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Old Apr 17, 2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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I haven't been spending much time with the macro lenses this week, I've been trying to shoot some birds. It's not as easy as it looks.

I believe this is a finch but someone who knows alot more about birds will probably correct me. This was shotwith the Raynox DCR-1540 teleconvertor.



I saw this little guy walking around, it's a mutant fly. The wings and back half of it's body didnt develop, it's one of the strangest things I have ever seen.I didn't have my macro lenses or flashwith me. I removed the teleconvertor and shot this using the macro mode.




Today I was out looking for birds again when I spotted this lizard sunning itself on the wall. The lizards around here normally don't let me get very close, any closer than six feet and they hide. So I havent really had much luck getting good pictures of them. The lizards are pretty small about 4-6 inches from nose to tail. I wanted to get some magnification but I couldn't get too close so I used the 2 diopter lens from the 5320 stacked on the 1540 teleconvertor. At full zoom I can be 18-20 inches from the subject and still get the detail I want. That is alot closer than the lizards normally let me get, but today it worked out.









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Old Apr 17, 2007, 10:12 PM   #2
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Nice pics all around.

The Finch shot is Lovely

First there was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... and now Mutant Fly...My my, whats next?:G

The Lizard shots are very sharp. I Like them all

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Old Apr 17, 2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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Nice series!! The finch looks like a sparrow to me!!! Great shots!!
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Old Apr 17, 2007, 10:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments!

You could be right Annie, I really don't know birds. The only things I'm certain aboutare,it's small, doen't stay in one place long, and it likes the shade.All of which addsup to a terrible combination for getting good photos. I think I might try using the sunpakflash next time the bird was only 20-25 feet away.
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Nice series of shots.

Desert lizards are really different than the little green Anoles we have here.

As for the fly, well.... that's just creepy looking!
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 8:43 AM   #6
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All are very nice shots. I agree with Annie, the bird does look more like the Old World Sparrow.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 3:28 PM   #7
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Nice lizard shots... One thing I really miss moving to Wisconsin from Arizona is that there are NO lizards here...that I have seen. )
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 6:33 PM   #8
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Love your lizard shots. 4 different but equally good views.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 10:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the comments!

Lizards are a challenge so it's fun taking the pictures. I'm going to try with the flash next time I have a chance then maybe I can get some detail in the eyes.

Beth - Here's some info on the four species of lizards in Wisconsin. The Western Slender Glass Lizard would be a cool subject to photograph, if you can find one, too bad they are endangered. http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/herps/lizards/
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Nice shots and I agree that is the strangest fly I have ever seen. The others are right, the bird is a house sparrow.
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