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Old Jul 1, 2006, 9:25 AM   #1
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We stopped in at this Open Cut gold mine, one of the largest pits I know of in this country.

I did do a semi-panorama but haven't got around to putting it together yet.

I shot these with 28-70mm f2.8, 300mm f4 and close ups with the 2x converter on the 300mm as well (600mm).

Damn big whole in the ground, damn big trucks too.
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 9:33 AM   #2
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And the trucks are huge too.
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 9:36 AM   #3
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300mm with 2x converter, watching them dump lots of rock.
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 9:41 AM   #4
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This will give you some perspective of the range I was shooting at and the size of this pit, this is the the right hand 1/4 of it.

The red square is the view of the previous image of the dumping.
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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we have these also here in usa. the strip mine in dougals arizone is for copper. in the mid-east the y also mine coal like this but it's under contract to restore how it was before. it doesn't work because of the trees destroya

ed. or it might and i was too early by half a century.

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Wow. I love the clarity of that lens. Again WOW. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 7:07 PM   #7
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That lens with the 2X converter is really impressive! I keep looking at photos like these and start regretting my decision to not get a lens that goes out to 300. Maybe I'll have to re-visit this issue (no, I know I can't hand-hold one that long and I don't carry a tripod very often).
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Old Jul 2, 2006, 12:10 AM   #8
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I was shooting at iso400 at shutter speeds of 1/1250 sec and 1/2000 sec. Rested the lens onthe wire safety mesh at the lookout.

The lens is a Takumar 300mm f/4 M42 screw mount lens, a M42 screw mount 300mmlens won't cost you a lot either.
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