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Nature gives back

In Uncategorized by Patrick

Lets face it, the current state of things in the world often can make one wonder where they can turn to lose themselves from all the chaos at times. For me, this means getting out into nature. Simple, free and easy to do. I quite often will grab my camera and just go somewhere for hours to shoot whatever catches …

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Gear Review: The Nikkor Z 14-30mm S

In Gear Review by Patrick

This lens really surprised me for more than one reason. First a little background on how I came to have this lens in my tool kit. I like shooting landscapes when I travel to different places and in addition to that, sometimes to capture everything in one click, even if it is not a landscape, you need a wide angle …

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Big Sable Point

In Landscapes by Patrick

The coastlines of large bodies of water are amazing natural wonders. One such body of water is Lake Michigan in my home state. With almost 1700 miles of coastline, it is one of the largest fresh water bodies in the world. Dotting it coastline are lighthouses. Some are operational to this day, while others are simply historical relics of a …

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Gear Review: Nikkor Z 24-200 Lens

In Gear Review by Patrick

Back in the days when I had a DX camera, one lens that I really utilized a lot was the Nikkor 18-300mm. This was a good travel lens that offered a good range, was lightweight and allowed for traveling light while still having the versatility needed to capture the images that I wanted. Upon upgrading to a FX camera, I …

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Removing Noise Options

In General Stuff by Patrick

Most of the digital cameras today operate at lower ISO settings and produce very little noise in the photo in perfect conditions. There are circumstances that noise will be inherent in the picture, no matter what you do like higher ISO settings, low light just to mention a couple. What do you do when you have noise that you want …

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Nickle and Diming

In Standard by Patrick

I have never understood why camera companies will put time and effort into release what they see as the camera to end all cameras, and then two years later, release an updated version of the camera with one or two new features. Nikon is a classic example of this, although other companies do it as well. Now for full disclosure, …

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Only allowed 10 pieces of gear …

In Standard by Patrick

As I was sorting through some of my gear looking for a particular item, it occurred to me, that if I only was allowed 10 pieces of gear, what would they be. For some I think this is an easy question if they shoot only one genre, but for most like me, if they have multiple interests, like wildlife, aviation …

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Travel Tripods

In Gear Review by Patrick

There have been a ton of articles written about travel tripods by photographers and I just wanted to add my experience in looking for a good travel tripod to the information highway. About a year ago, August of 2019 to be exact, I was preparing from a road trip to do some hiking in the UP of Michigan. I knew …

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Creative Fun #17

In Standard by Patrick

Most of the time when shooting I am utilize three modes. Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter priority. While reading a blog post from a rather prominent photographer, he was singing the praises of a creative preset on the Nikon Z series cameras, #17 Charcoal. Needless to say I was intrigued by the photographs that he was posting showing the subtle, …

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Loving the Nikon D6

In Standard by Patrick

Getting new gear is always like Christmas and the Nikon D6 is no different. What I am really enjoying about the D6 is the enhancements is the Auto-Focusing. The D6 locks on fast and it does it no matter which focusing mode I am using. I have been really hammering this body in my backyard studio, getting to know all …