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Florida Birding and Night Sky Workshop Dec. 13-17

Join me December 13-17 to photograph birds and the night sky in the Florida Everglades.
Join me December 13-17 to photograph birds and the night sky in the Florida Everglades.

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!

Place your deposit now to secure your space on this trip until October 14th, 2015.

Colorado Wildflowers!

Columbine near Kebler Pass, CO
Columbine near Kebler Pass, CO

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!

Thanks for looking!

See all my future photo workshops and tours here.

Columbine, Crested Butte, CO
Columbine, Crested Butte, CO
Lupine, Kebler Pass, CO
Lupine, Kebler Pass, CO

Long Exposure Photography Class in Denver August 8th

Join me August 8th to learn the art of long exposure photography, including how I made this cloud-stacked image.
Join me August 8th to learn the art of long exposure photography, including how I made this cloud-stacked image.

Learn Long Exposure Photography in Denver

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.

When: Saturday, August 8th, 2015 2-5pm
Where: Lone Tree Civic Center, Lone Tree Colorado
RSVP and see full details here

You will learn

  • Fundamentals of Long Exposure Photography
  • How to use solid and variable filters for long exposures
  • How to set up your camera for long exposures
  • How to calculate exposure times for solid ND filters
  • How to capture car trails for unique urban photos
  • How to create time-lapse stacked images for stars and clouds using Photoshop

How to photograph the night sky

Master the art of night sky photography with the complete guide by Jason P. Odell
Master the art of night sky photography with the complete guide by Jason P. Odell

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 Announces new 500mm and 600mm Nikkor Lenses

The new 500mm f/4E FL VR Nikkor weighs in at under 7 lbs.
The new 500mm f/4E FL VR Nikkor weighs in at under 7 lbs.

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.

Feature Comparisons

I’ve put together a simple table comparing each of these new lenses to its predecessor. Major differences are highlighted in green.

The new 500mm and 600mm f/4E Nikkors compared to their predecessors.
The new 500mm and 600mm f/4E Nikkors compared to their predecessors.

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