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on Aug 14, 2016 in Landscape Photography

G’day from Down Under!

After 23hrs of travel, we arrived without a hitch in gorgeous Australia to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat high up in Lamington Nat’l Park. This was the view off our porch this AM as we headed out to shoot. Eighteen species of birds photographed already, so much...

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on Aug 11, 2016 in Aviation

Congrats Bob … & Family Too!

The plane might look familiar, it was featured in EAA Sport earlier this year and in our Pilot Portrait class on KelbyOne. We got to know these great folks a year back after I first saw their completed Starduster Too. They were so kind to let me “invade” their lives with my camera on so many occasions. So it was great fun when at Oshkosh last week, Bob, Sherri & Gannon appeared from the crowd cause we didn’t know they would be there. Even funnier was Bob telling us that he entered their Starduster Too in the competition for aircraft construction. The best was when the last night of Osh, Bob sent me the text photo of his trophy! That was a highlight of my week at Osh. Not only is their plane gorgeous, but they are such a great family. Congrats to you...

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on Aug 11, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Darn That Twig!

You’ve heard me say it many times, backgrounds are everything. In wildlife photography, we should be aware of that background for its pluses and minuses. The background is the stage we create to show off the star, our subject, and use the background to tell its story. That’s a real challenge and a lot to ask from something, show off something and not get in its way in the process. It’s one reason why wildlife photography is so challenging because we can’t control the subject to put it in front of the best background when we want it. This whole issue intensifies when we narrow our subject down to birds. This is when you start hearing, darn that twig! Just like all wildlife photographers, I run into this same issue. When I started out 40yrs ago the only option was to get it right in the camera. I still rise to that same level of perfection which is why I shoot with the D5 / 800f5.6 AFS. Optics to...

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on Aug 10, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

Moose Podcast #8

Click to listen to Episode 8 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Podcast08.mp3 and iTunes   Thanks to all you loyal followers. Do me a favor and Tweet or Facebook these podcasts. Thanks! And to send in your question for the podcast: Moose Podcast (emails sent to this address will get no direct response)     People, Companies, Products Mentioned during Podcast: B&H Photo Nikon D5 Nikon D500 SB-5000 Nikon 105mm f/1.4 AFS Nikon 800f5.6 AFS Nikon 300PF Nikon 24-70VR2 Nikon 18-35AFS Vello Ringbox Ringflash Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24″) Fabric Grid for 24 x 24″ Quikbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (15 x 15″) Fabric Grid for 15 x 15″ Quikbox Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8′) Moose Workshops     Gear Used to Create Podcast Adobe Audition Rode Podcaster USB Broadcast Mic Array 2 Broadcast Arm Rode PSM1 Podcaster Shockmount Sure Digital Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic Seal Enhanced Studio Monitor Headphones Preconuns Studio One 3-Pro iZotope RX Plug-in...

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on Aug 9, 2016 in Field Reports

Flash Comp In the Body

Flash is such an important tool and with the introduction of D5 / D500 and SB-5000, it was made even easier to use. The issue still is us, humans that is, in “seeing” light and being able understand when we need to meld ambient light with flash to tell our story. The way we meld the light taking advantage of the computers in our cameras and our flash is through exposure compensation. That’s the purpose behind this post. In this photo of a Spitfire pilot in the cockpit wearing full scramble gear, it was made on a day when the ambient light was dull and directionless. I needed to dial in exposure compensation for the ambient light and for the flash. The body has only one exposure compensation button but your flash has two (at least with top end Nikons) buttons, one on the flash and one on the body. In this case, I depressed the Flash button on the back, left side of the D5 and dialed in...

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