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BTS – Melvin the hummingbird

In Behind the scenes by Patrick

With my recent postings of Melvin the ruby throated hummingbird, I have been getting a lot of email about how I got the shot. I thought this my be post worthy as well as a podcast, to answer as many questions as I can and help others with this fun pursuit. Capturing these flying jewels is really a lot of …

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Xcencelabs versus Wacom Tablet

In Gear Review by Patrick

One of the tools that is a staple of anyone who does retouching or processing of images is a graphics tablet. The level of precision that you get with a pen and tablet cannot be duplicated with a mouse to the same degree. There are those who prefer a mouse versus a tablet, but in my humble opinion, the tablet …

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The Feared Focke-Wulf 109

In Aviation by Patrick

The airshow was well underway and one of the more anticipated aircraft flying was the Focke-Wulf 109. One of the few flying today of the existing 23 or so that also exist in museums and private collections. As the show progressed the FW-190 began to taxi down runway 5 going through the preflight checks. It conjoured up thoughts of what …

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Photo Recovery Software

In Standard by Patrick

You hope you never have to use a tool like this, but inevitably, memory cards go bad or become corrupt for any number of reasons. Recently, a photographer that I admire and respect posted a blog entry that dealt with this very topic. This got me thinking. I personally have had very good success with memory cards never having a …

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Nikon Z9 Firmware update

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon released the updated firmware for their flagship mirrorless system the Z9. Plenty of good updates including better AF detection if the original was not good enough. You can get yours here: Firmmware Update

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What’s up with Instagram

In General Stuff by Patrick

Back in 2012 when Facebook bought Instagram, there was a lot of worry that Instagram would suffer, especially for photographers. Instagram was the place to share your photos, build a community of followers and to find great inspiration on locations you might visit. As the years have progressed, I have noticed more and more videos “Reels” as they are called, …

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Great Little Parents

In Wildlife by Patrick

Each year in the fall, we make it a point on our property to clean the nesting boxes so birds can have not only a place to roost in the colder months if needed, but with the hopes that in the spring, we will have new residents building nests. Where I live, here in the Midwest, we have a very …

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Airshow Tips

In Podcasts by Patrick

With the advent of summer upon us, I address some questions that rolled in regarding what basics to take to and airshow. Not only gear, but some other essentials that you may not have thought about taking with you. Greetings and welcome to another episode of my podcast! Thanks for taking the time from your week to listen. I want …

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Center for Birds of Prey

In Wildlife by Patrick

Sometimes, looking at potential sites to visit online does not do a place justice. One such place is the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw South Carolina. While visiting family, my wife suggested that we make a stop at the center knowing my passion for birds, especially raptors. As I always do, I began the research of the center …

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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 …