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Photographer Andre Denis  Andre Denis {Karma:66437}
Project #56 Wildlife and Insects Camera Model Nikon D200
Categories Wildlife
Nature
Film Format Digital JPEG High
Portfolio Wildlife
At The Cottage
Portraits
Lens Nikon  300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor
Uploaded 7/19/2009 Film / Memory Type Lexar Pro CF 2GB 133X
    ISO / Film Speed 400
Views 812 Shutter 1/250
Favorites Aperture f/8.0
Critiques 25 Rating
6.17
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Location City -  N/A
State -  ONTARIO
Country - Canada   Canada
About North American Painted Turtle sunning himself on a rock.
Taken July 17/09, on the Madawaska River, near Palmer Rapids Ontario.

I floated up to this one as close as I could in a kayak. I used a shortened monopod. 1.4TC, 420mm fl
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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 11/6/2009
Oops, I didn't consider the size of the tele, Andre, but you are right... So we remain still at being careful with our equipment, which is of course one of the basics.

And yes... indeed "interesting". ;-)

Cheers!

Nicj

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 11/3/2009
Very interesting:) But, I would need a waterproof box the size of a suitcase to enclose the big telephoto lens and camera :)
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 10/29/2009
Hi Andre!

You could just use a translucent plastic bag sealed by melding the sides of the opening. No worries, I can test it thoroughly and tranmist to you the false results! ;-)

But I remember some time ago, Aylin told me about a waterproof case she has that allows even underwater images. See for example:

http://www.usefilm.com/image/1478662.html

Still of course it would be a bit too much to buy such a thing just for protection but without really intenting to do underwater photography.

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 10/28/2009
Hi Nick,
I know there exist some protective covers for cameras called "body armour" I'm not sure, but I think they are mostly for impact protection rather than waterproofing. I was looking at the lens covers that the pros use when shooting sports in the rain. I might attempt to make one out of a cut up sleeve and shoulder of an old raincoat. :) In any case, I don't think any of that would help if I dropped the camera in the water. Maybe I should get a Nikonos. (scuba diving set-up) just in case.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 10/23/2009
Hi Andre!

First of all I wish you all possible good luck for the contests you are entering though I am convinced that your images will be (at least) very very pleasant surprises for the jury. Just wait and see.

As about camera protection, well, aren't there any such cases that allow quick adjustment without having to open them, make the adjustements and close them again? I just had the naive impression that they are designed for that, but now that you tell me I am not as sure about that... :-/

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 10/22/2009
Hi Nick,
Nothing yet from them. I will keep my fingers crossed. It is a long time before the judging and many great images entered, so the chances are slim. I will be entering another contest this week "Outdoor Photography Canada" magazine. Nothing to lose. :)

The problem with cases and such is that you always have to be ready to shoot. A lot of these animals don't give you much time, so you have to have the camera all set up and ready to go. I usually have the camera by my knees covered loosly with a large plastic bag. Of course that wouldn't help at all if it fell in the water. But good enough to protct from light rain, mist or splahing paddles.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 10/19/2009
I am so glad to hear that, Andre! Of course you had to enter this competition and I hope you will do that for other ones too.

So, what did they say? I hope (for them!) that they honored your good work??

BTW, about the "kayak images", wouldn't it perhaps offer some protection for your equipment to have one of those underwater cases for the camera? (Only an idea.)

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 9/5/2009
Thanks Nick,
Due to your encouragement, I entered my latest post. "Common Loon" in the Canadian Wildlife Federation's annual contest.
ps Another one from my kayak with the big lens. Tricky, but worth it. :)
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 8/16/2009
And you will do very well to try that, Andre! I am completely convinced of it, that you will surely be among the very top-favorites.

And thanks a lot for the info about "two legs". Very interesting. I will surely try that!

The case of your camera in shallow water shows once more how important it is to get reliable gear. The photographer will not always have a "well secured" place - actually most of the time one rather has to face all kinds of dangers for the gear. One has to really trust in them. I am glad that your camera proved to be such a reliable and well manufactured one.

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 8/2/2009
Thanks Hussam,
Glad you like it!
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 8/2/2009
Thanks very much Sam.
Glad you like it.
It's one of my recent favourite wildlife shots.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 8/2/2009
Thanks again Nick.
I will probably try a few submissions and contests in the near future. Thanks for the support.

