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Cottage Getaway

In Travel by Patrick

This Limestone farm dwelling was brought from Chedworth, Gloucestershire in the Cotswold Hills of southwestern England. Built approximately 1620, the construction of this house coincided with the first waves of English immigration in the colonies of the New World. Limestone was abundant in England and many English homes were made from this natural resource. In England, cottages like this one …

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Questions rolling in F or FTZ

In Camera Bag by Patrick

With the advancement of mirrorless over the past few years, a great many photographers have been asking the question, should I go mirrorless completely or hybrid with DSLR given my current investment in F-mount lenses.  Great question!  One that I can only answer for myself at this point but do have t his to offer.  To those just getting into …

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Panning technique and NX Studio

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One essential skill for a photographer that captures moving objects is panning.  Panning is simply keeping the film plane in sync on the subject while it is moving so to the camera it nullifies any movement.  This is a skill that needs to be practiced so when called upon, it is second nature.    So, how can you tell if …

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Firmware Update for Z Series

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon Japan announced a firmware update for the entire Z-series line of mirrorless cameras today.  AF enhancements are the main updates cited in the press release.  Updates will be available on April 26th per the release.  Here is the download link.

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Nikon D6 Firmware update

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon just release an update for the Nikon D6.  Usually the updates are minor, but this has included some new functionality for the camera making it a better user experience.  Here are the updates Nikon posted for the update.  To download  you can go here: A Recall shooting functions (hold) item has been added to Custom Setting f3 Custom controls. Assigning this …

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Canon versus Nikon mirrorless race

In Standard by Patrick

With the advent of mirrorless cameras becoming more popular by the day, Canon and Nikon are both touting pending releases of a flagship mirrorless cameras.  Specs and the exact look of the camera are still not fully locked down but leaked pictures of the potential cameras are now surfacing. Nikon announced the development of the Z9. Not to be outdone …

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Airshow season is here

In Aviation by Patrick

Let’s face it, for aviation enthusiasts and photographers, 2020 was a dismal year with many of the major airshows cancelled across the country.  Military demonstration squadrons were given orders to cancel shows and appearances and local airshows cancelled as well.  With 2021 comes a newly renewed sense of excitement with many airshows in warmer areas of the country already up …

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New nesting boxes

In Wildlife by Patrick

Currently, I have about 5 nesting boxes around my lot.  I live in an urban area / sub-division with plenty of foot traffic.  My bird sanctuary, as I like to call it, is in our backyard.  I have an enclosed backyard with a fence and this is where my backyard bird studio resides.  It works well and I currently have …

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New versus used gear

In Standard by Patrick

Since the pandemic has been upon us, I have gotten a fair amount of questions in my inbox about buying new gear versus used gear.  A valid question for sure given the cost of camera equipment.  I will usually reply by having them ask themselves three questions before making a decision.  This will allow them to hopefully make and informed …

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Waiting for the light

In Wildlife by Patrick

Trying to make the common seem uncommon is something that is not always easy with visual story telling. One way that I have found to do this is to always fall back on the light. Take this European Starling as an example. Once is a while when putting out new food in my feeders, flocks of these birds will descend …