Tuesday, August 27, 2019

X Cameras

X - Shudder Speed

As you can tell by my latest posts, I tried to capture as much as possible from trip with my camera. After it was all said and done, I think I took almost 5000 shots. Of course, by the time I counted the duplicates and the inferior shots, I was thrilled to find I had several hundred decent photos left - not perfect but acceptable.

That said, I was in good company. Actually I was in better company. Most everyone had a traditional DSLR camera with them, and if not, a good cell phone with a camera. At one time I counted 17 cameras among the 15 of us using them. They ranged from a huge DSLR with an 18 inch long lens to sophisticated hybrids. 

With so many cameras there was no surprise when someone picked up the wrong camera and start shooting. It was a surprise to find pictures on one's camera that one didn't take.

The sight of a Capuchin Monkey would cause our paparazzi on board to quickly muster to the bow of the boat, hoping to catch the perfect shot. Tracey simply calling our attention to a bird in a tree on the bank would rouse the photographers among us to follow her gaze, hoping to zero in for a clear photo.

No one hesitated scrambling into a panga, camera in tow. Keep in mind these cameras and lens are not cheap, are not water proof, and Amazon (the retail entity) does not deliver to the Amazon (the river) with a replacement. We were all willing to take the risk not to miss the photograph. 

While stateside I was always a bit timid about carrying my camera in my very stable kayak that I had control over. On the trip I did not hesitate boarding a panga from the back of the boat, moving carefully to find a seat as the small boat listed from one side to the other. Oh, what we will do for a photograph. 

But there were also those times when I did not think about picking up my camera. Experiencing the wonder of the endangered Pink Dolphins frolicking beside the boat while we moved down the river was much more rewarding than trying to photograph them. Moving through a thatch roofed market while looking at locally made wares, was much more interesting than trying to get that great shot of the locals.

Often the experience got lost in the translation of the imaging. Even the best photographer cannot always capture the moment on Kodachrome as it is in real life. All that said, the images I captured will allow me to relive the experience for a life time.

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