DPS 10-02: Southeast Asia in 2013, Nikon D800, Canon 5D Mark III, ProShow 5, ThinkTank Urban Disguise

DigitalPro Shooter -- 03/05/2012 DPS 10-02

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We've finalized the itinerary for our unique Myanmar & Cambodia photo tour in January, 2013, including a charter trip to the normally not visited Upper Irrawaddy river. The trip is already filling up so we hope you can join us

Subscriber -- Welcome to DPS 10-02, VERY LATE February:-), 2012: With the announcement of the Nikon D800 and D800e (and in early March the Canon 5D Mark III) the last month has been an exciting one for everyone. You can read our analysis of all three cameras, and in particular whether the D800 or D800e is the right camera for those of you who are looking for a new Nikon. We've also got reviews of the slick new ProShow 5 upgrade from Photodex and the Urban Disguise "PJ briefcase" from ThinkTank, as well as tips on using nik's filters and some thoughts on what makes for a photo fraud.

We've also finalized and announced our January, 2013 photo tour to Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia. Myanmar is going through some of the most positive and exciting changes of any country in the world. A peaceful awakening and move from decades of heavily-sanctioned military dictatorship to a budding democracy and private economy make for an exciting contrast between areas still shrouded in mystery living much as they did 1000 years ago and others which are quickly catching up with the rest of the world. We'll have time to photograph everything from historic temples in Bagan, Mandalay and the Shwedagon itself, as well as city and village life, monasteries, and pastoral scenery. Our extension this trip will be a very special opportunity: we've chartered a luxury teak ship to cruise up the Irrawaddy past Mandalay, to the seldom visited tribal areas for a unique glimpse into traditional Myanmar village life. Now is the time to go, before tourists begin to flood the country in the coming years! You can learn more on the trip web page or sign-up to reserve your space now.

Buddhists from all over Asia come to pray at many of the famous temples in Myanmar

With the new year it's also natural to start to anticipate all the great photo trips we have planned for 2012. We still have openings in most of them -- all popular destinations we've visited and vetted many times before! -- for photographers of all levels and for non-shooting companions as well. Our trips are small, personal, and focused on the clients. Because they are small, we work to customize them for all our clients. It's no wonder about half of our participants are multi-time clients from previous trips. Our personal guarantee is that you won't find a better offering anyplace else.

Our Texas Hill Country bird photo safari in April is beginning to fill up. It'll once again include only a small group of us staying and shooting in a pristine and historic ranch setting with custom designed photo blinds and setups, deluxe accommodations, and home-cooked meals, all right on the gorgeous Block Creek Natural Area properties. The setting is gorgeous, with plenty of hiking, sight-seeing and other opportunities for interested in a variety of activities in addition to photography. I'll be heading from there directly to our popular Rio Grande Valley birds of South Texas photo shoot, a long-time favorite where we also have a couple openings. For the ultimate Texas trip, join us for both!

We're starting to get sign ups for our July Alaska Bear safaris so now is a good time to sign up while you can still get your choice of weeks and the early bird discount. You can read my trip report from last year online or just skip to the 2012 Alaska Bear Photo Safari info if you'd like to join us.

First year brown bear cubs normally have a white-fur "collar" which they lose as they grow and shed.
This one is patiently waiting for his mother to finish clamming so that she can nurse him. 

There is no better trip of a lifetime than our Deluxe Botswana, African Wildlife Safari, which we're offering in Nov/Dec, 2012: We're accepting deposits for the Botswana trip already. It features three of the very best safari camps in all of Africa, so if you've been waiting for the perfect time to go on that safari of a lifetime, this is it! If you have any quesionts, please let us know by emailing safaris [at] cardinalphoto.com

You can see leopards in several parts of Africa, but being in a private concession
with only a few other people offers the best opportunity to experience and share
unique moments like this sunset with a mother leopard after a frustrating day
hunting for her cubs. 



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Fall Color in the Texas Hill Country courtesy of David Langford

Website forum Updates:

We're overhauling our nikondigital.org forums this week. After over a decade of running them in the now old-fashioned stand-alone BBS style, they will become fully integrated into the overall website. That means with a single login you'll be able to comment on articles on the site, post to the forums, and share forum posts with your Facebook or Google Plus friends. You'll also be able to log in to the forums using a Facebook ID, the way you can now to the website. The new forums should be live by Friday, February 3, with email instructions on updating your forum account going out to all of our 3500 registered users.

In a bit of a return to my high-tech journalism days, I've begun writing a bit for extremetech.com. Only a few of the articles are directly photo related, but if you enjoy keeping up with technology that may impact all of us eventually, you can keep up with my articles on their site. I covered both PMA (the photo trade show) and CES (the consumer electronics trade show) in mid-January in Las Vegas. 


Remember: You can earn great discounts on our trips with our new Customer Loyalty Program If you have a group and want a custom safari to any of the destinations we frequent, drop us a line at safaris [at] cardinalphoto.com!


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