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About waltonksm

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    Presently in an Eskimo village about 500 miles due west of Anchorage, AK
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    Wildlife, photography, my environment. I love taking photos of birds. And when I can afford to travel (less frequently the past many years) I love taking photos of what I am seeing as I travel. I love the four corners area of the US, and also the area along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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    Nikon D500
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    500mm F4 P lens

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  1. I love this lens. I think this lens is a NECESSARY lens for any trip from my house. I use it for landscapes, "macro" (sort of,) and everything in between. I am going to post some links to flickr images in a bit. I think this is really a remarkable lens. Or perhaps I just got a very good copy? Using the 40-150 as something of a closeup lens. These are mountain harebells, about 1.5" long, and maybe 1/2" to 3/4" opening. They have managed to grow through a "thicket" of caribou lichen These are black crowberries. They are smaller than blueberries. And a "landscape lens." If I display the largest version of this image, it still has decent resolution. And this photo of the Yukon River is also fairly sharp... but not quite as good as most of these images. That is an open personal boat in the river. This is a bearberry plant, nestled within a forest of birch trees.... albeit dwarf birch. I have some other images of a village 12 miles distant, and you can see the buildings when you enlarge the image. I will locate them tomorrow
  2. Has anyone used this lens? Or even better, can you compare this with the50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD lens for 4/3.? Thanks, Walton
  3. I finally found an inexpensive bug zapper that works. Only $29 (USD) and it zaps them with a big spark. I do not know how it works, but it even zaps the little "noseeums." And for those that are buzzing around my ear at 2 AM, I have some portable zappers shaped like small tennis rackets. They also serve me well. I never have thought that I am a sadist, but I admit to great satisfaction when I hear a good spark, accompanied by a loud "zap."
  4. That looks like a slick solution--for handling lighting, if nothing else. No, it would take two more people to hold it in place. It would need to be staked down. I think a smaller "shield" or some such thing might work to block the winds from one direction, only. On a positive note, the winds do keep the mosquitoes away. The past three years I have not even used mosquito spray. This year it is sold out. They are making up for the past three years.
  5. I was thinking about your recommendation as I took these shots. I had been using the 60mm macro exclusively, but thought I would try my 12-50mm macro again; I had to search for it, as it has not had much use this past year. After five minutes with the 12-50mm I was back to the 60mm macro. I got rid of the 30mm macro lens last year (I gave it to my brother in law, who is now leaving his Nikon gear at home and only taking MFT equipment with him on his trips.) Yes, this is the macro lens I am keeping in my bag. I have a sense that I can get greater depth of field with the 60mm macro. I cannot give you a better explanation, but it just "works better" than my other macro capable lenses. Another problem I have with these photos is the wind. The location for many of these flowers is a rocky overlook above the confluence of the Andreafsky with the Yukon River. This spot was chosen for the location of a 900 MW wind turbine. It is really tough to get macro shots without bumping up the ISO and going to very fast shutter speeds. I am often shooting in 20 MPH winds and more at this spot. It is difficult to eliminate all of the "shake" when shooting with these winds. As I indicated in several posts, there are plants growing here that I have not seen anywhere else in our region. The soil is not very deep, and much of the ground is very rocky, so I have a very different set of plants here. So YES, the 60mm macro is my preferred macro lens these days. The alpine azaleas, below, are about the size of a pencil eraser. And they were moving a lot when I snapped these mages (which are still not as sharp as I would like.)
  6. Here are a few tundra flowers. Lately I have spent time taking photos, but have not had much time for editing. So tonight I spent a bit of time editing a few images. I used the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens. A Single-flowered Cinquefoil: A tall Jaob's ladder Flowering Labrador tea.
  7. I believe I keep intending to post, then fail to do so. I am still overwhelmed by these images. I keep thinking, if these are what you get when you are "killing time," then your remaining work has to be really spectacular. I know it helps to have a good subject, but I do not have any idea how you make these come across to the viewer with such "strength." I really like them. Walton
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    And I know I should have done this when first posting, but another of my favorites from the local tundra is a "Woolly Lousewort." How could you not like a flower with this very peculiar name? And it is quite attractive, too. Supposedly, sheepherders thought that this plant was a haven for lice that infected herds of sheep. The word "wort" is an archaic word for a plant. Therefore, a woolly lousewort is a woolly plant that infects sheep with lice. So far, I have not gotten any of them!
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    This is a true sign of spring: The river ice is "running." This is an old Eskimo woman (Yup'ik) watching the last of the Yukon ice move out. It flows another 60 miles or so to the Bering Sea. This "old woman" and I have been together for many years, and she is a bit older than I. ( I hope she does not have a subscription to Fotozones!) And just to try and make things interesting, I have been taking photos at this area for a few seasons. This area is a distinctly different biome, with plants that I find nowhere else (at least a large number of the plants.) Some of them are really quite interesting, like the "catkins" below. And so far I have no idea what plant these are from. Probably some dwarf species, since these were right on the ground.
  10. This is a photo of recently exposed tundra. It is at 1/400th, F 11.0. There is NOTHING in this image that is sharp. 1/400th @ f10
  11. Another "non-technical review." Yes, the zoom range is fantastic. But if you start enlarging the images, I find they are not particularly sharp. I am talking about landscape shots. I have not done any macro shots with this yet. Frankly, had I spent more time with the lens after purchasing, I think I would have sent this one back. Perhaps I got a "dud?"
  12. Yes, these are very nice. What equipment did you use? Taken in back and white, or converted? and I also need to process my unused photos. Mine need to be deleted to get more space on my hard drive.
  13. Very nice. And that is an understatement. I cannot begin to tell you which I like best. I keep changing my mind. I also went to your SmugMug page and viewed those, too. Thank you for posting these. And I am a little envious of you, too. And totally unrelated (almost) I had an older Yup'ik (Eskimo) man ask me many years ago if I knew my "Eskimo name?" Of course, I had no idea I had such a thing, even though I had lived and worked in this area for maybe 20 years by the time I had this conversation. I laughed when he asked me. Anyway, he pronounced the word for me, in Yup'ik, and said that it translated to "White Owl." At the time I interacted with him most he was a board member of a private, non-profit agency I worked for (1986.) I had a medical problem that was sort of poorly controlled at the time, and my eyelids would not close, even at night as they were really bulging out. I was a little irritated with him as I was so self-conscious of my appearance. So, a big white guy with bulging eyes: a White Owl. There are many other things they could have called me, and I did really like snow owls, so this name was not so bad.
  14. OK, I did it. I have had to travel the past ten days, and found my Mark III sitting at the post office when I returned this afternoon. I do not yet know enough to answer detailed questions, BUT: I already love the new focusing capabilities. I can leave the focus at S-AF, then instantly select what single point I want to focus on. This has been one of my biggest complaints about the Olympus MFT system, including the both the MI and MII, as well as other M10 versions I have tried. I have focused this way going back to my Pentax K1000 as well as my first Nikon FM2. I have a lot of catch-up to do at work, with meetings these next two weeks. I hope my paid work does not interfere too much with my "second job." I very much want to try the star focus settings, and the high resolution modes while hand-held. I wonder how it will handle my almost all white scenery right now. Well, time to get back to my research.
  15. Thank you to both of you. Yes, the bumblebee is the real subject. There are many different types in Alaska, and I have not identified
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