Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ten Beautiful Birds Meme

Those wacky Bums out on the left coast invited me to participate in the Ten Beautiful Birds meme. (Why does "invite" sound nicer and harder to refuse than "tag"?)

I dug through my archives and realized that all of my best bird shots date from my bachelor days when staying in a cramped hide all day was no big deal, because nobody needed me or would wonder where the heck I was...

Life's busier now, but it's also alot easier to get good photos with cameras that do everything and can zoom in to degrees that would have required a lens as long as your forearm back in the 80's when all of the photos in this meme assortment were taken. I wonder sometimes what I could have done with the time freedom I had then and the amazing digital tech of today...

These photos were all taken with a Minolta SRT-201, match needle camera, manual focus only on good ol' Kodachrome 64. Yes, I toted a tripod for serious bird photography.

Here we go...













Anhinga drying it's wings.



















Green heron walking on flotsam, Lake Woodruff NWR.



One of Blogger loveable little quirks (using Picasa) is that I can not get lots of photos to upload in a single posting. So this post of 10 bird photos will be segmented into 3 posts today. Please scroll down for the remainder of the ten birds.Posted by Picasa

10 comments:

doubleknot said...

Wow. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for posting them.

Floridacracker said...

Doubleknot,
Early bird! Thanks.

Just a note: I won't get to respond to anyone until after soccer practice tonight...busy day and I'm solo parentis for a few days.

Hal at Ranch Ramblins said...

These are some supurb photos. Thanks for sharing them.

My first SLR was a Minolta SRT-101. As I look back over my stock of photos, I have realized that some of my best results came from that camera. I guess there are some advantages to having to use the gray matter a little before you shot a photograph. On the other hand, the new technologies allow one to grab photos on the spur of the moment, in a way that is difficult with the older technologies.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

I left a comment on the last in series, but wanted to say here too: Wow, FC. These are great photos of beautiful birds. Thanks so much for participating in the ten beautiful birds meme.

Deb said...

I had that same model camera. I think I was 13 or 14 when I saved up my paper route and babysitting money to buy it.

Nice photos!

Floridacracker said...

Hal,
My first one was the SRT-101 also, but I used it diving with an Ikelight housing and eventually it got tired. Then a Minolta SRT-201 which I still have, then a Minolta X-700 which was electronic and totally unreliable junk.
Now a Nikon 65, but your essay on the coolpix 8800 has created a stirring...

RD,
Thank you for the invite!

Deb,
I got mine by working in a farm packing house for $1.60/hour.

roger said...

killer pix fc. what a library you must have.

Tim Rice said...

These are great bird photos. Thanks for giving me the pleasure of seeing these photos. Love it.

Floridacracker said...

dpr,
thanks, I still have bunches of slides to digitize. Need time!

Tim,
Glad you enjoyed them!

Leslie said...

The green heron is beautiful. I keep going back and looking at him.