The Really Right Stuff LC-A13 80-400 repl collar is now available and is a VAST improvement over the stock collar that comes with the lens. The collar operation is smooth as silk, not quite as tall as the stock collar and more importantly, is much beefier than the stock collar. Unlike the stock collar, you remove the RRS collar by unscrewing the knob and than swinging half of the collar over the barrel. Can’t recommend this enough to you!
The next generation of the Di-GPS is now available and it is by far the best! The Di-GPS Eco is the smallest, lightest, most battery friendly and now MC cord friendly GPS on the planet. I can’t say enough good things about it other than, I wish I had it last week in Churchill where the cable on my GP-1 broke again! You see, there is no cord with the new unit. It slips into the 10 pin socket and goes. And it provides a socket so you can use your cable releases. They have models for cameras like the D4 (pictured) or like the D7100. GPS has come a long way!
Yeap, we have TWO Free seats available for our upcoming Short Lens Wildlife Course made possible by the generosity of our two workshop patrons. We are more than aware that most don’t have a 800m, 600mm, or even a 500mm but want to be successful in wildlife photography. For the first 6yrs of my career, I didn’t have a big lens either yet as I write in my book Captured, many of the techniques I use today came from those first six years. It’s these techniques and a whole lot more we go cover in great depth in the class. Many remember Alvin, the Allen’s Hummingbird (not shown up yet this year) that lit up the airwaves. This shot was taken with a simple 300mm lens, a focal length most have today in their zooms and putting them right in the thick of wildlife photography. So, send an email to ME with why you should receive the scholarship to the Course and what you’ll do with what you learn, and we’ll put YOU in that seat!
I needed to create some notecards for a client, so off to research I went. Now I needed real notecards, not the kind I make for myself as simple notes, a piece of Enhance Matt folded in half. There is really only one player and when I saw the quality, I can see why. I went with Red River’s 96lbs Pecos Notecard stock and man, does it rock! Red River makes it real simple, providing Photoshop templates, printer tips (they were dead on on how to print with the Epson 4900) and even the envelopes. The final product looked and felt VERY expensive and that’s what I was shooting for. So, wanna do notecards yourself, Red River is top shelf all the way!
On a side note, I wanted the lighting on the product shot to look like it’s window light even though I shot it with the Profoto Acute 2400. I’m very pleased with the results!
LensCoat has the perfection protection for my new baby so I contacted Scott and the coat arrived. What also arrived are some of their new pouches that fit D4 batteries, D800 batteries, TC-25e, Coolpix batteries, just a whole bunch of little stuff. They are incredibly well made and best part, they have the yellow ribbon so you can find them in the dark corners of your camera bag!
Yeap, big light comes to WRP as we move into some new, very exciting projects. What you see pictured is the Profoto Acute 2 2400W/s 2 Head Pro Value Pack Kit (90-260V) w/FREE Additional Head, the Profoto Softbox RF 3×4′, and the Profoto Softbox RF 2×3′, 2 Avenger A2030D 9.8′ C-Stand Grip Arm Kit (Chrome-plated) and 2 PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver.
If you want to see a quick sample of the lighting, here’s the product shot of the Nikon 800mm shot using the set up you see in the video.
Oh my, the N2 is one sa-weet NAS! There are many NAS units on the market, why ioSafe? It is the only water and fireproof unit you’re going to find that comes with a guarantee. If that doesn’t get you attention how about this. The N2 is powered by a Synology DSM motherboard and operating system. It allows for fast (and we’re talking FAST!) access on your local network and remote access from nearly any device connected to the internet – all secured and protected by you. This NAS/RAID can be either 2, 4, 6 or 8TB and it can be upgraded with time by you, just plug and go! And I’m just getting started on features and a matter a fact, there are so many features I don’t have space to list them all. They are extensive so click here to read them all. Now you might be wondering where the photo of my N2 is. Well, it’s under my desk working away as all, ALL of my video archive are being transfered. Running on the iMac (a switch required), the N2 is so fast I can edit video residing on it. This is an amazing unit that does so much more than safely store data. It’s a winner!
This is a great offer for you. Think Tank will let you “Test Drive” this two cool cases to see if they fit YOU!Just click on the bag picture and follow the instructions to get one of these delivered to your home with NO payment. Of course, if you get hooked, well then the wallet comes out. But you can test drive before you buy which means if the case doesn’t work for you, your wallet is still safe. The Logistics roller is one we use at WRP all the time so I’m very excited to see more can try this killer case!
The weather finally broke so at 05:15 Sharon and I were at Mono Lake with the new 800f5.6 AFS on my shoulder. I had my typical setup, Gitzo 5562GTS, Wimberley WH-200 with Moose Cam (Contour, with the only change being shooting with the D800 as my D4 and half of my gear is in for their annual CLA at Nikon. I was happy as a pig in clam shit to be out shooting critters! It was a brisk morning but not even a stitch of wind with clear skies. With the dirt still wet from the “storm” that went through, I figured the critters would be out and busy, making up for the days of snow, hail and rain. We walked and walked, looked and looked, nothing! Seriously?!
Carrying the rig over my shoulder as I always have, I swear it felt a little lighter than with the 600AFS but I know that’s because the 800mm rig is slightly better balanced on my shoulder. With time to kill, I started to check simple things like, how close can I get with the 800mm and focus on a critter? Manually focusing, I can be 18′ away from a subject and have it sharp. This is not how close it focuses with autofocus, but manually which is what I do most of the time when up close. At this distance at f/5.6, the DOF is bloddy narrow as I discovered when the first Violet-green Swallow appeared. Now being the middle of May, there should be a bucket load at the Tufas but all we had was this one. So as the sun came over the horizon, I had it in my sights and started to shoot. I was way too far away but it was the first bird we’d seen this morning so I wasn’t waiting. I wanted to photograph some critters in the worst way!
