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The Old Texaco Slogan

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“You can trust your car to the man with the star”. For those of us old enough to remember this phrase know that it goes along with the Texaco Corporation. Still up and running in the US, Latin America, Europe among other places, the bright red star is still going realtively strong. I can remember pulling into Texaco stations with …

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History and Americana

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We are fortunate here in the Midwest to have one of the greatest collection of Americana items anywhere located at the The Henry Ford Museum. Items from the early 1700’s to current day are all to be found in the the museum. The entire museum can take over three hours to tour and see all the exhibits. There truly is …

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Firmware Updates

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Not to be outdone by their sister cameras the Z6II and Z7II, Nikon’s original full frame mirrorless cameras have just received a firmware update. Earlier in the week, Nikon released updates for the Z6II and Z7II. You can find those here.

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Nikon Z6II and Z7II get firmware updates

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Nikon’s full frame mirrorless cameras just received minor firmware updates. Here is the link. Nikon releases this update even as the Nikon Z7II is in short supply. The Nikon Z6II is more widely available as of this posting.

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Is AI replacing getting it right in camera

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This is one topic that has been on my mind ever since the inception of post-editing suites like Topaz Labs, Luminar and Photolemur have began to incorporate this type of technology into their proprietary photo editing suites. Is this causing photographers to rely less on the tried and true techniques of handholding, panning, knowing exposure and shutter speeds, knowing that …

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Nickle and Diming

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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 …

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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 …

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Creative Fun #17

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Most of the time when shooting I am utilize three modes. Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter priority. While reading a blog post from a rather prominent photographer, he was singing the praises of a creative preset on the Nikon Z series cameras, #17 Charcoal. Needless to say I was intrigued by the photographs that he was posting showing the subtle, …

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Loving the Nikon D6

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Getting new gear is always like Christmas and the Nikon D6 is no different. What I am really enjoying about the D6 is the enhancements is the Auto-Focusing. The D6 locks on fast and it does it no matter which focusing mode I am using. I have been really hammering this body in my backyard studio, getting to know all …

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Quiet is good

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As someone who loves photographing wildlife, any advantage that I can gain while respectfully getting within distance of my subject without compromising the subject or the photographer is a good thing. Shooting with the Nikon D6, one feature that I have come to like is the quiet shutter release mode. According to Nikon you can take pictures more quietly than …