I Can Relate

Least Tern captured by Z 9 / 800f5.6 AFS

Its name comes from being the smallest Tern in North American. But no matter how big or small you are, when you’re alone when you expected the gang to be with you, heading out against the storm can be lonely. Might be flying against the wind, you gotta keep flying or, you crash. Progress might be slow, at times none at all. But as long as you keep flapping, you are still doing a whole lot better than falling behind. Keep flapping my friends!

New Game – Find a Tern

Least Tern nestling photographed this morning by Z 9 / 800f5.6

Spent a delightful morning at the Least Tern colony on Duxbury Beach. Nearing the end of its season, there were a couple dozen nestling, most able to fly, still in the rocks where they hatched looking for mom and dad to feed them. If you can find them in the rocks, shot at f40 to pull all the DoF I could with a 800mm, they would “hide” until the parents returned with a fish. Once the parents were inbound, the chick would often expose themselves, coming to life to get the parents attention. Then faster then you can blink, the parent lands, the chick grabs the fish and swallows it. Then the parents are off again to forage and the chicks, hunkering back down until next feeding. It was a great morning pointing the lens at a new game, find a tern.

Moose Podcast #306 – “Suck It Up … Buttercup!”

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immature Rufous Hummingbird captured by Z 9 / Z400f4.5 w/ Z1.4x

This episode of the Moose Podcast #306 – “Suck It Up … Buttercup! “, There is a huge risk being a photographer who shares their images. You might receive negative comments. They can suck, but they are not the end of the world and in fact, they might, just might mean nothing at all if your suck it up, buttercup!

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AZ Ground Crew working their magic setting up for us with “Sentimental Journey”

These are simply the best people! The AZ Ground Crew Living History Unit came to our aviation workshops in Mesa for years, in the dead of the morning and set up WWII air field around the B-17 / B-25. They are living history we could photograph in so many ways. And they are the happiest and funniest “models” I’ve have the privileged to work with. Well … I’ll let Bill tell the story …

As we were preparing to head out to the ANME Show this last weekend we discovered that our Museum Trailer containing the majority of our travelling display had been stolen. If you know anyone in the Military Surplus or Pawn Industry please give them this information. We are reaching out to Militaria Stores in the area to advise them of the stolen items as well. Many of the items that were inside this trailer are likely irreplaceable. Most are over 70years old and are original WWII Artifacts. Please share with anyone you think that may be able to assist in the recovery of these items. The Trailer is easily replaced, the contents are not.

They started a gofundme has been created, but as they say, the reality is, even if we were given a blank check many of the items are irreplaceable as they just do not exist anywhere anymore.

If you have any questions we can be reached via email at: arizonagroundcrew@gmail.com or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AZgrndcrw or https://www.facebook.com/USAAFHG

Philmont Scout Ranch Photo Adventure

Philmont Ranch, NM captured by Z 6II / Z24-70f2.8

The vast, open, and historic New Mexico landscape is our classroom as we explore every aspect of photography you can imagine! A wild herd of Bison, Cowboys, and old-time reenactors, mountain valleys full of fall color, New Mexico sunrises and sunsets, daily classroom presentations, great fellowship, and a ton of fun. This is just part of your experience at this workshop at the world-famous Philmont Scout Ranch. We’d love to have you join us! The link is in the middle of the register page in the month of October with the dates of the event 09-15 October, 2022. This is our second annual event at The Ranch and is almost filled. I look forward to sharing with you and your camera this magical locale! Want a sample, the video below tells the whole story.

The Brilliant Think Tank Retro 20 v2!

Think Tank Retro 20 v2 on the road, rather airport gate ready to head home
I find myself often now needing a smaller kit for some projects. My big MP-1v2 or Airport Security or Int’l were just too big for a body and a couple of lenses. Did a whole bunch of bag looking and came upon a delight, the Think Tank Retro 20 v2. You see it pictured above, what you can see is all that’s in it. There’s the Z 30 (what I used to take the photo), a Z 9 with a Z24-120 attached. The Z70-200f2.8, Z14-24f2.8, Z40f2, SB-5000, filters, Rode Mic, ML-17, WR-R11a, business cards and some other small odds and ends. You can zip the main compartment closed so nothing can fall out which I do when flying (no one can help themselves) which folds out of the way and attaches to the main flap for quick access while shooting. There are a number of vertical pockets and an end one. All providing plenty of space and quick access. It fits under the seat on the plane and ride easily on the shoulder. It’s the perfect quick kit bag I highly recommend to you!
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