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There I was, minding my own business at the Gulf Coast Birding and Wildlife festival in Titusville, FL.  I was cruising the roads in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and there it was - a Peregrine Falcon sitting in a dead tree watching the road, presumably for potential snacks.  I just HAD to stop (along with about 7-8 other cars with people who had looooong lenses) to grab a few photos!  One person had been there for about 2.5 hours waiting for it to fly so he could get some flight shots.  That's true dedication especially considering it'd been raining off and on!
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awesome shot !
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There I was, minding my own business at the Gulf Coast Birding and Wildlife festival in Titusville, FL.  I was cruising the roads in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and there it was - a Peregrine Falcon sitting in a dead tree watching the road, presumably for potential snacks.  I just HAD to stop (along with about 7-8 other cars with people who had looooong lenses) to grab a few photos!  One person had been there for about 2.5 hours waiting for it to fly so he could get some flight shots.  That's true dedication especially considering it'd been raining off and on!
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I just learned earlier today that the song Alice's Restaurant was based on a true story!  (I know...I lived a sheltered life!!)  I also learned that it's a Thanksgiving tradition that many radio stations play this song on Thanksgiving because it is such a long one - about 18.5 minutes.  It gives the DJs time to take a break!  

So in the old Thanksgiving tradition, here is good 'ole Arlo performing at EPCOT a few years ago.  Yes, we heard "THE" song - both the long and short versions of it!
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You too +John Crocker!!
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+Kalebra Kelby, have you done this with Yittle - yet? LOL

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Some kids have a fear of flying while some consider it a treat on par with eating an ice cream cone.
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"I Heard You"

As much as I keep telling people they need to know all their camera's controls cold without looking, sometimes you just have to look to see the results on the LCD. I thought the exposure was "OK" but sometimes you just get caught up in the moment. And this whole "moment" only lasted 3.5 minutes for a total of 54 photos, all nearly identical! I couldn't look at the back of the camera as I was "frozen" in place; any movement would have scared this guy off. Even the buzzing mosquitos were ignored (and I'm paying for it now; I was only wearing short sleeves and shorts!! LOL)

Every time I clicked the shutter he stopped and stared in my direction. The sound worried him but didn't run him off. I ended up underexposing all of these pictures and I had to increase the exposure setting nearly +2 in each one in post, which, of course, really brought out the noise even though I was "only" shooting at ISO3200. He milled around a little more then went over to the pole and stood on his hind legs to reach for the seed. I tried to get some pictures of him in that pose at the same time I quietly told him not to do that. Unfortunately the camera didn't focus (it was having a hard time focusing anyway in this really low light) so I missed those shots as he ran quickly away for the bushes.

The bird feeders, seed, and poles are safe for another night...

Canon 7D Mk 2, ISO3200, 1/50, f2.8, 200mm (320mm w/crop factor); shot at 750pm U.S. central time.
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"I Heard You"

As much as I keep telling people they need to know all their camera's controls cold without looking, sometimes you just have to look to see the results on the LCD. I thought the exposure was "OK" but sometimes you just get caught up in the moment. And this whole "moment" only lasted 3.5 minutes for a total of 54 photos, all nearly identical! I couldn't look at the back of the camera as I was "frozen" in place; any movement would have scared this guy off. Even the buzzing mosquitos were ignored (and I'm paying for it now; I was only wearing short sleeves and shorts!! LOL)

Every time I clicked the shutter he stopped and stared in my direction. The sound worried him but didn't run him off. I ended up underexposing all of these pictures and I had to increase the exposure setting nearly +2 in each one in post, which, of course, really brought out the noise even though I was "only" shooting at ISO3200. He milled around a little more then went over to the pole and stood on his hind legs to reach for the seed. I tried to get some pictures of him in that pose at the same time I quietly told him not to do that. Unfortunately the camera didn't focus (it was having a hard time focusing anyway in this really low light) so I missed those shots as he ran quickly away for the bushes.

The bird feeders, seed, and poles are safe for another night...

Canon 7D Mk 2, ISO3200, 1/50, f2.8, 200mm (320mm w/crop factor); shot at 750pm U.S. central time.
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You know bears don't hibernate down here, right?  So they're moving and looking for food all year long!  (The more the better, or so they say! LOL)
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There I was, minding my own business at the Gulf Coast Birding and Wildlife festival in Titusville, FL.  I was cruising the roads in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and there it was - a Peregrine Falcon sitting in a dead tree watching the road, presumably for potential snacks.  I just HAD to stop (along with about 7-8 other cars with people who had looooong lenses) to grab a few photos!  One person had been there for about 2.5 hours waiting for it to fly so he could get some flight shots.  That's true dedication especially considering it'd been raining off and on!
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timing is everything, great photo...
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My New Year's resolution:  to keep any and all New Year's resolutions I come up with!  (You can come up with more than one, right? LOL)
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Hahaha! Uhhh...

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One more wakeup and we'll be on our way down for a Disney Christmas!
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Have fun,;)
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  
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Nice Turkey!
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"I Heard You"

As much as I keep telling people they need to know all their camera's controls cold without looking, sometimes you just have to look to see the results on the LCD. I thought the exposure was "OK" but sometimes you just get caught up in the moment. And this whole "moment" only lasted 3.5 minutes for a total of 54 photos, all nearly identical! I couldn't look at the back of the camera as I was "frozen" in place; any movement would have scared this guy off. Even the buzzing mosquitos were ignored (and I'm paying for it now; I was only wearing short sleeves and shorts!! LOL)

Every time I clicked the shutter he stopped and stared in my direction. The sound worried him but didn't run him off. I ended up underexposing all of these pictures and I had to increase the exposure setting nearly +2 in each one in post, which, of course, really brought out the noise even though I was "only" shooting at ISO3200. He milled around a little more then went over to the pole and stood on his hind legs to reach for the seed. I tried to get some pictures of him in that pose at the same time I quietly told him not to do that. Unfortunately the camera didn't focus (it was having a hard time focusing anyway in this really low light) so I missed those shots as he ran quickly away for the bushes.

The bird feeders, seed, and poles are safe for another night...

Canon 7D Mk 2, ISO3200, 1/50, f2.8, 200mm (320mm w/crop factor); shot at 750pm U.S. central time.
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Now, there is a story I can relate to. Love it  :-)
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Been going back over some of the photos I took on the Mississippi River in Iowa last year...
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What a beautiful bird.
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Warner-Robins, GA - Ottumwa, IA - California City, CA - Okinawa, JP - Dayton, OH - Rantoul, IL
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Take pictures, eat, sleep, mow grass, ride my Goldwing, dodge mosquitos, noseeums, and bears. Occasionally get the oil changed in my wife's car, my jeep and my Goldwing.
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  • Retired (sort of)
    Photographer, Accountant, Manager, Planner, Marketing Executive, Tax Planner, Investor, 2014 - present
    "Officially" retired since I'm now collecting THE check, but I'm still busy running around with my camera taking pictures of nature, landscapes, and architectural subjects to collect a little extra spending money.
  • Panhandle Skyshots
    Pilot-Photographer, 2000 - present
  • Unemployed
    Engineer/Photographer, 2012 - 2014
  • US Air Force
    Flight Test Engineer, 1975 - 1998
  • ARINC
    Engineer, 1998 - 2012
    Engineering management and test supporting the Air Force and Navy.
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  • Iowa State University
    Electrical Engineering, 1982 - 1984
  • University of Dubuque
    Aviation Administration, 1972 - 1974
  • Ottumwa High School
    1967 - 1970
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