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on Jan 9, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

Summer or Winter, They Need …

It’s the staple of life! Water, birds need water every day, multiple days a day. They need it for both drinking and for bathing, both essential survival needs. In the summer, free water is scarce in many regions because pools evaporate. In the winter time free water freezes. Both scenarios remove water from the system. That’s why we have so many bird baths on our property, five to be exact and they always see more activity than our feeders. In the winter time, they have a simple birdbath heater to keep them open. And all of this means a great photographic opportunity for you! The key is to have perches for the birds to land on coming to and leaving the bird bath. The Bullock’s Oriole above was coming into the bath and the 600mm isolated it against a great background. That was a planned perch, not luck. The bottom photo is a Red-breasted Nuthatch coming landing on a perch right on the bird bath up close with the...

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on May 9, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Photo Consumption

It might sound like some awful disease, but when I say photo consumption, I’m talkin something much worse! As I mentioned yesterday in my podcast, I consume every photograph I get in front of me. And one of the weird things about me is I remember the photos I see, which includes small details. Because of that when I go to locations and in particular new locations, my mind often races back in my memory for images I’ve seen that I really like that I would like to have myself. I’m not out to make exact copies but rather the same photo but with a “Moose” twist. There are times when this makes all the difference in the world in my success. And there are times when it just brings great frustration. But then, that’s photography … right? Case in point is the photo you see here. You might not know this about me, but I’m really into spring greens. The multitude of shades of green in spring is...

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on Jan 31, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Doing Your Planning for Spring … Now?

Some of the best photography only comes with planning! While we might just be a month into winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re into wildlife photography, that means it’s baby time. Are you ready? Do you have the gear you think you need for nesting birds or baby mammals. Nesting birds need short lenses like the 70-200f2.8 FL or 300 PF and at least one SB-5000 though two would be better. You need to know and do ratios with those two flashes using a WR-R10. How do you do all of that in the dead of winter, figure out the lenses and flash ratios? Get yourself a old fashion baseball and place it in shade, light it with the flashes until you create the ratios you like and no one can tell you’re using flash. The time to learn this is now, not when you have a nest in your lens. What if you’re into aviation, you ready for the spring airshow season? Unlike wildlife where...

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on Aug 26, 2015 in Camera Tech

What the Hell is Flare?

“That’s Flare?!” Had a person exclaim this last week at Photoshop World when I answered their question, “Why does my image look flat and colorless?” I post this image taken a couple of weeks ago which I think is a classic example of flare in action. The top of the frame is normal, the bottom part of the frame has flare contamination. The lions mane around his ears has contrast and color, the lower mane is flat and colorless. I could see this in the viewfinder and took this photo just to illustrate the issue of flare. Shooting with the 800mm (D4s), I had the tiniest pinch of direction sunlight striking the bottom of JUST the front element (no other elements in the lens). That light was enough to cause the most common form of flare which for most photographers, is really hard to see in the viewfinder. In the case of the lion, to remove the flare, I asked that the vehicle be moved forward just one foot...

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on Feb 5, 2014 in Gear Head Wed

GearHead Wednesday 14-06

Got a gear question you want answered? Send your gear questions to me at Gear Questions and I’ll do my best every Wednesday to answer as many questions as I can. Keep in mind the answers are just my $.02 worth and you have to take what works for you and embrace it and ignore the rest. So here’s this weeks questions …. Wearing Glasses & Handholding Moose, I went through the same problems wearing glasses and getting older doesn’t help either. I tried contacts and cheaters and they didn’t do the job. Last year a Photoplus expo I was at the Hoodman booth and picked up a pair of titanium frames the the lens will flip up. I had my prescription put in the glasses set the diopter on my camera for my shooting eye so all I do is flip my lens up and press my eye against the rubber cup. It works great. Thanks Craig You bring up a great option Craig, the Hoodman Glasses are...

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