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Old Jun 9, 2009, 9:45 PM   #1
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Default A walk in the woods. . . (5 imgs)

Hi All,

Took about a 2-mile walk in a local forest preserve. It was a bit overcast, so I set up the K20 to Auto ISO at 800-3200, and took the FA*300/4.5 with hopes of getting some of the birds I'd been hearing, but couldn't see. During the first 1.5 miles, nothing much -- I reverted to getting some tele macro shots of flowers. . .


All these were concentrated in the last 1/2 mile.

Almost walked right into this guy -- I don't know what kind of catepillar it is, but I've seen them all over the place. It just dropped out of the trees, suspended by a single thread. I manually focused and used focus trap because it was blowing around quite a bit.


I don't usually shoot Robins, because they are so common, but this guy was happy to see the abundance of catepillars, and thought it fitting to take a shot.


The chipmunks were barking everywhere (they can be really loud!!). I stood still for a while, and a brave one came to check me out.


There was a backwater area off the river, and I spotted this Green Heron. The light was better so I dialed in ISO 500 and slowly stalked closer, taking shots starting at about 60 ft away. I hid behind a tree and mounted the 1.7x AFA once I started getting closer. This is the last shot before it flew off. I was about 25 ft away, and I was standing there in the open with no cover for the last 15 ft. Of course, the light was coming from almost exactly the opposite direction from what I'm have wanted, at least it was pretty diffused.

Check out the shutter speed on this one. . . 1/60 at 510mm!

. . .so things turned out better than I had expected. . .

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Old Jun 9, 2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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Impressive shots, especially the last one. I hate to say it, but my favorite is the caterpillar suspended in front of you - I think that one is really fascinating. I hope it wasn't the one in the robin's mouth!
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What a nice walk, you never know what you will discover.
The Heron in so sharp as well as the flowers, the chipmunk is cute, I did not know they 'barked'.
My favourite is also the caterpillar, just floating in space, very cool.

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Great pictures,
nr1, love the sharpness
nr2, almost the winner, it's great to see it floating in the air
nr3, don't mind it at all that you shoot robins, I don't have that type around here
nr4, same for the chipmunks.
nr5, magnificent capture, the lighting is great, and the background couldn't have turned out better.

Great shooting

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Impressive shots, especially the last one. I hate to say it, but my favorite is the caterpillar suspended in front of you - I think that one is really fascinating. I hope it wasn't the one in the robin's mouth!
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Wonderful series! Shows such great diversity of life, and such fine talents of the photographer. Those Blackberry blooms promise some good food for the chipmunks soon. (Our blackberries are already finished blooming, and full of unripe fruit).
And I completely agree with the others about that caterpillar (some kind of tent caterpillar maybe?) - it's so sharp, and the background so well blurred!!
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Hey Scott,
I like them all but my favorite is the green heron!
just partial to birds I suppose.
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