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on Nov 16, 2017 in Aviation

The Last Of His Class

I first meet Stanley Whalley a few years back at my good friend’s hangar in AZ. Stan was one of the hundreds of English pilot that came to the US for training during WWII. Stan was at Falcon Field to finish his flight training in their Stearman and T6 trainers. From there he went back to England to fly in defense of England and the retaking of Europe. He is now 93 and the last surviving veteran from England to have trained at Falcon Field. He comes to Falcon each year around Veteran’s Day to participate in the ceremonies honoring all that came to Falcon Field to train by were lost in accidents while in training. I’ve stayed in touch with Stan since meeting him. Tried to meet up with him when we were in England this past summer to get his story recorded. Weren’t able to make that happen. Talking to him this past weekend, found out he had time on Tuesday for being in front of the...

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on Nov 14, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

The Fur is Comin

The coats of mammals are essential to regulating their core temperature. It’s really a marvel of adaptation when you look at the color, length, molts, patterns and distribution each mammal has which is what in large part makes each unique. There is one thing we can generalize, mammals coats become their most luxurious in winter. This is a biological fact we can use to grab our viewer’s heartstrings! We start by being more intimate in our photos in telling that story. Top photo was shot with a 600mm and the bottom with a 200-400VR2 at 400mm. Using these longer lenses permitted manipulating the background so the subject, story, pops in the photo. Along with that is the light. The softer light like in the top photo makes the fur appear, thicker because there are no hard shadows to define it. And by emphasizing the thicker fur we play into folks stereotypes. Most associate thick fur with winter so by playing into that, it makes our storytelling easier. It’s fall...

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on Nov 14, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Camera Cleaning Kit

Besides yourself and your family, the next important thing to take care of is your camera gear! I’m always amazed at how 1: photographers have no supplies to take care of their gear or 2: they have the supplies but never taken them out of their wrapper. The fear, downright paranoia paralyzes most and I just hate when that happens. I feel even worse for that camera gear, it deserves all the love we can give it. My new class on Camera Gear Care has posted over at KelbyOne. It goes EVERYTHING I do to give my gear all the love it needs to continually perform perfectly over and over again. And if you want just sensor cleaning info/refresher, you can find an abbreviated course on my YouTube channel. Cleaning Kit Supplies “Pink Juice” = LensClens (for everything BUT the sensor) Eclispe Sensor Cleaner Visible Dust Sensor Loupe Visible Dust 1.x (FX Sensor) Swabs Visible Dust 1.5 (DX Sensor) Swabs Power House Case (to hold it...

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on Nov 13, 2017 in Random Thoughts

New Portfolios Posted

I’m enjoying the very easy to use and FREE Adobe Creative Cloud Portfolio. I’ve posted two new portfolios from my recent travels, Yellowstone and Oregon Coast....

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