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Collette Photography
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member since: 2/21/2005
  11 .  Of Cruises and Cameras
OK, I'm going on a cruise with my family in a few weeks, so I have two questions:
1) I want to get some cool pictures of dolphins and possibly sharks in the water, but to do that I would have to have my camera with me constantly on deck, and I'm afraid it will get damaged or wet. So has anyone else been on a cruise and got good shots? If so, when and how did you get them?

2) For some of the places that it stops at, they said not to bring anything in your pockets or purses, because they will get stolen. So how do I bring my camera for pic. without it getting stolen?
I hope the first question isn't too confusing. I wasn't exactly sure how to get my question across. Any helpful advice for taking pictures on cruises would be appreciated!

7/28/2005 12:30:09 PM

John Sandstedt
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member since: 8/8/2001
  I don't know where you're cruising, but I'd be really surprised if you will see many dolphins or sharks. While sailing, you'll be moving too fast. I recently went on a sailing cruise around the Greek Isles; nothing expected or seen regarding that kind of sea life.
If you're at sea for long periods, you'll be bored in that there's not too much to photograph. Oh sure, there's the ocean, clouds, sun, sunsets - but, in reality, the second day's pictures will be repeats of the first. But, departures and arrivals at ports of call, and the sites you'll visit will provide lots to photograph.
As for security, the bigger your camera the better. You have to hang it around your neck! A point-and-shoot in a jacket pocket is inviting to a pickpocket, as my wife found out as we went to the Isle of Capri on our Italy tour. She failed to hang the camera strap around her neck. You need to put your camera in a fanny pack when you're not shooting. But, why wouldn't you be shooting?
And, use the safes that most cruise ships provide when you leave your stateroom.

8/1/2005 2:51:48 PM

  I agree with John....keep your camera around your neck!

8/1/2005 7:31:25 PM

  I just got back from a cruise to Alaska. As John said, lots of boring water/sunrise/sunsets. If/when you happen to see dolphins/sharks, start shooting as fast as your memory card can keep up with both eyes open so you can see what may be coming into the viewfinder...and then delete all the partial backs/tails/blows when the show is over.
And if I'm not sitting in my living room, I have a death grip on my camera. Feel free to ask my wife....:-)

8/1/2005 8:03:38 PM

John Zimmerman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/20/2001
  I too took an Alaskan cruise with Holland America. When the ship appraoched an area with dolphins, whales etc.. the captain would announce it and slow the ship for the safety of the animals and allow us to take pictures. I carried my camera and lenses all the time. I was known as "Lens Man" for the entire trip. Enjoy yourself.

8/2/2005 4:42:28 AM

Angela K. Wittmer
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member since: 7/13/2003
  When we went on our cruise, we didnt have to worry about splashing as believe me these cruise ships sit like floating hotels (the desk is WAY up in the air), & we didnt get wet at all. Just make sure if you lean over at all keep a tight grip on the camera & wear a neckstrap at all times, even on shore. That way if they grab the strap they will not be able to steal unless they take your head with it. Also you may want a 300 mm lens if they (whales, etc)are futher away off the ship than what a standard lens might reach. Good luck... when we went on ours all we saw were some flying fish! It is great fun, & you meet some really interesting people (we were in Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, Bahamas, St Thomas, San Juan & Cozumel, Mexico)



8/2/2005 6:55:32 AM

Collette Photography
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member since: 2/21/2005
  Thanks everyone so much, Im so excited about going and I want to make sure I take every opportunity that I get to take pictures, cause I will most likely never get this chance again, so all of your suggestions are very much apprectiated!!!! We will be going to St. Thomas, St. Martin, and the bahamas, So hopefully there will be plantty of opportunities!!! Plus I have a film SLR so I will have to make sure I bring a ton of film, any suggestions as far as that goes? Also, did anyone have trouble with the staff on board as far as you taking pictures, cause on this cruise there is a huge digital photography lab and professionals on staff for special occassions ect..., will they mind me?

Thanks again for all of your interest and info.!!


