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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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Nice shot Don, in the reflection his (/her) tuft even has extra extensions ;)
W.
Wibe it's "his"! I'm attaching "her", from the local zoo :confused:! They are very rare visitors here and usually females - I have never seen one in the wild.
My one has more rights to be restricted in the movement because it's really a captive bird;)!
BTW
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- in non-breeding plumage both sexes are very similar but you can separate them by the color of the eyes - yellow for the males and warm brown for the females.
 

Don Haines

Beware of cats with laser eyes!
Jun 4, 2012
7,891
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Canada
Don, I wish I can see this here, on the Islands (I mean free, wild duck). Just wonder - is it something as a last possibility to take the shot or you just want to accent on the water-trail behind of the bird?
The original shot is centred on the duck, but I cropped it to accentuate the water trail....

I have a neat setup in the back yard near the water. I put down a 4 foot by 4 foot bed of patio stones, and pitched a hunting blind on top of them. I have some of those interlocking foam pads on the cement to help keep my feet warm, then a comfortable chair.... There is a pair of extension cords running back to the house so I can plug in a space heater :) or charge my iPad.... and I am even within WiFi range (directional antenna) of the house. I figure that you might as well be comfortable when enjoying one's hobby. Generally, it is quite relaxing, but sometimes the neighbours get a bit loud :)
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
735
588
The original shot is centred on the duck, but I cropped it to accentuate the water trail....

I have a neat setup in the back yard near the water. I put down a 4 foot by 4 foot bed of patio stones, and pitched a hunting blind on top of them. I have some of those interlocking foam pads on the cement to help keep my feet warm, then a comfortable chair.... There is a pair of extension cords running back to the house so I can plug in a space heater :) or charge my iPad.... and I am even within WiFi range (directional antenna) of the house. I figure that you might as well be comfortable when enjoying one's hobby. Generally, it is quite relaxing, but sometimes the neighbours get a bit loud :)View attachment 181559
WOW!!! Sounds really comfortable!
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
5,982
805
Alberta, Canada
Don, a man after my own heart.

I ran underground wiring to my barn shed so I could have an electric heater in my upstairs 6'X7' "observatory". Video monitor to tell me when a bird arrives so I can jump up to my gimbal mounted camera that aims more or less where they tend to perch. Meanwhile I sit in my easy chair and read. But don't tell anyone or they'll disparage my photos!

I should mention that this is more of a Alberta winter activity of necessity!;) I can shoot at -20C but my fingers still freeze.:(

Jack
 

Don Haines

Beware of cats with laser eyes!
Jun 4, 2012
7,891
1,245
Canada
Don, a man after my own heart.

I ran underground wiring to my barn shed so I could have an electric heater in my upstairs 6'X7' "observatory". Video monitor to tell me when a bird arrives so I can jump up to my gimbal mounted camera that aims more or less where they tend to perch. Meanwhile I sit in my easy chair and read. But don't tell anyone or they'll disparage my photos!

I should mention that this is more of a Alberta winter activity of necessity!;) I can shoot at -20C but my fingers still freeze.:(

Jack
There is a saying among backcountry travellers: Any fool can be uncomfortable in the woods. I prefer to not suffer for my art......

That said, the forecast here for tonight is -18C and I plan on going outside to try a new autoguider and see if it improves my attempts at Astro Phoptography. It will be cold :(
 
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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
5,982
805
Alberta, Canada
Graham, thanks for that. I need to see if they are available in my locale but my son is in London and will be coming home for Chistmas so that might be an option. They are pricey so hopefully good. I did buy a pair of fingerless gloves that were cheap and designed for cold handed people on an office keyboard - gave them to my daughter after extracting the little heater to experiment with. It was not robust and it did not extend to the fingers so kind of useless.

In the mean time I bought a USB battery pack that has a hand warming function so you can grip it in your hand inside a pocket.

Anyway, I will take your lead and investigate further. JUST NOW checked and they are not in the US or Canada. Before proceeding I'd really like some first hand feedback.

Jack
 
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Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
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Isle of Wight
Hi Jack.
Sorry, no first hand knowledge, I know people who have the heavy motorcycle gauntlets and like them but not this particular item.

Cheers, Graham.

Graham, thanks for that. I need to see if they are available in my locale but my son is in London and will be coming home for Chistmas so that might be an option. They are pricey so hopefully good. I did buy a pair of fingerless gloves that were cheap and designed for cold handed people on an office keyboard - gave them to my daughter after extracting the little heater to experiment with. It was not robust and it did not extend to the fingers so kind of useless.

In the mean time I bought a USB battery pack that has a hand warming function so you can grip it in your hand inside a pocket.

Anyway, I will take your lead and investigate further. JUST NOW checked and they are not in the US or Canada. Before proceeding I'd really like some first hand feedback.

Jack
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
5,982
805
Alberta, Canada
Hi Jack.
Sorry, no first hand knowledge, I know people who have the heavy motorcycle gauntlets and like them but not this particular item.

Cheers, Graham.
Thanks, from comments I read they may be a little risky given the cost. I'll hold off. I can visualize a lot of movement that could dislodge/break electrical components if not very carefully designed.

Jack