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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby MarxMN » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:18 am

Great pictures.

I spend a fair amount of time cutting thistles in our cattle pastures. Those flowers are full of seeds that, if allowed to dry, will result in lots more thistles next year. Cattle don't eat thistles. However, it is tough to cut a thistle when there are bees and butterflies on it.
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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby PeteE » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:52 pm

Sue Z wrote:Great clarity! I think your butterfly might be a skipper. Not sure which kind exactly, though.


Yeah thanks Sue, I had three printed right from the SD card at Wallgreens, no corrections, and they looked very good.
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MarxMN wrote:Great pictures.

I spend a fair amount of time cutting thistles in our cattle pastures. Those flowers are full of seeds that, if allowed to dry, will result in lots more thistles next year. Cattle don't eat thistles. However, it is tough to cut a thistle when there are bees and butterflies on it.


Do they "burn" thistles too? with a propane torch? Seems my ex brother-in-law would send his boys out to burn some kind of weed back in SW Virginia. I think it was this thistles, but not sure.

Bees were loaded up with pollen :) Lots of bumble bees around that weed too. They didn't seem to mind me sticking the camera down right in the middle of the plant.
Most of those were taken from less than a foot from the flower.

I had the camera focal length at minimum, tracking focus set on the insect.
Then moved back and forth Until I had the flower in focus and the insect really sharp.

NOT easy on a windy day.
On a nice day with a tripod mount, I believe I could get a really sharp image.

Keep choppin' them thistles! 8)

thx

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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby PeteE » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:24 am

In St Mary at 0730. Smokey :evil:
Rising Sun CG closed to tents too.
Day is sucking already. Headi g to Logan Pass at 0740.
Wonder if I'll get a parking spot?
Take small animal pics since it'll be smokey.

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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby PeteE » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:43 pm

More weather moving into the Flathead Valley this afternoon.
Looked ugly over toward the park but better towards the SW.
So I drove out to the West Valley. The pic below was taken on a corner of Kuhns road.
The driveway on the left runs due North. The fence line on the right runs due East
So the image is a 90 degree view looking northeast. The sun was directly behind me.
There is a little bit of a "swale" near the middle of the field that gives the appearance of some distortion.


This image is a 3 frame panographic with little editing or adjustment.
16mm Rokinon prime lens, ISO 200 f8 @ 1/750 sec
I did shoot it with a 50% soft transition .6 ND filter to emphasize the sky more.
Had to chop a little off the bottom because the of the tripod shadow.
Cool looking sky and clouds 8)

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The link might look better on bigger/better monitors. Not sure. My monitor isn't all that great.
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-rhW ... 5BX-X3.jpg

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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby dpratt » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:56 am

Nice capture. Yesterday was an interesting mix of sun and clouds throughout the day. West Valley certainly has some nice views, especially up around Kuhn's and the pig farm.

Today? Dark and snowing by me.
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Re: Flathead Photos 2017

Postby Jay w » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:47 pm

I like the clouds. Thanks for the photo.

I see that open field and it reminds me of a story that takes too long to explain. The Swedish Vasaloppet (10,000 racers) has a sign at the end that says something like, "In the footsteps of our forefathers for the victories of tomorrow." My buddy used to use that saying in Swedish as part of his signature for posts in an xc ski forum. Someone asked what it meant and I replied, In your father's pigfield I pee." A Swede on the group quite liked my translation.

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