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on Apr 29, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Day 4 Storm Chasin – The Cloud

You’re not looking at a tornado in either photo. Simply put, it was too cold to produce the needed rotation for a funnel to drop down. We went the bed last night full of hope, the models were looking good for at least one tornado in the area. We had spend the day yesterday driving to stage for today and we were in the best spot, mother nature just decided not to play. The top flow certainly looks like it might be a funnel, but it had no rotation. It was moisture simply getting out of Dodge. It was taken about two hours before the bottom photo. The size of this supercell was really pretty staggering! Finding a place where we could get a clean shot was a challenge and when we finally did, there was nothing to include for scale. But it took us nearly 30min of driving to get out to this vantage point, it was that big! The light colored mass in the lower left is...

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on Apr 28, 2016 in Field Reports

SB-5000, Wireless & Settings

This has been a LONG time coming! The D5 introduces quite eloquently the new Nikon SB-5000 and its wireless Creative Lighting System. You still have iTTL Flash Metering, but the camera and flashes talk wirelessly as well as optically. The HUGE advantage of wireless over optical is no more worrying about line of site for triggering your flashes. So for example if shooting along the Texas Coast with us in November and you need to use your SB-5000 with your long lens, no more cables between the camera and flash to fire and meter. No more wires to get caught in branches or scare off birds! Besides having a wireless capable body (only the D5 & D500 so far), you need to have the SB-5000 and WR-R10. If you already have the WR-R10, it needs to have firmware 3.0 which Nikon is doing for free (that is not a typo). Once you have all the pieces, pairing the flash, remote, body, all together is simple. But the controls are different with...

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on Apr 27, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Day 2 Storm Chasin – The Chase

This is coming to you from the very bumpy back seat of the van as we scream across KS & OK on our way to TX. Day 2 ended with 428 more miles on the speedometer but no twisters in the can. While the day started with the promise of storms, there were no promises of twisters. In storm chasing terms, the storms were messy. That’s to say that while they had energy, they weren’t organized, no rotation to create the twister. We had no problem though finding wx, big wx! While we tried to get out to shoot, we would only have a five minute window before the rain would catch us. Not being a very workable solution, we turned to shooting from the van as we chased cell to sell to sell. Shooting with the D5 / 24-70VR, the trick was to hold it close to the window to avoid reflections, look ahead for subjects / obstacles and then fire off at least five frames to get...

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