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Look who moved in

In Wildlife by Patrick

We have a number of nesting boxes around our property. Each box is different to attract different cavity nesters. Each spring is exciting to see who will attempt to nest and hold on to the site as these are usually coveted by a number of species. This year we have House Wren who has claimed two boxes in an attempt …

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Nikon Z 70-200 F/2.8

In Gear Review by Patrick

Ethics statement: I own the Z9, and purchased this lens. I was not asked to write anything about these products, nor was I provided any other compensation of any kind. Within the article, there are affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking one of these links, I will receive a small commission. To know more about our ethics, you …

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A Day with History

In Standard by Patrick

Military history is a passion of mine and when I had the opportunity to walk through actual history, I jumped at the chance. The piece of history that I am referring to is the the USS Yorktown Essex class Aircraft carrier. Known as the Fighting Lady, this carrier was first commissioned in 1937 and was named after the battle of …

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Gear Review – Nikon Z 24-70 2.8 S Lens

In Gear Review by Patrick

Ethics statement: I own the Z9, and purchased this lens. I was not asked to write anything about these products, nor was I provided any other compensation of any kind. Within the article, there are affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking one of these links, I will receive a small commission. To know more about our ethics, you …

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Nikon Z9 Accessory

In Gear Review by Patrick

The Nikon Z9 is still a relatively new full frame camera to the market and as such, accessories that are what I would consider essential, are slowly appearing. One aspect of the Nikon Z9 that probably could have been engineered better was the eyecup in my humble opinion. There are many hacks out there, some of which are quite creative, …

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Product Studio BTS

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I have had a few questions as of late roll in about how I do my product shots for selling used gear and what not. Nothing real fancy, probably even overkill to a point, but it produces a nice evenly lit product shot on seamless white.  Let me explain what I have going on here with the iPhone shot.  I …

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Nikon firmware update for Z9 Z6II and Z7II

In Standard by Patrick

Massive long awaited firmware updates for the Nikon Z9, the Nikon Z6II and the Z7II. Nikon created a webpage just for these updates which indicates the significance of the update as they usually don’t have a dedicated site for updates. You can find it here: Firmware 2.0 The firmware is going to drop on April 20th.

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Platypod Elite First Impressions

In Gear Review by Patrick

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Platypod / Platyball and I am not being paid for this review. They have not told me what to say, and do not get to review this blog prior to posting. All thoughts expressed herein are my own. Back in 2019 when this relatively new concept of the taking the traditional ball head and …

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Re-work of Lightroom Catalog

In Standard by Patrick

I have done numerous posts on how I manage my images using a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photomechanic. Lightroom Migration – Part 1 Lightroom Migration – Part 2 Benefits of one Lightroom Catalog Way back in 2016 when Scott Kelby introduced me to his SLIM system for managing images I have been using a variation of that with pretty …

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Nikon Z9 Eyecup Workaround

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

If you shoot a lot with the Nikon Z9 you have probably discovered that your eyebrow can get really sore in hurry, at least I have. So I went on a search for a way to replace the eyecup to something a bit more comfortable. There are a number of solutions out there that innovative folks have come up with …