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   OUTDOOR EYES NEWSLETTER February 2003 Issue      

Thank you for subscribing to the Outdoor Eyes Newsletter. I realize that not all articles will be of equal importance to you, that some of the information enclosed will already be known and Logo understood. But, if the newsletter reminds you of something that you put in the back of your mind or if the newsletter gives you some excitement to explore an area that you have forgotten, then it has fulfilled its' purpose. I hope you feel inclined to submit any interesting stories, hints, etc. I will include as many submissions as possible in each issue with a link to their photographs (if available). Thanks to all of the subscribers who submitted this month.
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In This Issue

  • Who's Watching Whom?
  • Learn To Look In The Right Places
  • Be Curious And It Will Come
  • Learn From The Squirrels
  • Monopod Tip From Subscriber
  • The Kayak Versus The Tripod
  • Subscriber's Contributions
  • Featured OE Links
  • ...Who's Watching Whom?

    Wildlife are the greatest watchers and just when you think that you're watching them, they are watching you. In fact, they have been watching you for a lot longer time than you have been Outdoor Image watching them. They are the masters of cleverness as they use their five senses to outwit you. If you learn to look in the right places at the right times, you will find more digital photo opportunities. Learn to understand where the action is most likely to occur and learn to use your five senses. Look at an area and visualize which wildlife might be hiding there. Then, when the opportunity arises, you will be prepared for the "In-The-Moment Photography" experience. You will find you will begin to have more OE photo opportunities.  Top

    ...Learn To Look In The Right Places

    Plants grow and wildlife reside in areas where their needs are met. The same ducks that you photograph during one part of the season will not be found when their flight feathers are shed. Outdoor Image They will be found in the high grass in the marshes to protect themselves from predators. All wildlife goes through transitions based on the time of the year and different phases of their lives. So, if you are constantly visiting the same area and you don't see that special photo opportunity, stop and think about the time of the year. The rule of thumb is to look for wildlife in transition areas that accommodate shelter, water and food. Wildlife reacts the same way that you would during inclement conditions, hot conditions and cold conditions. Think where you would go, based on the weather at the moment, and you will begin to learn to look in all the right places. It will provide dividends for more OE photo opportunities.  Top

    ...Be Curious And It Will Come

    You don't have to read every field guide to learn about nature and wildlife. All you have to do is observe and question. Nature is not as random as people tend to believe. Why does one Outdoor Image particular photographer have more sunset and sunrise photo opportunities? Is that person just plain lucky? That person has learned to live in-the-moment and observe all the elements that created that opportunity: temperature, wind speed, wind direction, humidity, time of day, etc. And all the elements of that particular moment have been saved in a memory card that can be recalled for another photo opportunity. Think about a time you walked outside at the beach and smelled the ocean air, looked at the brilliant red sun and felt the warmth on your arms. You definitely knew that it is about to be a great beach day because of your stored memory card that related to the elements of a perfect beach day. Store those memory cards and when you recall and use them, you will have more OE photo opportunities.  Top

    ...Learn From The Squirrels

    Nature is not random and it is beautifully proven out by the squirrels. During the next week, spend about 20 minutes in your own back yard and observe squirrels. You will notice a very Outdoor Image interesting pattern. The squirrels have a tree to tree, branch to branch, roof to roof highway that they always seem to go on. With thousands of combinations of branches and trees to jump and run on, they always seem to pick the same route. So, if you didn't recognize this pattern before, what else did you not recognize? Once you've identified the route, try to take an anticipated midair photograph of where you expect that squirrel to be. It will prepare you for "In-The-Moment Photography". Understanding that nature is not random will give you more OE photo opportunities.  Top

    Monopod Tip - From Glenn Haley

    I use a very stable method of bracing my monopod. Using the tripod carrying Outdoor Image straps on the bottom of my Lowepro Orion waist gadget bag, I slip my horizontal monopod through one strap, tighten the strap, and then twist it vertical. This give the monopod a mid-height brace that provides a very stable platform. I have used this setup with a 1600mm lens with no movement.  Top

    Glen, Thanks For The Tip...

    Featured Article
    The Kayak Versus The Tripod

    The tripod can easily be compared to a kayak. It is very simple comparison... No matter how long you research all the features and how long you demo each kayak, there is one outcome. There Outdoor Image is no perfect kayak. If the boat is built to track straighter, it will be harder to turn. If the boat is easy to turn, it will be harder to keep on course. If the boat is more stable in the water, it will be harder to roll. And if the boat is easier to roll, it will be much less stable. So, as you can see, it is impossible to build a perfect kayak and the same is true with a tripod: the combination of the weight, the height, the folded length, the weight capacity, etc. There always seems to be a compromise between features. So, the next time you happen to see some kayakers, tell them that you can relate to their frustrations, even though you have never paddled a stroke!  Top

    Featured Subscribers
    Keeping Eyes Open
    by Vikki Papesh

    The economy of trying new techniques and new subjects with my new digital camera really expanded Outdoor Image my horizons. It was a combination of instant feedback and gratification! While walking through a local landscaping center one day, my children and I discovered a butterfly garden, where they hatch and release butterflies within a screened enclosure. There was a wide variety of species to practice close up photography. My camera is small enough to always carry it in my purse. I had dozens of beautiful shots... (and unfortunately others that show need of more practice). Keeping your eyes open for opportunities is the key to capturing great photographs!  Top

    Perspective Counts
    by Gordon Leckenby

    Outdoor Image Perspective counts. Sit on the ground or lay down. Shoot up. All too often our shots lack pizzazz because we are not at eye level with our subjects.  Top

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    Gordon, Vikki, Thanks...

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