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on Jan 9, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

When Your Gear Gets Wet

As I watched the rain come down yesterday (we received 11.1″ of rain at the time of this post on top of our 6′ snowpack) it occurred to me it was time to talk about how I shoot in the rain. To start with, my rule of thumb is, if I can stand the rain, so can my gear. With that said, I personally don’t cover my gear with a cover or bag. Now if it’s pouring so hard I can’t stand it but I have to be in it, then I would cover my gear. The key is once your gear is wet, never WIPE your gear dry, always BLOT it dry! Wiping forces the moisture into crevices where it shouldn’t go and will cause damage. Blotting your gear dry with a dry white towel wicks up the moisture safely. Knock on wood, but this very KISS method is what I’ve used for forty years and I’ve never had any gear go down. Thought I would simply pass...

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on Jan 9, 2017 in Thought of the Month

Education – Inspiration 2017

Sharon & I have a limited number of opportunities in 2017 to spend time with you in the field exploring our passion of photography. And at this moment, we have just a handful of openings in our 2017 offerings: Mar 15-20 ’17 FL Bird Photography 1 Opening Mar 25-26 ’17 Print Lab Weekend 2 Openings April 03-07 ’17 Grouse & Chicken FULL 26-30 June ’17 Madera Cyn, AZ 1 Opening 18-23 Sept ’17 Palouse, WA 2 Openings 90-13 Oct ’17 VT Fall Color 1 Opening 01-06 Nov ’17 Oregon Coast, OR 1 Opening None of these “workshops” are normal because well, I’m not normal. You will have fun, you will learn a lot and you will be inspired. If you’re interested, have questions of want to join us, give Sharon a call … 661.204.1506. Cya out...

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on Jan 6, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

“Is There a Best Shutter Speed?”

After yesterday’s post on f/stop, I received this question which I think was meant as tongue in cheek. But it’s really is a darn good question and one more photographers should ask of their photography. Most think of shutter speed only in terms of being really fast for sharp photos, hence all the high ISO photos. When it comes to storytelling though, because we are shooting stills, how do we speak about movement in our photographs if we always have a fast shutter speed? Just like there is NO one f/stop there is NO one shutter speed that is the best. Personally, I tend to work with slower speeds rather than faster because I want the movement in the frame. Like the Griz above, I wanted to speak about the rushing water it’s standing in. I know I couldn’t stand in that rush of water so I wanted to show off its skills. The opposite is true as well, if I want to show how fast something is moving,...

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on Jan 6, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

Cold Fingers … Solutions

With all my snow posts of late, had a few folks ask about keeping the fingers warm. The questions were more specific asking if there is a one stop shop for gloves. Well for photographers there are a few options and now, a new one you might not know about. B&H Photo now sells outdoor gear (with killer specials, just got chairs from them!). With this comes a much bigger assortment of gloves to pick from which is great for us. First, I want to point out again the DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector which I think is just marvelous! I’ve been using mine this week and it is simply the cat’s meow. But I have some new offerings for you to consider, all available at B&H. The Men’s Stretch Thinsulate Gloves are really nice gloves for most of the time when it’s just starting to get cold. I find them to run a tad large so you might want to get a size smaller than you normally...

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