8/2/2005 9:47:18 AM

Rhonda Journeay
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member since: 10/15/2004
  I recently cruised to Alaska and was lucky enough to have lots of opportunities to shoot humpbacks, orcas, dolphins and bald eagles. That may be different than your destination though since you stay fairly close to land for most of the cruise, but as everyone stated, keep your camera with you and keep it around your neck! I always had my slingpack with me as well just in case I wanted to switch lenses or needed a filter, so hopefully you have a convenient carry case that you can keep with you that will keep your camera safe to. Keep it on you though and don't leave it anywhere! As for the professional photographers on the cruise, they are usually set up to take formal portraits at different locations on the ship and while they will probably not let you pose yourself in front of their backdrops (there's usually a line of passengers waiting to get their pic taken), they don't have a problem with other camera buffs on the trip. If anything, I had some great chats with them about equipment, technique, etc...just not when it interfered with their job. Hope this helps and I'm sure you'll have a great cruise!

8/2/2005 10:15:21 AM

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Paul D. Carter

member since: 4/19/2002
  12 .  Desert Photography Techniques
What special considerations are there for desert photography (landscapes)? I will be on vacation in Palm Springs, CA, in Sept. and want to get good photos of the desert landscape. I will also be visiting Joshua Tree National Park. What film speed is best - print film or slide film? Polarizer or not? Please advise. Thanks.

7/18/2005 5:10:37 AM

  In my film days, I used Velvia (50 ISO slide) because I like punchy colours. That's a personal preference only. You can use slow film because nothing's moving. Definitely a polarizer. Not only is it useful for the blue sky, but it also cuts the reflections from the sand and vegetation and lets the colours come through. Other considerations: Do everything you can to keep sand out of the camera, lenses and camera bag. Take things out only when you're about to use them. Wrap equipment in Ziploc bags. In short, pretend you're at the beach and you'll save yourself many dollars in repair bills.

7/18/2005 9:35:05 AM

doug Nelson

member since: 6/14/2001
  Stick with late evening and early morning, and you may not need a polarizer. Between about 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., you might do well to stay in the pool, as the light is incredibly harsh.

7/18/2005 9:52:06 AM

John R. Sack

member since: 7/2/2003
  I visit Palm Desert (near Palm Springs) about a half dozen times a year. I'd suggest you add the Tram to your itinerary (I believe it is in Cathedral City); it is about 30 degrees cooler at the top of the tram than on the desert floor. Some beautiful high perspectives there. And (departing from landscape) add The Living Desert, an animal habitat in Palm Desert, as well if you take along a long lens for closeups of desert animals; go at 8am in the morning for shots before the animals disappear to avoid the heat.

I don't do much landscape myself, so can't suggest specific techniques. But watch for dust in the air that will obscure your shots. I sometimes will frame an interesting plant/tree against the stark blue sky by shooting up from below it.

If you go to a pond or lake (golf courses have lots of them) you'll usually find some interesting birds (egrets, road runners) but you have to watch for the light you capture them in to avoid blown highlights.

Palm tree silhouettes are easy/fun if you find a graphically interesting set of them.



7/19/2005 6:40:34 AM

David King

member since: 9/12/2004
  I take student fieldtrips and workshops to the desert frequently. Sand, as noted, is definitely a problem and the baggies are a good approach. Another problem is heat this time of year: it will be beastly hot, hot enough to heat-fog film and, if you leave a camera in the sun or car, especially one with a black body, it can drain the lubricant right out of it. I keep my film and cameras in a cooler and toss blankets on top for added insulation. I use a couple of small "Blue Ice" packets: I don't want it COLD, just to keep it at a reasonable temp, like below 75 or 80.

When setting up on a tripod for a shot even if it is not a view camera I use the white side of my darkcloth to cover the camera to reflect as much heat as possible. Without it the camera can get so hot it will burn you--not to mention what it is doing to the innards being cooked.

I also shoot all day long . THe desert light is all about timing and angles. True, the big landscapes are morning and late afternoon tarkets, but details and abstracts can be perfect in mid day. Sometimes I'll rig a scrim over a subject to soften the shadows or use fill. Also, especially at J-Tree, try some painting with light on the bizarre shapes.

