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Old Apr 1, 2007, 2:07 PM   #1
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We have a zoo not far from here that is special insofar it only have native animals, like deers, elks, wolvesand foxes. I plan to go there at least once a month the whole year to see what I can gather.

Today I finally got my kite pic - but this was a wild bird sailing around the premises.

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Old Apr 1, 2007, 2:12 PM   #2
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I also caught these free flying storches "in the act", litterally. The wild storch was extinct in Sweden some 50 years ago, now they try to reintroduce it by letting the offspring of captive birds fly free. These were born in the zoo, and remain there, but they have their full freedom to fly where ever they like. Hopefully their offspring in its turn will go a bit further from their place of birth!

Thanks for looking!

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PS Some day soon I'm going to learn the PP methods of Ben, to improve my pics. DS
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Old Apr 1, 2007, 2:12 PM   #3
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I like him gooood capture.

TOTALLY WACKY roger
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Lovely shots. Getting the birds in flight is a tricky business, as I am now fully appreciating.

No2 in my fav.

What 600mm lens is this?


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Nice captures Kjell.

Did you crop the first shot much as great framing shot?

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Old Apr 1, 2007, 3:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the nice comments.

The lens is the Pentax A* 600 mm f5.6, manual focus. A nice little monster.

The kite pic is pretty heavily cropped, around 65% if I recall it somewhat right. The storch pic is only a little bit cropped on the right side to improve composition.

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Hi Kjell,

Very nice work! Yesterday, I was able to observe a pair of Great Blue Herons having some fun, but was about a Km away, on a dark, rainy day -- even the SP 300 with stacked TCs couldn't get a useable shot from that distance. . . worked well enough as a 'scope though.

Are you using a gimbal with your A*600? -- or do you use a high end ball head? I'm always curious about how people handle these monster lenses. . . not that I'm thinking of entering this very expensive phase of LBA. . .:-)

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kjell, very nice. do you draw a crowd when you shoot with that lens at the zoo??

scott, the 300mm f2.8 is in the same LBA realm when you add up the converters. i'm still amazed at your shots clarity with all that glass stacked on.

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Kjell,

Real sharp, real nice!

At 600mm, wow.

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kjell, very nice. do you draw a crowd when you shoot with that lens at the zoo??

I bet he does -- even the N&C folks are probably impressed (C guys especially like big white lenses:roll

scott, the 300mm f2.8 is in the same LBA realm when you add up the converters. i'm still amazed at your shots clarity with all that glass stacked on.

Nah, the Tamron 300/2.8 is a baby -- with the TCs, it has the reach -- but when it comes to the entry fee. . . not even close! I've yet to pay over a grand for a lens. . . but I'll never say never. . .

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