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on Feb 4, 2015 in Gear Just Introed!, Just Out!

I’m Out of Breath – VideoMic X!

Do you remember that first stereo you bought (this is you old folks) and you set up the speakers and you could hear that train from ZZ Top go from one corner of your room to the next? Well when I got the brand New Rode VideoMic X yesterday, I wanted to hear that on my DSLR video! SO I set up the D4s with the VideoMic X on it with my settings dialed in and started running back and forth making train sounds. Once I realized I was too winded to do anymore, I got in the truck and drove up and down the street. Damn if this mic didn’t catch that all right to left and then left to right sound, beautifully! (can’t wait to get to the airport for some flypasts!) Yes, I’m nuts but I love having fun! If you think I’m going to post a video of my running and huffin and puffin, you’re nuts! But if you’re wondering why I have this mic,...

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on Sep 24, 2014 in Camera Tech, Gear Just Introed!

Bringing In the Movement

I’ve written many, many times about how with still images, we need to use any number of techniques to bring movement to our subject. The most common is simply panning. Well, it seems this holds true for video even though it’s a moving medium. While I’m not trying to become a rockin videographer, I would like those times I do shoot video to do a better than average job. This means upping the game so now I’m looking at bringing movement into this moving medium. http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Slider01-desktop.m4v The first and seemingly easiest way of introducing this movement to video is what is called a Slider. So, Brent & I went looking at sliders. Did you know that the good ones are bloody expensive, like in the thousand and thousands of dollars?! Not knowing a thing about them and finding renting not practical, I went looking for a cost effective slider that would be a good tool to learn with. I found the Revo 23″ Camera Track Slider and I’m impressed...

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on Jul 3, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

Senal Shotgun Mic – OMG!

I’ve been on the search for the perfect mic to connect to the D4s for recording wildlife sounds with the video. And I’ve found it, the killer mic, the MS-77 Mini Shotgun Microphone! As you can see above how small it is. It’s self contained using #377 batteries and not needing phantom power. It comes with the shock hotshoe mount and two connecting cables. The most important thing is its sound quality. For that, I offer up the following video. Shot at the Black Skimmer colony in FL, there were photographers on either side of me talking and shooting while I was recording. I was lying on the ground shooting with the D4s / 800mm on the Panning Plate. If you’re looking for a great mic for recording wildlife sounds (or vocals for that matter), I HIGHLY recommend the...

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on Jul 3, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

Xuma 11,000mAh Portable Power

The Xuma 8000 got me so excited and has worked so dang great, I went and got the 11000 mAh Xuma. As you can see, it can charge/run a WHOLE bunch of devices (coming with 10 tips plus accepting your basic USB cord you already own): Now recharging I think it just the starting point for the 11000 model. I believe it will power for example the GoPro Hero+ for a L O N G time as well as some other devices. So I’ll spending some of my weekend testing. Oh, the best part, it’s only $69! If you’re looking for portable power and I mean power, you might want to check out the Xuma...

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on Jun 18, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

Xuma 8000mAh Portable Power

I needed more power while traveling for my devices and found a great unit, the Xuma 80G. As you can see, it’s just a tad smaller than a iPhone 5. It took my iPad Retina from 25% charge to full while charging the iPhone 5. I’ve gone across the country watching movies on the iPad with it plugged into Xuma and had 92% charge. You recharge it using any USB port with blue LEDs telling you the status of the unit. Small, powerful and it...

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on Mar 8, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!, Wildlife Photography

D4s – 1st Field Shoot

Took the D4s out shooting this morning and I can honestly say, it’s not your D4! Headed out to the Greater Sage Grouse lek and at 05:13 heard the familiar sound of a male calling. Been working with this population for 25yrs now so know them pretty well. I shot the entire time from the cab of my truck with the D4s, 800f5.6 w/TC.25 resting on the Puffin Pad (just like in the video). The sun doesn’t hit the lek until 06:31 so I sat in the dark just listening for a while. Slowly, the ambient light levels rise and I can see the ghostly white forms jetting about the lek. At 06:00 I started to shoot when I normally wouldn’t have wanting to test the high ISO quality of the D4s. Shooting at ISO3200, I made come clicks as the males make claim to their particular piece of ground. At 06:06 the first territorial battle broke out and it happen to be right in front of me. You...

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