The past few months have been quite hectic, leaving one office in Kenya on Friday, to resume duty in Nepal the week after. Moving, getting to know the city, adjusting to a new role at work, settling in, … and basically not having taken the time to pick up my camera, leave along do some serious nature and wildlife photography, …
Don’t get me wrong here, the photographic opportunities in Nepal are endless and I will not refrain from picturing a great scene or a genuine person such as Gauri Devi Bhatt and her son in the remote Dadeldhura district in Far Western Nepal.
Meanwhile there’s time to slow down and reflect, feeling good for now.
Before getting to the actual topic of this post, I’d want to point out that you are free to react to posts and/or to interact via the contact us page, or by clicking ‘leave a reply’ at the bottom of each post. I am looking forward to your feedback, tips, …
Now, without wanting to move into a material debate, I do feel it fair to share with you some information on the material I’m using, why I opted for it and what assisted me in making that choice.
In my first post I mentioned to have made the decision to invest in some new material. My 350D, although still good, has delivered its services and I felt that it was time to look for a replacement.
At first, I started checking out the web to inform my decision. A site that has been instrumental in doing so, has been The Digital Picture (as you may have noticed, links mentioned in my posts are also taken up in the side-bar for easy reference at any time). I decided to go for a new body and second hand glass (more about the glass in my next post). As far as a body was concerned I wanted a considerable upgrade from the 350D and this without having an unlimited budget to spend. This very quickly limited my choice to the 60D and the 7D. Proper weather sealing and my prime interest being wildlife photography (and not filming, meaning I wouldn’t be using the moving screen too often), the verdict fell for the 7D, a choice I haven’t regretted till now.
I will put my 350D up for sale soon and look for a 2nd body to be used with a wide lens for shooting landscapes and wildlife in their general environment, currently I’m hesitating between a 50D or 5D Mark I. I’m sure both of them will do a good job, yet once again, tips/opinions are welcome.
As per why I’m shooting Canon, well I happened to start off with a Canon and being used to the controls, … I stuck to Canon, debate closed, the material we use is a means to an end, a tool that needs the right vision and skills to create nice images.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing some work on the first PicsfromtheWild guest blogger as well, more about that soon.
For now, I will leave you with 2 pictures, shot last WE, something different this time, pictures from the urban jungle. The first one shot during a theet brushing session at St Paul’s orphanage, just outside Nairobi, the second one from an urban culture festival in Nairobi (had my camera with me, so might as well play around a bit ;-))