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on Aug 25, 2015 in WRP Ed Zone

My Workflow

It’s a continual question, “What’s your workflow?” As my boys will say, I’m just a machine because I get through my images so bloody fast. How fast? A 4000 image air to air shoot shot in the afternoon will be by bedtime, edited, filed, renamed and backed up. How do I do it so fast? There are two main factors, the first and main one is, I only take those images I like. This is really, really important. When I watch folks go through their images, they spend a helluva a lot of time looking at this or that images, cropping, moving sliders, wondering if they like the image. I’m not doing that, I’m just flying through them. When I go through my images I only have to ask myself one question and do one action. Is it sharp or not? If sharp I just click forward and if not, it gets deleted. It’s that simple for me. I’m really never sure just what is really being sought after...

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on Aug 24, 2015 in Landscape Photography

The Mara Landscape

When those who know of the Maasai Mara think of the Mara, they often think lions, tigers and bears, oh my! (Ya, a bit of a windy). A majority though don’t think about the place itself, The Mara. Without the place, there would be no critters (that’s true for the whole planet you know). I, like most, was taken back by the wealth of critters but I was also quite taken by the landscape. In many of the locales of the Mara, I saw the California landscape back in the 1800s. No, I wasn’t around back then but have read so many accounts of those who were, I feel as if I had been. This sunset pano is a perfect example of what I’m talking about (taken with Df / 24-120VR). There is a spot west of Bakersfield looking off towards the Temblor Range that even today looks much like you see on the Mara. When your imagination and heart can wonder over a landscape with your camera leading...

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on Aug 24, 2015 in Field Reports

Going Off Camera Flash

I use flash A LOT with birds! The typical rig is the 800mm mounted on the Zenelli and the Wimberley F-9 attached to it holding a SC-29 Cord which the SB-910 is attached. The SC-29 is a cable that I personally shortened so as to not have extra bouncing around and possibly scaring off the bird. Well that cord after a decade of use finally wore out. I just didn’t feel like going through shortening again so went looking and so happy to find the Vello TTL Flash Cord for Nikon Cameras (1.5′)! It has arrived, works perfectly and I don’t have to do the cutting and soldering, it’s already the perfect length as you can see. I was so happy to have found this cord I went looking for another solution. I have received a number of emails from folks saying they don’t have a budget for Pocket Wizards or 2nd SB-910 to fire off a flash. I was very excited to find this option, the Vello TTL...

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on Aug 24, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Photoshop World Safari Winners!

It’s been a couple of weeks now, but we had a little fun contest at our Photoshop World Photo Safari. The contest theme was along the theme of the day, Light and the spirit of Chloride. I kept it simple and fun and B&H Video contributing a $100 and $50 Gift card for these two images. Applause! And six runner ups received a gift certificate from Triple Scoop Music. Applause! I had over 50 images submitted which was a great response and made it a challenge for me to select my favorites. It was fun, can’t wait for the next one! Thanks...

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on Aug 21, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Tascam DR-40

I’ve been doing a whole bunch of interviews of late. I take notes for important points, but count on a digital recorder to record the entire interview. My old Olympus LS-14 does a great job, but I found I needed a separate recorder for video as well. I went looking and asked advise of the experts at B&H Video and got the Tascam DR-40 and love it! This is why … The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4″ line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included. Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional...

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