Sometimes Accidents Happen…
Aug11

Sometimes Accidents Happen…

We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.—Bob Ross When photographing Michelle (at left) at a group shoot in Arizona, I was using two camera bodies something I don’t often do. And maybe after reading this you’ll know why.I was making window light portraits of her in  an old building and I was using a EOS 60D has a EF 28-105mm zoom lens. Lens was set at 102mm, with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800....

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Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”
Mar11

Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”

I am hardly a wildlife photographer but sometimes they just walk into your own backyard , as was the case with this young mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) photographed, literally, in my backyard. Several times a day individual and groups of mule deer stroll leisurely across Daisy Hill on their way to find nourishment, usually my landscaping. I started photographing this critter from the sidewalk in front of my house at 150mm, slowly...

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Unique Legacy Lenses for Micro Four-thirds
May05

Unique Legacy Lenses for Micro Four-thirds

Last week I had coffee with my friends Tracy and Jan. Tracy is a lens expert and loves adapting them to his Micro Four-thirds cameras. Jan loves to shoot with MFT cameras. Tracy made the portrait lens from an old movie projector lens that I’ve written about before. I bought a Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye lens for Micro Four-thirds from them. More about that in a future post… This time he brought four new lenses, a very unique Nikon...

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What’s In My Camera Bag? Extension Tubes
Jul18

What’s In My Camera Bag? Extension Tubes

The classic definition of macro photography is that the image projected onto the film plane or digital sensor should be the same size as the subject. At a 1:1 ratio, an SLR with a full-sized chip should have the ability to produce life-size magnification and focus on an area as small as 24×36 mm. Manufacturers sometimes describe a lens’s close-focusing capabilities as “macro” even if it doesn’t meet that definition and over time the...

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Lens Comparison: Affordable 85mm f/1.4
Feb15

Lens Comparison: Affordable 85mm f/1.4

I was having breakfast with Canon Blogger, Jason Anderson one day and we were talking about lenses when I mentioned that my favorite for photographing people was Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.8. Jason said that he really wanted to own the EF 85mm f/1.2 I tested for Shutterbug magazine. There’s about a thousand dollars differences between those two lenses, which got me to thinking about why Canon doesn’t offer an 85mm f/1.4. as...

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Micro Four-thirds – Six New Lenses Announced
Feb04

Micro Four-thirds – Six New Lenses Announced

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal It’s not often that six new Micro four-thirds lenses are announced in a week but it just happened! These new product introductions show that manufactures are taking the MFT format seriously. At the recent CP+ show in Japan the following lenses were announced: Voightlander 42.5mm f/0.95 lens. Voigtlander had already released two other fast lenses, the Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (35mm equivalent) and Nokton...

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Lenses for Glamour & Fashion
Jan17

Lenses for Glamour & Fashion

Many photographers would like to make glamour or fashion photographs but think the lack of equipment makes this goal unattainable. Nothing could farther from the truth. All that’s really needed to produce professional quality glamour images is a camera with interchangeable lenses, a few simple photographic accessories, and models willing to pose. My basic lens kit is simple and the specific lens used is determined by whether I’m...

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