Moose Peterson's Website Where the world of photography is explored and shared! 2014-11-26T16:44:12Z http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/feed/atom/ Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[What Really Makes Photography Fun]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36968 2014-11-26T16:44:12Z 2014-11-26T16:44:12Z PetersonHerdAfrica

When all the f/stops and shutter speed settles, there is one thing that really makes photography fun … family! Whether they are the subject or who you come home to after a photographic adventure to share your photos with, it’s all about family. And when you can share the photographic process with family (the boys & me in Africa a month ago), well then you really know the fun. Just another great thing to be thankful for in our photography.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Nikon Rebate Huge Hit!]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36961 2014-11-25T13:15:43Z 2014-11-25T13:15:43Z Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 7.18.58 AM

WOW … pick a body and receive HUGE instant Nikon Rebates. I’m told a TON of you are taking advantage of the huge savings … get them while they last. Something to ponder watching that football game this week.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[There is Just Something About … Wilderness]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36957 2014-11-25T13:39:45Z 2014-11-25T13:30:46Z DBEBE8540

…that just sucks you in. Its quiet, its serenity, its taking you as you are, it’s just a place where one can get lost for all the right reasons in all the right ways. The Chilkat Valley is such a wilderness where the sounds of the ice drifting down the river and the calling Bald Eagles are all the sounds floating on the frost laden air. It’s just another thing I’m so thankful for, that something about … wilderness.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[The Magic of Eagles]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36953 2014-11-24T18:45:41Z 2014-11-24T18:45:41Z DBEBE7356

I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks … thanks for the gorgeous Chilkat River Valley that in the 70’s wise folks were smart enough to preserve for the eagles. Thankful for the GREAT guys who asked us to come up to witness this amazing part of our wild heritage. And thankful the majesty of the Bald Eagle still flies in our skies and we can watch them endlessly going through their antics. It was an amazing week with much more to come once back to a reliable connection. Homeward bound after this past week, it sticks in your soul, the magic of eagles.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[I HAVE to Be Here!]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36947 2014-11-22T04:06:10Z 2014-11-22T04:06:10Z DBEBE5320


What’s your excuse?!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[K&M Air Adventures ’15]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36938 2014-11-24T17:57:35Z 2014-11-21T16:30:54Z 07b19935-2659-418f-8b31-6937169f56ff

We are extremely excited to announce K&M Air Adventure for 2015. We are incredibly excited to have access to the amazing aircraft and facilities at Minot, ND. We have a minimum of six warbirds, B-25, Zero, Corsair, Warhawk just to mention a few and some gorgeous antiques like a Waco. And we’re going to be there twice in 2015! It’s limited to 6 shooters, price is $1695 with air to air being extra and the price based on the package you select (starting at $800). The weekend includes ground school, static shooting, night shooting with prop turning, bombers, fighters, biplanes and more. Air to air is a minimum of 30min air time with one aircraft.

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We’ll be in Minot, ND 26-28 June and 11-13 Sept, 2015. And we’re heading back to Mesa, AZ in 2015 in 17-19 April and in the fall (Dates TBA). We were there this past weekend and had a great time with lots of flights, lots of aircraft and lots of laughs. We are very excited to be able to offer these again and can’t wait for you to join us. If you’re ready to take your photography to new heights, give Sharon a call 760-924.8632 (9-5 PST) MTF

(all scheduled aircraft are not guaranteed as aircraft to break down)

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Back with the Eagles]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36932 2014-11-23T00:06:19Z 2014-11-21T14:30:07Z DBEBE5274

The Eagles of Haines or Chilkat River are legendary! I’ve known about them long before I was even a photographer. It was once the place only the brave traveled, it remoteness and severity in weather made it a locale few ventured to. That changed and now it is a destination for many wildlife photographers from around the world. A loyal group of K&M folk asked Kevin & I 18 months ago to bring them up here. We’d never been here but were more than up for the adventure, so here we are! But the eagles, well …

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You need two important elements to get the legendary show the area is known for, ice and salmon. We have neither right now and that makes the photography a challenge. Furthering the challenge for me personally is, I have photographed Bald Eagles, a lot, and have my own favorites that will be hard to improve on. With the challenges of getting here, we got a late start today, what good light had slipped by before we were in the field. None the less we found eagles. Now, these photos to me are really, well, barely keepers. One thing I mentioned to the group is the Bald Eagle is a commonly photographed bird. Hard to understand when they are a challenge for most but so many venture to locations like Chilkoot that there are lots of great images out there. So getting the uncommon shots of the common will be the goal. These photos though shot with the D4s / 800mm are common shots at the very best. We will do better but I won’t be satisfied with these kinds of images. Only time will tell how well we’ll do as I’m back with the eagles.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[The Road to Haines]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36924 2014-11-21T04:00:49Z 2014-11-21T12:30:33Z DLCAKHS0005

