A visual exploration of wildlife, people, and places, through digital photography.
About the images on this page.
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We each use a Canon Two 20D cameras, a 50D and a 1D Mark II and several Canon lenses: 17-85mm f/4-5.6, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, 24mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L, and 400mm f/5.6L. We also use a Tamron 1.4X teleconverter and sometimes use a Canon 2.0X teleconverter. During football season, Randy normally uses our 100-400mm lens but sometimes rents either a 70-200mm f/2.8L or a 300mm f/2.8L for better light-gathering power during night games.
Our electronic flash inventory includes a Canon 420EX, a 430EX, a 580EX, and an old Nikon SB-15. We frequently use a Better Beamer to light up distant birds and animals. We sometimes use a Kenko extension tube set and occassionally use a Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Control.
We try to use a tripod as much as possible to minimize camera shake so as to produce the sharpest possible images. We each use a light-weight Manfrotto tripod with ball head. Randy uses a monopod at football games.
Briefly, here are the steps we follow to get our photos from the camera into a presentable format, such as a print or a website album:
We plug the camera's compact flash (CF) card into a CF card reader that is attached to one of the computer's USB ports; we start up a software program called Downloader Pro that transfers all of the photos onto the computer and automatically puts each photo file into the appropriate directory on the computer while simultaneously renaming each photo and inserting certain meta data; after closing Downloader Pro, we start Adobe Bridge, which we use to sort through all of the photos, deleting any that are obviously not worth keeping, usually half or more of the total.
Finally, we use Adobe Camera Raw to convert the photo files from the camera's "raw" photo format into a format such as jpeg that computers and web browsers can quickly and easily display on the computer monitor.
We only shoot digital now because with a film camera, not only do you not get the immediate feedback that a digital camera gives you, but you also must pay to have your film developed.
We use to use an Epson R800 for our photo prints but now send our files to an online service that handles printing, www.exposuremanager.com.
The design is based on " Like the Sea," one of the sites featured at css Zen Garden. Adobe Photoshop CS2 was used to create the images from our own photos and Macromedia's Dreamweaver is used to edit the website files. The photo galleries are made with the free program JAlbum, which Randy customized to fit our new design theme.