Saturday, July 12, 2008

Camera Critters: Back In Action

After being without a DSLR since July 2nd, since my Canon 40D broke down, it was a relief when UPS delivered a refurbished Canon 30D early Friday morning and I was back in business again.
The 40D is currently at Canon for factory service.

It soon became obvious that there were a few differences between the cameras with the 30D having a smaller LCD, and the viewfinder image not being as bright or large. The 40D was the first of that series of cameras to have the ISO visible in the finder and I found that I missed having this feature.

That being said, I could easily fall in love with this camera, as it performs well. Even though it is rated at 8.2 Megapixels and the 40D is 10.1, the 30D is capable of delivering superb image quality.

I pressed it into service that evening. It felt good to be back in action once again.

The fawns are now eating some plant growth to supplement their mother's milk. As the summer progresses they will continue to nurse, but they graze and browse on plants more and more. One may find them nursing on occasion throughout the autumn, but it is rare and the doe does not permit them to feed for any length of time.

Canon 30D: 500mmF4 1/ 200 Sec. F4 ISO 400

The rabbits are feeding on the succulent grasses in the wildlife meadow, and I was fortunate to capture this one during his brief visit on Friday evening.

Canon 30D: 500mmF4 1/ 60 Sec. F5 ISO 800

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hummingbirds-Camera Update

My wife loves to feed Hummingbirds and has numerous ones coming to her feeder. She placed some branches on the back deck of our house near the feeders and recently the birds started using them.

I noticed them before the camera broke down and took a few shots. It seems that they are using the branches more and more as time passes, so maybe I'll get more shots when I get a DSLR.

Canon 40D: 100-400mmL at 400mm 1/250 f5.6 ISO 800

Canon 40D: 100-400mmL at 400mm 1/125 f5.6 ISO 400

My luck must be bad, as B&H seldom has a glitch in their ordering system. I received a confirming e-mail, but no shipment notice. I logged into my account and saw that a spare battery I ordered with the camera was shipped on Thursday, but the camera order, which was from the used department, was still in the processing stage. I got the battery today, but not the camera and I Waaaaant a Camera! Waaaaaah, Waaaaaah,Waaaaaah! (Listen to the big baby cry)

I contacted them and was informed that the order didn't print in the used department, but that they would get it out right away with a free upgrade to 2nd day shipping, so hopefully I'll be back in action soon!