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On A Wing

A Turkey Vulture searches for carion in and around the quarry at Rib Mountain State Park

A Turkey Vulture searches for carion in and around the quarry at Rib Mountain State Park

 

I had looked at photographing these magnificent flyers as a change both for me  and the focus tracking system on my D-80.  To my amazement,   I was able to track these birds in flight with my 70-210 f4.5-5.6  Nikkor zoom pushed  out to the max with an ISO setting of 500.

Last time I did this, my end results were not so good.  But the focus points were lighting up in my viewfinder and the camera was picking the birds up.  What an amazing day!

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A Summer Night at the Airport With Balloons

Getting ready for the glow.

Getting ready for the glow.

Sorry, folks.  I did not stick around for the fireworks like I should have.  There are technical reasons for that.  These pictures come from plenty of study of when and how to photograph a balloon glow.   Others were shooting these balloons with iPhones, and for them, that’s fine.  For me, a good basic DSLR like my Nikon D-80 is a fun thing.

I like to tweak things.   Call me a control freak, but that is how I learn.  I kept adjusting the ISO (film speed) levels as the evening went on.   The balloons and their crews did the rest of the work.

It is an investment, and it is fun.

GlowUp On The Ground

Glow

Glow

Glow

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