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    • I'm not sure if this is a chicken or a rooster, but he or she was eager to model for me. I took this shot on a hillside of Gruyere Castle in Switzerland, where they still make famous Gruyere Cheese.

      It was a bit of a challenging shot because the "subject" was moving too much, and with a shallow depth of field, I kept losing focus.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 35 f1.4

      Settings: f1.4, 1/200, ISO 100

    • Not an ornithologist so can't tell you what this bird is, but maybe someone will recognise it, shot taken in the San Blas Islands, Panama

      Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO200

    • This is a mature Eastern Water Dragon minus about 30% of his tail. It's a 'he' because of the 'come and get me girls' patches of red on his chest. From memory he was around 2.5 feet.

      For all their fierce Dragon-ness they are quite timid creatures - unless seriously cornered and there's a bit of a hissy fit. But they are usually up a tree and gone long before that happens.

      This one is was Photographed in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens with a Canon Powershot G5 X.

      1/1250 f/4.5 ISO 200,

    • which we designed for conversations instead of challenges.

      I think you are over-complicating 'Goobers sharing a photo and its story'. A little.

    • Life too short to worry if we posted in the wrong week, as long as we are posting, and enjoying the pics.

      Who cares, when the weekly prize is only two round the world 1st class tickets on United airlines.😉

    • I posted two images, one from a 1DX MK II with a Tamron 150-600 G2 zoom and one from an Olympus OM M1X with a Panny LeicaDG 100-400 - both shot in pretty bright light, at fairly stationary targets handheld, so folks can begin to compare the quality offered by each system.

      We were travelling in a snow coach in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone, looking for a fox, when what did our driver, Doug, see, but this delightful red fox walking along a ridge line several hundred yards away... With a little patience it gradually approached the road, sat down, and observed the passel of photographers in its path ( I would say a passel must be at least 60-80 or more ).

      My fox image was shot while the fox was watching us, from about 30-40 yards away at 600mm f8 1/1250th at ISO 200. The snow varied in depth from 6-12 inches on the road to 3-6 feet deep off the road in the valley. Mostly it took some luck, some very nice light, and possession of a suitable camera/lens combo for wildlife.

      I have much better lenses than my Tamron zoom, made by Canon, but my Tammy is so handy, relatively light and fast to focus, that it is far away my most often used and successful wildlife tool for handheld shooting.

      Snow always makes such a lovely diffuse reflected fill light - I knew that if my focus was precise, I would capture several nice frames - I actually have a great many - I also got it jumping up and diving into the snow, but not nearly as close. I have even more frames of coyotes, but my wolves were all very very far away this year.