Testing The Lens (9 IMAGES)

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  1. Wonderful photos. I know what you mean about strengthening your wrists. I carry around my 150-500mm lens and by the time I’m done shooting my arms are shaking. I’ve tried shooting with a tripod but with wildlife it is difficult because they’re always on the move. So I’m practicing my hand-held shooting. Keep up the beautiful work.

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    1. There is no way I can walk/hike bringing along my very big tripod. This body is not what it used to be and I’m beginning to realize the limitations. Yes my arms were shaking and just ached, especially my wrists. The pic of the woodpecker was my last picture so you can imagine my astonishment when I discovered that this pic came out so clearly with a SS of only 1/30. I plan on going to the gym on Monday and wrists will be included in that workout. Good luck with the hand-held shooting. It takes practice …. you’ll get it!! IF it is important enough to you, success is yours!! (smile) And thank you for complimenting my work. That means a lot to me!! Happy Easter! 🦋

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  2. Such beautiful photos, especially the Chic-a-Dee! One day I hope to own a great camera to captures shots of the collared kingfisher I’ve seen recently but could only capture really low quality photos on my phone :/

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    1. A phone is no comparison for a DLSR camera like my professional Canon. I was amazed I was able to get that Chic-a-Dee because they move so quickly! I’m so happy you came on by to see this post which I put a lot of effort into. Keep on dreaming and put aside a certain amount of money each week towards your dream. I prefer Canon. But that is me. Happy Easter to you, Gwenice! 🦋

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  3. Wow Amy ❤ Love all your images. You clearly "deserved" this lens! The AF is great and spot on. My favorite is the last image – it's truly gorgeous! Happy Easter, Amy! Hugs

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    1. Aw, Helen, thank you! I have a new and very healthy respect for anyone who photographs birds. I don’t know how you do what you do AND walk Dylan. You are an amazing woman!! LOL So you like that umbrella hat, huh? You can tell by my smile even though it was really coming down, how happy I was in that moment. I just LOVE forests!! Happy Easter to you, dear friend! 🦋

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    2. PS. Now I am not sure if you were referring to my Nature picture (which IS gorgeous) or my selfie. Oops. I THINK you were talking about my Nature pic. FYI … that very picture I recognized on the cover of a church bulletin and I just HAD to get the very same picture. What are the chances of me identifying a picture knowing exactly where it was taken? I knew and boy I was excited!!! LOL There is something about that view that just draws you in. 😉

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  4. Hi Amy 🙂 I am happy to read you had fun on your adventure. 🙂 Thank you for letting me come along. I am looking forward to seeing how the woods transform as the seasons go by and the wildlife you encounter along the way! The chickadees are so cute. 🙂 There are red-bellied woodpeckers here as well. They have interesting eyes. Love, blessings, and happy photographing! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. I’m excited too, Sarah, to see how these forests transform this Season and Summer. SO happy you came by to see this post which was a lot of effort to not only create but to put together. I am totally blown away by what this lens can do!! Happy Easter to you! 🦋

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    1. Thank you, Linda, so much for your appreciation of my work. I am amazed by this lens’ ability and am so excited to see what else I will be doing with it. I still have one more new lens to “test” which is a lot easier on my wrists, thank goodness! LOL That umbrella hat comes in real handy because I really love taking pictures in the rain. I just don’t wear it however, when it is windy. May you have a Blessed Easter! 🦋

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  5. I’m becoming jealous Amy, that new camera is truly beginning to sing with you behind it. My new camera is still in the dreaming stage, but soon my friend, soon 😀
    You have been able to get some great shots. I think the part I like the most is that with that type of camera you can experiment with so many different settings and light. The foggy rain even gives a lovely view.
    And I must ask, how is your umbrella hat going, does it have any drawbacks or does the good bits outweigh the bad? It seems to do a great job in shading the lens whether rain or shine 😀

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    1. Mark, I love photographing in oddball weather like the rain and fog because of the special effects I can get. The possibilities are endless with this new lens and I cannot express adequately to you how excited I am about the outstanding performance this baby has. Keep on dreaming about your camera and do what you must in order to bring that dream to life. When something is important to you, somehow you will manage to find the means to bring your dream to you.

