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on Oct 3, 2016 in Landscape Photography

Stary, Stary Skies

There is one aspect of the Sierra that stands out amongst all the rest and that’s its night skies. Right now with the new moon and cold temps, it is literally so bright you can walked around without the aid of a flashlight. With that overhead, it was only natural we held our Mono Lake Weekend Workshop and on Saturday, made it a Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photowalk. We had a hearty group that meet not just one but two mornings at 04:30 at South Tufa to bring home those skies to you, those who weren’t with us. We had the usual aircraft heading towards San Francisco every so often but we had the great fortune to have a meteor shower going both mornings. Many were real faint but some, well they lit up the night. It was just glorious! How where the pictures taken? I started by giving folks my usual formula for getting the photo. While it works great for me, it seems to confuse folks. One...

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on Aug 26, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

Lexar / B&H / Moose – Aerodrome Weekend!

Oh … this is going to be great! I can’t thank Lexar & B&H enough for making this possible, and free to all! Here are the details when it comes to gear, KISS! Here’s my list of gear: Nikon D5  w/128GB 2933x XQD Cards Nikon D750 w/256GB 1000x SDXC Cards 80-400VR3 70-200f/4 AFS 24-70VR 14-24AFS Nikon 16Fish SB-5000 AF Speedlight   and that’s it! I’ll have all of this in a sling bag for ease access. You don’t need any lens longer than 400mm and wide is for the static work. On the bus ride out I’ll go over all the photographic strategies from gear, settings, subjects and shooting techniques. It’s going to be a grand day and we can’t wait to share it with you! And here are the other details: Sunday 8/28 Visit the Aerodrome: Meet outside the B&H Super Store (420 9th Avenue NY, NY 10001) at 8:30 AM Bus Departs promptly at 9 AM arriving at the Aerodrome around 11 AM. During the ride, Moose...

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on Apr 20, 2016 in Digital Darkroom

DeHaze is DeWonderful!

The relatively new DeHaze feature in Photoshop is a great tool that hasn’t received much love. Many don’t know it exists (in ACR / LR) and if they do, don’t apply probably as much as their images could use. The biggest thing about DeHaze I want to bring to your attention is when you’re behind the camera! I’ve found some shooters don’t shoot because of what they’re seeing in the viewfinder which is crude that could be spectacular with a touch of DeHaze. Here are two examples from our recent time in Santa Fe, NM to encourage you to explore it. What you see above is the finished photo with DeHaze and the bottom photo what we saw with our eyes. When we were at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church outside of Taos, it was raining and snowing (we really had marvelous shooting wx all week!). The light was flat the vast majority of the time. Now Ansel Adams made this little chapel famous with the SHADOWS he...

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on Apr 9, 2015 in Aviation

F-106 Time Travel

Photography itself is a time travel machine, preserving the past for the present that the future can enjoy. When you take this time travel machine into the past, well then magic can happen. I had an unique opportunity to step back in time this past week, both historically and in my own life. The Dakota Territory Air Museum in telling their states aviation history has acquired a F-106 Delta Dart. This is a very unique aircraft designed to haul ass at 2+ mach to intercept invading bombers and shoot a nuclear rocket into their midst to blast them from the skies. Scary stuff when you think of the implications. Luckily, that action never happened. But we have the history to reflect back on because of aircraft like this. One of the huge benefits of being dear friends with the guy who has the keys to the museum is being able to step into this time machine. With no operating systems, lifting the tremendously heavy canopy so I could get...

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on Nov 10, 2014 in Aviation

The “Guppy”

Last weekend at the Wings Over Houston airshow, NASA had their 377SG Super Guppy out on display (5 were made, this is the only one still flying). As a kid, I saw parts of the Apollo delivered in a Guppy so have fond memories of this bizarre looking aircraft. So with it parked literally right in front of the Texas Flying Legends hangar, I was transfixed by it. During the evening when the crowds were gone, I’d sit in the chair in front of the hangar with the D750 / 80-400 and just watch the setting sun in its huge reflection. I sat there and dreamt up photo ideas of aircraft I could stage and photograph in that huge reflection. It was great way to see the end of the day. Then came Monday morning and the airport was closed to the crowds and the airshow was nearly all tucked away until next year’s airshow. Jake and I greeted the morning on the ramp shooting statics with some great...

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