Type of Equipment Used



Type of Equipment Used

I'm often asked what equipment I use. Frankly, it doesn't matter. You can take stunning photographs with any camera you own. You just have to get out there and do it. The cameras used to make these photographs are manufactured by Canon. Canon lenses are used throughout. Twenty-six different lenses have been used, from 6.5mm to 500mm. Seven of the lenses are "L" series lenses, utilizing special glass or aspherical lens elements. The lenses I use most often are 17-35mm "L" series, 180mm "L" Macro and 500mm "L" series.

Film, when used, is usually low speed, high resolution emulsion. Digital photography has reached a level where it can provide image quality equal to 35mm film. Most of my photography is now digital.

The most used item in my photographer's kit is a big, heavy Gitzo 300 series tripod.

The features I look for in a camera are ruggedness, reliability, a depth of field preview and mirror lockup. So I use old Canon F-1 bodies, as well as EOS film and digital bodies. I have one F-1 that fell off of a 30 foot cliff and didn't need repair. In classes, I sometimes throw the battery away (it only operates the meter), play catch with the body (someone always drops it) and then use it to shoot alongside the students. Works every time. While I like the internal meter, it is not really necessary. Read The Ultimate Exposure Computer for details.


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Why Nearly All These Photographs Were Taken In San Diego

Many nature photographers travel a lot. I don't. My reasons for this are philosophical. Sure, I've tried Eco-tourism. I found that most of the truly wild places are already despoiled by too many humans encroaching on wild habitat in the name of eco-tourism.

While it's easy to say that you'd like to record it before it's all gone, you may find that your presence in the location hastens its demise. In addition, travel puts you in a venue for a few days or weeks. That's not enough time to truly follow the rhythms of nature.

I believe it is better to thoroughly record the wild areas adjacent to where you live. You can follow processes over time and begin to see the interweavings of the entire ecosystem. At that point, you can make photographs that are more than record shots.

If you truly want to do something to slow the human encroachment on wild places, begin at home (literally). Live simply, have fewer children and support the education and emancipation of women, world wide. If this is a surprise, click here and then quickly return to complete your voyage on this site.


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