Mid January

An American Dipper on the muddy banks at the headwaters of the Columbia River.

It has warmed up in the past week, we have even had some soggy above freezing temperatures. I am still trying to get used to the new camera. I don’t shoot as quick as I could with the old Nikon. On our walk the other day I missed two coyotes passing on the trail in front of us, later I put the camera to my eye to capture two deer drinking water at the river, and before I could focus they were gone. The two Whitetail Deer would have made a good photo. Oh well.

The skies have been clouded over for the past month. Once they clear I will be giving the camera a go at capturing some star photos. With luck it would be nice to get a photo of Comet 2022 E3 ZTF. Even if it is not visible to the eye, it is possible the camera may pick it up.

The old Nixon place from across the river.

6 thoughts on “Mid January

  1. mountaincoward

    On the ‘old Nixon Place’ photo, there’s a halo around the tree bottom left – what is it?

    What happened to your old Nikon? I’d hate to have to give up my old Zenith but have never been quick enough to get wildlife photos so I just look now and don’t bother trying to get the camera out…


    1. underswansea

      You have a good eye. The halo is a large ornamental tree and looks out of place. I considered cropping that side of the photo as it detracts from the subject.
      I gave my old Nikon to my son. The new camera is a big upgrade and will allow me more options when enlarging my astrophotography photos for print.
      Take care.


  2. Jim R

    Getting used to a new camera can be frustrating. You will get there in time.
    I’m hoping to get some views and images of that comet. The weather has not been cooperative lately here. And, if it does clear, it is often along with bitter northwest wind and cold. The folks in Alberta often send us that along with the frequent Alberta Clippers.


    1. underswansea

      Yes it really a case of ‘one of these things doesn’t belong.’
      The new Nikon is an 850. It has a full frame sensor of 46.5 mega pixels. My old Nikon 700 full frame sensor is 12 mega pixels. So it is a big jump in quality and will allow me to print photos much larger. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

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