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==== ====Your Name Is No Accident! Experience The Peace Of Knowing The Right Path To Travel In YourLife! Get Your FREE Personality Profile Today! Check This Out:http://bit.ly/eosmkii==== ====I started out in photography using a Canon Powershot A50. I had bought the camera in 2000because that is when my first son was born. I did not want to miss anything as he grew up and Ihad never owned a camera before. I had heard of digital cameras but had not really ever usedone. This Canon Powershot A50 was a 1 mega pixel camera that had some neat features for thecameras at this time. No video or anything like that but I learned to use some of the features of thecamera fairly easily. It was quite expensive for my wife and I to buy this camera as it was around$250 and when you have just been married a few years and have a new baby that is a lot ofmoney.This camera lasted until my son was about 5 years old. I had began taking him fishing and hikingplaces with me and we took pictures along the way when we would go hiking. So we decided onefall in 2005 to go hiking and exploring in the mountains of West Virginia, when I say mountains Imean the Monongahela forest. There were so many areas to see and I was not sure really whereto begin so we started at the falls of hills creek and immediately I knew that I was in love withnature photography and particularly waterfall nature photography. We eventually made our way upto the Seneca rock area of the northern Monongahela forest and took a tour of Seneca caverns,which was a great place to visit and a got a few pictures inside the caverns of bats and variousrock formations. However, when we left I set my camera on top of the car and was getting ourthings arranged in the car preparing for our drive and inadvertently left the camera on top of thecare. We started down the road and after about half of a mile I heard something go tumbling downthe back of the car window. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw my $250 camera bouncing upand down on the road and pieces fly all over. This was very disheartening as we had planned tocontinue to spruce knob West Virginia which is the highest point in the state.I managed to gather the pieces of my Canon Powershot A50 from off the road and made up mymind that we were not going to get any more pictures on our trip. This was pretty disappointing butI convinced myself that the trip was not about pictures but rather about my boy and his daddyspending time together. So we continued on to Spruce Knob and while up there I decided to lookat the camera and see if it could be used even though it was in a bunch of pieces. I began gettingthe pieces together and believe it or not managed to get the camera to turn on by rigging theswitch for the flash card door. Even though the LCD was cracked in many places it actually cameon and I actually was able to take pictures with this camera that was stuck together literally with acouple small sticks and some tape. From this point forward not only did I realize that I loved naturephotography but that Canon was the best camera I could have.Once I began too look at other waterfall nature photos on the internet, I began to hunger for a newcamera. I thought that I must be able to figure out how they made the waterfalls look so smoothand silky. This gave me the unction to save up and buy a new Canon Rebel 350D in early 2006.
This camera was in my opinion the best camera I could have, although many others were muchmore expensive and had many more features, this was the first SLR I had ever held in my hand. Ilearned the different settings and was amazed at what aperture and exposure time could do to thelook of a waterfall or stream. This is when my nature photography website was inspired one daywalking home from work singing the gospel song "How Great Thou Art".After I had obtained a better camera I realized that the look and sharpness of a digital image didnot depend solely on the body of a camera but largely depended on the quality of the lens. This iswhen I became determined to get a better fixed focal length lens and realized the difference in aquality lens and a cheaper zoom lens. I wondered can photography get any better and if so whatwould it take to make the very best images. Although I lacked the funding to obtain a high qualityprofessional full frame digital camera I had the passion to still explore and take more and morepictures refining my skills and beginning to document each expedition in greater detail. I knew thatI needed to begin capturing our hiking adventures on video but did not want to lug around acamcorder.In 2007 we obtained a new Canon G9 which combined a high quality point and shoot lens with thelatest technology video and audio capture built right into a very small camera. This camera had thebest of both worlds and allowed us to hike and take great wildlife shots and even great macrofloral photography. This is when I learned that RAW image format was the best way to shoot sothat I could manipulate the exposure and color in post processing. Wow! I had thought jpeg wasgreat until I experienced the benefits of salvaging typically unusable images by processing themwith Canon photo professional. The Canon G9 really is a great little camera but it lacked the supersharp detail and range that my Digital Rebel 350D could attain. For the next two years I imaginedhow convenient it would be to be able to hike and take great quality SLR images as well as takenature adventure video at the same time with the same camera.One day in late 2008 I read about new model Canon that was going to be released and that thiscamera would combine super quality 21 mega pixel full frame Canon technology with not only highresolution video, but HD 1080p quality video. I said to myself no doubt this camera would be farbeyond my reach and must certainly cost $5,000 or more. However, I learned that this newcamera could be purchased for a little under $3,500 with a high quality low aperture f4 zoom lensthat also sports moisture resistant weather seals. This was without a doubt the answer to all of myneeds and wants as a novice adventure nature photographer. After several months of saving aplanning I was blessed with a new Canon 5D Mark II and accompanying 24-104mm F4 zoom lens.I have now been the proud owner of this wonderful camera for almost a year now and amconvinced that this camera is all that I will ever need. Even though there may be newertechnologies that come out such as 3 dimensional holographic photography (think I am kidding,watch and see). The Canon 5D Mark II will always be my favorite camera. This camera markedthe camera that brought me into the full frame professional market. This camera takes amazinglow light photography at higher ISO settings, I often take low light photography in the forest andeven take some night landscape shots from lofty mountain heights, it is imperative that the noiseof these images is kept to a minimum.Recently I have learned that I can connect my Canon 5D Mark II to my laptop and store imagesdirectly from the camera to my 500 GB hard drive. This gives me hours and hours of high qualityvideo recording and thousands of 21 MP images. No doubt I have a lot to share with this new
camera and I have only began to experience the wonderful quality this camera provides. So far Ihave posted at least 100 new 21 MP images on my nature photography website and I have to saythat they are some of the best images I have ever taken and they only keep getting better as Ilearn more about the 5D. The automatic bracketing features are really great and are helping me toexperience the wide range resolution possible with HDR.The live view function is truly amazing as it allows me to set up my 5D on a tripod close to theground for a macro shot of a mushroom for instance. It would otherwise be impossible to focus ona small mushroom very close to the ground while looking through a view finder. Then I can press abutton and focus and see the real results directly on the 3 inch screen. This is not only great forlive real-time viewing but it is great for post image viewing, as I can literally zoom in on a particulararea of a high resolution image and verify that it is in perfect focus before I even transfer andprocess the image on my local laptop. also, the automatic sensor cleaning system is great for anature photographer who frequently changes lenses in the field where dust and contaminants areinevitable.Consider some of the features and specifications of the Canon 5d Mark II but do not compare onlythe specifications to other cameras keep in mind that Canon makes a great product and that theircameras are rugged, long lasting and even if other specifications on other Cameras that start withan N are slightly higher I will always be a die hard Canon fan from the real world experiences Ihave lived through over the past 6 years as an adventure nature photographer.ForestWander Extreme Nature Photography Adventure Gearhttp://www.forestwander.com/store/ForestWander Nature Photographyhttp://www.ForestWander.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Troy_Lilly==== ====Your Name Is No Accident! Experience The Peace Of Knowing The Right Path To Travel In YourLife! Get Your FREE Personality Profile Today! Check This Out:http://bit.ly/eosmkii