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The Brand New Canon Battery that would not charge!!!

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 I purchased a new R7 body a few days ago, it seems Vistek requires you to pay for the produce at the store before you can open the package... Sucks... Side bar note... likely not going back there... Regardless, I paid for it, opened the box, we had 7D with us for comparison, and when the new battery refused to start the new R7, I put the battery from the 7D into the R7 and all was good with the body. When we got home I put the new battery in the new supplied charger and let it sit on charge for half an hour.  Put the battery in the R7 and... NOTHING, same as if I had no battery in. I have seen this issue before.  The Canon LC-E6 chargers require communications to the internal chip in the battery to determine charge level.  But.. the chip require enough battery power to run.  So, too dead of a battery, no way to charge. I used fine volt meter probes to measure the battery and it was way less than 7.2 volts... way below the nominal 8.4 volts.  I attached the battery via. the some fine p

The Tundra Swans have returned to Grand Bend

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On March 10, 2022 we drove down to Grand Bend to view the Tundra Swans,  and while it is not as great as the view of birds at Boshe del Apache in southern New Mexico.  It still is a great reason to grab the big lens, tripod, binoculars and head off for some bird photography Above is shot looking down the road towards the east.  Birds on both side of the road.  This is on Greenway Road, south of Grand Bend, just east of the Museum.  Looking North into the field  (aka pond) thousands of birds in the area, landing, taking off, flying from one side of the road to the other   On this photo, shots taken at ground level have a lot of heat induced mirage effect from the sun warming the ground. A close up of the shot from down the road, you can see the highlights are ripply looking. Same thing happens to the birds further away in the fields.  So I did not spend a lot of time shooting birds on the ground.   In the air was another story,  I did find that with the partly clouded sky, I needed to t

Canon has lessons on understanding basics WHAT IS APERATURE

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This is a link to Canon USA for a lesson in   What is Aperture Part of their understanding basics.      Above image is from this lesson.   the link is: https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/what-is-aperture?utm_source=triggered%20promotional&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nurture_New_Customer_Camera_T1&riid=4332591705 enjoy

The comedy Wildlife photography awards 2021

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  The finalist have submitted their photos and the gallery of those images is now ready to view above is screen capture of the image index. The gallery can be seen at comedywildlifephoto.com   Some of these images are just too funny, enjoy The link will also take to you previous years.

Dear Santa... Could you get these lenses for me

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 Saw this on DPReview newsletter of 2021 06 09 Yes... would be nice... a stop faster than my 600mm f4 with 2x converter on it.  And it has a nice carry handle.  Would look great on a tripod.. Perhaps a new tripod to take the weight.  I would have to give up the IS feature.. B&H was selling one back in 2015 for $180,000 USD.  Only a dozen or so were ever made. A mere 36 lbs.. And I would  be the only kid on my block with one...😋 Same news letter, and this little toy I have a Zeiss Planar lens, 100mm for my old Hasselblad 500 series film cameras.  But this... F0.7  Wow.   And it even has a shutter built in.  Just add film.

Another three winged maple key

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 Found this one on the roof of the BBQ gazebo. Camera: Canon 5D MK3 Lens : Canon 180 F3.5L macro Settings : 1/320 Sec. F14 iso 1000 Shot using a defused light tent in sunlight  

The Demolition of the Bogdon and Gross Plant, Walkerton

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  Over the last few weeks we have been walking over the site of the old Bogdon and Gross furniture factory, which is being demolished to make way for another sub-division. Originally built in the late 1890's by the Knechtel Furniture Co.,  It operated until 1934, closing during the great depression.  Purchased by Bogdon and Gross in 1938. They operated a furniture manufacturing operation until 2017 when it closed and has sat empty since.   A fire in 2020 caused some damage and a permit was issued for the demolition.  I am posting photos taken (usually just with a cell phone) showing the events and the changing landscape. Old photo of plant from the internet archives  Satellite image from google earth before anything happened     2021 02 20 before destruction   2021 02 24 still no changes 2021 03 11 Work has started     Fencing has been put up to keep people out.   Keep an eye on that rail car to right of building. it is sort of an anchor point  2021 03 13  2021 03 15 The rail car i