1. sasquatchphotog

    Nikon New 28-400 f/4-8 VR - versatile lens for Nikon Z FX

    Looks like it would be a good all-in-one lens for day trips or travel. Personally quite interested, as I seem to need/want a 3 lens kit - a fast telephoto for wildlife, a wide fast prime for indoors, and a superzoom for day to day shooting. Currently get the most use out of my Panasonic 14-140ii...
  2. Jock Elliott

    Birds Another perhaps once in a lifetime shot . . .

    I have a theory what this might be and welcome the thoughts of others. A shot taken with another camera: Both shots are unretouched, straight out of camera. Cheers, Jock
  3. Jock Elliott

    So I'm running the Commuter Assistance Net early on ham radio when I look to the east . . .

    And when I stepped outside to get the shot . . . Cheers, Jock
  4. gryphon1911

    Superzoom First shots with the Tamron 200-400mm f/5.6 in A-Mount

    Got this dandy for $50 and thought what do I have to lose. The weather has been typical Ohio winter trash, so not really getting the optimal out of this lens and Minolta Maxxum 7D on this occasion. Will try and get it out during a day where we have some actual sunlight. It did not do...
  5. melanie.ylang

    Fuji Trying out a 10 year old Fujifilm HS30EXR superzoom bridge camera

    Here are some words that come to mind, when I think of a superzoom, in roughly this order: fun, zoomy, miraculous, versatile, compromised, frustrating, disappointing. But I still went and touched the hot wire! Feeling equally bored and inquisitive, I recently bought a used HS30EXR to play around...
  6. Jock Elliott

    Sunrise at Sodus Point, NY, Thanksgiving Day

    Cheers, Jock
  7. Jock Elliott

    Orion and Blood Moon through the trees

    Cheers, Jock
  8. Jock Elliott

    The spotter-in-chief strikes yet again . . .

    From upstairs: "Look out the window . . . there are 16 of them!" I was slow getting to the upstairs window with a camera, but . . . Cheers, Jock
  9. Jock Elliott

    Bumps on a log . . .

    and Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY, yesterday. Cheers, Jock
  10. Jock Elliott

    The yard . . .

    I sometimes spend large amounts of money to travel to faraway place to take exotic photos . . . NOT! The spotter-in-chief and I spent a pleasant afternoon in the side yard. Some years ago, a neighbor gave us a handmade bird house that looks like a chapel. We mounted it on a pole, and...
  11. Jock Elliott

    Halfmoon Trail, Halfmoon, NY, Mohawk River

    Cheers, Jock
  12. Jock Elliott

    Breathtaking clouds and Lock 5 on the Champaign Canal

    Cheers, Jock
  13. Jock Elliott

    From Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY today

    Cheers, Jock
  14. Jock Elliott

    Unexpected encounter at Peebles Island

    The better half and I were walking on the North side of Peebles Island, NY, when we saw a group of about a dozen guys coming the other way. "Have you seen any eagles?" my wife asked. No, they had not. We had just passed them when one called: "Ma'am? There's a hawk right there." He points. Not...
  15. Jock Elliott

    Autumn, yo! (including one for Veteran's Day)

    Cheers, Jock
  16. Jock Elliott

    Lock 5 on the Champlain Canal

    Cheers, Jock
  17. Jock Elliott

    Fake skies

    Quick walk at Frear Park in Troy, NY. As we are strolling, I said to the Spotter-in-Chief, "These skies look fake; like some artist's idea of what a sky should look like when he has no real idea." Cheers, Jock
  18. Jock Elliott

    Beautiful skies today . . .

    from the overlook at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY. Cheers, Jock
  19. Jock Elliott

    Squirrels I've never seen THIS before . . .

    squirrel eating a pine cone. Cheers, Jock
  20. Jock Elliott

    Oakwood Cemetery today

    Cheers, Jock
  21. Jock Elliott

    Birds Ospreys at 1200mm -- RX10Mk4 vs. HX400V

    Also: Cheers, Jock
  22. Jock Elliott

    Birds Osprey chick "disses" parent

    Cheers, Jock
  23. Jock Elliott

    It's all about the green . . .

