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on Oct 2, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

It’s a Comin!

Sebago Lakecaptured by Z7 / Z24-200 Yep, fall color is comin here in Southern Maine and it looks to be real nice. Not a huge explosion but plenty to fill up the viewfinder with fun. Just want to remind you of a couple of simple things when heading out to shoot the color. #1 is HAVE FUN!!!!! Sebago Lakecaptured by Z7 / Z24-200 You don’t need nothing but fall color in your photo to say, fall color. Including some green makes the other colors of fall really pop. And if there isn’t a huge quantity of color, to begin with, fill the frame with elements like the blue sky and the mind will so the rest of the work in filling in the color. Lastly, go long rather than wider. In this case, I was shooting at Sebago Lakecaptured with only the Z7 / Z24-200 shooting between 50mm and 200mm the whole time. Came back with some favorite click knowing that next week, the fall color, it’s a...

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on Sep 23, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Capturing “Our” Memory

My Sweetie & Mecaptured by Df / 105f1.4 Memories, they are a very special aspect of life that makes us human! Photographs are an essential part of this experience especially as the years roll on. Our memory of events is often blurred by the event, the emotion, passing of time, and by what we WANT to remember. Our photographs should reinforce the “good” memory and blur out the bad. Case in point. Stonehenge is an iconic locale. A couple of years back, Sharon & I were very fortunate to make a long time wish of seeing those vertical boulders in person come true. It was all we thought it would be, and much more. We spent hours there with our Brent & Katt, and about a thousand other folks. But you’re saying you don’t see a thousand folks in our picture. Did I spend an hour and remove them in post? Actually, when we took this photo, the only other person was the sweet ranger conversing with us. How...

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on Aug 25, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Safeguarding our Feathered Friends

Evening Grosbeak (immature male)captured by D6 / 800mm w/TC-1.25 We feed lots of birds, lots! Some of the birds eating our 320lbs of seed we put out monthly are residents. Residents are those birds that are The Ranch 365. At least half of the birds like the Evening Grosbeak you see above, are migrants. Those are birds that comes to North America each springs to raise the next generation. Our food we put out help these migrates in raising their young and provides fuel for their migration. And it might be killing them! If you feed birds, you have probably heard at least once, the “thud” when they crash into your window. This past weekend we were out with our birds when a Coopers Hawk not once, but three times within an hour tried to make a grab for our birds. A couple of them crashed into the window in their panic to get away. None died in the process but we have had one or two that did....

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on Aug 11, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

D or Z – That IS the Question

Ever since I posted my D6 1st Thoughts video, I’ve had lots of great conversations with photographers with a common theme. “Do I buy the D6 of Z6/Z7?” This is not the first time in photographic history photographers have wondered which model to buy, but now the “difference” seems on the surface, much greater. I always smile when folks ask me this though since I own all three bodies. I can see where it might make sense to ask someone who does shoot with them all. But then, someone who owns all three might not have the answer for himself :-) FWIW, Here’s how it breaks down for my own photography. The D6 is my primary body, replacing the D5 (which I still own and use as a back up for the D6). The D6 is my go to for critters and aircraft doing an obsolutely splendid job in that role. The Z7 is my go to for aircraft static shooting and landscapes. The Z6 fills in perfectly many...

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on Jul 28, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

I Was Sweating Bullets

“Do you shoot weddings?” My very quick response was a resounding, “no!!” My iPhone had already announced who was calling and knowing that, the question that came was not one I was not expecting. After Bernie told me all that had transpired for his upcoming wedding, I said of course I’d shoot his wedding. Flying to CA from MT and shooting a wedding during COVID wasn’t at the top of mind. Not screwing up royally, that was what had me sweating bullets! I had put myself through college shooting weddings, stopping the day I graduated and I’ve not shot one since. That’s nearly a forty-year drought. What was I thinkin when I said yes to Bernie? Yikes! A week prior to the wedding, I pulled out all my gear I thought I would want and need. I decided the Z6 / 105f1.4 would be my prime and Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 second setup. That turned out working brilliantly. I had an SB-5000 connected to both (via the WR-R10), camera in...

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on Jun 26, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

The 500PF is Such a Delightful Lens!

We’re at our friends Auntie’s house who has created a delightful “shooting Gallery in her backyard. She has it set up for the 500PF so I grabbed her lens and started shooting. All sorts of birds came in and it was fun to shoot the Lesser Goldfinch and especially the Bushtits which I’ve not photographed for decades! I love Bushtits! They are smaller than your pinkie and weigh less than a dime. So darn cute!!!! I was handholding the D6 / 500PF which made the photography so enjoyable. I shot a lot of great birds in a short time with Autie’s great 500PF and shooting gallery, I fell back in love with the 500PF! So I finished shooting as the hot sun crept around the corner and started to bake me and ingested my images. Right then I received a text from my friend at Bedford Camera that they just got some 500PF in stock. Oh man, it would be a great lens for The Ranch and my backyard...

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