For those who want to improve their photography skills…and that includes those of you who use compact cameras….learn to use your Exposure Compensation Dial. Get out your camera manual to find out which dial it is and then watch this excellent video tutorial explaining how to use it to get better photos.
I’ve missed a few days of posting photos because I’m in the process of putting together a second edition of my flora guide and I’ve been out almost every day hiking and photographing leaving little time for anything else. BUT, as you probably know, the flowers won’t last forever so I gotta get ’em while I can!
Yesterday I spent half the day with friends and representatives of the Maricopa Audubon Society and the Central Arizona Butterfly Association. It was a scouting trip for a possible bird and or butterfly walk next Spring. The area is in the North East part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and is one of the most beautiful trails in the Preserve. Because this area is at a higher elevation, there were still plenty of Wildflowers. To give you an idea of how much there is to see…..the trail is just 9/10ths of a mile each way but we spent 4 hours exploring! All in all, it was a very successful morning and I’m betting they will add this trail to their schedule next year.
Cleo and Cleo encountered their first cat in 3 years recently. We had just arrived at our campsite
in Monument Valley when a very sweet black cat came around. Cleo did not share our sentiments!
Listen for yourself 🙂
For my friends who are new to photography (or not), here are some very simple photography tips.
Memorize them or write them down and carry with you. They’ll make photography more fun!
Rick Sammon’s Top Ten Digital Photography Tips
Here’s a link to Rick’s YouTube Channel where you’ll find more photography tips:
Michael The Mentor – Lessons on how to use a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera
Here’s a link to his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelTheMentor
MomPhotographer – Especially for compact camera users
Here’s a link to her YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/momphotographer
For your amusement…..another Cleo and Cloe video. This time they discover tissue paper.
As promised, I’m finally starting to post the first videos I took of our cats.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we rescued Cleo and his sister Cloe!
Warning if you’re not a cat lover….Viewing my cat videos is like watching grass grow.
I can’t help it. Cleo and Cloe are so cute I have a hard time cutting anything out 🙂
(Video shot with a Canon S3IS – editing software: Vegas Studio 9 Platinum).
I’m testing a WordPress plug-in that lets me embed a video in a post. Since it’s so hot here,
I thought of a video I shot this past December of a hike through the wash that borders our
neighborhood. The sound of the water actually worked to cool me off 🙂
(I still haven’t figured out all the compression settings for best quality)
During the last 10 days on the road, I finally had time to finish editing video clips from last January.
I put together a short clip of the Wahweap Towers hike which will show you the scale of these amazing hoodoos. Most of the them were in total shade so photography was a challenge. This image was brightened by a software called PhotoMatix.