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  1. Jock Elliott

    After five long years . . . finally published as a nature photographer . . . see also "patient endurance"

    The theme of my early morning devotional last Wednesday was "patient endurance." I remember thinking: "doesn't sound like fun to me." At noon, coming back from a doctor's appointment, the better half says, "better check your messages." There is a call from an editor at The Conservationist...
  2. tonyturley

    Panasonic FZ1000 II

    The rented FZ1000 II arrived this afternoon, and as the battery was already fully charged, I immediately loaded a card and headed out the door for a walk around the yard. It feels smaller than it looks in photos and simulations, and it took me a few minutes to figure out the AF spot setup. I...
  3. Jonathan F/2

    Superzoom The Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens - Best Lens for the 2020 Pandemic!

    * Crossposted on TalkEmount I've been shooting this lens all of July and I don't say this lightly, but the Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens has my vote as the best super zoom lens ever (my previous vote went to the Nikon 1 10-100mm non-PD VR) and best lens for the 2020 pandemic! It's...
  4. Jock Elliott

    Comet Neowise

    Really faint, really hard to shoot, light pollution . . . still fun to try. Original: Romanced with Luminar: Cheers, Jock
  5. dougpayne

    Nikon Impressionistic effect from superzoom atmospheric distortion.

    Taken with my Nikon S9700 at Carpinteria, Calif. a few years ago. carpinteria_beach_Coolpix9700_June20 by D Payne, on Flickr
  6. Jock Elliott

    Got some lovely scum here . . .

    Cheers, Jock
  7. Jock Elliott

    A short review of what a superzoom can do

    Wide view from Oakwood Overlook two days ago. See the little tiny bump in the center of the horizon? Cue the big gun. Looking slightly to the North at full wide: Full zoom: Cheers, Jock
  8. Jock Elliott

    Troy, NY, May 9, 2020, 5:27 am

    'Nuff said. Cheers, Jock
  9. Jock Elliott

    Awww. . .

    (What, you need a caption?) Cheers, Jock
  10. Jock Elliott

    Small backyard safari

    The better half said there was a hummingbird in the quince bush. I didn't find it, but sat and captured a few snaps of things that caught my eye. And one from Peebles Island yesterday: Cheers, Jock
  11. Jock Elliott

    INCOMING!!!

    Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY, today: And one of the geese that landed ticked off another one. Love the RX10 Mk IV. Cheers, Jock
  12. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island (Waterford, NY) today -- RX10 Mk4

    Full optical and digital zoom: Long may she wave: Cheers, Jock
  13. Jock Elliott

    April in upstate New York

    Cheers, Jock
  14. Jock Elliott

    Big old moon . . . fooling around with post-processing . . . RX10 Mk IV

    Huge partial moon hanging in the sky this AM. Put the RX10 4 in full auto mode to see what it would do. Could hear it chattering away, making multiple images and stacking them. Got this: Put it in P mode and rolled in a bunch of minus exposure compensation: Ran it through DXO 9: Ran...
  15. Jock Elliott

    Oakwood Cemetery Island under attack -- documentary proof

    Here's a map of the ponds at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY: The map doesn't show the small island in the pond at the left, but here it is, complete with a small footbridge for access: And here's the attack: And here's where we think the offenders live: Now, I don't quite get why the...
  16. Jock Elliott

    Sony RX10 Mk IV -- nice focus move

    Normally when I go out for a stroll with the RX10 MkIV, I set it up in P mode with a central focus rectangle. Yesterday, while walking at Oakwood Cemetery, the spotter-in-chief points up and says "hawk." (She noticed it because of a shadow traversing the ground; she's uncanny like that.) I...
  17. kyteflyer

    Nikon Coolpix P950

    A P900 upgrade. Apparently shoots RAW too. I suspect that, finances allowing, I will be all over it. https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/compact-digital-cameras/coolpix-p950.html
  18. Jock Elliott

    RX10 MkIV -- Six months into the mission

    In May, 2019, I purchased the Sony RX10 MkIV. It was a big leap for me, spending nearly two kilobucks on a camera . . . a non-trivial expenditure. Would it deliver what I needed or would I find myself, a month or two later, scouring the photo review sites, looking for the Next New Thing? I'm...
  19. Jock Elliott

    A conversation about autumn leaves

    About three weeks ago, the better half (aka spotter-in-chief) and I were marveling at the beauty of the autumn leaves . . . the beauty, variety, and intensity of the yellows, oranges, and reds . . . heart-breaking gorgeous. Then two questions occurred: (1) how come we don't see pink and what...
  20. kyteflyer

    [Panasonic FZ1000] HELP!!! IS is dead!

    Never mind, found the hardware switch. I’m an idiot. Quelle dommage!!
  21. Jock Elliott

    A couple of more shots from Peebles Island, NY

    Cheers, Jock
  22. Jock Elliott

    RX10 MkIV strikes again

    Peebles Island today. SOOC jpegs. Cheers, Jock
  23. Jock Elliott

    I have an itch . . .

