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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 11, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Railing & Gaffer Tape

I wanted to do a time lapse shooting with the Z7 / Z14-30 of sunset of KBay. Because of the angle of my porch, a normal tripod wasn’t going to work for unattended shooting (it was midnight after all). So I gaffer taped my all time favorite CTT 1000 tabletop tripod to the railing. As you can see, the gaffer tape secured the CTT 1000 to the railing. And using the Peak Anchors, I was able to use my camera strap as a safety. It worked perfectly and while not the most preferred method, it got me by in a pinch. Gaffer tape, never leave home without...

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on Aug 14, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Mindshift’s SidePath Backpack is Brilliant!

Weight restrictions are a part of my travels since I’m in small aircraft a lot. I’m talking Cessnas and the like and on my recent Griz adventure, weight and space were at critical matter. With that in mind, I turned to the good folks at Think Tank and got their SidePath which is just brilliant! The sad thing, it’s been discontinued so if you want one, go find stock now! I was able to carry the Z6, 180-400VR, Z14-30 & Z24-70f2.8, rain shell and water with ease in the SidePath. Are there other options? You bet, stay tuned,...

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on Jul 23, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Miops – Lightning Strikes More than Once

When the skies start barking, I’m often running to the truck with a camera in hand to chase the storm. So it was yesterday south of Tucson. These days though, it’s a whole lot easier to work with lightning with Miops! This simple, small and incredibly effective tool permits you to shoot lightning any time of day with any rig with ease. You can even update the firmware via the mobile app (Mobile App is the why to go!). Charged via a USB port, the Miops simply can’t get easier, well, at least the shooting part. There we were photographing hummers when kaboom, the skies opened up and drenched us. Well we put our hummers rigs inside, grabbed cameras (I grabbed the Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 / Miops) and sped down the road. The real challenge was finding a spot with a great 360 vista because we literally had lightning in all directions. To be completely honest with you, I saw much better lightning than I captured but we were...

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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 Jun 25, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Summer’s Most Important Piece of Gear!

Water! This life-giving fluid is essential for life. Humans should drink at least eight, 8oz glasses a day and up in the Sierra or any place above 5000′, this should be doubled. I’m always surprised though all the stories of folks succumbing to the heat and becoming ill because they simply didn’t drink enough water. It’s a piece of gear you cannot go without! And on a personal note, get yourself a refillable water bottle and save the environment! This is the one I’ve had for years and it travels everywhere with me! And we’re not the only ones who require water! Water is essential for birds, summer, and winter. You find free water and you will always find critters. At our home, we have five “ponds” and bathes for our critters and they are always in use. You not only help them by providing free water, but you set yourself up for real great photography. They key is getting low, light and of course, looking for that moment...

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