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Brandon
05-06-2008, 11:21 AM
Hi Gang

I thought a good way to get started on this board would be for people to describe what cameras you use for your outdoor photography and tell a little about yourself, what you like shooting, your experience etc... So I will go first.

Still Cameras

1. Canon Power Shot S500 (Digital Elpf)
I have this camera the waterproof case that is made for it by Canon (case # WP-DC800) and do underwater stills as well as video. I have had this camera for a bunch of years and it has been amazing. The optics have been very impressive.

2. Canon PowerShot SD950IS (Digital Elph)
I have had this camera for about eight months now and go it to replace the above. It has image stabilization and also is 12.1 mega pixels. It also shoot high res video which is cool. I have it in the Canon waterproof case ( case# WP-DC19) and use it for underwater stills and video. For a small compact camera it is simply amazing. This version is thinner then the above S500 which makes it a lot easier to carry as well.. Optics are great and for under $400 you simply can not beat it.

3. Nikon D300 with the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18 200mm VF lens
I have used my friend's for a while and decided to get one. It's an amazing camera. I am not great with it yet as it has a million options and I am still learning, but it does take some great shots even with my limited knowledge of the camera.

Video Cameras
1. Sony Handycam DCR-HC20
I have had this a long time. It was not to expensive, but has done a good job shooting digital video. It is am amateur video camera, but for the money has done what I wanted it to. I do not think they make it any more

2. Sony Handycam HDR-SR12
This is the new HD video camera by Sony that has 120gig hard drive. It's billed as a high end amateur approaching professional video camera I just got it, so I am can not comment. I did a lot of research and the reviews were all excellent. I chose the Sony over the Canon because of of what I will film is fishing/water related and Sony's imaging processor is best for Green and Blue scenes, whereas Canon (and Panasonic) have a Red and Orange color saturation . . . It's like Fuji vs. Kodak film, respectively as it was explained to me. I am looking forward to testing it.

About me and my photography
I have some photography skills in my blood. My mother is/was a professional photographer who mostly did outdoor work. She has authored seven books, several on the Chesapeake Bay. She won the Waterfowl Festival's photography contest several times and finished second in the Kodak national photography contest many years ago, among a few of her accolades. My brother and I were always around the camera, so I picked up things as I grew up. I have never taken a formal photography course, but plan on doing one over the next year or two just to get some formal training. I did attend a seminar/workshop that Lefty did one year at the Mason Dixon Outdoor Writers Association conference which was really helpful and wish I could find more workshops like this.

Most of my photography revolves around fishing and digital photography. I enjoy doing underwater work as well. I enjoy still photograph, but also enjoy shooting and making short clips/films.

I am looking forward to learning about other people and learning from them with tips and techniques.

Thanks

Brandon

Striper In
05-06-2008, 12:12 PM
Good job Brandon!

Just a novice, but I enjoy photography.

I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

My lens that is almost always attached is a Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC Lens,
Use this pretty much A-Z, kids, nature, On the boat:eek2:, Looking to upgrade for a bit more distance

My other lens is a 85mm f/1.8 USM Autofocus Lens which is primarily used for indoor low light, kids sporting activities, my son & Taekwondo, his indoor racing, great for shows in theaters with no flash allowed.

I also have a Point & Shoot Sony, forget the model, about 5 years old now which is also a great camera for what it's been through and where it's been. My son uses this alot now also.

My favorite moment with my Canon was on a Disney Cruise when my son asked if he could use my Canon to snap a pic Mickey Mouse, someone walked over and asked him if he enjoyed photography and he does, they told him to wait there, they went and got him a real Canon Camera, ( I had Camera Envy) and off he went with the ships photographer to shoot all the families with the characters.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/thesmithsinde/547559703206.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/thesmithsinde/440659703206.jpg

Another favorite from the same trip was our stop in Costa Maya Mexico, we went to a little fishing village called Majuhual, probably one of the best ports on a cruise we had been too,


http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f302/thesmithsinde/495721703206.jpg
WE hung out under that tree most of the day, massages, pina coloda's...

shortly after our trip, Hurricane Dean came and hit Majuhual head on.

From all the reports, it was and still is devestated.....we had plans on going back next year but instead we are going to the Eastern Carib.

