This week, we’re back from leading the Colorado in Bloom workshop in Crested Butte, and we have a follow-up on our thoughts using the new Nikon MC 105mm f/2.8 S VR macro lens. We’ll then dive into the recently updated Nik Collection Plugins by DXO, which adds some significant new features to Silver Efex Pro and Viveza. While there are still some rough edges in the software, Rick and Jason both feel it is a worthy upgrade and plan on using it in their own workflows.
Exploring landscapes and the Milky Way in the Desert Southwest
Last week, I took a quick getaway to eastern Utah with my Image Doctors podcast partner, Rick Walker. Rick and I have been photographing together for years, and we had a fun opportunity to do some night photography in a dark sky location in Utah.
We packed up our gear and made the drive from Colorado Springs to Green River, Utah, where we spent the night. Our plan was to do some location scouting the next morning in Capitol Reef National Park, and then spending the night in a yurt at Goblin Valley State Park.
Capitol Reef National Park
The next morning , we made the 100 mile drive to Capitol Reef, which is a really underrated National Park. While there aren’t the majestic overlooks like you get in some of the other Utah parks, there’s tons of color and textures to be found within and among the rocks there. Conditions were a bit tricky that morning due to the spate of wildfires in California and Arizona, and we quickly realized by about 10am that we were going to be facing a very long day in 100+ degree temperatures if we just hung out until check-in time at Goblin Valley.
This week, join Rick and Jason on a road trip to Utah, where they photographed some of the National Parks, plus did night sky photography at a unique location. You can see some of their shots over on our Facebook Page.
Hands-on with the Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S macro lens
This week, both of us received copies of the new 105mm f/2.8 VR S Nikkor Z lens for macro photography. While we’re still going through some testing, we are both extremely pleased with Nikon’s latest macro lens and the results it delivers. This week, we’ll discuss our first impressions of this new lens.
New Announcements from Canon & Nikon
Canon 14-35mm f/4L
This week, Canon announced the final lens in their constant f/4 aperture mirrorless zoom kit, the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Canon mirrorless shooters will like the super-wide range this lens offers.
Nikon Goes Retro: Z fc Camera
Nikon announced a new DX-format mirrorless camera in their Z-mount, and it’s a retro-styled camera that looks a lot like the old Nikon FM film camera. However, this new body is small, light, and delivers quite a few enhancements over the existing Nikon Z50. We’ll discuss why we’re both excited about the new Nikon Z fc.