Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras

One or the other or both?

DSLR technology has come a long way, but no one camera can yet do it all. Crop and Full Frame (FF) cameras are very different tools geared for different subject matter.

How to take sports photos like the pros

Taking game pics like banging your head against the wall? You expect “Sports Illustrated” and instead get out of focus images where your subjects are the size of ants!

Glacier National Park Fall 2014

I’ve been been chomping at the bit to explore Glacier for many years. This September seemed like the perfect op as the park was starting to show it’s fall colors and the park’s summer crowds were subsiding.

HDR for beginners

A number of folks have recently asked about HDR Photography: how it works, what’s the best software out there to use.

Some great “water” pics near Steamboat Colo.

Mount Zirkel I recently had the opportunity to hike the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (located about 40 minutes from Steamboat, Colo.) in late June.  Many of the high elevation lakes were still covered by snow & frozen over.  Three Islands Lake, however, had recently thawed and the 2.5 hour hike to it afforded some great flowing water shots along a stream bed running a “full bore” with the Spring runoff. The silky effect for the water was achieved by using long exposures of between 10 & 25 seconds (camera mounted on a tripod).  I also used a polarizing filter to cut glare.     Rabbit Ears Pass Later that evening, we enjoyed a great sunset at Rabbit Ears Pass. Fish Creek Falls One of our final stops was Fish Creek Falls, one of the favorite hiking spots near the ski area…also heavily...

Celestial Photography at Arches!

Just returned from 10 day biking/hiking trip to Steamboat Co.  Had the opportunity to do a great side trip to Arches National Park (outside of Moab Utah) and grab some great shots of the spectacular/iconic rock formations against the backdrop of the Milkyway Galaxy! I started shooting about 10:30pm when twilight had receded and the night sky was in full bloom.  For you tech-heads out there….here’s how I grabbed these images: I used a full frame SLR with a very fast fixed focal length lens (Canon 6d and Rokinon 16mm f 2.8). The Camera was mounted on a tripod, with the lens held open for approx 25 seconds (F2.8 @ 2000 ISO).  Long enough to get a proper exposure, short enough to avoid star trails.  Ie. the stars rotate around the North Stars….if you leave the lens open too long…you get streaks. I illuminated the rock formations using two techniques.  A.  I started using LCD flashlight with colored gels…to bring out the natural color of the rock.  I typically positioned the camera in front of the arch, then painted the arch with light from the side.  I trigged the camera using a remote blue-tooth shutter release.  B.  When the moon came out later in the evening, I used that as the additional light source.      ...
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