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on Apr 1, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 Settings – Preliminary

I don’t remember a camera where more folks were clamoring for my settings then like the D5. Well, here are my preliminary (D5 settings). I will be updating my settings as times goes on, so you’ll need to check back on my Gear page to keep up to date with them. And once I have the SB-5000 in hand and it’s very cool settings on the D5 figured out for my photography, I’ll post them as well. There is lots more to come, this is the fun time with a new body when you just experiment. For example, head to CS d1 > Continuous shooting speed > 14fps (mirror up), set camera to M 1/8000 and just experience the hummmmmm, over and over again...

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on Mar 15, 2016 in Field Reports

Nikkor 200-500 – a Week Later

I’ve been squirreling around with the Nikkor 200-500 for the past week (sorry, couldn’t pass up the really bad pun) and have some more thoughts on it for you. Cutting to the chase, for the price, it’s a really great lens! Is it AS sharp as lenses like the 80-400VR3? No, not AS sharp but it’s just a tad less. My measure? A made some 24×30 prints and only then do you see the 200-500VR is just not as sharp. If you’re not making that large of print, then you have nothing to think about. But if you look at the eye of the squirrel that is sharp and the tail that is being blown in the wind, it does an amazing job. You might be wondering with optics truly as sweet as these for this price, just where is the trade off? IMHO it’s with the handling and AF performance. For example, the photos you see here of the Douglas Tree Squirrel, I was shooting during one of...

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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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