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on Aug 30, 2013 in Aviation, Moose Cam

SBD Flight Vid

Basically just like I talk about in the new chapter of Taking Flight, you show up and the flights happen. In this case though, Sharon needed the images for her work with the AZ CAF Airbase, so I was volunteered to show up which, really wasn’t all the bad. It was a great day at Osh ’13 to be flying as you’ll see in the video. A little bit on the photography. I’m shooting with the D4 / 80-400VR3. The GoPro is mounted on the D4 via the hot shoe with the new NFlightcam Billet Mount (the red part unscrews and attaches to Manfrotto Ballhead) and has the “Bright” Aviator Lens Kit. The Aviator Lens Kit does not slow the shutter speed down enough for me, so working on improving for next flight. The video editing was done in Premier CC and the music, that help came from...

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on Aug 29, 2013 in Aviation, Gear Just Introed!

C-53 Jump Video

There are times when I think video rocks (that’s never when I’m editing it) as a storyteller and this is one of them! Having friends in the right places really helps in aviation photography. The pilot of the C-53 is a dear friend and when I requested to attached the GoPro Hero3 to capture the skydivers exiting the plane, he said let’s make it happen! Na, the video and editing are not perfect, this is a first for me in a couple of ways. First, never worked a flight with jumpers. Second, never got fancy and included music (thanks to Roy at Triple Scoop Music). So with all of that, here’s a little fun for you to watch. A little bit on the photography. The Hero3 is set to Protune which creates a huge file, in fact this flight it made 9 files. Why do I go so big? I have NO clue how this might be used in the future or what technology will come down the road....

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on Aug 28, 2013 in WRP Ed Zone

Yes, I Really do and Still do!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been using gulls for practice. For as long as I can remember, I’ve highly recommending to you to photograph gulls. I received another email yesterday from Mike (yes you!) asking, “Do you really still shoot gulls for practice?” Damn straight I do! Do I think I’ve mastered panning? Ya, some days I do. But I sure do know those days my panning is not on and I know if because I’ve not been practicing. How often do I practice? At least once a week. Yeap, once a week! This is practice, I’m not actually shooting for keepers, but to keep sharp! Here’s a couple of shots from last weeks practice. No, these aren’t gallery pieces, these are simply keeping the muscle memory stretched and ready for when shooting is for real. In this case, I was practicing long lens panning, with the D4 on the 800f5.6 AFS on the Gitzo 3540XLS. This particular practice was much more difficult than normal. That’s...

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on Aug 27, 2013 in Wildlife Photography, Friday Thoughts

What’s Better?

There we were in the metal junkyard in Chuchill, Canada. Then from nowhere a Merlin takes to the air cacking at a crow and chasing it out of the area. In June, that’s a sure sign they are nesting. Merlins are a funny little raptor, they tend to nest on the ground in the Arctic. I’ve seen Merlin for the last 30yrs but I’ve never had glass on one long enough to get better than what looks like a dust spot on the sensor. Here was an opportunity that even though less than ideal (shooting in a junkyard with the sun high overhead), it was better than what I had had, nothing. I had no shots in my conventional or digital files of Merlin. The last 12 month, the #2 question I’ve been asked has changed. It was, “What’s the best f/stop?” but now it’s “How do I get better?” We have known units of measure, inch, ounce, miles per hours, kilowatts, but there is no known unit of...

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