Don's November 2016 Photography Newsletter
Don's Destination         Don's Tour Promotion
Don's Photo Tip            Anya's Pick of the Month

Don's Destination:

Borneo - the World's Third Largest Island

We are just recently back from our Borneo primate photo tour and it was incredibly wonderful, awe-inspiring, and full of unparalleled photography potential. Borneo is a massive tropical island located in southeast Asia and is home to an astounding biodiversity array. It is one of only two islands left where Orangutans still roam the jungles. Borneo is the only place on Earth where Proboscis Monkeys live. Bornean forests have been pillaged recently and it is an imperiled place but one where perhaps now the forward-thinking leaders, may just protect the fragile life that exists there. If you'd like to experience Borneo and photograph all its primates, including Orangutans before it possibly becomes too late - click the Orangutan image above.   

Don's Promotion:

An Inspiring Travel Book to Give as a Gift

I know many of you have a copy of my latest book. I also know that shopping for gifts around the holidays can sometimes be stressful. If you have someone on your list who likes travel and/or inspirational books then look no further. Purchase a copy of my book: A Photographer's Eye and A Traveler's Heart for that person and your shopping is done. I'll sign and ship all copies to wherever you ask me to (continental US only). Click the photo above or the link below to send this perfect gift to the armchair traveler on your list.

Price: $34.95
Bonus: All books are signed by the author/photographer
Order Here: A Photographer's Eye and A Traveler's Heart
Flying Birds

Don's Tip of the Month:

Tips for Flying Bird Images

Birds in Flight (BIF) is one of the most challenging types of nature photography that exists. Today's cameras are excellent but BIF still remains a very tough thing to get good at. Use these tips to get a start, then practice a lot, shoot, shoot, shoot and delete the blurry ones like everyone else does.
  • I do most of my BIF photography hand-held with a Tamron 150-600mm lens. Handholding gives flexibility to at least try and follow the bird in the sky.
  • You certainly need as much light as possible, so look for front-lit birds. You are trying to maximize your shutter speed.
  • Larger birds such as eagles, geese, herons and egrets fly much slower and are thus good subjects to start with.
  • I normally shoot in manual mode with a minimum of 1/1000 sec. shutter speed, aperture as needed (f/8 is a good starting point) and ISO as needed also (I use auto ISO but limit it from 100-6400).
  • Birds coming into the wind will slow down as they get ready to land and are thus a bit easier to capture. Birds taking off are harder to get, but if you can anticipate the take-off, it helps.
  • I use AI-Servo mode (continuous focus) and I have my frame rate at its highest level and I shoot short bursts when the bird is within my frame.
Image here was taken last week in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Taken with Canon 5D Mark IV and Tamron 150-600mm lens. Handheld, Shutter speed 1/1250 sec., ISO 1250, Aperture f/11

If at least 4 or 5 folks email me about a Spring 2017 Florida Birds Tour (Cost $895/person), I'll put this popular tour together once again, based out of Fort Myers Florida.
Agra, India

Anya's Pick of the Month:

Smiling Popcorn Man - India

This image of mine, chosen by Anya for the month of November, 2016 is a perfect choice for the Thanksgiving Holiday - When this time of year comes around and many folks have an endless variety and quantity of food, I think it's important to realize that happiness comes from within. About this photo Anya says "We were in Agra, a city of 2 million and home to the Taj Mahal. Don and I took a short ride to a bustling market where we seemed to be the only foreigners. A row of popcorn sellers caught Don's eye and this particular man was thrilled to the bones that we came to his area and purchased popcorn from him. He smiled from ear to ear with joy when Don also took photos to illustrate how he makes his living."

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