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on Dec 31, 2014 in Thought of the Month

A New Year’s Resolution?

Those who know me know I love history and none better than my family. Under the tree this year were many new books, one was Kiska: The Japanese Occupation of an Alaska Island. I know it was a busy year for me, I only got 19 books read (last year was normal with 28) but this last one, Kiska was great! Written by a biologist working with birds, he went looking for our history as well as birds. The Aleutian Battle during WWII fascinates me to no end because as many have called it, it was the forgotten war. The island of Kiska especially, because of its long history with men, wildlife and then, war. I have always wanted to spend time on Kiska with my camera and now after reading the book, more than ever. What has that got to do with a New Year’s resolution? As photographers, and don’t be mistaken we are VERY fortunate to be photographers, we have a certain responsibility to keep the craft...

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on Dec 31, 2014 in BT Journal

The Africa Mystery

Our next issue of the BT Journal is going to be out shortly. Just in case you need another write off for the 2014 tax year, thought I’d remind you...

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on Dec 30, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

V or H – I Still Wonder

Which way to turn the camera, vertical or horizontal (yes, I know, these days folks say landscape and portrait but to this old fart, those are terms for rock and people photography)? I’ve written about this many times before but it’s a question that keeps coming up, from emails and my own photography. Here’s the latest example where in my own mind which way to turn was not obvious. What do I mean by obvious? Well, the common thought is to put a vertical subject in a vertical format and a horizontal subject in a horizontal format. But since we want to make the uncommon out of the common, the question comes up. You add in elements like in these photos of the fine, autumn colored grasses and the question remains, which way to turn our camera? Shooting the Snow Geese at Bosque del Apache last week, especially in the early morning, the light plays on their white plumage like a song as the sun rises. The light, if...

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on Dec 29, 2014 in WRP Ed Zone

Holidays Means Family Time

Sharon & I were very fortunate that Jake made the drive down to spend Christmas with us. Many years ago before my mom passed away, she had handed down to jake a box of odd monies she had collected over the years. Some of it was from my dad and in this box, Jake found some Japanese Invasion Money. Jake had been checking into it over the last couple of months which lead him to wonder about just when and where his grandfather had picked it up. So we spent the day getting my dad’s slides (Kodachromes) out of archival storage and going through them. It was no easy process but oh man, what a ton of fun exploring which lead to more questions than answers. One just has to look at one of my dad’s slide mounts to figure out why I’m so anal about image filing. Each mount has the role number, image number, date and subject meticulously written on everyone. So we went through the few...

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on Dec 23, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

Only Work with Blue Ripples?

My post about Blue Ripples brought in all sorts of emails asking if its only works with blue? Actually, it can work with many possibilities. The key is you see the light, recognize the reflection and find a complimentary color to the main reflection. Here’s two variations on the same theme. The above photograph is a sunrise shot and the bottom is a sunset shot. What’s the difference because they both have lots of red (which means I’m shooting in Cloudy WB). First is to isolate the main reflection which in this case is the color red. Shooting with the D4s / 800mm, I move laterally so the few clouds that are red and reflecting in the water and filling the viewfinder. The next important factor is you have to select cranes that are moving. If they aren’t moving, they aren’t creating ripples and with no ripples, you don’t see the “yellow” rings in the water around them. Ya, you’re shooting at a slower shutter speed because it’s dark....

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