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on Apr 11, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

What’s That Background?

It’s something I’ve done since, forever. After sharing this simple thing with my group last week, I realized I’ve probably never mentioned it but it’s real simple. In my own quest to visually find the best background, I take a picture of it. When I see a background in my viewfinder that intrigues me for any reason, good or bad, I simply manually focus on the background and take a photograph of it. The reason? Well like in this case with the Gtr Prairie Chicken, the birds are constantly moving on the lek. In previsualizing where a chicken was heading and if I wanted to follow it, I would look at the background where it was going. From what I previsualized, I would swing the D500 / 800mm or not. I have hundreds of these subject out of focus, background sharp in focus photos in my files. When I go back again to a location like the chickens, I look at my images taken at that location/subject previously and...

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on Mar 29, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Go Low Fast!

Background control, that’s a biggie in wildlife photography. When the subject is on the ground like this Burrowing Owl, background control means getting down low. But there are times when you want to be at eyelevel shooting and times when you want to drop down. When working with critters, physically moving up and down with a shy subject can be enough to make them go away. Many photographers use their knobs on the legs to raise and lower their tripod, standing up and stooping over to make all the adjustments, madly turning the knobs to unlock and lock them again. At the same time while doing this, the photographer is also breaking the golden rule when working with wildlife, taking their eyes off the subject. There is a fast and easy way to go low while watchin the subject the whole time! Many tripods like the Gitzo 5562SGT I use for the 800mm, you can pull out the tripod leg lock very quickly and with no visible motion as...

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on Mar 22, 2017 in Moose Adventures

Yellowstone Fall & Spring Workshops

Yep, Jake and I are teaming up for two Yellowstone Adventures, 25-30 October 2017 and 18-23 May 2018. We going these dates specifically for wildlife, Elk in rut, Elk & Bison with calves, migrating and nesting birds but you’re in Yellowstone, so geysers and sweeping landscapes are all part of the Adventure as well! You can pretty much figure we’ll be explore the entire park, the features, fall color, spring greens and all the critters we can. We can’t wait! You’ll fly into Bozeman, MT where we’ll pick you up and head down towards West Yellowstone where we’ll be based most of the time. Because of the nature of shooting in Yellowstone, we’ll be working out of two vehicles so everyone has their own window to shoot out of. We will be taking just FOUR photographers per Adventure (2 spots left). The price is $2180 which covers instruction, transportation to and from airport and entire week and a whole lot of fun! Call Sharon 661.204.1506 if you’re up for...

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on Feb 6, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

A Stumper of a Question!

“How do I figure out how fast a lens I need to buy for the depth of field I think I want?” Dang, that’s one helluva great question that came in this morning! Back in the day when you bought a camera body it came with a 50f1.4, wasn’t an option. Then they started to offer other slower 50mm lenses to lower the overall price until finally, you could buy the body only. Now a days, you can buy “kits” but fast lenses aren’t part of those kits typically. Determining what a shallow depth of field just isn’t as easy as it use to be when you were forced into it. But shooting with a narrow DoF is a powerful tool and like the writer asked, how does one figure that out prior to buying? Being old, I shot with the 50f1.4 from the start and still do. These days my camera bag has the 24f1.4, 50f1.4 and 105f1.4 and I own those lenses to shoot at just, f1.4....

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on Jan 31, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Doing Your Planning for Spring … Now?

Some of the best photography only comes with planning! While we might just be a month into winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re into wildlife photography, that means it’s baby time. Are you ready? Do you have the gear you think you need for nesting birds or baby mammals. Nesting birds need short lenses like the 70-200f2.8 FL or 300 PF and at least one SB-5000 though two would be better. You need to know and do ratios with those two flashes using a WR-R10. How do you do all of that in the dead of winter, figure out the lenses and flash ratios? Get yourself a old fashion baseball and place it in shade, light it with the flashes until you create the ratios you like and no one can tell you’re using flash. The time to learn this is now, not when you have a nest in your lens. What if you’re into aviation, you ready for the spring airshow season? Unlike wildlife where...

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