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Creatures big and small

In Wildlife by Patrick

Walking through the woods is by far one of my favorite things to do, especially in the fall. Looking for the color changes is of course the main objective, but if you just stop, look and listen you will be amazed at what might show up and what you will see. While walking, taking care to watch our steps, this …

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Fall Color Tips

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Crispness is in the air and leaves are starting to fall and change colors here in the Midwest signals fall is here. One question that I get quite a bit is how can I really show fall color in my photographs? Great question and I would like to offer up these tips from my experience with fall color. First off …

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Fun with Shorebirds

In Wildlife by Patrick

Walking on the beach or just along a secluded waterway, one thing that you will always find are shorebirds. These unique species rely on the water for their every need. Whether it be feeding, raising their young or mating, shorebirds offer a great photographic opportunity. This juvenile sanderling paused long enough to allow me to get a shot or two …

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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 …