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Nikon D6 DSLR & 120-300mm lens

New Nikon Flagship DSLR Announced

The Nikon D6 flagship DSLR (Image courtesy Nikon)

Nikon has announced the development of their newest flagship DSLR, the Nikon D6. Given the timing of this announcement, and that 2019 marks the 20th year of Nikon single-digit “D” digital cameras (the D1 was released in 1999), I would speculate that we’ll see the D6 available sometime later this fall.

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The flagship D-series Nikon DSLRs are geared towards professional sports/action photographers who need the best autofocus, fastest frame rates, and superior low-light performance. These cameras offer superior weather sealing, long battery life, and an integrated vertical grip, ideal for using larger telephoto lenses.

Nikon 120-300mm f/2.8 FL ED SR VR Nikkor

Nikon 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR zoom Nikkor (Image courtesy Nikon)

Also announced today was a new fast telephoto zoom lens for sports photographers. The Nikon 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens will use Nikon’s electronic aperture control for more reliable exposure control, and will incorporate fluorite (FL) elements as well as Nikon’s extra low-dispersion (ED) glass elements. This pro lens will be ideal for sports photographers who work from fixed locations, where having a zoom lens becomes extremely valuable. What’s interesting here is the as of yet undisclosed “SR” designation. I guess we’ll have to wait to see what that one means!

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Badlands 2020 Photo Safari

Landscape Photography Workshop, August 26-30, 2020

South Dakota Badlands
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Photograph the beauty of the South Dakota Badlands August 26-30, 2020

I’ve just returned from South Dakota after an outstanding landscape photography workshop, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve scheduled dates for next year. 2020 will mark my 10th anniversary workshop in South Dakota, and I’m looking forward to meeting you there!

Badlands Photo Gallery

This workshop is a comprehensive landscape photography experience, with a wide variety of shooting locations and in-depth training on workflow and post-processing techniques. Each day, we’ll photograph sunrise and sunset, and then spend several hours together learning how to make your best images stand out with fine-art processing tools.

Workshop Topics Include

  • Composition & Exposure
  • HDR & Panoramas
  • Image Processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic & Adobe Photoshop
  • Focus Stacking for Landscapes
  • Sharpening in Lightroom & Photoshop

Early bird registration is discounted by $100 when you book by Dec. 31, 2019

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The Image Doctors #7

Mentoring beginners in photography

The Image Doctors Photography Podcast

If you’re a photography enthusiast, you’ve probably been asked at least once if you could provide help for someone just getting started in photography. In this week’s episode, Jason & Rick discuss ways to work with beginners to promote creativity and enjoyment with photography.

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Oregon Coast Photo Safari: Space Available!

Photograph the Oregon Coast with Jason Odell Oct. 12-17, 2019.

Photograph Bandon, Oregon Oct 12-17

Due to a cancellation, I have an immediate opening to join my Oregon Coast Photo Safari & Landscape workshop. We’ll meet in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, October 12th, then travel to Bandon Beach on the Oregon coast. Bandon Beach is home to some of the most spectacular sea-stacks on the Pacific coast, and we’ll take advantage of the full moon for wonderful low-tide shooting.

Bandon, Beach Image Gallery

I’ve arranged for group lodging directly across the street from our beachfront shooting location for outstanding logistics while we’re there.

As with all of my landscape photography safaris, I’ll be there to provide hands-on instruction on composition, exposure, and digital post-processing using Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Colorado Wildflower Workshop Report

Sunflowers stand in morning light before a backdrop of lupines and more near Crested Butte, Colorado

An incredible floral display in the Colorado high country

2019 was my fifth consecutive wildflower/macro photo safari, and boy was it ever amazing! The long, wet spring we had this year meant that the blooms around Crested Butte were off the chart. Unlike previous years, where we had to go up above 10,000′ to find the best blooms, this year’s spectacle was in full swing all around Crested Butte.

Richardson’s Geranium

Crested Butte, Colorado, is sometimes referred to as the “wildflower capital of the USA,” and this year proved why. The hillsides were covered in color; yellow sunflowers interspersed with blue and purple lupines transformed the valleys into a painter’s palette. We also encountered glacier lilies, red and sulphur paintbrush, fairy trumpets, and of course, Colorado columbine.

The hillsides were literally painted with color this year!

Our shooting sessions took place every morning and afternoon, and during the day, I worked with my clients to help them perfect their workflow/keywording and image processing. We also learned how to perform focus-stacking with close-up and landscape subjects.

See my 2019 Wildflower Gallery here!

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