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on Apr 21, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

DSLR Parka – Brilliant!

This is simply a brilliant product! Where have you been? The DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector is so simple but sooo effective I wonder why it didn’t come out long ago! It’s real simple, you place your camera / lens inside and place your hands inside and you shoot. You can shoot easily down to zero with no gloves easily with this. You can put a flash through the top slot and see everything through the viewfinder and LCD with clear back panel. It’s real simple to attach or remove and get your hands inside to your gear. The inside lining is soo soft as well, it just screams “come in!” It fits any body, any lens as well as any size of hands. If you’re shooting with a Nikon AFS lens, be sure to have it set to M/A and not A/M. Otherwise, this is the perfect outdoor photographer accessory. Where’s the snow when you need it? Oh, BTW … it makes a great sound blimp too!...

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on Apr 20, 2016 in Digital Darkroom

DeHaze is DeWonderful!

The relatively new DeHaze feature in Photoshop is a great tool that hasn’t received much love. Many don’t know it exists (in ACR / LR) and if they do, don’t apply probably as much as their images could use. The biggest thing about DeHaze I want to bring to your attention is when you’re behind the camera! I’ve found some shooters don’t shoot because of what they’re seeing in the viewfinder which is crude that could be spectacular with a touch of DeHaze. Here are two examples from our recent time in Santa Fe, NM to encourage you to explore it. What you see above is the finished photo with DeHaze and the bottom photo what we saw with our eyes. When we were at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church outside of Taos, it was raining and snowing (we really had marvelous shooting wx all week!). The light was flat the vast majority of the time. Now Ansel Adams made this little chapel famous with the SHADOWS he...

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on Apr 18, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

The Grassland Drummers

This morning was twenty years in the making and it DID NOT disappoint! The Sharp-tailed Grouse was a species I sooooo wanted to photograph on their lek. I have tried over the years many times to get on a Sharp-tailed Grouse but with no success but finally two weeks ago, it came true. Why were they so important to me? This vanishing member of our great central grasslands was the inspiration for many cultures and its performance one I’d seen in photographs since I was a kid. Seeing it in person let alone photographing it has always been on my top five list of wild heritage experiences. To look through the window and see them thirty feet away at the Calamus Outfitter blind was for me, a dream come true! Smaller than the Prairie Chicken, even though they share the same habitat, they are very different. You can see how they look differently. They utilize the same habitat but evolution has changed the way they attract a mate. Where...

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on Apr 15, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Sign or Cross?

Photography, so much more than f/stop and shutter speeds! Imagination which is the fuel for passion takes your photography beyond the everyday, inviting others into the world you’re so fortunate to explore. In Santa Fe, one thing I like to do is walk the town with just one lens, forcing me to look at the very familiar in a unfamiliar way. Last time, it was with the 35f1.8, before that the 24f1.4. This time I wanted to go the other direction so went with the 300PF on the D5. We started out long before the sun was up and to me, I instantly struck gold (which is a good and bad thing). Looking up at this sign straight one, the very subtle shadow created by the glow way off on the horizon brought life to what was otherwise, an ordinary store sign. And that’s what photography is all about. Taking the sign and using it to tell a story. Take your photography less seriously and let your imagination fuel...

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on Apr 14, 2016 in Aviation

Backgrounds Help Tell Stories

Oh ya, backgrounds really do matter and more often then not, are a big part of the visual storytelling. The way I think of it in my head is, the subject is the star and the rest of the photograph is the stage in which it performs on. Sure, you can go to a one star performance who stands on a bare stage and be totally entertained. But when you think about theater, that is the exception and not the rule. So setting that stage means we carefully look at that background so it supports our star, the subject, and doesn’t distract from it. It supports the story being told rather than starting a second conversation. This is a very simple example of what I’m talking about. Shot just moments apart, the P-40K “Aleutian Tiger” from Texas Flying Legends danced in about out of the clouds. Well, that’s what it looks like in the photograph. When I told the pilot I loved the photos of him in the clouds,...

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