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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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on Nov 5, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Push How Hard?

It’s a common question, how hard to push when you have to wet clean your sensor? BEFORE you take the sensor swab out of its wrapper, practice how hard you should push. As you see in the photo above, you want to push only as hard as it takes to barely curve the wrapper. Yeah, you push that lightly! Practice as it will make your sensor cleaner,...

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on Oct 25, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Throw Away Info to Make the Photo

As photographers, exposure, that tool we use to tame light in our photos, is of major concern. Exposure can be based on many things, the main one being the story the photographer wants to tell. In the process of making that call are the technical side of exposure, the shadow, and highlight detail. Highlights especially when above a range of light of five stops often mean a loss of information or paperwhite. That loss of information, or “blinkies” as I call the Highlight Warning can send a photographer off to worry land. Are “Blinkies” always a bad thing you need to deal with? Will they hurt your storytelling and take the eye away from your subject? Shooting in the Smokies last week, I was searching for fall color everywhere as much of it was green or gone right to brown. This one patch of color I found overhead intrigued me. I attached the 105f1.4 on the Z7 and focused on the bottom limb of the red shooting at f1.4....

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on Oct 7, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Improve Your Manual Focus to Improve Your Autofocus. Huh?

Long ago on another planet, photographers shot action with a 4×5 Speed Graphic. I used to hang out with a really cool dude, Roger Tory Peterson, one of those old Speed Graphic photographers who photographed birds in flight (most know of Roger for his paintings in his bird guides). We were photographing Clapper Rails and he asked my secret for getting such sharp focus so quickly (this was in the 80s). I told him, “Practice.” He said it was the same thing he did with the Speed Graphic (don’t know what a Speed Graphic is, Google it!). I said I couldn’t even imagine hand-holding such a camera let alone getting a shot of movement shooting with it. His reply is a classic which still holds true today. “What option did I have if I wanted the photograph. I did what it took.” Today, a lot of photographers sink or swim by their AF mode. The thought of manually focusing seems as foreign to them as focusing a Speed Graphic...

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on Sep 24, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

I Call This One … Shark Bait!

A few weeks past, we spent the day at the brilliant Monterey Bay Aquarium. While we were geeking out shooting B&W of this boat display in killer light, Sharon took a moment to rest her feet and look at what’s coming up. You all know how I love to photograph her so I turned to take advantage of her looking down to read to arrange the elements in the viewfinder and then when she looked up … got ‘er! I was shooting in B&W with the Z6 / Z24-70f2.8 and when I looked at the photo, I instantly thought, “shark bait” (but I would never throw her to the sharks). At the same time when I looked at the scene with just my eyes, I knew that a color image would not have had the same impact nor say, “shark bait.” Here’s why. Shooting B&W with the Z is so simple cause the photo comes out of the camera, done! But I wanted “shark bait” to really come out...

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on Sep 18, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Me and WB

Back in the “good ol days,” like most photographers, I traveled with a huge collection of color correction gels. Nikon even made a special gel filter holder, AF-1 & AF-2 (which I still have). We did this because the white balance of our film (using current terms) was fixed at Daylight or 5500k. The most common filter I used was the 81a, what I combined with a polarizer to create the Moose Filter (the first warming polarizer). I have always taken getting the White Balance correct in the camera seriously, I still do to this day. It is true, you don’t have to this day an age, unless you’re like me and want to get it right, right in the camera. A whole bunch of people learned about this the fun way this past weekend. We’re on the ramp at the Combat Air Museum with their very cool F-84 Thunderstreak. The sun has just started to light up the horizon. It’s real simple, our digital cameras max out at...

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