I’m pleased to announce a winter birding safari to the Florida Everglades, December 13-17, 2015. During this photo safari, we’ll not only photograph the birds and other wildlife, but we’ll have an opportunity to do some night sky photography of the Geminids meteor shower!
This workshop includes both field and classroom instruction, so bring your laptop so I can teach you how to process your photos!
I’m back from leading a workshop to the Colorado high country, where we took a group of 8 photographers on a wildflower photography safari.
On the trip, we photographed the wonderful wildflowers around Crested Butte, Colorado. This year was particularly spectacular, as we’ve had unusually wet weather in Colorado.
During the workshop, we not only covered macro techniques, but we also examined the role of complimentary colors, backgrounds, and composition. The area around Crested Butte was perfect for all kinds of photography, from close-ups to landscapes. Everyone came away with a tremendous number of awesome photographs!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be in the Denver, Colorado area at the Lone Tree Civic Center to teach a long exposure photography class. I’ll be covering all of the techniques that I use to “stretch time,” including variable and solid ND filters, time-lapse, and cloud-stacking.
For anyone who wants to know how to photograph the night sky, I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a new photography guide. The Night Sky Photography Handbook is the complete tutorial for photographing stars and the Milky Way with a digital camera. This complete guide is applicable to anyone who wants to create creative landscape photographs of the night sky. This comprehensive guide includes information on gear, composition, and post-processing night sky images, including star trails.
The Night Sky Photography Handbook by Jason P. Odell is available as a digital download as a printable PDF file. Full product details and ordering information are available at Luminescence of Nature Press.
Nikon has announced updates to its 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Nikkor lenses. The new lenses replace the original VR versions, which were announced in 2007. These new big Nikkors use fluorite glass elements to significantly reduce their weight. The 500mm f/4 E FL Nikkor weighs in at 6.8 lbs, and the 600mm f/4 E FL Nikkor is 8.4 lbs. That makes them currently the lightest 500/4 and 600/4 lenses on the market for 35mm format cameras.
Nikon has also updated the VR system in these lenses to add 4-stops of effective shutter speed, and introduced a “sport” VR mode, which should theoretically improve AF tracking of moving subjects. The lenses also gain electronic aperture control, which is intended to improve exposure accuracy during high-speed shooting, such as with the D4s DSLR.
I’ve put together a simple table comparing each of these new lenses to its predecessor. Major differences are highlighted in green.