Thank you for all the great, positive responses! Starts my day off very nicely.
I'll answer all your questions in one post, so as not to have several individual ones:
@Justaposter....I will be sure to keep you posted. Never know what he'll be doing when I walk by....
@Unlimitedsky; Nope, not too personal! Thank you so much...it's an incredible reward to know that my feelings were conveyed to someone else through
the pictures. I literally cried the other week when I saw the finished photo of the geese flying in front of the sunset. I have that one on my
mantle now...to remind me of the peace.
@Wisethinker...I could never live in a city. I visit, but never stay! Even though I am on a rural road, I'm actually quite close to a couple of
smaller towns. I can see the stars okay, but not as good as if I were in the mountains. Fortunately, the mountains are only a few miles away! I
have had a nice telescope on my wish list for a couple of years now, I'll get one eventually. I love looking at the stars, always have!
@ReadyPower...Thanks! I have always liked to take pictures, ever since I was a kid. I took some very basic photo classes in school, but those were
ofcourse for 35mm film. I got my Nikon D40 three years ago this month (for Christmas) and I have been hooked ever since. Most of the pictures I
share are taken with it (all the ones on this thread), it is only a 6mp digital camera. I would love to get a D700 with 16mp so I can do better
enlargements and have some crisper images, but actually, learning to get the shots I want with this camera has been a great learning experience. I
don't have a macro lense so all the close-ups are with my 18-22m lense. A bit tricky, but with the right light and angle it is possible. For the
distant shots, i have my coveted 300m lense. it cost as much as the camera though. As to the learning....a lot can be gained from practice and I
think for the most part my picture quality has evolved over the past few years, but honestly, I think most of it comes from just having the right
'eye'. An intuition for when to grab the camera, what to look at, how to frame it and when to take the picture. It's a hobby and a personal
challenge (I don't photoshop) but most of all a way to relax and really submerge myself in this beautiful world!
@Antar..thank you! I share my pics on facebook and finally made a free website for better viewing. I have submitted some to the local media. I've
found that ATS reaches the most people! A great way to share!!!
@Mugger and Tsawyer2: Thank for you for idenitfying them! I think you are right and those are pigeons. I always get them mixed up (unless I hear
them). We have both around here. The eagles ARE amazing. I am still waiting for the one great shot, but I am learning to be patient and simply
enjoy the fact that I get to see them at all. They are so FAST! I know that when I go in for the camera they'll probably be gone by the time I get
back. Dark-eyed junco? I have never heard of it, thank you! Cute little guys, kinda look like finches. I 'll bet you are right about the
red-tailed hawk. The patterns in their feathers are so pretty!
@Ladykenzie: Yes! I am just under a half hour West of Concrete. Such a beautiful area. I was up camping at Baker this summer....here is a picture
taken from Baker Lake Damn, this will probably look familiar to you!!