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I have a backlog.

So, I have a backlog of pictures.  According to the count on my camera, I’ve taken around 5700 shots, and I’ve had it about 3 years.  Of those 5700, I’ve probably loaded 200 or 300 for various people to see.  Just two weeks ago, I got two new (to me) lenses, a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-f/6.3 (the Bigma) and a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro and with those I have been mildly inspired.  Taking pictures has never been difficult for me, but once they’re on the memory card its a bit of a struggle to get them to interested eyes.  So without further ado, my first sampling.

ACP and I went out yesterday with Wendy for a jaunt.  I took the Bigma along, though it is a bit heavy for a walkabout lens, I am still trying to get used to it and need more practice. I took all of these pictures in aperture-priority mode.  I set the aperture and let the camera figure out the other settings.  The Bigma is notoriously softer wide open, so by stopping down a bit I can get the sharpest pictures. The first sign of animal life we saw was a mockingbird perched on a fence next to the power plant.  He posed for just a few pictures, and this I think is the most interesting.

Mockingbird

A Mockingbird

Just a bit later on, we saw a pair of Mallard ducks, and the sun came out.  Here is the male in all his glory, including his reflection.

Male Mallard

Male Mallard

Here are a few more pictures of the male along with his ladyfriend.  He really started to glow when the sun came out.  Beautiful!

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