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on Sep 24, 2015 in Field Reports

The Commercial Shoot

It’s been a while since I’ve done a full blown, working comp, big stage commercial shoot. To say I was rusty is being kind. Now I never was really fast at it, often looked for small details that never really show up in the photo. Sharon worked hard and spent almost three years getting us the client so I wanted to deliver more than they expected. The client is AvFuel and the setting is kinda our home, Minot Aero Center. And the job is to show both AvFuel and MAC doing their daily thing. So with the comp and list in hand, I went to work. This top shot is pretty darn simple, business jet in front of the big, new hangar. To bring it home visually to Minot, shot it after a blizzard had gone through. Simple D4s / 24-70AFS click. Check that off the list. The next shot might seem simple but it’s one the lawyers got involved with. The pumping of JetA must be done in...

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on Sep 7, 2015 in Field Reports

DJI Ronin Rocks!

I’m totally amazed and stunned by the Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer! This is the most sophisticated, simplistic, graceful, beautiful machined tool I’ve ever used! You’re probably asking yourself, “what the hell is it?” You could think of it as a steadycam and that would be a simplistic way of thinking of it. What you’re seeing in the animated GIF above is the Ronin in its stand and then in the hand (D750 / 18-35AFS not included). The Ronin provides amazing hand held control over all your movements. Just take a look … You might be looking at this and thinking it’s over your head. Nothing could be further from the truth. Set up, calibration and application is really bloody simple. That’s how I first fell in love with it. It’s use, it pretty simple too but to be honest, thinking in those dimensions and being a visual storyteller was a challenge for me personally. But that has nothing to do with operation this beautiful machine. Now I had...

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on Sep 3, 2015 in Field Reports

Big Blur No Filter!

Like the Big Filter blur look but hate the process? Want to blur water anytime, any place even if you only have just your camera body? Wanna a cool technique that you don’t have to buy a thing to do? Well this is no for you …. just kidding! This very simple technique if killer and can be used so simply, check out Creating A Long Exposure Look Without The Wait (or ND Filter). You’ll love...

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on Sep 1, 2015 in Field Reports

“I Hate You!”

At our camp in Africa, once it got dark we had a Maasai Warrior escort us from our sleeping quarters to the main social-dinning area. There was a really good reason for this. We literally had elephants, lions, hyenas and Hippos wondering through camp. As in, staring in the door of your tent, eyes glowing in the light close! So the Maasai would walk you to and from so you didn’t stumble literally into one of these critters. Well, I’m a well known flashlight addict and had with me my Blizzard 1000 Search and Rescue LED Flashlight. The Maasai had a flashlight as well, a simple solar powered unit as he didn’t need much. Well after a couple of nights I’d gotten to know him so when he turned on his flashlight, I turned on my Blizzard. When it came on he kinda reared back and his eyes got real big. I handed him the flashlight, showed him the settings and he just smiled as he lit up the...

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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 F-9 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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