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  1. On ‎12‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 12:32 PM, Totah Sam said:

    I'm so excited.  I have a new camera on the way.  It has the full set up. filters, several different size lenses and a whole cornucopia of bells and whistles.  It's a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Professional Bundle. Ever since my house burned down along with my camera I've had no way to get pics.  Got my settlement from insurance so I thought I would splurge a bit.  The doctor has turned my illness around.  I told people on here I probably wouldn't live past Christmas but my health is improving and I can get outdoors again.  I'm tired of being in this darn bed.  I've been set up for physical therapy three times a week.  It's going to be hard on me but it means I can walk again so I'm excited.  This has been the most blessed Christmas I've had in years.  First I was going to lose my leg then they said my health was deteriorating rapidly and my outlook didn't look that great and now I'm on the mend.  Got a new aggressive proactive doctor and things are getting so much better.  The camera is supposed to get here before Christmas so this is my christmas gift to me.  You'll probably be getting pictures of  white-crowns, House Finches and a stray crow or two in the next couple of weeks.  Depending on my mobility.  Please suffer this fool kindly.  I've had a rough couple of years and I need a break.

    I almost take photos from my parked car, exclusively, for the last 5 years due to mobility issues.  Guess what?  The easiest are bird photos taken from the driver's side window.  Learn how to maneuver your car to do this.  Go out alone and put all of your equipment on the passenger seat for easy access.  Push the side view mirror back and raise your driver's seat higher, if you can.  Go out on Sunday mornings.  Look for businesses/schools (not open on Sundays) with lots or roads that border woods where you can park parallel to the edge, driver's side closest.  One of my favorite spots is a community college (birds and wildlife used to seeing vehicles) not open on Sundays (so no students on campus) surrounded by woods.  If you go on vacation, look for wildlife refuges with an auto loop where you can pull up alongside ponds (you want to be parallel to the edge not shooting through the windshield) and roads through swampy and forested areas.  There is a National Wildlife Refuge brochure with a guide for every refuge in every state that says if they have an auto loop sometimes called a wildlife drive.  You will also learn that shooting from a seated position in a sedan, for example, gives you great flower and butterfly shots in warm weather.  Scout local lakes, State and County parks, too, to find out which ones are best for you to be taking photos from a vehicle.  Good luck with your health and your new camera.


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