And take plenty of water for yourself. Drink frequently, not just when you get thirsty. Take good sunscreen and loose, light clothing. Watch where you walk. Have someone show you a Cholla cactus and then be very careful around them: the spines have barbs and it is most unpleasnt to dig out a handful of them from some tender spot. Then get ready for some incredible shooting.


7/19/2005 8:15:16 AM

David A. Bliss

member since: 5/24/2005
  I love Velvia, and before I got my 10D, I shot a lot of it. But Velvia tends to saturate cool colors (greens, blues). Don't get me wrong, it will work wonderfully, but you might look into some Kodak or Agfa slide, which tend to saturate reds and browns more.

Also, if you don't have a graduated nuetral density filter setup, look into it. For sunrises and sunsets especially, but for any time the foreground and the sky have a wide exposure latitiude, it will help you compensate, and the photo will have a better overall exposure.

One other tip. I don't know if you have shot the desert much, but remember to watch the behind you. While you are watching that nice sunset in front of you, there might me some amazing sights behind you, lit up by the long evening sun. The red rocks of the desert can absolutely glow in the morning and evening light!

7/19/2005 8:46:04 AM

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Sandra Wortmann

member since: 9/23/2004
  13 .  Air Travel with a Digital Camera
I am going to watch my daughter throw at the NCAA National Track Championship, which is being held in Calif. I am taking a plane, and I need to know if there are any precautions I need to take with my camera! It is a Canon 1ds.
Thanks, Sandy

6/4/2005 5:26:32 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
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member since: 3/14/2005
  The main precaution you need to take with an expensive camera like that is to never let it leave your side! Bring your camera bag with you as a carry-on. Checked luggage is not a good place for valuables. The X-ray machine is not a problem for digital cameras or memory cards. Keep a tight grip on your camera bag when walking through the airport, getting in and out of cabs, etc.
Also, I hear that some airports will get very agitated if you take pictures in the airport.
Have a good trip.

6/4/2005 6:23:10 PM

Rick Richardson 

member since: 8/6/2001
Traveling through airports is where digitals shine. Just don't let the Canon 1ds out of your sight! And keep it under the seat in front of you instead of the overhead compartment, and make sure you've updated your personal articles floater with your insurance company before you leave.
Unless you can afford to self-insure these pricey little works of electronic art, it's a good idea to make sure all of your major equipment (like bodies, lenses, flash units) is listed separately and is up to date with your insurance company.

6/4/2005 6:29:36 PM

  Excellent advice, Rick and Chris! No problems with the digital on any flights I've been on, but HANG ON to your equipment!!

6/5/2005 4:10:04 AM

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  no flash

6/6/2005 9:10:58 AM

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eric brown

member since: 5/1/2004
  14 .  Photographing a Steam Engine
I am going to try to get some pictures of a steam locomotive and would like to know which filters would capture the steam billowing the best.

5/1/2005 8:59:05 AM

Bob Cammarata
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member since: 7/17/2003
  Rather than thinking filters, consider the camera angle to best record the billowing stack of a steam engine. The steam will be white, so try to position yourself where the background will be dark. This will show better contrast than if the steam were shot against a clear blue or cloudy sky.
If possible, try to get higher than the train and shoot down. This will help to eliminate any possibility of the sky being a major part of your background.

5/1/2005 11:58:41 AM

Robert Brosnan
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member since: 10/17/2003
  Steam may be white but the smoke from the stack won't be. Try to get a good angle with sun so it doesn't wash out the smoke. Also be aware of power lines and poles. They can ruin a good picture of an old mode of transportation.
Old locomotives are generally very dark so contrast is always a problem. Meter off the engine themselves if you want details.

