Camera Review: Canon G10/G11

Photographing the Madison River with the Canon G10

Photographing the Madison River with the Canon G10 (while wearing fingerless buffalo fiber gloves). This camera is excellent for taking to Yellowstone National Park.

The Canon G10, and now the G11 [Amazon link], is an ideal camera for taking to Yellowstone National Park.┬áIt can (just barely) fit into your pants pocket, and easily fit into your jacket or purse, so you’ll always have it within reach.

And you always want a camera within reach at the park.

I’ve been driving through on dreary, grey days and it moments the clouds change and there is a stunning landscape. You need to pull out a camera, fast, because those conditions don’t last long. Carrying 35 mm equipment all the time can be a hassle, but with the G10 or G11 you’ll be able to take a quality photo.

Here are the features of this camera that I find especially well-suited for Yellowstone:

Fast start time. A buffalo, a moose in the road, and eagle flying: they are everywhere, but you just can’t predict when. I’ve never missed a shot waiting for the camera to turn on. What this also means is that you let the camera shut down to save battery life and not worry about it causing you to miss shots.

Long battery life. Will it last an entire week? Probably not, I’ve never been out during the day and had the battery go dead, and have gone two days. For 35mm cameras I always get a second battery, but I don’t feel the need for the G10/G11. Just remember to recharge at night.

Mountain range in Yellowstone National Park taken using the G10's stitch assist. It's actually two pictures merged together so I could get more of the mountains in the picture.

Mountain range in Yellowstone National Park taken using the G10's stitch assist. It's actually two pictures merged together so I could get more of the mountains in the picture.

Stitch assist. You’ll be photographing the grand mountain vistas in Yellowstone and to get even more coverage, the G10/G11 offers “stitch assist”. This is when you take two, three or more photos side-by-side and in your computer attach them to together for a very wide shot. The camera will show your previous shot and let you line up the new one against it. This is very handy so that you don’t miss a section.

Mount Haynes picture taken with the Canon G10 in macro mode.

Macro Mode. Why list macro mode? When I’m in a place like Yellowstone I don’t feel like taking pictures of tiny things like mushrooms, which could be found anywhere. I want to capture the essence of the location. Take a look at this photo with Mount Haynes in the background.

I used macro mode to focus up close on the flower, while positioning the mountain in the background. The macro setting throws the background slightly out of focus, creating a feeling of depth. If I didn’t have macro mode, I couldn’t have gotten this shot.

Rapid shooting. For the Yellowstone mud bubbles, the best thing to do is hold down the shutter button and takes lots of shots. One of them is bound to turn out. The G10/G11 has a burst mode so that you can get your Yellowstone mud bubble shot.

This camera is great for beginners who are interested in becoming more creative with their photography, and good for advanced photographers who want an easy-to-carry back-up camera to their big and heavy camera bags.

The handling and feel of this camera is a joy and you won’t be disappointed.

Note: All of the pictures here were taken with the Canon G10. The latest model is called the G11 which is better in every respect, so you definitely want to buy that one, though there’s nothing wrong with the G10 if you can get a good price on one.

Need more information? Canadian photographer Darwin Wiggett gives his G11 review here. (We all wish he would photograph Yellowstone with his distinctive style in capturing mountain light. Encourage him!)

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Fishing with Bison Fiber Gloves

Fishing with Buffalo Fiber Gloves

This winter while ice fishing at Hebgen Lake, just outside of West Yellowstone, I wandered away from the poles to find a new place because nothing was biting.

At that moment my friend started yelling: “You’ve got a fish.”

I turned around and saw the pole tipping deep into the hole. I started running back yelling “reel him in.”

Just as I reached the hole my friend was pulling it out of the water. I could see the fish’s head and part of his body, when it happened: the line broke.

So I did what you would have done. I put my hands together and dived arms-first into the 12-inch wide hole. Up to my biceps in icy water I felt the fish, grabbed the fish, and hauled him out of the water.

In that situation you don’t have time to take off your gloves, and I had been wearing my bison fiber fingerless ones. I took them off, wrung out the water, and then slipped them back on.

I could tell they were heavier than normal, but it wasn’t uncomfortable wearing them. Something like cotton would have been sticky and soggy, but not these. In about five minutes with the breeze they were completely dry.

I’ve just added a page on my online store with more information about fly-fishing with these gloves – the season is almost here in Yellowstone. You can visit the page here, or head directly to my gloves section and order yours today.

Brown Trout caught with Bison Fiber Gloves

I cleaned this fish on-location in the snow while wearing my bison fiber fingerless gloves. They were as good as new after throwing them into the washing machine.

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