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on May 14, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Old School Long Lens

Proper Long Lens technique is an essential technique (video). It’s not something I invented but was passed to me at the beginning of my career. This age old technique assures the sharpest possible image when using any lens that attaches to a tripod via its tripod collar. Used with proper Handholding Technique, you will capture the sharpest possible images! First and foremost -you must rest your hand on the lens barrel above the tripod head! (you can also put your hand on the bottom of the lens barrel if you’re pointing the lens down) You rest your hand on the lens just like you’d rest it in your lap. Vibrations are what causes images to be out of focus, vibrations that normally start at the camera. These vibrations travel as a wave to the front element and if they are not stopped, they travel back through the lens to the film plane, causing images to be out of focus. The simple resting of a hand on the lens barrel...

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on Apr 30, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Polarize a 14mm … No Way?!

Yes, way!!! The new Z14-30 is simply a brilliant lens!!! It is small, light, compact (14-24f2.8AFS is now in mothballs) and wicked sharp. In the old days, that’s about all you could say about a 14mm lens, but not no more! I’m so excited that now we can talk about FILTERING a 14mm with a screw-in filter! Hot dang!!! The new Z14-30 has an 82mm filter thread and can accept amongst other filters, a 82mm Polarizer! I depend on polarizers for removing reflections and having that power at 14mm makes me one happy photographer. You can see above how the polarizer removed the reflections on the sides of the fuselage that you see in the lower photograph that was not polarized. Even better, you can see that there is NO vignetting with the polarizer attached at 14mm. I love that Nikon is going with 82mm as all my favorite lenses, 105f1.4, Z24-70f2.8 & Z14-30f4 all accept that size. This is one happy...

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on Apr 5, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Moose’s Body Settings

“Where are your camera settings?” Well, they are right here but it would seem they still can’t be found. So, I have them all right here! These supercede any settings you might find prior on the website. Nikon D5 Settings Nikon D850 Settings Nikon Z7 Settings Nikon Z6 Settings Nikon D500 Settings Nikon D7500 Settings Nikon D810 Settings Nikon D750 Settings Nikon D800 Settings Nikon D4s Settings Nikon Df Settings Nikon D4 Settings Nikon D2x Settings I hope this helps you jump start your Nikon body...

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on Mar 28, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Share Your World!

Printing, I love printing and even more, sharing those prints with others like these I’m getting out to the pilots of my last air-to-air photo mission. We are incredibly fortunate, us photographers! We are able to take our passion for the world and capture it, bringing those memories back home with us to relive over and over again. I strongly feel that we have a responsibility to not only improve our visual storytelling but to share it with others to effect a change in our world. We can do both as we print more and master that realm of our photography. I want to encourage you to do that which is why I have Print Lab here for you for free. To answer the most common question, what printers do I use, they are the Epson P7000 and Epson P800. How much do I love to print? Give a...

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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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