Taffey, Kooly and Daisy
 
                                                          The Photography DSLR Adventure
 
        
  In 2000, I bought my first digital camera. It was a D-Link DSC-350 that could
                  take real "jerky" videos. It was less than $60 total (including shipping). Those
                  early digital pictures were the key to creating my first (and only) Website in
                  2002.... www.kwicklabs.com . The focus was all about the training, hunting
                  and testing of my Labrador retrievers.  It wasn't long after starting the Website
                  when the upgrade was a $190 Fujifilm digital. Those pictures were of a much
                  better quality.
 

                 
A few years ago, another upgrade did a great job as long as the photo editing
                  programs "spit out" a few keepers. The Olympus Camedia C-5500 has been fun
                  to work with. However, this year I began to feel that some of the really important,
                  spontaneous shots needed "more punch". The quality of my wide angle shots
                  left a lot to be desired, and I was tiring of splicing three photos together in the
                  Paint program to get a panoramic view. 
 

                                                               
 The Last Straw (Link)   
Olympus C-5500

                  The pre-SLR days are over. After months of "looking and sifting" through all the
                  photography forums on The Refuge, Avery, fredmiranda.com and the Canon
                  Digital Photography Net, I finally reached a decision about initial gear choices.
                  These "picks" were determined by the type of photography (mostly crop), initial
                  cost and availability. The budget was a limiting factor. Truthfully, "budget" is
                  spelled.....W....I....F....E. 
 
                    
                  First, I bought a NEW Rebel XTi body for $455 shipped. The second purchase
                  was a NEW
Canon EF 28-135 IS USM for $315 shipped. A beneficial aspect of
                  the timing was this lens is a relatively inexpensive kit lens being "skimmed" off
                  new 40D camera deals.
 Added to the body and lens combo were a lens pouch,
                  LowePro EX160 camera bag, second Canon battery, 72mm Hoya UV filter and
                  two 2-GB SanDisk EXtreme III CompactFlash cards. 

                  Apparently, the best time to buy is when the market goes through a transition
                  and the principle of "keeping up with the Jones's" is a non-issue.
 

                  After a few months of "experimenting", I should have a "good handle" of what's
                  next.  My guess is......go wider, faster & closer........
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens?  

                       total cost (all NEW - shipping and taxes) = $984 (really, really good prices!)

                 Purchases - XTi (Elan Remford) & lens (BBrat) on P.O.T.N., Adorama & Best Buy

                                          initial phase - can't take this equipment where it MIGHT get dirty
                                            next phase - I'll be very careful
                                            final phase - it's only money & special pictures are the goal
                                 post- final phase -
I need better glass        
 
                                  March, 2008 update - camera bag has two more lenses
                                                                 
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens
                                                                  Canon 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS
                                  March, 2009 intentions - it's time for better glass, but no cash 

                                 
December, 2012 update  - camera into the Mississippi River
                                                                   (end result = dead camera, but lens OK)
                                                                   purchased used XTi (same make as above - $250)
                                                                   AND a Pelican waterproof case 
                                                      note: I still need
better glass. However,
                                                                Paint Shop Pro Ultimate Photo X2 has
                                                                proven very useful in editing photos.
  
                                 
February, 2015 update - finally decided to "move up" again
                                                               purchased a new Canon 70-200 mm f/4L EF

                                          Old Photo Galleries & Special Pages (pre-DSLR)

                                            The Lesson (Link)
                                   
Olympus C-5500  
                                            Ribbons - Taffey, Daisy, Kooly (Link)       
Olympus C-5500
                                           
Alter Ego (Link)                                        
Olympus C-5500, FugiFinePix, D-Link  
                                            Water Training Areas (Link)  
                   Olympus C-5500, FugiFinePix, D-Link    
                                            Horicon Marsh (Link)                               
Olympus C-5500
                                           
Bluebill Boat Blind (Link)                          Olympus C-5500
                                            Gunny - Growth Progress (Link)               
Olympus C-5500
                                           
Daisy's Goose Daze (Link)                        
Olympus C-5500
                                            Kentucky Seminar - Puppies (Link)          
Olympus C-5500

                 
Most all of the photography is aimed at taking pictures of all things related
                  to dog training setups and hunting/fishing trips. A KwickLabs Website is the
                  vehicle which provides easy recall within a journal format. Photos make
                  recollections simpler and it is fun. 

                                 Here are a few earlier photos stored in training journal links.
          

                                               
 
                                                                                     2003
    Blonhaven Hunt Club cold blinds
                
     Stoughton field trial grounds
             
Stoughton field trial grounds
       

 
     
      Stoughton field trial grounds
               

                    casting drill
    Stoughton field trial grounds
             
          270 yard pattern blind
 Wisconsin Medical Center   
        

     definitive casting drill
                       
                       2004
 
      Illinois\ Medical Clinic property  
                
   Ottawa Field Trial Grounds (Wis.)   
               
        four cold blinds  210,184,
   
        
           149, 204 yards
                   
                       
 
      Gallegher Field Trial Grounds   
                

                   training alone/
         send backs & cold blinds
     white = marks - 159,153,163,173
  red = blinds - 178,177,166,159,184,179
     Stoughton field trial grounds
             
         
pattern blind - 270 yds
             
Stoughton field trial grounds
        

             tune-up dill
                     
                    
                     
 2006
 
        Macktown Forest Preserve
                

                  "solo" training
    marks = white 173, 71, 184, 147, 145  
   blinds = red 200, 75, 300, 175, 165 yds


     Blonhaven Hunt Club (area #1)

             
                  cold blinds
      
123, 160, 152, 125 , 148 yds|
 

 Stoughton field trial grounds      
        
            
triple set-up
           "in your face"

     
                  Thorson Pond           
               
             tight double & blind
       Macktown Forest Preserve
             
               four cold blinds
         BT's hay field     
       

           senior double

     
                                                                          Photo-Gallery Links

                               
                              Kwick Good "Stuff"

                            Kwick Drills Diagrams
                       
 Stickmen Training Setups

 
 
                  KwickLab's DSLR Adventure - 2000  
                  First DSLR Dog Photos - Macktown  
                     
                             
Old Favorite Photos 
 
                              Kwick's Screen Savers