New Think Tank Rollers!

New Airport Security and Airport International Rollers from Think Tank Photo.
New Airport Security and Airport International Rollers from Think Tank Photo.

I’ve just gotten word that Think Tank Photo has just announced updated versions of their camera roller bags. The Airport Security V3 and Airport International V3 are large-capacity bags designed to fit into most standard aircraft overhead bins.

The new designs feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. The Airport International V3.0, sized for international carry on requirements, holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet.  The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed).  The Airport Security V3.0, sized for US domestic carry on requirements, holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet.  The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed).  With my partnership with Think Tank, you’ll receive free gear and free shipping with every order you place for their gear, as long as you start your shopping experience here.

I have the earlier versions of both of these bags. I find them incredibly useful when I’m traveling with heavier telephotos on cross-country flights. While both bags will fit into the overhead bins of regular-sized jets, choose the International version if you do not normally travel domestic airlines within the USA. If you frequently find yourself on regional jets, consider the smaller Airport Essentials backpack.

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Portrait Lens

I got a box from B&H Photo today. Funny… I didn’t order anything (recently). Much to my surprise and delight, they sent me a reivew copy of the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor, Nikon’s stunning portrait lens.

I’m going to find some subjects to test this lens on, but my first impressions are very positive. Focus is fast and precise. Bokeh is to die for, and it’s very sharp wide-open. Continue reading Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Portrait Lens

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Recap: Utah Night Sky Workshop

I just returned from Utah, where I brought a group of clients to participate in a night sky photography workshop. The dark skies of Utah near Moab are perfect for photographing stars and the Milky Way, and we were fortunate enough not to have any issues with clouds. For each of our three evenings, we went do different locations where we could compose interesting star shots with silhouettes of amazing rock formations.

I thought I’d share some of my images here. You can see more of them at my Facebook and Instagram pages, too. My upcoming workshops and safaris are listed here.

Learn how to photograph stars and more with The Night Sky Photography Handbook, a complete guide for digital photographers. 

Milky Way over Turret Arch
Milky Way over Turret Arch
Castle Valley
Castle Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
North Window Arch
North Window Arch

 

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Just Announced: Alaskan Photo Cruise 2017

Join me aboard Ruby Princess for an Alaskan photo cruise!
Join me aboard Ruby Princess for an Alaskan photo cruise!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be conducting a photography workshop and tour to Alaska, July 15-22, 2017 aboard Ruby Princess. This is an all-inclusive, 7-night round trip cruise and photography experience from Seattle, Washington. While aboard, we’ll have private photo seminars and we’ll use the ship for creative photo opportunities. We will then have private photo tours/excursions and photo learning sessions with professional guides and myself as your photo instructor.

Sign up here for email updates about this event  Continue reading Just Announced: Alaskan Photo Cruise 2017

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POTD: Sunshine on a cloudy day

Sunflowers near Denver, Colorado
Sunflowers near Denver, Colorado

Every year, massive fields of sunflowers bloom near Denver International Airport. These flowers don’t last long, so you have to make do with whatever conditions you get. I was hoping to photograph the sunflowers at sunset, but instead we got gloomy, overcast skies. Fortunately, I had my Nikon SB-900 speedlight, which allowed me to add a little pop to the flowers while preserving the moody look in the sky. I used a fisheye lens to create the interesting curvature in the horizon.

Tech Specs

Nikon D810 with 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye Nikkor; Nikon SB-900 fill flash

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