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Dealing with smoke at airshows

In Aviation by Patrick

One thing that is a constant with airshow performers is smoke.  The aircraft acts use this to enhance their performance and often make it easier for the viewer to follow the plane.  That is fine but it really is a difficult challenge for the photographer trying to capture and image.  It is something that you have to deal with no …

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In Automotive, Travel by Patrick

I grew up a huge race fan and car guy.  My father worked for dealerships and General Motors his whole life and could tell you anything you needed to know about a car so it was in my blood so to speak.  Some of my earliest memories are sitting with my Dad and watching the Indy 500.  To say that …

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Ground Tripod Replacement

In Aviation by Patrick

For years, I used the Really Right Stuff Ground Pod and it served me well until it was damaged beyond repair during a move.  Still stings so I don’t talk about it too much :).   Kidding … It was totally my fault and when in search of the replacement, much to my dismay, they have discontinued this model.  That is …

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Gear Review: F-Stop Tilopa Backpack 50L

In Camera Bag, Gear Review by Patrick

Backpacks are something that photographers can collect a lot of. Always searching for the perfect one to carry or precious gear from point A to point B. I have a number of bags for various purposes depending on the assignment of adventure. The F-Stop Tilopa 50L Backpack is the newest addition. I needed a backpack that would carry two of …

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To fill or not to fill

In Uncategorized by Patrick

Without light, photography does not exist. Photography’s meaning in its very simplest origin means drawing with light. Whether you use a monolight, strobe, speedlight or natural light, you must have light to capture an image. When photographing wildlife, what do you do? Do you use natural light or add your own flash fill? Both valid options that depends on you …

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Gear Review: Nikkor MC 105mm f/2.8 S

In Gear Review by Patrick

A macro lens has been on my radar for a long time.  I have never owned one but have rented and tried them.  My primary use is for portraits and close detail work on projects.  This is where the macro lens really shines.  Nikon has just released a new mirrorless version of its original 105mm Macro released back in 2006.  …

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Renewing old friends

In Uncategorized by Patrick

The title of this post may be a little misleading for the simple fact I am not referring to people but rather camera gear. I don’t make it a point to have a lot of gear, only the gear that I need to get the job done. Early on in my career while shooting wildlife, I did not have the …

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Verizon Indy Car Series 2021

In Automotive by Patrick

Recently I had the privilege of being invited to watch the Verizon Indy Car Series race a road coarse in Dertoit Michigan on beautiful Belle Isle. Truly amazing athletes riding around this course at high speed inches from a wall is really exciting and quite the adrenaline rush. As a photographer, it can be a challenge to capture the speed …

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Better or Worse Upgrade

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

Nikon released a new remote transmitter for there flash system that has not gotten any fan fare.  The replaced  the WR-R10 with the WR-R11.  This one I questioned a bit as I pondered the differences, or lack thereof.  I use the WR-R10 and the WR-A10 and reviewed them here.  I rely on them and paired with the Nikon SB-5000, it …

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Are DSLR cameras still worth it

In General Stuff by Patrick

Both Canon USA and Nikon have announced that they are working on professional mirrorless bodies.  I am unsure about Canon, but Nikon has plans on continuing to discontinue more DSLR lenses.  Is this a sign of things to come and the end of the DSLR as we know it?  This has been coming for some time and I have discussed …