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 Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Meeting more of you is always high on my to-do list, I have wanted to offer photo workshops/tours/experiences for a long time (many of you have requested such) and my Shenandoah National Park commercial use just arrived. While I enjoy others enjoying my images, my primary goal is always to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me for nearly a week of wildlife and outdoor photography in this great location. I have cleared space in the schedule and made it through the logistical issues involved in making this trip happen, including acquiring the necessary SNP permit and having an important-for-wildlife-photography park policy change implemented (this will be one of the first tours falling under the new rules). Due to the latter issues, this is a relatively short-notice trip.
 
When and Where: Sun, June 3 - Sat, June 9, 2018 in Shenandoah National Park
 
The plan is to meet at the lodge on Sunday afternoon, just as the park's busyness of the weekend is winding down, and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on Saturday, as the park gets busy again.
 
Who
 
Hopefully you, along with 2 or 3 (at most) others. While large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, photographing wildlife in the field is challenging in large groups and keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention.
 
Cost
 
$2,250 due in full to lock in your spot. Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Whitetail Deer Fawns in Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
 
What are We Photographing?
 
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Shenandoah National Park is one of the best locations in the world to photograph whitetail deer and whitetail fawns are one of the cutest creatures on the face of this planet (it seems that everyone loves pictures of them). The timing for this trip is such that most of the fawns will be recently-born and the foliage for the always-important image backgrounds should include beautiful bright green colors. Even with the high whitetail density found in SNP, fawns remain quite challenging to photograph, but the rewards are worth the effort. Deer are not the only wildlife subject found here and there is high likelihood that black bears will avail themselves as subjects along with a variety of birds and other smaller mammals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any subjects that we encounter - and those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography. My time in the field is very limited and I need to have a high probability of good opportunities when I make such time investment. SNP rarely lets me down in that regard. Basically, we will work hard to capture some great images, attempting to build out your portfolio and light up your social feeds as well as working on improving your photography skills. And, we'll have fun along the way.
 
There is a Sense of Urgency for this Trip
 
CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been detected within 11 miles of SNP (according to the SNP wildlife biologist I talked to in Mar 2018). This awful disease is always fatal to deer and when it reaches within 5 miles of the park, implementation of an already-established plan will significantly reduce the deer population here. That means this awesome experience is at high risk and that is one of the reasons I chose this photographic opportunity first.
 
Shenandoah National Park Black Bear
 
Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition
 
While the implied definitions of these terms varies, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach, answer questions (bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will certainly be there. In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be the primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible. An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
 
Physical Requirements
 
This will be a moderately strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered, but we will be carrying our gear through the woods, tall grass and light brush over hilly terrain, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
 
What is Included
 
Transportation during the experience (I am happy to provide free transportation to and/or from the park if you are directly on my route from the north - primarily RT 81) along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
 
What is Not Included
 
Transportation to/from Big Meadows Lodge including the required National Park entrance fee (unless you ride in with me).
 
Lodging. We will be staying at the Big Meadows Lodge. I usually get a very basic lodge room, but other options are available, ranging from camping to cabins.
 
Food. Because of the remoteness of this location, our food will primarily consist of what is offered at the Wayside Diner or the park lodges along with any food brought along into the park or purchased at the camp store. Because it gets light very early at this time of the year (getting enough sleep will be one of our challenges), we will begin photographing before services are open. I usually pack breakfast to eat in my room prior to the morning shoots. I take a cooler with jugs of ice and ice is available at the lodge (you need bag/bucket to transport it from the ice machine). Typically, we will eat second breakfast/early lunch (or perhaps both) at the Wayside Diner (usually open 8-8 at this time of the year) or optionally the lodge and we will likely eat at the lodge for early or late dinner (it closes at 9:00). I suggest packing granola bars and/or bringing other snacks along while photographing (especially in case we find an amazing subject that we don't want to leave). Plan to have water or other drink available to take with you.
 
Schedule
 
At this time of the year, the days are long and the nights are correspondingly short. Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times. Fatigue can kill mental and physical sharpness, so we will usually return to our rooms mid-day for some downtime and a nap. We will go back out mid-late afternoon and stay out until the light level drops too low for good images. These plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. As this tour is being scheduled close to the tour dates and because of the small group size, no refund can be offered for cancellation.
 
Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Camera Gear Needed
 
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in photographing wildlife, you are going to need some gear and mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for good results from this event.
 
For fawns, a camera with a reasonably fast frame rate (fawns are almost constantly moving) and high-performing AF system is preferred, but not required. This generally means a DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
 
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available is preferred. Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
 
My current plan is to take a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II along with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens (with built-in 1.4x extender) and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens as my primary wildlife kit. In addition, I'll take at least one Canon EOS 5Ds R body and will likely bring a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories including a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry the big lenses with.
 
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred. I always take both to this location.
 
We can potentially make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses and circular polarizer and ND filters.
 
It is highly recommended to bring a laptop, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day with enough chargers to restore that capability overnight.
 
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience. Consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
 
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
 
Weather / Clothing
 
The weather in early June is typically very nice in Shenandoah National Park. However, the mountain can create its own weather and that can be at least somewhat unpredictable. Rain gear may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
 
Plan for walking in brush (including mild briars) and woods. The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and they do not seem to care what we are wearing (though you might get their attention if you look like a black bear, a primary deer predator). Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is a good option. I wear mostly camo and part of the reason is to be less obvious to other park visitors.
 
Insects can be annoying and ticks are reportedly present (I have yet to find one on me at this location). Permethrin and other insect repellent may be appreciated and I also wear a ball cap to help keep gnats out of my eyes (and avoid sunburn). Especially mid-day, shorts may prove the most comfortable option at times.
 
