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Bald Coots in the Park

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Westpark, Munich

Bald Coots are the most common waterfowl on Bavarian lakes and pools, growing to such numbers that the pollution they cause harms the waterbodies, especially in places where people additionally feed them.

The forty-plus years old Minolta prooves to be a joy to use (albeit a heavy one), and even wide open as in this image, rendering seems to be more than adequate for at least a 17″x22″ print. I’ll try it this weekend.




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58mm of Love

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, Bad Reichenhall

14km of traveling by bike in winter rain was one of the price components I had to pay to take delivery of a 40 year old lens, a venerable 58mm beauty manufactured by the long ago deceased camera maker Minolta. I had bought it from a seller in Australia, and of course the customs office demanded its share of the total price, and so I went there to pay.

Not being sure if 58mm was a good focal length for my way of seeing, the purchase could be considered a gamble, but in the end it wasn’t – today’s first walk with the lens proved to be productive, and I am more than content with the results.