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on Mar 26, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Spring Cleaning Time

OK, we should be cleaning our gear a whole lot more than once a year. Right now, you might have some time on your hands which is a great time to do a deep clean of all your camera gear. Cleaning of our digital camera sensors has plagued photographers for centuries (ok, a couple of years). Just like our cameras, some aspects of cleaning our sensor have changed and some have remained the same. This video (which means it supersedes all others of mine) reflects what I’m doing today to clean sensors which include mirrorless. These are the tools I use to clean the sensors of my cameras: VisibleDust Ultra MXD-100 Green Sensor Cleaning VSwabs VisibleDust Ultra MXD-100 “Green” Corner Swabs VisibleDust Zee Pro Sensor-Cleaning Bulb Blower VisibleDust Quasar R 5x Sensor Loupe Optic Cleaning Solution This video expresses my methods for cleaning and it’s up to you if you follow it or not. It, in some cases, does not follow the recommendations in the camera’s instruction book. There...

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on Mar 11, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Tricks or Craftsmanship?

Many years ago, I made a conscious effort to stop using the word “Tricks” when talking about photography. While I slip into using that old, comfortable and VERY misleading word every now and then, someone said to me lately that I should explain why I don’t like the work Trick when talking photography. We all see these advertisements that say “Tips and Tricks” which infer a quick shortcut to something better. But used as a noun (Warning, warning, Moose talking English here) trick means, “a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone.” And use Trick as a verb it means, “deceive or outwit (someone) by being cunning or skillful.” The common word in both definitions is, deceive. Just who are we trying to deceive with our trick in our photography, ourselves, the viewer of our photograph? What I’m suggesting is we focus on other words in that definition, skillful. Success in photography is a long haul venture. There are plenty of shortcuts or “tricks”...

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on Mar 6, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Power in the Background

The background is everything and in this case, radically changes the end results. Here’s a Rocky Mtn Bighorn Sheep ewe standing on a promontory. The lower photo, the bright white snow in the top right corner not only visually pulls your eye from the subject (in a really big way), it also vastly increases the range of light in the entire scene. This puts the ewe in darker shadow altering the white balance. My physically moving to the left just a couple of feet to exclude that bright white in the background creates a vast improvement in the photograph. The eye now takes in the gorgeous rim lighting on the ewe (not lost in shadow) and the white balance warms up. It’s such a small thing, moving to the right but you can see instantly the change in the story being told. Take the time to check the background, because, in photography, there is visual power in the...

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on Feb 17, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Gracing Nikon Owner

There is this mythical land where I love to go but like those places, it’s far away. Thankfully, they come to me throughout the year. Grays of Westminster is where Nikon is celebrated from its first days to present in the finest English form (the store is Winston Churchill old barbershop no less!). I’ve known Gray and done business with him since the ’80s and the passion Gray has for photography and Nikon fills his lovely shop and their Nikon Owner magazine. I’m very honored again to grace their cover and have an extensive, 10pg spread on the Nikon Z. Whether you already own a Z or contemplating getting one, I’ve got ya covered. Just as Gray and his team have you covered … a mythical...

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on Jan 7, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

3 Great New Tools from Nikon!

The 300f2.8 has been an iconic Nikon lens since it was first introduced. No version though is as spectacular at the new 120-300f2.8 ED! I’ve owned a 300f2.8 a number of times during my career and (hope Sharon and accountant aren’t reading this), I’m really thinking seriously of adding this lens to the locker! The size, weight, and flexibility would be killer for everything from critters, landscape, and aviation for me. And for sports … oh my … dream lens. The Z line of lenses is growing with the introduction of the Z70-200f2.8 ED lens. I’m the first to be taken back by its specs, the size, weight and still 77mm filter size, wow …compact (comparatively speaking). I’ve not shot with the Z70-200 yet nor talked with anyone who has but with the results I’ve seen with the Z24-70f2.8, I can’t wait to do so! Yeah … this one totally took me by surprise! Being a huge D750 fan (still in the locker and used), I can’t wait to...

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on Dec 10, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

The Essential Tool No Ones Mentions

While our gear can get wet any time of the year, now is when it happens most often. That’s why no matter where I’m going, what I’m shooting, I always have a clean, white, hand towel with me. If I’m not staying at a lodge, I take one with me. Otherwise, I “borrow” a clean one each day from the lodge to use (returning at the end of the day and grabbing another clean, dry one for the next day). This is NOT to cover up my gear when it’s raining or snowing. This is to take care of the gear AFTER I’m done shooting and before the gear goes back in the bag. The weather never worries when it comes to my gear. My simple rule of thumb is if I can handle the rain, so can my gear. The key is this simple, ambiguous white towel. If I’m going out shooting in the elements, then the towel is inside my jacket staying dry. If my gear gets...

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