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 Saturday, December 3, 2016
My favorite wildlife subject lighting comes from a low-in-the-sky sun behind me, but ... wildlife is not always (not often?) cooperative. In this case, the elk was in the shade while the incredibly-colorful background remained in direct sunlight of a setting sun.
When the subject is in the shade and the background is in direct sunlight, you are most likely going to have a different white balance for each. Usually, the sunlit background will be warmer in color than the shaded subject. However, that is a difference I sometimes welcome. Adjust the overall white balance for the subject and the background becomes especially warm/golden. This is often an ideal situation for fall foliage, making the colors especially vibrant.
For this image, I used an exposure that pushed the red channel nearly against the right side of the histogram (nearly R=255) and let the rest of the image fall where it may. I initially thought I would have a complete silhouette (totally black elk), but there was plenty of light remaining in the shade to work with. While I could have very significantly increased the brightness of the elk in this photo (and did use a +3 shadow adjustment), I chose to keep the animal dark to emphasize the outline.
A mature bull elk with a set of headgear this big is ... really big. Creating a very strong background blur while including most of or the entire animal in the frame requires a large sensor camera, a long telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/4 created what you see here.
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.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/3200s
ISO 640
7646 x 5097px
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Post Date: 12/3/2016 3:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center has the following reduced bags right now:
Note: From what I understand, very few Shape Shifter backpacks remain in the Outlet Center inventory. [Sean]
Outlet Center Deals
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SHAPE SHIFTER$264.75 $149.75
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (MIST GREEN)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (HARBOR BLUE)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (MIST GREEN)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (HARBOR BLUE)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (MIST GREEN)$84.75 $35.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (HARBOR BLUE)$84.75 $35.00
LOW RIDER STRAP$31.75$19.75
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Post Date: 12/3/2016 6:06:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 2, 2016
Through 8:30am Eastern Time Saturday, authorized Canon retailer has the following discounts on Canon and Tamron gear.
Promo code savings will be shown on the final confirmation page for the order.
Flash Sale Deals
ItemReg. PriceCoupon CodeSale Price
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II$5,999.00 TMSP1161127664$5,699.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R$3,699.00 TMSP1161127664$3,399.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III$2,499.00 TMSP1161123035$2,249.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135 IS STM$1,849.00 TMSP1161122269$1,649.00
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM$2,799.00 TMSP1161123035$2,549.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM$1,649.00 TMSP1161125475$1,599.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$1,949.00 TMSP1161129668$1,799.00
Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM$1,999.00 TMSP1161121255$1,924.00
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC USD$749.00 TMSP1161125475$699.00
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2$1,399.00TMSP1161122269$1,199.00
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:38:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the LensRentals Blog:
by Roger Cicala
We recently tested the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S lens and were mightily impressed. Optically it was better than I’d ever expected. We had idly talked about doing a teardown when stock allowed, but we got an unexpected opportunity yesterday: one of our week-old copies had some significant dust in both the front and rear lens groups. We know (like hopefully you know) that some dust doesn’t affect images, but our customers like their lenses dust-free, so we decided to open this one up and clean the dust out of it and to take a few pictures while we were doing it.
I try to identify where my head is whenever I write about anything, so you’ll understand when I go all fan-boy or all snarky. Like everyone else, my expectations going in have a lot to do with my impressions coming out. In this case, I told Aaron before we started that given how awesome this lens was optically that I expected Nikon’s optomechanics were going to modernize, too. Unlike previous Nikon lenses, I thought this lens would have nice, modular construction, no soldered wires running hither and yon, not so much Kapton tape holding stuff down, and maybe even some curved circuit boards. You know, like a lens from the 21st century, not like one from the 1980’s. Aaron didn’t think so.
Well, I was a little bit right but mostly wrong. There is some real modularity and superb construction to this lens. There were also big chunky square circuit boards and wires soldered hither and yon held down with Kapton tape. None of which has anything to do with making a lens take better pictures or making it last longer, but it does make it a pain to take apart and work on.
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 1:24:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

A few days ago Kai Wong announced that he had left DigitalRev. Now his cameraman and oftentimes partner in front of the lens, Lok Cheung, has also officially announced his departure from the Hong Kong based retailer.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 12:36:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has the DJI Intelligent Battery for Phantom 3 Drones available for $99.00. Compare at $149.00.
Product Highlights
  • Intelligent charging, cell health display via the DJI Pilot app, one-touch power check onboard
  • Compatible with Phantom 3 drones only; will not work with the Phantom 2 or Phantom 1
  • 4,480 mAh at 15.2 V (4 cells in serial, 4S)
  • Simple slide-in design means no unsightly wires or difficult plugs to connect
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 11:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 9:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Glow SpeedLight Bracket for Beauty Dish and 16X16" Softbox available for $19.95. Regularly $50.00.
