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on Nov 5, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Rock Star Ninja V & Z7/6

The brand new Ninja V monitor comes at the perfect time! This brilliant, small, light, bright and powerful tool works with the new Nikon Z6 / Z7 to record their 10bit N-Log file. If you don’t know what a 10bit, N-Log file is, think of it as a video HDR format for not only expanded exposure but color as well. It’s simply a gorgeous file once you finish it in Premiere. The Ninja V can run on AC or DC and Atomos has their own special SSD Drives or you can do as I did, use an SSD in their case. In the video you see me hand-holding the monitor, that’s not normal. We have it either mounted to the hotshoe, gimbal or tripod via a bracket. And the Ninja V itself is a treasure trove of options, tools, and abilities that honestly, go over my head but Brent was really excited to see and use them! The combination of the Z Family and the Ninja V simply...

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on Oct 18, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Argh – Not Again!

I was in Florida with my best friend Harry photographing herons. We came upon this great Green Heron feeding amongst some giant leaves. Killer shot except the huge reflections of the gray sky in the leaves. No problem, run back to the car (I wasn’t completely stupid, had Harry make the run), grab polarizer and bam, problem fixed. The only problem was, I had packed the wrong one, I had grabbed the wrong case with the wrong polarizer leaving the right one at the office! Argh!!! The worst thing, this wasn’t the first time I’d done this to myself. Double argh!!! I know this is obvious, recommended it to others before and was just reminded myself of it packing for Alaska. I have two drop-in filters for my 800mm and 180-400VR and as you can see, the cases I have them in look identical. And if you peak in the case from the top, the tops of the drop-in filters look identical as well. The solution is really simple,...

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on Oct 8, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Obvious to Everyone But Me

Now that I am shooting all my landscapes with a mirrorless camera, certain obvious things are coming to light I’m sure others know. But for those who don’t, when you take the lens off the body, the sensor is directly exposed to the elements, in this case rain and snow. With no mirror to protect it, these elements which include dust, land directly on the sensor. This could be a disaster! Especially when the instruction book warns in many places, “Don’t Poke” the sensor. This all occurred to me photographing Mono Lake Basin with the Z7 / Z24-70 and a rain drop hit me square in the eye as I was removing the FTZ. Now that I thought about it , it’s obvious to...

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on Oct 2, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

My Initial Z7 Settings

“I can’t find the “Mirror Up Sensor Cleaning” setting, help?” Yep, it’s time to post my initial Z7 settings when that question hit my inbox. Ah, just to answer that question … it’s a MIRRORLESS camera! The Z7 settings are really not all that different from your Nikon DSLR which is cool. Some familiar DSLR button functions like Format Card, are not on the Z7. And certain settings like Silent Shutter & High-Speed Extended disable the flash. And there are some new settings like Lens control ring Custom control assignment or N-Log that might make you wonder. Hopefully, my initial Z7 Z7 settings will help you. Note: Settings “finalized” 10.05.18 Manual Viewer has been updated with the Z7 so be sure to download it for quick and easy...

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on Sep 25, 2018 in B&W Photography, Moose's Camera Bag

I Freakin Love the Z7 B&W!

Up until this last weekend, my B&W was done in post, not in the camera. That has all changed! Shootin the Z7 / Z24-70 at the Vintage Flying Museum, there was moody light leaking into the hangar highlighting this and that. The light and subject matter screamed B&W and I took it as the perfect opportunity to try the Monochrome, better thought of as B&W feature of the Z7. What you are seeing here are the B&W straight out of the Z7 (Nef – Capture NX-D – Tiff). There is no digital darkroom work on these files! In the Monochrome Picture Control setting, I have taken Contrast to +5, Clarity to +5 and Filter to R (Red) and then I underexposed the whole scene -1 stops. Other than that, I didn’t do a thing other than play the light on the subject to bring out the drama and mood that is B&W. If you follow my blog, you know I have adopted many different methods to get to B&W...

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on Sep 4, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

Platypod – Essential for Our Video

Ever since posting the Platypod video (see below), I’ve had many ask if the Platypod is good for video filming? It is an essential tool for our video and projects like our Normandy Bound. We have four of them on site and at any given time at last two are in use with remote cameras. Typically the D850/18f2.8AF and D850/24-70VR are out rolling like you see here. The beauty of the Platypod is we can place it in places we can’t comfortably stand. And quite often, Brent will have them stashed in locales I’m not aware of until I go to finish my images and then I see them tucked away here and there. And that’s the beauty of them. The folks we’re filming the majority of the time don’t see them either. The stability, portability, and flexibility of the Platypod simply makes our job that much...

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