Category Archives: Photo of the Day

POTD: Christmastime in Prague

Wishing you all a happy holiday season 2023

I just got back after nearly two weeks in Europe for a Christmastime photo tour. We started in Prague, and then continued to Vienna, where we boarded a Danube river cruise. Christmas markets in this part of the world are simply magical. I want to wish everyone here a joyous holiday season, and I’m looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

POTD: Royalty

Royal tern in flight captured with the Nikon Z9

Royal tern in flight, La Jolla, CA | Nikon Z9, Nikon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6S VR + Z 1.4x TC

I spent most of last week in San Diego, leading my annual Southern California birding & wildlife workshop. It was my first real test of the new Nikon Z9 and Nikon 100-400mm S lens. The camera and lens combo performed flawlessly, tracking the fast-moving royal terns along the coast as they circled the rocky shore, looking for a landing spot.

Image Specs

  • Nikon Z9
  • 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Nikkor + Nikon Z teleconverter 1.4x
  • 1/2500s f/9, ISO 1400
  • Hand-held

POTD: Broken Bat

Image captured with the Nikon Z fc

Charlie Blackmon (19) or the Colorado Rockies singles while breaking his bat against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field, August 8, 2021

I went to a Colorado Rockies game over the weekend, and brought my new Nikon Z fc with 16-50mm kit lens. I set the camera to 1/2000s (shutter priority) and auto ISO, and focused manually. The camera’s fast frame rate (about 9fps in 14-bit RAW) allowed me to capture the moment Charlie Blackmon’s bat broke in half.

See my first impressions of the Nikon Z fc here

POTD: Battery

Coastal battery, Ft. Stevens, OR

I captured this image of a large shore cannon while visiting Fort Stevens near Astoria, Oregon while leading my recent Oregon photo safari. This image combines several techniques: HDR merge (Lightroom Classic), Silver Efex Pro 3 (Nik Collection via Adobe Photoshop) and finishing touches back in Lightroom Classic. Because I applied Silver Efex Pro 3 in Photoshop, I was able to retain color in the original image.