I’m always looking for this sort of photograph. I love water reflection shots when animals are at ease taking a drink close to where I’m standing. The Oregon Zoo did a great job designing outside habitats to provide the public with this opportunity. Below is a Speke’s gazelle stopping by to take a drink.
It’s always fun to get advance word of new videos of our Oregon Zoo videos. One of these days I’m going to experiment with shooting hi-definition video with my fuji X-E1 so that I can make my own. In the meantime I’m satisfied with taking my still shots. Here’s the latest video. It was fun actually being there when this first encounter happened.
I get asked this question all the time. Diehard DSLR users can’t come to grips with the fact that a smaller, lighter and less expensive system camera can compete with the big boys, Nikon & Canon. I used to be a professional wedding & family portrait photographer in the days of film. I used two Mamiya Sekor 645 cameras to do the work. They were medium format with a 2 1/4″ negative.
I’ve owned top Nikon gear including the 36 MP D800 with very expensive lenses like the full frame Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 lens. This setup did a marvelous job but was extremely heavy, bulky and expensive. That body and lens combination costs $5,000.
Along comes mirrorless cameras with changeable lens capability. It’s a third the size, weight & cost. If anything the lenses are sharper and faster for less than 1/3rd the cost. So the obvious next question is whether a pro photographer can make money using the new format cameras? Resoundingly the answer is yes.
Below I’ve included a videos from an industry expert, Will Crockett, showing how top photographers are switching to mirrorless cameras and why. I hope you find this as interesting as I did. I no longer sell my work but I want the best camera for the money and that is mirrorless. I’ve sold both my Nikons and all their lenses. I only own one camera now, the Fujifilm X-E1 with 5 outstanding Fujinon lenses.
http://ceenphotography.com/ Cee’s odd ball photo challenge was tougher than I thought. I dug deeper in my archives to come up with this week’s entry, the “Karmic Frog”.
It’s hard to believe the 3 new lion cubs will be 6 months old tomorrow. I remember standing at the viewing window capturing a photo of Neka, their mother, just 24 hours before she gave birth to three healthy little girls. Neka was a first time mother, the father being our proud Zawadi Mundo.
It was quite a long time before the zoo allowed the cubs outside. They had been born on september 7, 2013 and one of the cubs was in trouble, losing weight and falling behind her two sisters in growth. She had to be removed to a veterinary shelter and nursed lovingly back to health before her return to her family. she’s been doing fine ever since then.
By the time the zoo decided to get the cubs outside Winter set in and they spent most of their time inside. I didn’t get my first glimpse of them until February. I came home with over 300 frames that first viewing. I was so excited!
As our weather warms up Spring is just a few weeks away. The cubs are out more and more. Zawadi has been added to the mix to get him accustomed to the young cubs. Now the whole pride is outside together, consisting of Zawadi, Neka (the mom) & Kya, the second adult lioness. Of course now we add the cubs: Kamali, Zalika, & Angalia. I still haven’t learned to identify any of these cubs.
My most critical evaluation of any camera and lens is sharpness. If I can’t get a sharp photo when I need one I don’t want the gear. The main reason I chose the Fuji X-E1 camera is sharpness. The 55-200mm F/3.5-4.8 zoom is incredibly sharp so it has become my everyday run-around lens. Since I’ve mentioned before that I love textures and warm colors, wood, rope and anything weathered is at the top of my to do list. I love this still life shot of live bamboo wrapped with coils of natural fiber rope. The strands turned out so sharp you could cut yourself just looking at it. ISO 800, F/11.0, 1/60″ at 135mm. handheld.