Saturday, July 9, 2011

Baby picture from the garden today, more photos to come


One day this tiny creature, should it survive, will be 6-8 feet tall.

That is SO COOL.


More shots from today's garden cruise later. Gotta whirrk. So, you know, we can spend more $$$ on cool seeds. =)


Oh, P.S. "Bear" suggested for my (2.5 mo. ago) birthday I get a lens for my camera so I can take wildlife photos (other than "see that brown tiny blur? That's a bear"-photos). a) WOW, that's exciting, b) I have a Nikon D50 and have NO IDEA what I should get.

Any of you photo-phreaks got any great suggestions? I could use some advice. Thanks!!


  1. Wildlife could be fast, slow, in low light or bright light, close or far all which might be something different for the ideal lens. Since you take fantastic landscape photos with your D50, I am assuming you are looking for something that gives you better closeups when you can't get close to the subject, and that you are already familiar with basics of f-stop, aperture and ISO as ways to get the most out of light. The D50 is somewhat restricted to the DX series of Nikon or Nikon-compatible lenses. You can use some of the other Nikon-compatible lenses but see this website for limitations: A lens with wider range of options means $$$, heavier, using a tripod and more weight in your pack. Can you tell I have been asking the same questions for my D60 which is essentially the same camera? A few tips - join a photography workshop or group and ask other people about their lenses and techniques while they are actually on a shoot. If possible, borrow a lens or a similar camera with lens. Look at websites that people show settings for their photos, to get an idea of what specs you will want on a lens to get that type of photo As a eager learning amateur, I've got more ideas about two camera setup options, full frame cameras, software options to get close ups . . . but I am also interested in what other people say. The best advice I've heard is that the lens is the most important control to the light your camera captures, so look for quality optics (glass, precise shutter mechanism).

  2. Wow, Cindy, you ROCK. I am SO printing that puppy out and will study it. Thanks a million.

    Yes, wanted to get my eyeball closer to said distant animals. I will def.take your advice re: good optics. The whole reason I got a Nikon is I asked a friend of mine who's a v. good photographer what kind he'd get if he could start all over (mentally erasing all the $$ he's spent on lenses, etc.) and he said Nikon. "Good glass."

    That's a really good idea re: looking for some local photo workshop or group.

    Thanks a million! =) sw

  3. I'm taking another photography workshop from my mentor in sierras in October - more here:

    Last time at Pinecrest, he had David Lukas come in one evening and give a Sierra ecology lecture and he blew me away

    here's some of the places we shot last time:


Cool people write inside rectangles....