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DX or FX Camera Bodies

DX or FX Camera Bodies

This is about using a DX camera body or FX body with teleconvertor. Which combination is...

DX or FX Camera Bodies

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DX or FX Camera Bodies

This is about using a DX camera body or FX body with teleconvertor. Which combination is better?  I am sent this question many times - it depends...  
Auto Focus Lens Calibration
Auto Focus Lens Calibration

Auto Focus Lens Calibration

I was preplexed as to why some images were soft and not to an acceptable image quality....

Auto Focus Lens Calibration

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Auto Focus Lens Calibration

I was preplexed as to why some images were soft and not to an acceptable image quality.   In the beginning I thought it was me, I have a new lens and maybe I am not accustomed to using it and...
Coming of Spring
Coming of Spring

Coming of Spring

This wonderful Male Cardinal sits on a perch as sleet comes raining down, and is undaunted...

Coming of Spring

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Coming of Spring

This wonderful Male Cardinal sits on a perch as sleet comes raining down, and is undaunted by the ice crystals that are falling on his face and feathers. The Cardinal is a native species of North...
Potomac Sunrise
Potomac Sunrise

Potomac Sunrise

This is my early sunrise overlooking the Potomac. This photo was a result of taking 4...

Potomac Sunrise

Photography

Potomac Sunrise

This is my early sunrise overlooking the Potomac. This photo was a result of taking 4 images and merge both the exposure and panographic ends together to form a single photo.  
The Morning Commute
The Morning Commute

The Morning Commute

I enjoy the early morning rise before the sun in hopes of capturing one good image.

The Morning Commute

Photography

The Morning Commute

I enjoy the early morning rise before the sun in hopes of capturing one good image.
Lichen
Lichen

Lichen

While out hiking a couple years ago my interest in fungal growth started to peak when I...

Lichen

Macro

Lichen

While out hiking a couple years ago my interest in fungal growth started to peak when I began to run across what I thought were a few simple mushrooms scattered about. As I made my way further down...
Pilated Woodpecker
Pilated Woodpecker

Pilated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is an elusive bird.  At least for me it is very true that...

Pilated Woodpecker

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Pilated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is an elusive bird.  At least for me it is very true that this bird species is difficult to approach and photograph. For over a year I tried to get one good usable...
Joy of Bird Photography
Joy of Bird Photography

Joy of Bird Photography

How many times have you either wanted to take bird photos or tried and was disappointed in...

Joy of Bird Photography

Photography

Joy of Bird Photography

How many times have you either wanted to take bird photos or tried and was disappointed in the results? My guess if you are like me you have had a few false starts and missed opportunities....
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Fall like Spring is wonderful time.  In my area we begin to see a few bird species...

Eastern Bluebird

On The Trail

Eastern Bluebird

Fall like Spring is wonderful time.  In my area we begin to see a few bird species that are less common in the summer months.  In my most recent outing I had the pleasure of capturing a few...
Fall Season
Fall Season

Fall Season

Time is moving fast this year.. wow, already Fall Season; sometimes we are reminded about...

Fall Season

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Fall Season

Time is moving fast this year.. wow, already Fall Season; sometimes we are reminded about passage of time through visual clues and the habits of animals.  When I begin to find Orb Spiders and the...
Summer of 2016 is Fading
Summer of 2016 is Fading

Summer of 2016 is Fading

Time does move fast when your having fun, and the Summer of 2016 is fast fading away into...

Summer of 2016 is Fading

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Summer of 2016 is Fading

Time does move fast when your having fun, and the Summer of 2016 is fast fading away into the memory folder. 2016 was hot and fun, sorry to see it go. My camera was barely worked this year due to my...
Lilly of Color
Lilly of Color

Lilly of Color

I am exploring some of my original photographs for re-creating  in digital paintings....

Lilly of Color

Digital Art

Lilly of Color

I am exploring some of my original photographs for re-creating  in digital paintings.  Some of my favorite photos are of the flowers because of their awesome colors.  Flowers are some...
June Cone Flower
June Cone Flower

June Cone Flower

I took the reference photo in early June in very bright sunlight at about 9 A.M, I thought...

June Cone Flower

Digital Art

June Cone Flower

I took the reference photo in early June in very bright sunlight at about 9 A.M, I thought I the image was a good photo to make a digital painting from.
Eastern Box Turtle of Occuquan
Eastern Box Turtle of Occuquan

Eastern Box Turtle of Occuquan

HELP SAVE MY LIFE!  If you are reading this and live in North Virginia - send the...

Eastern Box Turtle of Occuquan

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Eastern Box Turtle of Occuquan

HELP SAVE MY LIFE!  If you are reading this and live in North Virginia - send the Occuqan Wildlife Refuge an email and ask they NOT ALLOW TRAFFIC on  park "grassy" trails during March - Jun...
Flowering Tree of Summer
Flowering Tree of Summer

Flowering Tree of Summer

When you are able to go out carry along your camera, then take a few minutes to look...

