Happy Wednesday ~ 317
I am not a patient person. Those who know me will attest to that. So back in November 2013 Tamron™ announced the release of a new lens. It was the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Auto focus lens. 600 mm is only 100 mm longer than my current long lens but that extra 100 mm was appealing to me and apparently a lot of other people. Anyway the announcement was made on November 17th and I started checking the websites of my two favorite camera stores on a regular basis. Neither had it listed even for preorder. Then on December 12th it was on one of the camera stores’ website and I ordered it that day. It is surprisingly listed for a reasonable price considering what I’ve read about it.
Now fast forward five months and reading several forums about the delay and it is somewhat gratifying to realize that although I am an inpatient person I don’t even hold a candle to some of the folks on those forum websites. 🙂
So the latest release date (rumored) is now May 15th but of course that depends where you are in the order que and a lot of other factors. I expect to get my lens around October 2015.
I haven’t been having much luck finding things that I want to photograph so Tuesday evening I took the Phantom up for a very quick flight to test out the new antenna. It was too windy to fly really and I didn’t want to get too far away from the transmitter in case I had problems so I just went up and took a few shots and then back down. The neighborhood looks so much better with the beautiful green grass and budding trees. Don’t you just love Spring!
That’s it for today. Busy day ahead with the usual assortment of challenges. Enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Good Day. Happy Tuesday!
No photography yesterday. Straight to work and straight home. There were lots of geese at the Duck Pond but having taken over 2,000 images of birds over the weekend (over half of which I have not yet looked at), I didn’t see any point to adding another bunch. 🙂
I will tell you that today’s post is all about the Blue Heron. If you have a squeamish stomach or do not like to see wildlife at its true reality then you probably shouldn’t go any further. Just enjoy the nice image above and then hit the back button. Okay perhaps I’m being a little melodramatic but some people don’t like to see one species eat another species.
At one point Sunday afternoon there were about a dozen Blue Heron standing around the edge of the ice sticking their head in the water and coming out with a fish. Not much work and no walking around or being stealthy. Just poked their head in the water and bamn another fish. I watched this Heron devour three fish in less than ten minutes. The last fish he caught and ate was three times the size of this one.
It was so much fun. I’d be concentrating on one event and Jeanne would be telling me about another group of birds doing something. At one point a couple of these Herons tried walking on the ice and it was hysterical. They were like drunken sailors. Their long legs were go out from under them in different directions and they would try to balance themselves with their big wings. I have some images of that I’ll share at another time.
Finally the last bite and the next frame the fish was gone. After awhile I decided to put the Phantom in the air and see if I could get some up close and personal images or video of some the birds. There are a lot (I mean a lot) of power lines around the Basin. I first had to find a place where I could take off and gain some altitude to clear the wires.
The video below is very short. It’s a terrible video. There was too much wind to fly and I could see where I was flying. At one point I got very close to the ice and thought I was filming an eagle but when I went to edit the video I discovered I had my camera pointed straight down at the ice. About the only thing this video is good for is to show those folks who have not see the Basin some of the make up of it.
No music with this video. It basically sucks but again if you don’t know what the Basin is it will at least show you what it looks like. That and it’s only a little over two minutes.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy the wildlife images. Lots more to share.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday at precisely 5:01 p.m. I and three of my friends from work walked over to the Northern most parking lot at our bank in Maquoketa and I launched the Phantom. The goal was to take an aerial image of the bank’s footprint. I’ve always been curious as to what the bank would look like from overhead. So since the temperature was a balmy 37 degrees (it felt colder than that after 5 minutes) a light wind of around 7 mph and nice sunshine what better time to fly.
I sent the Phantom to an altitude of 387 feet and took this image. Then trying to get a better composition I went a little higher and I thought a little further South. Since I’ve never seen Maquoketa from the air I got disoriented and couldn’t figure out where I was from the tiny monitor on my iPhone. Fortunately my friends never lost sight of the little speck with the green lights so they guided me back over the bank where I made a perfect two point landing. 🙂
I made another critical mistake as well. I shot about 15 minutes of video including a couple of minutes of my friends smiling at the Phantom. Unfortunately when I landed the copter I turned it off before stopping the video on the iPhone application, which corrupts the video and renders it useless. 😦
Other than that mistake it was a fun experience and my friends really enjoyed watching the Phantom fly. We drew a few other spectators as well. 🙂
Like anything, I will get better and make fewer mistakes the more practice I get. I wonder what it is like to operate the controller with unfrozen fingers?
Thanks for stopping by. Some difficult weather over the next few days so be careful.