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Nikon D850

October 15, 2017 - I placed an order for the Nikon D850 camera on the morning it was announced (August 24, 2017). I'm anxious to get the D8...
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Shutter Count

February 28, 2017 - Did you ever wonder how many times you've clicked the shutter on your digital camera? Every so often, I check the shutt...
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Surfin' USA

February 12, 2017 - During my last road trip to California, I had an opportunity to photograph some surfers. My first attempt was near the S...
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Three Southern Cities -- Lens Distribution

December 21, 2016 - Nearly every time I return from a trip, I'm asked about which lenses I used to capture the images. At the end of a trip,...
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Sensor Gel Part III

October 20, 2016 - After probably more than 1,000 lens changes in the field during my long photography road trip, I noticed that sensor spo...
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What Lenses Did You Use?

October 09, 2016 - Nearly every time I return from a trip, I'm asked about which lenses I used to capture the images. At the end of a long...
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My Portable Solution

May 09, 2016 - This past weekend I attended the graduation ceremonies at Illinois State University. My nephew, Kevin, graduated from th...
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Colorful Parakeets

April 28, 2016 - Last week I visited the Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibits at the Brookfield Zoo. Within the area is a large indoor...
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Focus Stacking - Lions!

February 27, 2016 - Focus stacking is a technique that is sometimes used to extend the depth of field of focus within a frame. By combining...
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Next Up, the Vertical Grip

August 18, 2015 - In a recent blog entry, I wrote about some issues with my gear. Yesterday, I received my Nikon D800 back from Nikon's se...
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Free Nikon Service

August 05, 2015 - I just returned from a three week road trip through the Capital Cities of the Northeast. During that trip, I experienced...
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Sensor Gel Part II

January 18, 2015 - A few months ago, I posted an entry about my experience with a new sensor cleaning product called Sensor Gel. Click here...
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Columbus in High Resolution

November 12, 2014 - I recently visited Columbus, Indiana for some architectural photography. Click here to view the images from my trip. Wh...
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Last Trip to the State Mental Hospital

March 13, 2014 - A year ago, I ventured into the abandoned Manteno State Hospital. Only one building on the original campus remains untou...
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Life is Easier with 32GB of RAM

September 08, 2013 - About two years ago, I purchased a Lenovo Think Pad W520 laptop computer. I've been pleased with the purchase. However,...
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In My Own Backyard

July 07, 2013 - Each year, I look forward to capturing photographs from new and exciting locations. Last year, it was the Greater Yellow...
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A Simple Dandelion

May 14, 2013 - I captured this image of a single dandelion the other day. It's just a simple dandelion; yet I used three flash units...
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Eerie Lakefront

May 11, 2013 - Today's camera sensors require very little light to record colors and details. I noticed this ice-covered marker while...
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It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

April 15, 2013 - Last weekend, I visited the annual Reptile Fest in Chicago in hopes of capturing some interesting photographs. At first,...
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Stay Parallel to Minimize Distortion

March 22, 2013 - Over the past year, I have found myself reaching for the Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens more frequently. When I first started shoo...
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The Challenges of a Winter Photo Shoot

March 07, 2013 - The Chicago area experienced a significant snow storm on March 5th, so I decided to go out and capture some photographs...
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Extreme Symmetry!

February 21, 2013 - While shooting architectural images, I'm often amazed at how much symmetry exists in the design. I sometimes wonder if t...
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Back in Business

February 04, 2013 - I am pleased to report that my Nikon D800 is back from the Nikon Service Center in Melville. As I mentioned in an earlie...
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Evolution of a Picture

January 12, 2013 - Earlier this week, I captured a few photographs while visiting the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champa...
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Correcting White Balance

January 01, 2013 - Even the most current camera sensors are challenged to portray accurate colors given the variety of artificial lighting...
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The Case for HDR

December 21, 2012 - I use multiple exposures to create high dynamic range (HDR) images quite frequently. When photographing scenes with chal...
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Use Live View

November 26, 2012 - I recently participated in a workshop led by Steve Gettle in the Adirondack Mountains. Steve suggested that I try captur...
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Full Rainbow

