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on Sep 30, 2007 in Random Thoughts

DC on Stilts – 09.30.07

We’re in DC, getting ready for the start of the PPP tour this week. We played tourist today cruising “The Mall.” We enjoy the Mall and all the history that it contains. After hitting the Museum of Natural History and the Nat’l Archives, we headed up to Ford’s Theater. It was closed but the Peterson House (where Lincoln died) across the street was open. After going through it, we just wondered around downtown where we came across this building. At first, it was the late afternoon light reflected off the building behind us onto this old thing that caught my attention. Than I noticed that the entire first floor was gone! What you see under the orange girders is the building behind the building in the photo! The entire first floor has been removed as they restore and rebuild this beautiful old building. As I stood there very excitedly photographing this, the locals walked by giving me very strange looks. I felt I should have a sign on my...

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on Sep 28, 2007 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Here’s why YOU want Extended! – 09.28.07

When Photoshop CS3 was first introduced, many ask why should they buy the more expensive Extended version to which I answered, “lots of reasons, you just watch.” Here’s a perfect example of why you want Extended! A couple issues back in the BT Journal, I wrote about how to take star trails (follow link for PDF) with digital cameras. The method permits you to capture star trails and not the noise. In that article I mention a couple of ways of assembling the final star trail. Those methods have been blown out of the water by my good friend Russell Brown! You might recall last month my blogging about being kidnapped and”forced” to spend three glorious days at the bottom of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Falls by this madman. Well, one of the reasons we were down there was to capture star trails just for the purpose you’ll soon to discover. The genius that is Russell Brown not only figured out a better way to assemble star trails...

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on Sep 28, 2007 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Here's why YOU want Extended! – 09.28.07

When Photoshop CS3 was first introduced, many ask why should they buy the more expensive Extended version to which I answered, “lots of reasons, you just watch.” Here’s a perfect example of why you want Extended! A couple issues back in the BT Journal, I wrote about how to take star trails (follow link for PDF) with digital cameras. The method permits you to capture star trails and not the noise. In that article I mention a couple of ways of assembling the final star trail. Those methods have been blown out of the water by my good friend Russell Brown! You might recall last month my blogging about being kidnapped and”forced” to spend three glorious days at the bottom of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Falls by this madman. Well, one of the reasons we were down there was to capture star trails just for the purpose you’ll soon to discover. The genius that is Russell Brown not only figured out a better way to assemble star trails...

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on Sep 28, 2007 in Random Thoughts, Wildlife Photography

Wolves – 09.28.07

This just came in, thought you might like to know about it…. Act now to stop hundreds of wolves from being slaughtered!   The Bush Administration is planning to kill hundreds of endangered wolves in the Northern Rockies. We need your help to save wolves from these disastrous policies.     The recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies is one of the great Endangered Species Act success stories and an unparalleled feat of ecological restoration. The biologists, conservationists and wildlife managers can celebrate an amazing return of the wolf from the brink of extinction. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took the first step toward the eventual removal of Endangered Species Act safeguards, which would leave protection entirely up to the states.   Unfortunately, the Bush Administration wants to turn back the clock on wolf restoration by proposing a new rule that will allow states to kill hundreds of wolves, even while wolves still remain under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. In...

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on Sep 26, 2007 in Great Stuff, Wildlife Photography

Pixel Packin’ Landing in DC – 09.26.07

The phone rang yesterday to tell us our first stops on our Pixel Packin’ Pleasure tour has a few hundred folks already signed up. Darn cool, can’t wait to share what I’ve learned over the years and what’s new in the last month. Our office has received a number of calls in regards to whether a D3 will be at the show (seems more important than my being present ). I’ve been told that Nikon will be there with a D3 AND NEW LENSES! There is no guarantee but that’s what we’ve been informed. I can tell you that the D3 will be in my presentation and I’ll be more than happy to field any questions you might have in regards to this great new evolution in bodies. We hope to see you at Service Photo on Oct 2 and Penn Camera on Oct 3…..that’s next week…..I’d best get back to finishing the...

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