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Aug 18

This year has been special, for some reasons. The first has been my surgery in June, a parotid tumor that worried me for about two years, and for second the trip in Norway, with my wife, to delete that unpleasant event. At the moment the situation should be good, but I have to check myself every six month in order to see if everything is fine.

But we come back to the Norway. This land is strange, beautiful and very interesting. The most beautiful aspect of the Norway are the fjords where you can find everytime superb landscapes, and these Amazing birds, the white-tailed eagles who lives numerous mostly in the Lofoten islands. In these islands there are other animals, as goose, gull and Eurasian Oystercatcher for example, but the eagles are the most attraction. In fact many companies bring people, with fast boat, through the fjords to watch and photograph these birds, in almost every day of the year. If you want to do a trip like this, look for it in the Net because you'll be able to find many, even if I've contacted the Lofoten Explorer that have been very professional and friendly.

The boat-tour started in the morning, at 9.30 from Svolvaer (a small but nice village) through the main fjord of the zone, and soon we could see two adult eagles in some rocks, even if they were very far from us, but the everybody were excited for the moment:

 

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Following with the tour we saw a small colony of common murre, birds very nice but also very lazy!! In fact they were in the cliff having a rest laughing

 

 

Instead in this picture the common mure was taking-off from the water:

 

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Finally arrives the best moment, the eagles. Near a small island there was a nest with some chicks and the adult, and the show started. Someone were Flying above and someone around us to cach the fish that our skipper lanuched them. In this situation I took many pictures of the eagles, and the emotion to see them was always big.

 

Adult with some food (a fish of course):

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Two adults togheter:

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A Young during the fly:

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A amazing adult who was coming to us to cach a fish:

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The same adult from a different view:

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An adult while it was eating:

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Here a Young eagle had catched a fish:

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An adult Flying near us:

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and again an adult flying away:

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but we had to go away too, so after two hours of special moments we came back very quickly in order to do the next tour for our skipper.

I hope to see again these Wonderful birds that I'll never forget. 

 

Italian version

06
Jul 18

June was a particular month for me because I had a surgery for a tumor. After about three weeks now I at home trying to don't think about this problem. Before the surgery I took some pictures in a beautiful park in Turin, where there were many squirrels that ate from your hands. So this isn't a real wild reportage, but only some photos taken in order to don't think… The squirrel were very nice and confident and they weren't afraid from people, so it was easy take some pictures of them, also with a good color background if you was lucky wink

 

 

 

 

 

How alway I hope they like you, see you soon.

Bye

09
Jun 18

Watching owls

 

The owls are always beautiful to watch and observe their behavior. The couple the I'm following is very active in these days because probably they're feeding their chicks, even if I didn't see anything, but I hope to see them very soon. Last year I photographed the youngs owl in july when they were quite big to eat alone a rat, so now it's early yet. This time I saw the male brought some locusts for the female and for the chicks, in fact the female has given the insect to their son under the stone. In Sardinia owl, in general, make their nest under a group of big stones, group created from man in order to sort out a field or for the crops, so it's easy for the little owls found a house, and for us photographers know where to find it.

Here there are only two photo that I've taken today, and I hope you like it.

 

 

See you soon, I hope...

 

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10
Jun 18

After about two years of study recently I saw exactly the nest of the buzzards couple that I'm studying. It wasn't so easy to discover because the nest is visible only with particulare light condition, even if I knew the approximately position. This year I had more time to control these birds, mostly their movements during the day, and one day I found it in the middle of a tree, as you can see in the photo (the photo is very bad and is a crop in order to don't understand from anyone which tree is, if someone should know the area). In the enlarged image is showed the head of the female during the hatch. I took this photo about one month ago, and in that period I saw only the female buzzard in the nest, but Yesterday I saw something else, a white movement near the female… The buzzard chick!! It was quite big but I was too far for understand the dimensions of it or the real plumage color and structure, so I have to wait yet. If there are no problem, I'll be able to see the chick begin a young and strong buzzard, and I hope very much!!

 

 

See you soon. Bye

 

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27
May 18
A world of colors, the bee eaters.
 
After some time that I coudn't find a nest site of the bee eaters, this year I found it one near an other well known, but difficulte to go because it's in a local park, and in that zone people can't go. Instead this new site is easily to reach and to photograph, from the car too if you want.

