Wanted to start a thread on photography in the outdoors. Feel free to share some of your photos in the thread, however, it should be its own category. 1) What are some of your choices in camera and lens? 2) What tips and tricks do you use to get that great shot? 3) Why do you get out to hike and photograph? -------------------------------------------------------------------------- My answers... 1) D3400- I kept it on the low price range due to the environment and damage risk. Its good for small trips. Due to the laws and impact I try to avoid drones in the wildlife and I may eventually upgrade but I like the DX for hobby and prefer to keep FX for professional. 2) Try to stick to the basics. Do not over pack your gear. A single camera and two lens should be enough (usually a 12-24 and then a 150-500) as well as a battery for each day. I avoid the tripod and instead elect to use a tree and my arm for steady shots, and try to figure about 25 photos a day for memory space. One option for video is to skill the camcorder and go with the camera so consider space for that (maybe an hour per day). 3) My mission is to inspire others to get outdoors, build how to and review videos and just generally educate others. It is also a great way to challenge myself by creating challenges such as focusing on certain wildlife each hike, or trying to get a specific style of shot (such as a night shot of an animal). It teaches patience, learning habits of wildlife and the extra is a good motivator to work out and be fit.
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We should add the Chippewa Valley region, focusing on Western Wisconsin. This would cover Eau Claire, Chippewa, St Croix and Dunn County areas. A lot of these areas all work together for events, activities and more. We have the Red Cedar Trail, Eau Claire Co Forest, Augusta Wildlife Refuge and the Ice Age Trail that are in this area as well as Willow River State Park and Lake Wissota State Park.
Plenty of great recreation in Wisconsin.
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I know a lot of replies involve snacks so I will try and stay away from that. Consider making it excitable. Lets say you are hiking in Wisconsin on the Ice Age Trail... Consider studying up on the different wildlife, plants and vegitation along the area you are hiking. Being able to identify and educate along the hike would be a huge plus as well as preplanning activities such as swimming in a lake/river and such. Is this toddler old enough to use a camera? This could be another cool tool to get them excited. I would recommended combing a book of instects with photography and as they photograph each one cross it off of a list. This could also lead to an amazing hobby and even a future skill. One plus is you can help them learn the camera by photographing things around your yard, the community and local parks before a hike, plus they will be able to create their own memories as they go thru life. Also, brush up on bushcraft and get them involved in learning survival skills, bushcraft and camping essentials. Being able to make fire using a bow method, or knowing how to differentiate between poison and edible plants, could make a great game and camp activity. I recommend using "The Ultimate Survival Guide" by John Lofty Wiseman (otherwise I have a variety of books for free to download on my website heartwoodphoto.com). If your trying to avoid snacks, the above are great skill training and games that can lead to motivation, future use and also encourage a lifetime of seeking adventure.
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My name is Mitch and my passions in life are traveling, adventure, photography and inspiring others. Some of my goal hikes are Iceland, the AT, Teton Crest and Superior Hiking Trail.