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 Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Wildlife photographers can spend many days or weeks working with the same subject at the same location and, due to ever-changing behaviors of their subjects, they can continuously capture unique images. Sports photographers have unique action at every game/meet/match/race/etc. at the same field/track/event location. Street photographer are always finding new entertainment at the same locations. Wedding, event and portrait photographers have a steady stream of new subjects coming through the same locations. But you, landscape (and cityscape) photographer, usually find the same subjects in the same positions each time you go back. However, you still have reasons for going back.
 
Basically, you most often go back in hopes that something might be different this time.
 
Perhaps you didn't get it right the first time. You didn't provide adequate depth of field or didn't focus to the right distance to keep everything in the image sharp. Or, perhaps you want to use a wider aperture lens to better define the primary subject. Perhaps the focal choice was not ideal and part of the scene was cropped too tightly. Maybe you were too close or too far away and didn't get the ideal perspective. You want to move up/down, left/right or closer/farther to get it right the next time.
 
You now have better skills. Closely aligned with getting it right this time are your improved photography skills. You are now better at reading a scene and better able to select the composition, perhaps including a foreground element or better aligning the background within the foreground framing.
 
You go back to work on your creativity. The more bored you become with photographing a scene, the more likely you are going to find a creative new way to photograph it.
 
You go back because you have better gear. While we sometimes think that camera and lens technology is not moving forward fast enough, what is available today is far better than what was available not long ago. Taking your new camera(s) and lens(es) to a past-visited favorite location is an easy recipe for bettering your portfolio. Your higher resolution, lower noise camera and sharper lens will create results that look better, especially at high resolution. Taking a circular polarizer filter, a neutral density filter, etc. that you did not originally have can make a huge difference in your repeat visit results.
 
You go back in hopes for better weather conditions. You hope for better skies, a better sunrise, a better sunset, better clouds, more/less fog, less (or possibly more) wind, warmer light, etc. Everyone loves a fiery sunrise or sunset and those don't happen every day – you might need to go back repeatedly to find these. Fog? Some locations have it with some regularity, but many others have it only occasionally.
 
You go back because the timing is different or better. You may have better water flow, creating better waterfalls that give images a completely different look, one well worth the effort of a revisit. The seasons of the year provide a very different look to many locations. Spring brings bright green foliage and (usually) good water flow. Summer brings darker foliage and warmer weather (required for the snow to melt enough to access some areas). Late summer and fall brings amazing color to the trees in many areas. Winter brings snow, completely redecorating the landscape.
 
The timing of the visit also dictates the position of the celestial bodies. Go back when the sun, moon and/or stars (the milky way) are better aligned. Perhaps the sun shines between two mountain peaks at a certain time of the year. Perhaps you want to go back when the milky way is best aligned over a scene. The same applies to the moon with a specific desired phase and position.
 
Perhaps the scene has indeed changed and is no longer physically the same. While there are not usually macro changes occurring to landscape without a significant environmental disaster (such as a tornado, hurricane, fire, etc.), micro changes frequently happen. Trees fall, erosion occurs, sediment moves in streams during strong flows and fields have a different crop in rotation. If the scene is significantly altered, new images will be more current than those taken before the alteration. Before and after photos may be valued in this case.
 
Sometimes, you go back just because things can happen. Wildlife showing up can add a prize-winning element to any image.
 
If you are considering going back, the location is probably amazing and somewhere you love to be. That alone is a great reason to go back as just being there is awesome. There is no reason why the same location cannot be enjoyed time and time again. If you like the location that much, perhaps you want to share it with a friend or friends.
 
You go back because the location is a known entity. You know that it is repeatedly good for a quality image – an image worth sharing is sure to come out of the effort.
 
You go back for practice. If the location is relatively close to home, visiting the location to practice skills and technique prior to a big photo trip is a great idea. Unlike riding a bike, more like distance running, photography requires practice to stay in top shape. It also affords the opportunity to test the camera gear that will accompany you on the trip.
 
