Images By Deidre Wildlife Photo Blog
I have taken several cool new pics lately, but I just posted a set of six new pics of a Mockingbird chasing a Crow. See them (and 'like' me!) on my Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/ImagesByDeidre Check them out and let me know what you think!
I ordered a Pentax K-X body and it arrives on monday! I can't wait!
In the meantime, I took in about 14 rolls of film to be developed and found some great stuff! I'll be posting new photos over the next few weeks. I still have about 12 more rolls to take in, but I'll hold off for awhile to process through today's bounty of new wildlife photos!
Lately I have been pondering the pros and cons of Film versus Digital, especially for Wildlife Photography.
I have always photographed wildlife using film. Although, I own a few digital cameras, I stayed with film for my wildlife photography.
My Film Camera started giving me problems. I feared how much it would cost to be repaired.
Many people over recent years were stunned to see that I was still using a Film Camera, and my arguments were beginning to lose ground. I decided that this was an opportunity to review my fears regarding whether to go Digital or not.
I decided to come up with a list of the Pros and Cons of each. Here is what I came up with:
Film Camera Pro's
- Truer to life color (although this is changing daily, as digital is striving to compete)
- A Film Negative to keep on file in cases of copyright infringement, as well as for the sharpest prints.
Film Camera Con's
- Costs - Pay to process the Film Negative and to have prints made.
- Time - The film must be changed in the camera after every 24 or 36 photos. Time to take your film in to be processed and wait for it to be completed. Time to scan both the negative and the prints that you want to use. Finally, time to crop/resize the image file to email or post to your website.
- Disturbance - Most cameras are very noisy when they begin rewinding, often loud enough to scare off any wildlife that you were photographing.
Digital Camera Pro's
- You are not limited to 24 or 36 photos at a time, as you are with a film camera. The only limits are determined by how much memory you have, and you can purchase extra memory cards so that you literally can take unlimited photos.
- No disturbance sound from rewinding film or loading film. Sounds can be enabled or disabled on most digital cameras.
- Time is significantly reduced. No film to take to a store. No negatives or prints to scan. No having to stop to change out film in the middle of photographing wildlife. Images can be uploaded to a computer immediately and cropped/resized.
- Less costly because there are no Film Development or Photo Print fees.
- Images can be previewed for sharpness, settings, and composition immediately. In addition, images that did not come out can be deleted.
Digital Camera Con's
- Learning curve - You must learn about Histograms, Image Sizes/Sizing, Image Resolution, and White Balancing procedures. Highlight blowout and loss of detail in shadows are common complaints.
- Lack of need to go to a store for development means that many photos never see the light of day, and are never made into prints to share with others.
- Colors tend to be different than real-life colors. This technology is getting better every day to correct/compensate for this, but the film afficionados will argue the point every time.
- Digital Cameras tend to be much more expensive than Film SLR's although as more choices become available the price goes down. Also, many Digital Camera bodies cannot be used with Film Camera Lenses. However, that too is changing as the need grows greater.
To conclude, I think that it is time, at least for me, to go Digital.
I have always been loyal to Pentax, and all of their Digital Camera bodies are compatible with all Pentax Lenses, so my only investment will be in the camera body.
I was fearful to make the switch previously because of concerns for an investment in all new lenses, filters, etc. Now that I know that this is not the case, I'm ready to take the leap!
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I know that this blog is supposed to be solely about wildlife photography, but since I live in Florida and photograph primarily Florida wildlife, it stands to reason that I am concerned.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful that they finally are filling the well so that further oil is not spilling into the Gulf by the millions of gallons.
That being said, I am now concerned about the chemicals that were sprayed, and continue to be sprayed to break up the oil. There were no long-term studies done on this stuff to know how it affects the wildlife both underwater and on land.
I am also concerned that now that the well is almost filled, they are immaturely removing the BP funded cleanup crews from affected areas. There are entire coastal fishing communities in Mississippi who are reporting that there is still oil and noxious fumes. When they try to put in their booms to soak up the oil and report that it is there, they are told that someone will come out to handle it. The problem is that either no one comes or, even worse, a privately contracted company from out of state sprays the untested chemicals on the affected area. It seems to the fishermen that the local elected officials have been paid to say that everything is OK. These areas have recently been opened back up for fishing! What happens when consumers buy the tainted seafood and get sick? How has that helped the local economy, the environment, or the consumers?
I am in the process of creating a wildlife photography directory and link exchange. It will only be for sites that relate to wildlife photography and It will be approved personally. It may end up being a real headache for me, but it should also end up being a really great resource for all of you! I am very excited about the prospect of this. I'll let you know when it is live, so you can submit your sites!
There have been so many times that I came across wildlife and as soon as I raised my camera, other people rudely swarm the scene and begin doing rude things and making noises. Not only will this usually spook the animal, it ruins the moment for the rest of us. I understand the excitement of finding wildlife that others have passed by. All I ask is that you be respectful of the people around you, and of the animal. Please be conscientious of the fact that you all want a clear view of the animal to take photos of it and none of you want to spook it away. So kneel down, take your photos and slowly step aside again. Do not make any fast or jerky movements and do not make noises.