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Missed by a hair

In Wildlife by Patrick

Something went flashing by the window and I was not sure what it was. I went to the window only to several birds frozen in place on my feeders and in the bushes. They were motionless telling me there was a predator somewhere about, all I had to do was find it. Suddenly, from above a male Sharp-shinned hawk landed …

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Spring has sprung

In Wildlife by Patrick

Sure signs of spring are the grass greening up, temps rising and the unmistakable sound of the American Robin. We have about 6 full size trees on our lot and I have numbered them so when my wife of daughter sees something of interest, they can identify what tree it is in. Makes life easier for sure knowing exactly where …

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I’m leaving MS One Drive

In Standard by Patrick

Much to my dismay the other day, I received an email from the Microsoft OneDrive team notifying me that they are reducing their basic storage plan from 15GB, which is one of the reasons that I utilized it at all, to 5GB. More shockingly that are discontinuing the 15GB camera roll bonus. Now as a photographer, I found this a …

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Google makes NIK free for all

In General Stuff by Patrick

Google has decide to make the NIK Collection of photographer plug-ins free after years of of charging $149 for them. Now, I was one of those who bought the software back before Google owned them and I use it daily. I know there is quite a bit of flack about this and people are asking for refunds and such. My …

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Power to go

In Gear Review by Patrick

In an effort to take less gear while on shoots, my search for power led me to the Watson 8 bay charger. Batteries are at the heart and soul of most of gear and it seems like we have to have more and more. I really fell in love with the Watson system because it does AA, triple AAA, 9-volt …

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The Process of Photography

In Standard by Patrick

Based on the simple creative process, photography is a series of decisions that are made to achieve the final outcome, the finished image. The goal is to have these decisions become second nature so no matter what situation you are faced with as a photographer, past experiences, including failures, will all have contributed to your being able to select the …

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Do you need to upgrade?

In General Stuff by Patrick

This is a question that fills my inbox whenever new gear comes out. It can be lenses, or in this case, new camera bodies that were recently announced by both Nikon and Canon. It is a question that I always answer with a question of my own. Does this piece of gear solve a problem for you (a need), or …

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Photography Commentary

In Standard by Patrick

This past week, two very well respected photographers in the industry sat down on an episode of the “The Grid”, a web show produced by the Kelby Media Group in Oldsmar Florida. The photographers were Moose Peterson and Scott Kelby. Each of these photographers are very successful in their particular genres of photography and are extremely generous with there time …

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Longer focal distance for less

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

As photographers we all want the big sexy lenses that can reach out and pull our subject closer. The reality is that for a great many of us, the price point of these lenses just doesn’t allow us to drop that kind of money. By means of an example, the Nikkor AF-S 600 f/4 lens is $12,500 USD. Phenomenal lens, …

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Flash or exposure compensation

In Wildlife by Patrick

Even though we are in the middle of winter here in the midwest, there is still plenty of spring planning going on with our resident woodpeckers. On a crisp winter day, when I walked out onto our deck to check some of the feeders, there is a distinct rat ta tatt tatt on the trees. Having heard this before, I …