The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 9, 2006 · Page 10
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* A10 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 9,2006 Mathew Meyeres, left, and Hillary Newell, both of Hays, fish Wednesday in the receding waters on Ellis City Lake, which is fed by Big Creek in Ellis. The lake will be open to public fish salvage beginning today. Drought conditions resulting in minimal inflow have begun to have detrimental effects on fish populations at the lake. Continued dry weather might lead to significant fish losses in the near future. As a result, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has opened the lake to STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Daily News public salvage. This order is posted on the information boards around the lake. It allows the public to collect any remaining fish by any legal methods, as well as by hand, dip net or seine. This fish salvage order also removes all daily creel limits and size limits, but a fishing license is required. The only other restriction relative to this order permits salvage operations to be conducted daily from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. only, during the duration of the salvage order. 1-5J f»C : r i; KI Wednesday — The Hays Recreation Commission is interested in offering .a'fun course for dogs and their owners. During this beginner obstacle course, your dog will be challenged to go under, over and through obstacles while on a leash If th'is is a program you would be interested in, and set ub Wildlife photographers go digital Tl'1 By DEAN FOSDICK f ^ Thursday— Tntrbauc'iion'to'fly fishihgr?to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Hays Recreation Commission. The class is being presented by Lynn Davignon, fisheries biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and Steven Hausler, outdoors editor for The Hays Daily News. A fishing license is required. For more information, contact HRC at (785) 623-2650. June 16-17 — "Smokin 1 in Hell Creek" barbeque cookoff competition in the Hell Creek area at Wilson State Park. The entry fee is $125 per team. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS), the largest sanctioning body of its kind in the U.S. Cooking teams compete on a circuit and can accumulate points toward the overall championship honor, awarded at the end of the year by KCBS, by attending numerous events. This event will be hosted by the Wilson Lake Area Association and Wilson State Park. For more information, contact Mike Rader or Jeremy Zimmerman at (785) 658-2465 or e-mail them at miker(«>wp.state.ks.us or jeremyz@wp.state.ks.us. June 17-18 — Free Park Entrance Weekend at Wilson State Park. June 18 — High Plains Longrifles muzzle-loading shotgun shoot, 10 a.m., sponsored by John and Kay Risewick of Phillipsburg at the High Plains Longrifles range located 9 miles north of Interstate 70 on Yocemento Ave. For more information, contact Melvin Sauer at (785) 628-8530, Dave Schumacher at (785) 434-2881 or Dave Weaver at (785) 6392410. June 24 — Hays Bass Anglers Association sixth annual Big Bass Challenge at Cedar Bluff State Park, Cove 1. June 24 — Kansas Birds of Prey Demonstration at Cedar Bluff State Park, Dispatch Group Shelter, For more information contact the park office at (785) 726-3212. June 24-25 — Free Park Entrance Days at Cedar Bluff State Park. Youth afield COURTESY PHOTO Seth Armbrlsttr is pictured with his first turkey that he shot In Rook* County, S«th Is the son of Gary and Mirsha Armbrlsfer of Zurich. Sand your photo to Outdoors Editor, Hays Dally News, •P.O. BOX 857, Hays, KS 67601 TIERRA VERDE, Fla. — The predawn diehards are already there as you pull into Fort DeSoto Park's North Beach parking lot. Many are taking a last hurried bite from their sandwiches or screwing empty coffee cups back onto their stainless jugs. Responding to the call of a brightening sky, the early risers step quietly from their vehicles, shrug into backpacks and begin moving through a ragged line of trees toward a favored lagoon, mangrove swamp or the sugar-soft sand on the beach. Tripods, camera bodies and long, heavy lenses are balanced carefully on their shoulders. Most in this gaggle of photographers are carrying digital single- lens reflex cameras, top-of-the-line gear that can capture images with a sharpness and saturation that, until recently, could be had only with just the right film. Their low-light sensitivity— the ability to render color when the subjects appear as little more than pre-sunrise silhouettes — is top-notch. Because birds are busiest in the morning, that's important. These photographers are trying to capture "the sweet light" of dawn, which, for a few precious moments, coats everything in a smooth golden tone. Although there are still reasons why some people prefer film, digital cameras have made nature photography simpler, and possible even for novices, says Art Morris, a wildlife photographer from Indian Lake Estates, Fla. "It's a thousand times easier," says Morris, who leads instructional photo tours to birding hotspots around the world, including Fort DeSoto Park, home to more than 280 different bird species. A Canon contract photographer, Morris made the switch from film to digital three years ago. "No. 