-- Ansel Adams
Saturday, March 29, 2008
-- Ansel Adams
Friday, March 28, 2008
seeing it published.
And I try to do everything I can do to make it amusing or interesting
enough to get published.
-- Loomis Dean
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Well, sort of -- Photoshop Express for the web was released today. Although I've signed up, I haven't tried it on my own pictures yet -- just looked at albums already posted. In addition to editing, you can get your own URL and space to show your favorite pictures in a slide show format. It's part of the new trend of making more programs available directly on the Internet rather than purchasing and installing them on your own computer. I think it's worth a look -- here.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
It was getting near 10, and we were both cold from the breeze from the river -- so, we headed to a MacDonald's near the freeway for breakfast & hot chocolate. (Thank you, Les!) It took us nearly an hour to warm up.
Most of today's shots were taken with my 400mm lens + Canon's 1.4x converter. I realize now that what I really need (want?) is Canon's 500mm f4.0 lens with image stabilization. But the cost of about $5,000 is slowing me down -- plus the concern about the weight (8.4 lbs + camera + tripod). On our Nebraska trip, I held Stan's 500mm lens and it didn't seem too heavy -- but that was just holding it for a little while -- I would be using it trekking through Springbrook or Wargo for 3 to 4 hours at a time. Anyone have any leads on a used one?
Maybe I'll wait for reports on Sigma's new 150-500mm lens. It has image stabilization and weighs only 4 lbs., but at 500mm the f/stop is 6.3. Decisions -- decisions!
All in all, it was a good morning -- especially as I look out the window and realize I have to plow out my driveway.
Friday, March 21, 2008
By now we were getting cold -- it was like being in Nebraska two weeks ago. I was glad that I had worn my winter parka and insulated boots. I again made the mistake of wearing light gloves so that I could handle the camera better.
For those who care about such things, all of the above shots were taken with a Canon 20D, Canon's 400mm f5.6 lens, on a tripod.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This blogging chain letter works like this: First, I have to write a 6-word meme describing my inner birder (+photographer) and then pass it off to 5 more bloggers.
My 6-word meme is:
After checking to see if they've already been tagged (I hope I didn't miss a tag), the 5 bloggers I'm tagging are: Sam Pedley of Pedley Birders Blog, Benet of Pish, Helena Kensington of Adventures of Bird Girl, John Mikes of Weekend Shooter, and Alan Larson of Alan's BirdCam Blog.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My advice: don't go there yet! And when you do, if you find mud, rest assured it will be worse further on.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
You set your alarm for 3:30 am and wake up 5 minutes before it goes off!
Your car is full of filling station sandwich bags and Coke/Dr Pepper cans.
When you think $6,000.00 is a reasonable price for a lens.
When you go to the beach and come home with an untanned camera outline on your face.
You will happily sit by a river all day, freezing your *$# off, in order to photograph Kingfishers, but think anglers are mad!
The only polished area on the car is where the beanbag rests on the window ledge.
You have the worst sick leave record in the office.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
A major factor in the success of the trip was its leader, Stan Tekiela. You can read about him here. While you are on his site, take a look at samples of his work. It was great to get instruction from such an accomplished photographer in a small group setting. For other tours led by Stan, consult the Eden Prairie Parks brochure, in particular the Outdoor Center listings.