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on Jul 15, 2014 in Wildlife Photography

The Start of a Great New Project

It feels so good to be putting the one thing I’m great at, sitting on a rock and staring at a hole for 18hrs, in use! About a year ago, our dear friend and long time colleague, Patrick emailed me telling me there was a project I needed to get involved with. And it would seem the biologists involved knew of me because of my “flying pika” photo. Patrick is great, he put us together at the same time giving me a thumbs up rating. When working with biologists, especially new contacts, getting the recommendation from another noted researcher sure does help. So I made contact and we started to correspond by email. The great news, they welcomed me to join their Pika project. The bad news, I would have to wait nearly a year to get started. That’s the hardest thing for me to do! Well the year is up and yesterday morning was my first field day. I’ve written a lot about our work with the Collared...

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on Sep 18, 2013 in Wildlife Photography

Where Are You Now?

I’m in Alaska with griz of course. It’s fall which means on the road. Sharon and I left home two weeks ago and won’t see it again until Thanksgiving. We are very fortunate to be able to see so much of our grand planet and share what we find with you! Currently, we’re up in magnificent Alaska working with one of my favorite critters, grizzly bears. Since you’re not able to be here with me, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on planning my 10 days here with you. There are two very important factors in planning to photograph griz the way I do, one if photographing griz’s story and the other is the Cessna 207. You have to have the right gear to make the photo but you can’t bring the kitchen sink because of the 207. You need that lens and body but you’ve gotta think of useful load and CG (center of gravity). The 207 might take off from your basic runway, but...

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on Sep 9, 2013 in Just Out!

Di-GPS Eco Pro New Screw

The next generation of the Di-GPS is now available with screw attachment and it is by far the best! The Di-GPS Eco is the smallest, lightest, most battery friendly and now MC cord friendly GPS on the planet. I can’t say enough good things about it. You see, there is no cord with the new unit. It screws into the 10 pin socket and goes. And it provides a socket so you can use your cable releases. They have models for cameras like the D4 (pictured) or like the D7100. GPS has come a long...

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on Jun 14, 2013 in Aviation

Real Quick Hello!

With days starting at 04:45 and ending at 01:00, you might say we’re jumpin and it’s great! PRS is such a great time with planes, pilots and friends. Been shooting alot with D4, (including Di-GPS) Nikon 800f5.6 AFS (w/TC800-25e), on the Gitzo 5561SGT w/ Wimberley Head (w/ RRS Quick Release mount attached) because I want that illusion of speed with the super blurred background. I’m panning, shooting at shutter speeds from 1/80 to /125 and I’m pleased with the results I’m getting. The AF speed of the D4/800 is impressive providing a great platform for bring out more speed. And I like more...

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on Jun 11, 2013 in Landscape Photography

What Happened?

When I’m down at the river working with the Cliff Swallows, this Eared Grebe keeps me company. I know it has a nest somewhere nearby but its mate must be on it since it I’ve never seen it go to it. How do I know it’s the same grebe? Look at it, see that worm looking thinking coming from its bill, that’s its tongue. If you look, the bottom mandible is broken and part of it is hanging down. If you look at the overall condition of the grebe, it looks like it’s been beaten up. What caused the damage has me asking what happened? At the same time I wondered is the damage was enough to cause its eventual death. Grebes are divers, going underwater and chasing little fish that they have to catch to feed themselves. As you can see, this guy had no problem in that department! That’s a trout fry its got there, what I fish for in the very same river! Shooting with the...

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