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on Jul 6, 2017 in Random Thoughts

Camera Bag Essentials … New Class!

My latest class at KelbyOne is out, Camera Bag Essentials! The best part is, there’s a whole lot more here than the title suggests. Ya, I talk about packing camera gear but there’s more to it then which piece of gear goes into which slot. Check ‘er...

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on Jul 6, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

Looks Gr8 on Paper

We were so fortunate last week to spend it in the company of some great shooter and amazing birds. That combination should have produced some killer images. It was on paper the perfect mix of biology and technology, hummers and flash. Madera Cyn, Santa Rita Lodge, in particular, is simply a spectacular location for birds, specifically hummers. With that biology, today’s iTTL technology is the perfect tool for produce the images we were after. We should start there, the image we were after. There are definitely two camps when it comes to Hummer photos, frozen wings, and blurred wings. After seeing my aviation work and the blurred props, it’s no coincidence I’m in the blurred wing camp. It’s simple, I experience hummers as this blurred jewel and that’s how I want to tell their story in my photos. And that’s where this all begins, the subject and the story I want to tell. What makes hummers so darn cool? Their hovering abilities and the amazing colors they bring to...

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on Jul 5, 2017 in Random Thoughts

UK Warbird Photo Workshop

11-13 August 2017 at the historic Duxford Aerodrome, UK is going to be the most exciting photographic workshop we’ve ever presented, ever! Hosted by Historic Aircraft Collection, we will explore, imagine and immerse ourselves in the photography of WWII history! It all starts Friday evening the 11th with a presentation on basics to advanced techniques in photography and photographing aircraft. We have a block of rooms right off the Duxford Aerodrome so it’s convenient and close. We then start bright and early Saturday morning the 12th (before sunrise) on the field photographing some amazing aircraft: Spitfire, Hawker & Hurricane! We’ll then move into the digital darkroom to explore ways we can finish our static images. After all that, you’ll be served a great traditional English lunch and eat where the pilots ate during WWII Battle of Britain. Then we’ll really get busy with more classroom instruction, reenactor portraits and then planes turning props with ground-to-air and backfire at dusk photography. Saturday night we will gather again to continue on...

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on Jul 5, 2017 in Field Reports

The D7500 is a Delight!

I’ve just finished my first month with the D7500 and I can tell you, it’s a delight to shoot with! What many are calling the “lit’l brother of the D500,” I think that if that’s the kind of performance you’re looking for but in a smaller package, the D7500 accomplishes that very well! This DX body packs a lot of goodies inside its smaller frame but the most important is the file and there, the D7500 isn’t coming up short. There were two stands outs for me in the D7500 performance that I truly appreciated. Its metering and AF performance are the same as the D500. While it doesn’t have the same FPS as the D500 and its handling is a tad different from its smaller size, the D7500 took no time to get used to, no little goofies to overcome. I shot with it like I do the D500 and it delivered. As you can see in the two images above, The D7500 worked in low light or...

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