An iPhone at Disney Magic Kingdom

On Friday, I decided to spend some time at the Disney Magic Kingdom. I’ve been working on web sites constantly, including this one, and I decided that I needed a day that was relatively free of technology. Free, except for my iPhone. You see, I’ve been very impressed with the photos that Kalebra Kelby shoots […]

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The Professional Photographer

Which Camera Should I Get?

Which Camera Should I Get? I’ve been giving thought to which camera I should get next. There are two on my radar and each one solves a different problem for me. Of course, being torn between wanting two different things is a problem of it’s own. When that happens, there’s a quote from Kelly Bundy […]

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Repost: Does Gear Matter?

Note:  This is a repeat of a previous post.  Why?  Because I’m on a sub-tropical island and may not have the time to make any posts.  With any luck, I’ll bring back some stories and pictures for the future.   A friend of mine on Twitter re-tweeted something that got my attention today. Here it […]

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Fruit flavored cupcakes

Are Your Photos Safe?

The Birthday Surprise Yesterday was my mother’s birthday.  I decided to surprise her with a dozen cupcakes from our favorite shop.  Perhaps it’s not that much of a surprise, since I’ve been delivering these cupcakes to her for most holidays, too. The problem with surprising someone is that sometimes you also get surprised.  In this […]

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Dragon Attack

The Magic Arm Strikes Again This is another one of those places where tripods are (technically) forbidden – the Conservatory at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.  It’s very popular with visitors, so I can understand the restriction.  Splaying out a tripod around people who aren’t looking where they’re walking is a good recipe for an […]

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Enola Gay

The Enola Gay is a tangible piece of history. I was in awe of this flying machine when I first saw it at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. It was on my bucket list for a photo. Here’s how I got the shot I wanted.

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$500 Camera on a $1500 Tripod

Last night, I decided to try using my Nikon Coolpix P7000 to get some auto-exposure bracket shots for HDR images.  Think of this as a Proof of Concept experiment.  The P7000 is capable of shooting brackets of five exposures, which is generally sufficient for HDR. Since my Nikon D700 seems to attract unwanted attention at […]

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The Sharpest Aperture

I recently came across the topic of sharpness on a couple of different message boards.  People were debating the sharpness of a given lens, and more specifically, which aperture is the sharpest. Personally, I think this argument falls into the realm of “pixel peeping.” Folks get so wrapped up in the technical minutiae that they […]

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