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on Apr 30, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

The Drilling Begins

Six days ago the drilling began. The Hairy Woodpeckers set up their home again in the machine riddled street pole the I swore would come down this past winter. Well, the 5×5 pole survived and has a little solid wood left for the Hairys to drill out. Woodpeckers have to drill out new holes each spring for the cavity nest. The process takes normally two weeks. Most of the Hairy and White-headed Woodpeckers are showing up to the suet right now with a red stain to their breast. They are drilling in the Red Fir causing the stain. We know when this pair of Hairys come to the suet because their whites are still pretty white. This isn’t the first time I’ve worked this nest so I have the drill down. Get it, drill, woodpeckers … ha! The rig is real simple, D4s / 80-400VR3 / Pocket Wizard is all that’s needed. Why is this what I think is the needed gear? Since I’m shooting remotely, I can’t see...

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on Apr 30, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14 -16

Got a gear question you want/need answered? I want to help and answer it. Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. Keep the questions coming, your question might help someone who doesn’t know quite how to phrase their question. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and your photography and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions …. Top of the morning Moose! I’m in the process of buying a new camera and I’m not sure if I should go full frame or get one with a crop factor. My current camera is a Nikon D5000 that I have had for 4-5 years now. In the local camera store they told me that a D7100 would be a good upgrade. However, this is not a full frame camera and I’m wondering whether this will be an...

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on Apr 29, 2014 in Aviation

Planes on Stick #2

I actually took a whole bunch of clicks of the Planes on a Stick at the Grand Junction airport months back. The simple reason is because of the skies and the light. If they weren’t as you see them, I simply would have passed up the aircraft. What’s so special about the skies and the light? When it comes to aircraft, on a stick or otherwise, clouds make all the difference in the world. When we look up at a flying aircraft, we all see them up against clouds (if there are clouds in the sky). With the clouds, there is the start of magic of the stationary aircraft taking flight in our imaginations. The other great benefit of clouds is the diffused light. The combo had me out and shooting. When it comes to making the actual clicks, I have my own thoughts process there as well. Keeping it fun and light, I shot with the Df / 18-35AFS. With that, I then got myself in a position...

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on Apr 28, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

April Snow

We had one of those spring snow storms at the office Friday. These kinds of days really make it hard for me to work, I just wanna play. But one big incentive to move is the snow concentrates all the birds at the feeders for non-stop activity. With all the Evening Grosbeaks in the yard right now and their killer spring yellow, I went looking for the more “atmospheric” portrait rather than a “snowing gobs” kind of shot. To me, this mean I need to find a perch where a narrow DoF throws much of the photo into a soft focus so the whites of the falling snow take over. At the same time, I wanted to shoot without flash so the soft, wrap around light from the storm was the light source. Shooting at ISO 100, my shutter speed was 1/15 at f/8 so I had to watch the blowing branches to find those not blowing. That left really just the aspens in the front meadow. Luckily, a...

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on Apr 28, 2014 in BT Journal

BT Journal 17.1 Now Available!

Oh baby, this is an epic edition! 62 pages (normally 28), 161 images (normally 30), 5 videos (that’s kinda normal), GPS mapping for all the locations (OK, that’s cool), some amazing slideshows and Pg28 Digital Darkroom lessons (now pg 62) are just part of what’s in the latest version of the BT Journal! Romancing the Oregon Coast was literally a year in the making with Brent really knocking it out of the park incorporating all this material under one cover. If you are a subscriber (thank you!) then you will see the new issue appear in Newsstand waiting for you to download it. If you’re not, you can pick up just this issue or subscribe via iTunes. Yes, we are still working on the Android edition. Anyone who also gets KelbyTraining iPad editions are aware of how long it took them to bring their app to the Android. We are dealing with the same issues but with just two working on it. So, we are still working on it,...

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