REVISITING A POST FROM: August 26th, 2016. An amazing collection of photos that was posted of rare animals, or animals caught in a rare pose. Check these out:
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Cute photo of a hyacinth macaw, the largest flying species of parrots in the world. They inhabit Northern Brazil and there are less than 5,000 of them left in the world. Beautiful!
A baby sloth !
A firefly in action
A pair of wild African dogs (lycaon pictus). These dogs are unusual in that it’s the female that leaves the pack once sexually mature.
Otter pups are just too cute !
A pangolin mother and her baby taking a ride on the tail. Pangolins (aka scaly anteaters) are mammals from Africa (and some in Asia). They are nocturnal, live in hollow trees or burrows and feed primarily on ants and termites.
Baby Hippo and Mama!
The Robust Woodpecker (aka Campephilus robustus). Amazing looking bird!
Photo: Claudio Dias
The Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria), native to the New Guinea region and named after Queen Victoria. Magnificent!
The African Bee-Eater Birds are quite amazing (and brave!). In addition to eating bees, they’ve also been known to ride on elephants!
The mighty Komodo dragon, found in Indonesian islands. It’s the largest species of lizard and can grow up to 10 feet and 150 pounds! Yikes!
Adorable baby warthog. Did you know that warthogs nurse other piglets if they lose their litter (also know as cooperative breeding)? Cute!
Baby Platypuses! The name platypus was derived in 1799 from the Latin ‘Platypus anatinus’, meaning “flat-footed, duck-like”. Many naturalists thought it was a hoax when they first encountered it (we can see why!). Of course, it’s also one of the few mammals to lay eggs instead of giving birth. Nature is amazing!
This is an Okapi that lives deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is related to the giraffe. They are solitary and usually only come together to breed. Amazing looking!
The Golden snub-nosed monkey lives in the mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. Amazing colors!
White Tigers at the Bandhavgarh National Park. Amazing!
Wow – what a stunning black Timber Wolf!
Photo: Conrad tan
The rest of these photos were courtesy of: “The Joy of Animals” Like page on Facebook.
WOULD A NEWER, MORE EXPENSIVE CAMERA REALLY HELP ME?
THE COST OF THIS NIKON BODY ONLY USUALLY RUNS ABOUT $6500. IS IT WORTH STEPPING UP TO SUCH A CAMERA BODY? OR IS IT WORTH AT LEAST STEPPING UP TO ANY CAMERA BODY THAT IS BETTER THAN THE ONE THAT YOU HAVE NOW? WHAT DO I ACCOMPLISH BY DOING THIS?
IT HAS BEEN SAID: IT IS THE PHOTOGRAPHER THAT MAKES THE PICTURE, NOT THE CAMERA! WELL, THAT IS RIGHT, UP TO A POINT. JUST WHAT DO YOU ACCOMPLISH BY STEPPING UP TO A BETTER CAMERA? CAN YOU TAKE BETTER PICTURES BY DOING SO. PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE BIG STEP THINK THAT THEY HAVE DEFINITELY TAKEN BETTER PICTURES BY STEPPING UP TO BETTER EQUIPMENT.
Let’s get a list of what you accomplish by doing so:
GAIN MORE CONTROL:
More expensive cameras tend to have more dedicated buttons, dials, and switches, plus more options to customize settings to suit your shooting style. Some mid-level and higher-end DSLRs and ILCs sport joysticks for faster autofocus-point selection. Not to mention the dual command wheels, present in models in the mid-range and up, which make manual shooting smoother.
Higher-end bodies have the latest output ports, such as USB 3.0, or even Ethernet in the most expensive DSLRs.Certain camera features get ampedup when you step up, too.
Higher-end cameras allow a wider range of exposure compensation and let you shoot at plus or minus 5 EV rather than the 3 EV found in entry-level bodies. Pricier models may allow more shots per bracket when auto-bracketing. And you can make multiple exposures of up to 10 frames with some pro-level cameras, while lower-end cameras might limit you to two, if any.
2- Shoot more on a single charge
Nothing ruins a day like a dead camera battery, and you may not always have a spare on you. With DSLRs, battery life increases significantly in the better bodies. Canon’s EOS Rebel SL1, for example, which uses a smaller battery than Canon’s other DSLRs, checks in with 380 shots, similar to the Pentax K-S2’s 410 shots. Move up to Pentax’s K-3 II and you’ll jump up to 720 shots. Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III is capable of 950 frames before the battery dies, while the Nikon D750 boasts 1,230. Stepping up to the Canon’s 1D X Mark II will bring you up to 1,210, while Nikon’s D5 can nab an incredible 3,780 frames before the battery depletes. In other words, you can get up to double the battery life by upgrading your camera. That might be worth it. If you shoot a lot of film, that will be important for sure.