November 22, 2012 - I captured my first photograph of a full rainbow while visiting Niagara Falls a couple of months ago! This picture was t...
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Portrait Session

November 19, 2012 - Yesterday, I had the pleasure of capturing pictures of Jackson, my photogenic five year old cousin. Here are a few image...
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Virtual Horizon

November 02, 2012 - One of my favorite features of the Nikon D800 is the dual-axis virtual horizon which can be monitored through the viewfi...
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Open House

October 19, 2012 - Last weekend, the Chicago Architecture Foundation held its second annual Open House event. This event offers access to o...
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Letting the Water Flow

July 23, 2012 - When taking photographs of waterfalls, I generally like to use long exposures. Longer exposures provide time for the wat...
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Getting Close

July 07, 2012 - The other day, I captured some photographs of flowers at the Herb Garden at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, Illinois. I...
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Concrete Stairwell

June 21, 2012 - It's been a while since I've been out shooting, so I must be getting desperate. I ended up taking some photographs at a...
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Niikon D800 Returns From Melville

June 13, 2012 - Back on May 31st, I sent my camera into Nikon's Service Center in Melville, New York. Nikon performed the following: Ad...
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Manteno Insane Asylum

June 08, 2012 - On May 22nd, I captured some photographs from the abandoned Manteno State Hospital. This psychiatric hospital opened in...
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Nikon D800 Goes to Melville

May 31, 2012 - Unfortunately, I will be without my Nikon D800 for next couple of weeks. A few days ago, the rear LCD panel failed to di...
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The Old Ballpark

May 30, 2012 - I saw the Chicago Cubs play the San Diego Padres yesterday at Wrigley Field. It was a beautiful day for baseball. My Nik...
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High Dynamic Range in the Shadow Room

May 26, 2012 - One of the challenges with photography is that the camera's sensor (or film) does not record as much dynamic range as th...
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Cast of Thousands

May 15, 2012 - I brought my Nikon D800 to my nephew's high school graduation last Sunday. The only way to capture the size of the large...
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Simplicity

May 11, 2012 - Many times, I like to photograph simple scenes. Earlier in the week, I noticed this door surrounded by many little squar...
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Staircases

May 10, 2012 - Until recently, I didn't have a single image of a staircase in my portfolio. Lately, it's one of my favorite subjects!...
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Ball on Bat!

May 07, 2012 - Many baseball photographers strive to capture an image of the ball at the moment it is making contact with the bat. This...
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Slow the Shutter for Something Different

May 04, 2012 - One of my favorite things about photography is how the camera can "see" things that we can't see with the human eye. By...
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Ultra-Wide Angle for a Different Look

May 03, 2012 - Over the past few weeks, I've been using my Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens more than ever before. The ultra-wide perspective gives...
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Every Lens in the Bag

May 02, 2012 - While visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden over the weekend, I carried five lenses and a tripod along with my camera. Sin...
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Still Amazed by the D800's Resolution Power

May 01, 2012 - After shooting with the D800 for a few weeks now, I continue to be impressed with the resolution of the sensor. Here's a...
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Shoot Low for a More Interesting Perspective

April 30, 2012 - Yesterday, I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden. Often times, I positioned the lens just inches from the ground in an at...
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The Old and the New

April 28, 2012 - Yesterday, I visited the Little Red Schoolhouse near Willow Springs, Illinois. The original schoolhouse, constructed in...
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Moving Just a Few Feet

April 27, 2012 - Yesterday, I captured some photographs of the old Pachyderm House at the Brookfield Zoo. After taking the first image fr...
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D800 as a Tilt Shift Tool

April 09, 2012 - When taking architectural photographs, I strive for straight lines. Getting the lines straight in camera is even more cr...
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D800 and Cropping Capabilities

March 31, 2012 - I received my D800 a couple of days ago...and the thing that strikes me as most advantageous so far is the ability to cr...
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My Choice: Nikon D800

March 25, 2012 - Nikon has announced two (actually, three) exciting new cameras: the D4 and the D800 (and D800E version). All three camer...
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