I’ll be straight with ya, this thing has me scratching my head a little. The great folks at VisibleDust just came out with their Mini Quasar Sensor Loupe which as the name suggests, is the smaller brother of the more common BriteVue Quasar Sensor Loupe. The Mini is much smaller, you could easily carry it in your flap pocket in your camera bag. It’s $20 less and in this day & age, that’s something. And it’s damn bright! But the Quasar I think is easier to use as it sits neatly on the lens mount and doesn’t slide around. The Mini, you have to hold in place and while pretty well balanced, I find it awkward to use. It does utilize a glass magnifier and not some plastic lens so you can see easily all the dust. It is so small I will carry both Loupes with me but I’ll probably reach for the big brother first when I go to clean my sensor.
The quest for video, it keeps me up at night. I talked about it to fellow PSW Dreamteam members last week, it keeps me up at night and I struggle with organizing it all the time. And even with those backend nightmares, I still invest in it. My latest is the newly released (as in this last week) Coolpix S9100. Why this camera? It does a great job with 1080p video! It’s really small size makes it less of a target for the slip stream when up in a plane (it’s also lighter) which is what I was looking for. I’ll still rely on the P7000 for still coverage out of the pocket but will turn to the S9100 for video (P7000 doesn’t do 1080p). You can find out more about it Jeff at Adorama a jingle, he’ll put it right in your hands in a snap. My only concern is, it’s so small, I might loose it!
Yeah, we couldn’t be prouder or happier! Jake has his first double truck and it looks fabulous! To see the whole thing, click here. Other then paying for his airline ticket to be there that morning, mom & dad had nothing other to do with this. This success is 100% his doing. Jake Congrats, and may you have many, many more!
On 8 March at 5PM PST, you have the opportunity to talk with me about wildlife photography, landscape photography, a little digital darkroom and just in general your questions. To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive an assignment at the end of the session. Once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to the Peachpit Photo Club Flickr Group where Moose and the Peachpit crew will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes! So click here and sign up and join us, it’s free!
A common and good question I receive a lot is, “How’d you shoot that” whenever I post a product shot. Because I’m a wildlife photographer, what I know about lighting? Since I don’t have a permanent studio, I keep it really simple because I just hate setting it up and taking it down. What I do now is what you see, attached to two Manfrotto 1004BAC stands are two Lastolite EzyBoxes. Inside of them are two SB-900s which are triggered TTL via the Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 (which rock since you don’t have to play “bend the flash” for the sensors). I used my favorite studio lens, the 70-180macro on the D3x and went click. Oh yeah, my white background? The Epson 24×30 Exhibition paper box (it was handy). Then in post, I simply lowered the opacity of the Wimberley. Keeping it simple.
When I read the original news that is linked in the article, I says to myself, “BS!” And then I went looking for the science the original headlines were based on. It always amazes me how man tends to look at one side and not both sides of an issue, often jumping to erroneous conclusions because of that. Not that I’m not guilty of that at times, but I sure do know the pitfalls when I do it. And interesting piece, Hitchcock would have loved it!
Just in time, here’s a piece to get your photography hot during the chill of winter. Tell a friend, share the warmth!
I’m just so excited by what was just delivered to me, my new book. AdoramaPix is an amazing resource for photographers! All you have to know to make you own beautiful book is the photographs you want to include. AdoramaPix does the rest making it fun and easy. Wanna see what I did, click here to leaf through the book. I recommend you just layout a book and go for it, great way to share your vision on our world!
PS…damn good service!!!!
“The experiences you create are the moments that define you.” Seth is one smart cookie and if you add into this GREAT thought photography, wow…powerful stuff!
How many times have you read in last couple of days, “I can’t believe a year’s gone by?!” If you have kids or a busy life or very happy or all of the above, you know just how fast time flies. This is especially true the more years you’ve celebrated. While we take this time of year to reflect on our lives, you might wanna reflect on your photography. Where has it come and where’s it going?
For myself, it was one year ago that we did our first air to air shoot over Lake Tahoe. We decided at the end of 2009 to take a risk and expand our business, push my photography by entering a new genre. I ended the year doing a air to air shoot with the B-17 Sentimental Journey. WOW! I’m constantly pulling on threads in life. Some play out with a couple of tugs and others, well we’re still pulling on them. Aviation it turns out took flight and 2011 has some amazing projects ahead, I can’t wait!
We had a big year on the wildlife side with the highlight for sure being one of the 1st to photograph the Alaska Marmot. If just half of the projects come to fruition in 2011 that are planned, it will be my biggest year yet. The one variable you can’t plan in advance is the weather. I was little blown and rained out of major projects in 2010, but that’s just the way it goes with wildlife photography. While I’m constantly throughout the year reflecting back and looking forward, I find many photographers don’t take that moment to do that. Looking at your images from a year ago and recognizing your successes and analyzing your failures really helps planning your next year and making the most of it.
In doing this for myself, I know one of my biggest challenges will be this blog. For a couple of years now, I’ve been blogging continually new material I take almost daily. In 2011, many of the projects I have slatted, I can’t blog until the client has first made use of the material. I’m just not sure I have the skill base to create as much content that is required to take care of clients and this blog. I’m really looking forward to that challenge. Being pushed by your photography can only make it grow and that is a great resolution for the new year!
May the Reason for the Season be part of your daily life!
From The Ol’ Homestead!
I love printing, I love even more putting my prints in the hands of folks who want to hang them on their wall. The Epson 4900 is up and cranking along with the 7900 and I’m just about current on print orders. Yep, I do all the printing myself, autograph, package and ship them too. We can get your print order (any image of mine is available in any size up to 24×30) out to you for a gift if we receive the order by the 20th. Prints are send out FedEx Express (included in price). If you’re looking for that original present, give Sharon a call 760.924.8632.
A whole lot of your nice folks have been calling and ordering my book Captured for xmas presents. A common question this week is, “Will I get it in time for xmas?” We ship the book out FedEx Ground which takes five business days for delivery. That means we can receive your order up until noon on the 17th and still get it to you, or the person you’re giving it a gift to in time for xmas. And of course I would be honored to autograph the book. The price is $45 (+$9.95 S&H, CA sales tax where applicable) and if you’re feeling really generous, think about giving a gift subscription to the BT Journal to the photographer on your list.
Flash! Just released, video interviews about the book with additional tips. Check them out!
I just never get tired of images lookin back down at our planet or beyond it. Nat’l G site has some cool ones you just might wanta check out. While you’re reading, give this a gander as well. Talk about a bird-s eye view, wow, what a perch to make the shots! It sure makes me want to stretch my reach!
With so much to be thankful for, Moose & Sharon wishes you
all a great Turkey Day!