I am on the road to Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM. I will be speaking at the Festival of the Cranes and leading two small group workshops. (Both workshops sold out but I had three cancellations due to medical problems so those seats are now once again available at a $300 discount – each.)
I don’t use tripods or gimbals nearly as often as I used to. Since I switched to Olympus, the vast majority of my work is either hand-held or on a monopod. The Olympus image stabilization eliminates the need for a tripod, most of the time.
But there are three cases when I still use tripods and gimbals.
1. During extended flight photography sessions
2. When photographing from a blind
3. When I am tired
Olympus continues to demonstrate their commitment to professional photography by shipping the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Lens. Months ago, I was fortunate enough to see one of the prototypes in a meeting that I had with representatives from the company’s Japanese headquarters. I was impressed then. I am more impressed now. As an Olympus Visionary, I was recently blessed with a gift of one of the first production models. I spent most of last week shooting with it in San Francisco. It was love at first sight.
As an Olympus Visionary, I have been given the privilege of working with some of the fine people at Olympus. They are all very hard-working and dedicated to the notion that they want to make the best products they can possibly make.
Yes, Apple has sucked me back into the vortex. I mean right smack dab in the middle of it. And yes, I am getting an iPhone 11 Pro. And no, I do not need it. I merely want it.
Living in Washington state on and off for the last 20 years, I learned to not let weather stop me from doing the things I love. The secret is to dress in layers – so that you can add or remove clothes to adjust your comfort level as the temperatures rises or falls.
I am happy to announce that my old friend, Gary Farber has partnered with Picture Methods to provide photographers with access to great deals and fantastic home-town service, wherever they may be located.
I realize I run the risk of attracting the ire of the Full Frame Mafia by writing this post, but I am okay with that because in the end, I am not saying M43 is better than FF, I am merely saying it MIGHT be better for you, as it is for me.
When it comes to memory cards, I used to tell people I generally use any name-brand card with high data transfer rates. I never found much advantage to one over the other. Then came the Lexar debacle. I had problems (apparently I am not alone) with Lexar cards failing and even breaking and I decided it was time to look more closely at this topic.