OK, I got a little closer, made some more clicks and then it flew off. Bastard! So there we stood, in the gorgeous light with no one to play with. So we kept walkin, lookin, checking all the normal haunts for swallows but with none in the air, I was feeling a little low. Then we came across some Canadian Geese with goslings! Goslings already, pretty big ones no less. While cute and all, shooting them with the 800mm seemed, well, a little anticlimactic after waiting three days to shoot so we just watched them as they strolled by. It was a gorgeous morning at Mono Lake though, looked like I should have been after landscapes rather than critters. We continued walking….
About 45min after sunrise and the nip disappeared from the air, I started to hear the swallows but didn’t see any. Then one came in from high above and landed. I now had two and then, lucky for me, a female showed up! Yeap, being spring and all, soon we had male swallows coming from everywhere to woo the one female and I could finally go to work. The swallows perch on the Tufas for brief periods as they do flight displays, fight with each other, all those male things they do in spring to get the attention of the female. The 800AFS had zero problems focusing from perch to perch as the swallows moved about. The AF speed is great and when the opportunity afforded itself, I would walk in slowly to get as close as I could to continue shooting. Only once did I walk too close that I couldn’t focus. That doesn’t count all the times the swallows landed so close I couldn’t focus no matter what. And was the Moose Cam on all of this time? It was running, I just haven’t edited it to post.
Sharon then saw another group of swallows on another set of Tufas so we wandered over to them. This is where I struck gold and had a male land on a Tufa right in front of me after taking a bath. For five or six minutes it groomed its feathers while calling to the other swallows flying by. On top of the Wimberley, the 800mm was real easy and fast to swing around to keep up with the action. You must be wondering if I was chimping all this time to see the results? Nope, didn’t check them until getting back to the office a short time ago and could see them on the 24HD Cintiq. That’s when I was blown away by the spooky sharpness of the 800AFS! I mean, this is one very sharp lens! It is also very obvious that the DOF at MFD is nothin, not even from the tip of the bill to the back of the eye on the swallow. Well, with these images in the can and the light getting hard, we started walking back towards the truck.
We spent time where we normally see Least Chipmunks but they didn’t want to play. Looked for the cottontail rabbits, none to be found. We kept walking back up the path. As were strolling up looking about, I heard the distinctive twitter (song not social media) of a Green-tailed Towhee. A second later saw it singing from the top of a big Tufa. While not a great perch, I walked to it. Then a female flew up from below it and they were off flying through the sage. I was just about to move on when the male came back and perched on a much better, smaller Tufa. I made a couple of clicks and moved closer. Made a couple of more clicks and then it sang! Those are the shots I love to get in spring.
For the next ten minutes I was able to work the towhee, getting closer and refining the background. The 800mm focal length has always been my favorite because of the ease of manipulating the background, in this case grabbing rabbit brush way off in the distance just getting its spring green. Now as my good friend Kevin pointed out this morning, the 600AFS with 1.4x gets you to the same place and this is true. Well, not too long that female reappeared and my subject jetted off through the sage in hot pursuit once again. So ended my first outing with the new 800AFS lens. Sitting now at my desk looking at the results, there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that Nikon did an amazing job with this lens! This morning’s shoot was just with the 800mm itself, I didn’t attach any teleconverters to it. I will in due time but for now, I want to learn just what the lens will do on its own. mtc.
Free Shipping! – For the month of May all orders placed on our website or by phone will be shipped for free, with no minimum order amount. We did this in December and sales took off!
2. Free 15” Laptop Bag with every order of our popular Airport Rolling Camera Bags (e.g. Airport International, Airport Security, etc.). In addition, we will give you an extra 5% commission on all sales generated by you of our Airport Rolling Camera Bags. This is similar to the program we ran last May and it was a phenomenal success.
My name is Moose….I’m addicted to Cintiqs!
Wacom just keeps bringing out killer new tools to speed up our workflow and increase the quality of our post production. Just announced today is their new Cintiq 22HD, the little brother to the Cintiq 24HD that I have sitting on my desk. Here’s the scoop …
By combining multi-touch with our renowned pen technology, the new Cintiq 22HD touch offers professional artists and designers an immersive on-screen experience and a more natural and intuitive way to work. Multi-touch will continue to be an important input method moving forward and creative software applications are embracing multi-touch and making it an important interface for professional creators of digital content. When multi-touch and pen input are used together on the Cintiq 22HD touch, creative control, comfort and productivity are greatly enhanced, thanks to both hands being able to work in concert. Wacom and its software partners keep pushing the envelope by offering a digital workflow that emulates a traditional media experience that helps to keep the content creation industry moving forward.
Walking the expo floor at Photoshop World and the first thing I came across is the brand new Wacom Cintiq 13HD. OMG, this thing is great!!!! It plugs into the HDMI port on the computer, plugs into the USB, plugs into the wall and you’re going. Full 1080p viewing, beautiful color and is the same form factor as the Mac Retina but thinner. I AM SO HOT on this new product (just started shipping two days ago)! Why would you want one? Just watch the videos on the site here. The speed these bring to your workflow make them a must!