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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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on Jun 7, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

OVF from EVF

Jon sent me an email with a common question, “I’m used to shooting with my D850“. “With my new Z7, going to the viewfinder and always having it black when I’m used to just seeing is driving me nut. Got a solution?” I know exactly what Jon is asking and experiencing because I was too. I’m happy to report, I do have a solution that at least works for my photography. Many photographers like myself are used to just being able to put our eye to the viewfinder and seeing through the lens without doing anything. That’s because we’re used to an Optical Viewfinder or OVF like in our D5. In the Z7 / Z6 we have an Electronic Viewfinder or EVF (the difference being a Mirror camera and a Mirrorless camera). To see through the Z7 / Z6, the system has to be active, the electricity flowing to power the EVF. No power, no see, that simple. Well, we can fix that! The very, very, very first thing...

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on May 24, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Nikkor Z14-30f4 – A Vid

The new Nikkor Z14-30f4 has found a place in my kit. Its size, weight, image quality and fact it can accept filters, like the Nikon 82mm Neutral Color NC Filter which is always on the lens and the Nikon 82mm Circular Polarizer Filter II, it was pretty much a no-brainer for my photography. The video says all the...

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on May 20, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

The New Z Firmware – More than I Expected

I was in Ohio when the new Z7 / Z6 firmware was dropped. I was out shooting and not able to do the update until late at night which I did. The only thing I had to test with to see if the new eye-detection AF (not the only updated feature of this firmware) worked were the faces on the television. Dang, if it didn’t work and it works beautifully (which is spooky if you ask me)! The eye-detection is part of the Auto Area AF and when everything is set correctly (see below), a yellow box goes on the eye and you can either leave it on the eye selected or by depressing the Multi-Function dial, change it. I was really curious though if this new feature worked with critters as well as people and since I was working with birds, I gave it a go. The two photos you see here were both taken with the Z6 / 800mm / FTZ using the new AF eye-detection. In...

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