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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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on Nov 4, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Not Bad for a Wildlife Guy

I’ve really enjoyed getting back with big flash, the Profoto B1 & B2. I didn’t ever think my new work would be noticed to this extent by Profoto. I’m very humbled and honored to be included with this group who really know how to make these lights shine. You have the opportunity, check out all of their work. You’ll learn and be...

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on Oct 13, 2015 in Random Thoughts

All Gone?

The box appears on power up … can’t read drive. Had that many times before and it never has been a big issue. Click on Disk Utility, click on the drive and then Repair and a minute later I would be up and running. Well Apple decided that for their protection that caused problems so in El Capitan you get the utility you see above, one that doesn’t work. No more repair, First Aid doesn’t function. You might say get DiskWarrior, no joy there either. So at this point, all my images from the last week are “locked” up in a drive I can’t access. The most common solution, return to Yosemite and abandoning El Cap. Oh, the joys of the computer at...

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