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on Aug 4, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 / D500 Dust – Be Gone?!

The D5 & D500 have the same SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Start as previous Nikon DSLR cameras. I’ve never given it a thought until my buddy said, “Did you know that you can only run it so many times and then it stops?” I ran it on my D5 and sure enough, after running it six times the option to use it again was gone. I then looked at the sensor and it was pretty darn clean. That got me to thinking. Ever since then when I’m going to be shooting with the lens closed down, f/16 or more, I run this cleaning until it is no longer available. Like when shooting propellor aircraft against a blue sky. And ever since doing that my dust problem has almost gone away. Been doing the same thing with the D500 and it’s working there too. Now I don’t know if I’m causing undo wear by doing this, wanting to see the dust gone or what, all I know...

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on Jul 8, 2016 in Field Reports

Modifying Light in Telling a Story

It was a great morning on the ramp. We were working with the Texas Flying Legends Museum Spitfire MkIXc with the moody skies and the wet tarmac, a aviation photographers dream! After taking the overall shots and when you think you have them all, you move in for the detail shots. Now detail shots cover everything, important and trivial on the aircraft, graphically cool and technically boring. It’s then when you dig down and start modifying the light to tell the story. My shooting partner for decades Kevin said, “Got your SB-5000?” I instantly knew what he was thinking, light up the cockpit. I got out my SB-5000 & WR-R10 and handed it to Kevin. Since he had used it a month ago, he simply plugged the WR-R10 into his D5, turned on the SB-5000 and it instantly start talking to each other. I placed the SZ-4TN Incandescent Filter on the flash to add some color and he shot away. I uped it a tad by using the same...

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on Jun 28, 2016 in Field Reports

Speed Attaching that Plate This is such a little thing, almost seems silly to blog but it’s a biggie to me. Attaching and detaching my Really Right Stuff plates at times is like hand to hand combat! The biggest issues are trying to attach in a hurry, detach in a hurry or doing either with gloves on. That L Wrench just doesn’t cut it for me (need one, have a drawer full!). My original miniature speed wrench lost its bit so went looking for a replacement. That’s when I came across the Neiko, small, light and fully functional even with gloves on. Best thing, it makes attaching and detaching darn easy and fast. I found mine at Amazon but they are readily available. Like I said, not really a big deal but it’s the little things that can make photography fun...

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on Jun 27, 2016 in Field Reports

Epson’s Amazing Legacy Papers

Printing is such an important aspect of photography! There is much that goes into the great print and probably no more so than paper. Epson has available in large sheet and rolls their new, Legacy papers and they are simply gorgeous! The Legacy Platine Paper and Legacy Baryta Paper is the “glossy” papers in the new line. The Legacy Fibre Paper and Legacy Etching Paper are the “matte” finish papers. While they are gorgeous papers no matter what printer, to get the most from these legacy papers you want to use one of the new generation Epson Printers like the P800. The one thing the web cannot do is display the spectacular nature of these papers nor how YOUR images will glow using these papers. Epson has a sample pack available with these four papers. I encourage you to get it and do your own testing. I have my preferences already and have a stock of Legacy Platine Paper and Legacy Fibre Paper in the office I’m using for...

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on Jun 23, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 Firmware is Available!

The biggie is 4k video now extended to 29.9min but here’s all of the updates: • The camera can now record movies up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds long. Movies are recorded across up to 8 files, each up to 4 GB size, which can be joined together using the ViewNX-Movie Editor option in ViewNX-i version 1.2.0 or later. * • An Electronic VR option has been added to the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU. Note that electronic vibration reduction is not available at frame sizes of 3840×2160 or 1920×1080 crop, and that the angle of view is slightly reduced when electronic vibration reduction is in effect. * • A Flicker reduction option has been added to the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU. * • Dynamic-area AF (9 points) has been added to the AF-area mode options available during viewfinder photography. * • The chief changes to viewfinder photography autofocus are: – Improved camera response when the button assigned Auto-area AF using Custom Setting f1 (Custom control assignment) > AF-area mode or...

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on Jun 20, 2016 in Field Reports

Working the Flare

Flare, you see it artificially inserted in many of our films these days. We can easily though insert flare into our photos anytime we want, and it’s the real kind. Working with flare takes a couple of important tools, a lens that flares nicely (with a clean element which I so often forget to do), a camera that can deal with the exposure range and most importantly, a clear view of the sun. In continuing my exploration of the D5, I put it to the task of flare and was so pleased how easily it works with it. That puts the pressure on the photographer to make it work with a photograph and not just an added fade. In my handbook of working with flare, the first and most important reason of using it is to pull the eye through the image with pizzazz. The mind’s eye goes to light and bright first and with the brightness of the sun, the mind’s eye goes right to it. Using that...

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