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on Nov 25, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Osmo is Sooo Cool!

The DJI Osmo is simply brilliant! I’ve had it now a couple of days and literally cannot put it down! You’ve probably not heard about it, it is VERY new and opens up video to us all in an unique an economic way. No, this is not a GoPro replacement, quite the contrary. This 4k video / still camera is a handheld gimbal head with power 360 rotation and stabilization. You can take this small but powerful tool to places you could never navigate in before. What I think is so brilliant is you attach your iPhone and that’s your monitor and control center. I’ve gotta run and play in the snow with it, hope to have first finished video for you next...

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on Nov 25, 2015 in B&W Photography, WRP Ed Zone

JP’s Brilliant B&W!

John Paul spelled out the digital darkroom B&W options brilliantly here, wish I’d thought of doing it! Many including myself look for the best way to convert our images to B&W and as JP points out, there is no one way since B&W is such a romantic medium. We need to mix in the digital darkroom as per the heart! With that said, he’s compiled a comprehensive list and IMHO is spot on. And like JP, my preferred method for B&W conversion for some time now has been as he states: The only thing I add to this is at times is Nik’s Pro Contrast at the start of the process and then at the end of the process Levels. The key to the methodology described above is its Quality and Flexibility and Speed. And this is important when a clean Black and a clean White is essential along with the mixing of the heart in the final B&W image What you see above are some of the possibilities...

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on Nov 24, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

In The Bag – 24-70VR

So why did I finally decide to add the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens replacing the old and trusted 24-70AFS? This past weekend of shooting pushed me over the line. The new 24-70VR I’m seeing just a bit cleaner, sharper, sweeter image at f/2.8 at all the focal lengths. Having a fast zoom is only worth the price if at that fast f/stop the images are what you need. For me the overall plane shot at the top wasn’t enough to make me take the plunge. When I started to look at the portraits I’ve taken with it though, that’s why I took the plunge. The shot of Stan who is trying his best to see out of that Stearman, the softness, cleanness of the background I really like. Is it radically better than the 24-70AFS? No, it is not and in fact, it is a tad better and that’s all. But I’ll take that edge when I can find it. Now why does a wildlife photographer...

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on Nov 24, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

SJKF Buddies in Trouble

The San Joaquin Kit Fox, one of the first critters to be listed as endangered in the US has new troubles. Mange, a disease many pet owners are aware of started to appear in the SJKF back in 2013. About 110 have now been found but there is surely more as many succumb to this disease and die a miserable death alone in their den. I’m bringing this to your attention because you can help! Read his piece and if you see what you think might be a SJKF in trouble, make the call. And you can learn a lot more about this and our environment here. It might just save its life!...

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on Nov 23, 2015 in Digital Darkroom, WRP Ed Zone

Calibration = Consistency

Monitor Calibration, ever noticed there’s a little bit of confusion out there about this very necessary part of digital photography? I was talking about it this weekend and it occurred to me, I’ve not posted about it for quite some time so wanted to get on my soap box for a moment and talk about it. As you can see, I’m a i1 fan, using the i1Display for my Cintiq, iMac, Retina and iPad and I do this NOT so my monitor matches the print! The word “match” means two items are equal and there is NO way you can match a transmitted light source (the monitor) with a reflected (the print) light source. Physics tells us that. Ya, they can get close but they can never match. So why then calibrate our monitors? That’s real simple and to me, obvious, consistency. How do we know our photographs are getting better, how do we establish our own quality standard for exposure and color, how do we send out the...

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