Hi everyone! I made it back home from the field. I should have a few days here before I head off to the Middle East for a few weeks.
Yesterday, I was playing around the yard with that Minolta 500mm mirror lens. I wanted to make a quick post to show some of the images I got with it.
We’ve all seen much better photos of the moon but it was neat to see it live through my camera while shooting this. Wes, this is nothing compared to what I saw through those telescopes you built! The kids enjoyed seeing the moon up close like that. It was like having a small, low-power telescope!
This Mockingbird was kind enough to hold still long enough for me to get a few shots. If I had to shoot wildlife for a living, I’d be homeless. I don’t know what it is but all wildlife flee the area when I pull out my camera. If I don’t have a camera at the ready, I can get within a few feet of things like wild seals, bears, caribou, deer, beavers, and other such critters. As soon as I slip my lens cap off, they’re gone in a flash. I’m quiet, I face away from them, I don’t creep towards them, or splash on cologne. Something about the opportunity to get a good wildlife photo sends them running away. So frustrating. I’m very grateful to have gotten this rare opportunity to shoot a wild bird in good lighting.
I’ve been sick with a cold the past few days. That day in Galveston while I was testing the repairs made to my 28mm, I got caught in a downpour of rain in some cold weather. After walking a mile to get out of it, I was soaked to the bone. Hopefully I’ll get better soon and can get out to shoot some more before heading back out to the field.