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I got my new camera! As I noted in my last newsletter, I went all out and decided to get the Canon 10D digital SLR. This is basically a entry-level professional digital camera with significantly higher resolution (6 megapixel versus 4 megapixel) than I'm used to. Together with the ability to easily use high quality telephoto and wide angle lenses, I should at least have the technology and persistence, if not the talent, to improve on the quality of my wildlife and nature photography pictures.
So, now that I've had a chance to muck around with my new camera and start to get comfortable with the controls, I have added a number of pictures to my online photo albums. Some of the more unique photos I've been lucky enough to get include:
As my pictures have hit new levels of quality, I'm starting to get quite a few inquiries from people who are interesting in buying some of my photos. I'm not sure how this may work but I think I'm going to dip my toe into this business and see how much real interest there is. Next newsletter, I may have an update on this new venture. [Note: Since I published this newsletter, I have figured out how to enable secure payment capabilities and, consequently, my online photography gallery has been launched!]
I've used the summer to work on photography. Our featured book is one of the books that I relied on to get some good, basic advice.
John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide by John Shaw
This is just one of the books that I've listed in our list of books on wildlife and nature photography that are worth checking out. These are books that I've often looked to for advice as I've started to improve my own skills. I've cross-checked my sense of the better books with some of the reader recommendations from Amazon.com and have only listed those with four or five stars.
We didn't hold one of our formal wine tasting events this summer -- time just flew away from us. We did find a great Northwest Pinot Gris from Owen Roe winery -- this was a beautiful wine with lots of nice subtle nuances yet retaining enough acidity to give it some crispness.
We had a very hot summer for Seattle and I had initial concerns that it might bake our new grapevines. At least through the end of August, they had held up quite well. As they were planted from cuttings, there was quite a bit of variability in their vigor. We had some mortality as three of our 46 vines flat out perished; another four our five didn't show much vigor and I may replace them from spares this year. However, the majority of the vines (75-80%) grew at least 4-5 feet and the most vigorous grew to about 12-14 feet long from the ground to the end of the vine. We got all of the trellis in which was a great help. Now, I need to figure out how to train them and prune them for next year.
This is a really neat photo enthusiast website where people from all around the world share their better pictures. I've even posted a few of mine so far. Although I wish there were more critical comments because it's easier to learn, this web site offers a really neat way to see what other people are learning and what seems to work.
Lightning Photography. After I snagged my lightning picture, I ran across this website and several others. There are actually quite a few lightning pictures out on the web which I think is pretty interesting for such an ephemeral phenomenon!
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