3- More storage on your memory card
Yes, Nikon, Canon actually had the memory card manufactures develop cards for their higher end cameras so that they can hold more memory. And some other new features in some of the newer high end cameras: a place to put 2 memory cards in one camera. So, if you fill up one card quickly, the second card is already in the camera ready to go. OR, shoot one card all in RAW format and the other in JPEG.
4- Faster frames per second
That means that your camera can shoot faster frames per second. Do you need that? Depends on what you are shooting of course. But, what that means in real life is that if you want to shoot in RAW images, you can do that faster. Entry level cameras will not shoot RAW images in high speed shutters. Only JPEG. So, if you want to shoot RAW images fast, most likely you will need to have an upgraded camera.
5- Designed to withstand the elements better
The higher end cameras are designed to withstand the weather, the water and dirt better.
The underlying chassis of some entry-level cameras are made from plastic parts and are less likely to have weather sealing. Mid-range and higher-end models are usually built with a tough yet lightweight magnesium-alloy chassis—a sign that the body is built to last. Couple that with solid weather sealing and you’ll be ready for tougher conditions.
Ricoh’s Pentax line, for example, includes serious weather sealing across all of its DSLRs, but the K-S2, its step-up model (one notch above its entry-level DSLR), has more than 100 weather seals.
6- The megapixels are big winners when you step up
The megapixel war wins hands down as you go to the bigger, more professional cameras. Not only are the megapixels better, but the images are cleaner with less noise if you go to the higher end cameras. If you have ever taken pictures of a building in a big city and it has a lot of windows, for example, you will notice a certain amount of “image noise” with certain sensors. As you get upgraded that noise is less, and the image is so much sharper. Almost breathtaking.
7- The viewfinder will let you see your subjects better
A lot of the smaller cameras only give you 95 percent of what actually shows up on your sensor. And the other problem is that it is often hard to see what is on your back image sensor. The upgraded cameras have image sensors on the back that you can see much better, and have as much as 100 percent of the image as well.
8- A more incredible autofocus system
The autofocus system that these newer cameras have are incredible. Some of these cameras you can set up to track the subjects as well. So, there is no way you will ever miss certain subjects or events if the camera’s auto focus feature is set up correctly.
9- finally, better video is possible, now with 4k recording
Higher resolution has become even higher with video now, and these upgraded cameras are ready for the newest recording capability. Up to 4k resolution….. keeping in mind of course the amount of space that it will need to use to record that resolution on the memory card. That is one reason, of course for the upgraded memory card for sure.
Finally a quote from a famous photographer:
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
So many brands to choose from. Which one is the best?
Ahh, now this is a question I was asked many times back when I worked in a camera store. Should I sell the customer the one I make the most money on so I get paid a bigger commission, or should I sell them the one that is really right for them? I worked in a camera store for over 20 years, and found that getting the right camera for the customer was the best thing in the end.
So, writing about which camera is the best is a little bit more difficult, because I don’t have the products right here to show you, but, let’s give it a good try. First of all, I want to say that after working in a camera store for that long, I had a chance to own all the brands, tried them all out, so, I can honestly say, I don’t have a prejudice towards one particular brand (much). I tried to keep any biases out of the discussion. What my goal was, was to get a camera in their hands, try it out, and see which camera they liked the best, the feel, the way things worked. How do the camera lenses feel to them? Do they like the way the controls feel? All these questions. Let’s start with getting something out of the way right now:
1- What camera company is the best?
Oh, I love that question. That is like asking which car manufacture is the best. Do you like a Ford, or Chrysler? I get differing opinions right there. And I can have people tell me why one is better than the other. Let me tell you how I feel. I have actually owned many different brands, and at any one time, each camera brand provided me with different features that I liked better than the other brands at one given time. Find out what features you like and go for that. They change every year. You can go to a link on Google right now and find: “Why I changed my camera gear from Canon to Nikon”, or “Why I changed my camera gear from Nikon to Canon”, or even recently “Why I changed my Nikon gear to Sony, or Pentax” or other brands. There are legitimate reasons people change brands. First of all, let me give you a list of all the different Camera brands out there:
These are 11 major camera manufactures to choose from, maybe more. Which is the most reliable? They all are. Not one of these is more reliable than the other. Maybe one year one had a bad batch, but quickly changed their QC to be equal to the rest. How could one be more reliable and still be in business after all these years?
