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on Jul 14, 2015 in Just Out!

MindShift Firstlight

MindShift has come out with three new backpacks that might just be the right bag you need this summer, all year. The Firstlight series (click on link) offers an incredibly comfortable system for when you have a distance to travel before you start shooting. While they can be used for basic everyday shooting, they are made for the long trek. I’m often asked what photo backpack I recommend for this activity and now I’m very please to have a series I can recommend. Check them...

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on Jun 2, 2015 in Just Out!

Merlin Photo ID

The bright folks at Cornell Labs has introduced a great resource for wildlife photographers. Merlin Photo ID which is in beta, is a website where you can have your bird photos IDed! It is in beta right now and the database have only 400 birds species (there are over 600 species in NA alone), it’s a great start and way for you to learn who you’re photographing! I tested it by giving it a hard one, the front view of a Allen’s Hummingbird which looks exactly like a Rufous from the front. I’m impressed! So those of you who are bird ID challenged, here’s an easy way to figure out who you...

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on Mar 5, 2015 in Just Out!

A Marvelous Talk

Dan and I go back a looooong ways and he is the only other photographers photographs that hangs on our home walls. Dan has always been WAY ahead of the curve, is very creative and funnier then hell! Listen closely to his craft, his knowledge is just staggering! His latest presentation just went live and it’s SOoooo worth your time to watch it! Truly,...

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on Mar 2, 2015 in Just Out!

LensCoat New Hood & Bag

Our good friends at LensCoat have been looking at the problems we face in the field and have come up with two very cool new products. The first is the TravelHood (seen here on my 800mm wearing its LensCoat). Now why would you want to replace that solid lens hood on your big glass with this? Gee … let me think about this for oh, a nano second. Weight … that’s one. But what about the extra padding it provides around that front element when you’re traveling? Twice I had a knock to my 600f4 when traveling making that hard shade get a little out of round. How about speed of attaching the shade? How about extra depth the TravelHood provides over the OEM shade? Ever noticed replacement cost for the OEM shade if lost or damaged? The shade for the 800f5.6 is $1k! That’s just a couple of reasons I can think of quickly, sure there is more. This is very cool, and so it this. LensCoat is...

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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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