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on Nov 5, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Size Isn’t Everything

Size isn’t everything! Size of your lens for example, this photo was taken with 1000mm. Size of your effort to get the photo, we just had to walk a mile for this photo. Size of your subject, that bull Moose couldn’t be any smaller in the frame. The size of your heart that drives the size of your imagination, now we’re in a conversation where size matters. When you put your eye to the viewfinder, be sure you’re concern on size is the right size. Then and only then will the subject reach out and touch the viewer and the story...

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on Nov 4, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Seeing the Trees from the Woods

While fall color is on its way out, I pose this question to give you a year to think of YOUR right answer. I do love saying, “less is more” and in this instance, it might give way to a better photograph. I shot all three images with a Df / 24-70AFS and used my favorite tool, my feet to change the photograph. But before you move your feet or change your lenses, you gotta answer the question, “can you see the trees from the woods?” What are the factors that might help you answer this question? For me, it’s the light, that’s the biggest factor. With fall color, you have the “color” that sucks the viewer into your photograph. Be it yellow, red or a combination thereof, those colors help the mind’s eye see into the frame and travel about. Next then are all the vertical lines, the trunks. Light does help here but what if there is no magical beam of light, how does the eye move...

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on Nov 3, 2015 in Landscape Photography

It’s Here!

Ya baby, it snowed! Only 5″ so far but that means the fire danger is reduced for the moment and that’s huge. It also means our Beagle needs more outside time, she loves the snow. More importantly, I get to photograph birds in the snow again. I used the opportunity to take the 24-70VR out in the inclement weather to see how it would do. It was only 36 degrees, pretty warm, but it had no effect on its operation. It got plenty of snow on it, no effect either. I know for some it’s too early to be seeing or dealing with snow but for drought ridden California, it’s good timing. Let it...

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on Oct 30, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Greeting the Sun

I have a well earned reputation, I love greeting the sun each day! Ya, this means getting up early but the rewards out weigh the pain (and afternoon naps feel so good!). On our recent visit to Bryce, we greeted the sun each day and while some days were not as spectacular as others, just listening to the world come to life as the birds sing and the deer stroll, makes each and everyone one a celebration for the soul. And those mornings when we did see the sun, it didn’t disappoint! Shooting is really rather simple. Armed with the D750 / 14-24AFS and closing the lens down to f/22, all one had to do was look and click. The first thing you might be asking is, “what about exposure?” Well, I’m “pinching” the sun to increase the starburst at the same time, minimizing its brightness lowering the range of light, slightly. So I dial in -1.7, shooting Landscape Tone Curve and then simply finish in ACR. I run...

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on Oct 29, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Showing That Giant Rack

Those racks, it’s what fall is all about when you’re a wildlife photographer! Just as trophy hunters look for the biggest set, so do wildlife photographers. But how do you make them look as big if not bigger in your photo than they are in the wild? This 50-52″ rack isn’t a huge one but it is respectable. The first thing in making the rack appear large in the frame is to shoot UP on the subject. Not eye level, not down, but an upward angle is a must in making the antlers appear large. This is just a basic human response to shooting up. It appears more masculine, more majestic and for a bull Moose, bigger! Next is the lens you shoot with. Longer is not always the best choice. In this case, I’m shooting with the 200-400VR2 (with D4s) because I love how 400mm communicates the strength of the animal. My preferred focal length is 300mm but getting that opportunity is a challenge. Lastly, it’s the pose...

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on Oct 28, 2015 in Landscape Photography


The breeze is cool, the ground is moist and the clouds have rolled in. You’re standing on the rim of Bryce Canyon and what you see above is what your eyes and senses are delivering to you mind and heart … You insert your best settings into the camera and go click and the camera’s LCD delivers you what you see above. What went wrong? Actually, nothing! The image you see above came directly from the image below and the image below is exactly what I wanted to capture. Shot with the D750 / 24-70AFS, it’s kinda a simple click (processed ACR / Nik). One of the keys to photography in the digital age is understanding all our cameras can and cannot do, capture, communicate. At the same time, understand all our digital darkroom, can and cannot do, translate and communicate. You start with understanding that there is a computer we’re working with and computers like data. Our cameras have the biggest sample base in collecting data with the...

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