Creating a dream shot

April 14, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Before you get excited, I don't have that dream shot as of yet. This blog is not about discussing that image but about attempting to create it. So, for now, I only have the dream of the image. With persistence, planning, and multiple attempts my hope is to some day have that image. I have been photographing Prairie Chickens now for two years. It is...
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Light direction for bird photography

April 07, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Yay, it is Prairie Chicken time in Nebraska! I have been out to photograph them twice so far this season. Since I have written about photographing them before, I am not going to go into that topic today. Rather, we are going to talk about the direction of light for bird photography. For context, the Prairie Chickens battle for mating rights on a Le...
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I have officially become a Nikonian

March 31, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
So I got the Nikon 180-600mm lens before finding a well prices Sony A1. The decision is make. All my Sony gear have now been sold. All my Nikon gear have been acquired. I guess I have officially become a Nikonian. However, I must admit, it was a really hard transition. I did not realize how attached I was to my Sony system. For reference, I am not...
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Final decision on my camera brand

March 24, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Both Nikon and Sony make great photographic gear that suit my needs. There are things about each company's offerings that I wish were different. At the end of the day, decisions typically involve compromises and tradeoffs. Here are the negatives about each brand, for me and my specific shooting requirements. Nikon I really do not like the size of...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 5 of 5

March 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
If you would have asked me about Nikon a few years ago I would have laughed at you. They were in or near financial trouble. They were late to the digital mirrorless game and their earlier offerings, in my opinion, were not competitive. Nikon, years before this, was the number two photography brand behind Canon (at least in terms of sales). When Son...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 4 of 5

March 10, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Let's talk about Canon. Given my positive history with Canon, I am inclined to favor this brand. Their gear worked well and never gave me any trouble before. My favorite Canon gear was the 400mm 5.6. The Canon R5 is a bargain right now, with the promotion Canon is running. Its autofocus is great. It's frame rate is good. It has a 45MP sensor which...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 3 of 5

March 03, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
The Olympus OM-1, now OM Systems, is a great camera specifically for the outdoors and wildlife (and macro). They just released an update of that camera. If the reviewers are correct, this is a really good camera. The autofocus system reviews very well. The frame rate is insanely fast. They also have a feature that I would loooooove to have, pre-cap...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 2 of 5

February 25, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Usually, in a series like this, each episode rules out a contender leaving two finalists for the final episode. The decision is then revealed at the very end. Since this episode is about Sony, many may think that I have therefore eliminated Sony, to move on to examining other contenders in future episodes. This is not the case in this series. Sony...
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Contemplating a camera brand switch - Part 1 of 5

February 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Changing camera brands every few years is reserved only for the foolish or the rich. This is an expensive endeavor and one which results in the loss of a lot of money. Camera brands leapfrog each other all the time. For now, this camera may be the best and tomorrow another brand's offering may be the best. So being patient is key since waiting a wh...
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You get what you pay for

February 11, 2024  •  Leave a Comment
Yes, I fell into the old tripod upgrade trap. Not having enough money I bought a cheap one. It did not last and I upgraded, multiple times (to my shame), until I bought what I should have bought all along. Since I ended up buying an expensive tripod anyways, I lost all the money I spend on all the junk tripods that I also bought. That tripod has la...
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