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Monday, December 10, 2007

Reflecting On Reflections

Do you have any suggestions on photographing through glass at museums? I want to capture a dinosaur exhibit.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Do-It-All Telephotos

I can only afford one long telephoto for bird photography. Is there a particular focal length that’s more versatile than others?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Winter's Grace

The solitude of photography in snow

I love to photograph nature during the winter. Emotionally, the quiet and stillness are calming and meditative to me. Here in the Yosemite area, the tourist traffic slows down and so the atmosphere is less frenetic. Over the years, I’ve made more Yosemite images during winter than any other season.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Denny Creek Area, Central Cascades, Washington

The Cascade Mountains of Washington State form a north-south backbone extending from the Canadian border in the north to the Columbia River in the south. An hour’s drive from the Seattle area brings one to the first of many access points into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, a 360,000-acre preserve of mountain streams, alpine lakes, deep evergreen forests and snow-covered peaks. Fifty miles from the Seattle-Tacoma region on Interstate 90, you’ll find the Denny Creek area, with a well-maintained five-mile trail that follows streams and lush mountain meadows to Melakwa Lake. Another trailhead nearby leads to Granite Mountain and more alpine and subalpine lakes.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Getting Vertical

Vertically Challenged • Maximum Quality Formula? • A Little Night Action • Filtering The Sky • Park Photo Permits

I understand how to properly expose horizontal panoramas using a leveled tripod and leveled camera, but how do I get precise vertical panoramas when working from a tripod?
J. Forest
Cedar City, Utah

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Digital Exposure

What does good exposure give you? And can you trust the histogram?

Auto-exposure systems built into cameras today are very good. Camera manufacturers have done an outstanding job in creating complete systems that give excellent results. The computing power inside a camera equals powerful stand-alone computers of not that long ago. Multiple metering points are measured at the instant of exposure, evaluated, compared to a database of what a good exposure should be for the conditions and an exposure is computed and sent to the camera controls to execute in terms of ƒ-stop and shutter speed—all within that same instant.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Time For Giving

'Tis the season when Photo Traveler offers some gift advice for photographers

It’s the time of year when the avid traveling photographer should be thinking of dropping the necessary hints to loved ones of what might be the appropriate gift for the family shutterbug. Yes, dropping not-so-subtle suggestions about what you’d like could be seen as being somewhat uncouth or overtly self-serving. But who else knows the technical subtleties of digital gear and gadgets as well as you, and geez, who needs another tie or scarf with cameras imprinted on it or a cute statuette of a photographer sitting in a sports car with a couple of cameras around his neck and a bumper sticker that reads, "Warning:
I Brake For Pictures"?


Monday, November 19, 2007

When You Need Three

The airline restrictions on carry-ons (one piece, plus a personal item) make it difficult to fly to a photo destination, especially when traveling with a photo backpack, a long lens and a computer. What do you recommend?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ready In A Flash

When I’m photographing with a macro flash system, I find that the flash recycle times are too long. The critter has stopped doing what it was doing or left the flower. How do you deal with this problem?

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