2019-02-17 – Nature Photography – Things in our Backyard

Finally, the rain is over to go outside. The temperature is still very low, however, the sun tries to correct this. Instead of shooting just one subject, I have decided using my 400mm long lens to shoot anything that looks good having survived the rain.

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2019-02-12 – Nature Photography – Flowers – Daffodils

This set of Daffodils was taken in our backyard, they opened just a few days ago. Did you know: Generally Daffodils are yellow, and range from yellow-and-white, yellow-and-orange, white-and-orange, pink, and lime-green.

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2019-01-22 – Nature Photography – Our Backyard Friends, Set 2

Today was health-wise a very bad day, limiting me to stay home. Therefore my photo subjects were also limited. I decided to take another set of PICTURES featuring our Backyard Friends, a Squirrel, and many different birds. I had hoped to get more photos, but sometimes you don’t get what you want.

The negative part of taking the photos is that I did not have a longer lens for my Sony SLT-A77, maybe I should have used my Panasonic DC-ZS70 or Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 camera. There is always – next time!

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2018-06-15 Recovery Day 466

Today was a good day. The day started without any signs of dizziness or nausea, and the pain level in my shoulder was at normal level. After breakfast and taking my medication I started watching the end of the World Cups game, Egypt vs Uruguay. After that I did my morning walk with Dean. The walk did not result in any increased in my shoulder or back pain. The rest of the day the pain levels stayed were they were at the start of the day.

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Twigs Test – Take 7

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Maxxum (Minolta) AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 (Big Beercan). Originally produced by Minolta (1986), and currently produced by Sony, the AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6, is a telephoto zoom photographic lens. The first generation body is made of metal. There is a focus limiter switch to speed up focusing. The lens and the Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 lens are known as the “Big Beercan” and “Beercan” because their lens shape and size closely match the proportions of a typical aluminum beercan.

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Twigs Test – Take 6

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 (Beercan). The lens is colloquially knows as the “beercan”.

It was introduced in 1985, however, production slowed and then eventually stopped; its successors, the Sony 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 and Sony 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 had none of the qualities of the original and build and image quality decreased.

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Twigs Test – Take 5

Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 SAM (SAL-55200-2). The lens makes a good companion to the Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL-1855) “kit” lens offered by Sony. With a 3.6x zoom and focal length equivalent of 82.5-300mm, I can bring subjects up pretty close, though this isn’t the only telephoto lens offered in this price range, I also got the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6, more on this later (Take 8).

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Twigs Test – Take 4

Day four of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 Macro (Mini Beercan). Nicknamed The Mini Beercan, this lens is originally built for film SLR but due to its great performance … its still accepted as one of the best performing Minolta lens even on a DSLR. This lens works very well on APS-C cameras, but the focal range is not very desirable it has the equivalent in Full Frame terms of 52.5-105mm. I I would rather use the Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm (Take 2) lens because it’s a lot wider.

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Twigs Test – Take 3

Day three of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 28-135mm. This is one of the original Minolta AF lenses from the mid 1980s, and is now over 30 years old. It’s well built, with a minimum of plastic components, which makes it heavy for its size. This lens was also quite expensive when introduced and still goes for $400+ in in excellent condition. Sony has a current lens (Minolta designed) similar in focal length, the 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5, but it doesn’t perform as well overall.

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