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on Dec 9, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Platypod Pro

The Platypod Pro is getting a lot of buzz lately and for good reason. This very simple and small yet effective plate can serve you well in a pinch when you need a “tripod.” Plates for mounting cameras are not new but what makes this new entry cool is not only its size but “legs.” There are three bolts that can be inserted to give the flat plate the ability to be used on unlevel surfaces. It comes in a sleeve inside the case that when used alone makes transport really simple. You have to add a tripod head to the Platypod to make it totally functional. I added the Really Right Stuff BH-25 which works well, it’s not to tall. What you see is the D4s / 24-70VR attached to the unit and when you have everything plumbed up, it holds the rig real steady. Personally, this rig is too much for the Platypod but not the D750 /18-35AFS which is more likely what I’d use it with....

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on Dec 7, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Dec 7th, “a date which will live in infamy”

The last survivor of the USS Arizona just passed away, he and all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom shall never be forgotten! We’d been planning it for months, paperwork filed with official channels asking for permission, route and mission decided on, all was good to go! The time had come to put the flight in the air. It was a beautiful clear morning 15 March as we meet the team at the gate of the airport. The day before we’d all meet in Rob’s hangar and went over the flight we’d been planning for months. The maps were pulled out and spread on the table, historic photographs of the day laid about, the route was selected and timed with my shot list making sure we can accomplish all that we had planned. Our flight path wasn’t one we came up with but one that followed the morning of December 7th, 1941. The sun hadn’t graced the skies yet but there was a glow over Diamond Head...

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on Dec 1, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Picking Backgrounds?

“How do you pick your backgrounds?” This question came in an email after a person saw my Instagram post yesterday. At first, I laughed to myself and then thought, this is a really good question. Picking backgrounds is essential as visual storytellers, it is how we set the stage for our subject to perform on. But the word “picking” leads one to think we have complete control over the background. In some cases, like shooting portraits and in the studio, we can and should meticulously pick that background. When shooting static aircraft, I at times have the ability to pick that best background. But the majority of the time in my photography, the background is a fluid element as the subject is moving. In that case, what do you do? There are actually many options but they all rely on YOUR seeing the background in the first place. In these two photographic examples, I kept them in my files to specifically talk about when backgrounds don’t work. The top...

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on Nov 19, 2015 in Random Thoughts

‘Tis the Season!

My man at B&H and I thought that up until the end of the year, I’d post select B&H specials that would make killer Christmas presents as well as items that you might not notice are on short term specials. Starting today, I’ll post them as they come in for your consideration. Now be forewarned, toys and well as tools will be posted, temptation might be great! Nikon Aculon 6×20 Laser Rangefinder (Dark Green) $30 off until 11/20/15 at 4:30 PM (Must be purchased before 4:30 PM) Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black) – $20 off until 11/21 – Do you know anyone who shoots outdoors??? J Vello Bluetooth Shutterboss Advanced Intervalometer for Nikon – Compatible with Apple Bluetooth Low Energy Compatible Models Some of these are part of B&H’s one day specials so if something excites you, don’t hesitate. Oh, feel free to blame me for the purchase to your spouse, I’m use to it...

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