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Buford
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1/26/2020
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I figured I would start this thread since some people have asked about it. Current setup is a Sony a6400 and a couple lenses. Most used are the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary and the Sony 18-135.

I use Darktable or Lightroom to process the raw files. Any weird processing artifacts are due to my mistakes learning to use the programs. I am definitely making lots of mistakes and learning as I go.

I'll use this thread to post random photos for anyone interested. Most will be from Anza-Borrego, a few might be from elsewhere. Any feedback or tips are welcome.


The crazy sunrise on MLK day turned more orange after the red burned off:



After the crazy MLK sunrise, first light on the mountains:



Outside the park:
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1/30/2020
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Wow nice captures!

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1/31/2020
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Beautiful pictures. The bird photo is unreal...
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2/2/2020
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The two sunrise pictures above were taken with the Sony 10-18 lens.

Some more:

I need to get some noise reduction software. Taken on a cloudy day with a high shutter speed to try and catch this one in flight, Sigma 150-600C:


Not the type of creature I was trying to capture in flight, Sigma 150-600C:


It works for more than just animals, Sigma 150-600C:


More badlands, Sony 18-135


"Final" edit of one already posted, Sony 18-135:
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Rocko1
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2/3/2020
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Some really stellar stuff! Do you edit/process these on a PC or a Mac?
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2/3/2020
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Beautiful really captures the desert twilight
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2/3/2020
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A couple more.







I came face to face with this guy. Hiked over a ridge and smelled sheep. A couple seconds later he appeared right in front of me. By the time I got the camera out he had wandered off a ways.
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2/4/2020
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deborah wrote:
Beautiful pictures. The bird photo is unreal...



Seriously, it looks CGI. Wow.
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2/4/2020
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You make a strong case for the Sony camera. I just know I'd crack it on my first hike, then hate myself. Haha.
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2/4/2020
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@Rocko1 Almost all processed on a Mac. Some earlier pictures might be pc. It doesn’t matter since most programs work on both.

Any decent camera can probably make just as nice an image. I just happened to pick a Sony. The camera does not go on boulder hopping bushwhacking hikes. I don’t want to haul it up too much gain either.

The first hummingbird picture was almost at minimum focus distance with a sandy background in the distance. The tail looks like a processing artifact the way it separates from the background, but the raw file had that to start.
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2/4/2020
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Same bird outside the park:


More from in the park.

Stereotypical badlands shot:


Slot:


Another in the sheep scat collection:
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2/5/2020
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Very nice Anna's shot..!

I am becoming more a fan of using zoom lenses to capture closer images and get that "compressed" looked, kinda like these recent photos from Death Valley





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2/5/2020
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dsefcik wrote:

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I am becoming more a fan of using zoom lenses to capture closer images and get that "compressed" looked, kinda like these recent photos from Death Valley...


Nice. I like the black and white of the first one. The compression effect makes the background still look significant.


Definitely agree about longer lenses. I like the compressed look. After using a cell phone forever, the ability to zoom and compress is novel.

I thought I would like wide angle lenses more, but they make mountains look small and far away. For my tastes wide angle lenses are less useful than I thought they would be.

Another compressed shot where the mountains are miles away. Not exactly what I wanted as a whole, but I like the compression affect.
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2/6/2020
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Where you see this look a lot is with sun rise/set types of photos.

Here is the sunrise over the Coyote mtns



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2/6/2020
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Hadn't processed this one yet. Same night and view as one previously posted above, just a different focal length.


An alternate closer crop of one probably already posted:


Hawk on a pole:
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2/10/2020
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The pictures in this post are from the last couple weeks.

I just can't help but run into these guys. When I do, I have to take pictures:














Ewes with lambs were very cautious and kept their distance. I did not approach them at all. This same ewe before she had a lamb this season would close the distance to people herself:


Should have used a tripod, but was in a hurry to get moving:




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2/14/2020
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Nice photos again....you got a nice cholla ball shot and that ram with scar on the RH shoulder area, keep an eye for him later on.

That looks like the Villager/Rabbit ramp?

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2/14/2020
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dsefcik wrote:
Nice photos again....you got a nice cholla ball shot and that ram with scar on the RH shoulder area, keep an eye for him later on.

That looks like the Villager/Rabbit ramp?



Funny how 'easy' that ramp looks in this picture.
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2/14/2020
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Correct on the ramp. The ramp is easy compared to the alternatives. It has a trail all the way up. In the full resolution image you can see the switchbacks at the bottom.

Sheep are from a different area. Didn't haul the long lens up with all the water supply. We didn't see any live sheep in the Santa Rosa range this trip anyway.

Interesting native, I think, plant:
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2/16/2020
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Sony camera line up has some great reviews. Your pictures back this up. If I wasn't so in debt with Canon lenses I would probably give a Sony a go. Keep up the top notch photography!

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2/16/2020
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That lamb, wow!
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2/17/2020
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I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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Interesting native, I think, plant:

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2/17/2020
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Wow.
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Buford
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2/17/2020
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Another variation on one already posted:


This is a crop from a larger panorama:


This one is from last night. I've been enjoying the badlands colors:


More lambs. None were great photos because they were so far away. I haven't been able to find the lambs again despite looking. Only saw them one day this season so these are from a couple weeks ago now:


Nursing:




Jumping (already posted):


Bouncing from rock to rock:
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2/17/2020
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Do the neck collars expand as the sheep grow?
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2/17/2020
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Maybe a type of Threadplant? These are so cool. I've seen a lot of them in the hills just to the north of Clark Lake.


dsefcik wrote:
I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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Interesting native, I think, plant:

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2/17/2020
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deborah wrote:
Maybe a type of Threadplant? These are so cool. I've seen a lot of them in the hills just to the north of Clark Lake.


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I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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Found it online. "Desert Trumpet" is the common name.

One more new picture:
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2/18/2020
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Beautiful unbelievable photos thank you for Sharing.
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Buford
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2/19/2020
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More images. I'll just keep dumping photos from the park here.

Same ram and spot as a prior image posted, slightly different pose:



Another shot of the ramp on a hazier day than others posted:



I've been fascinated by how the Desert Trumpet looks at first light, maybe it is just me:
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2/24/2020
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A couple new ones:




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Buford, very nice recent additions.

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Thanks for sharing. These are great! What is the plant with the white flowers?
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23 days ago
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deborah wrote:
Thanks for sharing. These are great! What is the plant with the white flowers?


Desert Lily.

No recent pictures here, just more pictures from previous trips.

A longer 13s exposure from the same day as other images posted:


Another Quail shot at 4000 ISO:


From earlier MLK morning a 30s exposure before the sunrise really lit up:
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22 days ago
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Not able to make it out to Borrego recently so I went through some old pictures and tried some new things.

How many planes fly over the Santa Rosa range at night? I just left the camera on a tripod and intervalometer while I slept. The original intent was to stack the images into a single star trail image. Not enough moonlight light for the foreground so I was about to scrap the pictures. It did make an interesting unintended time lapse video. I'll probably try more intentional time lapse videos in the future:


New edit of star trails on a bright moonlit night with most plane trails edited out:


Road through a wash:




I recently noticed that I keep accidentally breaking the links to pictures in the older posts. Most will likely go unfixed.
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