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Enjoying my new Nikon Z6

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I’ve been shooting with the Nikon Z6 for a few months now, I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s my opinion is that the DSLR is now dead, or at least for me. I will not be purchasing another DSLR in the future.

This is a portrait of my best friend Eric Krugl, he flew out from Linz Austria to help me with a local assignment. We took a few moments to test the new camera and came up with this portrait which I just love.

Seeing It From Above

I’ve been flying drones for several years now. I recently pick up my third drone just a few weeks ago, the advancement in the avionics is breathtaking. The drones have gotten smaller, studier and easier to travel with. They produce 20 MP images, capture RAW files and shoot 4K video to boot.

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It’s boggling the mind to think you can shoot long exposures from a drone. The image above was a 2.5 second exposure allowing strikes of lights from the traffic below. Here is another image with the same exposure time as above.

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Another technique is use with my drones is to create panoramas. Below is a recent image I created in West Virginia, for Antero Resources. Using as many as 5 images, or as few as 2 images pieced together in software produces some really stunning images. For the image below, I used 5 images for the final photograph.

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Here is another image created for my client Antero Resources. This is West Virginia again, just a few months later then the above photograph.

Another panorama, created from 5 individual photos put together using software.

Another panorama, created from 5 individual photos put together using software.

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What is fun about traveling with a drone, you never know when you might come across a cool location. Such was the case while on assignment earlier this year. I came over a mountain pass to find a bunch of wind turbines on a snowy ridge.

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Cuba Workshop Feb. 2019

I have been asked to guide a photo workshop to Cuba in Feb. 2019.  I'm very excited as I have never been there before.  Tampa2Cuba has put together a special tour for me, they have been providing tours to Cuba for years.

For more information and sign up go  HERE

For more information and sign up go HERE

TURKEY WORKSHOP: October 7-17, 2019

I am so excited to join Strabo Tours as one of their instructors.  As many of you know, I spent 8 years working with Popular Photography Magazines "Mentor Series" Photo Treks.  Over those eight years, I guided around 35 different workshops around the world.  I love teaching and I am so happy to join the fine group at Strabo Tours.

I'll be guiding my first trip for Strabo Tours to the beautiful country of Turkey.  I'm excited to return to Turkey, the photo opportunities are endless.  The Turkish people are warm and amazing, the countryside is fantastic.  Take a look at this solid itinerary, I'm sure you will agree that it is packed with all the top spots with super photo opportunities. 

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World in Focus Morocco Workshop

Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

In January I had the pleasure of guiding a group of 18 photographer along with fellow mentor and instructor Rachel Rudwall to Morocco.  This trip was sponsored by AFAR & Nikon and is known as World in Focus.  What a fantastic country to explore with photographic opportunity around every corner.  What was great about this trip being sponsored by Nikon, they provided participants digital cameras and lenses for the trip.  They provide the latest cameras on the market, D850's and D7500.  

We started our trip in Casablanca, we had a short tour around the city as well as a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque.  The Mosque is pretty new, it opened in 1993 and  It can hold over 25,000 worshippers. 

Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

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From Casablanca, we traveled to the "Blue City" . Chefchaouen, Morocco.  Chefchaouen is nestled in a small valley in the stunning Rif Mountains.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

After Chefchaouen, we were off to Fes.  Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco, it is noisy, fascinating and overwhelming.  They also have the mother of all medinas.  Walking through the twisting streets and alleyways can really be confusing.  We were told that there are over 10,000 streets/alleyways within the medina.  Leather is big in Fes, we went to see the tannery with all the dye pits.

Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

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One really cool part about our trip was riding camels into the Sahara Desert. We rode camels for about 1.5 hours to Yasmina desert camp for an overnight stay.  We did a few night shots of the stars with the dunes.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

We ended our trip in Marrakech.  We visited the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world. 

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

Soaps

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AFAR one of the world leaders in travel magazines has all sorts of wonderful trip offerings if you love to travel.  Check out their web site for more information.   AFAR

Ring Flash

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A "Ring Flash" can be a very handy modifier to have in your bag of tricks.  I was commissioned to photograph the Assistant VP & Branch Executive Economist at the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Beside shooting what I would consider the safe shot (a standard portrait), I placed my subject into a narrow elevator and photographed her there.

An elevator is a wonderful place to consider shooting your subject, often the interior of an elevator is the nicest looking area in an office environment.  The brushed metal interior and the pattern on the back wall made for a perfect backdrop for this portrait.

Using a ring flash in this instants made sense to me. A ring flash is a light modifier which fits around the lens on your camera, it produces shadow-less light. Well nearly no shadows, unless your subject is inches away from a wall.  The resulting shadow would look like a cookie cutter shadow around the subject.

An elevator is a very narrow space, no room for typical light stands or modifiers for lighting the subject.  The ring flash by it's very nature, places the highlight or reflection of the light source directly around the subject. This actually helped me to focus the attention of the viewer directly at the subject.