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Old May 17, 2010, 3:20 PM   #1
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Just 50 yards / metres from my home there is a landscaping feature built into the compound, a small stream runs through a copse into a pool filled with large goldfish. A couple of years ago a pair of kingfishers nested there and just in the last couple of days a rare bird from Japan, with a long split tail more than 3 times the length of it's body, was prancing around in my own garden (by the time I had gone to get my camera, after watching it for 10 mins, it had gone - still not bad for central Shanghai !

These are just a few shots taken yesterday in the 'golden hour' before dusk.

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Old May 17, 2010, 3:26 PM   #2
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and a few more ..

The Hummer was my target, MF with a Tamron 90 / 2.8. He doesn't take up much real estate though and obtaining focus was tough !

There was also a swallow tailed butterfly that absolutely refused to land anywhere ! I wanted to get the blurred movement of his wings but couldn't get his body sharp with the wings blurred. I'll try again next sunny day.
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Old May 17, 2010, 5:47 PM   #3
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Good job Kevin.
I like the landscape feature, very nice.
To bad we can't a way to get creatures to co-operate better when we're trying to snap a few pics... I wonder if we could bribe them some how?
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I like these. There's something about the 4th one that really appeals to me - it's neat. And your last two are very fun! Well done!
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Nice series, and what you say not bad for the center.

Love your iif (insect in flight) shots, they are something I always try and almost never succeed.

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Thanks GW - I'm going to try a honey / something mixture sprayed on the leaves / flowers !

Thank you Mtngal - I love these little hummers, I know if I can just get the body in focus we'll get a great blur from the wings ! I chased that butterfly all over the copse but he kept flitting into people's gardens ... however they wouldn't let me in for some reason !!

Thanks Ronny. I found the only way to catch them was in MF and keep switching eyes to track them until they came into frame. Tricky little Bs.
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