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      07-28-2013, 09:11 AM   #2509
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Awesome shot! Love the clarity and light.
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      07-28-2013, 09:12 AM   #2510
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      07-28-2013, 12:59 PM   #2511
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^^Nice! I'm a sucker for bunny shots!

I went looking for elk today at the Pt. Reyes tule elk reserve, and had a bit of luck seeing some, but they were pretty far off. I only got this fuzzy shot of a male, through the fog with a 300+ 2Xtc. Not real good image quality, but an impressive rack on this guy.
Thanks Ed. This one strolled right up to me in my parked car. I never resist when they want to pose.

Great bull elk shot.

I need to get up to Rocky Mountain National Park for some elk shots and, with luck, moose. I usually go in late September, which, around here, is when the big bulls have claimed their harems. Maybe I should go earlier and I'll luck out and capture bulls fighting. Once the big guys have their harems they chase of the interlopers quite easily.

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      07-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #2512
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Well if at first you don't succeed...I wasn't happy with any of my shots from yesterday, so I went back to Pt Reyes this morning and tried to see if I could do any better. It was still foggy as heck, but Elk were a wee bit closer today. I could have used a 500 for sure. Still I got some web acceptable shots. It is also just a beautiful area to be in, so it is never a bad day to go out there.

This guy was making some super loud calls. It's not quite rutting season yet, but maybe he was just practicing!

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      07-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #2513
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Nice background and contrast.
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      07-28-2013, 07:52 PM   #2514
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Thanks Weebl!

These shots are tough to process. The software can't tell the difference between mist from the fog and actual noise so it tends to over-smooth everything out if you let it, so the results tend to be a bit grainy.

I think I am going to head south next weekend to the tule elk reserve down by Los Banos. It will be the opposite of cold and foggy there
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59 degrees for the race in SF and 75 at home. I looked kind of stupid in Safeway with a turtle neck on.
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Nice shot, Ed. What was the distance there?

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59 degrees for the race in SF and 75 at home. I looked kind of stupid in Safeway with a turtle neck on.
Illinois set a record cold high temp on Saturday. It only hit 69 in Springfield. It was maybe a couple of degrees warmer here in Charleston. But it was sunny and breezy. In other words, a perfect day.

Today was also nice and I went down to the local reservoir this afternoon with my two big guns looking for birds. Aside from one GBH way off in the distance, I saw nothing. The only shot of the day worth saving at all was this shot of the spillway taken with the M and 22mm.

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Persistence paid off Ed.

Mark, I love the placid lake. Great colors.
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Nice shot, Ed. What was the distance there?
Thanks Mark, probably about 400 feet or so away up a hill.

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Persistence paid off Ed.
Yeah, I was flip flopping in my head all last night weather I wanted to head out there again today, but I just wasn't happy with Saturdays effort, so I went for it, and I am glad I did.

I also saw some deer out, munching the grass on a dairy farm on the way back.

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      07-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #2519
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Soooo ... it rained a little bit during the races this weekend...


Racing in the Rain by ddk632, on Flickr

On a side note, both of my cameras got soaked. The Rebel XTi is built like a tank. The 6D ... not so much. Started behaving erratically and I eventually retired it early to the trunk of my vehicle to dry off and will see in a day or two if it's back to normal or needs service. It kept on shooting just fine, but I was not able to review images, change settings including shutter speed, etc. I think water got into the back dial and the live view button area. Trying to review images started to turn on live view instead!

The XTi never flinched.
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Cool shot, David. I'm amazed the bikes could even stay upright with that much water on the track. I hope your 6D recovers.
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      07-29-2013, 07:48 PM   #2521
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Great shot David.

Even the 1D series needs a raincoat in rain like that. Noted bird photographer Art Morris crapped out two 1D4s in a morning of shooting without protection.

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Thanks guys -- been processing a bunch more this evening, it was definitely worth it. I was thinking "if my 6D dies I will trade it (and a lung or two) in for a 1DX!"

Some rain gear is probably a smarter option though
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Great shot! I think I would have been in search of someplace dry and a beer at that point!
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I got home and spotted this out the back of my house.


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Nice shot, Ed. Might be a good candidate for a cinematic (2.35:1) crop with some black border top and bottom.
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Mark and David K.
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and good one for braving the rain.

One for you too Dave, good combo of color.
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