Moose Peterson's Website http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog Where the world of photography is explored and shared! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Are There Birds on Safari? http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/17/are-there-birds-on-safari/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/17/are-there-birds-on-safari/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:30:59 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36621 _BMP2373

“Are there birds on safari” the email read. Oh Hell YA!!! Birds are here in every size, color and manor and most, blow your mind! Now if that’s the case, why am I posting a photo of the White-backed Vulture? Well, I can’t think of a better bird to represent Africa. It’s the clean up crew for nearly every party there is here, party thrown by lions, Leopards and Wild Dogs that is. This shot from this mornings drive though I think paints them in a better light. Shot from inside the Landi, the D4s / 800f5.6 AFS with TC attached is perched on the Gitzo 5561SGT which is acting as a monopod. I have my Arca Swiss B2 and with that combo, I’m able to work the big glass from the Landi and get the shot. The tripod for the most part leans against my leg as I stablize the whole rig from movement inside the vehicle. Our amazing ranger Roan then drives forward or back, left or right small inches to help fine tune the shot. There are lots of birds in Africa, photographed about 30 species so far but this iconic one was on my list to get!

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No Laughing Matter?! http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/16/no-laughing-matter/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/16/no-laughing-matter/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:30:12 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36616 _BMP9667

If there was one species of critter I wanted to photograph here in Africa it was the Hyaena. This morning we had a little time right after the rain with two female Spotted Hyaena just lying beside the road. The Hyaena is a very misaligned critter as most think of them as vicious, smellie, opportunist. They are essential to the ecosystem and do more than just eat dead stuff. Now watching this sleeping female through the 800mm, I couldn’t help notice its smile and I wondered if they have “doggie” dreams. I’m looking forward to hopefully spending more time with them and time with them at a kill. That’s true Africa!

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Just Hanging Around in Africa! http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/just-hanging-around-in-africa/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/just-hanging-around-in-africa/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:30:30 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36609 _BMP5022

Yep, that’s basically all we did last night. Not having been to Africa before, I thought Leopards are kinda rare to see. But we’ve already spent a lot of time photographing SIX different individuals in just 36hrs! Seriously, Images in Africa and the folks here at Mala Mala really know their stuff and our opportunities prove it. This mom had just killed a Impala and when arrived, her two, ten month old daughters had just cleaned out the stomach to lighten it. We were just in time to watch mom carry up into the tree and hang it for the kids to feast on. Afterwards, well you can see what mom did. Shot handheld with the D4s / 80-400VR3 it’s a simple click as we literally for two hours hung around with them. Just bloody too cool!

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Elephants, Leopards & Buffalo – Oh My! http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/elephants-leopards-buffalo-oh-my/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/elephants-leopards-buffalo-oh-my/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:43:14 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36603 _BMP8199

Yep, Africa is magical! I’ve been on two drives so far and seen elephants, leopard, buffalo, even a pack of Wild Dogs taking down TWO antelope! Gavin at Images in Africa and the folks here at Mala Mala have brought us to an amazing slice of our wild heritage. While I planned on lots of blogging live from Africa this week, just dealing with the 8k images so far has got me jumpin. So, just wanted to let you all know I’m here, it’s great and have tons of stories to share, when I can. This is a two year old female Leopard who we were able to spend a hour with last evening. Shot with D4s / 80-400VR3 handheld from the back of the amazing Land Rover.

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My Name Is Moose, I’m a Addict! http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/16/my-name-is-moose-im-a-addict/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/16/my-name-is-moose-im-a-addict/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:30:22 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36576 _BMP1592

YA, I have a HUGE flashlight faddish. I just can’t get enough of them and I don’t know why. Seriously, it’s a problem, I have them everywhere. Well, when I saw the Blizzard 1000 Search and Rescue LED Flashlight I just had to get it. And I’m so glad I did! On the bright end, it BLOWS way my flashlights three times its size. The LED cranks out 1000lumens, that’s serious light! But it has four lower power settings which is really a cool feature. The way it does it is with a rotating collar so it’s easy to use. All aluminum, it feels great in the hand. Why did I go out and get a new flashlight, especially when I already have so many? Well, spotting light is a common part of biology management. But carrying a spotlight and camera gear just isn’t practical. When I can have this kind of power but is a very small package, I’m all over that. And for nightlight in Africa, its small size and weight along with power was perfect! It comes with a case that goes on your belt which is a nice touch. Now I know I’m not the only photographer out there who likes flashlights and with Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to pass along my latest find.

