Choosing what gear to bring with you to any new destination is a daunting process. If you are like me, you’ve spent your time pouring through forums trying to glean information about what types of camera gear to bring. In preparation for my trip to the forests and rainforests of Madagascar, I opted to bring a lot of gear to cover many bases (a lot of which, unsurprisingly, I did not use that much). In retrospect, I would have downsized my kit. For this trip, I had with me the following:
I remember the days – I’d take a few blurry shots here, a few underexposed shots there, and find the occasional decently exposed and in focus shot somewhere amidst all the not so good ones. I’d take a bunch of photos, and wonder why they didn’t look good – but I never dug deeper to find out why.
Oxbow Photo is proud to announce one of our photos (B.Vogt: Brown Pelican) was selected for the National Audubon Society, San Francisco Bay Chapter’s Annual Calendar.
If you are a lover of the outdoors and nature, consider supporting your local Audubon Society chapter or the National Audubon Society through donations, become a member, or purchase this calendar. A recent study has shown bird populations in North America have plummeted to all-time recorded lows, and are in desperate need of our help. All proceeds from the calendar support Golden Gate Audubon Society’s programs. The Audubon Society works to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for the benefit of both birds, but also for other wildlife and humanity. Audubon provides funding and manages programs for scientific research, advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation actions.
Finding a perfect camera bag sometimes seems like an exercise in futility. I’ve owned and also tried out tons of bags over the years, and very few seem to check all the boxes. For hiking and photography, I’ve always been on the lookout for a bag that strikes the balance between durability, weight, and functionality. As a traveling photographer, I’m often going to wet, humid, sandy, snowy or dusty environments where having a durable bag is a great asset to protect sensitive electronics and keep stuff dry.
In the past year, the world has witnessed a steady stream of full-frame mirrorless camera releases. We’ve got a full suite of Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless cameras (with more, including the A7R IV on the way), and newcomers including the Nikon Z, Canon R, and Panasonic S series. I can imagine someone interested in purchasing a serious camera for the first time would naturally gravitate towards these full frame models, if for no other reason than these cameras are getting the lions share of marketing attention. A bigger sensor must be better, right?
Around our neighborhood, the hummingbirds have been extremely active lately, calling out to one another from dawn to dusk. The male Anna’s hummingbird–the most common hummingbird in the Pacific Coast–is fiercely territorial, ready to attack any intruder into his territory. At times two males locked in bitter battle will dive down close to the ground and shoot back up in the sky, seemingly oblivious to everything else as they compete for the best perches.
Lately I have been renting some different full frame camera setups to test. The Nikon Z7 and 500 PF lens is a nice, nimble and compact setup for kayak photography. Photographing wildlife from aboard a kayak is rewarding, but can be extremely challenging. Not only do you have movement of the wildlife and shake from shooting handheld deal with, you also have boat movement due to wind and tides. The reward is that wildlife are generally less afraid of people in a boat, and you are naturally already at eye level – which can produce compelling photos.