But we always prefer (I was with a friend) use the photographic mobile tent in order to not be seen. After put the perches and sort out camera and tripod inside the tent starts the wait. After some three hours we see many bee eaters, but nothing of them land on our perches. We see them very far that are landing on the ground, maybe to catch some insect, but in front of our tent it happens nothing, a part a couple that is above an electric line where they sometime exchange some insect in order to strengthen their relationship. The beauty arrives later when one of they, lands on the ground near we and starts to dig!!. So we always understand that they want to make their nest at that point. In fact the bee eater make their nest, a quite long tunnel, in sand zone digging with their little legs.
 
So we have organizzed to take some pictures during the landing of the birds, but with many problems because I had to use a manual focus method and to hope that the bird landed in that precise point.  Unfortunately the most part of the photos are out of focus a part someone that are quite good,thanks to a big post-production (yes, I admit).

Anyway this is the result of this job:
 
the Landing:
 
The dig:
 
the couple:
 
I hope they like you, see you soon.
Bye
 

 

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  • Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9

    Introduction

    85mm | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec | F2.8

    The South Lake Union Block Party is pretty standard as far as block parties go these days; loud music and expensive beer in a vacant lot in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Over the course of putting the finishing touches on our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, I wanted to get some real-world autofocus experience to put our more formal testing into better context.

    So, on a hot and hazy Seattle afternoon, I took the GX9 and Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8 lens down to see the band Acid Tongue, and exclusively used Touchpad AF and Tracking the entire time. Here's what I found.

    All images in this article were shot with the GX9 and Lumix 35-100mm F2.8 and are processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

    Tracking technique

    47mm | F2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

    Touchpad AF on the GX9 allows you to drag your finger around the screen to move your AF point while the camera's viewfinder is up to your eye. This is great for quickly moving around a single area, but I also found it's a great way to take advantage of the sticky AF tracking that the GX9 is capable of.

    Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were

    If you're using tracking while composing via the rear LCD, you simply tap on what you want to track; to disengage tracking, you have to hit the 'Menu / Set' button, or you can tap elsewhere on the screen to track another subject instead.

    When you use tracking with the electronic viewfinder, you can use Touchpad AF to move the area over the subject you want to track, and half-press to initiate autofocus. You can then re-compose at will, with an AF box tenaciously tracking your chosen subject. Firing off single shots, I was really impressed at how consistently in-focus my images were.

    100mm | ISO 200 | 1/4000 sec | F2.8

    Since you can't simply tap the screen to change subjects when using the electronic viewfinder, I found another way of working: dragging on the rear screen automatically disengages tracking, and once you place the area over a new subject and release your thumb, it begins tracking that new subject. Pretty neat.

    While you may be able to get similar results by just moving a single area around with the Touchpad and ignoring tracking altogether, I tend to like using tracking in these scenarios to allow me more compositional freedom - and if the subject moves erratically to another point in the frame, the camera will help me keep up and get more images that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

    It's not perfect

    51mm | ISO 200 | 1/1300 sec | F2.8

    As always with autofocus tracking, there are times when it doesn't quite work. When subjects move from bright light to shadow, the tracking algorithm can sometimes get tripped up and shoot off to the background, or simply fail to focus on anything at all. Additionally, there is some shot-to-shot lag in the GX9 that can make it difficult to follow your subjects.

    The GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images as opposed to bursts

    So why not simply shoot bursts then? Well, we've found in our testing that the GX9's keeper rate is significantly higher if you shoot single images compared to bursts (stay tuned for the autofocus page in our full review for the details). So I made a call to take the shot-to-shot lag and impressive focus accuracy over shooting bursts with a lower hit rate.

    The wrap

    100mm | ISO 200 | 1/1600 sec | F2.8

    The GX9 was a really good companion for this type of event. Paired with the Lumix 35-100mm F2.8, I had a compact, responsive package that wasn't all that conspicuous, but I had plenty of reach and ended up with far better image quality than, say, a 1"-type superzoom. Of course, this combo can't quite match up to a full-frame DSLR and a 70-200mm F2.8 lens, but that's not really the point here.

    Sure, the GX9 wouldn't be my first choice for critical, action-oriented work (and Panasonic makes higher-end models for that sort of purpose anyway). But for the casual user who wants a small, stylish camera and wants to occasionally photograph a concert or sporting event for fun, the GX9 is easily up to the task.

(C) 2018 Giuseppe Gessa