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Day 181

Grainy Black and White mode.

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Day 180

I finally got them both looking the same way at the same time!

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My new Canon M2 has an interesting fisheye effect.

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Day 179

In flight.

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Day 178

A Pelican at Sunrise.

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Day 177

Down at the River the other morning…

A Double-Creasted Cormorant.

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This was a little difficult to shoot; the camera kept focusing on the water drops he was spraying, not him!

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Day 176

A look back a year and a few months; this is morning over Maui.

(A two photo panorama.  Click to enlarge; BACK to return!)

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Day 175

I swung down by the River after coffee this morning…

Pelican.

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Cliff Swallow.

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Tree Swallow.

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Mourning Dove.  100% crop.

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These were all taken on my Canon M2 with an EF 28-135 IS lens and adapter to use it on the M2.  This is a new camera body with a late model sensor, and a lens that Canon starting making in 1998 as a cheap one to put on cameras so you’d actually have a lens to use with your new body.  While it is an old design and not to costly (I got mine for $299 in 2009, and they haven’t changed in price much) it has great optics, and has been called Canon’s unmarked “L” lens.  (“L” lenses are the top-of-the-line at Canon.)  On a crop body like the 7D or M2 it is equivalent to a 45-215mm lens on a full frame camera.  If is very light as lenses go, and is a good fit on my M2 until I can pick up the native EF-M 55-200mm.

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Day 174

I made a Red Cross blood run today.  I almost made it back before sunset.  This van had pretty good headlights and no cruise control…

Wallpaper sized!

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This is a two photo panorama.  Here is how it turned out in the PS Elements Panorama maker.

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This is just cropped to a rectangle.

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This is cropped to a Wallpaper size!

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I did play with the image in Elements after I made the panorama.

One last panorama, from a single image.

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A lovely way to end a drive!

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Day 173

A so-called Strawberry Moon tonight.  It only happens once every 19 years or so, that the Full Moon coincides with the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

On the road to my secret viewing spot!

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As the Moon started to come up, I made these two photos.  They are pretty much the same other than the positioning of the Moon, and that they are taken seven seconds apart.

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You might wonder why the moon isn’t sharp and clear like in so many of my Moon photos.  As it rises or sets, the Moon is seen through an enormous about of atmosphere, compared to when it is overhead.  That atmosphere is constantly moving, particularly on a warm day like today was.  It does not make for clear and sharp images.

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This one was taken with a little less exposure than the others, hence the extreme red coloring.

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I decided this one might look good in black and white.  Here it is in “Infrared” B&W mode.

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And here it is on “Scenic Landscape” B&W mode.

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I was trying to get some of the clouds surrounding or covering the Moon.  I got the Face in this one.

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Still not too clear, but better!

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The photos above were taken with my Canon 7D and my 400mm L lens.  The following Moon photos were taken with my Canon M2 and 70-300mm L lens.

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Finally, half an hour after the Moonrise, it is starting to get into more stable, and considerably thinner air, and a clearer photo.

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Great Falls twinkling below the Sunset.

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Day 172

Back down at the River, I caught this interesting exchange between a California Gull and a Double-Creasted Cormorant…

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I have no idea what that was about.  They had beens sitting on the water near each other, peacefully…

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