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A Disturbing Tripod Trend

January 21, 2018 - For the vast majority of my photography, a tripod is an essential piece of gear. I was alarmed when I read about the tri...
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My Tripod's Repair Saga

December 17, 2017 - About a month ago, I returned from my photography trip to Wisconsin. I knew it would take me a while to edit all of the...
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Mission Accomplished at the Red Rock!

September 21, 2017 - During my last long road trip, I stayed at the Red Rock Casino Resort in Las Vegas for a few nights. One of my goals was...
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Clamp It!

August 20, 2017 - During my recent 32 day road trip, I used a tripod for the vast majority of my shots. But, there were times when using a...
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Orangutan Portrait

April 18, 2017 - Last month, I visited the Tropic World exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo to capture some pictures of the orangutans. Below...
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When Privacy Turns to Paranoia

October 25, 2016 - As I've stated in past blog entries, a tripod is an essential tool for my photography. A tripod helps me in the followin...
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Colorful Stairs

August 13, 2016 - The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has four staircases. Each one is a different color: green, yellow, red and...
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Tripod Alternatives

July 15, 2016 - A tripod is an essential tool for my photography. A tripod helps me in the following ways: It stabilizes the camera...w...
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When a Tripod Isn't Enough

January 28, 2016 - During my recent road trip through South Dakota, I visited Badlands National Park for a few days. During my time in the...
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Reaching Out

December 14, 2015 - Whenever possible, I use a tripod. However, sometimes it's impossible to set up a tripod for certain shots. This is ofte...
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In and Out

November 17, 2015 - Sometimes I see what I think would be an excellent photograph, but cannot access the scene. This often happens when I'm...
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The Longest Yard

August 26, 2015 - When photographing the State Capitols, I always try to capture images of the House of Representatives and Senate chamber...
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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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Surprising Tripod Restrictions!

January 10, 2015 - The tripod is one of the most important tools for my photography. A tripod allows me to: Select the base ISO setting of...
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Perfect Timing...

November 18, 2014 - During my visit to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, I enjoyed capturing several images--particularly in the Mir...
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Pull Out All the Stops to Reduce Camera Shake

October 20, 2014 - Whenever possible, I use a tripod to secure my camera and lens. A major benefit of using a tripod is to minimize camera...
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Horseshoe Bend

September 27, 2014 - During my last road trip, I visited Horseshoe Bend while I was in Page, Arizona. I've traveled to a lot of places throug...
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Pop the Colors

May 22, 2014 - My Nikon 200 f4 Micro lens got a workout during my visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden earlier this week! I captured sev...
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A West Side Story

April 19, 2014 - In recent years, I have traveled quite a few miles to photograph locations throughout the United States. Before arriving...
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A Free Library Pass

April 09, 2014 - During my trip to the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, I visited the Lexington Public Library. My research indicated that t...
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Simplifying an Action Shot

March 24, 2014 - While visiting the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas earlier this year, I captured this image of two green jays in action...
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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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The Security Guard Photographer

December 20, 2013 - Yesterday, I visited the Palmer House in Chicago to photograph its lobby. The Palmer House opened its doors on September...
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No Clamps Allowed!

November 28, 2013 - While planning for my visit to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, I packed my camera bag with the assumption that m...
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Slow Shutter Speeds for Slow Moving Creatures

June 19, 2013 - Earlier this year, I visited the Reptile Fest in Chicago. The event was held in the UIC Pavilion. The facility is not we...
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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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Using Long Exposures

July 16, 2012 - One of the things that I enjoy about photography is how it enables me to see things in new ways. Using long exposures pr...
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Creating an Abstract by Rotating

June 20, 2012 - Another method for creating an abstract is to rotate the lens during a long exposure. I used this technique to capture o...
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A Whole New World

June 17, 2012 - It doesn't always require traveling to amazing locations to capture photographs. Sometimes, interesting images can be cr...
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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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Tripod...Whenever Possible

April 24, 2012 - Whenever possible, I use a tripod while taking photographs. The tripod provides several important benefits: Slows me do...
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