Flowering Tree of Summer

Image of the Week

Flowering Tree of Summer

When you are able to go out carry along your camera, then take a few minutes to look around, you will find nature is beautiful. The colors, texture, sounds, and smell came rushing in.   Today as...
Dinosaur
Dinosaur

Dinosaur

This past May was Turtle and Tortise Month! In the area close to the Potomac many river...

Dinosaur

Image of the Week

Dinosaur

This past May was Turtle and Tortise Month! In the area close to the Potomac many river turtles climb out of their natural habitat and walk to higher ground to dig out and lay their eggs. This big...
Fungi Mushroom Toadstool
Fungi Mushroom Toadstool

Fungi Mushroom Toadstool

This is my story about the discovery of a magnificent organism called the Mushroom. It all...

Fungi Mushroom Toadstool

On The Trail

Fungi Mushroom Toadstool

This is my story about the discovery of a magnificent organism called the Mushroom. It all begins on a warm summer day and continues still. Following a wet spell and increased temperatures I found one...
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

When you spot the Wren it looks to be rather plain but is a Whitney Houston of birds song...

Carolina Wren

Image of the Week

Carolina Wren

When you spot the Wren it looks to be rather plain but is a Whitney Houston of birds song wise; mostly brown with some lighter brown and speckles on the wings. The Wren is commonly found over...
Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review
Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Time for macro Photography & I am ready to get out and shoot. In the early days,...

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Macro

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Time for macro Photography & I am ready to get out and shoot. In the early days, one of my least favorite aspect of photography was flash, simply because I sucked at it, and normally got mixed...
DX vs FX Crop Sensor
DX vs FX Crop Sensor

DX vs FX Crop Sensor

Crop Sensor Cameras (DX) vs Full Frame (FX) Cameras, what are the considerations and is...

DX vs FX Crop Sensor

Photography

DX vs FX Crop Sensor

Crop Sensor Cameras (DX) vs Full Frame (FX) Cameras, what are the considerations and is the full frame better than a crop sensor camera?  Many of you, like me during the transition to digital...

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Potomac Sunrise

Potomac Sunrise

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This is my early sunrise overlooking the Potomac. This photo was a result of taking 4 images and merge both the exposure and panographic ends together to form a single photo.  

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I have been a photographer for awhile, It has been a long wonderful road to where I am today in respects to my equipment and ability. DSLRs and modern manufacturing capabilities have put in our hands some of the most advanced cameras today, notwithstanding the super spectacular lens designs coming from makers such as Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron just to name a few.   With so many choices out there it is no wonder we sometimes get wrapped around the axle trying to decide what lens to purchase.

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Birds of Winter

Many times each year I take time to appreciate wild life and nature, These creatures who fly, walk, slither and live along side us humans. Several things stand our as I write this, one being how amazing are the birds survival capabilities out doors in the cold, wind, and snow, I took a few hours today to brave the near 0 temps to go out and take a few photos of birds being birds. 

The Common Buckeye
A common buckeye caterpillar shown on a host plant. This species is  resident across the southern United States, much of Mexico and as far north as southern Canada.  When in the butterfly state, it regularly expands its range each year  northward to temporarily colonize much of the U.S., reaching Canada. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward, where the adults overwinter.

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Summer Flower

On June 20th we officially enter into summer known as the summer solstice and on that day summer arrives.  I took a stroll through open  wooded area looking for signs of summer, you know - Dragon flys, and beautiful cone flowers.  I was greeted with this wonderful specimen, using my long telephoto I took a moment and snapped a couple images.  The color and contrast speak for themselves. Summer is Here!  

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7 Things Every Photographer Should Do

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Things Every Photographer Should Do

Be Prepared

Each of use want to make great eye catching photographs, we live for it. The reality is we may not be able to achieve greatness in every aspect of photography. Some people are blessed with a great location that is in line for their desire and maximizes their inner creativity. Others may need to seek areas that will sooth their quest while others have jobs doing what they love. Each of us want to explore what makes us take photographs and want to share them. In this age of instant digital everything, how do we capture the uniqueness of life, the people and surroundings of our ever changing world in ways that bring new perspectives of everything.
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7 Photographic Legends

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Photographic Legends

The Legends

Everyone has their favorite people in life, If you’re a sports fan then you may have a few players or coaches you admire and inspire you. Here in my world of photography, I have listed 7 individuals who have made me a better photographer and inspired me to get up and shoot. They are the best of the best.

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7 Photography Tips and Tricks

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Photography Tips and Tricks

Magic

Here are my super secret Tips and Tricks for Nature Photography out in the field , Please don't tell anyone I posted these for public use. - This is not about what to carry, batteries, supplies, etc, but how to be prepared; nature is just that and most times unpredictable

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7 Things Photographers Should Carry

Posted: May 23, 2016

7 Things Photographers Should Carry

The Essentials

Here is my essential items to carry on every photographic outing. Now one may argue why would I need a polarizing filter for an indoor shoot? Well you don’t in most cases, but having one in your carry bag will pay dividends one day.  Also, to note is just use common sense and some of the items on my list are just that.
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