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Old 04-25-2009, 11:01 PM   #81
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I took the picture (060414_4410_cr) on April 14, 2006 while out looking for wildflowers for the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Wildflower Show. I was in the field (Santa Ana Mts.) with my boss. When we heard the rattle I instinctively jumped behind her - showing my true colors. After regaining my composure, I got some pictures, though we were on a slope below the rattlesnake and it was hard to get high enough, safely, to get a great shot.

The next picture (030417_1185_cr) taken on April 17, 2003, is a mallard swimming in the Arroyo Seco. This was once a magnificent waterway but is now one of the many concrete flood control channels that govern the hydrology of the Los Angeles basin. I use this image to convey the cost of lawn-dominated landscaping - excessive runoff, nitrogen and herbicides in the water, etc.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:07 PM   #82
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And a great photo it is. We should be ashamed of ourselves for what that duck is swimming in. Great photos Barbara.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:42 AM   #83
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Check out http://www.expoimaging.net/product-d..._Flash_Adapter. They have a $200 ring flash that attaches to the hotshoe of the larger flash units that mount of the camera. The ring flash will fit over lenses up to 4 inches in diameter. I only checked to see if it would fit Nikon's flash units (it fits a couple of them). It lists other major camera models, too.

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:47 AM   #84
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I am afraid you have totally lost me. I clicked all over the Expo Imaging site and could not find any information on a ring flash or what it does. I am one of those people who is camera illiterate. Does a ring flash help take better wildlife photographs or better close ups or what exactly does it do for $200? Sage is the token non-gardener and I am the token non-photographer at Wildlife Gardeners.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:45 PM   #85
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Lorax, don't know about post 83, but ring flashes are good for portraits or close-ups where flash is needed, but if they're very expensive if it's not something you need alot. Use a diy foam bowl for a cheap effective alternative.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:14 PM   #86
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I have a cut out round food storage container that I can slip over my lens to take close ups. I used it for a fly I took a picture of this morning. That was a really good idea. It has the added benefit of keeping raindrops off the lens. Now I need a styrofoam piece? I took over 100 photos to get 3 good photos of Ambystoma laterale (Blue-spotted salamander) and the flash turned the little guy white. The good photos I got were when the sun came out for a bit and I didn't need flash. What would the styrofoam do and what shape do I need to cut it into to make it work?
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Lorax. You will have to try again to post your salamander. That might have been a temporary burp.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:39 PM   #88
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This is a photo of the little salamander I mentioned before.
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Good shot, girl!
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:45 PM   #90
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And one more for the contest. This little guy is Pseudacris triseriata (Western Chorus Frog).
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