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on Jan 31, 2008 in Great Stuff, Just Out!

And then, there’s Joe

  The business of photography is not one for the weak of heart, but rather one bursting with passion. It’s not for one who is in it for the short term or glory, but rather for the love of photography itself. It’s not for one who sells their soul for a penny, but rather commands and earns the dollar. These individuals who stay this course are very rare in this business, I know. Even more rare are those who go the extra step and share what the school of hard knocks has taught them to others. I am incredibly fortunate to call such a shooter, friend, good friend and today, good fortune shines on you as well. Joe’s new book The Moment IT Clicks just arrived today. Galley proofs have been in my reach the last couple of months, but I wanted to wait until I had the book in my hands, sitting in my reading chair and could give it the attention it so richly deserves. It’s hard...

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on Jan 31, 2008 in Great Stuff, Just Out!

And then, there's Joe

  The business of photography is not one for the weak of heart, but rather one bursting with passion. It’s not for one who is in it for the short term or glory, but rather for the love of photography itself. It’s not for one who sells their soul for a penny, but rather commands and earns the dollar. These individuals who stay this course are very rare in this business, I know. Even more rare are those who go the extra step and share what the school of hard knocks has taught them to others. I am incredibly fortunate to call such a shooter, friend, good friend and today, good fortune shines on you as well. Joe’s new book The Moment IT Clicks just arrived today. Galley proofs have been in my reach the last couple of months, but I wanted to wait until I had the book in my hands, sitting in my reading chair and could give it the attention it so richly deserves. It’s hard...

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on Jan 30, 2008 in Wildlife Photography

Latest BTJ Cover

We’ve received tons of love notes in regards to our latest BT Journal and it’s new layout. The layout credit goes to the incredibly sweet and talented Margie Rosenstein at NAPP (I owe her a BIG hug!) and our packager/publisher Joanne Bolton. The new cover especially has folks asking questions including my current mentee. I thought a question I just answered for him in regards to the cover might be of help to you all. Here’s it is. “Yes, the cover image has to be cropped to support the paper size, not happy about that but have no option. If you look on pg28, you’ll see the whole photo uncropped. Composition or how I subconsciously think of it, the arranging of elements, has many, many facets to it. You’re on the right track thinking of white/snow and how that grabs the mind’s eye and a need to minimize it at times. But when the buck hit the ridge, that wasn’t part of my formula or concern for the arranging...

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on Jan 29, 2008 in Random Thoughts

Alternative to white

We’ve had snow 71/2 of the last 8 days with two of those days with 30+mph winds. Needless to say, the wood pile and wine supply has been dented. You’ve probably seen a few of my snow photographs from Yellowstone and while Mammoth is beautiful in snow, let’s just say I can’t find the same character in the snow here. With all the winds, we’ve not had any birds for the last couple of days either. So to avoid getting cabin fever (couldn’t get out of Dodge either, road closed) I thought I would look at other avenues of photographic expression. One of the vacation homes in the neighborhood has someone in it (who must be scared of snow, has every light on). The glow out the windows and the pattern of light on the tree and snow hill caught my attention. Cranking up the ISO to 6400, I went out in the falling snow and made two exposures, one for the window light and one for everything else....

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on Jan 28, 2008 in Camera Gear Posts, Just Out!

New Nikon News – Updated

Nikon announced a new body and three new lenses. You’ve got the D60, the 16-85DX, the 60f2.8AFS micro and the very exciting 24f3.5PC-E. I’m very excited to receive the 24PC-E and create some ultra wide panos with the D3. In case it wasn’t on your radar screen, PMA is this weekend. (photos courtesy of Nikon) Here’s some more info on the 24PC-E, 60Micro, 16-85DX, and D60. At the Nikon booth at PMA, you will also be able to see the new 45PC-E Micro and the 85PC-E Micro. Update: Since I haven’t seen these lenses, I wanted to double check facts before posting more info. The E in PC-E stands for Electromagnetic Diaphragm. Since most photographers don’t use a PC lens, this doesn’t mean much. On the D3 & D300 (only at this time) you can use a PC-E lens in any exposure mode, A, S or P just like you would with any lens. Why is that special? PC lenses “break” in half to achieve their PC and when...

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