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on May 24, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikkor Z14-30f4 – A Vid

The new Nikkor Z14-30f4 has found a place in my kit. Its size, weight, image quality and fact it can accept filters, like the Nikon 82mm Neutral Color NC Filter which is always on the lens and the Nikon 82mm Circular Polarizer Filter II, it was pretty much a no-brainer for my photography. The video says all the...

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on May 23, 2019 in Aviation

YOU Make it Happen!

Advance the clock a few years, a few client air-to-air photo missions in the can and there I was in California’s Central Valley photographing “Betsy” just after she got out of restoration. It was a pretty sweet honor to be invited to the private event and be accepted by basically all strangers who only knew me because of my images. I was sharing these photos with a friend after the fact who asked, “How’d you make that happen?” And that’s the key, I made it happen by simply pursuing a passion as professionally and with all the talent I could muster. This all manifested itself in the final photographs that the pilot received as big arse 24×30 prints. He is one happy client! But it didn’t happen overnight, I made it happen … you can make it happen and that’s the point! Years ago I did an air-to-air photo mission and those prints and the story of that shoot reached Scott. He then hired me to photograph his aircraft...

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on May 22, 2019 in Field Reports

Texture – Brilliant!!!

It’s so simple, it’s brilliant. In the latest ACR update (11.3), you’ll find Texture. It’s in the Basic Panel and, Split Grad and Brush and I simply love it!! What you see is my normal setting, 30, and I’ve added it to my ACR Preset. What does it do? It brings out / cleans up texture in an image. And it does it so well, it tricks the eye to see things as sharper. That’s it. As I said, it’s so simple yet so powerful. Check it...

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on May 22, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

The #1 Technique You Must Master

Basic Handholding is an essential tool EVERY photography must master, period! Just worked with a photographer who used LiveView and held their camera like it was an iPhone when they asked, “why are my images not sharp?” Seriously, we can do better! This is something you need to practice EVERY DAY for five minutes so when you are out shooting, you don’t even think about it. It’s just is. It starts by cup the lens in your left hand so gravity forces the rig DOWN into your palm. Next, bringing your elbows into your sides, grasp the camera firmly with the right hand and learn to roll the finger to first activate the camera and then to fire the camera. Use an eyecup and pull the camera into your face. My buddy Adam captured in this photo of me during an air to air so even with feet off the ground, proper handholding is a must if you want the tack sharp image. The photo above, the shutter speed...

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on May 21, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Texas Bird Extravaganza Workshop!

I’m really excited, really excited to finally be able to offer a bird photography adventure back in the Texas ranch lands! Here’s some background. The majority of TX is privately owned, much is really dry. Some of the big ranches on the southern border have for over a decade have had bird photography blinds on water features they built. They suck in the birds from everywhere to the water in an otherwise dry world just feet away from the blind (you always have a 70-200 ready back in the day for this reason). We’re seating in covered blinds at basically ground level photographing the birds as they come in. What is truly amazing are the rare bird species that flock in. Birds seen nowhere else in NA are common at these blinds! Take a look at what I photographed at the ranch this year! We have been able to reserve ALL the blinds at the ranch to ourselves for ONLY five photographers (one opening) 01-06 May 2020. You fly...

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