Some Faces from the Los Angeles Zoo

“Take a lover that looks at you like maybe you are magic.” This quotation, often misattributed to Frida Kahlo, sums up my ambivalence toward my Nikon 610, a practical and perfectly functional camera, compared to my Nikon D500, which is clearly magical in its speed and focusing abilities. I own a wildlife camera and a…

Year of the Tripod?

I’ve never been comfortable working with tripods, despite my conviction that a solid platform improves the technical and compositional quality of images at pretty much any shutter speed. For birds in flight, tripods limit my range of motion, even with a gimbal head. But the image above, shot on the last day of 2016, reminds me why…

Seven Lenses Hath October

Election anxiety diminished my productivity throughout October, but I still made some photos. While reviewing the month’s work in Lightroom, I noticed I had used seven lenses, and took the opportunity to reflect on my choices. Nikon 16-80 f/2.8-4: Hired to take some post-show images with fans, I took up a position near the stage…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

    For most of my life, the words “affordable high quality 500mm lens” would have provoked outright prolonged laughter. “Affordable” and “quality” are relative terms, but this $1400 lens feels like an incredible value so far. It’s been on one of my cameras every day since it arrived six months ago, and my favorite…