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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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on Aug 24, 2015 in Field Reports

Going Off Camera Flash

I use flash A LOT with birds! The typical rig is the 800mm mounted on the Zenelli and the Wimberley F-9 attached to it holding a SC-29 Cord which the SB-910 is attached. The SC-29 is a cable that I personally shortened so as to not have extra bouncing around and possibly scaring off the bird. Well that cord after a decade of use finally wore out. I just didn’t feel like going through shortening again so went looking and so happy to find the Vello TTL Flash Cord for Nikon Cameras (1.5′)! It has arrived, works perfectly and I don’t have to do the cutting and soldering, it’s already the perfect length as you can see. I was so happy to have found this cord I went looking for another solution. I have received a number of emails from folks saying they don’t have a budget for Pocket Wizards or 2nd SB-910 to fire off a flash. I was very excited to find this option, the Vello TTL...

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on Aug 18, 2015 in Field Reports

IoSafe Connects 7600 Miles Away!

My love affair with the IoSafe 1515+ and Synology just keeps growing the more I work with it! I was in Africa and we had a 3G and MiFi for connecting to the outside world. That’s it! I choose to spend the ten days totally offline (why nothing was posted here on the blog). Then one day a thought crossed my mind. From 7600 miles away with this really slow connection out in the African bush, could I hook up and talk with my IoSafe 1515+ back in the office using Synology’s DS File? As you can see, I was able to not only to see the IoSafe 1515+ but able to see the Jpeg thumbnails. Now I think the cell tower started to melt and bend over and the network went down for an hour with this connection, but after a while I was able to see what you see above. I made a real quick screen capture then logged off. Ya, it was an expensive experiment when...

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on Aug 7, 2015 in Field Reports

Nikon Owner Magazine

I am very honored to be in the 50th anniv issue of Nikon Owner Magazine! The extensive 18pg interview which we did while in London in April reveals a whole lot more than I thought, talking about wildlife photography and its role in our lives as we protect the lives on our subjects for future generations. I hope you give it a read and it inspires...

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on Jul 21, 2015 in Just Out!

Coat for the 300PF

Takin the new 300PF which is still new to Africa. I want it to stay new so the last thing I want to do is put a big scratch or brass the lens barrel working in the seat of the Landi. So, I called up the folks at LensCoat and ordered up their new LensCoat for the 300PF. I don’t have LensCoat on every piece of gear, but I sure do on those that I know are likely to get a nasty rub in the heat of action. This is especially true when working in any environment with metal like vehicles or aircraft. Now the smart folks at LensCoat give you two options with the Coat for the 300PF. You see pictured here the “non collar” coat and they provide you the coat if you use the tripod collar. You can protect your lens however you use it. That’s cool! It’s the little things that can make a big...

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on Jul 16, 2015 in Field Reports

Synology, DS & IoSafe

The IoSafe 1515+ installation just keeps getting better and better! I’m so in love with this system! Unbeknownst to me was all the Synology especially the Mobile Apps brings to the table. With DS File, DS Photo and DS Cloud, I can access ALL my images from ANYWHERE in the world with my iPhone, iPad and even my MacBook. Really you ask … watch! Here’s how I got it all up and working for our business IoSafe 1515+ – Journey Begins 1515+ – What’s Inside That’s Special IoSafe 1515+ – Connecting IoSafe 1515+ 01 June Update 30 June IoSafe Update IoSafe 1515+ is...

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