Backstory

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This blog is primarily about my passion, wildlife photography. I’ve been an amateur photographer for most of my life. When computers got cracking I was dying to see photography, the internet, and computer technology integrated. When Canon came out with their 10D, the technology really came of age. Finally, the ability to take a decent image (which I defined at the time as a minimum standard of a great 8×10), process it on a computer, and get it displayed on the internet or sent to a print service without a lot of interim steps. Life became good in the world of photography at that point.

My pursuit of photography gravitated to birds for a lot of reason. Beauty, Variety, and the challenge of it all.

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THE GEAR

A little bit about the gear I’m using on this trip.

My primary camera body is the Canon 1D Mark IV. It’s a wonder-camera. The low light shooting is incredibly good. Great for the jungle, where light is at a premium (that single and double canopy jungle can be DARK)

I also shoot with a 1DsIII–which though a bit ‘older’ tech than the Mark IV, is still a wonder camera. It’s not as great a low light performer, but in good light nothing touches the image quality of an ‘s’ model. The dynamic range (the range from ‘bright’ to ‘dark’ in this camera’s image files give a subtle reality to the images that is just unmatched.

For lenses, I’m primarily shooting with the 300mm f2.8, which I most often run on a ‘Bush-hawk’ shoulder mount.  That’s my ‘jungle’ rig.

I use Canon’s 800mm f5.6 whenever possible. It’s a bear of a lens, but OMG, the images. Fabulous lens for birds and other wildlife. Of course the 800 is always on a tripod. That’s my ‘open areas’ rig.

I used Canon’s newest 100mm macro lens for the close up stuff, and brought the 15mm fisheye for the fun shots, and a 17-40mm zoom for the wide stuff.

For a flash, I use the 580ex and have a 550 as a spare and to add some fill when shooting ‘studio’ style.

I use a ‘Better Beamer’ on the flash for wildlife, with the 580ex dialed down to minus 2/3 of a stop and set to high-speed sync for most of my shooting. (That avoids the ‘flashy’ look that fill flash can take on)

For macro work, I use a Lumi-quest softbox which really helps even out the flash for up-close work.

Add in the batteries, chargers, flash cards, and all the miscellaneous gear and it’s a lot to lug–but I can get all of the ‘good stuff’ into carry-on luggage so at least I don’t have the worry of showing up for a trip and finding my gear and I have parted company.




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