2- What do you think you will be taking pictures of the most? Portraits, scenery, close-ups, landscapes, low light photos, etc.?
What do lenses have to do with picking a good camera? A lot! So, who makes
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the variety of lenses that will accomplish my purpose? That may narrow it down. And who makes the best quality of lenses in that type of subject? Really? Do I have to really look at that? What about price? I have mentioned in my classes, and other articles, that you cannot scrimp on your lenses. The lens is what makes the picture. Period. But, then someone will ask me, “Don’t all of these camera manufactures make really good lenses now?” Yes, they do. All of them make superb lenses, but, some work and feel different. Some focus differently, some focus quicker, some have coatings on them that make the colors more saturated, some have more durability, some make it so they are compatible in filter sizes across the board with the other lenses they make. Some make it so you can take a picture of a black bear at night time (exaggeration of course). What do you want your lens to do? Study it out and learn. Feel all the lenses. Some camera manufacturers have image stabilizers in the body and some have them in the lens. Check it all out.
3- Can this camera take good videos:
What? Really? Are you buying a camera or a video camera? Do you realize that a video takes up a lot of memory on that memory card? Well, if you want to take videos with your camera then make sure you are ready for that. But, realize that the cameras that have good video capability are designed for those photographers who are taking certain types of photography as well such as sports photography, wildlife photography, action photography. I would not be so concerned about a camera that has great video if I was a portrait photographer. Remember, know what you are taking pictures of.
4- Should I pick a camera that has the most megapixels?
What is the reason for having a camera with a large megapixel? To have incredible detail as you enlarge your photos, correct? About 4 years ago I worked on the weekends at Christmas time in a photo store and noticed this huge 40 X 60 inch photo hanging on the wall for display. I looked at it closely and asked the lab what camera took it originally. The photo was incredibly sharp. I could see detail on that huge print that I was shocked about. Detail on the hair of every person as well as blemishes on the skin and color saturation was amazing. They told me it was taken with a camera that had a 16 megapixel camera. Really? Sixteen megapixel !!! Take a look at what is being promoted in cameras today. Nikon, Canon, and others are bragging of a 24 megapixel
and more now. Let me just say that 16 is incredible. Some manufactures are working to improve their 16 megapixel to outperform others. For example, when you take a picture of a building with windows from a distance, some cameras have a hard time with “bleed-through” on the images of the windows, while others do not. Some cameras with 16 megapixels actually look sharper than other manufactures 16 megapixels. Research your cameras and find out who is going the extra mile to do that. I do not want to bias any decision here, but, I know that some 16 megapixel cameras can outperform some those with 20 megapixels. Numbers don’t mean so much anymore.
5-When picking a camera do the LCD screens make a difference?
Cameras all have LCD screens now and they are getting to be more versatile than ever. And I am of the opinion that they are a big key in picking your camera. Depending on what type of photography you choose to do, make sure you can see the image that you want to take as well as what you just photographed on this screen. If you are a landscape photographer, in the sunlight can you see the image on the screen or how did the picture you just took turn out? Can you see this picture on the screen now? If you can’t how can you correct your mistake? Some cameras now have screens that tilt and twist. If your profession is street photography and you are in a crowd of people, how can you see the image if you have the camera above your head? So many things to consider in choosing a camera now with the LCD screens.
I just Googled (that’s a verb now) to see other opinions of how to pick cameras. I think I have covered everything. I think the other thing to make sure you need to do, that maybe I have missed, is just be comfortable with the camera. You are probably going to live with this equipment for a long time. Make sure it feels good to you, and you can learn all the features about it. Make sure it becomes a part of YOU! You are the photographer, and the camera is just an extension of YOU! I have sold a lot of cameras to people who spent a lot of money on cameras thinking that now they have paid all this money on this camera equipment, and will take great photos, then they found out that they were still lousy photographers. So, once you obtain the camera of your choice, continue to learn the rules of composition, and learn from the photos that are posted online, and on blogs, and from places you can learn how to use your camera. Learn how they are taken and practice, practice, practice.
Can you ask me questions about buying a camera?
Yes, but remember I am not going to give you a biased answer. I love a lot of different brands. If you want to ask me questions about specific questions, I am always open to questions. Just go to my email at: email@example.com
I would love to be in touch with all those who read this blog. And look forward to the day that I can meet many of you who are so faithful in reading and sharing these blogs.
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This article completely written by: Lanny Cottrell