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AI versus Photography

In General Stuff by Patrick

AI (artificial intelligence) is here to stay and can do remarkable things with digital photographs and art, but does it replace photography.  Let me explain.  AI cannot physically hold the camera, AI cannot focus, AI cannot depress the shutter, AI cannot set ISO, shutter speed or aperture, AI cannot compose at time of capture.  All of these thing are basic …

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Gear Review: Nikon Z 400 f/4.5 S

In Gear Review by Patrick

General Overview The Z 400mm f4.5 VR S is Nikon’s second 400mm telephoto prime lens for Z-mount after the Z 400mm f2.8 TC VR S.  Nikon as the the smallest and lightest 400mm lens that the company has ever created.  Unlike the Z 800mm f6.3 VR S the new lens does not sport a Phase-Fresnel (PF) element but remains shorter …

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Christmas Break

In Standard by Patrick

Here’s wishing you and your family all the joys of the season — I hope you get lots of awesome Christmas presents, and here’s wishing you a happy, safe, and fun 2023. With much love and thanks, Patrick

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Nikon Z9 Recall

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

Nikon has issued a ‘Technical Service Advisory’ for its high-end Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera, due to select units having issues with the lens release button. According to Nikon, the lens release button, ‘does not function as it should and does not allow for rotation and removal of a lens or mount adapter from the camera [when pressed.]’ Nikon says ‘parts …

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New site launched

In General Stuff by Patrick

I am pleased to announce that after many years of consideration and coaxing from family, friends and fellow photographers, I have launced a fine art website with some of my favorite works. I have decided to offer landscapes and abstracts shots that are coming soon. I want to thank everyone for the encouragement and kind words throughout this process. My …

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Aviation lens choices

In Aviation by Patrick

Aviation photoghraphy is becoming more popular and with that increase in popularity, questions about which lens is the best to use have been hitting my inbox. Aviation show season is winding down as of this post in November, but planning for 2023 can never start to early. There are a few variables that may dictate what lens you purchase. Those …

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Nikon Z6II and Z7II get some love

In Standard by Patrick

The Nikon Z6II and Z7II also got some love from Nikon getting their own firmware updates. Not as extensive as the recent 3.0 release for the Nikon Z9, but nonetheless, worth the update. You can download it here:

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Nikon Z9 firware update

In General Stuff by Patrick

As if this was possible, Nikon has released a firmware update v3.0 for the Nikon Z9. Amazing new featured for video and updates to the AF system that was already amazing. THe innovation keeps on coming. You can get the update here:

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Loving Fall

In Landscapes by Patrick

There is nothing I like better than fall and walking in the woods. I look forward to this season each and every year. The crispness in the air, the colors and all the critters running about to store food for the impending winter just gets me excited. As a photographer, this bring many opportunities. This year, there conditions were not …