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on Sep 8, 2017 in Landscape Photography, Digital Darkroom

Removing the “Fish”

The 180degree view of the Fisheye lens like the 16Fish or 8-15Fish can be stunning and essential to a visual story. At the same time, the natural “curve” the Fish can create might be desired. Here’s a simple digital darkroom lesson how to deal with it. Keep in mind everything was done at the time of capture to “plumb” the subject at the time of capture. That makes a difference in the digital...

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on Jul 27, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

First Shoot with the 8-15Fish

B&H got the new Nikon 8-15 Fisheye just a couple of days ago and I’ve been dying to shoot with it ever since. Once upon a time I owned the 8f8 Fisheye and I’ve owned a 16Fish forever so the idea of having one lens that does all sounded really attractive to me. Then I went in my files and search how much I use the 16Fish and found it was real little. So I didn’t think I would buy this lens because simply, I didn’t shoot Fish enough to justify it. Then I shot with the 8-15Fish today …. Here are just two examples from today’s shooting with the 8-15Fish. First, it’s real fun to use, the shade and lens cap system makes it simple to use and protect that front element. Then when it comes to applying its magic, that was pretty seamless as well. Lastly there is the file it produces. To say I’m very pleased with my results is an understatement. And now the lens...

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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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