Joe and Mary Ann McDonald's

Wildlife Photography

May 2004

Tip of the Month

A very, very informative website

I must admit, I'm not much of a web surfer, and it was only after my return home from Singapore that I took the time to investigate the Singapore Nature Photo Society's website. Graeme Guy, one of the originators of the NPS, had explained to me that their web site was designed to educate, not just portfolio pretty pictures. The website indeed does that, with lengthy treatments of the natural history of the subjects club members have photographed. In the last two additions Kites and Terns were both treated in depth. Additionally, there are links to other sites, reprints of great articles, and additional portfolios and reviews. Members present rather lengthy trip descriptions for photo destinations outside of Singapore, like to Sri Lanka or Australia, which will give photographers contemplating visiting these locations insight into conditions and arrangements.

Based as we are in the US, I think one might have the mistaken belief that everything is happening here in North America. This site certainly profiles and illuminates what other photographers are doing, and the quality that is exhibited. Perhaps most revealing for me was how exacting and precise and downright great their imagery was, because I've just returned from shooting there and I know, first-hand, how difficult it is to get a great spider or damselfly portrait (This month's Viewer's Gallery), which adds to one's appreciation of the work exhibited. Check it out -- you'll learn a lot!

Our Past Photo Tips of the Month:


  DIGITAL- Digital Birding

 DIGITAL -Shoot for the Future

DIGITAL-Shoot for the Future, Part II

 DIGITAL Photographing scenes with extreme exposure values

 NPN- Nature Photography Network - a digital forum for nature photography

 Digital Pro Image Management Software

 Watch Your Backgrounds
The potential of composites or shooting in RAW format

 Protecting your long lens from SAND, the pleasures of beach photography

 How do we protect our gear from dust, and carry our gear when on safari

 The Ultimate Flash Bracket
Padding Your Wimberley
Tripod Head

  Specular highlights and the flashing frog
 Using TTL flash with Hummingbirds  Testing your Flash's Aim
Maximum Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Distance - they're not the same thing!  If you see it, it's too late -- a lesson in anticipation  How do you shoot the Moon?
  Low level tripod work  A great depth of field guide  Wimberley 400 and 600mm IS plate

 Sigma's 120-300mm F2.8 APO HSM zoom lens

 Using The Wimberley Gimbal head with a camera body

 Sigma's 120-300 f2.8 APO
zoom telephoto lens

 Custom Function 4-1 for Nikon and Canon shooters

 Sighting in a very, very long lens
 The Nature Photography Network - a super website for images and information
  Take a Workshop First   Luck, what is it?  Don't take in baby wild animals

  Airline Carry-On Luggage -Let your concerns be heard!

 Disconnect -- travel precautions

Photograph America Newsletter
 Wildlife Portraiture

 Obey the Rules
The Ti Chi Stalk
Photographing Critically Endangered Sites Bushnell Night Vision Optics  Adobe Photoshop 7 for $300

 The Sibley Bird Guides

 Removing Cactus Spines

 Drying out boots with newspaper

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