Photography Tips – How to Photograph Birds and Wildlife Without Breaking Your Bank Balance

Don’t Buy a Premium Telephoto Lens – What puts off most people from starting a hobby such as bird & wildlife photography? It’s simply the cost. A Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens will cost you USD 6,140 at Amazon. Apart from the price the other negative aspect is the weight. This beauty weighs in at 8.5 pounds! Imagine trekking through the forest or the jungle for several hours lugging this weight on top of your other photography gear.
Do Buy a Budget Telephoto Lens – a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM telephoto lens will only cost you USD 1,200 at Amazon. This lens weighs in at only 2.8 pounds. Thus with this option you have an 80% saving in the cost and a 66% saving in the weight you have to carry around. The purist photographer may argue that this lens won’t have the clarity and allow the same amount of light into the camera, essential when taking shots in low light conditions. This is not true if you follow the techniques described below.
Do Buy a Premium Camera Body – you can compensate for any defficencies in the budget telephoto lens by using a state of the art digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera body. I bought the Canon EOS 50D 15.1 MP last year and have been amazed at the results. Current price at Amazon is USD 970. There are three features explained below, which make this an outstanding camera body for bird & wildlife photography.

Sensor Cleaning – Firstly whenever you switch the camera on or off, the automatic sensor cleaning kicks in. This removes any particles off the sensor, which might otherwise result in artifacts or grain in the final image – a serious weakness in the most of the early DSLR models. This allows you to use a much higher ISO setting without getting a grainy image.
High-Speed Exposure Burst – You have the option to shoot a burst of exposures at 5 frames per second. This is a real advantage when taking flight shots. Chances are that if you take a sequence of 15 shots in 3 seconds, at least a couple of the images will be usable or even outstanding.
Automatic Focusing via Servo Drive – You have automatic focusing using a servo drive. This means that as you track a bird in flight across the sky, the focus will be automatically and continuously adjusted right up to the point when you depress the shutter and capture your image.
Use a high ISO and Short Exposure Time – Most photographer purists would argue strongly against this tip but my experience will convince you of its validity. By selecting a high ISO you increase the sensitivity of the sensor thereby allowing you to optimize the exposure with less light and a shorter exposure time. I typically use an ISO of 1,000 with an exposure time 1/2,000 sec. This eliminates camera shake and gives you sharp, crisp images without having to use a heavy and cumbersome tripod. This is especially important when taking shots of birds in flight.
Eliminate Grain and Sharpen Your Image – Any grain which might show up in the sky area or on water surfaces can be easily eliminated by using a software programme such as NeatImage. Then sharpen your image using “Unsharp Mask.” Both steps together take only a few seconds when processing your images in your image processing software.

Crop Your Image, Optimise Contrast and Lightness – Finally it’s good to optimise the composition of your image by cropping and optimising the contract and lightness using image processing software such as Photoshop.
Stalk your Subject with Patience and Respect – When out in the field taking wildlife shots, it’s important to approach your subject with patience and not to get too close. Otherwise the subject will already have taken flight before you’re ready to take the first shot. My rule of thumb is to act so as to be able to leave the scene without having disturbed the subject.