Well, three days later as we made it to Haines, AK. Started off at 01:00 leaving our home and flying without any real effort made it up to Seattle to meet up with my bud Kevin. After spending the night there, up at 04:30 and got on our plane to Juneau and again, ezzy peezy. By 08:30 we were in Juneau and in place for our 13:30 flight to Haines. It wasn’t to be!

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Weather set in and one by one, all the flights to Haines were canceled. Well, got on the phone and secured passage on the Ferry to Haines which left the dock at 01:45 the next day. Now, to kill 15hrs at the airport. Well, after getting images finished from two weeks ago, rented a van, went down town for dinner (the sun sets at 15:30) and then back to the terminal (electricity and comfy seats) to wait for the ferry. Got on the ferry by 01:30 and by 06:30 we were in Haines. The sun doesn’t come up until 08:00. We were greeted by the view you see above. Gorgeous start!

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I grabbed the D750 / 18-35 and made these quick clicks and then got settled in, got breakfast and headed out by 11:00 to the Bald Eagles. It’s just gorgeous up here! The temps and dew point are creating amazing fog whisking around the hills and pines. It’s really hard not to just watch as the fog changed every five seconds into another gorgeous view. Since the big guns was out for the eagles (D4s / 800mm) I did some optical extraction and made a couple of clicks I really like. It was a great start to what promises to be a great week!

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[White-fronted Bee-eater]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36911 2014-11-20T05:02:25Z 2014-11-20T14:30:35Z DABBEWE0276

The effects of going to Africa are still very much resonating in my heart even a month later. All the images are filed, backed up and finished and I find myself constantly going back and looking at them to see if, the trip really did happen and if I really did take the photos. This is a pair of White-fronted Bee-eaters. Greg did a marvelous driving the landie right up to them and with a couple of tweaks, I had the perfect background. Not only were the birds really cool, but the light and more importantly, its direction perfect to light up them colors. Just look at them backs light up! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! And the fact they were in love didn’t hurt a thing, they were quite animated.

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Shooting with the D4s / 800mm (with the converter) I still used HSC to make the shot. The HSC helped also with the FPS, increasing it so I could capture the small, quick gestures of love the two displayed. If they were on any other perch, bigger in diameter or deeper in the tree, the photo wouldn’t have worked and there were times, they used other perches while foraging. It was this moment that lasted perhaps, 2-3 minutes though which stand out in my memory. I’m just so thankful that the moments aren’t committed to just memory. So glad the camera captured the moment to.

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Moose http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Caught In The Act]]> http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/?p=36901 2014-11-20T05:07:57Z 2014-11-20T12:30:19Z DPPAM0018

While at the Wings Over Houston, I managed to get in a portrait continuing my pilot portrait series. This time the target is our dear friend Alan, a pilot with the Texas Flying Legends. While it sounds rather straight forward, working the light AND arranging aircraft to make the portrait is simply, challenging! Now one aircraft, you could in theory move it quickly with the changing light but two planes, you’re locked in, nothing is moving quickly. This is especially true since they are special, unique and expensive. So long before the sun is right (my “fill” light), I figure out where its going to be when I want to go click and position the aircraft. In this case, I used a hangar to create a shadow in the foreground which couldn’t be seen until it was time to go click (the final photo not shown here).

So with the planes in place, getting the camera and me up high was the next step. There was a big wind blowing and having done these before in a big wind, working from a ladder wasn’t something I wanted to do. As you can see, I used a tug as a platform which worked perfectly for me. I shot with the (D750 / 24-70f2.8 on a Gitzo 5562GLS) to get it high. Then it was time to get the pilot, our good friend Alan up on the plane. Now until you read the book, you won’t know the whole story but it’s hinted to really strongly here in the photo. Then I used the Profoto B1 / Magnum / 10 degree grid (with a human sandbag attached) to light Alan. After all that, it was really easy. Waited for the sun to go down, shooting TTL (with the Profoto TTL) and just go click! It was a ton of fun which I think I’m doing this project more than anything else. And after the fact, I heard some “fans” like Ian were behind the fence recording it all. We were, caught in the act!

photo by Ian Wright ... thx!

photo by Ian Wright … thx!

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