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on Nov 2, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

24-70VR – 1st Impressions

Cutting right to the chase, I like the new 24-70VR lens, its beautiful. If you own the original 24-70AFS should you rush out and replace it? From first impressions, I’d say only if you really think you must have VR. If you’re in the market for the first time to buy a 24-70, which should you buy? The VR hands down! What kind of statements can I make about the new 24-70VR after just a few hours? Ya, it’s heavier because it now has a VR motor inside. Yes, the lens barrel is made from the same composite as the 300PF and 18-35AFS which has already proven themselves outstandingly rugged. Yes, it feels really good in the hand with silky smooth action. And yes, it is sharp! And you ask if am I buying one … …I’m on the fence still. We went for a hike up to McCloud Lake on Saturday and I took the 24-70VR along (I hate bald skies). Inspection of those images look really sweet....

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on Nov 2, 2015 in Camera Tech

B2 vs Small Flash

I just love my Profoto B2 flashes! You can see just one way I use them in my KelbyOne Pilot Portrait class. But if you watch this video, it has some interesting comparison. While the final photos don’t do flash any favor, the info is worth...

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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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