So…I failed the rented lens test.

I was all psyched to take pictures with the rented lens. Off we head, back to Dayton for the funeral, with the idea that one quick stop, or two, maybe even three or four, wouldn’t be that bad. But noooooo…it rained. But I have a “ThinkTank” hood so that’s not a problem. Except that in the mountains it was more than rain, it was fog. The only place I could stop had visibility less than 50 feet! That’s the first shot.

Cooper

Cooper's Rock, West Virginia

So then we were in Dayton and I didn’t have a lot of time. I took this of the bird in the back yard. The lens requires some skills that I don’t have yet for timing, focus, planning, etc. Perhaps I’ll rent again when I’ve got the time. This shot is of a bird, finch I think, next to the feeder. To get this to work, I shot at ISO 1600, 1/5000, f/2.8. Still not perfect.

Leaving Lunch

Leaving Lunch

So then I have high hopes on the way back home. We stop at Cooper’s Rock again except that now the time is high noon and the sun is miseable. I am standing up there on the top of the world and the trees and the valleys look like a linoleum floor. No contrast, muted colors, yuK! And then this guy flies by. He is UGLY!

Buzzard

Buzzard

I shot one of the laker/river at Cooper’s Rock. Again, high noon.

The Lake

The Lake

And the last one, the squirrels have been fed at the house for decades, so long that there’s probably some gene in the local squirrel family that will bring them back for decades to the same door. I shot this at one of the guys as he was galloping up to see what I’d left.

Hungry Squirrel

Hungry Squirrel

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