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on Aug 24, 2015 in Field Reports

Going Off Camera Flash

I use flash A LOT with birds! The typical rig is the 800mm mounted on the Zenelli and the Wimberley F4 attached to it holding a SC-29 Cord which the SB-910 is attached. The SC-29 is a cable that I personally shortened so as to not have extra bouncing around and possibly scaring off the bird. Well that cord after a decade of use finally wore out. I just didn’t feel like going through shortening again so went looking and so happy to find the Vello TTL Flash Cord for Nikon Cameras (1.5′)! It has arrived, works perfectly and I don’t have to do the cutting and soldering, it’s already the perfect length as you can see. I was so happy to have found this cord I went looking for another solution. I have received a number of emails from folks saying they don’t have a budget for Pocket Wizards or 2nd SB-910 to fire off a flash. I was very excited to find this option, the Vello TTL...

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on Aug 18, 2015 in Field Reports

IoSafe Connects 7600 Miles Away!

My love affair with the IoSafe 1515+ and Synology just keeps growing the more I work with it! I was in Africa and we had a 3G and MiFi for connecting to the outside world. That’s it! I choose to spend the ten days totally offline (why nothing was posted here on the blog). Then one day a thought crossed my mind. From 7600 miles away with this really slow connection out in the African bush, could I hook up and talk with my IoSafe 1515+ back in the office using Synology’s DS File? As you can see, I was able to not only to see the IoSafe 1515+ but able to see the Jpeg thumbnails. Now I think the cell tower started to melt and bend over and the network went down for an hour with this connection, but after a while I was able to see what you see above. I made a real quick screen capture then logged off. Ya, it was an expensive experiment when...

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on Aug 7, 2015 in Field Reports

Nikon Owner Magazine

I am very honored to be in the 50th anniv issue of Nikon Owner Magazine! The extensive 18pg interview which we did while in London in April reveals a whole lot more than I thought, talking about wildlife photography and its role in our lives as we protect the lives on our subjects for future generations. I hope you give it a read and it inspires...

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on Jul 21, 2015 in Just Out!

Coat for the 300PF

Takin the new 300PF which is still new to Africa. I want it to stay new so the last thing I want to do is put a big scratch or brass the lens barrel working in the seat of the Landi. So, I called up the folks at LensCoat and ordered up their new LensCoat for the 300PF. I don’t have LensCoat on every piece of gear, but I sure do on those that I know are likely to get a nasty rub in the heat of action. This is especially true when working in any environment with metal like vehicles or aircraft. Now the smart folks at LensCoat give you two options with the Coat for the 300PF. You see pictured here the “non collar” coat and they provide you the coat if you use the tripod collar. You can protect your lens however you use it. That’s cool! It’s the little things that can make a big...

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on Jul 16, 2015 in Field Reports

Synology, DS & IoSafe

The IoSafe 1515+ installation just keeps getting better and better! I’m so in love with this system! Unbeknownst to me was all the Synology especially the Mobile Apps brings to the table. With DS File, DS Photo and DS Cloud, I can access ALL my images from ANYWHERE in the world with my iPhone, iPad and even my MacBook. Really you ask … watch! Here’s how I got it all up and working for our business IoSafe 1515+ – Journey Begins 1515+ – What’s Inside That’s Special IoSafe 1515+ – Connecting IoSafe 1515+ 01 June Update 30 June IoSafe Update IoSafe 1515+ is...

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on Jul 15, 2015 in Field Reports

RRS Pocket Pod

Really Right Stuff just brought out their Pocket Pod and it rocks! It’s is incredibly small yet incredible stable. As you can see below, it easily holds the Df / 300PF. And because I knew someone would ask, yes, I put the 800 / D4s on it and it held it steady as well. Now what you see on it is the basic RRS Microball which you can get as one unit if you’d like. I put the BH-25LR Ultra-light on mine just to give it a little more movement. The new Microball works really cool with that lever for movement. But whatever head you choose, this is a great little addition to your camera...

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