The company I purchased the used lens from is in Japan, they are a very service oriented business. Returning the faulty one was a walk in the park, all it took was time in the mail. It took 10 days, when it was received they sent a refund immediately. There was a bit of a language barrier but the politeness of the entire exchange made it much easier. On the plus side I had spent time in Japan during my Navy years and learned enough about the Japanese Culture to know how to not be offensive.
I was not able to leave the house today or yesterday due to the reactions I am experiencing from the C-19 vaccine, this photo was taken several days ago. It was on the thresh hold of being deleted until I fiddled with the editing a bit. In the end it has an eerie feeling to it being just on the cusp of daybreak the sky was an odd blueish. I attempted to crop it, then lighten but to no avail this is the best it will ever be. I entered it in a competition just to see where it will rank, I suspect not in the top 50%, but I’ve been surprised by the judging more than once.
I managed a few good shots of Canadians, but I have some questions if they are all Honkers. I suspect they are not, after extensive research through my books I found my answer. I don’t know if there is more than one species or not, these Canadian look alikes are hard to identify. One thing is for sure they certainly are violent when they want to be. Either that or the attacker is just being a jerk which is not out of the question.
Then there is this Great Blue Heron looking like he’s been rode hard and put away wet.
The birds are beginning to show up again, I assume after sitting on the nests waiting for the eggs to hatch. The wind is up from the prevailing direction, it will blow until around the first of October. Coming from a predictable direction is a good thing for taking pictures, water birds generally land into the wind. Knowing that eliminates having ones head on a swivel leaving just three directions to keep up with. Even if they flew in from behind me they are in line with the Sun making it fruitless to snap a shot.
I ordered a new lens, it may have been foolish as I use a Tamron 100-400mm nearly every day and I like it a lot. I bought a Sigma 150-600mm, It was not an easy choice I’m gaining 200mm only. That is a lot to be sure but photography is a lot like playing the guitar. A person new to music will enter a music store and purchase the prettiest name brand guitar in the joint. When they learn enough about playing the realization sets in it’s not the guitar, playing is hard. Consequently in photography the most expensive equipment in the world won’t help if I don’t know what I’m doing with it. Now I have a bigger longer reaching lens, my goal is for it to be able to grab an image from 300 yards with the subject being identifiable. If it can great, if it can’t I’ll continue to use the lens for sure, I’ll figure something out.
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