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on Oct 9, 2014 in Landscape Photography

To Fish or Not to Fish?

One lens I pull out a lot at the Grand Canyon, is the 16Fish. I have written many times here on the website above the 16Fish so it’s not really a surprise. One of my favorite times to use it though at the Grand Canyon is at sunrise. That’s because the Canyon runs basically east to west. In the morning, you can see the rays of the sun, its color on the right and it says, “sunrise’ better than the sun itself. The curve of the earth to me just brings that feeling out even more. It just simply makes the Canyon come to life in the morning. I was out on a ledge shooting with the Df and 16Fish (image above) and 20f1.8AFS in my pocket (bottom photo). Now the key to working with both of these lenses at sunrise with the exposure range is ACR. Adobe Camera Raw permits us to bring down the highlights (far right edge) and pull out the shadows in the bottom of...

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on Sep 9, 2014 in Landscape Photography

The Best One Ever!

Here’s a prime example of what I was just talking about. Got the heavenly bodies but the photo just falls flat. In my dictionary, I think the photo sucks. Standing their at Badwater in 104degree heat didn’t help my attitude but I made the click. And you would never have seen this shot if it weren’t for what I shot next. I was still shooting with the basic rig, Df, 16Fish, IS03200, 8sec f2.8, but when I turned and looked, I saw the photo! Yep, my family. That’s what really made the days in the heat really worthwhile, sharing with them all the fun and beauty of the stars. I turned the camera, put the horizon right through the middle of the frame to remove the fisheye warp, told them to hold still and made the click. Is it the best photo in the world? Hell ya, but not because of the normal standards we make such judgements. It’s the best because it’s a cool record of a great...

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on Sep 9, 2014 in Landscape Photography

Thoughts on Photographing the Heavenly Bodies

You see tons and tons of what I call Heavenly Body photos these days. And that’s because digital and especially current bodies make it so bloody simple. Seriously, all you gotta do is dial in IS03200, 8sec f2.8 and you have a photo. It’s not like the days with Kodacrhome and we had to super cool the film jsut to get started. This is a photo from our trip to the Devil’s Racetrack and in particular, the Grand Stand. This is a simple click, Df, 16Fish, IS03200, 8sec f2.8. Why the Df? I still think it’s the best high ISO machine out there. But here’s the deal as I see it. Just because you have a photo of the Milky Way doesn’t make it a great shot. In fact, the ease of doing heavenly bodies, this is really nothin! To get this one click, the one I like the best, I stayed up all night, sitting there loving the skies and watching for the right moment. What’s the right...

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on Sep 1, 2014 in Landscape Photography

The Grand Stand and Heavenly Night

Hi everyone! We’re now in Vegas for Photoshop World after spending a little family time in Death Valley. While it was 115 degrees during the day, the nights which is why we were there were a pleasant 80 degrees. Along with Sharon, Brent and Jake, we were spending time with my best friend Russell Brown again chasing stars. As you can see, we found them. This is a simple click, Df, 16Fish, IS03200, 8sec f2.8. Why the Df? I still think it’s the best high ISO machine out there. If you see me this week at Photoshop World, please come up and say...

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on Aug 6, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14 – 28

Got a gear question you want/need 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 (accept there will not be one next Wed) 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 …. OK Moose You’re heading off to photograph Grizzly Bears for the 100th time, what gear are you taking and why? Al Al, even as I write this I’m not 100% sure of everything I’m taking. I’ve photographed them so many times with so much different gear, I’m still pondering. For example, I’ve had as my prime long lens for the trip the: 300f2.8, 400f2.8, 200-400, 600f4 and last year for the first time, the 800f5.6AFS. This trip, I’m taking (I’m 99% sure) the following: Bodies: D4s (primary) D810...

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