Nature Photography Blog
A big thank you to BorrowLenses for sending me these camera bodies to test out! Weight, the enemy of every hiker and backpacker. I spend my days hiking to remote locations in the mountains and desert. The weight of my gear is always a burden, even though I have minimized what I carry. Late last year when
Previously I showed how to achieve this effect in Photoshop: Fog Filter Effect for Stars in Photoshop, I finally got around to buying the physical fog filter from Tiffen, and I am quite pleased with the results! Buy now at B&H or Amazon Below you can see how the brightest stars are enhanced, and the lower magnitude stars are
As if another review of the venerable Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 was really necessary. Everyone knows this is the best wide angle lens ever made. I wanted to show something more specific to night photography though. Along with using it on aCanon 6D. Note: The 14-24 was provided to me by B&H for this review. I will keep
For the price the Canon 6D and the Nikon D600 are the best cameras for night photography hands down, you can’t go wrong with either. I felt it was time to put them head to head. This test is intended to compare the high ISO capabilities of these cameras specifically for dark sky night photography. Note: The Nikon D600
In a previous post The Best Lenses for Night Photography I highly recommended Rokinon lenses due to their lack of coma and low price. With the recent release of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens I felt it was time to put all the fast 35mm lenses head to head and see which rises to the top.
For the past 6 months I have been using the MindShift rotation180° Professional as my main day hiking pack. Prior to this I was using an f-stop Loka. Both of these packs have similar designs of accessing your gear from the back side of the pack. MindShift took this one step further and added a belt pack that you can access your gear from without taking off your pack. MindShift was launched by Think Tank Photo last year.
The 2013 Perseids meteor shower is approaching fast, I want to share with you my methods to capture an image like this from the 2012 Perseids
I use my iPhone for planning and scouting my photography locations a LOT. Over the years I have found a variety of apps that help me get the job done, the problem is they’re all separate apps. I was continuously switching between apps and most of them didn’t do exactly what I wanted them to.
After my previous test The Best Nikon for Night Photography I was bombarded with requests to test the new contender in the APS-C sensor arena; the Nikon D7100. The initial numbers from DXOmark looked very promising for a cropped sensor, previous cropped sensor bodies do not fare well with the extremely high ISO’s needed for night
The annual meteor shower Eta Aquarids is this coming weekend (the night of May 4th and morning of May 5th) this is an above average meteor shower capable of 60 meteors per hour. The peak of the shower is between midnight and dawn local time. The moon will not rise until 3:00 a.m. and will
Over the years I’ve dabbled with many different techniques to achieve proper focus at night
This has become my go-to method that is quick, easy and accurate for prime lenses, which is all I shoot with at night now. On prime lenses you’ll find markings that coincide with your aperture. To set hyperfocal simply set the infinity mark to align with your selected aperture. Below is an example of the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 set to the hyperfocal distance for f/4. There are no markings below f/4 so you have to eyeball it between f/4 and the center white line.