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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Lizards
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:19:08 PM »
I love to photograph 'em, which is a good thing, considering that I live in southern Arizona.  Here's just one of my little friends.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:18:39 PM »
Yet another Bobcat.  There's a story attached to this one.  I was out photographing dragonflies this morning with my 5Diii and a 180mm Macro.  Not exactly the setup for wildlife photography (other than insects).  But, as I was walking down a path, I came around a bend and encountered this cat.  It was about 15 feet away and very laid back. So, I took advantage of what I had and made this and a few other photos.  I'll say this: the lens makes up in sharpness for what it lacks in focal length and it is a superb short-medium telephoto.

Shot at ISO 640, f6.3, aperture preferred.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:40:46 PM »
Vermillion Flycatcher.  This species is primarily native to Mexico and Latin America but can be seen in a narrow strip along the Arizona-Mexco border and in south Texas.  I photographed this bird in a public park in Tucson.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred, f6.3 @ 1/1000

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:28:20 PM »
Fledgling Red Tail, giving me the eye.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/800

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:13:44 PM »
Pappa Smurf, what you call a "Sparrow Hawk" looks like a juvenile Cooper's Hawk to me.  They're quite common where I live.  Here's a juvenile that I photographed recently.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:43:36 PM »
Red Wing Blackbird, strutting his stuff.

5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred, f7.1 @ 1/1000

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:20:20 PM »
Young female Bobcat portrait.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, aperture preferred, f7.1

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 25, 2014, 08:36:58 PM »
Wow, Eldar, that's a superb shot.  This was shot in the wild?  Where?

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Black & White / Animals in Black and White
« on: May 21, 2014, 10:03:06 PM »
I post from time to time (bird portraits, best animal photos, bif) and like just about everyone else's images, the images that I post are in color.  But, sometimes, black and white just seems to make a stronger statement.  Here's a photo of Polistes flavus wasp, a native of the Sonoran Desert that has the unique ability to stand and even walk on the surface of water without falling in.  I like this image in color but I love it in black and white.


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Lord of the wetlands.  Not my usual style but I just like this photo.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 400, f6.3 @ 1/2500

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 20, 2014, 12:03:32 AM »
I guess this qualifies as an animal shot.  Polistes flavus  wasp standing on water.  These wasps are native to the southwest U.S. and have the unique ability to stand on water without breaking the surface tension.

Taken with a 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens, ISO 320, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/800

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:57:37 PM »
Yellow-eyed Junco with lunch.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/1200

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2014, 07:32:42 PM »
The limiter switch on my 400 DO has two positions, 3.5 and 8 meters.  I was inside the 8 meter limit.  Usually, these birds are pretty shy but the location where I found this one is man-made lake in a public park on Tucson, Arizona's west side.  Periodically, the lake is stocked with fish and that attracts both wading birds and fishermen.  They coexist amicably, the fishermen don't bother the birds and the birds get very used to people.  So, it's an ideal place to photograph ducks and wading birds, including Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Black Crowned Night Herons, and Neotropic Cormorants.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:15:38 PM »
Black Crowned Night Heron in breeding plumage that I photographed yesterday afternoon.

Canon 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/1200


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:29:22 PM »
Spring song.

Canon 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred setting, f7.1 @ 1/400

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