    Cheers, Jock
  24. Jock Elliott

    "Oh, the beauty of the vision that has been vouchsafed me . . ."

    12 panels stitched together with ICE. RX10 IV. Sunset, Frear Park, Troy, NY. Cheers, Jock
  25. kyteflyer

    Panasonic TZ Picture Thread

    As it says. I bet there are others of you who have, or have had a Panny TZ, and would have some shots to show here.
  26. Jock Elliott

    Cloudscapes from Brunswick, NY, town park

    With the RX10 IV stitched together with ICE. And . . . romanced with Luminar. Cheers, Jock
  27. MoonMind

    Another holiday thread: The south-eastern corner of Switzerland (Val Müstair) 2019

    This is not going to be as long and intense as last years thread, but some might find it interesting - because this time, I did the opposite: Instead of packing my most highly rated gear, I went with two compacts, the Panasonic FZ1000 and, again, the Canon G1X III, plus my father's Olympus XA...
  28. Jock Elliott

    Parasailing action on the Queen of American Lakes . . . RX10 IV struts its stuff

    A friend treated us to a brunch cruise on the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George, upstate New York. Lake George is just gorgeous, surrounded by the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Here's our boat. A friend asked about my camera. I said it had a lot of reach, and shot two samples...
  29. Jock Elliott

    Some fireworks

    New York State allows the sale of ground-based non-explosive fireworks to citizens. For the Fourth, some friends bought some. I shot over 250 pix. Here's a sampling: Cheers, Jock
  30. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island Peek-a-boo

    Cheers, Jock
  31. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island, July 4, 2019

    Cheers, Jock
  32. Jock Elliott

    If you want to make something harder, do it . . .

    . . . standing in a canoe! From Peebles Island today. Also And romanced with Luminar: Cheers, Jock
  33. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island, Cohoes, NY, again

    A family outing: A showy piece of goods: How did he get there? What is this bird? Cheers, Jock
  34. Jock Elliott

    Fireworks video shot with RX10 IV

    Shot off tripod. Trees obscured part of lower sky. Had troubles with getting slo-mo to work (note to self: bring small flashlight so you can see the dials!). Need to figure how to get faster autofocus lock-on, but still, pleased with initial result. All feedback welcome. Cheers, Jock
  35. Jock Elliott

    A few shots from last night's fireworks

    These were taken while I was shooting video. The RX10 IV offers the ability to capture stills while video capture continues uninterrupted. Cheers, Jock
  36. Jock Elliott

    Additional thoughts about the RX10 IV

    Progress report. There is a great deal to like about the Sony RX10 IV. The autofocus is the best I’ve ever experienced; the Zeiss optics are superb; the fit and finish are excellent; it shoots both stills and video; the one-inch sensor is a serious step up from the small superzoom sensors I had...
  37. Jock Elliott

    A few more from the raptor fest

    Cheers, Jock
  38. Jock Elliott

    Second whack at a Cohoes Falls video with the RX10 IV

    Different video editor, differing editing, different music. Luke, you can probably ID the music -- no cheating with one of those auto-apps! Better, maybe? Cheers, Jock
  39. Jock Elliott

    First whack at a video with the RX10 IV

    Cheers, Jock
  40. Jock Elliott

    Cohoes Falls Take Two . . . processed jpegs

    All romanced with the Picasa "I'm feeling lucky" button. Cheers, Jock
  41. Jock Elliott

    After the rains came . . . Cohoes, NY, Falls

    SOOC jpegs . . . a really nasty gray day. And seen while accessing the falls. Cheers, Jock
  42. Jock Elliott

    Weird bird pix

    Not all birds-in-flight shots work out. Direct quote from the spotter-in-chief: "These are beautiful, graceful creatures . . . what have you done!?!" Cheers, Jock
  43. Jock Elliott

    Pic from the spotter-in-chief

    The thinkin' spot Cheers, Jock
  44. Jock Elliott

    Random shots from Oakwood Cemetery yesterday

    Cheers, Jock
  45. Jock Elliott

    RX10 IV initial impressions – long . . . you’ve been warned!

    For years now, I’ve had a mad, passionate love affair with superzoom cameras. I argue that they are, quite simply, the most versatile cameras on the planet: they will deliver 20-something millimeter equivalent wide angle views when you need them and yet, without changing lenses, draw you close...
  46. Jock Elliott

    Backyard safari

    Went and stood quietly in our yard for a few minutes yesterday. Cheers, Jock
  47. Jock Elliott

    Two eagles on a nest

    Cheers, Jock
  48. Jock Elliott

    Eagles overhead

    All heavily cropped. Cheers, Jock
  49. Jock Elliott

    Eagle in flight

    Cheers, Jock
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