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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 …

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Nikon Z 70-200 F/2.8

In Gear Review by Patrick

There are certain lenses that should be included in a photographers gear bag. In my humble opinion, this is one of those lenses. The Nikon Z 70-200 F/2.8 S is a versatile zoom lens that was created and designed for Nikons mirrorless Z system. Design Nikon hasn’t tried to make its mirrorless lens smaller than the equivalent 70-200mm 2.8 for …

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A Day with History

In Standard by Patrick

Military history is a passion of mine and when I had the opportunity to walk through actual history, I jumped at the chance. The piece of history that I am referring to is the the USS Yorktown Essex class Aircraft carrier. Known as the Fighting Lady, this carrier was first commissioned in 1937 and was named after the battle of …

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Gear Review – Nikon Z 24-70 2.8 S Lens

In Gear Review by Patrick

I have been on the fence for this lens since it came out.  One reason is because I already own the venerable F-mount version of the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and it has served me well becoming one of my most used lenses, still performing well even with the FTZ mounts on the mirrorless.  Secondly, the price.  It ain’t cheap!  Initially …

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Nikon Z9 Accessory

In Gear Review by Patrick

The Nikon Z9 is still a relatively new full frame camera to the market and as such, accessories that are what I would consider essential, are slowly appearing. One aspect of the Nikon Z9 that probably could have been engineered better was the eyecup in my humble opinion. There are many hacks out there, some of which are quite creative, …

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Product Studio BTS

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I have had a few questions as of late roll in about how I do my product shots for selling used gear and what not. Nothing real fancy, probably even overkill to a point, but it produces a nice evenly lit product shot on seamless white.  Let me explain what I have going on here with the iPhone shot.  I …

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Nikon firmware update for Z9 Z6II and Z7II

In Standard by Patrick

Massive long awaited firmware updates for the Nikon Z9, the Nikon Z6II and the Z7II. Nikon created a webpage just for these updates which indicates the significance of the update as they usually don’t have a dedicated site for updates. You can find it here: Firmware 2.0 The firmware is going to drop on April 20th.

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Platypod Elite First Impressions

In Gear Review by Patrick

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Platypod / Platyball and I am not being paid for this review. They have not told me what to say, and do not get to review this blog prior to posting. All thoughts expressed herein are my own. Back in 2019 when this relatively new concept of the taking the traditional ball head and …

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Re-work of Lightroom Catalog

In Standard by Patrick

I have done numerous posts on how I manage my images using a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photomechanic. Lightroom Migration – Part 1 Lightroom Migration – Part 2 Benefits of one Lightroom Catalog Way back in 2016 when Scott Kelby introduced me to his SLIM system for managing images I have been using a variation of that with pretty …