Fuji X-T2 and Nikon D500 Comparison

I took one of these photos with the Fuji X-T2 and the other with the Nikon D500. I had the 35mm f1.8 lens on the Nikon and the 18-55mm lens on the Fuji. I set the aperture and ISO to the same setting on both cameras.

The only variable was that I shot the poppy handheld, so I may have leaned forward or backwards a little in one shot compared to the other. That and the fact that the 18-55mm lens on the Fuji is image stabilised.

I don’t think that made any difference because the shutter speed was fast enough to copy with any camera shake.

So I am interested to know whether you have a preference for either of the photos? Personally, I think they are both good for colour accuracy.

World Giraffe Day

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Margaret Mead

“The question is: Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” David Attenborough

“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.” William Shakespeare

Map of African Giraffe distribution showing Niger highlighted and the location of the West African Giraffe population
Map of the distribution of Giraffe in Africa, with the location of the West African Giraffe population in the south-west of Niger (edged red)

Tomorrow, 21st June, is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is World Giraffe Day.

You may ask why the need to celebrate Giraffe Day at all? The answer is that if we don’t watch it we will not be celebrating but commemorating the day the last giraffe passed away.

There are 120,000 giraffe in the wild in Africa. Full stop, that’s it. Not millions of giraffe as there used to be, but just that small number.

There are four species of giraffe, and of them there are only about 600 West African giraffe left. All of them are in the south-west of Niger. To give you some context, Niger is the largest country in West Africa, six times the size of Great Britain and one seventh the size of the USA. Over 80% of Niger is in the Sahara Desert, and it is one of the world’s poorest countries.

By the mid-1990s there were only 49 West African giraffe left in the wild.

Then the Niger government partnered with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and other conservation groups. The numbers increased to the 600 animals in two populations that there are today in Niger.

What does it show? It shows that with care, redemption is possible. Animal populations can be protected and increased.

Watch the video and maybe think about how you can help.


male mallard

The mallard was there, but I didn’t see it because I was intent on photographing the Calla lilies. When I had done that, I looked around and saw the beautiful bird, resting.

There are some photographs that I take where I ‘know’ it will not translate from the actuality to a photo, but I want to take it anyhow because the sight was memorable to me. This was one of them, as I thought when I took it. But now, full width on the ‘page’, maybe it is nice.

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