Moose Peterson's Website Where the world of photography is explored and shared! 2014-12-20T19:54:24Z http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/feed/atom/ Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Just Passin By]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37259 2014-12-20T19:54:24Z 2014-12-20T19:54:24Z DPKEFD8421

So have a moment to myself and was lookin at images from a month ago. I don’t post many shots of jets in part because I don’t have that many that really say flight. I have lots of images of jets, but they just don’t say visually they are flying. What does it take, at least for me, to have an image saying a jet if flying? Well one of the first things I need in the photograph is a background. Blue skies by themselves just don’t cut it for me. Next there is the light. You might think light should be the first and it is, it’s the reason the camera went up to my eye in the first place. But in communicating flight for jets, it needs a little something extra to bring across the illusion of flight. I say illusion because it is a still of a moving object.

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I’m shooting with my normal rig, D4s / 200-400 and since I’m shooting jets, I’m in Aperture priority. In Aperture because there is no prop to blur. So rather then concentrating on the prop, with jets I look at the background and light. The top photo of the F-100 expresses it pretty well cause if you know the F-100, it’s one loud plane! And the Blue Angels, like wow, not like there’s not a thousand photos of them. Shooting them then, I not only look for what I’ve already talked about but more. I go for the really low percentage shot by shooting them really tight and from an angle not normally used. In this case, I went up, not shooting from the ground but from a perch 30 feet off the ground. Na, these aren’t the best shots but they were fun to go after and fun to look at a month later. Simple clicks just passin by!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Elegance While Slipping]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37251 2014-12-19T19:20:38Z 2014-12-19T19:20:38Z DBWXC14324

It was one of those magical mornings at Bosque when the night time temps went down for the count so at sunrise, it was a brisk 19 degrees. While the cranes and geese stay warm, the water does not and ice forms. Not thick enough to form around the birds but enough of a freeze to create a thin layer on the pond. So thin that bigger birds punch through and lighter birds walk on top. Thin over the deeper portions of the pond and thicker nearer the shallow portions. The cranes which slowly move from the main flock to wake up, socialize and then take off have to negotiate this ice field and while they have big feet for walking in muck and mud, they are not made for ice. You can hear the laughter amongst the photographers as they watch all the slipping and sliding as the cranes try to maintain their elegance while falling on their butt is quite loud. And once the cranes are in the air, all you hear from the photographers besides the camera clicks is the admiration for the beauty of cranes as they fly off. They are gorgeous!

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As I stood there watching this, laughing and in admiration, I thought what we were watching is so applicable to photography. While we look good standing their with our camera gear glistening in the morning sun, more long glass than a dozen football game sidelines combined, there is a whole hell of a lot of slipping going on. Missed shots from everything like chimping to simple inexperience. It’s part of the photographic process and once the humiliation is over, we have to laugh it off. And there is that one or two photo that we see later on our monitor that sums up our experience perfectly and all that slipping slides away and we’re just in awe of our subject and how we’ve told its story. Photography is such an amazing pursuit no matter what genre you practice your art. Just understand that a lot of the time just like in nature, that often we will find elegance while slipping.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[A Family Affair]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37246 2014-12-18T02:13:07Z 2014-12-18T12:30:21Z Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 6.09.28 PM

So love what Brent does with my images!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[D810 / D750 Firmware Updates]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37241 2014-12-17T07:28:27Z 2014-12-17T12:30:06Z Nikon Firmware update
D810 C:1.02 / D750 C:1.01 firmware updates

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*When playback zoom was applied to an image displayed in the camera monitor (image display enlarged) while the memory card access lamp was still lit immediately after capture, the image was not correctly displayed. This issue has been resolved.
*When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
*Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

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*When shooting with an optional Speedlight and auto FP high-speed sync enabled with On selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO sensitivity control in the photo shooting menu, images were sometimes over-exposed. This issue has been resolved. (Enabling auto FP high-speed sync: Select 1/200 s (Auto FP) or 1/250 s (Auto FP) for Custom Setting e1: Flash sync speed)
*When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
*Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[My Grand Mobile Experiment]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37229 2014-12-16T18:12:40Z 2014-12-16T17:30:42Z

My normal method of posting a blog is to use 15.4″ MacBook Retina and an Action to prep images and post using WordPress and wireless internet. In this day and age of wireless image delivery to a mobile device, I wanted to see if shooting with the Nikon V3, Nikon WMU app, iPad and PS Express (to finish images), if I could shoot, process, and post while on the plane. Why?

