After 202 pages, I finally reached the end of the thread. Whew! Lots of great photography here and I haven't even look at the first three threads... A few comments before I post some of my own pictures... See below... Good points. A competent photographer can take good pictures with any camera. The best way to improve your photography is to first learn all you can about the basic principles of photography and then practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to experiment. Digital is cheap. If something doesn't work out, just delete it. Case in point: Even though I have drawers full of DSLR cameras and fancy lenses, on Oct. 7 Pacific Coast Cruise all I took for a camera was a high-end Canon point and shoot, the G12. Macaques are Monkeys. The Barbary Macaque is unique in that they don't have tails. You can do the same thing with Layer Masks in Photoshop, but this is a much less labor intensive method. It's wider at the bridge level because the officers need an unobstructed view to the rear for maneuvering. I really should have joined you on this. All I did in Ensanada was lounge by the pool... I've been a member of the Photography on the Net forums for a number of years and I find most of the people there to be pretty helpful. I've made a bunch of friends through that forum. POTN is pretty Canon-centric, but there are places for users of other brands as well. You'll find their forums easy to navigate as they use the same software... Now, a couple of my photos: Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC. From last year's Wonder repositioning cruise, Vancouver to LA... Ruins of the Warden's House, Alcatraz. Wonder Pacific Coast Cruise, October 2012.