My Vanguard Tripod

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized
As a macro photographer I need a tripod that has the ability to maneuver my camera into all kinds of angles, and also be able to get my camera right down on the ground if I need.  The Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT is the perfect tripod for accomplishing this task.
This tripod has great stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.
The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles. Non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.
The next best thing about this tripod is it’s price, it’s very affordable at only $149.
Check it out here. https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=263AT&mfg=Vanguard&show=yes

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15% Discount on Topaz Software

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Giant Trees

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized
Last year when I was in California teaching workshops I got a chance to visit the Sequoia National Park and was amazed at the size of these trees. They grow close to the top of a mountain which is a crazy twisting, turning, slow16 mile long road to get up to the top. If you get motion sickness take Dramamine before you drive up.  I first hiked to see the largest of the Sequoia’s called General Sherman. Very impressive but I couldn’t get near it to take a picture of me standing next to it so you can see the enormous size, plus the sun was blasting on the trunk making it useless to shoot. I did find one large tree that was right next to the trail that I could pose by to give you some scale of these trees.

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Here is a shot of a hiker in red pants, black top on the right side of the tree, look how tiny he is.

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Not much in the way of macro here to shoot, as the understory is just dirt covered in needles, and leaves and very little plant life anywhere. I did take a few macro shots that I’ll post another day. Here are some images of the tree.

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I’m really looking forward to Don Komarechka’s presentation this year at the Macro Photo Conference 2016, sponsored by Tamron and Hunt’s Photo. I have heard nothing but awesome things about Don and his macro photography work, and that is why I asked him to come in this year to speak.  Don lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
His program is called:
“The Beauty of Physics: Magical Macro from Geometry and Bending Light”
To find out more info and about the other great speakers at this years Macro Photo Conference, click here
Check out Don’s images.

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Don’s website, http://www.donkom.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places to Shoot

Posted: February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized
If you are ever in the Santa Cruz area check out the University of California Santa Cruz Botanical Garden. Lots of great stuff to shoot.

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Are you having cabin fever during the long winter months. If you are not adventurous enough to go out in the cold and shoot and there isn’t that much to shoot anyways at this time of year, then just have fun shooting simple objects in your home. This challenges you find ordinary things and turn them into something artistic. Go ahead and see how you do. Here are a few things I found to shoot.

 

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The Magic Wand

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

It’s not the magic wand,
it’s the wizard behind the wand.
This is a very true phrase that applies to photography.
Many people get hung up on the idea that a better camera will make them a better photographer.
A good photographer will make good photographs with whatever camera is in their hands.

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