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on Oct 18, 2018 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

B&W, The Art and the Z7

B&W is such a romantic, complicated and magical way to tell our visual story no matter the subject. The colors of black, white and all the shades of gray in between intice our imagination to explore and ponder. The drama light can bring to our photography is heightened, intensified and brought to life by all of this. That’s if-if we have all of those colors in our B&W photo. So along with everything else we have to do as photographers, B&W complicates it all by requiring that clean black, that clean white and everything in between. Going back through the blog here, you’ll find a minimum of nine methods of turning our color images to B&W in post. I’ve constantly been in search of the fastest, cleanest and best method to bring B&W to my digital world. At the same time, have fun doing it! With every new camera body, one of the first things I do is shot the Monochrome or B&W Picture Control. I then take the...

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on Oct 17, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

Thoughts on Bambi

I refer to all deer as “Bambi” for one reason, nearly everyone has seen the movie, Bambi. That powerful imagery can affect how viewers of our deer images look at our photographs. Preconceived visions are the “rose-colored” glasses we look through at the world, our own built-in filter. When it comes to critters, this is important to consider if you want that cute and cuddly appeal of critters to come through in your photographs. So with deer, here is the biggest element to never forget! You gotta have those ears pointed forward! Why? That’s a darn good question! It starts with the movie Bambi and the preconceived idea of deer being innocent, playful, and full of life. Those ears of the Mule Deer are HUGE! They can pivot independently taking in the sounds surrounding the deer. The direction of their ears can communicate visually all sorts of emotions and if you wanna grab heartstrings then you have only one option, ears pointed at the camera. Standing there in Roosevelt...

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on Oct 11, 2018 in Landscape Photography, B&W Photography

Targeted Landscape

The story of the Grand Tetons to me is often best told in B&W. Their size, majesty, and sheer beauty fly off the page in those tones. And when you add fresh snow, well I just gotta express that all in B&W. And if there is one thing the Z7 does extremely well, it’s B&W! It’s then no surprise that I’ve spent my week in the Grand Tetons with the Z7 shooting B&W, and I’m loving my results! Playing dodge with the snow front, the Tetons pop in and out. And when they do that at the same time with the sun, I’ve got the 180-400VR trained on those spots. Since I want to use the Z7, I’m connecting the two with the FTZ and the combo as you can see works out beautifully! The best part as far as I’m concerned is the post-processing, that because there is none! If you’ve followed my blog for years, it seems about every six months I find a better way to...

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on Oct 10, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Grand Beauty

Wow, just wow! That doesn’t even really sum up our time so far in the Grand Tetons. The sun found us at The Oxbow watching as the snow started to settle in for the day. Before it closed in, the sun squeaked through to light up the peaks and fall color for a spectacular sunrise. I shot with just the Z7 / Z24-70 until the light was squeezed out then I turned to longer to capture some gorgeous B&W. Shooting hand-held at 1/25 was pretty darn easy with the captured by Z7 / Z24-70 which made the shooting not only fun, but successful....

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on Oct 3, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Z7 Macro In The Rain

You know that for me to think about, let alone actually do, macro photography, it must have been easy and fun. Well, it was just that! Fall color in one corner of our property is blazing so with the rain we were having and its soft light, I went out to see what I could find. So I grabbed the Z7 / FTZ / 60f2.8macro and explored. With the leaves at eyelevel and the lightweight rig (and almost no breeze!), it was fun looking for raindrops suspended on the leaves. The FTZ, 60f2.8macro combo worked great! That extra length added to the 60f2.8macro by the FTZ made it easier to hand-hold. So then it was just getting on my artsy fastsy funk to find the photo. I personally like shooting the Z7 in Continuous H (extended) because I don’t loose site of the subject while shooting. I was shooting in Dynamic-area AF and with the Z7‘s 493 AF Sensors, I was able to select the AF sensor at the...

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on Oct 2, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

That Took A While!

I wish I knew the genesis of some of the photographs I want to capture. I have this unspoken list that often I don’t know I have until I see the photograph appear in my viewfinder. I’ve worked with Bison for decades and have thousands of images in my files taken in many different habitats in all sorts of weather. Yet with all of that, certain images still elude me that I want. Why I want them I can’t tell you. Be it someone else’s image that has inspired me, a “possible” photo my imagination conjured up or a combination of the two, it’s in my head in either case. This past week at Roosevelt Nat’l Park offered me one of those opportunities. It was early morning, twenty-nine degrees out as the sun popped over the horizon. There beside the road was a gorgeous Bison bull, it’s fur coated in a layer of frost. As the sun struck him, the frost turned to steam. I watched through the D5...

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