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on May 4, 2016 in Just Out!

Texas Bird Photography Workshop

Yep, Jake and I are teaming up for some winter bird photography along the coast of Texas. Jake is a great photographer and has a way with critters, which makes him a natural leader and teacher. Hundreds of bird species funnel through Texas as they head south of the border. The variety is huge and the opportunities almost exhausting. And there are some resident birds you won’t find anywhere else. This combination and a whole lot more make this a great place for bird photography! This is a long and short lens adventure and more than likely, a little flash thrown in for good measure. When you combine this all together, it makes for good times. The dates are 11.01-06.16. You’ll fly into Houston on the 1st and fly out on the 6th. Right now, we will base 2 days out of Galveston and 2 days out of Corpus Christi. Weather can affect the migration, which might cause a slight change to where we base out of. The price of $1975 covers instruction, transportation to...

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on Apr 28, 2016 in Field Reports

SB-5000, Wireless & Settings

This has been a LONG time coming! The D5 introduces quite eloquently the new Nikon SB-5000 and its wireless Creative Lighting System. You still have iTTL Flash Metering, but the camera and flashes talk wirelessly as well as optically. The HUGE advantage of wireless over optical is no more worrying about line of site for triggering your flashes. So for example if shooting along the Texas Coast with us in November and you need to use your SB-5000 with your long lens, no more cables between the camera and flash to fire and meter. No more wires to get caught in branches or scare off birds! Besides having a wireless capable body (only the D5 & D500 so far), you need to have the SB-5000 and WR-R10. If you already have the WR-R10, it needs to have firmware 3.0 which Nikon is doing for free (that is not a typo). Once you have all the pieces, pairing the flash, remote, body, all together is simple. But the controls are different with...

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on Apr 25, 2016 in Field Reports

Ninja Assassin 4k

The D5 opens up a great window into DSLR video production with its 4k abilities. When shooting 4k, you are limited though to just 3min clips when recording to the XQD. For many applications and filming, this works just fine. But a few of the products I’m currently creating, longer is needed. The solution to this and more is beautifully solved with the new Ninja Assassin 4k. Plug the Ninja into the HDMI, remove the XQD from the D5 and shoot, that’s it to unlimited shooting. To make life really simple, install the SSD into the Ninja and have two Batteries and you’re set for all day. While doing this, you have the beautiful Ninja 4k monitor to look at and operate the video recording. I’ve had a number of monitors over the years which includes an earlier Ninja, none compare to this one for ease of use, quality of image and problem solving. It’s a great addition to the D5...

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on Apr 7, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 – Something to Glow About!

Up until yesterday, when shooting a sunrise or sunset, I would switch the WB from Auto to Cloudy. This was because AW just didn’t capture the reds I was seeing or feeling. Well, no more! The D5 in Auto2 NAILS the vivid reds and oranges of sunrise and sunset incredibly faithfully! I realize this is a very small detail and for many, they just do it in post. But I’m still old fashion and want to get it right when I go click. This little thing means that I don’t have to remember to switch to Cloudy or, switch back from cloudy. The best thing to me is, all the little nuances in the color which are so important to me are captured. Simply gorgeous! This is a D5 / 24-70VR click. The other thing I am quite giddy about is the sensor cleaning option in the D5. Never being a believer, never put any stock in it, I’ve never relied on it. Well, while photographing these Sandhill Cranes...

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on Apr 6, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 – Worth Dancing About!

It was cold, blustery and gusts of 35mph on the lek this morning, but the Sharp-tailed Grouse were out none the less. That meant we were out and had a great time! As you can see, it was dark, light on the flat side. My bud Kevin should me his results yesterday shooting the D5 in Auto-area AF and I really didn’t believe him so shot it myself today. Blown away! As you can see, there are TONS of targets for the AF system to lock onto. Time and time again though, it locked on the grouse producing wickedly sharp photos. D5, 800mm, ISO 800, 1/250 and there is grass between the subject and the sensor and the D5 locked right on! Bloody hell! The D5 even displays the AF sensors it is using, visually confirming where it is focusing. Never seen this performance before in a Nikon AF system. I’ve lovin it, worth dancing...

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on Apr 5, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 – Worth Crowing About!

It was a cold, dark, spectacular morning today on the grassland prairie of Nebraska where I got to give my D5 its first hard core shoot (3062 frames, 70GB in 85min). Our subjects where Greater Prairie Chickens, a killer bird with lots of hutspa! So, how did the D5 do IMHO? AF response in really low light attached to the 800mm w/TC shooting 1000mm, f/7.1 with Grp AF … spectacular! Locked right on and held. Didn’t see that coming. Blows away D4s AF performance, hands down. This particular shot was at ISO1600 so I could maintain 1/125 … gorgeous file! The Auto2 WB worked beautifully in the cold light. The best part though was the 12fps sound, feel and performance. I was shooting next to Kevin who has his D5, we compared notes the whole time. Both of us, more than satisfied with the D5 performance. The D5 was simply, big smile, killer fun! Will be updating my D5 settings shortly, made some tweaks....

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