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No ND Filter – No Problem

In Tips and Tricksby Patrick

Water has always fascinated me. It moves where it wills and often has a life all its own. I love the photographs that show that silky smooth water moving among rocks, rivers and falls. Recently I read about a technique that would allow you to get this look without a neutral density filter, any time of day and even handheld. …

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They need a voice!

In Wildlifeby Patrick

Whenever I hear or read something about wildlife species that threatens there well being, I tend to get a bit worked up. I like to keep my posts about photography, but this affects wildlife photographers as well as our entire ecosystem. Gray wolves have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since its inception in 1973. Now the government administration …

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Gear Review: TVC-24L: Versa series 2

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

To really take your photography to the next level, a stable base is a must. With all the options out there, it can be difficult to choose the right photo platform to fit your needs. In my quest for a new tripod, I sat down an listed the qualities that I wanted in one because I knew this was going …

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Fall Color is coming

In Standardby Patrick

I am fortunate and blessed to live in an area of the country that has four seasons. One of my favorite is fall and the unbelievable show that it puts on each and every year. Depending on the weather, some of the color displays are vibrant and last quite a while, while others are fleeting obeying the whims of Mother …

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Setting the white &black points in Lightroom CC

In Tips and Tricksby Patrick

If you have ever wondered how to set the white and black points in Adobe Lightroom CC, it is really very simple and here is how to do it. For those of you who wish to do this in Photoshop, you can use the levels command which is the correct way to do it in Photoshop. I use these sliders …

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Apple iPhone 6s

In General Stuffby Patrick

Every 2 years, right on cue, Apple unveils there new product lineup. The huge event, so secretive, often is upstaged by the leaks all over the internet about the product lineup and specs so the drama of the keynote is often a formality. Despite the predictability of the product releases, Apple’s innovation, specifically with the iPhone, is still eagerly anticipated. …

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Passion in Photography

In Standardby Patrick

Every now and then, we all need something to rekindle the drive and desire of what we all love to do, photography. The most recent piece on Scott Kelby’s blog by his guest this week is a must read if you have lost your passion. All creatives experience some form of block at some point and need to find new …

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Pebbles is Back

In Wildlifeby Patrick

Each and every year, I wait for the migration back of the Ruby throated Hummingbird. This is the only hummer we get East of the Mississippi. Trying to photograph these guys is so much fun and really entertaining. There aerial acrobatics is amazing. Usually there are 2 that frequent my feeders. Quite often you can see them up on the …

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Behind the Scenes at the Georgia Aquarium

In Standardby Patrick

Visiting sites when traveling, especially those that are educational and involve animals or the outdoors are really part of of our family vacations. This year was no different while visiting the south we stopped at the Georgia Aquarium. It houses tens of thousands of animals, representing several hundred species, all of which reside in 10 million US gallons of marine …

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NAS – Networked Attached Storage

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Every photographer should know the mantra 3-2-1 backup. Three copies of the backup, 2 different locations and 1 should be offsite. The trick is how to obtain this automatically. I did a post awhile back and I have been getting a lot of questions about the NAS component of the backup so I thought I would provide a bit more …