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Old Sep 25, 2010, 4:50 PM   #1
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The temperature here in Tuktoyaktuk is around zero degrees Celsius today so this muskrat was literally on thin ice. Pentax K10D F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 More images at http://www.aicphotography.blogspot.com/
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 5:30 PM   #2
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there is no ice - the little beasty is magic!! =) nice set of photos - last one is my fav
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 8:30 PM   #3
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Thanks John, I really could have used the DA* 60-250mm here, you notice that there is a general "muddiness" to the images, like the high contrast edges are smudged somehow.

It was fascinating watching him try to get onto the ice without breaking it, it took three attempts.
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 4:39 AM   #4
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Hi Ira,

Nice series!

I've seen a lot of nice shots taken with that lens stopped down to between f8-11. Some have said that it lacks a bit of contrast, and is helped by using a hood. If you don't have one for this lens, a makeshift can be fashioned with some heavy black paper to experiment with, so it would cost next to nothing to check it out. . .if it helps, there are a lot of dealers on ebay that sell aftermarket universal hoods pretty inexpensively.

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Great shots Ira, just visited your blog great stories and pictures.
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It's so nice to see the various photos of your new home range, Ira.
Thanks so much for posting them.
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Hi Ira,

Nice series!

I've seen a lot of nice shots taken with that lens stopped down to between f8-11. Some have said that it lacks a bit of contrast, and is helped by using a hood. If you don't have one for this lens, a makeshift can be fashioned with some heavy black paper to experiment with, so it would cost next to nothing to check it out. . .if it helps, there are a lot of dealers on ebay that sell aftermarket universal hoods pretty inexpensively.

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I do use a hood and these were shot at f8 I believe but I still had to boost the contrast a little. They are crops and I did shoot handheld in low temperatures so I guess the result isn't too bad given the circumstances.

I would love to own the DA* 60-250mm f4 or the 300mm f4 however.


Thanks for the comments everyone. I will post the more interesting shots here but will have more shots, and commentary on my blog.
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Nice pictures, I didn't know whether you were serious about the thin ice in your thread title. I see you were. You'll be glad that you weren't down here today - it was 100 F when we went through Santa Clarita on our way home this morning - and that was an hour or two before noon!
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Great shots Ira. Here in Vermont, we've had some chilly nights, but no frost yet. Our area is known for having cold winters, but our regoin is downright tropical compared to your new stomping grounds. I hope you stay warm in the next several months!
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I bought one of those red Canada Goose Arctic Parkas, the ones you see used on Antarctic research stations, and I have been collecting other cold weather gear for when it really kicks in. -40C is typical of mid winter temperatures here, back home -20C was a very cold day.

Here is what the pond looked like today:
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