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on May 1, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Grays of Westminster

There is this fabled land of myth and lore where Nikons live, and it really exists! If you’re into Nikon, I mean really, really, really into Nikon, you know Grays. It was either back in 1980 or ’81 when I first talked with Gray Levett of Grays of Westminster about an eclectic, obscure piece of Nikon gear. We have talked and emailed throughout the years enjoying a delightful friendship. Today, Sharon & I had the great fortune to actually spend time with Gray and Gillian at what can only be called, the Disneyland of Nikon. You see here the ever dapper Gray, holding his F36 Cordless he shot rocks bands with back in the 60s, with the same passion he had back in the day. His knowledge of the Nikon system, the entire system from its very beginning up to the very latest is simply stunning. While Grays has all the current gear, what they are so well known for is their service, knowledge and inventory of some of...

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on Apr 22, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Packing Int’l

I’ve had a few folks asking how I was taking my gear to England for our upcoming Passion in a Click. I’m taking my gear in the fantastic Think Tank Airport Int’l V2. I gotta have a roller for the simple reason is, my back. I’m taking this Think Tank because of the size, fits on the airplane and holds all I need plus a little more. Click on the photo above and you can enlarge it to see it all. Trust that helps you some time when you pack to...

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on Apr 15, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Kalyn Shoot

Kalyn is a true Mammoth kid! Weather just doesn’t seem to phase them so when I came up with this shot, her bright eyes and smile were the perfect match for big snow. We’ve received a bunch on inquiries how I made the shot of Kalyn now appearing on Image Chaser (and some shock I do portraits). It was actually very simple keeping in mind the Inverse Square Law. I went out scouting the day before a location that had two things going for it, curved slope background and wind. Why those two ingredients? I wanted the “air” to be filed with snow and to do that, I needed a background relatively close to bounce back some of the light into the blowing snow (you can see the after & before photos here). And the wind, to make the blowing snow. With the monster winds that can be on the slope as a storm comes in, I needed to use the Beauty Dish on the Profoto B1 so Sharon...

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on Mar 16, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Filter Time

“Do you use filters to protect your lenses?” This is a real common question and the answer is a giant yes and it’s time to replace them, again! Ya, I’m aware of resolution chart tests, lists of photographers who don’t and how the image quality is degraded by using the filter. Silly me, I still use filters on all my lenses that accept them. Yes, technically, I’m sure that there is some degradation of the image quality. And no, I’ve never had a photo buyer say, “I’d use your photo but you used a filter to protect you lens and I can see the image quality suffer because of it! Which is easier to replace, the Nikon NC 77mm filter or the front element of the 24f1.4AFS? This one pictured is on my 18-35AFS and I replaced it just a year ago. Why? I work in conditions that can be unkind to lenses. The 18-35AFS gets a ton of environmental abuse and I often clean off the filter with...

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on Mar 12, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

300PF From the Hip

Many have asked how the 300 PF is for a birds in flight lens. Shooting down in FL, I had the Df / 300 PF on a shoulder strap and pulled it up “quickdraw” fashion when wanting to photograph a bird on the wing. The 300PF did an amazing job of the job! It’s so light on the shoulder, it’s great! And fast focusing and sharp images … oh ya! So in answer to the question if the 300PF is great for flying birds … it sure...

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