Fawn over this . . .

Just a quick post because I’m tired and need to get up early . . .

I’ve been driving by this car for a few years now. Sometimes I notice it, often, I don’t.

When I notice it, I’m always too far along to stop, and I promise myself “next time!”

Well, the next time was four days ago. It was a rainy day, which is just about perfect for photographing something that bright.

At one time, I wanted to own one of those. I mean, the version for the civilian market. You can still buy them — restored — for around $15K, but the urge has passed.

You can read about the history of the company that made them at this LINK.

These photos are all captures from my Note 20 at 5x magnification from about 70 feet away.

This next shot is actually a three-shot panorama. By the way, all of the photos have been run through Sharpen AI and Luminar AI, although the adjustments to the original are very minor.

These cars were built like tanks. You hit one of today’s cars with that thing, you’d probably hardly feel it.

Here, one more photo . . . I know, it looks like the others . . .

But, that’s not the reason for this post. Nope!

You see, three days ago I hung up three additional hummingbird feeders.

One of them hangs on a spot just barely visible from one of the kitchen windows. I wanted to check if the hummers were using it, so I lean over and — at a very extreme angle — I try to see if any hummer action be happening. Instead, I see . . .

Shot with the P900 through a window pane and at an extreme angle.

Naturally, I tried the D7500 first, but the lens that was on it was too big . . . meaning, I couldn’t get close enough to the glass to get a photo (the lens needed to be nearly parallel to the glass). So, I tried the P900 (that’s the photo from the P900). The thing is, I didn’t like the photo, and even with the P900 I had trouble lining up a shot (the P900 also sports a large lens).

I could have swapped lenses, but I would have had the same issue. You know what has a small enough lens? The Note 20.

Mind you, I wasn’t hopeful because of the extreme angle and the imperfections of the windowpane (which you can see as blurred vertical lines), but . . .

You know what? I think it was better than the P900, in part because I was able to eliminate most of the glare/reflection by keeping the phone right next to the glass. Here’s a small gallery of the shots I took . . .

While I was watching and shooting, I was talking to Melisa who was watching from the window over the sink . . . and what she was describing and what I was describing didn’t jive . . . so I went to see what she was seeing . . . and no wonder we didn’t match . . .

There can cannot be only one!

Eventually, the two got up and meandered in our back yard, and, yes, I did get better photos with both the D7500 and and the P900 . . . and even decent movies. Those will be for another post. for now, I wanted to show what the Note 20 can do.

While one of the two explored stuff, the other laid down against our neighbor’s retaining wall directly opposite our patio. Now, I had sat on the floor of the bedroom with the window open, camera on hand, waiting for it to get up and join its sibling. No dice.

At one point, Melisa walked out the back to see if we could get it to join its sibling who had taken refuge in the tall grass down by the ditch. Mind you, we weren’t trying to scare it, but given that the other one was so skittish, we figured just opening the door would have this one move to join the other. Nope.

Well, after ten minutes of letting the 90° humid air waft into the house through the open window, I decided to walk out onto the patio myself. The fawn casually looked at me but didn’t seem too bothered . . . so I sat on the patio chair and shot a few photos with the phone . . .

Regular lens (1X) — do you see it in the back?
Zoom lens (5X)
Zoom lens (10X)
Zoom lens (20X)

That’s 20x . . . from a phone. I had to snap another just to see that it wasn’t a fluke.

Zoom lens (20X)

Look, I know the phone will never replace a proper camera (although, you know, they are getting pretty close), but those are pretty good. Not print-worthy, but I bet someone reading this on a phone will see nothing wrong with it.

At this point, I had photos I was happy with, but got up and went in . . . and came back with both the D7500 and the P900, and proceeded to shoot more photos and videos with each. In the process, I went in and out of the house a couple of times, and the fawn didn’t get phased at all.

And lest people think — based on the first photos — that the P900 sucks . . .

P900 at close to 2000mm eq. zoom

The fawn was so comfortable with me moving around that at one point it almost seemed to doze off as he was chewing its cud (got a couple of great videos of the cud making the round trip up and down its neck).

At this point, I thought it would be a good idea if — instead of me trying to steady the camera by hand — I would bring out the tripod. So, in I went, got the tripod, set it up (and all the while the fawn wasn’t paying any attention to me), and was in the process of attaching the camera, when . . .

“A tripod!? No way, José!”

With that, it got up, stretched, and calmly walked out of sight. I managed a few seconds of video, but not as much as I would have liked.

I’m adding the fawn photos to THIS<<link SmugMug gallery, but realize that most are from the phone and the above size is probably the best size to view them at. However, the gallery will eventually contain all the other (better) photos from both the P900 and D7500. The yellow car is in the Note 20 photo gallery at this LINK.

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