Friday, June 27, 2014

Wild Flowers Of The Vermilon River


Every so often I snag a scene photo that I like. Which really only proves that good equipment and a beautiful area are critical to the mix, not my talent! But still photography while it involves the viewer, does not capture the mass of a wilderness hike; the sheer magnitude of the forest,particularly when its in full bloom. Film/video does that much easier. The problem with SLR video while it offers the large sensors, and lens flexible, is that its an uncomfortable proposition, and to make it comfortable requires add ons and dedication. By dedication, I mean your SLR is dedicated to video, and you'll miss still opportunities. Although you can move from mode to mode,but the stills show the non-dedication.Its akin to adapting a donkey to a horse race. Click photos for slideshow.

  
White Admiral.

So I bought a used Canon Xixia HFS 200. Its small and compact, and fits in with my hiking mode, and the absence of a tripod. Quite quickly, here's what I don't like about it: It has no viewfinder, so you are still stuck with a screen in broad daylight. The screen is a touch screen, and I think the inventor of touch screens should be shot. The next model up takes a converter, which would convert the Zoom to 500 mm, which I would like also. I could move up, and the size would be the same which I like. But I'll stick with this for now and practice.







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Notice the sharpness of these photos. You won't get it in a video camera, because of the size of the sensors. White Admiral opposite. And with a video, butterflies are hard to photograph, because they fly so randomly. I'll talk about the software later somewhat extensively because its critical..

A post to: I'd Rather Be BirdingOur World Tuesday, and WBW.




Northern Crescents, about the size of your thumb.
Eastern Swallowtail in a wild flower patch
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Wild Lupins. The still photo gives no idea of the size of the wild lupin patch, but a video will.
Skipper on wild daisies

Dragonfly

Insect on Wild Rose

Show the movie and don't talk so much!! And where's the popcorn?

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous wildflowers and butterfly captures. And your doggie is sweet. Wonderful post.. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post this week, have a happy weekend!

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  2. Great series of photos and stunning butterflies.

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  3. The flowers, Butterflies and Dragonfly are really lovely. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Beautiful series of flowers and butterflies ending with a great photo of Bob!

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  5. beautiful photos. I love number 7

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  6. Nice post on the differences of video and still photography. Each has its own strength, that's for sure. I haven't figured out why I can't post my videos of Madera Canyon, but to do so would give the viewer a chance to hear the peaceful birdsong, and see the relations of things. My stills just leave that to the imagination.

    Your stills of the butterflies are just incredible! I loved the video as well, though, with the wildflowers. Both were excellent.

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  7. Beautiful photos of the butterflies and the dragonfly.

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  8. Once again...an incredible post.

    That very first photo of the sky reflection on the lake just drew me in to want more...and that you didn't disappoint.

    Thanks for linking up this weekend. It's always appreciated.

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  9. beautiful birds and blooms! and bobbi. :)

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  10. All great photos but the scenic one at the beginning is magnificent! I look forward to your post on software.

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  11. Beautiful wild flowers and butterflies.

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  12. Wonderful shots and I love the reflection of the sky in the first one. That's such a dreamy shot.

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  13. Your captures are all superb as always, Gary, but I have to agree your first shot is truly magnificent!! And I love the flowers and butterflies!! Bobbi does look happy!! Hope you both have a great week!

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  14. Such beautiful flowers and butterflies. I enjoyed the movie -- even without popcorn!

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  15. Boomer ~ great job ~ love the reflection photo and wonderful series of butterflies and flowers and love your dog ~ for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. long time no see. glad you are back. or were you even away, must have been me. but missed your beautiful nature shots.

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  17. Your pics are always crystal clear with vibrant colors.

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  18. What gorgeous shots! Love that first scene.

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  19. The picture of that swallowtail was exquisite.

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