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on Jul 11, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

RRS B150-B – 07.11.06

Man…micro heavy lately…can you tell what my current project involves? Really Right Stuff is now shipping their new B150-B Focusing Rail and man, it’s sweet! All Arca Swiss style dove & tail for easy on/off. Quick slide button on the side of the clamp, lockable stage, 150mm of ruled rail that can be accessed with smooth geared percesion, it’s a work of art that’s a killer tool! I recommend getting the B150-B Package which permits you to attach either a body to the B150-B or a collared lens like the 70-80 or 200micro via their LMT system. I really appreciate having the ability to set the magnification I require on the lens and then with a simple turn of the knob on the B150-B, “zoom” right in on the subject for percise focus. The geared action is not only smooth, but very precise for critical focus. Coupled with the BH-55, this is a great rig for macro photography. Now, if RRS could only do something about the wind when...

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on Jul 7, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

NX Trail Version Posted – 07.07.06

Capture NX has been released for public trial. You can download it here for Windows and here for Mac . You need to head to your local Nikon site for purchase information. Being one of the original Beta testers, I can tell you firsthand that NX has changed the way I process my images in post (and influenced my photography). This is a program for photographers who get it right, right from the start and want the ulitmate in finishing software (which includes scans saved as Nefs)! You don’t have to be a Nikon shooter to use the power of NX, it works its magic on Tiffs from any...

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on Jul 5, 2006 in Random Thoughts

It Takes Two – 07.07.06

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only kid who was told this by their mom’s growing up. I’ve always thought though of this phrase in a totally different way other then arguments between siblings. It’s a phrase that holds a different meaning for me now. Basically that we’re not alone in our pursuits, that’s a good thing. But it goes beyond even that. It takes two, photographic tools, a camera body and lens. Without the perfect marriage of camera body and lens, what it we see is not what we’ll be able to capture and more importantly communicate to others. Like so many elements in photography, this very obvious necessity is still one not always obtained by most photographers. They’re out there waiting for each and everyone of us, we just have to find the right combo for ourselves. It takes two, film and vision to bring full color to our communication. Whether you’re shooting conventional or digital, color is a critical part of our vision and communication. Our...

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on Jul 1, 2006 in Thought of the Month

What’s Going on In There? – 07.01.06

This photography thing, it’s quite a mental game. Ever notice that? Whether it was the brain power to earn the money to buy the tools, selecting the right tool out of all the ones purchased or then thinking about the best way to apply that selected lens for the given subject, the whole thing is a mental process. You can go even deeper realizing that selecting the right f/stop and position for the right composition takes even more brain power. Going all the way, you have to take your brain in combination with your eyes and analyze the light to determine not only exposure but if the light itself is worthy of your photographic efforts. Dang, this is one brainy hobby/avocation or occupation! Ever upload your photos and ask yourself, “What was I thinking about?� Your images are missing something obvious. Perhaps you used the wrong AF sensor so your focus point is off, you used too much DOF or not enough. You simply blew it because, you weren’t...

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