Let's talk cameras

We're lucky to have access to amazing nature and wildlife.  A big part of the fun is in the capturing and subsequent identification of new finds (kinda like those beach treasures).  So I purchased two new cameras last year to capture both underwater and above, a Panasonic Lumix TS3 and a Canon Powershot S95.  Both of these are great cameras and I've gotten some favorite shots with each of them.

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Black-throated TrogonP1000827

Okay, now that we're talking cameras - this is from the photography enthusiasts perspective - far from a pro.  I'm someone who enjoys pictures for the story they tell.  I'd love for them all to be great (like the swallowtail), but I'm also realistic.  Mine is a point-and-shoot world... or so it used to be!  (RTFM - me?!)

Black-capped pygmy tyrant female

At this point, I was happy to:

  1. Remember to bring my camera
  2. See something interesting in the reef/jungle
  3. Take a picture before it swims/flies away!
  4. Figure out what the heck I took a picture of when reviewing?

To increase my own range in the jungle, I started taking out Mark's Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10 (4M pixel, 420mm lens); a bit dated pixel-wise (circa 2003), but still gives decent shot with great range and a high quality lens.  Now to share in the fun, Jose (Jedi) and I start taking regular afternoon walks.  She and Nick have a couple of really nice cameras and lenses to say the least.  One is a Canon 7D (18M pixel, 200mm lens) and the other a Canon 5D (21M pixel, 100mm lens), serving high-resolution at far range and macro range, respectively.   We're slightly addicted to getting the shots of the day... 

Anteater (Northern tamandua)

MAK taking pics

Slaty-tailed_Trogon_maleJose taking pics

Of course, there is plenty of room for user skill in all of this - check out Jedi's SmugMug gallery to see what I mean.  Nick & Jose generously let me give their cameras a try on a few occasions.  After getting use to it (they're quite heavy!), I was pretty hooked.  I even got a brief understanding of the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings (thanks to Nick) and experimented a bit.  So I still frame the shots as intended, but get to see another layer of detail in high-resolution ~ like the web shooting out of the golden silk spider, a dragonfly with his brown-blue-green eyes, and another chance at the first adorable bird I identified in Panama - the fulvous-vented euphonia - also caught while grooming.  Cool, thanks guys!!


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