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Sandpipers

 

Well camouflaged Purple Sandpipers, belying their name by pottering about in seaweed, looking, I assume for small marine animals, flies, etc.  Taken at Ocean City, Maryland in 1971 with my first SLR camera, a Ricoh.  I've been converting slides from that era and find that the great majority of them are complete rubbish - often out of focus and generally badly exposed.  I'd probably have done better with a box brownie :-)  However, for a while I'll be showing those that have survived reasonably well.

 

 

Sandpipers

 

Well camouflaged Purple Sandpipers, belying their name by pottering about in seaweed, looking, I assume for small marine animals, flies, etc.  Taken at Ocean City, Maryland in 1971 with my first SLR camera, a Ricoh.  I've been converting slides from that era and find that the great majority of them are complete rubbish - often out of focus and generally badly exposed.  I'd probably have done better with a box brownie :-)  However, for a while I'll be showing those that have survived reasonably well.

 

 

comments (15)

Time brings a change in perspective...
Tom Wilson: It certainly does, Larry!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jun 2015, 01:58
What boids? Where?
Tom Wilson: He, he smile I almost threw the slide away because I couldn't see anything on it smile
this one has survived very well Tom... the Sandpipers sure are hard to find with that camouflage....petersmile
Tom Wilson: It's amazing what Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite can do to bring things up smile
Boy I'll say they're well camouflaged! I kind of like the effect of your old Ricoh...
I've been to Ocean City, MD many a time - and we rented a beach house there for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary!
Tom Wilson: This was the time I was working at Univ. Md. - 1970-71 - those that follow are from the same trip.
Nice to travel back in the past Tom. Looking forward to the series!
Tom Wilson: Not a lot survives, but there's some interesting stuff I think.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2015, 06:23
This is good Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2015, 07:29
Not a bird I am lucky enough to see very often, Tom
Tom Wilson: The RSPB site describes them as rare Winter visitors south of Yorkshire, and mainly found in the Orkneys!
It's amazing to go back that far, Tom, and see what we were doing photographically then, isn't it. Well done, I must say!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie - scanning them certainly brings back memories!
It is hard to make them out Tom.
Tom Wilson: Well hidden aren't they?
I had to look twice to find them little ones
Tom Wilson: Great camouflage!
My first SLR in '73 was a Ricoh. I loved it! It was stolen fifteen years ago.
Tom Wilson: I sold mine on to buy my first Canon smile
I like how they are merging into the surroundings Tom
Although I have a fairly good slide scanner I do find it takes a while to get decent scans with it, one of my problems seems to be with too much contrast and very dark shadows, but overall this seems to have come out quite well Tom.
Tom Wilson: I've got a very cheap one from Ion - most are useless, but Lightroom plus Perfect Photo Suite can revive a few.
wow...1971... unbelievable.. wasn't even born then!
beautiful Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ronky - it seems like yesterday to me smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jun 2015, 20:03
Interesting how these things work. My first SLR was a Pentax with a very fast 50mm lens, but one day I got stupid and wanted a zoom lens. The only way was to trade in the Pentax for a Ricoh and a 300mm something or the other zoom lens. An almost equal trade - should have meant something to good sense. Never had real joy from the zoom and used the Ricoh with a 50mm slower (than the Pentax)lens, most of the time. Went through a phase of life, without taking much pictures. Resurfaced into the digital world, with an Olympus bridge, but soon got frustrated by the slow reaction time, when shooting birds. Decided to go DSLR and wanted to buy a Pentax again, but found the lenses for that camera is good but a very narrow choice. So, I bought a Canon.

We have Stone Sandpipers that look a lot like these and also tend to work the seaweed on seaside rocks.
Tom Wilson: You're right, Louis. I was keen on photography as a lad, but couldn't really afford it smile My first "real" camera was a Periflex (a curious thing - look it up), then the Ricoh and a couple of years later the Canon AE-1 but I, too, didn't do too much until digital came along - no more wasted film, just wasted time smile

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