Monthly Archives: April 2012
I heard my lovely wife may have linked to my website today so I thought it would be most fitting to post a CHICAGO photo from my trip last summer! We were walking down along the riverfront apparently at the right time as a whole armada of sailboats came down the river. I may have taken one or two [or 10] photos. ;)
Also, if you haven’t done so already, please visit my wife’s website! She is an urban fantasy author and New York Times Bestselling Author multiple times over!
It’s an odd time of year right now. On one hand I have a ton of stuff to do for the website! On the other hand, it’s Spring, the weather is nice, and I want to spend every waking moment outside shooting! Here’s a list of things I am currently working.
- Write-ups for various trips including Chicago, Hawaii, Sandhill Cranes, and Arkansas 2012
- Lens thoughts and reviews for Zeiss 50mm Makro-Planar, Zeiss 21mm f/2.8, and all three Nikon PC-E lenses
- Equipment thoughts and reviews for Nikon D800 body and it’s wonderful 36 megapixel sensor
- Online store! I’m still evaluating options here but hope to implement something soon.
Oh and if I get the spare time [hah] I’d like to start compiling “pro tips” together in the Techniques section covering both items I feel would be useful to other photographers and photo-enthusiasts as well as questions I get via email. If there is anything you would like to see covered or even items from my Equipment page that you would like to see reviewed, drop me a line!
It’s a busy time so check back regularly for updates!
For today, one more from crane season 2012. This was shot with a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR + 2x TC for an effective focal length of 600mm.
Have a good weekend!
It’s been awhile since I have posted anything with being out of town and all but fear not, things are slowly returning to usual! I am currently working on editing the photos from my Arkansas Ozarks trip and will be posting them along with a write-up in the coming weeks. I posted a teaser on the Facebook fan page so if you aren’t a “fan” please do go check it out!
Today’s photo is more testing with the Zeiss 50mm Makro-Planar. Enjoy!
As I was finishing up packing for my upcoming trip to Arkansas [I leave tomorrow morning!] I looked at my pack and thought it might be useful to snap a photo and write a quick post on it to address a common question I get… what to bring on a nature-hiking photo trip! Here is a shot of my photo backpack from my iPhone. Excuse the quality as my camera was packed and featured in the shot. :)
This is fully loaded for 5 days of shooting waterfalls and nature in the Arkansas Ozarks! So what is all that junk?
Top Row: Nikon 45mm PC-E and Nikon 85mm PC-E lenses
Middle Row: Microfiber cleaning cloth and lens cleaning items, RRS BH55 tripod head [in bag for transport, helps tripod balance better on bag], B+W 2 stop and 6 stop ND filters, B+W Circular Polarizer
Bottom Row: Compass, Remote Shutter Release, Nikon D3s w/ Nikon 24mm PC-E attached as well as RRS L-Bracket attached, spare battery
Left Side Pocket: Camelbak water pouch
Right Side Pocket: Spare memory cards, another cleaning cloth, and hex wrenches for tripod/head/plates/etc
Aside from all of that I usually throw some granola bars into the top pack. The Lowepro Pro Trekker 300 AW has an integrated rain cover that packs into the bottom and can easily be deployed if the weather gets nasty. It also features a tripod mount so I can strap the legs right to the back of the pack. The key reason I went with this pack vs a standard backpack is the harness. This pack has all the normal adjustments for shoulder/waistbelt/etc that a normal backpacking pack has which makes it very easy to adjust the load to ride better so the heavy weight doesn’t break you the first day! It is not as good as a an actual backpacking pack but there is still a bit of a product void on the market for one of those converted to have the needed compartments, etc for camera gear. I’ve seen a few try with mixed reviews.
Total weight of the pack as configured is 19.6 pounds and that is without water or snacks in it or the tripod legs attached. I’d estimate around 26 lbs with the above as the Gitzo legs are fairly light. So when deployed, ie when shooting, I drop a good 9-10 lbs + tripod out of the bag and into my hands and the bag gets significantly lighter. It’s not ideal but things add up pretty fast when you’re trying to cover a lot of areas! I will be photographing waterfalls throughout Northern Arkansas over the next week and with previous experience I decided that the 3 tilt-shift lenses would be most appropriate. Everything else listed is “supporting equipment” which I’m stuck with no matter what I take.
Hope everyone has a good weekend and I will be back next week with photos, stories, and hopefully not a sore back!