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on Oct 30, 2015 in Field Reports

Hours Away!

Double checked the B&H tracking number and yes, the new 24-70VR lens is hours away from my hands! You might be wondering why I’m getting this lens when I have the 24-70AFS which has been such a solid producer since I first received it back in fall, 2007. I’m told it’s not only sharper but built to take more abuse. Mine “old” 24-70AFS did take a whack and the zoom started to bind so if that possibility has been eliminated (no, not going to start hitting the new one to determine this) than that’s a good thing. The 24-70 is an important lens in my bag. I can’t wait. Wonder if Sharon will bring coffee to the me on the porch, it’s getting cold...

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on Oct 30, 2015 in Field Reports

X-Rite Video

Video folks, all photographers actually, X-Rite has released a number of important products for your color. Their Color Management system for video, DSLR video in particular, is a killer option for simple and predictable color in your project. In particular, check out their ColorChecker Video which is real slick. Color management is important and this is the best which your photography, videography...

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on Sep 24, 2015 in Field Reports

The Commercial Shoot

It’s been a while since I’ve done a full blown, working comp, big stage commercial shoot. To say I was rusty is being kind. Now I never was really fast at it, often looked for small details that never really show up in the photo. Sharon worked hard and spent almost three years getting us the client so I wanted to deliver more than they expected. The client is AvFuel and the setting is kinda our home, Minot Aero Center. And the job is to show both AvFuel and MAC doing their daily thing. So with the comp and list in hand, I went to work. This top shot is pretty darn simple, business jet in front of the big, new hangar. To bring it home visually to Minot, shot it after a blizzard had gone through. Simple D4s / 24-70AFS click. Check that off the list. The next shot might seem simple but it’s one the lawyers got involved with. The pumping of JetA must be done in...

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on Sep 7, 2015 in Field Reports

DJI Ronin Rocks!

I’m totally amazed and stunned by the Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer! This is the most sophisticated, simplistic, graceful, beautiful machined tool I’ve ever used! You’re probably asking yourself, “what the hell is it?” You could think of it as a steadycam and that would be a simplistic way of thinking of it. What you’re seeing in the animated GIF above is the Ronin in its stand and then in the hand (D750 / 18-35AFS not included). The Ronin provides amazing hand held control over all your movements. Just take a look … You might be looking at this and thinking it’s over your head. Nothing could be further from the truth. Set up, calibration and application is really bloody simple. That’s how I first fell in love with it. It’s use, it pretty simple too but to be honest, thinking in those dimensions and being a visual storyteller was a challenge for me personally. But that has nothing to do with operation this beautiful machine. Now I had...

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on Sep 3, 2015 in Field Reports

Big Blur No Filter!

Like the Big Filter blur look but hate the process? Want to blur water anytime, any place even if you only have just your camera body? Wanna a cool technique that you don’t have to buy a thing to do? Well this is no for you …. just kidding! This very simple technique if killer and can be used so simply, check out Creating A Long Exposure Look Without The Wait (or ND Filter). You’ll love...

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on Sep 1, 2015 in Field Reports

“I Hate You!”

At our camp in Africa, once it got dark we had a Maasai Warrior escort us from our sleeping quarters to the main social-dinning area. There was a really good reason for this. We literally had elephants, lions, hyenas and Hippos wondering through camp. As in, staring in the door of your tent, eyes glowing in the light close! So the Maasai would walk you to and from so you didn’t stumble literally into one of these critters. Well, I’m a well known flashlight addict and had with me my Blizzard 1000 Search and Rescue LED Flashlight. The Maasai had a flashlight as well, a simple solar powered unit as he didn’t need much. Well after a couple of nights I’d gotten to know him so when he turned on his flashlight, I turned on my Blizzard. When it came on he kinda reared back and his eyes got real big. I handed him the flashlight, showed him the settings and he just smiled as he lit up the...

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