Hi everyone, Sharon here! Yes, Moose gave up a posting to me (he said I had to keep it all business). I just wanted to remind everyone that Father’s Day is coming up and I think the perfect gift would be an autographed copy of Moose’s book, Captured. If you’d like a copy, call me at 760.924.8632 / 661.204.1506 and I’ll get a copy out to you. And don’t worry, I am really good at keeping secrets and putting gifts in your hands without the recipient knowing it. And for all you fathers out there, an early Happy Father’s Day!
If a title of a book ever fit me, this is it! But it’s not what you think. To make a long story short, I was looking for a little advice and was given Scott’s name and contact info by a mutual friend. A few hours later, I not only had this amazingly long, detailed, killer email with an answer (I love those kinds of emails, those with answers) but a book as well. And damn if it’s not a really great book! Virtual Reality Photography is an outstanding book, soup to nuts about taking panorama photography to the extreme. You all know how I love them panos, (invented that little thing, the ultra wide pano), well this blows that right out the door and to a whole new level. I’ve never meet Scott but I know from what he sent me and our mutual friend he’s a really great guy and loves to teach. So do yourself a favor, pick up a copy and do some learnen. I sure did and, I sure did!
Our dear friend Ralphie just sent this link to me. It’s funnier then %@! Warning: DO NOT HAVE DRINK IN HAND WHILE WATCHING!
The Alaska Marmot doing what it does best. Enjoy!
Photo captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-20eIII on Lexar UDMA digital film
Mark, just so you know I was thinking of you. For the rest of the world, I retwitted a Scott Kelby find of these moving postcards and it so intrigued me, well you can see the result. This is from the Platte River last year, the Sandhill Cranes coming in at sunset. Just darn fun….and the secret….that comes later
Photo captured by D3s, 600VR on Lexar UDMA digital film
I just love you guys, you crack us up! Just had a phone call, a “Moose fan” who just discovered after reading the site for a decade that we have our own, quarterly publication. And, as Scott put it, “It’s about photography, not just Nikon.” (Scott’s a Canon shooter). What can I say, I’m not really comfortable pushing my products in folk’s face and say, “See, Like, Buy.” We always figure if folks want it, they’ll find it. But after Scott’s phone call, we thought we’d put up a blog pointing out that yes, we have a quarterly publication. If you want to receive a free sample, just click on the form and request one. Wanna subscribe (even better), you can do that online. And where can you find all of this? Just look up….it’s right above this posting in the menu bar, BT Journal.
With proper handholding (ignoring the ales) and with a great subject, the D7000 nails video capture really easily, really well. It’s gotta make you think about taking the plunge when you get these kinds of results!
The whole story is here
I was talking with my old bud Dave Black at PSW and batteries came up. We both use flash a lot an not wanting to add anymore to landfills, I’ve been using rechargeable batteries since 1983. I’ve been using PowerEx for a while now but of late, not been happy with their performance. Dave told me about what he’s been using and loving, Eneloop AA. I ordered a set before leaving PSW so they were waiting for me at home. One thing you’ll notice as soon as you get a set is right on the packaging, it says “Pre-Charged, Long Storage Life.” Dave told me that’s what he had found from his use, a huge complaint I have with PowerEx of late (almost dead a few days after charging). So, I took a set right from the packaging, put them in a SB-900 and blasted away. I got bored with the test before the recycle time got down to 10sec. That’s without my charging them! To say I’m impressed is an understatement (and ordered a whole bunch more!). But then, consider the source because when it comes to portable light, flash or 2mil flashlight, Dave knows what he’s talking about! There is a new, XX Eneloop 2500mAh which I have on order but if they are like the 2000mAh I have, I’ll be a happy camper!
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!