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Take a deep breath. | by cyberastrofolkie
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Take a deep breath.

Almost looking like he has taken a huge breath and is over-inflating, this male Red-winged Blackbird is doing his best to attract a mate. This scene was imaged on the grounds of the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in Ghent, New York, USA. For this image, I used my manual focus Tamron Adaptall-2 Model 55BB SP 500mm f8 Mirror Lens and Tamron Adaptall-2 140f 1.4X Flat Field Teleconverter with attached Tamron Adaptall-2 Pentax K M Mount on Pentax K20D Camera, hand held, manually focused, Shake Reduction set to 700mm, ISO 400, f8 on lens, 1/500 sec, with available ambient sunlight. This is a full resolution Large JPEG and is Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) without any post-processing, editing, adjustment, cropping, or re-sizing. My lens was functioning as a 700mm f11 Mirror Lens.

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Taken on May 6, 2012