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Old Mar 29, 2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Well I did want to try it out .... nervous though I was. So one rainy day last month I went for a long stroll through the Shanghai Botanical Garden.

Most of the time I had the DA*300 on the K5 but on occasion I also got out the K7 (with an non-WR Tamron 17-50 on it - and a plastic bag over the lense ).

I have to say I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as the rain came down and I strolled past a handful of Canon / Nikon bird shooters sheltering under the awning of a cafe. One of the them shouted out ... "hey what about your camera in the rain" ..... "it's a Pentax" was my reply.

It really was a miserable day, though walking in the Gardens in the rain was much better than being at home watching afternoon TV (or being stuck under an awning) !

Excuse the title on this shot - it was actually February, the same day as the other shots. My mistake. #1, #2 & #4 were K7 & Tamron 17-50/2.8, #3, #5 & #6 were the K5 & DA*300.

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Old Mar 29, 2011, 3:02 PM   #2
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What great fun! I love the whole series, each speaks to me differently. Your robin doesn't look the least bit out of sorts with the rain. The two ladies in traditional dress are so colorful against the dark, dreary background, a wonderful story there, as is the first one.
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Lovely series.
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Fabulous shots, might have to pay Shanghai a visit before long, I keep threatening to just for the bugs, but these are just beautiful scenes.

Yes I had awesome fun the day I bought my K7, me and a friend went out in the rain taking street photo's, he had to balance an umbrella under his arm to keep himself dry while I just got on with taking photo's. It's incredibly liberating when you don't have to worry about things like that.
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Hi Kevin,

A fine series, and a funny story!!

Many of our larger grocery stores have floral depts and long conical platic bags for long stemmed bouquets. Others offer long tubular plastic bags for customers to put wet umbrellas in so they're not dripping all over the store. I always grab some each time I visit, and always have a stock at home and a few in the camera bag -- cut to size and taped with some 3M electrical tape, all my lenses are WR. . . though I only have one that's officially so. . .

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What a great story - and some really fine rainy photos as well. Especially great mood & composition on #2!
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 2:37 PM   #7
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Thank you Harriet - by the way the 'Robin' is a Grey Backed Thrush Dull name for a lovely bird ! The birds over here in Asia seem related more closely to the European variations than N.American.

Thanks PB !

Cheers Ash. Love to meet up and go shooting whenever you come over !

Thank you Scott - I always keep a couple of bags and rubber bands in the bag.

Glad you enjoyed these Mole ! Thank you.
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All those shots are amazing. I really like #1 and 2. I'd blow those up and hang them on my wall.
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I really like #2, the way colors intensified when shady and wet and the the way the rain defused the trees in the distance, Great Shot I would blow it up also.

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Thank you Harriet - by the way the 'Robin' is a Grey Backed Thrush Dull name for a lovely bird ! The birds over here in Asia seem related more closely to the European variations than N.American.
Hi Kevin,

FWIW, my first thought when seeing this bird shot was "what is our North American Robin doing in Shanghai?" This guy is very similar in shape and coloration, and our Robin is also in the Thrush family, plus the juveniles have white breasts with very similar spots. I don't have too many pics of these guys because they're just dirt common. . . but I was impressed by this one greedily gathering some very plentiful spring caterpillars a few seasons ago. . .

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