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on Aug 28, 2006 in Landscape Photography

Sundance Day 1 – 08.28.06

Wow… wish you were here! The Sundance Photographic Workshops start this afternoon and man, am I excited! It’s a beautiful locale with great subjects everywhere. This Sunflower is right outside my cabin lighting up as the first rays of sunshine set it a blaze. I plan on (you know how plans go) to post a new photo everyday from Sundance all week. So stay tuned! Photo captured by D200, 10.5 on Lexar digital film, finished in Capture...

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on Aug 18, 2006 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

MC-36 – 08.18.06

Nikon did a soft release of the MC-36 a few months back. It’s taken a while, but I finally recieved mine this week. It’s a very cool tool that replaces the MC-30 as a electronic cable release. You’ve probably not heard of it. Like I said, Nikon did a real soft release on the MC-36 and their website has little to no info. If you go looking at the price, you might wonder why a electronic cable release is so expensive. The MC-36 has a built in interval timer. Why would one want that when it’s already incorporated into so many camera bodies? Have you ever done star trails? I have a huge collection from nearly everywhere I’ve been. That was film days and while I still do them with digital, it’s not the same. Working on a new technique for achieving better star trails than I did with film, I needed a better interval timer system than that built into the camera. The MC-36 provides that feature. If...

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

VisibleDust Swabs – 08.10.06

Keeping CCDs clean is a real challenge for many. We are constantly being asked how to clean CCDs . First part of this process is to realize you’ve bought a really expensive camera, so counting pennies when it comes to keeping it working correctly is real silly. It’s real simple once you realize you just need to bite the bullet and get the GOOD stuff right from the start and then your CCD dust problems are solved. There’s only one option IMHO and that’s the products from the folks at VisibleDust . I’ve been using their products since they first came on the market and haven’t had a dust problem sence. Their latest products are really darn cool and work beautifully. VisibleDust Swabs are THE best hands down. They have two types, orange and green. Orange works with their VDust Formula for removing dust from your CCD. The green swabs work with their Sensor Clean when you have a smudge on your CCD. It’s a killer solution. We sacrificed...

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

Keno Ext Tubes – 08.11.06

It would seem that macro is becoming very popular again (interesting how things cycle in photography). Many photographers rather not put out a bunch of money for a new lens, opting for more finanicial friendly solutions to getting in close. We’ve received a bunch of requests asking for extention tubes that can be used with Nikon bodies. That’s because Nikon STILL doesn’t offer any automatic tubes. Well thank goodness my friends at Kenko do and infact, have a new series out. Kenko’s DG Extention Tubes work perfectly with Nikons and their lenses. The combos I like personally are the 12mm with the 600f4AFS, the 20mm with the 200-400VR and 36mm with the 105VR. These tubes provide full metering and AF hook up on my D2X, so I’m a happy camper. So if you’re looking for a less expensive way to play in macro, this is the best option I can...

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