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on Jan 18, 2017 in Field Reports

The Amazing Feiyu MG V2

I’ve come to the end of my two year search for the perfect handheld DSLR gimbal, the Feiyu MG V2. The video says it all, the button below takes you to all the gear we...

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on Jan 17, 2017 in Field Reports

New 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in the field with the new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and I love it! There are many attributes that bring me to this feeling, sharpness, speed, design, balance, all adding up to making this IMHO more than a tad better then the previous version. I’ve shot it on the D5, D500 & D750 and it performs flawlessly on all. Here are my...

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on Jan 5, 2017 in Field Reports

“What’s the Best f/stop?”

I am convinced that one of the hardest things for a photographer to grasp is Depth of Field (DoF)! I’m constantly asked via every means possible, “What’s the best f/stop?” Lately, I’ve been flooded with links of articles asking me if they are accurate or not. And while reading is a valid way to learn photography, I’m old school where the best way to learn is by doin. DoF is one of those things you have to learn FOR YOUR photography by doing, YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY! This means taking pictures. There are great article outs there but DoF is all about storytelling and that is very much an individual activity. I want to pass along an old exercise I did long ago that helped me make DoH my friend. The lessons of the Six Pack Exercise is how I knew I wanted to use the 105f1/4 AFS on this photo of a P-40e (on the D5) to make the story the photo contains. DoF is not just about focal length...

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on Dec 28, 2016 in Field Reports

New DLSR, Old DSLR … Play with Features!

So, you know how to use all the features of your camera when you need them? No matter if you just got a new DSLR or have had one for a while, playing with features is the best way to learn what might help your photography. Here’s a quick idea to get you started. Every year with the cold temps and snow, icicles hanging from our roof always grab my attention. I always go for the lazy man’s way of catching that drop as it falls. What’s the lazy man method? Thanks for asking as it pertains to this blog’s topic. I start by using HSC – High Speed Crop. This not only crops the FX sensor of the D5 but more importantly, speeds up the FPS by 1 frame per second. Next, I raised the ISO to 1600 and dialed in -1 exp comp, both giving me a faster shutter speed. I went to Auto Area AF to take advantage of its Closest Subject Priority and of course,...

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on Dec 22, 2016 in Field Reports

Shooting In Snow … How?

How do I shoot in snow? I’ve had that email and phone call a couple of times this week. To be totally up front, understand that I just don’t get cold. Sharon is always telling me to put on a jacket so I don’t make other people feel cold. With that said, my preferred way to work in the snow, is to not be in the snow. Both of these photographs were taken from the comfort of inside my office shooting out an open window. But I have the feeling that’s not really at the heart of the question I’m being asked. The Musk Ox photo I posted yesterday on Instagram, I was standing out in the elements at -30 shooting and that is the most common way we shoot, out in the elements. When it comes to the gear (like gloves), like everything else I do, I use the KISS theorem. Here’s how I apply it. I start by avoiding breathing on the camera’s eyepiece. I gotta think...

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