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on Oct 28, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Why the D750?

“Why use the D750 at Bryce instead of the 810?” recently popped up in my Twitter feed. The answer was quite simple, wireless. But I got the feeling that answer didn’t work for some so thought I should explain. When working with other photographers and helping them to “see” what I’m “seeing” when the camera can’t deliver the finished photo, working wireless is a killer teaching tool. In this case, shooting B&W, “seeing” not only the B&W image but how it looks once finished. I sent the image to the iPhone 6, ran the D750 image through Photoshop Express and Photoshop Fix. By being able to “finish” a photo in the field, holding up the iPhone to see the reality and the perception is a powerful tool for learning. Since wireless is built into the D750 and works so perfectly, it produces big, beautiful files, the reason why I shot with it instead of the D810 was simple, wireless. (actual iPhone 6...

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on Oct 16, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

LensSack is a Rock!

Our friends at LensCoat has come out with two great mods to their bean bag support line. LensSack Pro (seen above) and LensSack ProJr (seen below) bring the addition of a metal plate adding a vast amount of stability to our gear. What I really like about these is their ability to conform to any car/truck/van door while keeping the working experience the same. You might be asking why you don’t see my product shots here? Well, I went out last night to do just that, and it started to rain. I woke up and it’s still raining. Since we need the rain so bad, I left the Pro on the truck door just so it would keep on raining. Rain or shine, these are the best bean bags I’ve seen for a long...

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on Oct 1, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

P800 & Exhibition Watercolor

My good friend at Epson, Eddie, knows how I love to share my images via the print. He also knows I’m really, really, really a stickler when it comes to print quality. My favorite papers are Hot Press Bright and Exhibition going through a TON of it each year. Now one paper is a Matter and the other a Luster and depending on the subject (the most important), the client and the wall the print is going to be hung, I select the right paper (and at times, I go metal with Image Wizards). While we were talking about the new Epson P800 (repl for 3880) printer, a new paper (at least new to me) came up, the Exhibition Watercolor Fine Art (what Eddie affectionately calls the 80grit paper). Now I’d never heard of or tried that paper and trusting Eddie, a box of it arrived. Sadly, a couple months back. I just started test printing with it and man … it’s gorgeous!!!! You can’t tell a thing about...

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on Sep 10, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Have Camera Will Travel

One of the great treasures from our adventure in Africa were the relationships created. We had three special Maasai as our guides, drivers and interrupters on the Mara. Each was as unique as the critters they shared with us. Each had a passion for their world and desire to share it that was simply infectious. And all three were so much fun! I tried, and failed miserably to learn some Swahili. The “boys” were my teachers so at o’dark thirty each morning as I loaded my gear in a Landi, I would get my word for the day. Half way through our stay, talking with our Maasai who walked us down the path, I asked him for the word for his “spear.” I thought he said, my cookie, as in, it’s my cookie with cookie being the name. Well I knew I could remember that one. So the next morning, I thought I’d surprise my teachers with the new word I learned. I said “where’s your cookie?” and all...

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on Sep 8, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Gotta Have Power!

You simply gotta have power to run our babies! There was a time when with the first DSLRs of fifteen years ago you had to switch out the battery every time you switch CF Cards (and those were 64MB cards!). Those days are long gone, thank goodness!!! But there are times when our ability to charge our batteries can be the challenge. On my recent trip to Africa, I just didn’t know what power we’d have for charging batteries so I took extra batteries. I’ve had a lot of you have asked about off brand batteries. As you might have figured, I’m a “stick with the brand” kinda guy so have always stuck with the Nikon EN-EL18A to power my D4s. Well I had a sample of the Watson D4 battery come in and figured this was the perfect time to do a true field test and as it turned out, a stress test field test! The EN-EL18a is a 10.8V, 2500mAh battery that has served me brilliantly! The...

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on Aug 21, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Tascam DR-40

I’ve been doing a whole bunch of interviews of late. I take notes for important points, but count on a digital recorder to record the entire interview. My old Olympus LS-14 does a great job, but I found I needed a separate recorder for video as well. I went looking and asked advise of the experts at B&H Video and got the Tascam DR-40 and love it! This is why … The DR-40 captures up to four tracks from built-in, high-quality condenser microphones, XLR mic or line inputs. The internal mics are adjustable from XY to AB position, helping you to tailor your recording to the sound of the room. A pair of great-sounding TASCAM microphone preamps welcome condenser microphones with phantom power, recording at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution. It accommodates balanced XLR or 1/4″ line inputs using locking Neutrik Combo jacks. The DR-40 accepts SD or SDHC cards up to 32GB, and a 2GB card is included. Once recorded, play back your takes with EQ and the optional...

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