Friday, June 29, 2012

When Details Matter

(click photo to enlarge to see more detail)

This is a SOOC cropped image of a portion of the feathers on an Emu at our local zoo.    It gives you a glimpse of the amount of detail you can capture with the Nikon D800.    This is a pretty drastic crop.    This week, we have been renting a 50-500mm Sigma lens, and below is a picture of the D800 and the Sigma lens mounted to our tripod ....

The picture of the Emu feathers was taken hand held, as I wanted to see how the lens would be for walk-around purposes.   It's big and heavy, but I made out fairly well.  It's a good thing I've been steadily working at getting more fit physically.  I will say that you tend to get a lot of stares when you walk around with this type of gear hanging from your hip.

I've taken lots of pics but haven't had a chance to do more than give them a quick glance.   Will post more soon, for those who are interested in seeing more of what this camera will do.

Thanks so much for visiting.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

O, Happy Day !

At last .... my new camera, which has been on order since February

Nikon D800

includes a groundbreaking 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”
―    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I'm putting on my Big Boots!
(wanna come with me?)


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Like Birds Seeking Inlet

Barn swallows at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge ....

Gary and I went for a walk one day last week at Blackwater Refuge, taking advantage of the breezy, cooler Spring weather.   It was fun walking in a place where we could be outside but not have to worry about traffic.   And it didn't hurt that there were sweet things to photograph.   By the time we returned to our car, we had walked six and a half miles.    A far more lovely workout than walking at the local Mall.  

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away." 
~Henry Ward Beecher

Thank you so much for visiting ....


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Poor Dear Silly Spring ....

Just a few random springtime photos ....

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! "

-- Mark Twain

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. "
~Rainer Maria Rilke

"Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!"
  ~Wallace Stevens


Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Castle, Delaware

A recent day trip to historic New Castle, Delaware ....

roses blooming so beautifully along a fence 
foxgloves, creating such a sense of nostalgia 
tree-lined streets in the historic district 
a robin pausing while building a nest 
a small branch on a cemetery wall ... it looks like a little sad dragon to me 
a view from a garden  
beautiful windows 
an old ticket office in the park 
flag-draped porches and old brick 
flowery sidewalks

 a view of the Delaware Memorial Bridge ...

old brick ....

romantic strolls

 old porches and trimwork

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Gary and I had never visited New Castle .... but now that we have seen it, we will be returning with the changing of seasons.   Imagine how wondrous the views will be in Autumn.

A lovely day, indeed!


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