  • Mounting Bracket for Speedlite to Softbox and Beauty Dish
  • Softbox Kit in Case
This is a very inexpensive kit considering that a 16X16" softbox is included. And with all Adorama Glow Beauty Dishes currently on sale, bundling this adapter with the purchase of a beauty dish makes a lot of sense. [Sean]
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:05:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow Eastern Time, B&H has the Azden PRO-XD 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Lavalier System available for $139.00 with free shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • For Camcorders, Mobile Devices, & DSLRs
  • 2.4 GHz Frequency Bandwidth
  • Auto Frequency Scan and Sync
  • Over 100' Range
  • Mic and Headphone Outputs on Receiver
  • Transmitter with Line and Mix Inputs
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Includes Mini Output Cable
  • Includes USB Cable and Charger
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 7:10:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Saturday Eastern Time, B&H has the Tenba Messenger: Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Navy Blue) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 17"
  • Fits DSLR Camera and Three Lens Kit
  • Water-repellent Cordura Nylon Bag
  • Removable Photo Insert
  • One Large Zippered Pocket on Flap
  • Two Zippered Pockets on Front Flap
  • Over 20 Assorted Interior Pockets
  • Molded Grip Handle
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
The Plum-colored version is also on sale and accessible via the links above.
Note: I misread the time the deal expired when initially posting this deal. I thought the deal ended in 40 minutes but instead it ended in 40 hours (through Saturday midnight).
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 6:22:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Joel Grimes has traveled the globe creating award winning images making his subjects look larger than life. Whether it is a celebrity or an everyday person, Joel believes that lighting plays a huge role in that process. The biggest challenge for photographers, learning lighting, is two fold: First, with so many options on the market, choosing the right strobe, modifier, etc… can be so overwhelming. Second, lighting is generally taught from a technical approach, making it way too complicated. We have engineers trying to teach artists, totally overlooking the creative process. This is a recipe for disaster. Have you ever heard the acronym KISS, keep it simple stupid? Joel has this saying, “You can rock the world with one camera, one lens and one light”.
To learn lighting, you have to start by using one light. Master one light, and you can master ten lights. Follow Joel as he shows you how to create amazing portraits by using just one light.
Joel Grimes Photography:
B&H carries lighting equipment.
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 1, 2016
Adorama has the Lexar 64GB Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 Memory Card, 440MB/s Maximum Read Speed available for $99.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $273.99. (thanks John)
Product Highlights
  • XQD Card
  • Holds 64GB
  • 440MB/s (2933x)
Note: If you own a Nikon D5 with Dual XQD Slots, this deal has your name on it.
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • 1" 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • FlightAutonomy with Redundant Sensors
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
  • Remote Controller Included
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Post Date: 12/1/2016 11:27:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay (via djiofficialstore) has the Refurished DJI Phantom 3 Professional with 4K Video available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 new.
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal Stabilized 4K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • 720p HD App-Based Monitoring
  • Gimbal Control Dials on Transmitter
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 23 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/1/2016 10:59:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
Nikon School Features a Variety of Ways to Help Educate and Inspire Photographers
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. recently shared their full Nikon School program schedule, which offers a variety of classes designed to educate and inspire those with a passion for improving their photography with new interactive experiences. Nikon School has expanded its curriculum to include both online courses and destination workshops, in addition to local photography seminars, that invite beginners and enthusiasts to explore new creative possibilities.
Starting in January, Nikon School will host a variety of in-person programs in select cities across the country, each uniquely tailored to cover a diverse range of topics. Among these classes will be a new Wedding and Portrait Photography Workshop held at the luxurious Santa Monica seaside in early March. At this workshop, Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis will guide attendees on how to create memorable portraits using high-quality Nikon gear. Following this hands-on experience, Ghionis will lead an exclusive seminar, sharing his wisdom on posing and lighting techniques. Nikon ambassador-led programs fill up quickly, so interested photographers are encouraged to visit the Nikon School webpage and promptly reserve their spots for upcoming offerings as they become available.
In addition to these destination workshops, Nikon School Online allows users to develop their skills from the comfort of their own home. Nikon School Online will expand its curriculum with a new Fundamentals of Photography Featuring Reed Hoffmann class, allowing even more photographers to master the basic principles of photography through in-depth explanations and hands-on demonstrations in real-world scenarios. The class will cover a range of topics including ISO, shutter speed and aperture, low-light and fast action shooting, exposure compensation, autofocus and the basics of composition, that will help to unleash each participant’s creative potential and take their photography to the next level.
To complement these new offerings, several of the industry’s finest photographers will be returning to Nikon School to offer their expertise to aspiring photographers nationwide. Photographers Michael Schwartz, Bob Pearson, JC Carey, Andy Dunaway and Reed Hoffmann will lead seminars and workshops in local markets across the country detailing the basics of photography and teaching the complexities of lighting to create stunning portraits. Classes will continue to offer technical expertise in camera exposure, controls and video capture, in addition to creative inspiration in topics such as Travel and Landscape, Action and People, as well as Elements of Photography.
With the Holiday season quickly approaching, Nikon School will be offering special packages and discounts through the end of the year, please be sure to visit for more information. To further encouraging users to share the gift of photography education, users can purchase a two-class package including online courses, Fundamentals of Photography and Photographing Children & Pets, for only $39.95. Furthermore, Nikon School is offering a special $75 saving to users who purchase all in-person classes in a specific location.
For more information on Nikon School, including local workshops and courses as well as online classes, please visit
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