Monday, March 23, 2009,2:53 AM




posted by Rauf
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  • March 23, 2009 at 8:24 AM, Blogger Ruth

    Ahhh, so cuteee.

  • March 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM, Blogger kenju

    Such a handsome striped coat he has!

  • March 25, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Blogger intelligentwins

    all these wonderful creatures pose for u!!!! u r so damn lucky!!! :D..or may be they are lucky!!!

  • March 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Blogger oldmanlincoln

    Those squirrels are almost identical to those that we have here where I live in Ohio. Your green blog is very nice. I also enjoyed you walk and talk with the camel. You are a very talented person.

  • April 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Blogger Alicia M B Ballard

    such great shots!
    love these little guys...
    have you fed them?
    let them climb all over you?

  • April 10, 2009 at 11:41 AM, Blogger Hayden

    so intense, so cute!

  • April 20, 2009 at 6:38 PM, Blogger Hayden

    Rauf, could you give me advice on buying a new camera? Something not too fancy, but that is fast enough to catch action. My current camera is so slow that I rarely can catch Jake - it's always just a blur. Since I'll be living among a lot more wildlife, I'd love to be able to catch some of it in my lens. I don't even know how to begin...

  • April 21, 2009 at 3:26 PM, Blogger rauf

    Dear Hayden,
    i am a little out of touch with new arrivals from past 6 months.

    you need not get into mega pixels trap. A 4 mega pixels is just good enough. Right now what is available is a minimum 8 mega pixels cameras which is more than i need for my work.



    ideally i would suggest a Panasonic FZ50 a 10 mega pixel camera, its not new, its been around for over 2 years. It has a terrific 12x zoom which is good for taking pictures of birds and it is not a SLR though looks like one. Price will be less than 550 dollars I think you can get it for lot less since it is 2 years old.
    good for wild life and has good macro settings for close ups. If you get used to very slight, very very slight shutter lag you can take Jake's action pictures comfortably. And you can take multiple shots of action plus the video mode.

    at the same 550 dollars, the answer to the slight shutter lag is Nikon D60, perhaps the lowest priced SLR. Absolutely no lag. It comes with a standard lens. You have to buy an additional zoom lens
    costing another 500 dollars for wild life and birds


    This is not very heavy with standard lens, with additional zoom becomes heavy.

    A 6 mega pixel Nikon D40 would be cheaper and offers same features.

    Panasonic Lumix FZ50 with the standard lens you can do wonders with 12x zoom, without the hassles of changing lenses.

    Panasonic Lumix FZ18 has a better zoom. But takes little time for the lens to come out of the camera.
    And it is a use and throw type. Where as FZ50 is built tough, will serve you longer. Nikon D40 and D60 as usual are built tough. Cannons are not so tough. Only the very expensive ones are tough.

    I would advise you to check these cameras in a shop and decide. i would not advise you to buy the camera on line.

    i would be too glad to answer any questions Hayden, please take time to decide after checking the cameras physically, even if you have to visit the shop a couple of times.

  • May 8, 2009 at 8:50 PM, Blogger Hayden

    I just want to tell you how much I appreciate this detailed response. Just looking at these cameras is giving me an education. No decisions yet, but at least I have a sense now of what I'm looking at!

  • May 8, 2009 at 9:49 PM, Blogger rauf

    Dear Hayden, i forgot to tell you that these pictures of squirrels were taken with ordinary non SLR Panasonic Lumix FZ30, an eight megapixel camera. This camera has been with me for nearly 4 years now, still working well. Please do not spend a fortune on a still growing technology. What ever camera you decide to buy please see that it employs SD cards which are lot cheaper than CF cards and more reliable and you can get them anywhere as most of the top line mobile phones use the same.

  • July 23, 2011 at 6:56 AM, Blogger eniasang

    I have missed a lot in life .I know nothing about cameras but all your photos have taken me to a new horizon .(if my language is correct) sir could you please suggest me where to join to learn photography .
    im 50 years old and im not that much intelligent or rich to pursue all my wishes.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:02 AM, Blogger rauf

    ENIASANG, i have posted my response in your blog