Don DesJardin

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I have always enjoyed the hobby of photography, purchasing my first 35mm camera at the age of 14. Beginning in the late 80’s, I firmly got hooked on and discovered the world of birds and birding, and along with that, I began photographing them. After years of bird photography, I started thinking about wanting more than just static bird photos, and in early 2000 I made the plunge and purchased a Canon XL1, along with all the other expensive related items I needed. I retired the XL1 in 2007 and bought a Canon XL H1 Being a Nikon shooter and having a nice inventory of both Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma lenses, I also purchased a Canon video to Nikon camera lens adapter for the XL H1. My current working lens for most of my video work is a Nikon 80-400mm lens, which gives a fantastic reach for those less than cooperative birds, that you can never get close to.

The learning curve was not as steep as I thought it would be, because I already had a pretty good working knowledge of bird photography and what it took to get good results. To date, I have been able to acquire a good video library of mostly Southern California bird species, shorebirds being my favorite subject.

With the passing of every year, from the beginning to the present, it has been lots of fun and very educational. With capturing video footage of birds and bird behavior, I have been able to see and learn things that, at times, are not possible to see in the 35mm camera world of just static slides and prints.

I retired the Canon XL H1 camera in 2013 and started working with a Panasonic GH3 FHD 1920x1080 camera. The Nikon 80-400mm and Panasonic 100-300mm is still my lenses of choice for birds.

At the present time I have 5 bird DVD and Blu-ray, shot with the XL H1, and most recently with a Panasonic GH3. If interested in purchasing any of these, just go to birdsdesjardin.com/video.html and scroll down for all the details.

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