5/3/2005 2:54:18 PM

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Thomas E. Harrison

member since: 3/15/2005
  15 .  Digital Images on South African Photo Safari
I'm going to South Africa on a photo safari with my wife and son in a few days. I'm looking for comments from anyone who has been there, done that. I will be using a Lumix 5mp with a 12 power optical lens. I do have a polarizing filter, tripod, and monopod. Any suggestions on what would let me bring back amazing pictures would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom

3/18/2005 3:46:00 PM

  Tom: I have not been to Africa but I have tested that camera. It has a built-in image stabilizer, so you should not need a tripod. On dark, overcast days, use ISO 400 for fast shutter speeds just to be sure of getting sharp images. But image quality is MUCH better at ISO 100.
Besides, you cannot use a tripod in a safari van. Most photogs brace their cameras on a bean bag on the roof or window sill of the vehicle.
See my article on getting sharp images in general at:
Polarizing filter: Also covered in that article.
Peter Burian

3/19/2005 10:50:24 AM

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  I've been to South Africa and it's an amazing place - great people. Treat your photo shoot like a wedding. Take lots of pictures and close-ups, if you can. Bracket, handheld light meter makes a big difference if you have one. The dollar is so good there, you can eat out all the time. Just remember when driving that left is right and right is wrong.

3/19/2005 11:00:45 AM

Thomas E. Harrison

member since: 3/15/2005
  dear peter and strictly D. thanks for the responce. I did visit your site and picked up some needed ideas. I've only owned the lumix for a few months and haven't tried everything out yet. I will make sure to take plenty of pics and use diff settings. thanks again, tom

3/19/2005 5:39:49 PM

Sam Ellis

member since: 1/12/2001
  Hi there, Well I LIVE in South Africa - so its interesting to know that one of the betterphoto members are asking questions.

A few tips are --- the sun goes down extremely fast and rises extremely fast. So dont dilly dally - it is fast. The "people" love having their photo taken so photograph freely. Some cheeky people will ask for money but dont feel obliged. Dont overtip ! Americans tip freely. 10% @ restuarants is enough and a small tip to carry bags is enough. like R5 or R10.

Best advice is to LOVE our country --we are very proud of it.


If you want to know any specifics like where to go etc you can e-mail me

3/22/2005 10:19:04 PM

Thomas E. Harrison

member since: 3/15/2005
  Dear Sam, thanks for the note. It's now 7am and we leave for Detroit at noon today so that doesn't leave us much time to chat. Thanks again for the tip about the sun. We have a six day stay at Zulu Nyala (near Richards bay) then have a couple days in Cape Town. Maybe I'll E-mail you when we get back and let you know how e-thing went. WE're very excited about the trip, tom

3/23/2005 4:25:34 AM

Pieter J. Roelofse

member since: 8/20/2001
  Hello there
My name is Pieter Roelofse and I am a South African currently living in Seattle, WA. I was born in South Africa and lived there for 27 years of my life. South Africa is an amazing country with fantastic, colorful people and I am convinced you will have an extraordinary time there. Seeing that you are going to go on Safari and assuming you will take pictures of wild animals, if your camera can take extra lenses, take the longest lens you have. The closer you can get, the better detail you will get. Take a beanbag, a great accessory when shooting from a car. The polarising filter is a must. Assuming you will go soon, takesomething to put the camera in like a pillowcase, it will be dusty because it is summer over there now and my mom and dad (who still lives there now) told me its very very hot. Sunglasses and a broadrimmed hat is essential and take the largest digital memory card or cards you can afford. You will be doing alot of shooting, trust me. One last point, enjoy your time there and have fun. I miss South Africa so much and I wish I could go there to visit my family. Haven't seen them in 6 years, can't afford to go. Anyway, have a great time, drink lots of water ( the water is safe to drink ) and take your sunscreen and have a whale of a time. Enjoy ! I envy you !!!

3/23/2005 7:36:17 AM

Kevin Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/10/2004
  I lived there for 15 years, loved it. Spent most of my hols in game reserves, there and in Namibaia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

I realise this is a little late, but perhaps it'll help others.
Photographic challenges are many...

Dust is a huge problem. Keep things as clean as possible and clean your sensor often. For film cameras, take some compressed air/blower brush and clean it out regularly.

Except at the beginning and end of the day, light is harsh and contrasty as well as very blue. Polarisers can help, but are generally not needed for skies - they're blue enough already. The contrast is a real problem, so frame tight and watch your exposures. More wide angle shots are, generally, best avoided dring the middle of the day.