1, the cameras are equipped to give immediate feedback so you can see what you're doing and improve," he says. "With the average person, it takes five to 10 years to learn how DEAN FOSDICK / Associated Press This adult osprey dines on a fresh fish taken from the tidal flats near Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Fla. The photographer used a 400mm lens and braced his digital camera against a tree to help avoid shutter shake. It's always best to use a tripod, however, provided your subject is willing to pose long enough. to get the perfect exposure using film. But with five minutes of instruction (on a digital camera), you can teach someone how... with that, you eliminate one of the most difficult aspects of nature photography." "Do that and then you can concentrate on framing and composition and actually enjoy what it is you're doing out there, rather than worry about the technical aspects." Both film and digital can deliver quality images with the right combinations of camera and lens. It's a matter of weighing personal preferences and cost. Digital cameras began outselling their reloadable film counterparts in the United States in 2003, and it's clear consumer sentiment has swung toward the new technology Here's why so many birders, in par- ticular, are choosing digital: • Instant gratification, the so- called "Polaroid effect." Digital cameras have a liquid crystal display screen on the back so images can be reviewed immediately. The bird moved at the crucial moment? No problem. Erase that frame and take it over. The background's too cluttered? Move a few steps and take the shot from another angle. • Flexibility and convenience. Once you learn how to read a "histogram," you can find the right exposure. A histogram is a colored graph showing how dark and light tones line up across your image. Tweaking the camera's exposure meter can eliminate problems. • Sharing. You can display digital images via e-mail. There's no waiting for a package to arrive in the mail or running to the pharma- > cy's photo counter. • 'i •'.•' -' 'lin- ' '' > r •' Post production: 'Her& is/ where- you can make good on mistakes,, j MI made in the field. Did the built-in strobe on your camera give your . subject "red eye"? Not to worry. After downloading your images into a computer, use its digital darkroom to remove the malady. Got a shadow obscuring an animal's features? Select the "fill-in flash" option of your editing software to brighten unwanted dark tones. In many cases, a single keystroke can fix problems with contrast, lighting or composition. • Burst shooting. Many new digital cameras, including the less expensive point-and-shoots, can take five shots or more per second for upwards of 60 images. That could save the day if a pair of wood ducks explodes from a pond or a band of caribou trots by. • No more film to purchase. Buy a few memory cards and shoot to your eye's content. Simply erase the cards to be used again after the images are stored in your computer or another backup device. "The advantages of using digital over film are as long as my arm," maintains Dan Cox, a nature photographer and lecturer from Boze- nian, Mont. "The advantages of using film over digital are about the size of my finger." Some enduring reasons, on the other hand, for sticking with film? • Price. With so many people converting to digital, film cameras are being marked down. Using film also eliminates the need for expensive computer gear, unless you plan to scan negatives, prints or slides into digital files. • Storage. Questions persist about how long you can store digital images. Good quality print paper, if handled properly, lasts for decades. Whatever your choice, the pros offer one final tip: Know your intended quarry as, least as well as you know your camera. l' ; "The more you know abou,t your subject, the better your photos will be," Morris said. "It goes better when you know something a))out birds." ;i '\i nil Kansas family wakes to armadillo invasion in backyard flowers OTTAWA — Virgil Brewer and his family got an unusual surprise Monday morning, about a week before they were set to leave for Texas. "It's almost like this is an omen," he said "It's like Texas sent us a welcoming committee." The visitor? An armadillo. The armadillo had burrowed into his wife's flower beds, and the only evidence was the animal's tail and part of its shell, Brewer said. "It was a pretty good struggle to get him out," he said, adding the armadillo's strong claws made for a tricky extraction. Once the armadillo was secured in a cage, Brewer drove into town to figure out what to do. He said he thought about talking with park officials at Pomona or with animal control in Ottawa, but the more Brewer thought about it, the more he wanted to take the armadillo back to Texas, he said. "It was a long walk up here," he said about the distance traveled. "We're going to haul him back." Brewer, who lived in Texas be- seen," he said, adding that he won't keep it. For that reason, Brewer fore coming to Ottawa, said he once probably won't name it either. caught an armadillo in Texas. "This is the third live one I've But, "If I named him, it would be > Lone Star." no Should'a Used SOUTHSIDE 4Bwin&4p 9t yfi 9fJ Ifii

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