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01-15-2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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And the journey begins....

So as mentioned in another thread, I became the proud owner of a new K10D today....

This is my first DSLR and I don't have a lot of experience with photography in general so there will be bumps along the road.

Tonight, exhibit 1, the first bump....

Fresh after unpacking the camera, getting it all hooked up, upgrading the firmware, I'm just as excited as can be snappin' shots off in my little apartment when I hear a noise outside...

I live in the woods and there is a family of deer that frequent the environs right out side my door... There they were.... PERFECT....

I sneak outside... the K10D starts up instantly and I start shootin' !

Did I mention it's dusk?

Uh, can't see crap... Hmmm, that's what the flash is for right???

More shots!

Uh, now it's black with maybe glowing eyes in the distance....

Ok, ok, time to start reading....

This is gonna be fun!!!


01-15-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Good to see you're so excited about your new baby. Take good care of it and it will reward you!

As for wildlife at dusk with the kit lens... Unless you use one of these

with at least one of these:

You won't have much luck.

Welcome to the fun world of photography, Ken. Now start saving up for them big toys!
01-15-2009, 04:03 PM   #3
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An ideal wildlife setup would be your K10D + the external flash unit plus these two:

#1 Flash extender

#2 Drool-worthy DA* 300mm f/4

01-15-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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i dont know about wildlife shooting but doesnt flash frighten some animals? whats the technique to using flash and wildlife?

01-15-2009, 04:29 PM   #5
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Yep, a shoe mount flash alone probably won't cut it. You really need that fresnel lens "Better Beamer" thing to attach to the end of's sort of a magnifying glass effect to boost the flash range :-)

It's digital, so all your learning experiences are free...enjoy ;-)
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For a real long-range flash, try an Rx container filled with magnesium powder and saltpeter. Insert fuse, light, and toss.

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