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on May 11, 2015 in Field Reports

IoSafe 1515+ – Journey Begins

The IoSafe 1515+ has arrived and now the work begins. Many have already asked questions like, “Why this system?” and “How do you set it up?” and the biggie, “How do you make it all work?” I’ll be posting this and more info as I go through the process so you not only learn why I think this is the best, but why it probably would be the best to protect your...

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on Apr 29, 2015 in Field Reports

Jack the Ripper

It started off as just a qwirk, going to London just for a Jack the Ripper tour. On our photowalk we had the owner of London Walks tours, Dave. He was a marvelous addition to our photowalk and just happened to ask off the cuff, “Do you do Jack the Ripper Tours?” At 19:30 we meet at the Tram Coffee Cart and off we went. To say it was marvelous is an understatement! This gas lamp, this exact one, was on the path Jack walked in 1888 after one of his grizzly murders! We visited a number of the sites of the murders, some like Mitre Sq are still present, others were blown away during the Blitz while others like his last murder site have been built on. It was a two hour walking tour walking the streets and paths Jack walked, at night. We can’t recommend the tour nor London Walks enough to you! Oh, The Bell you see below, one of a couple of the 1888 pubs...

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on Apr 22, 2015 in Field Reports

D4s Firmware – WOW!

This is BIG folks! – NO LIMIT BUFFER + More. Click on Banner to download • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. * • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit. • Auto white balance is now more consistent. • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. * • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. * • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and...

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on Apr 20, 2015 in Field Reports

Flight for Prom

“Hey, I’m supposed to photograph my daughter for her prom at 4 but I’ll be flying. Can you do it?” When my good friend and partner in crime Brian asked me, what choice did I have? Of course, folks were out doin air to air photography and I was shooting a portrait. That seems perfectly normal. “I would like a plane in the photo, the Stearman. That OK?” Again, what choice did I have. The only choice I had was where the plane and portrait would be staged. I picked a spot where some afternoon light would be bounced off the hangar doors. The sun was still up, we had bald skies and I had not scrims, so to control the light, I put the couple in the shade and flash filled. Lucky for me, I had my new tool with me. I brought the new Profoto B2 kit with me just in case. And this comes under the category of just in case. While I had tested the...

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