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Go Close – Images in Stone

Go Close – Images in Stone

Go close. Or put it this way: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." Clan mask, Piedras Marcadas, Petroglyph National Monument Leica M10, 35mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical VM II That was Magnum photographer Robert Capa's famous quote on how to...

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Horses for Courses – Why Different Lenses?

Horses for Courses – Why Different Lenses?

I was running around in headless chicken mode, preparing for a trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I knew I'd be shooting the night sky, but wasn't sure which wide-angle lens to take. Conventional wisdom told me to bring the 25mm f/2.8 for a wider field. But I knew my...

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A Night Sky of Your Very Own

A Night Sky of Your Very Own

I've always loved night skies. As a young child, I spent summers on the family's Western Montana ranch, far away from city lights. One of my favorite things was going outside after dinner and watching a night sky full of stars. Starfield near Pagosa Springs, Colorado...

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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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