A New Piece Of Travel Luggage

A few months ago I purchased a new camera and then a new lens to go with it. Then even more recently I bought an additional lens that would allow me to take much better low light photos. With all of this new equipment and the amount of travel that we take throughout the years, I decided to get a piece of luggage that would make it easier to carry my cameras and gear. I needed something that was relatively lightweight, water proof, something that I could carry on a plane but also something that would take a beating if I was unlucky enough to need to do a gate side check in.
What i ended up getting was a Pelican Air 1535 with padded dividers.
I was able to get everything into this piece of luggage and the dimensions fall in line with the airline size restrictions on carry on luggage.
Here are some photos of my new Pelican carry on luggage:

A Hummingbird Fiesta

We had some vicious thunderstorms roll through here early this morning. It was quite the light and sound show. Once it stopped raining the hummingbirds were out in full force darting here there and everywhere. It was like they were playing hummingbird tag. The hummingbirds even had a wasp try to get into their sweet nectar during a visit to the feeder. The battle was on between the hummingbird and the wasp. I was also lucky enough to catch 2 hummingbirds feeding and playing around at the same time. I decided to try to photograph them using my other camera that has a telephoto lens so that I could get closer. Although this lens has a 600mm equivalent reach, the camwera does not have quite as good of a focus system on it. You give a little to get a little.

An unwanted visitor decided to get some of the sweetness for itself

And before you know it the battle was on...no poachers allowed

Winner winner...sweet nectar dinner

I am going to tell Ma if you keep copying me!!

C'mon....stop it!!

Now you are just getting on my last nerve!!

Let's get ready to rumble

Practicing With My New Camera

A couple of months ago I bought a new camera. I bought a Sony A7III. Because of everything going on around here with the house renovation I had no time to even open the box much less practice and test it out. I finally forced myself to find the time and have been using it daily just to see what it is capable of. This camera was a huge step up for me. The camera that I was using priot to this was a Sony RX10 Model 3. There is no comparison between these 2 other than they are both cameras. There is definitely a steep learning curve for this camera but I have been watching YouTube videos and doing some reading to learn as much as I can about it. We have various bird feeders outside of our dining room windows so I have been practicing taking high speed photos of the hummingbirds and other birds that frequent those feeders. Here are a few of my first high speed peractice photos. Please note that they are not even close to be as good as the original photos. I uploaded them onto Facebook and Facebook compresses the files which takes away not only the size of the photo but some of the detail too. I downloaded and saved these back onto my computer from Facebook:

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