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Old Nov 28, 2004, 6:08 PM   #1
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Hey, I just got back from the wildlife refuge and posted some pictures on the Wildlife forum. When you have a chance or the desire, wonder over and check them out. Let me know what you think. What a beautiful day to visit such an incredible place.

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Old Nov 28, 2004, 6:20 PM   #2
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Great stuff smac.

Wish I could get shots like that.

Nice work...:|

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Old Nov 28, 2004, 6:47 PM   #3
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Thanks bobc,

There is so much going on over there it's hard to focus (no pun intended). I was taking some shots of the Shoveler when something caught the corner of my eye. It was an orange raccoon. I did't even know they came in other flavors. But before I could swing my camera around and focus it ran back into the cat tails. Man I would have loved to have gotten a shot of that. Huh! Orange, who knew. :?:
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EXCELLENT!!! These are my favorites - in order:

1. Lesser Egret
2. The Malard amongst the Geese
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3. Lesser Snowy Egret death stare

Weather looks b-eautiful there, rainy, dreary here.
You got me California dreaming on such a winter's day.
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Nice shots, smacman. Particularly the hawk. Was it cropped? How close were you?
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Old Nov 28, 2004, 7:58 PM   #6
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Nice shots, smacman.** Particularly the hawk.* Was it cropped?* How close were you?
Only a slight crop. Maybe 20%. He landed about 30-40 yards away. I used 12x optical zoom. No digital zoom. I had the camera set to the second to the highest resolution for all shots. After looking at bobc's post about how there was virtually no difference in visual quality I changed my setting so that I could get an extra 90 pictures on my SD card.

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I had the camera set to the second to the highest resolution for all shots. After looking at bobc's post about how there was virtually no difference in visual quality I changed my setting so that I could get an extra 90 pictures on my SD card.

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Did you change the PICT. SIZE or QUALITY Setting?

My post was refering to the QUALITY setting. Fine vs Standard. I stated that there was very little difference between the two.

You should use the highest PICT. SIZE Setting if you intend to crop. or print large.

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Old Nov 28, 2004, 9:05 PM   #8
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bobc,
Actually I did reverse the two. I understand what you mean. My brain just did what it wanted. Fortunately I don't intend on doing much cropping or large picture printing with this batch. And, since this is all a big happy learning adventure I will switch the settings so that next time the Quality will be standard and the Pict Size set at its highest.
Thanks for the clarification. Sometimes I get so excited I don't check things as carefully as I should. Today I got all the way to the refuge (40 miles) when I realized that I had left my second SD card at home. Doh!
Fortunately I had three batteries so that wasn't going to be a problem. Good thing it doesn't seem to have affected the picture quality too much this time.
Thanks again for all your help and advice.

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Old Nov 28, 2004, 9:47 PM   #9
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well better late than never!!!! i just woke up LOL...

smac..looks like you had a great time to day.sun was bright and what a nice collation of photos.congratz on all.I just love the shot of the cazillon=(lots) birds on the lake.and the hawk thats sweet too.orange raccoon ok!!! please tell me that you didn't accidentally eat the wrong kind of mushrooms.-jk-i bet that was a treat just to see one.great job smac, and post more when you go back........

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Thanks Willow,

Those were some of the best out about 150 shots.
O-R-A-N-G-E. I kid you not! I thought it was some kind of giant mutant feral cat at first. It was the wierdest raccoon I've ever seen. Crazy!

To be sure, I will post more over the coming weeks. The water fowl are just starting to show up in big numbers. I understand that about 4 million will come down the Pacifice Flyway and through Calif.

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