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…

Does the World Need Another Hummingbird Photo?

Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes. Most of my photos from September were taken in my backyard. I’m a huge fan of daily backyard bird photography for two reasons: 1) I need the practice, because bird photography is difficult, and 2) seeing beautiful creatures and making photographs of them brings me great joy. Does it…

Sharp, Well Exposed Failures

I broke away from my owl obsession by visiting an old favorite location, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve. And there, armed with a Nikon D500 and the previously praised Nikon 200-500 f/5.6, I got some nice BIF (Bird-In-Flight) images. A year ago, I would have been thrilled with these two images, because I struggled to…

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…