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Hennepin & Lagoon in Uptown

Hennepin & Lagoon in Uptown

A new experiment with my catadioptric lens at twilight. This was shot from four blocks away with a 600mm mirror lens. I recently discovered with my new high ISO range camera, I can use this lens at twilight with some interesting effects. The reflections on the pavement are not from the road being wet or hot, the extreme angle must be having an effect. We’ll have to wait and see as the experiments continue.

One Way Mitch

Mitch and the One Way

I was out trying my catadioptric lens on the new camera tonight after I realized that with the higher ISO sensitivity, I might be able to operate the monstrosity in low light and get better results. I have a better image to showcase the experiments with the ‘Cheerio Shooter’, but this photo seemed more appropriate for today. Today is the day that I am launching the new design of Mitchster! After several weeks of manually replacing all 1200+ photos, it is finally done! Watch as great things come, the goal up to today was to successfully replace the site, now I will build out all the new features!
What’s so cool about this photo? It’s the stop sign across the street from my home and it was only after processing the photo did I discover that the graffiti appears to be my name. Not sure what the ‘CNS’ means. Hones, I didn’t do it. And What the heck is going on with the ‘WAY’? It seems to be poorly painted on. Maybe the ‘One Love‘ tagger hit it and this is what it looks like after the city cleans it off, mostly.

Gosling at Lake of the Isles

Gosling at Lake of the Isles

I walked around the lake with my 600mm catadioptric lens and found this fuzzy little guy eating dandelions between naps. It’s amazing how fast these guys grow, I saw a family of geese only two weeks ago and the goslings were only about the size of a muffin, now they are bigger than a breadbox. The catadioptric lens still remains the coolest lens that takes terrible photos. I shot over 2 dozen pix of the goose family and only a couple were in focus. The depth of field is only about 2 inches at 30 feet away — when you throw in a fixed aperture of f8, manual focus and my disdain for tripods, you see why. Ugh. But it’s still cool. Strangest looking this too, wish I could take pictures of the expressions people give me when they see the darn thing hanging from my hand.

Today’s post is for the monthly theme ‘Tranquility’ at CDPB. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Gosling Munching

Gosling Munching

Can you see the wings? They pretty much just walk around eating and then sit down and nap. And if you walk around these little eating machines on a regular basis, you know what else they do.

Blue Crow at a Distance

Blue Crow at a Distance

Remember the 500mm Mirror Lens I had back in May? In spite of the horrid bokeh, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I broke down and found another one on ebay. After months of researching mirror lenses I settled in on the Sigma 600mm. This one is bigger, and on a DSLR it has an effective power of 18x. What led me to this one was the thought that what mattered was the size of the objective lens (the exposed glass on the front of the lens) which on the Sigma 600mm is 95mm.

Anyhow, the stupid doughnut machine is back. It’s so much fun to use, it’s like the best binoculars that takes pictures and doesn’t weigh a ton. The trick is to find things with plain backgrounds.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

What can you do with a 500mm lens? I found this guy standing on the foot path around Purgatory Creek in Eden Prairie and just had to take his picture. I hope he’s as happy with it as I am.