My wife says I'm crazy for taking my camera and big lens in a 13' kayak. Especially since I did already tip one camera out in shallow water. (I quickly saved it with a hair dryer)
But, you can get places with a kayak that you can not go by foot. So how else would I get a pictuer like this one? Some of the animals really don't see you as a threat when you are not walking on two legs. Strange but true. I had a mink almost close enough to touch one time because he was curious rather than afraid. Mother Loons will feed their young right beside the kayak as long as you don't move around too much.
Andre

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Hussam AL_ Khoder   {K:79545} 7/29/2009
Perfect shot.

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Sam Kh Sam Kh   {K:19017} 7/29/2009
lovely close up, Andre
nice going!

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 7/28/2009
You are very welcome, Andre! And don't think that it is so difficult to go for a more professional way. Of course one shouldn't expect to get "honoirs and hymnes" right from the start, but it starts small and then it goes more and more in that direction. One has to just keep calm and patient and see if something can be "moved", that's all. It's just sending images, asking of they can use them, asking for some sessions, perhaps also with no guarantee that tehy will use the images, and so on. Such places like touristic offices or publish houses are always happy for some good images and always have an open eye for suggestions. So, I really think that you already reached a point where you could go for it. Perhaps just for curiosoty in the beginning but then... who knows?

I can imagine the mixture of tension and joy when you were shooting from the Kayak. Will it stay and will we avoid sinking? ;-) But this has also much of the typical "working life" of the photographer. Most of the time it goes like that and you depend on so many things that at the end a single good image can be of more meaning for you than a whole treasure.

Without any overexcitement here, I must say that wildlife seems to be one of your many strengths in photography.

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 7/27/2009
Hi Nick,
Thanks for the comment, especially the part about this being good enough for a nature magazine. :) Quite flattering, but I think it would be very hard to break into that line of work.
Even with the big lens, I was fortunate to get as close as I did to this guy. I was in a 13' Kayak. (Stupid to take the chance with my equipment, I know) He let me float up close and he stayed perfectly still in that same position for about 10 shots. Usually they are very shy and will not let you get very close. They normally just slide off the rocks and swim under water and hide.
Andre

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Nick Karagiaouroglou Nick Karagiaouroglou   {K:127263} 7/25/2009
Quite a brillant vivid palette of colors, Andre. The green background seems to play the role of the canvas very well, as it also anhances them by high contrast. The color striple on the turtle radiate in a very charming way.

The details of the skin are also great to see. This time I don't find the loss of focus on the right leg bad at all. I would rather say that the DoF, being smaller than the width of the turtle, enhances very strongly the look and feel of the macro. It makes it look like a small journey to the orders of magnitude of the animal, its own version of the world. The composition supports this very well too.

The timing was great too! I don't know if they move their head when they sun themselves, but the "pose" is absolutely defining the animal. (Some of them would cooperate with the photographer at the end! ;-))

A very good study and image. I think this one could make it into some magazine about the nature of the place.

Cheers!

Nick

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 7/22/2009
Thanks Alicia,
This is a personal favourite of mine.
I appreciate your comment.
Andre

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Alicia Popp   {K:87532} 7/20/2009
Magnífico primer plano!
Muy buena luz, texturas, colores!
Felicitaciones!

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 7/20/2009
Thanks Roberto,
I'm glad you like it. Come and visit my portfolio anytime.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 7/20/2009
Thanks Ray,
If I didn't get another image but this one over the last couple of days, I would still be happy.
I love the way he stands out from the background.
BTW, his head is about 1 inch from nose to the red stripes on his neck.
Andre

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Andre Denis Andre Denis   {K:66437} 7/20/2009
Thanks Dave.
I'm very pleased with this one.
Andre

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Roberto Baez Duarte Roberto Baez Duarte   {K:5317} 7/19/2009
NICE SHOT

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stingRay pt.4 . stingRay pt.4 .   {K:249945} 7/19/2009
Excellent details, great textures, beautiful tones and a wonderful bokeh. Well done to you my intrepid nature photographer. My very best wishes to you as always Andre my dear friend........Ray

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Dave Stacey Dave Stacey   {K:150877} 7/19/2009
Good closeup, Andre! Nice colour and detail!
Dave.

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