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on Apr 26, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

The Long & Very Short of It

It’s actually, photographically, pretty darn simple, in theory. Using long to show scale and short to show size. But showing both with the same subject, that takes a little looking. The Co-OP at Johnson made it simple though. Shooting with the D850 I used the 300PF to “compact” the landscape and make the Co-OP give scale to the landscape by shooting at an extreme distance. Then shooting with the 8-15Fish, got right up tight with the Co-OP. Two different views, two different lenses, two different stories for one subject. Great morning of...

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on Apr 4, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Revisiting & Reprocessing Old HDR

It was only seven years ago when I took this photo, one that has always been one of my favorites. It’s of Kermit Week’s P-51C Red Tail, “Ina the Macon Belle,” a photo I took great care to set up for the light for the ground fog. Now I wish I had written down all I was seeing when I took the photo because that so influences all I do. I know I wanted indirect light on the fuselage so there was no specular highlights. I wanted the background hangar to just have a kiss of light and wanted less tarmac. And for some reason, I felt I needed to shoot a five frame HDR and finish it with those five images in post to get my final photo (what you see below). I have the feeling it was because of the black reflection and shadow under the wings. Well, for seven years the bottom photo represented my efforts and was a favorite of mine. Then yesterday we had...

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on Apr 2, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Moving Gear Around the Country

After last weeks Live Broadcast had a number of folks emails asking how we get our gear around the country. The answer is real simple, Think Tank! This is what Brent & I had with us this last week working on our documentary Normandy Bound (left to right): Video Transport 18 Airport Security v3 (packing video) Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag Video Tripod Mngr 44 x2 (packing video) Logistics Mngr 30 (packing video) Shape Shifter 15 Now the check-in weight for our bags totaled 270lbs and that’s just lights (lots of lights), stands, tripod and a whole bunch of important odds and ends we need for production. That doesn’t include the camera bags that went as carry-on. And all the gear arrived at the project site and back home again, as it always does, safe and sound. I’m hoping those asking weren’t looking for a lengthy answer cause using Think Tank not only keeps the gear safe but the answer short and...

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on Mar 15, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

“Just What Goes into a Project?”

It’s apparent it’s spring with summer just around the corner with all the emails coming in. You’re getting ready to go out in the longer daylight hours and slay some pixels. Most outstanding! I know this because emails are asking about how I approach my various projects. I’m not sure how valid my methodology really is because I go about projects we think pretty uniquely, that’s saying nicely, my own way. I should probably start by defining what I mean by a project. A project to me is anytime I head out with a camera to tell a particular visual story. So going on a photowalk to me is not a project, it’s photographing whatever happens to show up. Heading out for a morning shoot with an aircraft, a date that’s on the calendar, that’s a project. So projects can last as short as 15min and as long as, well our longest is going into its 30th year. With that definition, we (Sharon & I) then think about two...

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on Mar 12, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Chicken or Pixel, Which Came First?

I often ask those on workshops with me, which came first, the chicken or the pixel? What do I mean by that question? We need to understand what the computer can do when we’re at the camera. We need to know what the camera did when we’re at the computer. They are both computers and the one thing all computers love is data. The more data a computer has, the more the information it can provide us when we ask the right questions. This is so true of digital photography. Since the camera is the computer with the greatest amount of input (the world we see in the viewfinder), the more data we gather of the real world and faithfully gather it, the more the digital darkroom computer has to work with. It’s really simple math, that we complicate with things like f/stop and shutter speed. But it all translates how successfully we see the world with our emotions when shooting to the emotions evoked in the final image....

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on Mar 1, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

The MB-D18 … Need?

The D850 is a marvelous camera, I simply love it! Nikon did it right is so many ways. The one way not so popular with some is the MB-D18, not the unit but its delivery. I’m hearing everyday questions about where to find one to buy. The other question that accompanies this is, “Why don’t you have one?” To the first question and the caveat, “what about the off-brand grips?”, I don’t know why the supply is so tight. Out of all the D850 shooters I’ve shot with, I can only remember two with the MB-D18. I wish I had an answer on supply, I don’t, sorry. And what about the off-brand ones, I’ve not seen them and a quick look, they appear to be scarce as well. Now, why don’t I have one, that’s a question I can answer. At first, I didn’t see a problem the MB-D18 solved for me. I love the small size of the D850. Then I started doing the 4k Time Lapse and...

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