Again, a primary reason to go back is that something might be different this time and the reason that different is desirable is for, minimally, variation and, ideally, for bettering. Photographers are constantly striving to better what we have already done, to raise the bar, to take another step forward in our passion/profession.
 
The previous time I visited Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, was convenient, but not so well-timed for photography. It was mid-summer (not bad in itself). The sun was high and the leaves were green. The sky was forest fire-hazy. While my cameras and lenses were the best-available at the time, they were not as good as those I'm using today. I was happy with my results at the time, but they do not hold nearly as much value to me from a photographical perspective now.
 
Recently, I was blessed with a revisit to this very photogenic location. And, the results from my revisit were much higher grade in many accounts. Though I'm missing the moose that was in my first set of images (it was so small in the frame that I didn't know it was even there until reviewing the images back at home), but my late summer (photographer's fall in this location), early morning timing for the second visit to Oxbow Bend combined with my now-current camera gear and 9-year-upgraded skillset turned in much better results this time around. I'm sharing one of my favorites with you today.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/9/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens page.
 
Nice Lens.
 
B&H has the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 11/9/2016 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via Adorama) has the Refurbished Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,796.95 new after $200.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 11/9/2016 6:36:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro COM28C Combination Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $219.00 with free shipping. Regularly $369.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Max Height: 53.3"
  • Min Height: 5.1"
  • Folded Length: 20.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.97 lb
  • Replaceable Flat Plate, No Center Column
  • Flip Locks
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Post Date: 11/9/2016 5:59:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Through 11/22, use coupon code FALLROGO at LensRentals.com to get your second rental at half off.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print: Valid for orders placed through 11/8-11/22/16. Discount applies to the 2nd most expensive item.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 12:27:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted their second quarter financial results for the financial year ending March 2017. As we've already mentioned, Nikon will be restructuring their semiconductor and digital camera businesses and intends on cutting 1,000 jobs in the process.
 
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 8:49:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Yesterday we published a quote from the Nikkei Asian Review which stated that Nikon planned to cut 1,000 jobs from its shrinking semiconductor and digital camera businesses, choosing instead to focus on growing markets. Other articles I found seemed to support Nikon's financial troubles.
 
However, Nikon later published a press release which seemed to discredit the Nikkei Asian Review story (thanks AKH). Here's the full text of that release:
November 8, 2016 – There were media reports such as in The Nikkei this morning regarding Nikon's restructuring plan centering on headcount reduction during several years. Nikon has made no announcement in this regards.
 
Although Nikon is constantly studying various management options including headcount rationalization for strengthening company’s profitability mainly of Semiconductor Lithography and Imaging Products Businesses, nothing has been decided at this time.
 
Should any facts pertaining to this matter are decided, Nikon will immediately make an announcement.
If that's where the story had ended, we would all simply assume that The Nikkei Asian Review had been incorrect because of a grievous miscommunication. But in a bewildering move, Nikon then published a Notice of Restructuring (thanks Alaska) which confirmed the cutting of 1,000 jobs. Here's the relevant quote from that notice:
November 8, 2016
...
Based on the above initiatives to rationalize headcount, Nikon will be announcing a voluntary retirement program of approximately 1,000 employees. Eligible applicants and detailed conditions will be announced once officially finalized.
With contradictory official documents being published within hours on the very same day, we are left scratching our heads. What is going on with Nikon's public relations and communications divisions?
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Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/8/2016 6:37:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You have 20 minutes to capture a complete set of homecoming pictures. And, there is a complication. Actually, three of them. A palomino horse, a blue roan (black) horse and a dog are to be included in most of the photos. And, one of the horses "needs" to be bridal-less for a segment of the shoot.
 
It was a crazy day (I know, that is not unusual), but high on one daughter's priority list was getting pictures of herself dressed up for homecoming. Having been through this scenario before, I knew what to expect. Primarily, there would be no time remaining for those pictures. I also knew about the desire to include the animals, but the specifics had not yet been communicated to me (even though I had asked).
 
