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on Apr 30, 2012 in Landscape Photography

Shooting In the Other Direction

Then when I was finished with the forest, I turned around to see the gorgeous light skimming across palms. I remembered a long ago great shot of these palms in the same light so I went off on a quest. The first problem I found was I couldn’t get high enough. Vantage point is everything! I tried to get on top of our van, but they just don’t make them the way they use to (sorry rental car company for “impression). So then it was off to find some type of elevation. I finally found the right combo for the most part of elevation and subject. So then it was time to work the elements. The area is managed as it should be with fire so I want to include that in the photo. I also wanted the free of the palms and their patterns and then the openness of the area they grow. So multiple shots were required. With that, it was real simple finishing in ACR and...

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on Apr 30, 2012 in Landscape Photography

K&M Adventure FL … 3rd Morning

We started a new tradition at our K&M Adventure Monument Valley of going to some place new neither Kevin or I have been to before. It’s a way to see not only how we deal with a new location, but share visual ideas as they come to us. So this morning on word from some birders (which turned out irronious) we headed to Myakka River State Park. It’s really a gorgeous place, when it’s not hot and there is moody light. We arrived when the ground fog was amazingly thick so we slammed on the brakes and stopped in this great forest area. I remembered this photo of Jay Maisel’s of light streaming through the redwoods and his joke that he used a smoke machine to get the image. I thought of that because we could smell a fire and see the tint of it in the light streaming through the trees. So that’s what I went after with the camera. My composition was based on a couple of...

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on Apr 28, 2012 in K&M Adventures

Totally Got Butt Kicked!

Before you go gettin excited and think I know what I’m doing, what you see here are just 2 of the 14 sharp images I got last night out of the 168 images I took of Black Skimmers skimming. That kind of success rate sucks and I’m not pleased! What as the problem? That I don’t know because while I had the bird in the frame and the composition worked, the skimmers weren’t sharp. I started to play with the AF pattern of the D4 and while it improved my keeper rate (these were taken using D51), it still wasn’t consistent enough for me. Now the sun was almost down, the contrast range below the minimum, I wanted better. So, I have some more testing to do to figure out if it was pilot error, camera deficiency or a combination of both. In the Bag D4 600VR Lexar 64GB 1000x UDMA Gitzo GT-5561SGT Wimberley...

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on Apr 27, 2012 in K&M Adventures, Wildlife Photography

K&M Advetnures FL…2nd Morning

So we arrive at North Beach lagoon at Fort DeSoto to see nothing, zero, nada bird but a lonely GBH way off in the distance. For the start of our 2nd day of our K&M Adventure FL, I was a bit nervous. I mean, the idea is to be shooting cool subjects. Well, I really didn’t pause, walked right over to the beach. And at first, didn’t see much but then after a couple of minutes, the birds started to appear at the wave line and we never looked back! It was a killer morning, I filled 2009 images from two and a half hours of shooting and like you see above, they don’t suck! I love shorebirds! You’ve got here are Willet, Marbled Godwit, American Oystercatcher and Ruddy Turnstone. I started out with my rig on the tripod but as soon as I got to the shoreline, I knew I had to get down. Here’s the deal, while shooting from a tripod is just fine, the angle of...

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on Apr 27, 2012 in K&M Adventures

Visiting the Uncomfortable Zone

K&M headed off to the sponge docks at Tarpon Springs when the light went bad. We went because well, I didn’t want to sit inside on a gorgeous day and wanted to challenge myself. Shooting these kinds of images while teaching is most definitely an uncomfortable place for me. My buds at NAPP had brought me here before so I wanted to take the D4 for a spin amongst the color. I had a great time just goofin starting with some 5 image handheld HDR. The store fronts are just killer this time of day with Nik HDR Efex pro and then finishing with Silver Efex Pro. One trick I taught the folks is how to shoot glass door like this and not see yourself in the picture. Know the trick? No, guess you need to come on adventure with us. And not, it was done in camera and not in post. Then it was the most important time of the day…ICE CREAM! While I was sitting there enjoying...

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