Bracketing's really worth while and also take a few versions of each shot - it's an expensive trip and a little camera shake can wreck an otherwise outstanding shot. It's not as if you can go back and re-shoot.

If you get a cool, cloudy day, there's little contrast and shots are very flat and cold. Warm ups will help.

Sunsets/rises are generally stunning and you should make a point of looking for them.

Much of the landscape potential (and there's lots) is determined by the positition of the sun. It's usually worth assessing a shot, then working out when the sun will be in the right place and coming back for it. May not be possible on holiday, of course.

Lots of lovely opportunities in the cape, make a point of shooting Table Mountain from Blouberg Strand across the bay. The botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch are great for flowers and birds.

Wildlife is a must - long lenses (generally) but watch the light. Don't foget the birds, there are hundreds of species, from the little waxbills to the eagles and vultures. Many of them are very colourful (blues, reds, yellows, greens etc.) and when you're sick and tired of looking at yet another lion lying in the grass, waiting for it to move, shoot a few birds instead.

Be ready for action - travel with the camera switched on and easy to grab. If you've an older manual camera, wind on after every shot, preset the exposure - it doesn't vary much except in the early hours - and practice grab, frame, focus and shoot - you should be able to get off a couple of good shots faster than the digital guys....

On films, the higher speeds are generally not needed in the day. In fact you may need ND filters to get the exposure correct above 200ISO. I used to shoot Kodachrome 25 most of the time with a 500 lens hand held, but braced against the car.

Don't worry about a bean bag. Cradle the camera in your hands and brace against the car door. Breath out gently as you shoot. The pics will be sharp.

In the game reserves, assuming that you're not travelling alone, when you see something, stop the car quietly, set the camera up, then get your passenger to turn the engine off. Shoot. Not only does this stop camera shake from engine vibration, but it often makes the animal look up to see why it's suddenly gone quiet.... Too often they're so busy feeding that you miss the face...

Stay for a few hours at the waterholes. Animals come and go. Watch the bush to see the animals approach it. A giraffe will often spend over an hour coming down to drink, making sure there are no predatrs around. Buffalo and elephant, just come straight in, sometimes at the run...

I could go on, but that's enough. Just don't get so tied up in the pictures that you forget to experience the bush and wild life...


3/29/2005 12:10:31 AM

Thomas E. Harrison

member since: 3/15/2005
  Dear Kev, Just got back from S.A. and we had a fantastic time. Other than breifly looking at my pics, I am just setting down to see exactly what I have. What a Great country!Besides getting to take all the animal shots we were able to visit Table mnt. and some of the penninsula. Also we took over 68 Lbs of T-shirts to give to an Orphanage and were able to get some great shots of the children. Let u all know later how the pictures came out, Thanks for responding, Tom

4/6/2005 6:43:18 AM

Kevin Elliott
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member since: 8/10/2004
  Tom, glad it went well. How did the shots come out?

4/30/2005 4:47:25 PM

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M Fussell

member since: 3/17/2005
  16 .  Why Are My Photos Fogged and Grainy?
I've had a Nikon EM for years, loved it, and it took great pics even though my skills are limited. The camera was stolen, so I replaced with same model used from an eBay seller. I took the camera on a trip to the USVI, brought 4 rolls of film with me, and purchased 4 rolls there. When I got home and had the film developed, they turned out grainy/foggy/hazy. Some rolls had all photos turn out bad, others had a few bad and others good. Was the film zapped by X-ray machines? It was in my luggage, not carry-on. Frustrating as I have few good pictures of a wonderful vacation place! Any suggestions? Could the camera be defective in some way? I used Kodak 400 ASA film and set the aperture based on the light meter in the camera viewfinder as I've always done with a Nikon. All pictures were taken in bright sun, a few at sunset. I would appreciate any help/suggestions!

