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Messages - steven kessel

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Lizards
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:20:24 AM »
Desert Spiny Lizard, showing off. Canon 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, aperture preferred, f6.3.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:29:39 PM »
Juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallow, catching its breath.  I was pretty astonished by this bird, I was standing at an overlook above a small lake when the bird landed just a few feet away from me on the fence railing.  It was plainly very out of breath and it sat there for a couple of minutes while it got its breathing under control.  My guess is that it is newly fledged and that it is just learning the ropes of being a swallow.

Canon 5Diii, 400DO, ISO 320, f6.3 @ 1/800, aperture preferred setting.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:36:04 PM »
One more, a Blue Dasher.  Same camera, same lens.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:32:28 PM »
Here's another.  Wandering Glider, also shot with 5Diii and 180 Macro.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:30:32 PM »
Just discovered this forum today.  And, I thought I was the only one who loved photographing dragonflies!

Mexican Amberwing, photographed with 5Diii and 180mm f3.5L Macro

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Lizards
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:28:54 PM »
And, here's another.

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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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