One, because I love a challenge. Two, God forbid, but in this world of ours, I might have to do it someday really fast. Lastly, I wanted to see if I could actually do it. I don’t know why these ideas come in my head, but I do know that if I don’t follow them, at some point I’ll regret it. It was a gorgeous flight and even though I’m shooting out the plane window, I proved to myself that with just these tools I could get the story out. The hardest thing was putting in all the links because of how the iPad copies, but it’s all very doable. For an old film guy, that’s just darn cool!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[As Big As Your Heart]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37215 2014-12-15T04:20:48Z 2014-12-15T14:30:24Z _DSC3317

How big of a camera do you need? How big of a lens should you have in your bag? How big should the pixel count be that you work with? These questions find there way to my inbox it seems hourly with fews of my answers pleasing those asking. This simple click from a Nikon 1 V3 is of as big a subject as they come but has big impact only because its as big as your heart!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Panning is Art]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37209 2014-12-15T03:51:26Z 2014-12-15T12:30:43Z

Panning in its most basic form, is moving the film plane in sync with a moving subject. This synchronization nullifies the movement of the subject as far as the camera is concerned so we have effectively, frozen a moving subject. This is a very old technique and for it to be effective, as far as rendering a sharp, frozen moving subject, it must be practiced on a continual basis. I’m talking about a minimum of once a week in order to make it a took in your arsenal that will serve you whenever you need it. This is basic, human, muscle memory training which is what panning boils down to in its most simplest terms.

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But just capturing a sharp image cannot be an in point to our photograph. Panning is a technical tool is reduced to this and what the world needs is not more technically perfect photographs, what it needs are more with passion. We must push our craft past that to panning becomes a means to art. These photographs of a MiG 15 are an example of what I’m talking about. Shot on a gorgeous day at the Wings Over Houston, is was gorgeous for three reasons. The sky was a great blue and it had great clouds all being brought to life with gorgeous light. Shooting handheld with a D4s / 200-400, the shots are no accident. I put myself in position so when the MiG made its pass, the gesture of the MiG was set against that sky, the color making the clouds pop out with the light bringing it all to life. Yes, panning is why the MiG is sharp but moving past the technique and to the art, panning is what brought all those elements to life in the photo. Push your technique so it is the building block to your art and then your photography will take life. Panning is more than a technique, panning is art.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Following The Light]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37194 2014-12-14T20:36:55Z 2014-12-14T20:33:00Z _BMP5188

Still in New Mexico at Bosque del Apache and this morning was one for the books! Lots to say, lots to post and now time. This was just a happy second in a morning of splendor. Oh, and the lighting … the shadows are created by all the photographers lined up shooting and the crack between them, the shaft of light lighting the Snow Goose.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Bosque 25yrs Later]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37188 2014-12-12T20:24:13Z 2014-12-12T20:23:01Z _BMP8979

It’s been twenty-five years since my first visit to Bosque del Apache and it’s just as magical now as it was then. It’s not the same but it is as magical! For those who have never been here, it’s the winter resort for Sandhill Cranes (mostly Greaters) and Snow Geese (with some Ross’). The count is 60k Snow Geese and 12K Cranes on the refuge right now. This morning was like every morning on the refuge, gorgeous as the sun slowly rose and kissed the birds sleeping on the ponds. This is a sample from the morning shot with D4s / 800mm as the crane shook off the night and ready itself for the day. Seen some good old friends, both two legged and feathered so I’m looking forward to a grand weekend in the sanctuary of Mother Nature!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Warbird Calendar – Christmas Present?]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=37181 2014-12-11T04:27:20Z 2014-12-11T16:30:25Z

“70 years ago they were fighting for our freedom and today their roll is to cause people to remember that.”

We still have some in stock but coming to the end of the last print run! There is still time to get them ordered and in hand to get them under the tree. We are very proud to release this commemorative calendar and your orders tells us it will be hanging on hundreds of walls around the globe!. Featuring the planes of the Texas Flying Legends, this calendar for 2015 also includes history on every page. Help us remember by ordering one today.


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