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Old Jun 24, 2015, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Heron--first of hopefully many FL shots.

So my brother had a conference in Pompano Beach, FL. And his wife and family happened to not be able to go, leaving an empty hotel bed.

Lots of short side trips, lots of activity, lots of shots. An overwhelming number of different shots, really. Day trip to the Everglades (not the time of year you want to go), long drive down to the keys, an afternoon to a place called "Butterfly World" which was just fantastic, an incredible middle-of-the-night opportunity where some very dedicated people showed some dumb tourists like me the nesting of a Loggerhead Turtle.

Still going though and sorting. But for now, here's a heron I met by a park by the beach one day. They're up here too, but he was very cooperative allowing me to get pretty close. It made for a pretty easy shot to choose, and will hopefully break my "writer's block" a bit . . .

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Old Jun 25, 2015, 12:57 AM   #2
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I'm glad you're enjoying South Florida. Lots of critters down there. Beautiful shot you have here. Nice bokeh.
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Thanks! I'm happy with it, but now I can't stop looking at the dust spot (lens? sensor?) right on the top of his head. Should be relatively easy to fix, but I'm hoping it's not on everything.
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Do you have a "rocket blower"? Believe it or not, I've only had to clean a sensor once in nine years of DSLR use, and the blower did the trick.
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Yeah I have one of those (great fun!) and a lens pen and I cleaned everything up before I left. I'll have to look through my photos to see if it's on the sensor or just the 45-200. I don't really know how to tell the difference otherwise.
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Hi Sammy: sounds like you had a good trip down to our state. Glad that you had a chance to experience so much in such a short time.

That is an excellent capture of a Little Green Heron. I'm surprised that he was so co-operative for you. Or maybe its just me, but they always seem to be the most skittish of the the heron clan when I'm out photographing..
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Thanks Steven. Yeah, I was surprised . . . he was just hanging out on a boardwalk, enjoying the boats go by . . .
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Nice shot from a Panny 45-200 mm! I remembered you paid $99 for it! It was the best bang for the buck. It should do well for taking butterfly pictures. I hope you have something to show us.
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Thanks SCKSer--yeah, it's done well for me . . . better some times than others, but I'm sure most of that is the piece of equipment behind the yeepiece.

Going through these slowly. At some point I'll put together a set, but meanwhile here's a guy I saw at the Everglades--don't remember being this close, but it WAS a long lens. Probably not a big deal to you Southerners, but up here the only reptiles we have around are the odd box turtle or so.

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One random shot from my Florida trip. For some reason, for all of the shots I put lots of thought and setup into, I keep coming back to this one--what I thought was a "throwaway" I took out the car window during a rainstorm in Big Cypress National Preserve.

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