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WOW! 2016 is gone. It is hard to believe another year is behind us. For me, I spent the last couple of days of 2016 in reflection thinking about the great times with my photography.  But, now is time to start thinking what in 2017 I want to accomplish . lets find out.

2016 Update Read more

2016 Update

Hello again, It has been awhile I know. You may have noticed I trailed off postings around late May 2016.  This was not because I left Photography.  I felt I needed a break.  

Out Door Photography Read more

Out Door Photography

My passion is being outdoors with my camera. The TrueToad site extends to you the many hours and rewards that nature and wildlife bring. I offer these images, articles, and encouragement as my proof that Nature has a desire to thrive. What a treat to be part of it!  Each encounter restores my hope, a moment in time that I will never forget but to be remembered in a photograph.

I love to go dot com Read more

I love to go dot com

Another wonderful find on YouTube is this channel in Thai – Although I don’t understand the language I have an appreciation for their travel VLOGs, food, and photography shoots and many bag reviews.  Ben an G are tops.

Spring Time Photography Read more

Spring Time Photography

Here in the North Continent Spring has finally arrived and am I stoked, My new Nikon D500 is now in my hands along with my work horse D810.  So we ask ourselves how best to prepare and capture the magnificent beauty of the season? No right answer here,  but in general you can enjoy it by being in it! Take along your favorite camera and lens combo and set out for a wooded trail or open grassy one, it does not matter – spring flowers, flowering trees and mild temperatures make the experience all worth the effort.  Here are some suggestions for your spring collection of life called Spring Time.

Creative Photography Read more

Creative Photography

Most photographers have an objective to their pictures, It could be they intend only to capture the action in a ball game, others may wish to capture the essence of the person in a Portrait setting.  Their picture will be the end product of a creative process that may have taken weeks, years, or a mere instant. In a broad sense, we as photographers have the ability using our camera and light to convey something others may have missed.  Be it color, texture, drama, or an isolated portion of something much larger that would have been lost to everyone. Some photographs stand on their own and need nothing more that a frame, others are enhanced by techniques from Photoshop to bring out the idea and turn a picture into a handmade unique object of art.  Here on this page you will find several creative examples, not as perfect example but just something of my creative beginning exploring what is possible.  This year I intend to explore more creative photography, and those images will be posted here..
Favorite YouTube Channels Read more

Favorite YouTube Channels

Most every photographers who use YouTube will run across interesting YouTube channels in their quest for information, and most likely those channels will be photography related and why no 10 ratings
Nikon D5, D500 & D850 - Nikon’s Magic Cameras Read more

Nikon D5, D500 & D850 - Nikon’s Magic Cameras

The New D500 is now a reality, Nikon began shipping these cameras on April 21, 2016.  The D5 cameras are in the hands of many photographers by now. Nikon has raised the bar on digital imaging, with the introduction of superior electronics and craftsmanship.  We are at the beginning of a new generation of digital imaging. Nikon Rocks and I am a pleased  customer of the products they produce.  Thanks Nikon. I may have the very first image from a production D500 ….
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I will be very busy as we move into Spring Migratory season. Hopefully the photography will pick up and can managed to write a few reviews, below are some URLs which you may find useful. One new article posted is my upgrade project to my Astronomy Mount System, you can find it in the blog.

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