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What type of Camera/Equipment to take on an African Safari?

Jun 2nd, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Just for drill, here are a couple of shots taken with a P&S set on full auto. I might have done better with my DSLR, but I would have had to changes lenses in both cases, which probably would have meant losing the shots, especially the Sunbird (taken from a car window.)

http://gardyloo.us/aug1718j%20077a.JPG
http://gardyloo.us/africa14J%20031a.JPG
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:18 AM
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Photoshop again. As a little exercise showing what Photoshop can do for images, here is the Sunbird image above from Gardyloo. It has been cropped and colors adjusted to "pop" more. Give this a few seconds to download, it ia an animated gif that alternates images between before and after. (I hope ).
http://tomgraham.smugmug.com/MAPS/Ma...14J-031a-3.gif

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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Nice shots! Car window for sunbird?,---luck helps too!
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Now Tom....don't take this wrong -- but I personally think the before photo is more artistically pleasing.

The bird is perfectly placed within the frame for perspective. The dark shadows at the lower right and the green of the plant stem focus ones eye on the blue and red hues of the bird. Once those elements are gone (or color corrected to be more yellow), the bird loses its distinction within the frame. The after shot is more about the yellow flower. While the bird is larger, it loses its perspective placement within the field of vision and rightful color value.

It is also the dark contrast of the bird against the white space in the upper half of the image and the yellow flower against the dark green in the lower half of the image that makes the original photo feel more restful to the eye and therefore more pleasing. Of course, this is just my opinion. While I love Photoshop -- its superb for getting rid of that annoying blue cast in underwater photos, it can be over used.

My point being that we all have our own version of good, bad, correct, better, best, perfect. "Beauty is in the eye" ........whatever, whatever, etc etc.

Gardyloo -- an aboslutely stunning photo. A prize winner for sure. And who cares how you got it --- you got it!
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 11:43 AM
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In our photo club's bi-monthly competitions, we have a "nature" category in which one isn't allowed to do more than cropping and basic brightness adjustments - no fooling with saturation or other Photoshoppy manipulations allowed. (We have other categories for projected images where the sky's the limit.) The Sunbird image is pretty much straight-from-the-camera.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 11:47 AM
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With due respects to tom I agree with TC - I prefer the original photo better. Losing the right side of the flower in the cropped version led me eye right out of the frame for one thing. But an interesting exercise. Thanks.

Gardyloo, amazing shot indeed - a sun bird from a car window! I struggled for days to get a decent shot of a darn Lilac-breasted Roller. Nice work!
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:50 PM
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Gardyloo, may I ask which make/model P&S you used to take those two wonderful photos? I have been considering the Panasonic DMC-FZ150. That sunbird photo is just beautiful.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:27 PM
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From image info with those two Gardyloo photos they were taken in 2006 and 2007. If true, you can be sure those model cameras longer available as new. P&S models change yearly.

Dpreveiwed the KZ150 and liked it here -
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcfz150

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Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
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Gardyloo, may I ask which make/model P&S you used to take those two wonderful photos?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 or FZ8 (had both, one stolen then replaced.)
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Jun 4th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Pixelpower,

I'm on your side.

There's no way a Point-n-Shoot can compete with a decent DSLR camera if you know how to use it.

I've read many people write that they'll start in automatice mode and progress from there. You won't because you won't learn.

Do not go below Av or Tv mode where you set either a shutter speed or lens aperture and the camera sets the other.

Learn the variable of ISO, shutter speed and aperture and how to make adjustments to them.

For "normal" trips i always recommend wider than longer. However, for wildlife you need longer.

Other than for wildlife I only travel with one lens. A Canon 15-85. It's sharp at every setting and my camera (Canon T2i) has excellent high ISO performance. That means when I walk into a building or in the evening I just bump up the ISO and get very clean (to my eyes) images at ISO3200. I can go up to 6400 or 12800 but then I run it though noise reduction software.

Whatever decision you make be sure to practice with it for a while prior to the trip.
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Jun 13th, 2012, 04:58 AM
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Thank for your inputs. I bought a D5100 m watched the Nikon Guide to DSLR photography and even took a Composition class.b
I am also practicing on daily basis.
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Jun 13th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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Good for you! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! And be sure to give us all a report when you return.
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Jun 13th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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Perfect! Have fun with your new toy and have a fabulous trip!
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Jun 14th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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LA, congrats on the camera. What lens(es) did you get?
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Jun 15th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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I got 18-55 and 55-300 and a monopod.
Hopefully can share some pictures with everyone.
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