    (and the shocking orange too) Cheers, Jock
  24. Jock Elliott

    Sony Battle of the Sonys -- at 300 yards

    Ospreys -- waaaaay the heck out there, at an estimated 300 yards on an abandoned bridge pier. RX10 Mk4 at full optical and digital zoom vs. HX400v also at full optical and digital zoom. RX10: HX400V: All shots SOOC jpegs, handheld. Comments? Cheers, Jock
  25. Jock Elliott

    Pushing the limits . . . a story of failure

    4 am. The spotter-in-chief, returning from the bathroom, says, "Look out that window . . . " A full moon, clouds scudding across it . . . a highwayman's moon! A lyric springs to mind: As I was a-goin' over the Cork & Kerry Mountains I met with Captain Farrell, and his money he was countin'...
  26. Jock Elliott

    Birds The eagle has landed . . . someplace else

    Here's the old nest, abandoned (on Goat Island, across from Peebles Island, NY): The new nest, seen from the bridge: A little closer, on the island: One of the residents: Cheers, Jock
  27. Jock Elliott

    Oakwood Cemetery overlook this AM

    Cheers, Jock
  28. Jock Elliott


    Three panoramas shot today at "the cloud factory" . . . the overlook at Oakwood Cemetery. First two shot vertically oriented. Stitched together with ICE. All three romanced just a little with DXO9. Cheers, Jock
  29. Jock Elliott

    Birds Birds, already

    Love my RX10 Mk4! Cheers, Jock
  30. kyteflyer

    Nikon Nikon P610 at work

    Photographing the face of a killer.
  31. Jock Elliott

    Signs of spring

    Cheers, Jock
  32. Jock Elliott

    Just another moon shot . . .

    In the lightening sky this AM at full optical and digital zoom with a ton of exposure compensation rolled in. SOOC: Romanced with Luminar 3: Here's what the first shot, with my usual -.3 exposure comp, looked like: And, just for fun a few minutes later, the "foul weather camera" (Oly...
  33. Jock Elliott

    Curious ice patterns, Oakwood Cemetery ponds

    Cheers, Jock
  34. Jock Elliott

    Some pix from the Lake Ontario trip -- after romancing with Luminar

    Cheers, Jock PS -- let me know if you want to see the originals.
  35. Jock Elliott

    Peebles Island this am

    And the spotter-in-chief struck again: Cheers, Jock
  36. Jock Elliott

    Chimney Bluffs State Park

    Cheers, Jock
  37. Jock Elliott

    Sodus, NY, and Lake Ontario

    Threatening skies on the way out. Mist rising off the hills. Some panoramas stitched together with ICE: A couple of shots from the XP90: Cheers, Jock
  38. Jock Elliott

    Additional goodies from our walk at Oakwood Cemetery

    Cheers, Jock
  39. Jock Elliott

    Birds The spotter-in-chief strikes again

    The first thing you need to know is my better half, aka spotter-in-chief, is one-eighth Mohawk native American. She looks about as native as, say, an Irish step dancer, which is to say not at all. There are times, however, when she exhibits freakish distance vision and preternatural awareness of...
  40. Jock Elliott

    The epic grandeur of the skies

    A couple of panoramas, stitched together with ICE and shot different days at the overlook at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY. Cheers, Jock (unrepentant sky junkie)
  41. Jock Elliott

    Another heart-breaking pretty day at Peebles Island . . . this time with the "big gun"

    All within the space of 90 minutes. Thanks, RX10! Cheers, Jock
  42. Jock Elliott

    Lunchtime at Peebles Island

    Cheers, Jock
  43. Jock Elliott

    Find the blue . . .

    Oakwood Cemetery today. Cheers, Jock
  44. Jock Elliott

    Software Fooling around with post-processing HDR

    The original: DXO 9 HDR preset: Aurora HDR 2018: Comments? Cheers, Jock
  45. Jock Elliott

    Sony RX 10 sky freak panorama

    Five panels shot at the overlook at Oakwood Cemetery today, stitched together with ICE. For a sense of scale, check the spire about 1/3 from left edge. Cheers, Jock Cheers, Jock
  46. Jock Elliott

    These are for Luke . . .

    Cheers, Jock
  47. 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...
  48. tonyturley

    Panasonic 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...
  49. 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...