Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year almost here

Well 2014 is almost done and 2015 is almost here....a time to review all the great things that happened in the past year and plan my new goals for this next year. I am always excited at the prospect of the endless new things to learn, new people to meet and new mountain trails to hike.

The new year is like the new fallen tracks, no visible trails...kind of cool to think that this is the year that I am going to do something new, quite different and I just have to figure how what exactly I would like to have that be.......

While I am enjoying the process of thinking, planning and just enjoying the season, I would like to wish you

Friday, December 5, 2014

Cameras and Wildlife Art

As a wildlife artist, I live for the encounters with the creatures in the woods, birds in the sky and mice under the logs. Each encounter brings me a thrill of pleasure and the exciting thought of trying to bring that meeting to the canvas or paper to share.

As you know a camera is an amazing tool to get you the visual information that you might be able to use in future paintings. I am fairly happy with the set up of these 3 cameras that I have right now. While I am not a fantastic photographer  these cameras have been a great help to me.  As people often ask me what cameras I use..... here they are.

I have a small camera for throwing into my purse or pocket when walking. It is a little Lumix 20 Zoom.....takes a great clear photo and has a good zoom. This is just a lovely little camera that takes away any reason you have for not carrying a camera as it is smaller than my wallet.

Cannon Powershot SX50hs for my mid size camera.......and if I can name drop here.....Robert Bateman recommend this one to me.  It is a good light weight mid size camera with a great zoom.
If you only want one camera, this would be the one of these three I would suggest...mid size, takes a great long distance shot.

Then for my big Camera I have a Cannon Rebel XTI with various lens that takes some great shots also but needs a higher skill level then I have at times. It is an awesome camera...but one down side is that it is heavy and of course you need to have the right lens on at the right time.

Here is an example of the PowerShot zoom....(by the way not advertising for Cannon)....just sharing a great tool that I enjoy. Two photos with same camera...first one no zoom...second one full zoom.

Wish it was a beautiful sunny day but it is an overcast grey day so this is not a stellar photo but will give you an example of this camera's zoom. Here is the view from my studio... and yes those two horses on in the nearest field are ours....they are a delightful fellows.  Now if you look in the center of the top photo in the distance you will see a peak of a building.  Here below is the powershot zoomed inn on that peak....not bad eh?