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The Nikon D6

In Standard by Patrick

Finally after a long wait, my camera is on its way here. The good folks at Bedford Camera were able to get it to me in record time once they received it. I am excited to get the camera set up with my settings, which are posted on my gear page. Here is a promotional video from Nikon that gives …

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Fun with composites

In Standard by Patrick

One of the things that I like to do with all the aviation pictures that I shoot is to turn them into composites. Like most I’m sure, my mind wanders to the story that each plane has. What theater did is serve in? What must the airfield have looked like? These are the things going through my mind when taking …

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Essential Tools for Photographers

In Standard by Patrick

In this day and age, people get far more information digitally than in the past. Mobile phones are quickly becoming as powerful as laptops and in order for potential clients to find you, there are tools that you require to help them in their discovery. Aside from the camera gear which is a given, first and foremost for a photographer …

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Brand Name Tools or not?

In General Stuff by Patrick

I have always been big on making sure that the accessories I use are the same make of my main camera body. This makes sense as the same make of speed light should have minimal if any compatibility issues. However, I have kind of eased off that a bit over the years. I now look at things more from a …

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You can always do better

In Wildlife by Patrick

Birding is one of those things that once you get the bug, you are always looking to get different species to the feeders. As a wildlife photographer, being able to get glass on these species is an ongoing quest. Here in the Midwest, I have two species, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and the Baltimore Oriole that I have seen in …

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Rule of Photography

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Anyone who has taken photography classes is familiar with all the rules that are thought and have been developed over many years to try and help improve our photography. Rules of course are made to be broken and there is no magical formula for making a great image. What defines a great image? One that invokes a strong emotion in …

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Learning from your photos

In Standard by Patrick

Now that we all have more time to do more photography, it is amazing what looking at your own photographs can teach you. This is something that we should all be doing anyway to push our photography forward, but specifically, look for trends. I personally have noticed from processing the images that I have taken recently that while always trying …

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Flash and Wildlife

In Tips and Tricks, Wildlife by Patrick

Given the current state of the times, with everyone staying home, more folks have been experimenting with backyard photography and I could not be more excited about that. With more people taking photographs of the species coming to their backyards, more questions are coming in. One in particular is about the use of flash. I have done many posts on …

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Brief Winter Interlude

In Video by Patrick

In this time of the pandemic as it is now being called, turning to things that ground us to what is important like family, our health and for me, nature. These past couple months have seen normal daily routines dramatically changed and altered but the one constant for me has been nature. Recently, we had an unexpected snowfall. It fell …

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Lightroom and Picture Control

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

So maybe I forgot this and this is old news, but I had. to re-visit the thought when I recently took some black and white images. I live in the Midwest and the weather has been somewhat of a roller coaster to say the least. 70 degrees one day and below freezing the next. I only mention this as it …