DPS 10-06: nikondigital.org July Photo News

nikondigital.org July Photo News: Nikon D4 & Google Glass hands-on, Botswana & Burma trip updates, Texas trips announced

Face to face with a giraffe on one of our Botswana photo safaris. We hope you can join us in December!


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We will see lions, leopards, giraffes, hippo, elephants, and dozens of other animals on our Deluxe African photo safari in December.

Subscriber -- Welcome to DPS 10-06 -- Nikon D4 hands-on, Google Glass hands-on, Botswana & Burma trip openings, Texas trips announced...

We hope our friends on the east coast are surviving the rough heat wave. I'm going the other direction, to Alaska for our annual bear photo safaris, where it has been in the 50s or 60s most days. I'll be sending updates on the trip, but if you want to get a head start on next year, you can sign up for 2013 now.

Event Updates: (or skip straight to the articles)

We have only 2 openings for Botswana in Nov/Dec and Cambodia/Burma in January!

There is no better trip of a lifetime than our Deluxe Botswana, African Wildlife Safari, which we're offering in Nov/Dec, 2012: We'll be visiting 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.

We've had tremendous good fortune photographing leopards on our photo safaris to Botswana and southern Africa. Many times we've been eye-to-eye with these magnificent cats, like in this shot.

Leopard approaching our truck in Botswana.Nikon D300, Nikon 200-400mm lens. 

Our unique January, 2013 photo tour to Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia is also almost full (two openings), so if you'd like to join us don't dawdle. Myanmar is going through some of the most positive and exciting changes of any country in the world.

Texas Photo Safaris trip report & 2013 Announcements!

Texas 2013: We're all set for a return trip to the Hill Country during the peak of migration season. You can put down an earlybird deposit online for our 2013 Hill Country trip now.

From there we'll head down to the birdy Rio Grande Valley, for five days of shooting on private, "group-only" ranches. Participants are likely to photograph 40 different woodland species or possibly even more during the 5 days. Featured species include Painted Bunting, possibly Indigo, Varied and Lark Buntings, as well as Scissor-tail Flycatchers, Orioles, Green Jays, Harris Hawks, and Crested Caracara -- along with usual residents like Bobwhite, Scaled Quail, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia and plenty of doves.

This is a popular trip, so consider signing up early for our 2013 Rio Grande Valley trip to make sure and get a good room.

Please enjoy our participant slideshow online and see the kind of images
you can expect to get if you join us!

I got to speak with Sergey Brin about his amazing Google Glass project and try on the prototype.

You can read my thoughts on them.

David Cardinal trying on Sergey Brin's Google Glass prototype at Google I/O 2012


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Cirque du Soleil introduced an amazing new online experience at Google I/O 2012

Other News:

The only wildlife at Google I/O 2012 was the human kind -- unless you count the lifesize mechanical dragon, but it was a great proving ground for the amazing versatility of the Nikon D4 I'm reviewing. I used it to assemble a slideshow of highlights from the conference for Extremetech, many of them shot at high ISO settings in very low light.

I was featured in PC Magazine's Connected Traveler section. You can read up on what I carry and the tools I use for my photographic projects

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.

No DSLR is better than the Nikon D4 in low light:

Only with the Nikon D4 is it possible to take such clean shots in very low light. Even at ISO 6400 the D4 delivers, allowing me to shoot this image of Google announcing their new Compute Engine service at 1/750s

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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