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 My friend lent me the lens again:



My precious! I'm sure that using it is extremely good for my biceps as it's pretty heavy!

Yesterday was a splendid day. We woke terrifyingly early (6:50am!!) but both feeling surprisingly awake, so we didn't bother going back to sleep. We ended up spending pretty much the whole day outside. I'd suggested to Tom first thing that at some point we could get rid of the slightly pointless fence and gate halfway down the garden; the previous owners had a dog and we assume that they used it to keep her in one or other half. When I suggested it I wasn't expecting it to be done by the end of the day, though! It's going to look much nicer, I think; we had to take down a rosebush, but I have five others so it's not the end of the world and the garden looks a lot more open. We've extended the lawn by a foot on one side of the garden and more of the flowerbed on the other side is accessible so I think it was really worth doing.

I did lots of other bits and pieces in the garden too; I got some weeds out of the drive, weeded some of the front garden, sorted out some seedlings in the greenhouse, took two (quite possibly pointless) cuttings of the rosebush that we took down, and watered a lot of my tubs. And of course, on a day like yesterday (spookily quiet with no planes going over) I had my camera out.

Early in the day with my 300mm I took these:



A buzzard. I've only seen these once or twice here but being new in Tilehurst I don't know if they've only just started coming in or not. We certainly never used to see them in central Reading but we are much closer to open country here. And then five minutes later in the same patch of sky:



A red kite, of course. Two raptors in five minutes is exciting, though! And look how perfect and clear the sky is :D

Later on my mate came over and dropped the lens off, so I went out again in the late evening sunshine:



I think the main difference between my 300mm and this 400mm is that with mine I can take some very good shots of what's around, but with the 400 I can get what I'd describe as bird portraits, because so much more detail is possible. Blackbirds are so handsome! The sheen on his feathers in the sunshine is just gorgeous.

Today I got up early (I'm clearly going mad) and went for a run; I'm now sitting here sorting photos with my camera at my side, and watching the F1. Apparently they are worried about the Spanish Grand Prix in a couple of weeks because of the #ashtag; it takes six 747s to transport the entire F1 setup and they are naturally worried about getting to Spain on time to set up. I'm actually surprised it doesn't take more than six planes, but that's not including personnel who fly on commercial airlines.

Later on I intend to do not much, apart from prowl with my camera and enjoy the sunshine.

Date: 2010-04-18 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evilbun.livejournal.com
Lovely bird pics! I need a longer lens........

Date: 2010-04-18 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snorkel-maiden.livejournal.com
There needs to be some word for addiction to lenses- lenticophilia or something?

Date: 2010-04-19 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
That lens is . . . wow. It's almost alarming in it's length and width.

Date: 2010-04-19 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snorkel-maiden.livejournal.com
It's known affectionately as The Beast :) It does have a lens hood on in that shot too which is the final 10cm or so, but even without that it weighs almost 1.5kg.

Date: 2010-04-19 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
In other words, not a quick click kinda thing.

Date: 2010-04-20 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snorkel-maiden.livejournal.com
No, not really; apart from the fact that when it's daylight and I'm in the house, it'll be on my camera and my camera will be near me, so I can sort of point and click! :)

Date: 2010-04-20 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
It all makes me have such camera envy. I just want to take some nice clear shots - I don't even need a telephoto lens, as much as I admire it.

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