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on May 5, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Caverns of Sonora

One of the great aspects of storm chasing is seeing parts of our amazing country you otherwise wouldn’t see. The Caverns of Sonora is a great example of what I mean. It is the coolest cavern I’ve toured but didn’t know it even existed! The sad thing is that now I know about it, I probably wouldn’t travel just to see it but on a road trip, it’s a must do stop! There are tons of great treasures like this you see while your storm chasing that make the chase just that much sweeter! You go down if I remember correctly nearly 200 vertical feet on the tour. That’s a lot of stairs cause you gotta come back up them to get out. At first, the cavern isn’t all that impressive and then all of a sudden you turn a corner and the magic appears, room after room after room! The natural beauty, the sculptures created by water and minerals is staggering! The lighting is provided by the lights...

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on May 4, 2016 in Just Out!

Texas Bird Photography Workshop

Yep, Jake and I are teaming up for some winter bird photography along the coast of Texas. Jake is a great photographer and has a way with critters, which makes him a natural leader and teacher. Hundreds of bird species funnel through Texas as they head south of the border. The variety is huge and the opportunities almost exhausting. And there are some resident birds you won’t find anywhere else. This combination and a whole lot more make this a great place for bird photography! This is a long and short lens adventure and more than likely, a little flash thrown in for good measure. When you combine this all together, it makes for good times. The dates are 11.01-06.16. You’ll fly into Houston on the 1st and fly out on the 6th. Right now, we will base 2 days out of Galveston and 2 days out of Corpus Christi. Weather can affect the migration, which might cause a slight change to where we base out of. The price of $1975 covers instruction, transportation to...

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on May 4, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Can’t it Be Alone?

The sun and the moon suck photographers in like moths to a flame. There are lots of reasons for this, all very valid. Often though, that memorizing glowing ball tends to fog the mind and the final image, well, just isn’t as memorizing as the real McCoy. Has that ever happened to you? It happens to many and they wonder why. The answer might be simpler than you might think. It could be simply you included items in the scene that were not needed. Now this might not be the case all the time, but here’s an example from a shoot on top of Mt Scott to illustrate my point. Shooting long (D5 / 300PF) the subject was pretty clear cut, the sun. But often we’re told we need to have something else in the frame. This might be true if the photo of the sun sucks. Why might it suck? Often it’s because the way the light and color are distributed in the frame. When you’re shooting over...

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on Apr 29, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Day 4 Storm Chasin – The Cloud

You’re not looking at a tornado in either photo. Simply put, it was too cold to produce the needed rotation for a funnel to drop down. We went the bed last night full of hope, the models were looking good for at least one tornado in the area. We had spend the day yesterday driving to stage for today and we were in the best spot, mother nature just decided not to play. The top flow certainly looks like it might be a funnel, but it had no rotation. It was moisture simply getting out of Dodge. It was taken about two hours before the bottom photo. The size of this supercell was really pretty staggering! Finding a place where we could get a clean shot was a challenge and when we finally did, there was nothing to include for scale. But it took us nearly 30min of driving to get out to this vantage point, it was that big! The light colored mass in the lower left is...

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on Apr 28, 2016 in Field Reports

SB-5000, Wireless & Settings

This has been a LONG time coming! The D5 introduces quite eloquently the new Nikon SB-5000 and its wireless Creative Lighting System. You still have iTTL Flash Metering, but the camera and flashes talk wirelessly as well as optically. The HUGE advantage of wireless over optical is no more worrying about line of site for triggering your flashes. So for example if shooting along the Texas Coast with us in November and you need to use your SB-5000 with your long lens, no more cables between the camera and flash to fire and meter. No more wires to get caught in branches or scare off birds! Besides having a wireless capable body (only the D5 & D500 so far), you need to have the SB-5000 and WR-R10. If you already have the WR-R10, it needs to have firmware 3.0 which Nikon is doing for free (that is not a typo). Once you have all the pieces, pairing the flash, remote, body, all together is simple. But the controls are different with...

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