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   OUTDOOR EYES NEWSLETTER March 2003 Issue      
 

Thank you for subscribing to the Outdoor Eyes Newsletter. I realize that not all articles will be of Logo equal importance to you, that some of the information enclosed will already be known and understood. But, if Outdoor Eyes motivates you to explore a new photography technique or an outdoor adventure, then it has fulfilled its purpose. Enjoy this month's issue.  Philip "PT" Tulin

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In This Issue

  • How To Choose A Tripod
  • Correcting Purple Fringing
  • If You Don't Bring It, An Opportunity Will Come
  • Bird Photography Tips
  • Opening Up A New Experience In Winter
  • Understanding The Language Of The Birds
  • What's Next?
  • Featured OE Links
     
    Subscriber's Contributions
  • Kayak Photography
  • Can You Figure This One Out?
     
  • ...How To Choose A Tripod

    Choosing a tripod is always a compromise. No matter how much research is done, you are never quite sure that the choice you are about to make is the correct one. And even after you've used your tripodOE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes for over a year, you might still be uncertain of your choice. Whatever decision you finally make will be fine since you will learn to adapt to the few compromises that you knew you had to make. Don't start second guessing yourself and read more reviews after you have made your decision as other models will always arrive the day after your purchase. It's up to you to decide which feature is the most important, second important, etc.  Top
    What are the features that you should look for?

    ...Correcting Purple Fringing

    It seems that there are always a few photographs that manage to have some "Purple Fringing - Chromatic Aberrations" with digital cameras. And, of course, it seems to be the ones that you favor the most. OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes There have been numerous technical articles written about the cause of this complaint. The bottom line is that it is an inherent problem with some digital cameras and it normally occurs when an area of a photograph is overexposed. Using software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, it is possible to decrease the visibility of the chromatic aberrations.  Top
    How to remove purple fringing.

    ...If You Don't Bring It, An Opportunity Will Come

    How many times have you not brought your camera with you because you were just going out for a half an OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes hour? "I have driven this same road over a hundred times and I won't see a photography opportunity." If you have ever missed bringing your camera with you at least once in your life, then it will happen again. That is when a small digital camera, tucked into your jacket, might come in handy for that photography opportunity.  Top

    ...Bird Photography Tips

    Bird photography is a constant challenge since the subject is usually small, may not stay still, moves rapidly from branch to branch, sits in a less than favorable lighting conditions and is extremely aware OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes of an approaching photographer. Most On-The-Go or In-The-Moment Bird Photographers will not spend the necessary time needed waiting in a hide (blind), photographing through the night or constantly returning to the same spot day after day. There is always a fine balance between being in-the-moment, enjoying the mountain climb, taking a walk in the park and bird photography.  Top
    What are some bird photography tips?

    ...Opening Up A New Experience In Winter

    If you haven't tried snowshoeing in the winter, go down to your local outdoor adventure store and rent a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoes will open up a whole new world of possibilities for outdoor photography by OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes allowing you to go to places you wouldn't normally be able to get to. You will be able to see wildlife tracks, dens, frozen waterfalls, fresh falling snow scenes, unusual landscapes, wildlife and much more. When you rent a pair of snowshoes and poles, make sure that the rental fee will be applied to the purchase price of a new pair if you decide to buy. The snowshoes available today are so lightweight that you don't feel any extra weight on your feet. Snowshoeing will definitely open up a new experience in winter photography for you.  Top
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    From The Editor
     
    What's Next?

    We place constant demands on our ourselves and our photography in order to keep our day-to-day existence from being repetitive and boring. We don't want to find ourselves becoming stale and moving backward. So, each day, we increase our expectations, and at the same time, toss photographs that we once thought OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes were acceptable into the circular file or recycle bin. I recently attended a presentation by William Burt. What motivated him to stay focused for 16 years to photograph twenty of the most elusive and least seen North American birds? In the end, he had 57 exquisite photographs for his book. Eight months earlier, I attended a presentation by David Breashears. What motivated him to stay focused in photographing Everest with IMAX equipment: having to struggle with heavy equipment, cold conditions, a strenuous climb and a major human tragedy on the mountain? Fortunately, I was able to talk personally with David Breashears and William Burt. Their subjects and gear differed so dramatically; a small bird versus a large mountain and a few pounds of gear versus tons of gear. But both their messages were the same. "What's next?" They were never satisfied when done. They always moved on... putting more demands on their photography. So, the next time you are about to place a camera is your hands, think "What's next?".  Top


    Subscriber Contributions
     
    Kayak Photography
    by Mel Tulin

    I paddle exclusively in the ocean, and the constant motion of the kayak puts demands on my photography. There are crashing waves, big seas and sometimes a few dangerous situations. Yet, I have never ruined a OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes camera in the process. With kayaking, I am in those one-of-a-kind situations that might not ever be duplicated such as paddling near the humpback whales, seals, giant sea turtles and trying to save 51 stranded pilot whales. I use a clear, vinyl bag that both floats and protects my camera. I can even photograph while the camera is in the camera bag. When the camera is in the flexible bag, I can control all the features of my camera (including my zoom lens). Obviously, most of the time my camera is removed from the bag as the quality of the photographs is better.  Top

    Can You Figure Out This Ultimate Outdoor Eyes Experience?
    by Jeff Nussdorf

    I was walking in the Arizona desert with my digital camera and I saw the "Ultimate Outdoor Eyes Experience". I've enclosed a couple of photographs of a photographer becoming one with nature in a very unusual way! I wonder if anyone can visualize what the photographer was doing? I was there and it was extremely tough for me to see even after I knew.  Top
    Can you figure this one out?
     

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    Mel, Jeff, Thanks for the stories...

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    Understanding The Language Of The Birds

    Wildlife does not appear just because we've studied the Peterson's or Audubon Guides. Wildlife is always OE Digital Photography  Outdoor Eyes there... sometimes we do not know how to see them. Are some photographers lucky when they photograph wildlife or do they know something that you might need to learn? If the birds know bird language and they understand what it means, won't you be able to see more of nature if you understood the universal bird language?  Top
    How to understand bird language.



     
     
     
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