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Them Blue Skies http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/them-blue-skies/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/them-blue-skies/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:30:04 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36559 DPND42WP4012

Just can’t get a thing past you folks, which is why I never try. In this case, many saw in the video that I had gray skies but in the stills, I had blue skies. I was asked how I created such good lookin skies. Well, here’s how you can do it in mere seconds!

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Thanks for the Amazing Response! http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/thanks-for-the-amazing-response/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/15/thanks-for-the-amazing-response/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:30:32 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36557

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Killer Video Access – Great Prices! Pt2 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/killer-video-access-great-prices-pt1-2/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/killer-video-access-great-prices-pt1-2/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:30:54 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36571 ElvidRig

More and more folks are exploring video with their DSLR. And more and more are seeking advice from me in these regards. I am not no expert but I do know what does and doesn’t work for me which I try to relate to you here. My normal MO is to buy the best and learn how to use it looking for the best quality. And as you might imagine, most getting into DSLR video, going high end is not the goal. They just wanta to learn so some day, if the bugs bites, they are good to go. So, I went looking for video accessory products that do an excellent job at half the price or less of the great stuff. So I have two blog posts today on products I found that I can easily recommend. This is the second post.

Yes, you can use the LCD on your camera for this, but when it comes to critical focus and “remote” camera work, you simply can’t beat the new Elvid RigVision CM-7L 7″ Field Monitor with Shutter Release (I use is A LOT for remote still work as well when I can’t physically get behind the eyepiece)! It takes the old Elvid unit I used for so long and really made it real sweet! You can see the first big addition, the built in hood. I can’t tell you enough what a HUGE help! What I really like is that even with the built in hood, the RigVision weighs less than my original Elvid. The higher resolution is bright and crisp making it much easier to critically focus. I love that! But wait, there’s more!

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Don’t let the back of this scare you. What’s key here to me is the cable clamp so you don’t accidentally knock out the cables (yes, done that more than once). What’s cool is the two jacks on the bottom left. You can plug you your heads phones and camera to this monitor so you can listen and start and stop the recording with a big button on the monitor rather then the one on the camera. This is important to me because so many of my videos, I a one man crew. I use the monitor to set up the shot, check lighting and start and stop recording. Big, bright, light, complete with batter or AC and case, this is a killer unit I can’t recommend enough to you!

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Killer Video Access – Great Prices! Pt1 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/killer-video-access-great-prices-pt1/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/14/killer-video-access-great-prices-pt1/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:30:39 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36565 More and more folks are exploring video with their DSLR. And more and more are seeking advice from me in these regards. I am not no expert but I do know what does and doesn’t work for me which I try to relate to you here. My normal MO is to buy the best and learn how to use it looking for the best quality. And as you might imagine, most getting into DSLR video, going high end is not the goal. They just wanta to learn so some day, if the bugs bites, they are good to go. So, I went looking for video accessory products that do an excellent job at half the price or less of the great stuff. So I have two blog posts today on products I found that I can easily recommend.

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I want to start off with a piece of gear everyone recognizes but don’t buy and that’s a mistake. The “clacker” as I call it serves many functions in our video productions. It’s not only fun but practical! I really like Acrylic Dry Erase Clapboard with Color Sticks (7×7.25″) because it’s well built, has a great sound and is erasable. One important feature of the “clacker” is that sound it makes to sync up the sound track of multiple cameras. I think you should have it to keep a visual note of what you are shooting, especially tests. It’s really one of the first things you should get.

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Sound is everything! When wanting to pick up critter sounds, I still prefer the MS-77 but when it comes to interviews, I really like Polsen 16-Channel Camera-Mountable UHF Wireless System with PL-4 Lavalier Microphone. They don’t have the same range as the more expensive units but they do have the sound. The kit comes complete so you can receive and start recording instantly. What I like is they are very simple to use, set up is no more than plugging the cable into the camera body or mic (cables all included). And the case is pretty nice, good protection and easy to use. I can easily recommend this set to you!

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While you can use these to rock out to you iPod, these Polsen Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones as the name implies, are to be used while recording with your DSLR. Don’t use the speaker built into the camera if you’re serious about your video. This set which as great quality sound, physically ver light and not even $30 is great solution. They fold up so take up minimal space in your bag.

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Flash & Critters http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/13/flash-critters/ http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/2014/10/13/flash-critters/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:30:38 +0000 http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36551

It’s a common question, “Does flash scare birds” or critters? I posted this video some time ago in an attempt to answer this question. But it’s come up a lot of late so just wanted to share my answer with you all again. And for what it’s worth, there are lots of videos with answers like this on my YouTube Channel that you might want to check out sometime.

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