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Hampel Kids

After our first trip to Colombia, we had a large collection of photos (and some videos) we wanted to share with family and friends.

However, I was conscious of the fact that I didn’t really want all of these photos made public, especially some of the photos from the Pension Stein which showed kids of other families. I didn’t think it was appropriate to publish them on a public site without their permission.

So, I decided to create a new website just for photos and videos of Andres Рkind of a photo blog. For want of a better name, I chose andreshampel.com for the website domain.

I made the entire site password protected and then just shared the username and password with family and close friends so that they can follow the activities and exploits of Andres while he grows up.

Always at the back of my mind though, was the question of what to do if and when we adopt a second child. Obviously andreshampel.com was not going to work.

The question was – do I run a second blog for the next child? What about photos of both children – do I include them in one or the other, in both, or in a third blog for both kids?

I delayed this decision off for as long as I could – but with our second trip to Colombia looming, I couldn’t put it off any longer.

I finally decided that the most sensible thing to do would be to set up a new site as a combined photo blog for both kids. I would migrate Andres’s blog across and redirect the domain so that old links, photos and videos all still worked.

The name was the only thing left to decide on, and after much deliberation and a few false-starts, I finally settled on the rather uninspiring hampelkids.com

So I’ve completed the migration and the new site (including all of the old material from Andres’s blog) is back online.

I won’t publish the username and password here. If you would like to know it, contact me via email or on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, I just have to catch up with the backlog of photos and videos since I last updated Andres’s blog – about 11 months ago!

Blog catch-up

I’ve been pretty slack over the past few months with keeping my blog updated. I do tend to micro-blog in twitter quite a bit (see link and info in sidebar on the right), but that’s just quick updates on what I’m doing rather than lengthy discussions about topics.

I have taken quite a lot of photos in the past 6 months, with several trips to the zoo and visits to national parks and other local parks.

I’ve gone back and posted quick updates on things that I was intending to write about and also added photos for outings where I took the camera.

Here’s a quick index on what I’ve posted recently:

Grey Butcherbird Family

I went out to the kitchen to fill up my waterbottle and saw a family of Great Butcherbirds on the clothes line out the back. The young bird was squawking away demanding food, while one of the adults sat on the corner of the clothes line, looking at our Lemon tree intently. Suddenly, the adult flew up, grabbed a bug off the tree and came back to the clothes line, where it proceeded to feed the bug to the young bird. Fortunately the camera was nearby and I was able to open up the kitchen window and take a few shots of them.

Grey Butcherbird feeding young

Grey Butcherbird feeding young

Grey Butcherbird feeding young

Grey Butcherbird feeding young

New Lens for my Camera

Christmas has come early (kind of) – I got a new Canon 100-400 EF f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens for Christmas and it was delivered today. I’m allowed to test it out to make sure it all works okay, then it will get wrapped up and will sit under the tree until Christmas day.

Below are some of my test photos showing my different lenses – I set up the tripod in the back yard and took a photo of an empty juice bottle over near the shed to show the differences in magnification. I’ve listed the photos in order of increased magnification, and included the 35mm equivalent lens lengths.

The Canon EOS 40D is a 10.1 megapixel camera which sees a 1.6x field of view crop for lenses, meaning a 50mm lens actually gives you an effective equivalent of putting an 80mm lens on a full frame (35mm) sensor camera (like the EOS 5D). Thus the 100mm – 400mm gives an equivalent range of 160mm – 640mm.

The A650 mentioned below is the Canon PowerShot A650 camera, a 12mp compact digital camera. I run it in 8mp mode since I don’t see the point in having a relatively cheap compact digital camera creating image files that are larger (in pixel count) than my expensive DSLR!

40D + 10-22 @ 10mm

40D + 10-22 @ 10mm (35mm equiv = 16mm)

A650 @ 7.4mm

A650 @ 7.4mm (35mm equiv = 35mm)

40D + 10-22 @ 22mm

40D + 10-22 @ 22mm (35mm equiv = 35.2mm)

40D + 24-105 @ 24mm

40D + 24-105 @ 24mm (35mm equiv = 38.4mm)

40D + 70-300 @ 70mm

40D + 70-300 @ 70mm (35mm equiv = 112mm)

40D + 100-400 @ 100mm

40D + 100-400 @ 100mm (35mm equiv = 160mm)

40D + 24-105 @ 105mm

40D + 24-105 @ 105mm (35mm equiv = 168mm)

A650 @ 44mm (35mm equiv = 210mm)

A650 @ 44mm (35mm equiv = 210mm)

40D + 70-300 @ 300mm (35mm equiv = 480mm)

40D + 70-300 @ 300mm (35mm equiv = 480mm)

40D + 100-400 @ 400mm (35mm equiv = 640mm)

40D + 100-400 @ 400mm (35mm equiv = 640mm)

For that last image – on the original photo at full resolution I can quite clearly read the fine print on the bottle label!

I also took the camera + lens for a short walk around Munro park for some real-life tests. This is a heavy lens, so it is going to take a bit of getting used to. My arms were aching from lifting it up to take photos – but I’m sure with a bit more practice, I’ll develop the necessary arm muscles to make it much easier to use.

Here are a couple of photos I took with the new lens (none of them have been cropped):

Unknown insect

Unknown insect

Grey Fantail ?

Grey Fantail ?

Superb Fairy Wren

Superb Fairy Wren

A Beagle called Bagel

A Beagle called Bagel

A Beagle called Bagel