The following are my hand-picked links to worthwhile sites on the Internet:
- Rich Stallcup's Wild Tendencies web page on the Point Reyes
Bird Observatory Web Site. Although Rich is most widely known for
contributions in ornithology/birding circles, he is one of the finest
all-around naturalists there is. The Wild Tendencies web site reflects
his widespread interest in the natural world.
- Joe Morlan's California
Birding Pages is the best single source for information on California
- Kathy Bigg's California
Odonata web site is a good starting place for those interested in the dragonflies
and damselflies of California.
- The Digital Photography Review website (www.dpreview.com)
is my favorite all-around digital photo site. It has in-depth
equipment reviews, comprehensive forums, and digital photo-related news
- Rob Galbraith's web site (www.robgalbraith.com)
is another great digital photo site and is oriented more toward the digital
- Juergen Specht's D1scussion
list is a great resource for photographers using any of the D1-series
- Moose Peterson and David Cardinal's nikondigital.org
site is oriented toward photographers using the Nikon digital system.
They also produce DigitalPro
software, which I use as the "front end" to my digital
workflow. Finally, they also co-authored "The
D1 Generation", one of two excellent books that can help D1 users
be much more productive with this new technology.
- Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to
the Nikon D1, D1h, & D1x, is an "e-book" that is delivered
on CD-ROM, and is a must- have resource for D1 shooters. Thom also
publishes The D1 Report: a
quarterly newsletter that is also distributed on CD-ROM.
We support the following non-profit organizations that preserve and protect
open space and habitat, improve our understanding of the natural world through
scientific research, and help educate the public about important wildlife and
I have found the following vendors to be reliable sources of mail-order
camera gear and optics.
The following vendors make unique products for photography:
- Really Right Stuff makes
the finest quick-release plates for cameras and lenses with tripod mounts.
- Kinesis Gear manufactures a
high-quality modular belt system for carrying photo gear in the field.
Their long lens bags are the finest made.
- Hindsight Ltd. produces
StockView and InView: software to help the photographer manage their
business and portfolio.
- Wimberley, makes specialized (gimbal-style)
tripod heads to support long lenses. I use their Sidekick
along with my Arca-Swiss B1 ballhead.
The following vendors sell products for the Digital Photographer:
- Color Vision sells
hardware and software products that help calibrate and profile computer
monitors and printers so that what you see on the screen is what you get when you print
an image. I use their OptiCal software and MC7 hardware puck to
profile my monitor, and ProfilerPro software to calibrate my Epson 1270
- LaserSoft Imaging produces
Silverfast scanner software. Silverfast replaces the scanner
manufacturers scanning software, and adds many capabilities that improve
your ability to generate high-quality digital images from negatives and
- Photools.com is the publisher of
IMatch, a very flexible image management database system that I use to track
my "digital negatives" (raw NEF files from my D1x) and to create
my gallery web pages.
- DDI Software's QImage Pro
can also read and manipulate Nikon's NEF file format, but it's strength is
in it's flexible printing engine.
- I use Panavue Image Assembler to
stitch together consecutive digital images to produce high-resolution
- WNSoft's PictureToExe allows you to
create great stand-alone computer "slide shows", complete with
fancy transitions, and synchronized music.
Other vendors who provide worthwhile products and services:
- AviSys bird listing software. I
have used AviSys to keep my birding life list for many years and have never
felt the slightest need to change to another product. AviSys also has
the ability to keep Herp, Mammal, Butterfly, and Odonata checklists.
They recently released a checklist utility for Palm organizers that allows
field checklists to be synchronized with the main database - cool stuff!
- ABE Books is the largest network of
independent book sellers. This web site provides a great way to find
and purchase rare and out of print books. This is an indispensable
resource for those trying to fill out their natural history library.
- I highly recommend Wings and Field
tours and Shearwater
Journeys pelagic birding trips from Monterey, California.