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 Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Little Red Lighthouse, officially named Jeffrey's Hook Light, is a small (40'/12.2m) lighthouse located under the eastern span of the George Washington Bridge (AKA the Great Gray Bridge) in Fort Washington Park, Washington Heights, New York City. The official name of this lighthouse was surpassed by the name given it by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward in their famous 1942 book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. This book was one of my wife's childhood favorites, so ... it was fitting for me to have this location on my photo bucket list and circumstances worked out for me to cross off this line item.
 
Typically, big city landmarks are readily accessible and easy to visit. While the first applies to this one, for a non-local without a bicycle, the second ... not so much. The problem is the lack of local parking and the significant roads and railroad tracks separating Fort Washington Park and the Hudson River Greenway from the rest of the city in this area.
 
There are two entrances into Fort Washington Park. I chose the more-northern 181st St option over the southern 158th St entrance as it appeared logistically better. Parking at one of the closest parking garages, Alliance Parking Services (for GPS, use 649-699 W 184th St, New York, NY 10033) resulted in a just-over 1 mile (1.6km) hike to the lighthouse. The landscape in Manhattan and many other parts of New York City is mostly flat, but Washington "Heights" wasn't given its name without reason. While not a mountain by most people's definition, the ascent and descent into the park, over and under the roads and tracks, is noticeable under the weight of a heavy pack.
 
Loaded into my MindShift Gear BackLight 26L for this trip was the following:
 
A pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR bodies
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Acratech GP-s Ball Head mounted.
Numerous accessories, food, plenty of water, warm clothes.
 
I hand-carried a second tripod, my current-favorite Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod with an Arca-Swiss Z1 Ball Head mounted.
 
This gave me two complete camera setups with plenty of focal length overlap in the range I expected to need the most. The redundancy was first and foremost to allow me to take twice as many photos during the short time period within blue hour that I was most-targeting. This shoot consumed most of a day (I arrived home at 2:30 AM) and with the small extra effort of taking a second camera setup, I was getting nearly twice as many photos when the exposure durations hit 30 seconds (with an additional 30-second-long exposure noise reduction) during prime time. I would start one image capture and go attend the second camera setup, located far enough away for a different composition, but close enough that I had a close watch on it from a security standpoint.
 
Backup in case of failure was the other reason for the second complete camera setup. I was investing heavily enough (time and other costs) in this trip to warrant a backup.
 
The Little Red Lighthouse shoot went as planned. Arriving late in the afternoon, I climbed around the rocks for an hour or so, trying to decide what compositions would be best for prime time. I ate, rested and went to work as the sun set behind the GWB.
 
As the sun set, the balance of sky brightness to the light hitting the lighthouse transitioned from silhouette to nearly the opposite. By shooting continuously during this time, I could select my favorite look later. A darker background is always an option, but a brighter sky is not available again until another day (without some post processing techniques).
 
For this image, I opted for the 11-24L lens set to 11mm to provide a dramatic perspective that included the entire river span of the bridge. To see a sample result captured from the other camera, with a lens choice made for a reason, one that you may not have considered (not focal length or sharpness), check out the pic I creatively titled The Little Red Lighthouse.
 
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.
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 8:09:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (May 23, 2016) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, announces the launch of three new tripod bags: two versions which are 75cm long, padded and unpadded, and a smaller unpadded version which is 60cm long.
 
With the addition of these three latest models, the tripod bags range perfectly matches several Manfrotto photo tripods, including the latest 190Go! and 290 collections.
 
The asymmetric tapered shape allows photographers to store a tripod with the head attached. Tripod legs fit comfortably in the narrower end and extra space is allowed for the larger volume of the head at the wider end. Getting a tripod in and out of these bags is easy and quick due to the zipper which extends down to the full length of the bag, even where the head is stored. Each version features a strap for comfortable carrying on a shoulder.
 
The 75cm version is also available in the full-padded option. Thanks to the padding on the entire length of the bag, maximum protection of the tripod is guaranteed. The thermoform padding on the top also protects the tripod with head mounted.
 
Each bag is made with the highest quality materials: ballistic nylon that prevents the bag from tearing and abrasion, and an external coating that makes it protective and water-repellent.
 
The new tripod bags are now available nationwide:
 
Bag Model #MSRP
MB MBAG60N$29.99
MB MBAG75N$39.99
MB MBAG75PN$49.99

B&H carries the new Manfrotto tripod bags (links in table above).
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Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 5/24/2016 7:58:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Westcott Masterpiece Muslin Background (10x12', White) available for $54.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.90.
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 7:33:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Receiver for Canon available for $99.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $136.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compatible with Odin Transmitters
  • Wireless Range of 328'
  • Access to 4 Channels and 3 Groups
  • Up to 1/8000 Second Sync Speed
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 5:30:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the LumiQuest Big Bounce available for $17.95. Regularly $32.95.
 
Note: I suggest picking up the Vello Cinch Strap to affix the modifier to your flash. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 5:20:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 5:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 23, 2016
B&H has the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2015) available for $1,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,899.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 27" Retina 5K IPS Display
  • 5120 x 2880 Native Resolution
  • 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 (Haswell)
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • AMD Radeon M290 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2x Thunderbolt 2 and 4x USB 3.0 Ports
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics, Speakers
  • Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 11:08:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC available for $44.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $69.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Withstands Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 10:59:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Bower 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens or Canon available for $149.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Canon APS-C EOS Cameras
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-22
  • Hybrid Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
Note: I have the Rokinon-branded version of this lens and absolutely love it. The image below was taken using the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 and an IR-converted camera.
 
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example IR Forest

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Post Date: 5/23/2016 10:37:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (DVD) available for $69.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Note: Want it immediately? The downloadable version of Elements 14 is only $0.99 more. Want Premiere Elements 14 as well? The software combo currently qualifies for a $50.00 instant savings.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Versatile Photo Editing Software
  • Camera Shake Reduction
  • Haze Removal
  • Quick Edits and 34 Guided Edits
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Content-Aware Move and Fill Tools
  • Auto Smart Tone and Creative Effects
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 10:23:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review.
 
While an f/2.8 max aperture for a prime lens may not grab your attention, this lens' image quality might. The 28 f/2.8 IS is regularly a decent value and the $100.00 instant reward makes it a great value.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 8:07:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is taking the industry by storm, but what IS it? This video explains the science behind HDR technology and how Canon helps bring HDR imagery from the set to your screen.
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 6:14:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The Canon USA YouTube Channel has released even more videos featuring its renowned Explorers of Light. Considering that there are currently 39 Explorers of Light, I think we can expect even more of these videos in the not-so-distant future. [Sean]
 
New Canon Explorers of Light Videos
 
Previously Published Canon Explorers of Light Videos
 
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 5:41:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has patented an EF-M 9-17mm f/3.5-5 STM optical design.
 
Patent Description
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-85259
  • Published 2016.5.19
  • Submission Date 2014.10.23
  • Zoom ratio 1.79
  • Focus distance 9.27 13.32 16.58
  • F-number 3.60 4.38 5.11
  • AOV 51.83 45.17 38.94
  • Overall length of the lens 85.22 79.65 81.94
  • BF 14.99 16.82 15.41
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 5:17:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Ruggard Thunderhead 75 DSLR & Laptop Backpack available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $249.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR with Grip, 9 Lenses, Flash
  • Dedicated Compartment for 17" Laptop
  • Three Front Zippered Pockets
  • Full-Front Access to Main Compartment
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Dividers
  • Exterior Side Mesh Pockets
  • Side Tripod Attachment
  • Water-Repellent Exterior
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Security Whistle
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Post Date: 5/23/2016 4:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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