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on Mar 3, 2016 in Field Reports

Nikon 70-200f4VR – A Vid

The 70-200f4VR is a really great lens that I had given a test drive when it first came out. I didn’t acquire it then, had the 70-200f2.8 in my bag and its two unique features weren’t what I needed at the time. Current projects brought it back and this time, into the bag. What are the two special attributes why I wanted this version of 70-200? The real biggie is its closes down to f/32, the f/2.8 version only goes to f/22. Why is that important? In my air to air work and shooting in Shutter Priority, that f/32 really makes a difference. You might be wondering about the other end, wide open? If I need 70f/2.8, I’ll use the 24-70VR otherwise the f/4 is shallow enough DoF for me for this lens. The other biggie for me is it weighs just about nothing. It shares the same tripod collar as the 300PF which is nice but it’s filter size required the purchase of a new polarizer. Its optical...

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on Feb 25, 2016 in Field Reports

Lexar 128GB XQD – D5 Ready!

The D5 isn’t that far out so it’s time to get everything in the studio so when it arrives, I’m ready to shoot. That’s why I was excited the 128GB 2933x XQD 2.0 Memory Card arrived. The size and speed is just exciting, I can’t wait to make them smoke! It’s important with the new speed XQD you get the new XR2 Card Reader for 2nd Generation XQD Cards as well. I’m so looking forward to putting these bad boys in and start...

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on Feb 15, 2016 in Field Reports

Wescott Travel Kit Rocks!

As our huge project unfolds, new challenges and new gear is required to beat the challenge. Light is everything and knowing that, we went looking for great, portable and flexible video lighting (that also can work for stills). The Wescott Daylight LED Kit is simply a brilliant tool! I have a single Daylight LED Panel which I’ve already posted. The travel kit though takes it all a big step further. Check ‘er...

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on Jan 4, 2016 in Field Reports

The Color of Snow

Snow’s white, right? It most certainly is on a bright, clear, beautiful day. You remove that bright sun though and snow takes on many magnificent and moody shades. My personal favorite is snow in shade. It’s a magical pearl blue-gray makes a stunning background for any subject. The color of snow since we all “think” it’s white can be a powerful tool to communicate so many different things. The easiest to understand is when snow has a bluish tint. The mind’s eye sees that color and it instantly thinks, cold! My favorite use of snow is to use its ability to take on another color and then use that color to accent other elements in the photo. This lower photo is a perfect example of how I like to do this. Keep in mind that in this process, the color of the light is directly influenced by White Balance, first by the WB of the light itself and then the WB you use in the camera. All of this...

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on Dec 24, 2015 in Field Reports

Osmo – Helluva Tool

I just love the Osmo! This very simplistic but amazingly functional 4K stabilized gimbal handheld video camera is simply ingenious. I’m nowhere near a master of it but I keep working with it. I created a simple video to give you an idea of just a tad of its abilities. You will see in the video the Osmo along with the RodeMic Me (which does a great job!). But it’s real simple, the iPhone is your monitor and control, the video camera spins and stabilizes, you point and have fun....

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on Dec 15, 2015 in Field Reports

The Amazing Epson 1980WU

Been hanging out in hangars a lot and often, making presentations on the walls. They are nice and big … and very bright. Both of which got me looking at replacing my digital projector (I do presentations in more traditional locales as well). I got the PowerLite 1980WU WUXGA 3LCD Projector and man do I love it! Oh brother have projectors come a long ways in a decade! My first projector was a Kodak V600 I got back in the summer, 2000 (gone through a few since). It had a native resolution of 800×600 (SVGA) with 1000 Lumens (it’s still in the cupboard). It was portable and did a great job for its day. But man, the new Epson 1980WU is simply spectacular! The Epson 1980WU has a native resolution of 1920×1800 (WUXGA) with 4400 Lumens and it’s portable. What you can’t tell no matter what I write is how bright and beautiful the images are that come out of this gorgeous box of light! Even during daylight hours...

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