      Yes the umbrella hat is really worth getting. It does not however work well on my head in windy weather. And it does not totally keep my camera and lens totally dry when it pours. That white all cotton tee shirt that you saw flung over my left shoulder was used a lot to keep my camera and lens dry and to wipe it down immediately when exposed to the elements. I highly recommend this umbrella.

      And THAK YOU with the compliments on my work. I am stunned by what I am seeing and I have only begun! Now to get to the gym to begin strengthening my wrists. Heck I can do that here with cans I have on my pantry shelf. LOL

      Happy Easter, dear friend!! Much Love to you! 💝🦋💝

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    1. Thank YOU, Dan, so much! This lens far out-passes anything I could have “expected”. I am looking forward in getting to know this baby a whole lot better. SO happy you came to see these “test” results!! Happy Easter to you and to your family! 🦋

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  6. I am so envious of you right now, Amy. I’d like to say those shots are merely because of the better camera, but I know it’s the photographer who’s so much more talented. And dedicated. I love seeing the photos you take out there in the woods, and I know how hard some of those shots are. Kudos to you.

    Happy Easter, Amy.

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    1. CM! When I read your magnificent comment last evening, I was just SO touched! Thank you for recognizing the efforts I put forth here. I would LOVE it if we make a date to go to Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve with our cameras. It is easy walking … no huge hills like Chestnut. Bless you for the kudos. Happy Easter, dear friend!! 🦋

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      1. Amy, I just may take you up on that, if you’re available on a Friday when I’m off. Easy walking I can do, at least for a short period of time. Probably not in April as my Fridays are booked for awhile, but I’ll be in touch (by text or email) towards the end of the month. Would that work for you?

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    1. THANK YOU!!! SO happy you stopped by to see my test shots and the fact you LOVE my umbrella hat. I LOVE shooting in the rain and this umbrella has served me well!! Happy Easter to you! 🦋

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  7. WOW Amy!! Incredible shots – both birds are amazing!! Cute Chic-a-Dee!!! I’ve seen the red-bellied woodpecker in Rhode Island, but it is warmer there than where you are. What a privilege to get those shots of the birds – I love them! The rain, fog – and those trees you focused on – brilliant! And yes . . . “gorgeous” is gorgeous!! Great lens, amazing eye! and thank goodness for your umbrella hat – making this all possible! Thanks – much love to you!! Donna

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    1. Thank you so very much, Donna. I just love comments like this and my long wait to respond to you had no reflection upon you. Take my word for it. I am so excited about this lens because the possibilities to me are infinite at this point in time. I have so many ideas of what I would like to do. I am just so happy that you came on by to see the results of this phenomenal lens! Much Love to you this day! 💝⚘💝

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    1. Aw, thank you, Joey! The possibilities of what I would like to do with this lens are so many that I cannot count that high. I am so excited to be the proud owner of this beautiful powerful lens, and I am at the same time so grateful that I have the means to have been able to purchase this lens. I am blessed! Much Love to you this day! 💝🌹💝

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    1. You are so very welcome, Val. I love to share and in this particular sharing, I am showing everybody this phenomenal ability of what this lens can do. Much Love to you this day! 💝⚘💝

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I really do need to strengthen my wrists believe you me. I am not used to handling to camera and lend combination this heavy. But I will do it! Happy happy spring to you! Much Love to you this day! 💝🦋💝

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  8. Hello! I’m back from an amazing trip to the Southern Hemisphere, and making some blog visits. I hope you are well!
    The images with your new lens are wonderful, that first one i partcular. WOW!
    How fun to have new equipment1

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