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Sunday, 12 April 2020


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I wonder if the other roosters make fun of him.

If you're interested, there's a Vimeo channel with several short documentaries about dead or dying towns in the northeast USA: "vimeo.com/hollowdocumentary". Sad things to watch.

I had my rooster moment last week. I live in a small city in Ontario where people kept chickens in their yards long before it was legal to keep chickens in their yards. It's that kind of place. Anyway, walking back from the woods I passed an apartment building that faced the trees and heard Mr. Rooster letting us all know he was alive and kicking. Classic Guelph,.

Can you say Joe Cocker?

I like that first one quite a bit. I would follow an MJ instagram feed for sure!

I have to say that walk-about photo snapping, with regular social media posting to share with the people that know me, or know me through my photos, has been one of the greatest simple tonics I know for my life. It helped me recognize that the immediate parts of my life, my surroundings, were good enough, especially in tough times. They were worth simple appreciation. And then my friends' responses pointed out that I seemed to find framing where they wouldn't have. I spotted scenes of things that they wouldn't have noticed. I had a perspective, my own, it turned out, and it was worth note.

And don't we all have that? Keep snapping, I say. And thank you for sharing and writing. Love the rooster, and I do like the others too.

"When you do see them fly, you realize why they don't like to."

LOL! I think they hesitate to fly because they're really bad at landing!

In my experience, dogs rarely get angry but that is not true of male inhabitants of England or... maybe mad has another definition.

I love the film of this. There's one song (Delta Lady???) where the backing singers look like they're having the best party of their lives.

Sounds like something from Joe Cocker...

Something that makes me realise how different the US is from the UK is the whole 'go out in the car to take photos (from the car)' thing. I can't imagine doing that in the UK and it is tempting to get all sneery and superior about it. But that's wrong, not least because there are lots of really famous photographers (Robert Frank? I'm not sure but I think maybe) who did just that.

In the UK I might drive somewhere to park and then walk around for a while to take pictures, but that's a different thing. During the current unpleasantness we're having to remember to drive the van round a loop every couple of weeks so the battery doesn't die.

I probably will never stop making the mistake of thinking the US is anything like the UK, however hard I try.

Pink rooster? It is Easter after all.

Is there really a bar called The Pink Rooster in Austin? That's pretty cool. But Austin is known for its Weird. The only oddly named bar locally I can think of was The Killer Poodle but I think it closed permanently years ago.

Respect Where You Stand. At first glance, I took this to mean relative to the subject matter (distance/angle and such), not relative to one’s development. Fooled me. But both seem worthy concepts; for fishing and for visual perspective. Oh, I enjoyed the pics, too.

My intention was to comment on the post about the long zoom, but it seems better here.
We lived for most of 15 years on a farm in rural CA mountains, near Camp Pendleton.

We were going to comment on the post about the long telephoto, but it seems more appropriate here.
We lived on a farm in rural California mountains near the coast. We grew fruits and vegetables, raised chickens, and hosted thousands of wild animals and plants. We logged more than 50 types of birds, migrating monarch butterflies, and practically everything else that was native to the area.
I kept two cameras ready, Oly EP-3s, one with a macro zoom the other with the Panasonic 100-300, both optimized for that lens.
In those 15 years, I probably shot 50,000 nature photos, and produced a "Food Chain Farm" calendar for Christmas presents every year.
I can't imagine living in a beautiful rural area like you do and not having the same setup. I know the area well - lived just N 50 years ago and used to visit to race at Watkins Glen in the 90s.
Don't you have lots of birds and wild animals to photograph?
BTW, we were near Camp Pendleton so I have photos of giant transport helicopters and Ospreys flying overhead too.

My prime setup for μ43 includes the Sigma 60/2.8; it pairs nicely with 14 and 20mm for a wide-biased variant of 35/50/135 film trio. I have a few other primes & a zoom or three, but carrying 20+60 is great for me. I don't find the 14 a common walk-around FL for me, so my third can be a PK 100 or 135 SMC-M - those are small even with adapter!

I bought Mad Dogs and Englishmen as an album when it first came out. Hard to believe the it is now 50 years later. Still an excellent album (CD).

I love your venus photograph. Can’t believe that’s a half second exposure. The pink rooster I’m not sure. It reminded me of a restaurant in Dublin, The Green Hen, though.

Cock-a-doodle-doo from Big Pink…

“ If anyone had asked me what I expected to find when I left the house yesterday, a pink rooster would not have been on the list. No matter how long the list got.”

And there’s the magic of candid public (a.k.a. “street”) photography. No additional theorizing needed.

And by the way, don’t knock “chaff”. People like Stephen Shore have built entire lifetime careers on it. It’s only considered crap if you don’t have a good NY dealer.

Good to see you’re getting out and making pictures. Your rural setting is very much a luxury. I am almost literally fenced-in here in Chicago.

I also live in the country, Mike. The lens that mostly stays on my X-H1 when I'm around home is the 50-230, which, although slow, is light and surprisingly sharp.

By the way, I linked to your post about Taking the Camera for a Walk.


I hear you are getting the 55-200. Very sensible. I got the 50-140, heavier and less zoomy. Less sensible, but I love it.

Mike I know you are a fuji guy, and have been thinking about a telephoto lens. The 50-200 is a great lens, but don't overlook the 18-135 Fuji lens. It is not as sharp as the 16-55 or the 50-200, but it is a very handy lens indeed. I have used it on many trips, and found the image quality very acceptable. I generally shoot at f 8 and find it is hard to take a bad picture at f 8. I would encourage you to look at the images in the fuji 18-135 group on Flickr. I do that all the time when I am thinking about lenses. With that lens you have all the bases covered. You can buy one on Ebay for $500 or less. Just a suggestion. Stay well. Eric

Pink rooster? Is that one of those things that generates a lot of NSFW results when you Google it?

Made me start humming "Little Red Rooster"
After all, isn't it just white with a "Little Red" added to it? ;-)

For some reason, I keep thinking of Howlin' Wolf.

You need a long lens for bird photography. Get one :-)

BTW, it seems we have Facebook now to this page (with its like even) but comment like to click follow-up then comment. Change after a decade.

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