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Subject: [Leica] Well fed polar bear (IMG)
From: afirkin at (afirkin at
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:00:47 -0400
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>  does this mean we get a magic Month in the polar zones instead of magic
> hour?
> ric
> <<<
> More like 6 months.  Any time the sun is above the horizon it's low in the
> sky.  Outstanding photos, Alastair.  My favorite is the bear dipping her
> toes in the water.  Simply luminous!
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento

Yes, that's the sort of image the combination of the DMR with fine glass
(180 summicron with 2x apo converter) can produce. As she slipped off into
the water, I would have liked a little more "buffer" BUT really in the end
you only use one or two shots, so taking 6000 is only going to confuse the
issue. It may increase the odds a bit.

Here is a shot where I wanted the look, got it, but just missed the focus.


but the real moment was gone.

I would have loved a 600mm lens that day, not sure 20 megapixels would
have helped much. Not sure if autofocus would help: you can easily focus
on the wrong bit and I usually find I prefer manual, BUT a bit more pull
on the lens would have been wonderful.



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