Open Studios 2017, Come visit us two weekends in October 7th, 8th, 21st, 22nd 10-5pm 910 Pelton Avenue, Santa Cruz. We have we new nature and travel photography from our trip to Iceland and some new photos taken in California!
In one month I have had three people e-mail me about what to bring to an Africa Photo trip. So I have made a list below-
Have a back up camera. I would have at least two batteries per camera and bring an extra battery charger too. Also you need to have separate drives to back up your photos (I use three drives), I usually buy Western Digital.
Memory cards are now cheap check to see the max your camera can take. At the very least I would have two 16gig cards or four 8gig cards or more, (that is assuming you will down load at lunch time) sometimes cards fail.
Two most important things to bring is a bean bag to place on the open window or open top of the Land-rover truck. The second most important thing is pillow cases long enough to cover your lens and camera, one bag for each camera. Dust is a huge issue you might be in an open land rover if your lucky, while driving I would place the camera in the pillow case. If you come upon some action you can quickly pull out your camera. You must must get a rocket blower for the dust, but don’t get a small one.
For the bean bag I got two inch REI drawstring bags double them up. You can pack the pinto beans or see if you can get the in Africa ask your tour person. You can also buy expensive bean bags from camera stores. Perhaps you can give someone the beans before you leave.
get a pack of these of lens cleaning tissue.
Also don’t sleep in the morning the Animals can be the most active, and sun rises and sunsets can be amazing. Don’t pack it in if it starts raining I have taken some of my most dramatic and moody photos then.
keep one battery charger in your carry on and anything else you have to have. You can learn allot from the Land Rover drivers they know allot of about the wildlife. And don’t forget the birds are amazing there too.
Don’t get distracted in the airport security in Africa keep an eye on your camera stuff.
Audubon Speaker Series
Midway Atoll: 60 People and 2 Million Birds
Dave Hartley and Jeanine Lovett
San Francisco: Thursday, July 15
7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program
Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge has opened to small groups of visitors again. This nature lover’s paradise supports 17 seabird species, including the largest Laysan Albatross colony in the world. Dave Hartley and Jeanine Lovett’s presentation is based on a trip they took to the atoll in 2009. Through photographs, they will show life in the Albatross colony—including Laysan, Black-footed, and Short-tailed Albatrosses—along with Red-tailed Tropicbirds, Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds, White Terns, and Laysan Ducks. They will also discuss the environmental issues affecting the atoll.
Dave Hartley, born and educated in England, has lived in the Bay Area since 1997. A passionate photographer, he has visited all seven continents, including three trips to Antarctica. Jeanine Lovett was born and raised in San Diego, and studied art and design in San Francisco. She works as a freelance graphics designer and, like Dave, is a passionate photographer. Dave and Jeanine were married in Antarctica
San Francisco programs have moved to the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center located at 1187 Franklin street (at Geary)
Wine and cheese Gallery Reception Saturday January 10th at 2:00pm at Keeble & Shuchat, 290 California Avenue, Palo Alto on the Second floor. Reception is from 2:00 till 5:00.
Dave and I have 47 of our photographs on display in the gallery at Keeble & Shuchat Photography. The collection consists of landscape and wildlife photography from the African Savannah to the frozen continent of Antarctica. The exhibitions runs Dec 2 through Jan 14. Keeble & Shuchat is near a Cal train Station and there is plenty of free parking.
Gallery exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto. December 2 to January 15th. There is 47 prints on display, photos range from Africa to Antarctica. Photos are upstairs on the Second floor.
Keep January 10th open for a possible Wine & Cheese party more details to follow. Keeble and Shuchat address is 290 California Avenue in Palo Alto, Near the Caltrain Station.
We went to Yosemite and had a great time. It was not the best for photos but it was great to be there. With the road work going half the valley is not reachable by car but you can still hike to spots. The light was not dramatic and there was not one cloud in the sky. But the amount of water coming down the falls was good. Not too many flowers blooming n the valley but I saw some buds.
I was hiking threw a meadow on a walking path and I can see a dear in the trees at a distance coming our way. So I freeze in my tracks hoping the deer will still head in the same direction. Even tho the deer was not close I slowly lower my camera bag and pull out my camera. By the time I have my camera out the deer is walking around me in a semi circle. After the deer walks around me I have Half Dome with a back ground and the deer turns around and looks at me and just stares. Dave gasps at the scene and starts to take his camera out. Then some guy in a blue Hawaiian shirt comes running toward us with the biggest binoculars I have ever seen. I saw him before looks like he was shaking out a tent. As soon as the deer runs off he turns around and walks away I think he wanted scared him off for some reason. I still got the shot.