2) how sharp the images are.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw two juvenile eagles sitting on rocks about 200 yards from shore this morning.

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One of them hopped around a bit, after a fish the other had dropped in a crevice.

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I alternately stood and sat for 45 minutes with camera and lens held up to my eye waiting for the eagles to fly. Liftoff would be a perfect picture. The camera got heavy, my arms got tired, and my fingers began to cramp.

An osprey took a dip nearby in the water and I interrupted my vigil to fire off some quick shots.

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A pelican dropped in fairly close to the eagles.

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Then a damn helicopter buzzed overhead and spooked the eagles as I was looking in the wrong direction! All my patience was for naught.

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Tzuri, fortunately, was a more willing subject.

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All in all, I’m thinkin’ this new lens is a keeper.

🙂 🙂 🙂