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RIP Capture NX: 2006-2014

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Capture NX is no longer supported by Nikon. It’s time to move on. Tombstone image used under¬†creative commons license from Jo Naylor.
It was a good run, while it lasted.

Yesterday, Nikon released the final version of Capture NX-D, a free program that is essentially an OEM version of Silkypix. Although Capture NX2 still appears for sale on Nikon USA’s site, it’s unclear as to the way forward.

In case you missed my earlier review of the Capture NX-D beta, here are the salient points you need to know:  Continue reading

Morning Thunderstorm

A thunderstorm moves east through Badlands National Park, South Dakota
A thunderstorm moves east through Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Click to enlarge).

I’m back from two weeks in the South Dakota Badlands running back to back photo safaris with Deborah Sandidge. We had a wide range of conditions, from thick fog to this morning thunderstorm. Normally, we shoot the sun peeking over the horizon from this spot, but on this morning the storm clouds stole the show!

See more images from Badlands 2014 here.

If you are interested in going on the 2015 Badlands Photo Safari, please join my Meetup Page.

Set up your camera for great bird photos

A blue grosbeak perches at Dos Venadas Ranch, Texas.
A blue grosbeak perches at Dos Venadas Ranch, Texas.

This photograph of a blue grosbeak illustrates just how far camera technology has come in the eight years since I first traveled to the private birding blinds of South Texas. Back then, I was using a Nikon D2x and 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens. I got plenty of good images, but my keeper rate was fairly low, especially as light faded. I also didn’t seem to get the sharpest shots at times and I couldn’t really figure out why, as some shots were tack-sharp. Was it the camera? The lens? Or was it something else about my technique? Continue reading