Playing with the Z50

That’s right I have a mirrorless camera now and it is the Nikon Z50 with a 16-35mm lens. I will admit at first I really wasn’t sure about this little camera, it felt small, it had an electronic viewfinder, it sounds waaaaay different, so many things are just different. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it came to the ease of taking photos and the quality that resulted from the photos. I still have more testing to do but I’ll be sure to keep talking about the camera as weeks go on.

The Back Country Airports

There are some real hidden treasures in the world and it takes a bit of an adventure to find them. On a recent trip to Washington for Thanksgiving, I was fortunate enough to be on one such adventure. Flying in a Cessna 185 and with the Nikon Z50 in my lap, I headed to a backcountry airstrip flying over some amazing country of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The destination was Magee Strip, a small airstrip which today is used for hunters and fisherman. For us, it was just a fun outing.

Long Lens, Low Light

A long lens is essential for wildlife photography but there’s more too using the long lens than just pointing it in the right direction. Long lenses have the ability to isolate the background by having a narrow depth of field. This is great to keep the focus on your subject. However, in low light situations, there is always going to be more noise and in that narrow depth of field, noise is going to become more obvious. This Mule Deer Buck came out at sundown and I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity. Even though I knew there was going to be more noise I increased the ISO, opened up to let in as much light as possible and made a couple of clicks.

Images Captured on Nikon D5, 600f4, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

It Just Takes One Rock

I spend a lot of time on the river, mostly with a flyrod, looking at the water and trying to find that right spot. You see shots like these everywhere of really blurry water with an anchor somewhere to fix your eye on. That’s fine, every photographer should have one of those photos in their library. Just make it a good one. Look hard for that spot that has a good current, the right color, some character, a good anchor that is bright, vibrant and catches your eye. Really try and find that awesome blurry water shot. It takes time to find it but that’s why we become photographers, for the journey.

Image Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Black and White Icebergs

It’s not really Fall anymore but it’s not technically Winter yet either. They say it’s going to be another year of record cold temps just like the last couple have been. Considering that Spring was late and Fall was skipped, I’m thinking that might be a pretty accurate guess. The temps are still staying above freezing which is keeping moving bodies of water unfrozen but the snow and ice that form on top of the rocks in the creeks are creating some interesting icebergs. These chunks of snow are great for black and whites. Simple natural elements, the darks of the water and the lights of the snow make for some fun shooting opportunities.

Image Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Have you seen the Rut?

Every year in the Fall many ungulates going into what is known as the Rut. Males will compete with other males in order to attract females so they can breed. The males will bugle, be aggressive, and lock their antlers with other males to prove their dominance. While typically the rut goes between mid-September and mid-October, each year varies a little bit. This youngster still has a ways to go to be strong enough to win any major victories but he’s on his way.

Images captured with Nikon D5, 600f4, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

What to do with a Bald Sky?

I spent a lot of time looking at the trees, the banks, the colors and I was having a heck of a time trying to find a photo on the water this day. It just wasn’t coming to me. Maybe that’s because I haven’t been shooting a lot lately, maybe it was just the day. But I took a couple of pictures regardless to try and get over that mental block. In the computer I could see a little clearly that the bald skies that were dogging me, were actually kind of nice. The photo is less about the scenery and more just pure color. That works for me. For now.

Images captured with Nikon D5, 24-70f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Them Colors

Well it isn’t a fall brown but it certainly was one beautiful Rainbow. He hammered the white streamer during the afternoon bite and was kind enough to pose for a couple of shots. The one key I’ve found to this arena is to use flash. There are so many people who hate using flash but at the end of the day it is a great tool to know how to use. Flash is what made that color pop and without it would have been bland.

Images captured with Nikon D5, 24-70 f/2.8 on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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