We’ve spent some time this summer shooting wildlife at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Rewarding and challenging. This was the first serious outing for the 500mm mirror lens. (Getting a manual 500mm Minolta to work on an A-mount is detailed in another post.) It is a challenging lens to work with but that can be a good thing. It definitely makes […]
Since this summer’s vacation is once again my favorite place on earth — Shenandoah National Park — I really want to learn to shoot the Milky Way. The last time we were at SNP the nights were cloudy. Keeping fingers crossed that this year will be better. We are bringing not just camera equipment but […]
Very nice small zoo. Quite a number of animals. More than I thought there would be! My favorite? JIMMIE THE GIRAFFE. The zoo is located on MD 473 not far from Conowingo Dam. After a visit to the Zoo make sure to go to Kilby Cream. OMG THE ICE CREAM. Chocolate raspberry is to die […]
This Sunday, March 8, is Charter Day for all the PHMC sites. What that means is great programming and free admission! As sad as I am about the PHMC policies in recent years that have led to the relative fiscal abandonment of many Pennsylvania historic sites by the State, I’m happy to see the various […]
After weeks of brutal cold, yesterday the temps went to 45 degrees. Seemed like summer! Perfect day for a stroll through Longwood Gardens to see the orchids. And Lilies!
It’s that time of year. The bald eagles are arriving at Conowingo Dam! Eagles are there year round but in the fall the numbers really increase. Conowingo is a pit stop on their migration because … FISH …. yum. Best time to see the aerial display is when the dam is generating but if you […]
On Saturday I went to the Marcus Hook Pirate Festival. As an added bonus The Seadogs were singing. The size of this festival always amazes me not just in terms of participants but in terms of public attendance. LOTS of people. Also news to me that there is a fishing pier at the site of […]
9 inches and counting. This afternoon we were in a deathband of snow. Rates as high as 2 inches per hour. It’s still snowing. It’s GREAT.
This past Saturday we wandered down to Conowingo Dam to watch some eagles. The first thing we saw was THIS: AND THIS: …holycrapwhat….. But there were eagles. And vultures! But the best thing, the very best thing, I saw all day was …. TRIXIE!
Manual focus. Fixed f8 aperture. Added an adapter to get it onto the A-mount Sony, It can only focus in a very narrow band. No infinity focus. The adapter changes the focal length and makes the lens impossible to use. My first try I got lucky because the bird feeder was within that very narrow […]