Cancer 2013 Horoscope Forecast

You will be very aware of the Cardinal Climax and the challenging effect that Pluto and Uranus are having in your life. There have been many changes and upheavals since 2008 and this is going to continue especially in your relationships. However, Neptune is in a harmonious aspect to your Sun and this can lead to positive developments in your love life. With Jupiter and Saturn involved in the grand trine, and Jupiter going into your sign for the second half of this year, you will have the opportunity for great success in work. So there will be a great deal going on for you this coming year.Work and Money
For some of you, there will be many opportunities opening up for you and you may find yourself spoiled for choice. For others you may feel completely stuck and frustrated with your situation. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium here. So it’s most likely that you will go from one extreme of emotions to another. There will be extreme gains but the potential for extreme losses as well.It’s going to be difficult to plan anything as everything will be subject to last minute changes. For example, your boss may suddenly leave, your company may go through some restructuring and you will be asked to move location, your position or department may be terminated, your company may go out of business, your best client may be in financial trouble and unable to pay your fees… Try to safeguard everything you possibly can regarding business and finance. Make sure you have the best protection you can get for your computer and be careful of sites you use to make payments online.This is not a good time to go into a business partnership or to allow someone else to take charge of your finances. There is a possibility that they will be dishonest and steal your money. If you must get into an agreement, make sure that you have it checked over by at least three different attorneys before you sign.Don’t get too comfortable as Uranus is still shaking up your career zone and many of you will be seeking a new direction in your career. A job change is likely but make sure it’s an improvement on the one you’re leaving. From the beginning of July, new opportunities should start to open up for you. Your income could grow substantially towards the end of the year and if you take the risk and move into a new direction you will feel much happier and more confident than you have in a long time.
Family responsibilities, however, could be an extra drain on your finances, so factor that into your weekly budget and future plans. If any extra money comes your way, play it safe and stash it away.This is a favourable year for increasing your income. I would suggest looking at a variety of different ways to make money: investing in real estate, investing in your own business, investing in education and learning so that you can add more services or products to what you already offer and thereby increase your income. Make your own decisions when it comes to real estate and be careful of the people you decide to trust. You will need to be extra vigilant about who you associate with in all financial matters. Make sure you can afford what you are taking on and that you understand all the details of your investments and the character of the people with whom you are doing business. Try to be conservative in your financial dealings and you will do well. Your intuition is highly tuned this year and you need to listen to it as it will guide you to your best investment opportunities and your best career or business direction.Your best time for business activities and new ventures is from the beginning of February until the middle of March. More challenging times are from mid March until mid April and again from December 7th until the end of the year. Try to avoid getting into conflicts at these times. From mid July until the end of August you will have new opportunities and the possibility of new projects. This could be a time of great recognition and of achievement.Relationships
If you are looking for romance, this is your year. There could be an infatuation or an obsession with someone, but also a new romance. Your heart is opening up and you are able to have more meaningful relationships as a result. This will become stronger as the next 5 years unfold. It’s a great time to go travelling to meet someone, or to travel with someone you love. There are new adventures indicated and exciting liaisons to be explored. You may meet someone through work that could turn into a love relationship or into a friendship.Socially, it looks like a positive and popular year for you. There will be many invitations and you will be well-liked and able to turn on your charm. This will help to boost your self-confidence and will make you more attractive to new people and to a wider sphere of influence than you have had before. This is especially true from the middle of the year onwards.However, there could still be breakups and rejections as well. You need to watch out for destructive behaviour patterns that keep you locked in the same old abusive relationships. There may be people in your life that need to go, relationships that are past their sell by date and are no longer nourishing. You will need to think long and hard as to whether you or your partner can make the necessary changes for the relationship to thrive, or whether it’s time to say goodbye and to move on. This is never an easy process for you, but it’s necessary in order propel you into something that is happier and more fulfilling emotionally.You may find yourself strongly attracted to someone and fall in love almost immediately, only to find out later that they were married, unavailable emotionally, or just not the right person. So you may find people coming in and out of your life quickly. Try to get to know someone’s character first before opening yourself up to sexual intimacy. However, you are a cardinal sign and you don’t find it easy to turn off your desires. All in all, your love life looks erratic this year but there will certainly be plenty of excitement!Your best times for romance and love are from the end of February until March 22nd, the whole of June and from September 12th until the middle of October.

Photography Tips for Better Black and White Picture

Photography is an art. Just like paintings and other forms of art pieces it takes a passionate artist to be able to capture a wonderful photograph that entices the imagination of the viewer. Budding photographers should learn some photography tips that will help them capture the most beautiful and meaningful picture. Black and white photography can be considered as the most dramatic and intensely emotional form of art. A colorless image can give a whole new meaning to the picture. Besides that, the picture may also look more elegant and more high-fashioned.As a photographer who is aiming to get the best quality black and white picture, you must focus on visual contrast, lighting, and the composition. It is also important to find a great subject that connotes great meaning that makes the viewers appreciate your photographic art. As an artist, the photographer should also have the eye for great subjects that will give artistic worth the picture. You can gain visual contrast by putting darker essential feature next to the light colored feature in the image or you can use those negatives space in creating a form.

