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Old Mar 7, 2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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Today I drove with a friend down to Waco, Texas to see the men's basketball game between Baylor and the University of Texas.

An aside, today (March 6, 1836) is the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo. I say this as Baylor was, uniquely, chartered as a university by the independent Republic of Texas in 1845 before it became a state, which sparked (being annexed by the U.S.) the war with Mexico.

My friend had a foundation meeting to first attend, so I walked the campus for a couple of hours with my E30, 9-18, 12-60 and 50-200 Zuikos.

Shot with the 9-18 Zuiko...



I then switched to the 50-200, backed off and shot this image to take advantage of being able to compress space with the 50-200..



A closer shot showing some of the detail of the building design..











As I was walking one of the larger open areas, a beautiful hawk glided by and lit near the top of a tree not too far away.

Of course, I had my 12-60 Zuiko mounted on the E30, so as I walked towards the tree and cussed my timing, I swapped lenses, mounting the EC20 and 50-200 and shot a short series of images as I got closer, the last and closest of which was the shot below, after which he flew through the limbs and over a building, ending my birding for the day..



The dogwood is starting to bloom.....at least, it is down in Waco..


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Beautiful shots. It's amazing what good glass can do. Love the hawk. I spent a couple of hours shooting an immature bald eagle (among other things) today but alas the Sigma just isn't as sharp your 50-200/EC-20 combo.

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Very nice series. Great colors and composition. The lamppost is my favorite!
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As I was walking one of the larger open areas, a beautiful hawk glided by and lit near the top of a tree not too far away.

Of course, I had my 12-60 Zuiko mounted on the E30, so as I walked towards the tree and cussed my timing, I swapped lenses, mounting the EC20 and 50-200 and shot a short series of images as I got closer, the last and closest of which was the shot below, after which he flew through the limbs and over a building, ending my birding for the day..



The dogwood is starting to bloom.....at least, it is down in Waco..


I like this shot. I really do. I only think that it might be better if you crop 1/3 of the left... perhaps a 1/4 from the right... I would think this would really enhance your composition. Just an idea.

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Here is what I meant... again, just an idea. I hope I managed to upload the picture correctly. Sorry for any errors. Ned
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Hi Greg,

As always, another great series of images. You missed your calling as I believe you'd have a very nice career working for a travel magazine.

The 9-18mm shot is my fav.

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Hi Greg,

As always, another great series of images. You missed your calling as I believe you'd have a very nice career working for a travel magazine.

The 9-18mm shot is my fav.

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Have to agree with Zig. Your images are (and have been) of professional, commercial quality. I'd guess that the university's publications are likely to have glossy photos that are less technically proficient than yours.

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Here is what I meant... again, just an idea. I hope I managed to upload the picture correctly. Sorry for any errors. Ned
I definitely like the original better. The bokeh showing on the left is very nice.
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I definitely like the original better. The bokeh showing on the left is very nice.
Me too! Especially since I was using the rule of thirds in placing the in-focus area in the frame, but it's always interesting getting another perspective.
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That's alright. Like I said, it's just an idea. I thought the picture seemed a little busy... thought it might be an idea to just take the middle and draw they eyes to that which is in clear focus. Anyway, just an idea. All the best. Ned
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