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on Nov 22, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The 1 Piece of Gear I Never Leave Home Without!

You guessed it, FLASH!!! Seriously, at the very minimum I have one SB-5000 (with WR-R10) always, everywhere, with me all the time (powered by SD-9 loaded with eneloop batteries) . Does it get used every time I go out? Heck no but that’s not the point. It is such an essential tool that can’t be replaced with anything else when flash is needed. The vast majority of the time, I need flash to simply kiss a subject like the Australian King Parrot where the color quality of the Flash was required. My application of the SB-5000 or flash doesn’t stop there. Everything from portraits to macro often require the kiss of flash to bring the story to life in a photograph. So one SB-5000 goes with me everywhere all the time. When does that change? When I’m going to a project where I know flash is a must have tool, I’ll grab my other two SB-5000s or up my flash game with bigger light. Like this pilot portrait I...

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on May 15, 2014 in Camera Tech

Watson Battery Update

I’ve been pounding the Enelope side by side with my newly discovered Watson AA rechargeables and I am very pleased to report that they are exceeding my expectations. Batteries are batteries, right, over time they simply don’t perform like they did when brand new. That’s why I switched to Eneloop a few years ago and it’s now why I’ve switched to the Watson. They simply do a great job holding a charge! And their charger is so small and compact (with refresh ability) that I’m just in love with them. So after a month, the Watson are performing IMHO better than the Eneloop. Just thought you’d like to know...

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on Apr 25, 2014 in Camera Tech

Watson Rechargeable AA Batteries Rock!

Simply put, I use a lot of power! I normally travel with 6 sets of 4, AA batteries and at least one charger. Now up until recently, I’ve been using the Enelope with great satisfaction. Their newest AA rechargeables are only 2000mAh but I’d heard there were more powerful ones out there so I went a lookin. I then came across the Watson AA rechargeables which are 2300mAh. Just having a higher rating doesn’t make them a winner so I went to testing. I’ve been pounding them for the last few weeks, with one set as the control and the other set the Guinea Pigs. The Watson do deliver more power, more flashes per charge by about 15% over the Enelope. But the one big advantage of the Enelope is their ability to hold a charge. I found the Watson are nearly as good as the Enelope in this department, Enelope advertising they hold 75% and the Watson held about 65% of their charge after three weeks. But what...

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on Mar 12, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14-09

Got a gear question you want answered? I want to help and answer it. Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and your photography and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions …. Mr. Moose: I just picked up D4s last Friday 3/7/14. After reading what you posted about the D4s I just have one question? Would it be possible for you to post your new settings for the D4s and how do you have it set up for your AF settings? Most of my work is in sports and some of deer for fun. Any help you can share will be helpful. Thank you, Larry Larry, congrats on the D4s! Happy to help, here are my D4s settings. You’ll find in them some of my AF settings as...

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on Nov 6, 2013 in Gear Just Introed!, Moose's Camera Bag

Pushing Portraits Further – Rapid Box in Action

It had been a GREAT day! By 8:30 we’d already put in seventeen hours and thousands of clicks, but that was the point of volunteering. There was a huge 40’s party in the Texas Flying Legends Museum hangar for the WWII vets and their family including a great 40’s band, dancers, Patton look alike, surrounded by the P-51D “Cripes A Mighty” and B-25 “Betty’s Dream.”. “Betty’s Dream” was partially pulled into the hangar and even a gorgeous LaSalle drove up delivering some of the reinactors who were guests, parking under its wing. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and than started to work all the activities. It was a target rich photographic opportunity. But being a control freak, I wanted more than just the grab shot under hangar lighting. Then it dawned on me … the Rapid Boxes! The folks (all friends) were great and open to anything. So I asked the couple in the top image (who came in the LaSalle), Miles & Kim if they’d be...

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