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on Feb 28, 2014 in WRP Ed Zone


Announcing our new Weekend Course Click 2 Click is a shooting & finishing class for YOUR photography! Listening to all the feedback from the last couple of years of weekend courses and requests we’ve received, we’ve come up with a whole new course. Our weekend classes held in Mammoth Lakes, CA are evolving to help you evolve your photography in 2014. Hosted at the four star Westin in Mammoth, our first one is 19-20 April, 9-5 and we’re looking forward to your joining us! Simply put, Saturday is all about the camera click and Sunday is all about the computer click. We will be shooting on Saturday with your widest lens to your longest, with ambient light and flash. The techniques can be applied from critters to rocks and everything in between. Sunday we’ll take the images we shot on Saturday and finish them in the computer (we’re at the Westin the entire time). Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there is information here to help your photography...

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on Feb 27, 2014 in Landscape Photography

Light Painting in the Desert

It’s a natural, when you’re in the desert and it’s night, to look up and be amazed by the heavens. And when you’re a photographer, you just gotta photograph them. What I term heavenly body photography, using the quality and connivence of our digital cameras it’s pretty easy to make stunning photos. So while in Arches, I went about doing just that. The process I use is pretty simple. First I go for the baseline exposure for just the stars. You see that above. The bright spot which one might think is the moon coming up is an oil well way off in the distance. Then I turned the camera so now the lights of Moab are off in the distance on the left. It’s at this point I brought out the 2mil light. Now I have to admit I’d not light painted in years and years and while I use to do it alot back in the day, I’m about as rusty as can be now. But I...

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on Feb 27, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

35f1.8 AFS Field Shoot

On our K&M Adventure to Moab, we made the mandatory stop at the Hole N” the Rock. This is a great place to spend highnoon when the light is hot and the contrast sever. This unique collection of western legend and lore was a marvelous place to take the new 35f1.8AFS for a serious spin (on the Df of course), shooting just at f1.8 to see what it could do. I should start by saying I was shooting with the Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer II Filter to remove the blue reflection caused by the sky and thus, bringing out the warmth of the red rock environment and in some part, softening the contrast. This comet art was the perfect place to start as I was just inches away from the front of it when I made the shot. The edge to edge sharpness of the 35f1.8 in combination with its shallow DoF at f1.8 really go hand in hand to produce a gorgeous file. While technically not noted as...

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on Feb 26, 2014 in Camera Tech

The D4s …To Buy, or Not To Buy

Every time Nikon announces a new camera body, I brace myself for the onslaught! At this moment, just shy of 800 emails have filled my email box asking about the D4s. “Should I buy it,” “Is it better than ….” and my favorite “Can I buy your D4.” And while these any many more questions are good questions and important to you, you have to understand I don’t even approach a new body asking these questions. I ask one simple question when I get a new body to test, “Does it solve problems the gear I shoot now doesn’t solve?” For example, if you follow the blog, you know that I’ve gone head for heals for the Nikon Df. My good friend Kevin after shooting this entire past week in Moab said, “Surprised you shot with the Df the entire time, must be good.” And for travel, portraits, hiding in the shadows and many other things, the Df is better than the D4. When it comes to critters, aviation...

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on Feb 26, 2014 in Landscape Photography

The Evolution of the Mesa Arch

[envira-gallery id=”33781″] Click on First image to view Slideshow Gallery I first ventured to Mesa Arch in 2003. I had seen photos of it and from it for a long time prior to my getting there but was not prepared for what I would find. Mesa “Arch” while an arch, it does not have a arch shape. Rather, it’s somewhat flat structure slopping to the west. Many of the arches in Arches Nat’l Park have the same basic shape so Mesa Arch isn’t all the different. But I wanted my photos to say “Arch” so I needed to put a curve into the arch. This was accomplished originally with the 10Fish and now with the 16Fish. With that came the mastering the light of early morning at the arch. That started back in the day of two photos combined in post then evolving to HDR and now simply a single click in ACR. The photos here represent a number of different months of the year with February being my...

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