Yachats area photographer Ken Gagne is out along the Yachats River perfecting his mastery of his new Nikon P510 camera. He captured this shot of a river otter anticipating his next “cuisine au natural; “Salmon Carcass a la parfaitement âgé avec rivière verts.” Nearby, a no longer endangered bald eagle enviously surveys the scene pondering what left-overs might eventually be in the offing.
Ken Gagne is using one of the latest in a series of long zoom cameras that are now coming onto the market that don’t require that you drag along a shopping cart full of lenses in order to get the picture you want without having to get in a boat or walk a mile and then arrive to discover the picture has lumbered off, flown away or finished its meal and slipped beneath the waves. With these new cameras you just point, focus and ‘click.’ The P510 and others on the market like the Canon SX50, are really telescopes with attached record devices. But of course if you aspire to work for National Geographic Magazine you won’t get by with such photographic trifles as the P510 or the SX50. Spending $20,000 on the proper equipment will just get you started. Hence the attractiveness of these point and shoot goodies that bring the world up close and personal on a limited budget.