Since I have had the Canon, 2 years now, I have taken over 5000 pics:D

fishon161
05-07-2008, 08:39 AM
Hey guys -

So I'm taking the plunge on June 13th and getting married. For a wedding gift I got SWMBO a Nikon D40 from a company that sells on ebay. I actually bought it through them directly and not through ebay. I got a package deal and got all the gizmo's and gadgets (tri-pod, 4gb card, case, cleaning kit, etc)

I think I have some time that I can return it if I want. Is this a good entry level SLR? Were going to Mexico for our honeymoon (yes...she said we could go fishing on day! WOO HOO!!!) I'm not a camera guy, but from what I read this is a ok/good camera. do you think I should have gotten the D40x? This is a 10megapixel. My D60 is a 6.2 MegaPixel.

Thanks guys,
Bryce

Frog Hair
05-07-2008, 06:19 PM
Got started in photography many years ago shooting slides with a Canon SLR. Maybe 5 years or more ago I went digital and never looked back. Living close to Susquehanna State Park, Susquehanna River, and Deer Creek has many advantages for the photo hobbyist, there’s always something to shoot. My subject preference is anything nature wildlife, landscapes, flowers, and of course the areas historic buildings. But if I had to pick just one favorite subject to shoot it would be birds. So what kind of cameras do I use?

My field camera is a Canon Power Shot S2 IS. I carry this camera with me always, and it really gets the job done. It’s very inexpensive, takes excellent pictures, has 5 Mega Pixels, and can really handle abuse well. Did I mention it comes with an image stabilizer, and a 12x zoom? All for $300 or less, but I believe the newer power shot versions could be a little more money.

Now the camera I back pack for tripod work in a blind or just plain looking for detail is a Canon 40 D. If you can get past the price, weight (1llb body), and for me the learning curve you’d be hard pressed to fined a better camera.

Brandon thanks my friend for giving us a place to talk shop, show photos, and possibly learn. Now if I could only figure out how to delete old images I couldl post some pictures. My attachment folder is pretty much full with only two images.
Wayne B.

Capt Rick
05-07-2008, 07:03 PM
Im a Canon guy my self..........Here is one of my latest shots.

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f68/RickHiott/xPennreel25.jpg

Striper In
05-08-2008, 07:58 AM
[]Brandon thanks my friend for giving us a place to talk shop, show photos, and possibly learn. Now if I could only figure out how to delete old images I couldl post some pictures. My attachment folder is pretty much full with only two images.[/SIZE][/FONT]
Wayne B.


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Striper In
05-08-2008, 08:01 AM
Hey guys -

So I'm taking the plunge on June 13th and getting married. For a wedding gift I got SWMBO a Nikon D40 from a company that sells on ebay. I actually bought it through them directly and not through ebay. I got a package deal and got all the gizmo's and gadgets (tri-pod, 4gb card, case, cleaning kit, etc)

I think I have some time that I can return it if I want. Is this a good entry level SLR? Were going to Mexico for our honeymoon (yes...she said we could go fishing on day! WOO HOO!!!) I'm not a camera guy, but from what I read this is a ok/good camera. do you think I should have gotten the D40x? This is a 10megapixel. My D60 is a 6.2 MegaPixel.

Thanks guys,
Bryce

You have my deepest sympathies:D:D Congrats, welcome to the club, it's a great institution.
Wish you all the best... My 15th anniv is next week!

You'll be fine with the D40, give it a couple years, learn and see if you want more out of it, then upgrade.

Frog Hair
05-08-2008, 11:34 AM
Striper In
"For forums, I upload everything from Photoshop, ever used it???? If not, check it out. Let me know if you have any questions."

Yes I do use photoshop but I have never used it to upload. How do I get it to work? We are talking the same photoshop that is used for editing photos.

DDan
05-08-2008, 01:58 PM
I am having great fun with a waterproof point and shoot. I have the Olympus 720SW. It will shoot underwater, but I haven't tried it. Being waterproof, I take it wading, kayaking, on the beach - in short just about all fresh and salt water fishing situations where I'd normally worry about getting a camera wet. If it gets sandy, you can wash it off! It's small, so I take it with me much more often than my larger cameras. Plus, I've been extremely pleased with the photo quality.

Striper In
05-08-2008, 03:11 PM
Striper In
"For forums, I upload everything from Photoshop, ever used it???? If not, check it out. Let me know if you have any questions."

Yes I do use photoshop but I have never used it to upload. How do I get it to work? We are talking the same photoshop that is used for editing photos.

I'm sorry,

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