Oh, I forgot to mention – it was lightly raining and with horses involved, the shoot was of course outdoors. Looking on the bright side, the heavy cloud cover made lighting easy with no harsh shadows and a reasonable level of dynamic range in the scene which included a black dress along with the black horse. Also positive is that with animals in the picture, the subject always seems to find it easier to smile naturally.
 
None of the subjects remained completely still at any point, meaning that my timing, framing, focus distance, etc. was always being challenged. In the end, I "borrowed" 10 minutes from the next-scheduled homecoming event and came away with an adequate number of keeper-grade photos. And, I thought that I would share one of them with you today.
 
For low light outdoor portraits with a variety of subject framing required, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens was my choice. It was a rather easy choice for me to make. It has only good portrait focal lengths in it and a nice range of them. The wide max aperture was ready for the low light levels and that this wide aperture was available over the entire focal length range, meant that I could lock in an exposure and, as long as the light levels did not change, all images would have identical brightness. While a right-on exposure was my intent, any adjustments needed could be globally applied for very fast post processing. The wide aperture combined with the telephoto focal length range created a nice background blur, making the subjects stand out in the scene. Being weather sealed made the light rain a non-issue. The Canon EOS 5Ds R behind this lens allowed me to shoot with framing slightly loose if I needed to, with cropped images still having very high resolution remaining.
 
As the animals were not overly cooperative, I tried to work with the positions that were available at any given time. Of course, the handler's position was partially dictated by the animal's position and ... there was a constant challenge to keep the subjects in attractive and complementary positions while keeping the background aligned in a pleasing manner. We didn't quite get the left hand position right, but all things considered, it was good enough.
 
Notice the low-to-the-ground camera position? There had been a long drought and the grass was thin with lots of brown spots showing. By shooting from low to the ground, the grass appeared thicker with a better-colored foreground being the result. As I was shooting downhill slightly, the low camera position was also complementary to the subjects.
 
After we finished, Brittany's hair was flat (due to the light rain), over two inches of her heels were covered in mud (shoes sunk into the grass) and the dress was dirty (the horse gets the blame for this one), but ... she made it to the big event and the photos I sent her later that evening made her day. So, all was good in the end.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
95mm  f/2.8  1/200s
ISO 400
7643 x 5095px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/8/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.11
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the touch-shutter option releasing the shutter when autofocus was used during live view with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
  • Changed the items checked when image sensor cleaning was performed using the SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean now option. We recommend that you use this option to perform image sensor cleaning after the update is complete.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.11
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 7:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 7, 2016
From Nikkei Asian Review:
TOKYO -- Nikon plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Japan, or 10% of its domestic workforce, as the company shifts resources away from once core businesses to medical devices and other growth areas.
 
The cuts over the next two to three years will mostly affect Nikon's money-losing semiconductor equipment operations and its shrinking digital camera business.
 
Nikon likely will offer early retirement to workers at facilities including its Kumagaya plant in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, which makes semiconductor lithography systems. Severance payments and other restructuring costs are expected to total hundreds of millions of dollars over two to three years.
 
Nikon is seen missing its forecast of a 64% jump in net profit to 30 billion yen ($287 million) for the fiscal year ending in March. Its net profit has fallen from a peak of 75.4 billion yen in fiscal 2007 to 18.2 billion yen last year.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
 
Other Resources
 
via Nikon Rumors
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Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 2:46:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 8:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:47:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you can get Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 or Premiere Elements 15 for only $69.99 at B&H. Regularly $99.99.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:41:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,849.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine lenses, designed for the exacting standards of 6K and 8K cinematographers, are scheduled for availability next month. The lenses will be produced in EF, E and PL mounts, but only the EF and E mounts will be available initially.
 
Unfortunately, pricing information has yet to be released.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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