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Well, it's obvious I need to practice with the new camera. The horizon is tilted, but then what can you expect for one of those adrenaline shots!?On the other hand, the optical zoom is sufficient and the resoltion umpteens time better that the Sony to get a good pic at considerable range.

Anyway, I heard the thump, thump and ran for the balcony. I wished I would have grabbed the camera on the first trip. This is looking north from the Palestine Hotel at the bridges spanning the Tigris river. When I got to the balcony, I witnessed both impacts. Because I didn't have the camera, I missed a shot of the plume from the first mortar hitting in the river. Instead, this picture shows the expanding ripples in the water from the first round and the smoke from the second round that hit the bank. Not an exciting photo by any measure, but just trying to learn with a new cam as well as continue with my almost-daily updates but with current pics.

The range is maybe 500 meters at max optical zoom (3x). I cropped, reduced the size and saved at high quality in PS. I did nothing else as this is exactly what the near sunset looks like here. Wow, what a sunset!

More to come, I'm sure....

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On a sad note. My Dad just IM'd me. Fox news is reporting that two children were killed in the impact that hit the riverbank. I've been here a long time and I fear that I will have know them. I will know tomorrow. I will try to find their parents tomorrow to offer whatever I can, although I know I can never be enough....

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