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Animal Shots

Sun Jul 31, 2005, 8:35 PM
If you hate my deviations, you'll really hate my scraps. Or, if you're looking for something even more fascinating, you could visit a random deviant. Fun!


My apologies for the recent submission bombardment.  I really didn't intend for 40-some odd deviations to show up on your recent submission list. I was just updating a lot of my photos (for proper exposure and color) and adding borders to them all.

I'm so sorry! Please forgive me!


I think animals make really great subjects, and so I've decided to keep a running list of animals that I've shot.  Enjoy... especially the new butterflies!

--- BIRDS ---
Bald Eagle : One
Blue Jay : One
King Vulture : One

--- INSECTS ---
Butterfly : Banded Orange Heliconian - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Julia - Monarch - White Peacock - Zebra Longwing
Cicada : One
Dragonfly : Widow Skimmer
Moth : One
Ladybug : One

Camel : One
Chipmunk : One
Japanese Macaque : One
Meerkat : One - Two
Mexican Gray Wolf : One - Two
Prairie Dog : One - Two
Rabbit : One - Two
Ring-tailed Lemur : One
Takin : One
Woodchuck / Groundhog : One

Way Too Much Money

Tue Jun 29, 2004, 12:02 PM
If you hate my deviations, you'll really hate my scraps.


People are always asking me what my equipment is, and I needed to write it down for my insurance anyways, so...

Camera Bodies
Nikon D70 dSLR 6.1 MP

Lenses / Tele-Converters
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor ED-IF
Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED-IF DX
Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 AF Macro (older edition, not Di)
Nikon 70-210 f/4
Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x AF-S, AF-I Tele-Converter

Filters / Step-Up Rings
Heliopan 77mm Slim Circular Polarizer (ES 77)
Canon 77mm 500D Dual-Element Achromat Close-Up
Hoya 77mm UV (Super Multi Coated)
Hoya 62mm UV (Multi Coated)
Promaster 67mm UV (Multi Coated)
Promaster 52mm UV (Multi Coated)
Adorama 62mm -> 77mm Adapter Ring
Kenko 67mm -> 77mm Adapter Ring

Gitzo MK2 Mountaineer Reporter Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs w/ Sliding Column
Markins Q-Ball M10 Ball Head
Kirk Photo LP-45
Kirk Photo PZ-92

Nikon SB-800 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight

Storage / Readers
SanDisk UltraII 60x 1GB CF
SanDisk Ultra 30x 512MB CF
Archos gMini 220 20GB MP3 Player (Digital Wallet)
SanDisk CompactFlash -> PC Card Adapter

Lowepro Micro Trekker 200 (Black)

Apple 15" Powerbook 1.25GHz, 1.25GB RAM, 80GB HD (+160GB mirrored drives)
Canon i960 Photo Printer

Adobe Photoshop CS
Nikon Capture 4.x (slowly)

Spring Cleaning

Fri May 14, 2004, 11:49 PM
If you hate my deviations, you'll really hate my scraps.


The scraps feature is awfully handy, so I've decided to move a lot of my images into the scraps area.  In the future, I think I'll end up submitting my images as deviations, and then moving them over into the scraps area after a while.

Also, I've made a few purchases lately:

* A Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor ED-IF lens.
* A Gitzo G1228 tripod with a Markins M10 ballhead.  For the QR plates, I've picked up the Kirk Photo PZ-92 and the LP-45.  Wee!  I can't wait for a decent tripod, finally.

So... two new, and yet totally unrelated bits of news.

The bad news first.  I managed to take an amazing picture of the reflection of a clock tower off of a downtown building that was almost entirely glass.  However, just as I was wrapping it up, a security guard came out and asked me what I was doing.  I explained, and although he agreed that it was a cool picture, I could not keep them.  Apparently, the building was a federal building, and a bunch of people were freaked out about somebody taking a picture of it.  Never mind that I was standing out in the middle of the plaza, and not sneaking around.  Never mind that if I really wanted to take pictures of the building, I would have just thrown on a telephoto lens and taken the picture from far away.  So, they ended up deleted.  :(

On the plus side, I recently donated 5 prints of my shots (True Puppy Love, Witches Hat, Shadow Tennis, Lord of its Domain, and Staring Water Eyes to an AIDS fundraiser/auction.  There wasn't very many people there, but as a group, they raised $40.  So... woo!  The power of photography at work.
So, it's Easter, and I decided head out to the suburbs to spend some Easter-time with an old friend's family.  Well, there's a few hours available before dinner, so I decide to go walk about and take some photos.  But, everything is exactly the same - same houses, same lawns, same people.  I couldn't find any inspiration at all.

What does everybody else do when you're caught adrift in a sea of look-alike houses?  How do you find beauty?
deviantART is not a porn site!

Like most places on the internet, it was no surprise to me that the majority of the active participants are hormone addled males.  A quick browse searching for popular photographs of the day says everything there is to say, really.  Truly, the amount of really bad erotic photography on deviantART is astounding (possibly not safe for work).  And yet, it is praised beyond all other styles of photography.

Grumble, grumble.
Breasts are a great feature to have - seriously.  Let me list what happens to me as a result of my breast shortcomings:

* I can't take a picture of a child without its parents nearby, since they get worried that I'm some sort of child abductor.
* If I take a picture of a girl, I have to tell them first, or else I look like some kind of lecherous freak.
* Guys walk up to me and brag about their camera equipment.  I don't want to hear about it; I think they'd just ignore a female.  Guys tend not to go up to girls and brag about their shit because they know they don't care.

So girls, be thankful for your endowments.
I liked the photo so much in my "True Puppy Love" image that I went and had it printed out.  I stopped by the house where the girl was playing, and one of her housemates said she lives here (but that she wasn't home).  So, I gave him a copy of the print to give to her with my email address written on the back.  I hope she likes it and writes back - she's a total cutie.  :blushes:

Update: She sent me an email saying that she likes it very much, and that it's adorable.  Making people happy like this makes me think that photography could very well be the best hobby ever.  :)
Well, I just got my Nikon D70 a couple weeks ago (on March 23rd), so I'm giving myself my own crash course in photography.  So far, I'm having a great time.

My equipment:
- Nikon D70
- Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
- Nikkon 70-210 f/4.0 (circa 1986 - used)
- Accessories (UV filters, step-up rings, and a circular polarizing filter).

I've also picked up a few books on both technique and artistry ("Learning to See Creatively" by Bryan Peterson and "The Joy of Photography" by Kodak being two of the better ones).  I'm not sure what I want to do - right now I'm trying all sorts of different things.  By far, the hardest is portraits - too close (~120mm) and people get nervous.  Too far, and I feel like a voyeur.  I guess I'll just have to get used to it.

I think I've got a pretty good grasp of f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO ratings, DOF, filters, and what-not.  Flash gives me fits - I can never get it to look right.  But, I don't know if it is me, or the flash unit built into the camera.  Still, I have trouble with simply fill flash.  :/