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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to the private photo blinds of south Texas in 2016 for a small-group instructional photo safari. This trip includes private blind access on two ranches, double-occupancy lodging for four nights, and all meals.
Here’s another shot from this year’s South Texas Birding Experience photo safari. This scaled quail decided to take a dust bath right in front of the blind we were in one afternoon. Between the 500mm f/4 VR Nikkor/ TC-14EIII combo and the 36-megapixel D810, you can really get close to these birds! This is a fairly significant crop from the full-frame image, but there is still a TON of crisp details. The D810 is quickly becoming my “do everything” camera for all but the fastest shooting situations (which really aren’t that many for me).
In the late 1990s, as the digital camera age dawned, I was shooting with a Nikon N70 film camera and whatever lenses I could afford on a graduate student’s (miniscule) salary. For me, the idea of switching to digital was something that I didn’t even fathom at the time, simply because a $5500 camera was so far out of my price range that I was never going to realistically own one.
Of course, when something costs a lot of money and you know you can’t afford it, you start to rationalize with yourself as to why you don’t really need one. And by “don’t really need” I mean we find ways to explain why our current gear is as good or better than some new technology. As the new century dawned, the “film vs. digital” debate bloomed across the Internet in chat rooms and discussion boards. Recently, that debate has returned, as some photographers are switching back to using film for certain clients. Continue reading Is Film Making a Comeback?→
I’m back after another trip to my favorite birding destination, the private ranches of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. A group of photographers joined me for three days of photographing birds from private photo blinds. By using the blinds, we not only got close to the birds, but we had perfect “studio” settings to photograph them in!
I’m already putting in my plans to photograph in Texas next year. If you’re interested, please become a member of my workshops group so that you’ll be the first to know when the trip is announced. I only have space for six photographers, so you’ll want to reserve your spot ASAP.