“J” story writing looms in my near future even as the country seems to be coming apart at the seams and our Baby President acts like the dicktator of a banana republic (with the unquestioning support of Republicans and supporters who seemingly have no clue what the word “patriot” means).

Against that backdrop, I understand why our “I”-stories vote count is on the low side. Still, if you want a break from our current bizarro world, read the “I” stories submissions, and after, if motivated, vote for their favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge I-Stories” HERE<<<This is a link.

That post has links to the individual stories and the poll where readers can click a box to indicate their appreciation for their favorite. And, after voting, readers can spread the news about the story to friends and family. Maybe.

So, continuing with the May 23, 2020 photo adventures . . . after capturing a few birds in the backyard, we went for a drive to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge<<<This is a link and grabbed a few photos of birds on fences and reeds (shared a few posts ago <<<This is a link).

Then, as I stopped to look at the scenery, I noticed a large bird flying toward us (we were inside the car).

I turned off the car and lowered the window and zoomed in . . . 

A Bald Eagle, it was, angling in toward us.

That photo is as it came out of the camera and is shot at 300mm zoom.

As the title implies, there’s an American Kestrel nearby. I often drive past it because I don’t have the time to stop, but on two occasions, I stopped the car and got out, Camera in hand.

The first time, he took off before I even had the chance to sneak up close . . . I shot a burst of 20 photos with the Nikon D7500. None were great but . . .

Before you scoff at how piss-poo that photo is, here’s what the original looks like out of the camera . . .

On May 1st the shrubs and a couple of trees got a much-needed trimming. This Magnolia tree — planted too close to the house — got a pretty good trim . . . 

I noticed something after the landscapers left . . . 

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

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On the 14th of April, I stood in the cold wind in the middle of a yard for about twenty minutes shooting photos and videos of an Osprey intent on doing pretty much little beyond perching on a tree limb and occasionally vocalizing. 

You can click on these photos for a larger version but I didn’t bother with the full-size photos because it was a cloudy and dingy day and 1280 pixels in width is perfectly fine for these shots. 

Part two will have better shots both because those shots were taken in a clear and sunny day and also because I used my D7000 and D200 with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens and the Nikon 80-400mm f/5.6 VR lens along with the Nikon P900.

But, on this day, I had only brought the P900. 

This is primarily about photography. Also, many photos are full-size and will load slow. Did you read that? It’s a warning that it could load slow. So, don’t tell me about it; I already know. If you’re not interested about photography, watch this video and then go look elsewhere for something that interests you more. 

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A comment by OneOwner on my last post is responsible for this post. I started answering his comment and before I knew it, I was at 1,000 words worth of answer and I wasn’t done . . . so, this is the resultant post.

See what you get if you interact with me? . . . hmm . . . not sure if that’s an incentive or a detractor.

Also, it may seem at times I’m making the case for the P1000. I’m not. I’m just pointing out what the camera is suited for. Were money not an object, I would be shooting with $70,000 worth of photography equipment . . . when just fooling around. And, when serious, I would fall back to my $150,000 worth of equipment. But money is a consideration as well as what I plan to do with the photos

This is primarily about photography and a camera (Nikon P1000) and post-processing. There are photos but if you’re not interested, watch this video and then go look elsewhere for something that interests you more. 

Clicking on an image below will open the image in a new window. The image will have a maximum dimension of 1280 pixels. If your cursor shows a (+) sign after the image opens, you can click to see the image at its maximum resolution.

If you want to see the images at their full resolution, the SmugMug gallery of all the images is HERE. For obvious reasons (the images are not mine) the shopping cart is not enabled for this gallery.

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This is primarily about photography and camera (Nikon P900) and post-processing. There are photos but if you’re not interested, watch this video and then go look elsewhere for something that interests you more. 

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If you read a post of mine and it looks like I’m talking about photos that are not there, it probably means WordPress is messing with me again and wiped my links. In that case, let me know. In any case, the linked SmugMug Gallery will have all the photos.
For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  
For a slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.
If you want the full experience, keep reading

This is primarily about photography and camera (Nikon P900) and post-processing. There are photos but if you’re not interested, watch this video and then go look elsewhere for something that interests you more. 

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While various parts of the Big Island have been affected by the hurricane (flooding), here in Kona it’s been mostly a non-event. FYI, I’m writing this a number of hours before it goes live.

There were some unusually higher waves in the bay and that drew some people just because it was different. Even then, no flooding or high winds damage. 

That’s not to say it might not yet happen as we’ll probably suffer sea levels rise due to the storm swell and this in addition to the increased waves may yet cause some coastal flooding and erosion damage especially along Aliʻi Drive which in many areas is very close to the water. 

Note: just to be clear, the title is a rhetorical question; I’m not asking anyone to answer it. I’m actually asking myself and sorting out the answer in the writing below. 

Lectorem monuit est: while this might be of passing interest to “wannabe photographers” such as myself, this won’t have much appeal to either amateur using itsy-bitsy cameras — or phone cameras — or serious photographers using multi-$K cameras and lenses. 

So, they’ve announced the Nikon P1000. It’s the replacement to the P900 I own. Sorry; not a replacement; it’s an upgrade to the P900.

With the exception of a few things, I’ve been fairly happy with the P900. I mean, I can’t really complain about the photo quality because it’s more than sufficient for the stuff I present on the blog.  

Most of the time, it’s pretty good even at the pixel level (although usually not as good as my Nikon D7000 and dedicated lenses). Here’s a couple of P900 galleries for your perusal (HERE and HERE) dating from last year. 

It showed itself capable to hold its own during last year’s Alaska cruise (for example, HERE and HERE and more posts to come will feature mostly P900 photos). So much so that I don’t plan to bring my Nikon D7000 and associated lenses with me on my next planned vacation; I’m planning to rely entirely on the Note 8 and P900 for my travel photography and video needs. This excursion to Volcano National Park (now closed) convinced me of the viability of the camera for documenting travels.

This is a previously unpublished photo from The Place of Refuge

So will I buy the P1000? What does it gain me? 

As promised, the rest of the wave videos, the longer ones. 

Please note: I suggest starting the videos below with the volume set on low. Waves and wind are pretty loud as are the occasional planes flying overhead.

One correction I need to make . . . in THIS post I said I didn’t have photos from my visit to the Magic Sands Beach. Well, that’s not true. I had forgotten to unload the D7000 memory card from that day. Now, since this will be mostly videos — and longer ones, at that — I’ll only post a few teaser photos.  

The rest — including the associated animations I put together — will be in the next waves post. 

These photos will not be added to the SmugMug gallery until they are presented in their own post along with all the other photos. 

I’m in a bit of a quandary about how to do this. I have videos and I have photos and I have a fair amount of both. 

The day was January 14th and the place is Wawaloli Beach Park. Melisa and I call it “the Energy Lab” because that’s the exit you take to get there. 

On this particular day, the surf was up, so I loaded up with the D7000 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, the Nikon P900 mounted on a sturdy tripod with a video head for ease of panning, and my Samsung Note 8. 

I took photos and videos, some at regular speed and some in slow-motion. For two sets of photos, I combined them into animations.

Please note: I suggest starting the videos below with the volume set on low. Waves and wind are pretty loud.

I guess what I’m trying to say is . . . I gots me a lot of stuff to share. That means at least one more post after this one. Maybe, two.