Know your surroundings

July 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
It is strange how, here in Nebraska, the storms (lightning storms) only tend to come an hour or so before sunrise. I am out to photography before that as I want to photograph the storm rolling in. Once the storms gets close, I go home for safety's sake. Being new in the area, I spend time getting to know my surroundings. Most of the images that I l...
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Bird Photography: Show a bit more

July 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
We always tend to want to fill the frame with the bird. It is exciting to see the fine detail of the feathers. We use long lenses and then we still crop the image in post-processing to get it even larger. However, I want to encourage you to show a bit more. Show the habitat. Show their behavior. Show the perch. Give them room to live within. So wha...
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Patience with Birds

June 26, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
If you read last week's blog you will know that I scout the area where I plan to be when I can photograph clouds and lightning. I need to find locations without power lines or water towers, buildings, or other distracting things. We can get so caught up with what we are looking for that we don't see other possibilities. While driving, I notices som...
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Lightning and Storm Safety

June 19, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Since living in the Mid-west now, severe weather becomes part of life. Thus we get to photograph storms, lightning, and possibly (I hope not), tornadoes. I do not plan on becoming a storm chaser, in fact, I am much more on the cautious side of the fear and respect spectrum for severe weather. So how do I take advantage of the photographic opportuni...
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Photography Gear: Part IV

June 12, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
In the digital age we also use digital tools to help us. Section one of this blog will cover iPhone apps which I have found to be very helpful: MotionX-GPS. This is not a free app, but how much is your life worth to you. This app tracks your every step so that you can find your way back to the car. Now you may say that you have never gotten lost,...
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Photography Gear: Part III

June 05, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
So what else is in my bag? Speaking of camera bags, what should one consider when buying a bag? The kind of bag you get will depend on what you shoot and how much gear you have. In may case, I have to walk to the landscape locations, so I opt for a backpack. I use six criteria when looking to buy a camera backpack: Comfort when fully loaded. Some...
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Photography Gear: Part II

May 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Tripods seem to be going out of vogue with many photographers of late. Reasons for this are: Camera sensors are becoming so good at high ISO that photographers are not scared to use higher ISO to get shutter speeds high enough to shoot handheld. Noise reduction software have also become so good that we can can boost ISO even higher. Photogra...
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Photography Gear: Part I

May 22, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Welcome to a mini-series on photography gear. I do not talk about gear much on this blog. In fact, you have probably heard me say that novices talk about cameras. A novice with a bit more experience rather talks about lenses. A more experienced photographer prefers to talk about tripods. A good photographer talks about technique. A better photograp...
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May 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Before we even touch the topic of lightning photography we need to talk about safety first. Please follow all safety directions given by your national weather services, and NO, rubber-soled shoes offer NO protection. In this blog we are not going to talk about night-time lightning photography for that is a simple task. Just open your shutter for a...
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Noise removal software

May 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Shooting with a long telephoto lens can be tricky. If you are shooting wildlife the animals are moving. So we need to move our camera to follow the movement of the animals (so that they will be in the frame). With both the subject and the camera moving, coupled with the long lens we need to use a high shutter speed to prevent motion blur. The shutt...
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