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About zackiedawg

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    Boca Raton, Florida
  • Interests
    Cruising, boating, driving, computers, hockey, photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Canada, Alaska

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  1. Hot and humid wetlands of Florida again! Here's the selection from this Saturday: Red-bellied woodpecker in its newly constructed home: The significantly larger male pileated woodpecker - about 3x the size of the red-bellied: Black-crowned night heron hanging out down by the water: Bee going to town on the pickerel flower: Double-crested cormorant showing off that beautiful Caribbean-sea eye: George is the biggest, oldest alligator in this wetland...and each breeding season, the female alligators
  2. I use basically the 4 primary 'control' modes - P, A (Av), S (Tv), and M - each has its best use scenario for me and each offers a level of control over my shots combined with a level of automation that offers speed and convenience, yet all override-able if I decide to. I've never been a fan of FULL auto, just because I don't like that it doesn't let me set some of the parameters that the 'auto' uses - things like focus area, metering area and mode, white balance override, etc. I come from film SLR days, learning to shoot on SLRs in the late 70s, so I had to learn all the various
  3. Agreed - same as you, I moved away from A-mount around 2016, to E-mount exclusively...though I do still have my A580 DSLR just because it wouldn't be worth much on trade and it was a workhorse for me for many years. It still works, though I only have 2 lenses that go with it - the Sony 18-250mm that I also never got rid of because it's technically my 'kit' lens, and the Tamron 150-600mm which I kept because I still occasionally used it on E-mount until the 200-600mm came out. I have been reminiscing even more about A-mount, as I spent some time earlier this year going through some
  4. Got in some broiling hot wildlife shooting at the wetlands again Saturday - temps in the mid-90s and humidity in the low 80s. The winter birds will soon be leaving and the spring migrators are passing through heading north from South America...so there's still some good activity out there. Black-throated blue warblers migrating through: A least bittern chick, strayed out of the nest to await mom's return with some food: This downy woodpecker craftily figured out how to retrieve not just one larvae from the branch, but half a dozen of them in one b
  5. Saturday was a little on the warm side, but the bird and wildlife action was wonderful in the wetlands...spring brings all kinds of chicks hatching and growing...so that was the main thing to see. Red-winged blackbird chicks screaming for food: Roseate spoonbill up in a tree: Wood duck mom with her ducklings all lined up on a log with her: A closeup look at the very adorable ducklings of the wood duck: The lovely black-necked stilts are just gathering to start their nests soon: A female alligator c
  6. It's getting nasty, summer-like hot around here - Saturday at the wetlands was 96 degrees with 84% humidity...that's running around 130 degrees on the heat index. Warm? Ummm, yes! Spent a few hours in the wetlands before getting home and jumping in the pool for a few hours to cool off. Here are some of the critters out there dealing with the heat: Green heron on the hunt for fish: This green heron seemed to be playing airplane...maybe he forgot he actually CAN fly: A raccoon wandering through the flowering fields: A
  7. Wow - both gone! That was it - Hoka. Sad to hear the Gin burned down...that was a fun place - though probably not 'up to code' by any modern standards...back then, those kind of things weren't as stringently enforced. Pizza Den was the place. I checked their Facebook page and see photos of the old location which is the one I was familiar with. Also sad to see while digging around that Pizza Bob was murdered! He was the guy who owned and ran the place and was always there when I visited. Pretty much all the spots I remembered were within a block of each other, just
  8. I'm sure it's changed a ton since I was going up there. I think pretty much every time I visited, we'd head to a bar called 'The Gin'...there really weren't that many spots back then for entertainment...this place had good bands and always seemed to be hopping. There was a funky little hippie theater building close by where you could watch movies, bring your own drinks, and they served little snacks and bites. And there was a pizza joint which I think was there a while that had good sandwiches...can't recall the name!
  9. Neat to see that campus...it's been a long time since I've walked around there. When I was at Tulane, I had a freshman-year friend who transferred in the 3rd year to Ole Miss...so I drove up a few times on weekends to hang out and see the school. More often he came my way to visit on weekends - not just for the New Orleans action, but he was Cajun and his family lived in southwest Louisiana. That was late 80s...but the nice thing about old school campuses is that they don't change their look much!
  10. Finally got around to sorting Saturday's batch from the local wetlands. As usual, lots of birds and a few new chicks in this week's bunch - because it's that time of year at the wetlands which are major rookery spots for so many species. Closeup with the beautiful eye of the double-crested cormorant: Something bothered this green heron, as he was walking quickly away with his head plume raised and clucking with a mix of alarm and annoyance: Momma red-winged blackbird feeding her newly hatched chicks: Green heron chicks, well hidde
  11. Another older photo I went back to try to retouch a bit - it was a more recent 5MP camera, but was cropped a bit and was noisy...still one of the more dramatic skies I've ever seen, with sunset at departure combined with huge supercell raincloud hovering over the volcanic mountain and rainforest of St. Lucia and a rainbow thrown in for a bonus:
  12. Well at the local wetlands spots, now is the time of babies. All the nesting birds that come down and gather in these small spots by the hundreds to lay their eggs together for safety have finally reaped their reward - lots of screaming chicks, hungry to be fed. This post will mostly concentrate on the various chicks and activities to keep them fed. Wood stork chicks: More wood storks, with parent watching over the nest: A female grackle, gathering as much food as she can stuff into her bill, to bring back to her nest and feed her young. She's g
  13. I dug up one of my very earliest digital photographs, taken back in early 2000, 21 years ago. It was shot on a floppy-disk camera, at original resolution of 640x480, 1/3" CCD sensor, heavy compression JPG. I played around with it using Gigapixel to see how much I could increase that tiny resolution - the sunset was spectacular, but early digital technology wasn't too spectacular yet, and my knowledge of computers and digital imagery was very low! Carnival ship pulling out of St. Thomas at dusk, 2000:
  14. Lovely grebe, Docker. More colorful than ours for sure. We generally only get one regular grebe down here, the pied-billed. Here's my weekend shoot out at the wetlands - slightly shorter day as it was brutally hot and I really hate the daylight savings hours (stays light far too late, so I can never shoot during the golden hour light anymore unless I stay until 8pm!). Red-winged blackbird mom feeding one of her chicks with a freshly caught dragonfly: And when mom is feeding another chick, cries of protest from the one not getting attention, or food:
  15. Guess what I did this weekend? Wrong! I went wildlife and bird shooting! Hah - no one could have guessed. 😉 Here are the weekend haul of birds and critters from the local wetlands on a lovely Saturday day: This eastern screech owl is a very difficult bird to spot - even when sitting just 6 feet away, I barely noticed this one after circling back thinking I caught a glimpse of something in my peripheral vision. It was on the back of a palm tree trying to nap for the afternoon, but peeked out at me as I was passing by: The pig frogs have been out in
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