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on Nov 3, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikon 24-70VR

The New 24-70f2.8 VR had really, really big shoes to fill in the lens it replaced. This a really gorgeous lens that has produced gorgeous images for me. I’m one of the ones who replaced the original 24-70f2.8 with the new version. Why? My main reasons for upgrading were the few nuances I feel making it a better lens. It’s sharpness, AF speed, built and better lens shade. Its VR was also a consideration in my air to air work. Some have mentioned that the new lens is heavier and some, not as sharp. When the 24-70f2.8 came out, I remember some moaning it had no VR. Now it does and that VR requires a motor so ah, the lens is going to be heavier. The larger filter size at first was annoying as it required the purchase of an additional polarizer. But the lens brightness coming from it sure is welcomed shooting in low light. As for optical performance, this lens delivers what my clients demand from an...

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on Dec 31, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Time to Reflect

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the year past. I’ve always found it a kinda funny tradition because for myself, I try everyday to reflect on what I learned the day before to improve on my photography of tomorrow. I’ve never really been one to rest on my laurels, always pushing forward to the next day, year, constantly incorporating lessons learned. In the creative world and the business world, the future is more important, more exciting than the past because improvement is just a heartbeat away. In this pursuit there is one question I like to ask photographers when they seek words of wisdom from my photography. “Where do you want your photography to take you in the next five years and where do you want to take your photography?” There is no doubt that our past directly and indirectly influences our craft. Our life experiences go into every click. But the spark of imagination and passion is what drives our photography into the future. So...

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on Dec 30, 2015 in Moose's Camera Bag

Which AF Mode?

“Which AF mode should I use?” This is a real common question and one that I wrestled with when the new AF modes (or correctly stated, sensor patterns) came about years ago. The AF system in our Nikons is really good, really sophisticated and can be real confusing. I RELY on the AF system in my photography because it permits my mind to concentrate on more important things like storytelling since I KNOW the AF system will get the subject sharp. I have no illusions, that AF is why my photography is successful. So, which AF Mode do I use? Here’s how I think of it, how I compartmentalize the AF mode’s jobs in my photography. Moving = Auto Area AF, Non-moving = Group Area AF (or D21 if Grp not available) in AF-C. Let me explain. In both of these visual examples, the subject is very much moving. That’s not what I’m talking about in how I determine which AF mode to use. In the top photographic example...

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on Dec 29, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

By A Hair!

I was a tad to slow! The White-headed Woodpecker had been frozen on the perch for nearly twenty minutes. All the feeders were empty and the Mountain Chickadees could be heard but not seen. There’s a predator on the prowl and all the critters were telling me that. Two days before, I’d seen a small flash chase a bird into tree three, but I didn’t see who it was. It was small and rusty colored so thought our No. Pygmy Owl was back. So with all the critters communicating a predator was around, I was looking for the owl. Smaller than a dollar bill, they can be very hard to find in the trees. So yesterday with all the signs, I was just turning away from looking at tree three for the owl when it dashed in and landed. It wasn’t a owl though but rather a small, male Sharpie! It was looking around so I grabbed my D4s / 300PF (left out just for this reason) and walked...

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on Dec 28, 2015 in WRP Ed Zone

Get Gear for Xmas?

Sooo … did you get it, did you get that new piece of camera gear you wanted for Christmas? I was fortunate and got what was on my list, a TC-14eIII so I don’t have to borrow one anymore. Now the challenge begins, making magic with that new gear. Here are some suggestions for you that might help you rocket forward your knowledge base and use of that new gear. If it’s a camera body, make sure you have the latest firmware installed. It can make a difference and you want that machine working its best for you. Next, you need to go through all the settings and make sure certain things like Color Space is set to Adobe RGB. Don’t know what settings to use, I have a knowledge base of settings here you can use as either starting points or what you use all the time. What if you got a new lens? Sit and stand in your home and practice, practice, practice handholding with it! Finally,...

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