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on Sep 16, 2016 in Aviation

Steve-o Hinton Portrait

I meet Steve-o the first time back in 2008 at Reno. The winner of the Unlimited Class many times over, in 2013 & 2014 in Voodoo … a highly modified P-51D, he is a great, incredibly talented, humble guy. Steve-o has been everything from a subject to a photo platform pilot for me over the years so when I was asked in a text to take his portrait, I was excited and honored. Then I was instantly really nervous! Why? The shoot was going to be in the incredibly active and visually busy Voodoo pit. It was going to be a real quick shoot and, I knew I’d have all sorts of eyes on me. Dealing with the really busy pit meant setting up and working outside the pit so we wouldn’t be in the way. Dealing with the visually busy pit (we had to hand move a blue outhouse!) meant shooting with a real narrow DoF. That’s why I had the 105f1.4 AFS, it fit the bill on...

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on Sep 16, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Think Tank V3 & New Roller Are Sweet!

Think Tank has introduced their V3 Rollers and new Airport Advantage. The all time rocker, the Security V3 & Int’l V3 are just a better version of what we’ve been using. The big change is the ease and protection we can carry our notebook and iPad in the bags. There are other improvements as well in construction, handle and materials. And I’m not sure how the wizards at Think Tank did it, But there seems to me to be extra room inside now. I actually was able to get one more lens inside compared to V2. The real big news is the new Advantage, a roller that fits in the overhead of regional jets! That’s just darn sweet. Now some carriers are having issue with any bag with wheels. The wheels on the Advantage come off so you can remove them prior to getting on the plane and then put them back on when you disembark. That’s slick. And in case you’re wondering how I pack the Security, here’s...

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on Sep 15, 2016 in Random Thoughts

I Made the List!

Thanks to all of you! Our little blog here made the Feedspot Top 100 Photography Blog list and that’s because of you, and I’m truly grateful. I had to laugh though when I saw under my listing it states I blog “about once a month.” I wish 🙂 But if you ever wonder about what blogs are worth visiting, here’s a list that just might help your photography move forward. Thank you all for your...

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on Sep 15, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

Working @ f1.4

When you own a f/1.4 lens, you’ve paid good money for that f/1.4. With that in mind, shooting the lens closed down to any point beyond f/1.4 and you’re kinda throwing away money. I mean, if f/2 or f/2.8 does the job, why pay the extra money for a f/1.4 lens? With that thought, my f/1.4 lens collection (24mm, 50mm, 105mm,), they are always shot wide open. The DoF of these lenses at f/1.4 is incredibly narrow, that’s the point. Your focusing has to be incredibly precise then or your subject will be out of focus. There is simply no wiggle room, no DoF to save you if you’re off even 1/2″! So the tip I have to pass along is pretty simple, when shooting at f/1.4, use the S – Single AF Sensor mode. Why? This single sensor is highly accurate and can be easily and precisely placed on the point of focus you desire. It’s what I did in these and all my f/1.4 lens photos. When...

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on Sep 14, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

The Polarizer “Blob”

There are times when we need a polarizer to remove reflections that when applied, adversely effects the sky. Polarizers work using physics and when it comes to the sky, when those physics aren’t perfect, you see a dark blob in the sky where the polarizer is only effecting part of the sky (2nd image). Seeing this in the viewfinder can be at times, difficult and others, impossible. One real easy way to see the “Blob” is using the LiveView on your camera. You can see above the simple example. The LCD shows off the “blob” really dramatically making it really easy to see it. But we still need to remove the reflection so what do we do? Using the LiewView, we polarize fully and then slowly rotate the polarizer to “unpolarize” as much as needed to remove the “blob” while maintaining as much reflection removal on the subject. You might be wondering if there is a post processing fix. Sure, but it’s so painful it’s not worth your time...

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