Black and white photography can be considered very simple. However, simplicity is the root of elegance and romanticism. This is why we can often observe that black and white photographs usually have romantic subjects. Weddings, burials, and even random stolen shots at the park are great for black and white photography because there are too much drama and romance in these settings.In today’s present generation, we can barely see black and white pictures because most of the photographers and the viewers are now appreciating colored pictures more. In fact, most of the cameras today are used for capturing colored images. But because of the advent of technology today, we can actually convert colored pictures into black and white images and still maintain its quality. One of the photo tips in converting colored images into black and white is to engage in digital photography. This way it would be very convenient to improve the dramatic elements of the picture through digital conversion and editing. If you are using a DSLR camera, then it is advisable to set the camera settings for monochrome shooting and save the picture in JPEG format.To achieve good black and white pictures which are very interesting, the photographer must concentrate on shapes and lines. These are the basic elements that suggest form from the subject. Lines and shapes especially when we are taking pictures of people’s faces helps the viewer understand the emotion and the drama behind the subjects faces. Texture should also be considered in taking pictures. Texture enhances the beauty of the black and white image making it very classic and elegant.

Another important lesson that we need to understand in the photography tips that we read is about lighting and shading. Lights and shades usually have psychological effects on the viewers. Dark lighting usually suggests a gloomy meaning on the picture and on the subject. There are a lot of tips that budding photographers should learn about so that they can immortalize an event or certain happening that has artistic value. A young photographer must master the black and white photography first before they can take pictures that speak a thousand words.

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rooCASE (Med Nylon Black) Hard Shell Case with Memory Foam for Nikon Coolpix S4000 12 MP Digital Camera Silver

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Victoria’s Secret Garden Coconut Passion Hydrating Body Lotion 8.4 fl oz (250 ml)

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Maxell SR927W SR57 399 SG7 SR927 Silver Oxide Watch Battery

Maxell Silver Oxide Watch Battery SR927W High Drain Replaces SR57 399 The 399, or SR927W, is a popular Silver-Oxide cell commonly used in watches, with a shelf life of 5+ years. Other applications may include calculators, film cameras, medical instruments, cash registers, or FA Instruments (Measuring Instruments, Onboard Microcomputers, Sensors).     This is a “W” high drain battery. High Drain batteries are for applications with a continuous, low power consumption and occasional high peaks: Analog and digital watches with extra functions (backlight, alarm), pocket calculators, electronic games, cameras, etc. This is in comparison to low drain batteries, which are best used in devices that use a small amount of power over a long time: Analog watches, TV remotes, alarm clocks, etc. Specifications Chemistry: Silver Oxide Voltage: 1.55V Capacity: 57mAh Diameter: 9.5 mm Height: 2.7 mm Features High Drain – Best used with multi-function watches incorporating an alarm, illumination light, etc. A flat discharge curve during discharge supplies a stable voltage until the end of the discharge life High-energy density per unit volume provides 2x the amount of energy capacity as button-type alkaline batteries Featuring Maxell’s original leak-resistant processing Also Known As: 1162SO, 1165SO, 280-44, 280-48, 395, 399, 399BP, 543, 610, 613, AG7, D 395, D 399, D395, D395/399, D399, GR927, L926, LA, R 395/25, R 399/35, RW 313, RW 413, RW413, S19, S927SW, SB-AP/DP, SB-BP/EP, SG7, SP395, SP399, SR 57, SR 927 SW, SR 927 W, SR57, SR57H, SR926, SR927, SR927SW, SR927W, SR927W/SW, TR927W, V395
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