Photos: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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My niece is in town and we decided to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in nearby DC. Despite the hot weather, the place was packed with tourists. The hot weather made the animals seek shelter, the tourists (especially kids) were constantly in the way of my camera, and my zoom lens (Tamron 70-300) missed focus a lot, but I was still able to find a few pictures worth sharing with you. Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Baoer 801 Fountain Pen

I bought a pen at the BWI Fountain Pen show last Saturday. My searches on Google, Amazon, and Ebay have failed to locate the exact make and model. UPDATE: I’ve discovered that it is most likely a Baoer 801-

It’s silver, thin and looks similar to the Jinhao 126, with differences. It has a hooded nob and the finial is longer than the pictures I’ve seen. Additionally, the clip design is a little different and it used a plunger converter, instead of the twist style that I’ve seen on my other JinHao pens. It has four rings around the section.

I played around with my Canon 40 DSLR, 24 mm EF-S lens, and two Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Speedlites to try to photograph it.

After getting started, I remembered that photographing shiny objects is really, really hard. I’m not especially pleased with the results, but I thought I’d share anyway.
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