3/17/2005 6:40:09 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  I'm sorry for your loss. If you had the film in your checked luggage, it is almost certain that your problem is that was ruined by the X-rays. The X-rays used on checked luggage are much stronger than those used for carry-on and will fog all speeds of film. Never put film in checked luggage, not even in those lead bags.
Always bring your film with you in carry-on. The carry-on scanners are generally safe for film up to ISO 800. Plus, you can ask that the film be hand-inspected instead of scanned, though your request may be declined. To increase your odds of getting film hand-inspected: When you pack, take your film out of the box and plastic canisters, and put it in a clear plastic bag that you can hand to the inspectors. Include a couple of rolls of Kodak T-Max 3200 or Ilford Delta 3200 (ISO 3200 can be fogged by carry-on scanners) to force the issue.
See Kodak's Technical Bulletin - Baggage X-ray Effects on Film.

3/18/2005 5:52:17 AM

Daniel J. Nolan

member since: 1/24/2003
  I agree with above. Xray appears to be the culprit. I have written an article including sample photos of xray damage. See the article on my website: then under articles for details and, using lead bags to protect film.

3/23/2005 4:04:23 AM

M Fussell

member since: 3/17/2005
  Thanks so much for the info. I was never aware that the checked baggage scanners could ruin the film. Your links were very helpful. I was concerned it was either the camera or how I was taking the photos. Guess I'll just have to go back to St Thomas and take more photos! ;-) Maybe I'll just get them developed while I am there so there is no chance of them being ruined again!

3/23/2005 4:19:52 AM

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member since: 1/28/2005
  17 .  Traveling with a Camera
I'm going to be traveling soon and want to take my new camera with me. However, I'm not comfortable carrying my camera bag around with me when I get there, and it'll be too cold for me just to carry the camera by its strap. Do you have any suggestions on how to carry my camera inconspicuously while being gentle to the body and lens?
Also, are there any particular precautions I need to take about shooting when the weather's in the 20s and 30s?Thanks.

2/17/2005 10:20:32 AM

doug Nelson

member since: 6/14/2001
  Domke and at least one other company sell camera wraps, nothing more than a square piece of well-padded cloth with Velcro securing pieces at the corners. This is a versatile way to pad camera with lens, camera body alone or lens alone, depending on the size of wrap used. This frees you to use a beat-up, inconspicuous bag or purse that looks like anything BUT an expensive camera bag. I know someone who carries $3000 worth of Leicas and lenses in a pink diaper bag - a bit extreme, but he's never had a bag snatched. In cold weather, carry extra batteries and keep them warm in a pocket. Try to adjust your camera gradually to temperature extremes, or, at least, let it acclimate to cold or heated buildings before trying to use it, or you may get condensation on lenses.

2/18/2005 5:02:39 AM

BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/28/2002
  You may also check out the soft pouches from Op-Tech. They have so many options.

2/18/2005 8:03:54 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/17/2003
  How about a simple backpack? It takes longer to pull stuff out, but they are great for those long hikes between shots. They are inconspicuous, "snatch-proof", and can hold a lot of gear.

2/19/2005 6:03:51 AM

BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/18/2004
  i have a Pelican, and it's been absolutely great in all kinds of bad weather!

(doug--i think the 'pink diaper bag' may be more about keeping your expensive gear unidentifiable -- like carrying your laptop or something).

2/22/2005 4:23:21 PM

Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/27/2004
  Well, I bought a nice little SLR bag which was fine until I got a really nice lens. The lens would no WAY fit in the bag, especially on the camera. I then remembered an old camcorder I had laying around. It was one of those MAMMOTH models from the early nineties! I took it out of the bag and stuck in my camera w/ good lens. It's great too because the bag says in bold "CAMCORDER" on it--in other words--too old and crummy to steal! I like the diaper bag idea as well. Ha ha!


2/22/2005 7:50:19 PM

Fax Sinclair
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member since: 1/3/2004
  I use coolers. Mostly a soft-sided 6-pak carrier. It's padded, insulated and looks like someone's picknic.
When I need to bring everything I use a hard cool chest.

2/23/2005 7:46:09 AM

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Nancy J. Putman
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member since: 2/13/2003
  18 .  Travel Photography: Destination ... Yellowstone!
My husband and I are planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park the first week of June. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for the best photography sites for wildlife? Thanks!

