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on Sep 19, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Why I Carry the 2nd

My passion for critters takes me to some spectacular locales throughout North America! While not my main focus, I know these locations can offer up amazing photographic opportunities which is why I always have a second camera body on my shoulder to record those moments in between my critter shooting. Last night is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. I’m out working a large herd of Desert Bighorn Sheep and had a small band in the viewfinder as the sun slowly set. The afternoon thunderheads were being blown to pieces by the high winds and that process created gorgeous skies (what we call a small Sierra Wave). While I could turn the 180-400VR on the skies, the lens I was photographing the sheep with, it would have been a waste of time. Why I carry 2nd body is to bring back these memories and the Z6 is the best! The ram all of a sudden had a glow of light on it so I knew the clouds...

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on Sep 18, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Me and WB

Back in the “good ol days,” like most photographers, I traveled with a huge collection of color correction gels. Nikon even made a special gel filter holder, AF-1 & AF-2 (which I still have). We did this because the white balance of our film (using current terms) was fixed at Daylight or 5500k. The most common filter I used was the 81a, what I combined with a polarizer to create the Moose Filter (the first warming polarizer). I have always taken getting the White Balance correct in the camera seriously, I still do to this day. It is true, you don’t have to this day an age, unless you’re like me and want to get it right, right in the camera. A whole bunch of people learned about this the fun way this past weekend. We’re on the ramp at the Combat Air Museum with their very cool F-84 Thunderstreak. The sun has just started to light up the horizon. It’s real simple, our digital cameras max out at...

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on Sep 18, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

The Little Black Turnstone

Back in the ’80s after I had bought the 800f5.6 EDIF, I was haunting the rocky shores of Monterey a lot. Being on the edge of Monterey Bay, there are small little pockets of birds, not particularly rare, just rarely seen and even more rarely photographed. They grabbed my imagination, especially the little Black Turnstone. A tad smaller than your fist, I got a photograph of one way back when that I’ve always truly enjoyed. And for decades that one image satisfied me, until about a year ago. I had never gone back and looked for or photographed the Black Turnstone since them early days. Last year, I got the hankering to go and improve on my old photo. I’m glad I did! Living at the splash zone on the rocky shore, those rocks and splash are very much a part of the Black Turnstone. The three elements I need to tell the story are already dictated, I just had to combine those elements to tell its story. Shooting...

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on Sep 17, 2019 in Landscape Photography

The Four Hour Accident

The wind was howling through Nevada yesterday with 40mph gusts. It whipped the snow-laden clouds about in gorgeous forms (first Sierra snow fell yesterday). It also did a number of vehicles, flinging a 16 wheeler off the highway and stopping all traffic in both directions for four hours. We came upon the scene just after the incident so we were stuck. We were entertained with great conversation and scenery outside our windows. The light was gorgeous light so I braved the elements and made some clicks. How windy was it? It took my rear lens came out of my hand and flung out of sight in a heartbeat! Braving the sensor dust I knew was coating my Z6 in the wind, I attached the FTZ / 105f1.4 and spent an hour with the ever-changing landscape. With the fierce wind, the apertures in the clouds came and went and with them, new light on the same scene. If I wasn’t stuck on a two-lane highway at an accident scene with...

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on Sep 16, 2019 in Field Reports

Amazing New Nikkor Z85f1.8

I had the good fortune to spend the morning at the Combat Air Museum shooting with the new Nikkor Nikon Z85f1.8 and man, was it fun! I shot the entire time at f/1.8 cause, way buy a fast lens if you’re not going to shoot fast?! It’s small, lightweight and a blast to shoot with cause of its very narrow DoF with it’s very crispy sharpness, it makes things snap in the viewfinder. All the great detail at the Combat Air Museum was the perfect proving grounds for me to determine real fast this is one helluva lens! The Nikon Z85f1.8 is a lens most think of as a portrait lens (though it’s much, much more) so I wanted to shoot a portrait or two with it. At the Combat Air Museum there is Stu, a great model, reenactor who looks like an Air Force General so I placed him in front of the museum’s F-84 Thunderstreak for his portrait. Because I was shooting with the Z6 I could...

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