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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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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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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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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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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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3/6/2020
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Thanks for sharing. These are great! What is the plant with the white flowers?
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3/7/2020
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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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3/8/2020
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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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Nice pics Buford, thanks for sharing, I know there is a lot of work that goes into making them.

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4/19/2020
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Haven't been out to ABDSP since February with the situation recently. This will be my longest absence from the park in years.

I wonder how busy this guy has been:



Not my license, but relevant and seen this week:



I picked up a macro lens. Unfortunately I have only been able to use it locally instead of on desert flowers and insects. Hopefully no one is bored by non desert photos.


Flower:


Flower with bee:


No idea what these things are:


Snail crossing:


A cooperative spider posing:
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4/19/2020
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Great photos Buford. Thanks for posting. It is sad we are missing the best part of the year in the desert. Was able to get a trip in to Blue Spring right as the park was closing.
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4/23/2020
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Bug's Life edition. Cool. Nice looking spider.
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4/26/2020
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Still haven't been out to the desert.

These guys are all in my area, just as easily could be in the desert. At least two species I think.











Completely uncropped. In the full resolution version you can almost count the pollen grains on his beak. Not sharp enough though, too slow a shutter speed since I was just taking images of one in the shade:


My first real camera is now a year old.
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Buford wrote:


My first real camera is now a year old.

I love this guy, do you know what kind it is?
I can't remember how old my "first real camera" is but I do remember I paid waaay too much for it....ain't even worth selling now.
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4/27/2020
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Stunning hummingbirds! Whenever I run into them, their wings sound like large bugs.
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4/27/2020
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We have an inexpensive fountain in our backyard we must have a dozen hummingbirds, finches, doves and oriels. It is great to sit and watch them come in for water and baths.
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All these were with the Sigma 150-600C and MC-11 adapter.

I wish we had a feeder or fountain but don't have space for one in the yard. All these are from walking around the neighborhood. Despite being in the middle of the city there are tons of hummingbirds everywhere.

I don't know what species are in the pictures. I think we have Anna's, Rufous, Costa's and Allen's in San Diego. I'll have to check my bird books. I am not much of a birder. I just like taking pictures of things that look cool.

Here are the frames immediately before and after the uncropped one, but cropped slightly:




Had some fun with macros too but this might have been a previous weekend.


I saw them flash the colors under their beak many times but couldn't get any great pictures of the color in sunlight.

Hopefully everyone can return to the desert soon.
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Got to like the lens. Have friends that also have it. Nice Hums shots!

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All these were with the Sigma 150-600C and MC-11 adapter.

I wish we had a feeder or fountain but don't have space for one in the yard. All these are from walking around the neighborhood. Despite being in the middle of the city there are tons of hummingbirds everywhere.

I don't know what species are in the pictures. I think we have Anna's, Rufous, Costa's and Allen's in San Diego. I'll have to check my bird books. I am not much of a birder. I just like taking pictures of things that look cool.

Here are the frames immediately before and after the uncropped one, but cropped slightly:




Had some fun with macros too but this might have been a previous weekend.


I saw them flash the colors under their beak many times but couldn't get any great pictures of the color in sunlight.

Hopefully everyone can return to the desert soon.


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Well, its in the desert (El Centro). Blue Angel # 7 coming in with a blown tire. #7 carries VIP backseaters. There was one in this one.



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Well, its in the desert (El Centro). Blue Angel # 7 coming in with a blown tire. #7 carries VIP backseaters. There was one in this one.

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Nice pictures of the Blue Angels. Is there a way to get the schedule when the they will be in El Centro? I hope they do a local flyover like the East Coast.

Only pictures I've taken in the last couple days are local wild life.
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El Centro NAF
Blue Angels will not post the schedules I asked. They show up in El Centro the first week of January and leave after the airshow at NAF around the second week of March. They usually practice in the morning around 9 am and then in the afternoon at 1 pm. They fly for about 2 hrs.

Yes, the rest of the year is wildlife and hiking. You got some great captures!


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Nice pictures of the Blue Angels. Is there a way to get the schedule when the they will be in El Centro? I hope they do a local flyover like the East Coast.

Only pictures I've taken in the last couple days are local wild life.


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19 days ago
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I think most people will recognize the profile of the mountains here:
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Great shot of the comet Buford!

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Nice pic! Was thinking of heading out tonight to take a peek.
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The comet was visible the last two nights in the city starting after sunset. It was only visible with assistance though. I couldn’t see it with the naked eye. Got more pictures.

In the desert last weekend it was clearly visible with the naked eye before sunrise.
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Here it is last night about 930 pm off EC 85 a few miles above Plaster City. Was windy and 90-95 degrees still so not the best conditions! You can see the faint second tail and the entire tail has swung rightward compared to Buford's earlier pic. Could easily see it with the naked eye out there but not in my front yard in El Centro even with binoculars. Was really cool to see.

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One more from last weekend:


Photos of the comet from this weekend didn't come out as well.


Sunrise images from this weekend, the original is ~14000x5000 pixels:


Click the image below to play a timelapse of sunrise from the panorama above. I purposefully kept the sun out of the timelapse image, but unfortunately the clouds didn't light up across the sky so the video missed the best part.
Desert sunrise

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Very nice time-lapse.
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Another timelapse experiment from a previous weekend:


Random milky way picture from last weekend
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Clouds rushing over San Ysidro Mtns from Big Spring area in 2014.
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a56887_3e935c1a146c4aad98b3d4525a9296d5/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

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ziphius wrote:
Clouds rushing over San Ysidro Mtns from Big Spring area in 2014.
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a56887_3e935c1a146c4aad98b3d4525a9296d5/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

That is great. I love the shadows shrinking this as well.
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ziphius wrote:
Clouds rushing over San Ysidro Mtns from Big Spring area in 2014.
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a56887_3e935c1a146c4aad98b3d4525a9296d5/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

Nice, I like it. Mind sharing your settings taking/making the clip? Thanks!
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Thanks all. This was so long ago, 2014. I was using my Sony mirrorless NEX-6 (still using it), with the downloadable time lapse app. Maybe a frame every 2 seconds or so?
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Clouds rushing over San Ysidro Mtns from Big Spring area in 2014.
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a56887_3e935c1a146c4aad98b3d4525a9296d5/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

Nice, I like it. Mind sharing your settings taking/making the clip? Thanks!

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Lots of great photos here, thanks everyone for sharing..!

@buford...the milky way glow in the background...I hate that...I always thought it was El Centro but I think tommy750 suggested it was Calexico instead.

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