Photographs/images in this website have been created using point and shoot digital cameras. While there is little debate that some of the latest digital DSLR cameras far exceed image quality with their larger sensors, more pixels and improved lens, I prefer to travel light without extra baggage containing extra lens, tripods and the like. When it comes to street photography I prefer out of sight, out of mind as I don't need the distraction of carrying something that can't fit in my pocket at times. Best camera I enjoyed until it got stolen out of my unlocked Jeep was a Fuji FinePix F30. The camera had almost total manual controls and produced some of my better images. It was one camera that I practically carried with me all the time in lieu of my iPhone for taking opportunity or unexpected shots.
Two of the point and shoot cameras that I have can offer manual adjustments that could rival some of the DSLR's in that they can be adjusted in total manual mode and also shoot RAW images if desired. The Leica Delux 4 is one such camera and the other is my Sigma DP2. Strange as it may seem, the Sigma, while it has a wide angle lens, It does not have a zoom. Zoom on that camera is getting closer to the subject. I have adjustment rings to facilitate the use of a 30 year old EagleEye 5X OptiicZoom that is not manufactured anymore. I attach that to my Leica, Sigma or Olympus cameras for bird shots. The Olympus cameras are a Olympus C5050Zoom, which is good for landscapes etc., and an Olympus C8080Wide angle. I also have an Olympus SP350,while much smaller than the other Olympus cameras, is capable of full manual mode and RAW images. Finally I do have one of the first Olympus DSLR, mirrorless cameras, that being the Olympus E-20. It weights a ton and with the rechargeable battery pack attached beneath, that camera would make a great boat anchor. I still like to shoot with it occasionally as it has a nice large piece of glass for the lens.
That above photograph is the closest I get to snakes. That is at the end of a stick. This one was in the middle of the roadway and I did not spend too much time getting acquainted before moving on.
The aerial photographs are created using hobby grade drones and two small RunCam portable cameras. The latest drone being used is a Hubsan X4 H501SS, which has a built in camera. This camera can take still photos and video at the same time. It also has GPS capability, which keeps it steady at any altitude and does not require registration with the FAA based on its' weight. However it is not to be operated greater than 400 feet in altitude and must be kept within visual eye sight as far as distance is concerned. The controller for this drone has a WiFi viewer that affords us to see exactly what the drone is looking at when we launch it. The RunCam cameras are wide angle and we simply velcro them beneath body of the drone when used. Total flight time of this Hubsan is twenty minutes with a fully charged lithium battery. If the battery depletes or some other problem arises while in flight, we can shut the controller down and the craft will return home and within a reasonable location from where we launched.
The above is a photo of the TCON 300 telephoto lens that I snagged off of eBay for a mere $19.00. I can't even remember what that lens was originally priced at, but I am sure it was at least equal to the price of the Olympus E-20, which I have it mounted to with a couple of step rings and a removal of one of the mounting brackets.
During testing I found that with good lighting, the Olympus E-20 with the TCON 300 attached could be hand-held as was the Downy woodpecker image below. The distance to the bird feeder is approximately 50 feet,