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on Jul 19, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Finding that Silver Lining

It’s vacation time, you’ve probably been planning your trip for a half a year or longer. You got the dates off from work, the kids are out of school so you’re lock and loaded. You pack the car or hop on that flight and reach your destination only to find that mother nature simply doesn’t wanna play. It’s very possible that all your hopes are dashed on the rocks, that is if you don’t start finding that silver lining. Such was the case last fall when we arrived in Yosemite to film my KelbyOne Class. The planning for the class starts nine months before when there were a winter snowpack starting and the cold air eliminated any possibility of fire. There was no way of knowing when the dates were put on the calendar (which is a struggle all on to itself) that the winter would stop short or that the place would be burning down around us. But that was the case and just like you when you’ve...

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on Jul 18, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

#17 is Creative Fun!

At the Nikon Z launch, the amazing Jerry Ghonis introduced us to the magic of #17. What is #17, why it’s Charcoal, isn’t that obvious? No, it’s not which is why I thought I’d share it with you! If you going flying to your Z, select #17 and shoot, you might wonder what I’m talking about. So first, let me share with you the settings I use. #17 Charcoal Effect Level 50 Quick Sharp 0 Sharpening +5 Mid-range sharpening +2 Clarity +3 Contrast 0 Filter effects ORNG Toning None These settings go into the Instruction Set so when you open the file in ACR, you see what you shot. The exact same as when you look at your photos in PhotoMechenic. If you look at the two photos above, you can see the effect with #17 Charcoal which works better than my trying to do a written description. #17 isn’t something you are going to use with every photo but it’s not for just old wood. Jerry had some...

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on Jul 17, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone, B&W Photography

Just Take ONE Step Forward

There are times that you just gotta shoot! Time is everything and waiting and takin time to make everything perfect, you lose the shot. But those times when you do have time, one thing that can often improve your photograph is simply takin one step forward. Literally, place one foot in front of the other and move forward. How can something so simple work? It comes back to what I call the dance. That’s excluding elements that take the eye away from the subject while including those elements that support the subject. Taking one step forward is just one method of doing the dance that works. Here is a simple, gorgeous, sweeping vista that was literally right alongside the highway. I stepped out with the Z7 / Z14-30 that was in B&W (Monochrome) mode as it was that kinda light and drama. I took the first shot (bottom image) as things were moving quickly. I didn’t like the bush on the left and felt I wasn’t inviting the viewer...

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on Jul 16, 2019 in Random Thoughts

That Sneaky Portrait

On a lonely MT road with the skies threatening to wash us back to the Pacific, we stand to photograph a lonely barn on a picturesque hillside. I have the 105f1.4 on the Z7 (via the FTZ) as I position myself for the photo. My beautiful bride is standing behind me, the stormy backlight painting across the landscape and highlighting her hair. If I’m not sneaky, I won’t get the shot. I prefocus at the distance I think she’s standing away from me. I set the Z7 to AutoArea AF so the eye detection will lock on fast as I know I only have a moment. I dial in exposure comp, keep looking over my shoulder and when I think I have the shot, I turn quickly, hit the AF Button and rip off five frames before my shy subject knows what I’m up to. Ah ha … I did get one though...

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