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on Nov 16, 2016 in Field Reports

Time To Think Digit Warmth!

This is simply a brilliant product I’m pulling out, it’s that time of year! I learned about the DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector last year and it is so simple but sooo effective! It’s real simple, you place your camera / lens inside and place your hands inside and you shoot. You can shoot easily down to zero with no gloves easily with this. You can put a flash through the top slot and see everything through the viewfinder and LCD with clear back panel. It’s real simple to attach or remove and get your hands inside to your gear. The inside lining is soo soft as well, it just screams “come in!” It fits any body, any lens as well as any size of hands. If you’re shooting with a Nikon AFS lens, be sure to have it set to M/A and not A/M. Otherwise, this is the perfect outdoor photographer accessory. I’ll have it the end of the month at Bosque for those cold mornings. Oh,...

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on Nov 15, 2016 in Wildlife Photography

Turnstone?

Turnstone, turnstone, what kind of name is that for a bird that is found most often on the beach? We have two turnstones in North American, the Black and Ruddy, this is a Ruddy. And their name comes from their constant habitat of turning over debris looking for food. Unlike many of its beach neighbors, Turnstones don’t constantly prob the sand looking for a bite to eat, but under debris where the rest of the birds never look. It always fascinates me to watch all the different species of shorebirds gather and feed with minimal competition in the same little patch of sand, all finding what they need to survive the day. Beautiful! In these first two photos you have two different stories of the Ruddy Turnstone. The above is your basic intimate with the subject shot, the bottom is the biology unfolding. While they were both taken with the D5 / 800mm w/TC-1.25x but the top one, the rig was resting on the sand with the Panning Plate...

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on Nov 15, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Entertainment For Your Long Nights

I was looking up some trivia for a book I’m writing and the search engine took me to my own class on KelbyOne. Ya, it was a laugh out loud moment when I looked in my own class for my own answer! Now my first class on Landscape Photography was filmed way back in 2007, my section on a polarizer still holds true today. And while the lessons on the old Win box might use old software, the techniques and the reasons behind them are still valid. So during the long nights of winter fast approaching, here’s the offerings that might stir the imagination and get the juices flowing for the daylight hours. (from first to latest) Landscape Photography – Ground Work Landscape Photography – Part 2 Photographing Florida Birds Yellowstone Big Game Photography Nature Photography – Shorebirds Romancing the Landscape – Part 1 Romancing the Landscape – Part 2 Romancing the Landscape – Part 3 Aviation Photography – The Airshow Shooting Fall Landscapes A Beginners Guide to Wildlife...

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on Nov 14, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Ya, I Pretty Much Suck at Moon Landscapes

Isn’t it obvious with this photo? Why is that? Well, in this straight shot taken at Kodachrome Basin, just like everyone else, I saw a beautiful moon in person and the mind’s eye made it big and special. But put that cold heartless bastard to your eye and instantly that beautiful moon looks like what I’ve always called a “processing mistake” (an old reference back to the days of film). We’re drawn to the moon like a moth to a flame, and we all know how that turns out for the moth. Technically, it’s real easy to get the exposure, a full moon is Basic Daylight (ISO-Shutter Speed f/16) or you Spot Meter off the moon. The problem is visually, the moon, unless you use a long lens is always small in the frame. That’s why I’ve always gone old school when I really want a big moon in a photo, double exposure (photo below). That is the actual moon that evening, but when the photo of the buildings...

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on Nov 14, 2016 in Random Thoughts

No, This Is Not a Supermoon Photo

and neither are most of those sent to me by folks. Why? A Supermoon is “brighter-larger” visually than the moon we see normally. The photos sent me were nice, I’m sure a blast to take but just taking a picture of the moon in the sky, be it super or not could be any full moon, couldn’t it? If you walked outside last night and looked up at the moon, depending on where you were it might have looked brighter but without some reference, it didn’t look any bigger. This all comes down to the classic problem we all face every time we go to take a photograph, storytelling! In the photo above, it’s a double exposure, one for the B-25 and the other for the moon. But in the moon’s case, I zoomed way in the hell out to 560mm (200-400 w/TC-14e) to make it so bloody large in the frame (and took a few attempts), “Supermoon” size. It’s definitely not my best double exposure but it was...

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