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Night Sky Workshop in Moab August 28-31

Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop
Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop

Join me in Moab, UT for a 3-day night sky photography workshop! The rock formations and dark skies of eastern Utah are perfect for photographing star trails and the Milky Way. This is a small group experience (max: 6) and includes both field and classroom instruction. RSVP by July 29th to ensure your spot on this trip!

Sign up here: Night Sky Photography Workshop Moab

Interested in night photography? Check out The Night Sky Photography Handbook, a printable guide to creative night photography techniques.

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Nikon D500: Setting up a Focus Trap

Scratching my head and a Eureka! moment…

So, I’ve been playing with my new Nikon D500 and one thing was a real head-scratcher: the behavior of focus vs. release priority mode when using continuous servo (AF-C) focus. For some reason, I couldn’t get focus priority mode to work when using AF-ON mode.

The priority mode option (in theory) allows you to choose as to whether or not the shutter will fire when the camera’s active AF sensor indicates proper focus. In single-servo mode (AF-S), focus-priority is the default. In continuous-servo mode, release-priority is the default. Continue reading Nikon D500: Setting up a Focus Trap

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POTD: Bullock’s Oriole

An immature male Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) photographed from a private blind in south Texas.
An immature male Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) photographed from a private blind in south Texas.

The Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) is one of the more colorful bird species we will find in south Texas. This immature male perched for our group last week while we were set up in the private blinds.

Nikon D500 (hands-on review)
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AFS VR Nikkor (hands-on review)

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POTD: Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee with aquatic insect prey, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Great Kiskadee with aquatic insect prey, Rio Grande Valley, Texas (Click here for a larger version)

Well, I’m back from leading my annual South Texas Birding Safari and once again, the private blinds of the Rio Grande Valley did not let us down. I captured this image while sitting in a blind with several of my clients (we all got similar shots); the Kiskadee decided to start hunting aquatic insects directly in front of us!

I captured this image with the Nikon D500 and the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AFS VR Nikkor zoom lens. This is quite possibly the best wildlife/birding combination that you can get for under $4000. I highly recommend it!

Want to join me in Texas next year? Space will be extremely limited so sign up for my email newsletter to be notified first!

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