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on Mar 1, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Heat Shimmer Blues

Heat shimmer, it can occur over nearly any surface from sand, snow, water, sage, and so much more. The transfer of heat from a surface to the atmosphere is a naturally occurring phenomenon that we normally don’t see or take for granted. When you start shooting with lenses greater than 200mm though, you can start seeing it. When you get to 500mm and greater, it’s an issue you must be aware of if you want sharp images! Many photographers though don’t recognize it when it’s in the viewfinder. That’s because it’s a moving “gas” that comes and goes with the air. Last week when shooting on the beach, we had no heat shimmer for the vast amount of the time. It wasn’t until near the end that it rose. If you look at the top photo of the Purple Sandpiper taken with the Z6 / 800mm, you can see the eye and legs are sharp. The shot taken at the end of the shoot of the Purple Sandpipers, you...

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on Feb 14, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

What to Put with the Color?

Who hasn’t seen a sunrise or sunset, grabbed a camera and gone rushing towards it? You don’t need to be a photographer to have the flaming orange ball in the sky wrapped in color to stop you cold in your tracks. With our audience of ur images already having a personal reference to great sunrises and sunsets, our photos at the very least have to match that perception of grander. If you remove all elements from the photo but the red-orange color, what do you have? Just color, no story nor emotion. So this means the foreground is really important, perhaps more important than the sunset itself. Here are two photos of the same subject, just including more or less of it. “Hit or Miss” is a great subject by itself but when you have those skies, the old girl comes to life. But with that color, what do you include or not include to tell the story? Is there a right or wrong answer? I personally don’t think...

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on Jan 11, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Just a Glimpse

There’s been a Bobcat in the area for the past few weeks. While not common, not the first time to have them about. It’s been seen many times and even captured on a number of “Ring” devices. Last night at dusk, Sharon gets a call from our dear friend and neighbor Don. One of the things he does is snow removal, using a large loader and a small Bobcat blower. Our neighbor tells Sharon on the phone, “I’ve got a Bobcat!” Sharon said, “Yeah, we know” because Sharon thought he was talking about his snow removal Bobcat. He said, “It’s going down my driveway past the cabin right now!” At this point, Sharon understood Don was talking about a four-legged critter and not his tractor and frantically started waving at me. “Grab your camera, Don has the bobcat!” Sharon said to me so I raced into the office, grabbed the Z6 / 180-400VR off the tripod, slipped on my shoes and raced up the street. I get up into...

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on Dec 21, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

The Z Teaches B&W Photography!

I’ve already talked about how the Z6 / Z7 have made my B&W shooting so much easier with out of the camera stunning B&W. But for many, “seeing” our color world in “B&W” prior to the digital darkroom is a real challenge. Translating full spectrum color to B&W is a craft unto itself. But the Z6 / Z7 can make it a breeze. You can look through the viewfinder (or LCD) and see your world in color and then by simply depressing the i Button, make it B&W. Stop depressing the i Button and you’re seeing full spectrum color. And when you’re ready to make your B&W photo, just go click and you’re done! You first set up the MC Picture Control with your settings (the ones I use are below). Then as the video shows below, just select MC Picture Control and once selected, depressing the i Button shows you exactly what your scene will look like in B&W. It’s a great tool to help yourself learn to...

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on Dec 19, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Z6 or Z7 … That’s the Question

At least that’s the question filling my inbox the past couple of weeks. And it’s a great question! I regret, I don’t have the answer for folks any more than I can answer which to buy, the D5 or D850. I can offer up though how I think about it for myself and make the selection when I head out to shoot. First and foremost, the Z Family is designed to compliment what you already have, not replace. In my mind, the D5 and the Z6 are on the same shelf, both the lots of frame per second body (with the Z6 being sooooo much smaller). And the D850 and the Z7 are on the same shelf, both the megapixel bodies. So when I head out shooting and grab the D5 (still my main body), I grab the Z7 which compliments it. When I head out with the D850, I grab the Z6 to compliment it. This is for still photography. When it comes to video, all I grab...

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on Nov 30, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

NinjaV Learning

You might be like me and a little behind the eight ball with video monitor recording. It’s a learning curve I’m trying to concour. Brent has been a big help sending me videos which work better for me than some instruction manuals. Here’s one he sent on the new NinjaV I found really helpful. Part of this is an email that came into me the past week in which I provided the wrong answer from my lack of knowledge. The native ISO when using an external like the NinjaV and the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 N-log is ISO800. You can’t shoot at a lower ISO using this...

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