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Short guide with tips to photographing Haiti's Disappearing Biodiversity

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  • 1. Photographing Haitis Disappearing Biodiversity Ron Savage, Sierra Vista Images, Leiocepalus schreibbersi Indigo Beach Club
  • 2. Getting it right
  • 3. Hawk Moth 1/250 at F 8 ISO 1250 Had to pan with the moth as it flitted from flower to flower
  • 4. Tips for Photography Keep equipment covered to avoid dust Charge up extra batteries, have an extra charger Take a few shots when you arrive at a place to check out light Reduce the area you cameras sensor reads from as sun gets brighter Stay under ISO 800 Shoot largest possible JPEG, or RAW, for cropping Bracket in non-uniform light conditions Number you memory cards and batteries Order extra lens caps, you will need them Put hooks on your backpacks, in order not to lose stuff
  • 5. Photographing Butterflies Good butterflies can be in your yard Usually active later Careful of wind Watch your shadow Stay low 125-400 ISO Macro lense best Often with flowers Red and yellow best
  • 6. Butterflies in Action Myscelia sp. Front View -1/200 at F 3.5, ISO 125 Fritillary Top View-1/800 at F 6.3, ISO 200
  • 7. Butterflies Alighting on Flowers Side View -1/800 at F 7.1, ISO 160 Bottom View 1/500 at 5.6, ISO 200
  • 8. Photographing Birds Have your biggest lense on your camera 400-800 ISO Manual focus often works best Center weighted Be quiet Two photographers best Focus on the photo, not ID Backlighting often a problem Steady yourself
  • 9. Birds in the Bush Lizard Cuckoo 1/400 at F 5, ISO 250, Canon 70-200 w/ 1.4 adapter Hispaniolan Siskin 1/200 at F 5, ISO 250, Tamron 18-270
  • 10. Birds in Flight Juv. Blue Heron Side View -1/800 at F 7.1, ISO 200 Kestrel Bottom View -1/1600 at F 10, ISO 400
  • 11. Shooting Big Game Le Selle Thrush, 1/800 at F 7.1, ISO 800, Canon 70-200 lens Hispaniolan Spindalis 1/640 at F 5, ISO 800, Canon 70-200 lens
  • 12. Shooting Hummers and Todies Thick Billed Tody 1/320 at F 7.1, ISO 400, Canon 70-200 Antillean Mango 1/320 at F 7.1, ISO 400, Canon 70-200
  • 13. Photographing Lizards Bigger is better Acute sense of hearing and movement Some like sun, some like shade Often camauflaged Many species Feeding, fighting and mating Many endangered Rhinocereus iguana 1/640 at F 7.1, ISO 400, Canon 70-200
  • 14. Lizards on Rocks
  • 15. Lizards on Plants Anolis Cybotes Anolis coelestinus 1/100 at F 6.3, ISO 640, Canon 100 macro
  • 16. A Lizard in the Hand Anolis cybotes, Stout Anole 1/800 at F 7.1, ISO 200 Celestus stenurus, Keeled Galliwasp 1/640 at F 8, ISO 200, T 18-270
  • 17. Photographing Plants Sedentary Predictable Best no wind, diffuse sun Flowers ephemeral Different types of lighting Attract wildlife All shapes and sizes Many threatened Can be found in urban areas Taro Leaf 1/150 at F 3.5, ISO 400, Tamron 18-50
  • 18. Bromeliads and Agaves
  • 19. Flowers Datura flowers 1/320 at F 7.1, ISO 200, Tamron 18-270 Native Shrub 1/250 at F 4.5, ISO 400, Canon 70-200 lense
  • 20. Big Trees Mesquite 1/320 at F 8, ISO 200, Tamron 18-50 Forest canopy, 1/160 at F 6.3 ISO 1250, Bracketed to get the light right, late morning sun
  • 21. Shooting Big Game No large mammals Very few mammals
  • 22. Night Photography Moth Tarantula
  • 23. Finding the Right Habitat Semi-desert, Northwest Haiti Forets de Pins, SE Haiti
  • 24. What to do about people? People in action Local Guides
  • 25. What about science? GPS Websites Inaturalist National Geographic Smithsonian
  • 26. Identifying Species
  • 27. Still Life Shots Art Science
  • 28. Once in a lifetime shot