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on Mar 7, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

D4s – The UnBoxing

The D4s features I am ~really~ looking forward to experiencing: 11fps with full tracking (for critters and aircraft, ya baby!) 25,600 ISO (Hi-4 409,600) (just because I can) HD video at 1080p at 60fps (pushing my video capture / storytelling) 1000 Base-t Ethernet (might have to finally connect now) New Group Auto Area Focus mode (oh, this is the BIGGIE!) 9999 frames with Intervalometer (this is just sick!) EXPEED 4 Processing (the heart pushing all the good stuff) and the one I’m really excited about … Shoot 11 fps for approx. 200 shots at full resolution with AE and AF functionality (why I have the Lexar ready to go!) and increase that speed further by shooting a new smaller RAW SIZE S format. There is so much more but I need to go shoot. Stayed tuned...

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on Mar 6, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

D4s Shipped Today!

Just as announced, Nikon started shipping the D4s with many stores receiving them today. B&H once again rocked it, just notifying me mine was shipped and will arrive at my office tomorrow. That can only mean one thing … unboxing video comin! Thanks...

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on Feb 27, 2014 in Gear Just Introed!

35f1.8 AFS Field Shoot

On our K&M Adventure to Moab, we made the mandatory stop at the Hole N” the Rock. This is a great place to spend highnoon when the light is hot and the contrast sever. This unique collection of western legend and lore was a marvelous place to take the new 35f1.8AFS for a serious spin (on the Df of course), shooting just at f1.8 to see what it could do. I should start by saying I was shooting with the Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer II Filter to remove the blue reflection caused by the sky and thus, bringing out the warmth of the red rock environment and in some part, softening the contrast. This comet art was the perfect place to start as I was just inches away from the front of it when I made the shot. The edge to edge sharpness of the 35f1.8 in combination with its shallow DoF at f1.8 really go hand in hand to produce a gorgeous file. While technically not noted as...

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on Feb 13, 2014 in B&W Photography, Gear Just Introed!

35f1.8 AFS – 1st Impressions – Oh Ya!

Yeap, B&H put the new 35f1.8AFS in my hands PDQ and I like! Sharp lens especially at f/1.8. Autofocusing – fast and responsive. Really sick MFD with outstanding corner to corner performance. Physically small and compact, slightly odd fitler size but for the price, it’s a screamer. First impressions … blows away my old 35f2! As far as these photos go, top one is looking north and the bottom one is driving 45 miles north and looking south on the same clouds. Finishing was a simple single click using Nik Silver Efex...

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on Feb 4, 2014 in Aviation, Camera Tech, Gear Just Introed!

ProFoto B1 Flashes – The BEST Ever!

Knowing this project was coming up, I’ve been trying out for months a whole bunch of “more powerful” portable flash units from Profoto. And after testing a WHOLE bunch, found the ones for my style! The Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash is a beautiful 500w light in a small package. It’s powered by a battery the size of a cigarette packet, that blows me away. Being a small package was a really IMPORTANT consideration since I’ll be flying to locations often with these units. But the #1 consideration for all the units I tested was the quality of light they produce. That’s where the B1 really excelled! In this particular shoot, I used the Profoto 5.0′ RFi Octa Softbox that with its internal baffle producing a gorgeous light! In this portrait of Chris with his stunning Stinson L-5 / OY-1 (an Okinawa veteran), we’re on the ramp just off the active. After selecting his favorite aircraft to be photographed with (I was hoping for their Kenner or...

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