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on Aug 19, 2015 in Random Thoughts

World Photo Day

Yep, it’s World Photo Day. More than 200,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook EVERY minute! Over 880 BILLION images were taken in 2014! And to celebrate this we have World Photo Day. Being that we are photographers, this might seem as silly as national donut day but we who love donuts, take that day very seriously. I thought about the day and thought we should put our own twist on it. I propose we make it World Photo Day to introduce a kid to photography. I love working with kids with a camera, they just see the world so differently. It just makes me smile. We were very fortunate that both of our boys seemed to take to photography. This is Brent at age four with “his” camera photographing a Black-chinned Hummer nest. He had a “toy” Nikon he played with so it was no surprise that his first word was literally, Nikon. Kids say the darndest things and when we place a camera in their hands, they can...

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on Aug 11, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Chloride Fun

The Photoshop World Photo Safari packed the bus and took a drive to Chloride for a fun afternoon. The theme I set for the day was light, so after a in class presentation we hit the “ghost town” of Chloride to put what we talked about in action. We were very fortunate to have along the very talented Emily and Sam to model not the latest fashion, but light. Our first stop on the discussion of light was the saloon. It made sense to me to stop there first, needed that drink in the 102 temp! You can see above our little gallery. With that large, big south facing “window” we had the perfect light in our studio for working with Emily and Sam. We needed for flash, no reflectors, just using that large opening and by positioning our light models we could make our photographs. We started with the model out in the sun and then slowly moved them back into the gorgeous light so all could see...

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on Jul 6, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Creativity in the Lost & Found?

Had an interesting comment come my way that had me thinking. “I just don’t see how you guys keep coming up with new photographs. I struggle to just take one.” I was talking with a photographer who had hit the creative wall and was seeking some kind of words to break it down. This post is for him but I thought I’d share it with all. We’ve all been there, I sure have been, putting that camera to the eye was just simply no joy. How do you get past that wall? On the fun side of feeling in the mood, I simply hit the shutter release of my camera and let ‘er rip! Seriously, put the camera into CH and hold down that shutter release and listen to that beautiful sound! Yep, sounds down right silly if not stupid. But you would be surprised how that sound triggers something in your mind and that wall now has a hole in it, just big enough to get the process...

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on Jul 2, 2015 in Random Thoughts

New 600mm, 500mm & More!

Well, the 800mm isn’t going to be alone anymore. Nikon has introduced the new 600 FL and 500FL today, carrying on the new level of quality the 800mm brought to big glass. The first thing you should know is, these lenses are LIGHTER than those they replace. For example the 600mm is THREE POUNDS lighter than the last version of the 600mm. There some other sweet advances as well and once I have these in my hands and shoot them, I’ll let you know. The other lens to be introduced is a 16-80f/2.8-4 DX lens. That’s a sweet addition to line. If you want more info right now, click the links and I’ll have more once they are in...

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on Jun 12, 2015 in Random Thoughts

LensCoat GoPro BodyBag

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and so glad LensCoat came out with them. Clean, simple and very effective, their new GoPro BodyBag as you can see protect our GoPros! Whether it’s the 3+ in or out of its case, these protect those fragile elements. Simply...

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