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About merlin

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    Northern New Mexico
  • Interests
    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painting, playing classical and improvisational acoustic piano, writing, hiking, kayaking, and cooking.

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    16/1.4, 56/1.2, 90/2
  1. Sunday Morning Flowers

    X-T2, 90mm f/2 Sunflowers Other Yellows Russian Sage Verbesina encelioides Buddleia
  2. Trail 401

    For the first time in 10 weeks, we hiked the entire length. The rocky and treacherous steep descent at the beginning required total attention, but there are outstanding trees, rock formations, and views. Many wildflowers are having their second seasonal bloom, which added immeasurably to our pleasure. The steep climb out of the valley was easier than going downhill, but just as taxing. Our favorite lunch spot afforded 150-mile vistas with several mountain ranges. We were quite tired on the last part of the hike, but the huge boulders, rock formations, junipers and piñons were sources of awe and wonder. And we even got home before the afternoon storms hit. The vastness, solitude, stillness, and connections with nature were impressive and deeply moving, and left us feeling inspired and hopeful.
  3. Late Afternoon Flowers

    X-T2, 90mm f/2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
  4. Wednesday Kayaking

    Our kayaking trip today took us about 9 miles upstream to Capulin Canyon, in Bandelier National Park. Water levels had dropped about a foot since last week, and mudflats and sandbars are beginning to appear, making navigation tricky in some areas, with strong currents in a number of places. Due to muddy and slippery banks we were not able to land at Capulin, but went back down river to Cochiti Canyon for lunch and a short hike. Sightings included Great Blue and Black-Crowned Night herons, Canada geese, turkey vultures, ravens, redtail hawks, a merganser and other ducks, and a beaver. The stillness, solitude, and connections with nature are always deeply moving and inspiring. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  5. Today's Gladioli

  6. X-T2 autofocus problems

    I use single point AF, with the size of the box set to about 3. From what you are saying, it may well be that your X-T2 is faulty.
  7. X-T2 autofocus problems

    I am far from an expert with the X-T2 (mine arrived less than two weeks ago), but it seems that your aperture for this photograph was f/7.1 (according to the EXIF data). This does not offer great DOF, so I wonder why you were not using f/11, at least? When I photograph landscapes such as this I try to generally focus at about 1/3 of the distance, in order to get as much in focus as possible. This works well for me even with the 90mm f/2 lens. And I almost always use single point for AF.
  8. Trail and Off-Trail

    Our hike today in the Eldorado Nature Preserve took us to a previously visited off-trail area. The adventure offered wonderful vistas with huge boulders and rock formations. We had the entire place to ourselves, and the stillness and connections with nature and spirit were deep and inspiring. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  9. Glads o' the Morning

    X-T1, 56mm f/1.2
  10. Glad of the Day

  11. Medio Canyon

    Our kayaking trip today took us to Medio Canyon, about 5-6 miles upstream. Water levels were at an almost all-time high for this time of year, so paddling was fairly straightforward, with strong current in only a few places. Still lots of mud and silt from the ongoing monsoon rains, but we found a fairly dry stopping spot for lunch. 1. 2. 3. Sightings included redtail hawks, turkey vultures, Great Blue and Black-Crowned Night herons, a merganser, and various ducks. Once again we had the river all to ourselves, and the vastness, stillness, and connections with nature were invigorating and inspiring. 4. 5. 6. 7.
  12. This Evening's Sunset

    Thanks very much, Marco!