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Check Out the Bar Scene

Check Out the Bar Scene

Budweiser is universally available. Belly dancers with swords are not. Both can be found in bars and restaurants, important parts of the story when you’re traveling. My wife Pat is a food scientist, and researches eating places before we go. This usually ensures we...

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Bring a Knife to a Gunfight – Short Lenses at Bosque

Bring a Knife to a Gunfight – Short Lenses at Bosque

Don't bring a knife to a gunfight, right? Conventional wisdom says use a long lens for wildlife - at least 400mm, and longer is better for birds. And leave the short lenses at home? Evening landscape, Bosque del Apache NWR Not really. I always carry a second camera...

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Christmas Floobydust

Christmas Floobydust

My first engineering job was at National Semiconductor back in 1978. I had a huge interest in analog design, having built my own preamp and power amplifier for my keyboards when I was in college. So I would walk over to National's Building D on my lunch breaks to see...

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Flash That Party!

Flash That Party!

It's the partyin' time of year. Some companies schedule holiday parties in January after the season is officially over, but it's a fair bet you'll be going to at least a couple of them in the next two weeks. Holiday Party picture for Christmas There was a young couple...

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Shoot the Merchandise!

Shoot the Merchandise!

There are two types of subjects, those that talk back and those that don't. While the talkers can be important family or event invitees, mute subjects may figure more prominently. Most of you have used eBay at one time or another. When you're buying by remote control,...

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After Hours Photography

After Hours Photography

Shooting in the dark is easy. Just put the camera on the tripod, set ISO 12000 and a 30 second shutter speed at f/16, and you're all set, right? I've tried that, and discovered a few things to make usable night pictures instead. Moon behind the clouds, Albuquerque,...

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Turkey Decision 2017

Turkey Decision 2017

(Updated from last year's Turkey-post.) It can be harder than deciding who to vote for. Should I put it in... or should I pull it out? Or the third-party choice - should I let someone else do it? Those are the options with the Thanksgiving turkey. You can bring a...

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Photograph Desert Wildlife – Now Is The Time

Photograph Desert Wildlife – Now Is The Time

Desert. To most of you that word calls up images of sandy desolation, no water, and no life. If you're a meteorologist, it means less than 10 inches of annual rainfall. But to a wildlife photographer, it means charismatic critters you won't see anywhere else. And in...

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How NOT To Shoot the Holiday Picture

How NOT To Shoot the Holiday Picture

Setting up for a holiday picture is easy. Just get out the camera, put it on a tripod, line up the family, set the self-timer, and run like h%## to get into the picture. Then you're done, right? Alternate position without flash In iPhone-savvy, WiFi-connected 2017,...

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