02-August-2011

“The Best Camera is the Camera You Have With You.” An Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature — Summer in New Jersey.

I was just reminded Monday by one of my VP’s at work that just got a Nikon D700 of a comment “The Best Camera is the Camera You Have With You”. I’ve seen similar comments elsewhere, and I think there is a book with this as the title where all of the images were taken with a iPhone.

I try to keep a camera with me at all times. Some times it is difficult with restrictions of having a camera at work (but then how many folks now have cell-phones with a camera). Not counting my phone, I like to have a Leica X1 or Leica D-Lux 5 for a small camera, and a Nikon D300 with a 18-200 mm telephoto lens or a Nikon D700 with a 28-300 mm telephoto lens (with or near me at all times). There are issues with keeping even a digital camera in a car during the summer when the interior temperatures can get very hot. I have considered using a cooler (but worry about condensation). There are also electronic coolers, but I need to figure out how they can process and send excess heat out side of the vehicle. Maybe during the summer I need to be driving my RoadTrek White Ram more often.

I am glad that I had the Nikon D700 with the 28-300 mm telephoto lens with me today. Just as I got home and started down my driveway I saw a Doe on one side of the car and a young Fawn on the other side. I slowly got out and got the following images of the Inquisitive Fawn. I kept looking behind me to make sure that the Doe didn’t think I was getting too close and charge me. These may not be the highest resolution images that I could have made with a pro D3/D3s/D3x and 400/500/600 mm lens and tripod — but were what I got with the camera with me.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 280, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 280, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 720, 98 mm, f/5.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 720, 98 mm, f/5.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 560, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 560, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 640, 105 mm, f/5.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 640, 105 mm, f/5.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 1400, 150 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Fawn. Backyard Nature in my Backyard -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 1400, 150 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

2 thoughts on “02-August-2011”

  1. Thanks. Bottom line is having a camera near by and being able to use it to the best of your ability and quickly. Practice, practice, practice. I think it was Winston Hall that suggested having a camera available at all times, and have it set up with some standard settings including in P “Program”mode so you can get some initial images quickly without worrying about settings. Once you have captured the initial image, then you can go to A “Aperture” mode or M “Manual”mode to get an even better composition. I have adopted this practice for the camera I keep near by or in the car.

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