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on Mar 21, 2018 in Field Reports

Above the Bubbles

I love photographing blurred water as much as the next photographer. I love photographing bubbles because that’s the white in our photographs that blur during our long exposures. I’ve written about many different ways of blurring the water over the years except my one favorite way. The most common way we go about this is basically level with the flowing water and then look for the patterns of the bubbles that blur. Just a few times I’ve found water from a different vantage point providing me with my favorite way to photograph flowing water, from above! The bridge over the Merced River in Yosemite afforded a great view that came with little risk but lots of challenge. The photo I wanted when I peered over the wall was directly below as a tad behind. There was no way I could set up the tripod in a conventional way. I was shooting with my favorite small travel tripod, the Oben CT-2491 which goes flat and being lightweight, easily to hold...

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on Mar 20, 2018 in Random Thoughts

D850 Filmmaker Kit

As a filmmaker with a couple of D850 in the locker devoted to just filmmaking, I was very excited to see Nikon today announce their D850 Filmmaker Kit! Besides including the incredible D850, the kit includes: AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens Spare EN-EL15a Lithium-Ion Battery ME-1 Stereo Microphone ME-W1 Wireless Microphone Set (these are great!) Atomos Ninja Flame 7″ Recording Monitor This kit is a $800 in savings! Nikon has posted an informational site on the kit here. I’m told it will start shipping the 27th so you can preorder now. And after my own experience with the MB-D18, I wouldn’t be stupid like me and wait, I’d jump on it...

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on Mar 20, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

Can the Bar Be Raised?

It was one those classic winter morning sunrises on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon! The light slowly builds in the depths of The Canyon like a perfect symphony rise to a crescendo as sunrise approaches. We scan left and right watching it build and photographic opportunities as they come and go. The air temp might be only a single digit, it doesn’t matter as the excitement warms the air and builds with the light. I have the D850 / 24-70VR in hand as I patrol the rim looking for opportunities taking photograph after photograph. I’m scanning over to the North Rim when from below in the morning exchange of air brings a gorgeous Peregrine Falcon up in front of me as it riding on an elevator in the early sunrise light. And there it hangs in front of me, close enough to reach out and touch so by instinct, I put the camera to my eye and shoot. I’ll never forget the experience! The one problem for...

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on Mar 19, 2018 in Aviation

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot!

You Can Become a Fighter Pilot! – September 10th – 13th, 2018 The Utah Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Historic Wendover Airfield, and the United States Army Air Forces Historical Unit (Arizona Ground Crew Living History Unit, Inc.) is excited to announce that it will be holding a WWII Pilot Training Camp at the Historic Wendover Army Air Field. Wendover Field is the most intact WWII Airbase left in the United States. During your five nights and four days of training you will: – Receive a Flight Suit and Pilots Log Book. – Barracks accommodations for five nights. – Three meals per day in the Mess Hall. – Training materials – Receive Ground School Training on all aspects of flying operations. – Take Primary Flight Training in the PT-17 Stearman. – Conduct Advanced Flight Training in the AT-6 Texan – Air Cadets will be flying every day (3.5hrs total airtime) during this condensed training course and upon completion will Graduate and earn their WINGS! TRAIN WHERE THEY TRAINED!...

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on Mar 19, 2018 in Random Thoughts

Moose Podcast #75

In this episode
“The Quest for Knowledge”
The drive so many photographers use to go out every day with their camera is the quest for knowledge! This quest can take two directions, both as satisfying and involve a camera but are very different roads.

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