2/3/2005 1:13:43 PM

Kenneth -. Rush

member since: 2/4/2005
My wife and I have been going to Yellowstone almost every year in the summer for 25 years. We have seen many things. The most interesting was the grizzly bear killing an elk in Hayden Valley.
- For photographing wildlife, I like Lamar Valley at sunrise. There you can occasionally catch the wolves and bears.
- I like Hayden Valley at sunset because of the quality of the light.
- I like the Madison River drive heading for the town of West Yellowstone during the day.

The secret to Yellowstone is to be watching the wildlife while everyone else is eating breakfast or dinner.

Also check out Fishing Bridge in the middle of the day for the overhead shots of the big trout.

2/5/2005 6:00:27 PM

Neil Shields

member since: 8/31/2004
I'm just a hobbiest photographer, and I will be making my first trip to Yellowstone in June, also. I found a book entitled "Photographer's Guide To Yellowstone & The Tetons" by Joesph K. Lange that seems very useful and a fun read. Hope this helps.

2/9/2005 3:49:19 PM

Kenneth -. Rush

member since: 2/4/2005
  I just got an email from Gary Ferguson, the author of "The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year". He has a new book coming out called "Decade of the Wolf" which is the story of the last ten years of wolf history in Yellowstone. On the shelves in April. This should help any visitor to the park this year.

Ken Rush

2/9/2005 9:52:20 PM

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member since: 10/30/2004
  19 .  Caring for Camera Gear When Traveling
I am going to Chicago in April and have heard the security equipment the airports use can be bad for cameras and equipment. What can I do to protect my camera while on my trip? Any advice would be great. Thank you.

1/27/2005 11:59:14 AM

Kerry L. Walker

member since: 12/21/2004
  I don't know of any danger to the equipment itself, but the X-ray equipment can be bad on film, especially fast film (ISO 800 and up). If you have any concerns, just ask them to hand-inspect your camera bag rather than running it through the machine. They are usually cooperative. It might be best not to have your camera loaded with film in case they would like to open it.

1/27/2005 1:20:44 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  Keep film with you in your carry-on. The X-rays used on checked luggage is much stronger than the carry-on scanners and will fog any speed film. Rather than asking for hand inspection for the whole camera bag (which is likely to be refused), have the film in a clear Ziploc bag that can easily be inspected and let the camera bag go through the scanner. Sometimes inspectors will insist that ISO 800 and slower film go through the scanner. Have a couple rolls of TMAX 3200P in the bag to tip the scales in your favor for hand inspection. X-rays have no effect on digital cameras and flash memory. Put them through the X-ray scanner.

1/28/2005 5:30:01 AM

Lucy S. Durfee
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/23/2004
  I keep all my film in a small dry bag and request hand inspection, and send my camera bag through the X-ray scanner like Jon recommends. Most of the time the inspector will insist that film up to ISO 800 can go through the machine, but I say to him/her that I'm a professional photography and I don't want to take any chances. I've never been refused hand inspection. But be prepared to wait 10-20 minutes while they open each canister and test it with the cloth.
Lucy D.

2/1/2005 7:14:02 AM

Sherwood P. Larkin

member since: 1/1/2005
  You also should keep in mind the danger one of those magnetic wands can do to your digital media. The Xrays harm the film and the wands can wipe out a memory card. Be alert to what the security are doing.

2/1/2005 9:04:35 AM

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Bill OKeefe

member since: 10/15/2004
  20 .  Traveling Through Airports w/Digital Gear
I will be traveling over the Christmas holiday. I have a Nikon D70 and some other digital camera gear. Can the camera and the compact flash cards go through the X-ray, or should these items be hand-searched? Thanks for any help or other tips.

12/20/2004 11:41:07 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  X-rays have no effect on digital cameras or storage media. Keep them with you in your carry-on luggage. These items have an unfortunate tendency to disappear from checked baggage.

12/20/2004 11:51:05 AM

Bill OKeefe

member since: 10/15/2004
  Thanks John
I was not going to check it but carry it on. I was not sure if the metal detector or the xray next to the metal detector was a problem
Thanks Bill

12/20/2004 11:58:49 AM

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