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Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Beautiful wildlife photos! It was nice of the deer to stop long enough for a photo. We've seen deer twice on our hikes but they were moving quickly. Not time for pictures.

Love the squirrel!

Hope you got the paddle in!

Looks like a lovely place! Howard, you were kind enough to answer a photo-related question (back when you were in Glacier I think) and now I've got another one. When you take your "Howard walks" and capture these types of photos, are you using a zoom that allows you to take some wide-angle-ish shots (the lake) and the wildlife shots (bird) or taking 2 lenses? I'm always wondering what lens to take along when I take my DSLR with me.

BTW, after you answered my prior question (about where you put your DSLR when you hike) I tried out these little inexpensive straps from Optech (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010HA68I/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and I liked having my camera in front of me, but not hanging on my neck. I didn't do BIG hikes with it yes(like yours in Glacier) but did use it for some half day hiking. I also bought a small add'l strap to put on my Canon G12 and was able to connect that to 1 side when we did a big day hike in Yosemite (and I left the weight of my DSLR behind).

Thanks for sharing all your lovely photos!

I always have my wide angle lens with me - 18-55mm - for landscapes. That's the lens that came with the camera. And I usually carry my 55-200mm zoom lens with me on hikes, walks, and boat trips - mostly for wildlife. It stays in my camera bag (walks), backpack (hikes), or dry bag (boat trips) until I need it. I'm fairly quick at making the lens change, but I certainly miss some shots because of it.

There is an 18-200mm lens I wish I had, but it is more expensive than the two smaller lenses combined. Perhaps I'll splurge with my next camera purchase. :) I also have a 70-300mm lens, but I rarely use it anymore unless I have time to set up a tripod.

The 70-300mm is bulky and heavy, and it's not great for handheld shots, so I don't carry it around. Also, I find I have better luck using the 55-200 which gives me clearer shots, and then I crop the photos to zoom in (i.e. the Pine Warbler and the squirrel in this entry).

I love having the photo memories and sharing the better ones as much as we can. :)

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