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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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tommy750
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7/18/2020
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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.

Neowise1 by tomteske, on Flickr
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Buford
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11/2/2020
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Thanks all.

@Tekewin I will start a new page next year. I guess this forum does not split long threads into multiple pages.


I think the Redtail Hawk was just trying to chase it away. Mockingbirds dive bomb hawks all the time. I was looking through the viewfinder and didn't see it coming. These were the only other images almost worth showing. Didn't get them both in the frame, or focus, shot straight into the sun and it was raining. Bald Eagles have been at the east county lakes on the way to Borrego off and on for years now.





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Buford
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11/23/2020
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tekewin wrote:
More awesome photos. Holy crap, snake under the car tire. I need to stay alert for that. Is there a reason the other desert remains unnamed?


The most recent "other desert" is DVNP and Utah/Arizona before that.

I have seen very few rattlesnakes in all my time spent in ABDSP. I spent the evening hiking the badlands taking photos and came back to my car after dark to make dinner. At least this one gave a polite warning rattle. I had to use my trekking poles to convince it to move so it wouldn't get run over or stepped on. Definitely makes me think twice about walking around without a headlamp in the dark.

Photos from the badlands. It's a shame the light is only this good in the morning and for just a few minutes each day:




I'm still putting together all the time lapse clips I have of the first storm of the season a couple weeks ago. I'll post it at some point.
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Buford
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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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Buford
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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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2/6/2020
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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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Buford
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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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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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Buford
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2/24/2020
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A couple new ones:




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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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Buford
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4/27/2020
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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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Buford
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7/16/2020
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I think most people will recognize the profile of the mountains here:
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7/19/2020
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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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ziphius
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7/27/2020
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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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Buford
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9/10/2020
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A timelapse video from a summer night a while ago. I need to do a better job removing the insect blip early in the sequence:



Sunrise in the summer:

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9/16/2020
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Went out for a short drive last week. Hot and smokey. Seen some heavy tractor marks and grading out by Indian hill. They added some concrete barriers to keep out the illegal off-roading.


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Buford
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10/31/2020
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You never know what you might find on your way to the desert (this one was local). Only had a chance to get one burst of photos before a red tail attacked and both flew off:

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11/20/2020
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These are from ABDSP.

This one curled up against the tire for warmth. When your car starts to rattle and buzz even though it isn't moving:



Lugged the long lens up a ridge with sheep sign everywhere, no sheep. Just birds so had to make do:





One more from another desert:
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