okay, so i caved. you may remember me saying something about a new camera lens and car repairs a week ago. the bill for my truck was even worse than i feared, and rightfully i should have sent the camera lens back, when it arrived on the same day i got the bad news. i left the package untouched for two days as i contemplated. but in the end, i caved. (i blame my mechanic - he insisted i only pay him half for now, as even he didn't want me to return the lens.)
and well, while i am still having doubts about spending that money, i find it hard to argue with the results. above are just a few photos i've taken in the four days since i've been using the lens - the not-so-little-anymore owlets, a yearling buck who was hanging around the neighbourhood with his buddy, and a few folks - bald eagles, harbour seals & pigeon guillemots - spotted on our boat tour yesterday (as always, you can click on the photos for more info about each one). for me, the difference between these shots and ones taken with my old telephoto lens are obvious, especially considering some of these are significantly cropped. i couldn't do that before - the images were just never sharp enough. i've been waiting a long time for some L glass. i know i'm not a professional photographer, but i guess i'm moving more and more into that very dedicated amateur category, and i'm pretty geeky about my gear. sometimes i'm tempted to just head off into the unknown and become a wildlife photographer full time.
happy canada day today! hope my canadian friends got out to enjoy it across the country (or wherever in the world you may be). i worked a bit but in a fun way - walking in the parade in our town while giving out stickers and other goodies to promote our destination. it was surprisingly warm and the rain held off but continues to threaten at the edges of the hills. i'm off tomorrow for the holiday, but it looks like it could be another day of rain and wind. oh summer, what did we do to chase you off?