Sign Up or Ask Questions!
 
Contact me at Bryan@Carnathan.com.
 
Whitetail Fawns – Cutest Animals on the Face of This Planet?
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff PG-02 LR Pano-Gimbal Head with B2-LR II Lever-Release Clamp (Open Box) available for $599.95 with free shipping. Compare at $766.00 new.
 
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From NVIDIA:
Researchers from NVIDIA, led by Guilin Liu, introduced a state-of-the-art deep learning method that can edit images or reconstruct a corrupted image, one that has holes or is missing pixels.
 
The method can also be used to edit images by removing content and filling in the resulting holes.
 
The method, which performs a process called “image inpainting”, could be implemented in photo editing software to remove unwanted content, while filling it with a realistic computer-generated alternative.
 
“Our model can robustly handle holes of any shape, size location, or distance from the image borders. Previous deep learning approaches have focused on rectangular regions located around the center of the image, and often rely on expensive post-processing,” the NVIDIA researchers stated in their research paper. “Further, our model gracefully handles holes of increasing size.”
Read the entire article on NVIDIA's website.
Category: NVIDIA News
Post Date: 4/24/2018 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 4/24/2018 5:30:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 DVD or Download available for $59.99 with free shipping. Compare at $99.00.
 
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See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 4/24/2018 5:14:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 23, 2018
B&H has the Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony E available for $598.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $799.00.
 
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Post Date: 4/23/2018 1:48:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In the episode (Ep112) David Bergman shows you how and why you might use a right angle finder on your camera.
 
Right Angle Finder: B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 4/23/2018 11:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through May 4, use coupon code SAVE15 at LensRentals to save 15% when you schedule your order to arrive a week or later after your order date.
Post Date: 4/23/2018 10:55:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
It is a good lens, with some complexities encountered.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 4/23/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Photographer Michael Anthony creates engagement and wedding portraits with different Profoto OCF lighting set-ups in three different locations.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear.
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See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Saturday, April 21, 2018
I had been watching this pair of red fox kits (what baby fox are called and not to be confused with the kit fox species) at a relatively close distance, within photo range, for perhaps an hour with essentially no good images captured. They were running, resting, wrestling, eating (the mom or dad would occasionally bring them captured food), nursing and simply being extremely cute.
 
While I was thoroughly enjoying watching the adorable babies, I of course wanted photos to take home. The problem was the thick brush including vines, trees, limbs, grasses, etc. constantly obscuring the view and creating hard shadows that were nearly as problematic as the obstructions. There were very limited unobscured areas to shoot into at this location and the kits seemed to seldom go into these.
 
At one point, the kits started running together in a big circle. I saw that the arc, if followed, was going to lead them through one of the small openings. I told the small group I was with to get ready, followed my own advice and when they hit the opening, I hit the shutter release.
 
The result of anticipating the shot was one of the few images worth processing I captured on the trip and anticipation is often the key to successful wildlife photography. Wildlife is frequently moving and determining where that movement will correspond with a good composition is often what is required for good results.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 160
5901 x 3934px
Post Date: 4/21/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 20, 2018
SmugMug and Flickr Unite to Form the World’s Most Influential Photography Community
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – (April 20, 2018)SmugMug, the largest, most comprehensive, independent photo management platform in the world, today announced it has agreed to purchase Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world’s most influential community of photographers, marrying SmugMug’s deep industry expertise and strong digital tools with Flickr’s global tribe of tens of millions of photographers. Following the close of the transaction, the brands will continue to operate as separate entities with the shared goal of providing photographers with both a place to fit in and a place to stand out. SmugMug and Flickr believe that all photographers—from the hobbyist to the prosumer to the professional—belong together.
 
“Since day one our passion has been empowering photographers to tell the stories they want to tell, the way they want to tell them, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms this commitment,” said Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug. “Uniting the SmugMug and Flickr brands will make the whole photography community stronger and better connected. The enduring quality of photography is so much more than clicks and likes—photography has the power to change the world. Together, we can preserve photography as the global language of storytelling.”
 
Established in 2002 as one of the first photo storage and sharing services, SmugMug is home to millions of passionate photographers and billions of secure photographs. The SmugMug platform provides photographers with website designs that offer a safe, easy and convenient way to share, showcase and sell their stories. SmugMug gives photographers complete control over who accesses their photos, and provides robust e-commerce features that make it easy to turn passion into profit.
 
At its heart, SmugMug encourages and empowers its community of photographers to learn, share, and inspire one another. SmugMug provides 24/7 support, from real people, along with tips, tutorials, and training events, and also hosts webinars and forums with leading photographers.
 
Founded in 2004, Flickr is an active, global community of photographers that encourages users to find their inspiration. Home to tens of billions of photos and two million groups, photography lovers come to Flickr to share their passion, discover spectacular images, hone their craft, and engage with friends old and new.
 
“We share SmugMug’s mission to cater to people—professionals, amateurs, and everybody in between— who invest time, energy and love into their photos,” said Andrew Stadlen of Flickr. “We look forward to becoming part of the SmugMug family and continue to grow, innovate and delight our global community of photographers.”
 
Additional Information
 
SmugMug + Flickr – Better Together
 
Flickr blog post
 
Flickr help forum
Post Date: 4/20/2018 5:59:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tomorrow, April 21, you will be able to access any National Park without having to pay an entrance fee. So if you don't have any plans, why not pack up the family along with some camera gear and visit your nearest (or favorite) US National Park?
 
Find a US National Park Near You
 
FYI: Not all National Parks charge a fee for entry, but here's a list of ones that typically do.
Post Date: 4/20/2018 12:21:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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