I’m Glad I Didn’t Put the Gear Away

I’m not an early riser, so I miss 50% of the great light for photography. On occasion, circumstances force me out into the world before sunrise. A few years ago I found myself at Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve before dawn. Lacking a flashlight, I stumbled along the dark paths as far as I could go…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 35mm f/2.0D

Some people¬†you like in spite of their flaws; others you enjoy because of their flaws. It’s the same with lenses. I’ve written before that the Nikon 35mm f/2.0D lens gets no respect. It got luke-warm reviews originally, and when people¬†update their reviews based on newer, more capable cameras, the lens fares even worse. Good reviewers…

Gloomy Days are Great for Animal Portraits

When people come into my studio for portraits, most of them will be lit by the biggest soft boxes I have. It’s a little challenging to get birds into the studio, however. Fortunately, overcast days turn the sky into the ultimate soft box, providing smooth shadow transitions and lower overall contrast. Action shots can be…