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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Green Timbers - Relaxation and Solitude...somewhat.

Wandered over to Green Timbers this morning. Had the opportunity to do a little photography. But I need to do more. It's kinda slipped.

Almost seems like an artsy-fartsy shot, but was tossing ideas around in my head trying to come up with some shots.

This little feller looked like he was practicing to be a life-like duck decoy.

Two mallard females playing "follow the leader"

mirrored reflection of birdbox on the opposite side of the lake.

This is a first fall Eared Grebe. Makes me wish I had the 600mm with me today. The countenance on the grebe's face pretty much says that the ducks messed the lake up. Those are debris on the lake, not on my sensor.

If it wasn't for the set of hoodlums yelling by the lake and scaring the poor ducks, it would have been extremely peaceful there.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Annual Migration and Thoughts.

Almost wildlife migration season again and time to pull out the camera and start photographing. Between wildlife photography and landscape photography, there is a lot of photography needing to be done between now and April of 2015.

Between losing a lot of images on memory stick and pretty much having to save up for a new computer hard-drive (which we still have yet to purchase), the photography is at a stand-still. The simple fact is: you have to have a reliable infrastructure in place to be able to save and edit your images and to be able to retain them. I'm currently considering a multi-core computer with lots of RAM which will enable me to have more photos open at a time and conduct multiple tasks without freezing. This computer that I have currently is not making me happy at the moment as it tends to freeze without much prodding. Let's just say a video/photo editing workhorse of a computer is in the cards. Such a computer is an absolute necessity as video is going to play a much larger part in the business down the road. With that as a requirement; I will be looking at getting some high-cap HD drives, as well as considering the possibility of using a solid state drive (SSD) as my main operating drive for my operating system and my main programs such as Photoshop Elements, Lightroom (which I still have to get) and Nik Photo Bundle.

Also a macro lens will be needed eventually as well as a 14-24mm f/2.8 (the second of the triumvirate). I'm currently out on the 24-70mm f/2.8 because I'm not too sure yet if that's a focal range that I'm going to be making a lot of use of and wondering if I just might be able to slip by with the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 workhorse that was my go-to-wide-angle before my 50mm f/1.8 came along (though technically the 50mm is just a standard prime lens and not really a wide-angle; I just find that the 50mm f/1.8D does much better bokeh.

But all of it comes down to the direction in which I want this business to go. Do I go video or do I go photography? Nowadays many people are doing both. It's something that is going to require a lot more thinking through. Thankfully I have a lot of caffeine on hand. That might help.