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.