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on Aug 23, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Carry-On Still Has Limits

Yep, our MP V2 Photopacks fit in all but one overhead compartment (upper deck 747)! Even with lenses like my 800mm and carrying big camera bodies like the D5. In fact, you can fill the photopacks with so much gear, they can weigh over 50lbs (the most I’ve done is 51lbs in testing). I while that still fits in the overhead of a plane, there are still weight limits with our carry-ons. In the US, we don’t sweat out the overhead weight limits (we can’t forget them) but if you travel overseas, watch out! For example in Australia where we just traveled, the limit is 7kg/15lbs for a carry-on. On some domestic flights, carriers literally have a scale at the plane door and you have to weigh your gear right then and there. So while the our bags fit in the overhead, you can seriously overpack them going grossly overweight. What do you do? First, understand the weight limit is in place for our own safety. Those overhead bins...

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on Aug 22, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Pano to Tell Stories

I’ve been shooting panoramas or “panos” since I first picked up a camera. Back in the old days, to share the panoramic views I was so fortunate to witness, I had three Kodak slide projectors aligned so when projecting, the three images of the pano would come together on the screen into one photo. Sharing the wonders our vision brings to us with others is the heart and soul of photography! But carrying around three projectors to share the pano was never practical. Then came digital and the internet making sharing the pano much, much easier. But the taking and assembly of panos up until a year ago was still a challenge. Now, it’s literally a snap but many don’t seem to realize this, at least that’s what the emails I’ve received in the last week indicate. In more than one email came the question, “What gear did you leave at home to take all the gear to shoot your panos?” Actually, I own no pano gear any longer,...

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on Aug 19, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Ghosting for Effect?

Ghosting is an old term when it comes to wildlife photography. It refers to when there are two “images” of the subject in one frame. It is caused when shooting with flash using an shutter speed too slow so it captures the ambient light exposure of the subject along with the frozen image captured by the flash. The rule of thumb is, a subject has to appear in the frame for 1/4 of the exposure time to register (100% to be captured completely). Now I’ve used ghosting creatively for wildlife for a long time. Prime example is to illustrate the drilling action of a woodpecker. Here’ in the rainforest at O’Reilly’s, I’ve been trying it to communicate the activity of some of the birds, like this Eastern Yellow Robin. They are such a delightful little bird, but all so busy. In this case, shooting with the D5 / 300PF / SB-5000, I used ghosting to show its constant activity as it flits about the forest. Is it perfect? Na,...

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