News from Nikon & Canon

Nikon announces its plans to keep its original schedule for new products.

http://nikonrumors.com/2011/05/25/nikon-currently-plans-to-release-new-products-as-scheduled.aspx/

H/T Nikon Rumors

Canon USA Provided updates On Highly Anticipated EF Lens Availability For 2011

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/news_events/press_releases?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e0248030ca5d

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D5R a Nikon Concept Camera w/ a twist

http://www.coroflot.com/nedmulka/D5R

This Nikon D5R camera is a designer’s concept created by Ned Mulka. The idea is to include the mirror, prism and sensor into a rotating element that can reduce the camera size and weight.

Senior thesis design project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
H/T Nikon Rumors

On Radio Road

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These birds make me smile! They have such a friendly face, but their walk is awkward…. and….stilted. Probably because they’re trying not to disturb the water as they hunt for food.

“The Black-necked Stilt forages by probing and gleaning primarily in mudflats and lakeshores, but also in very shallow waters near shores; it seeks out a range of aquatic invertebrates – mainly crustaceans and other arthropods, and mollusks – and small fish, tadpoles and very rarely plant seeds. Its mainstay food varies according to availability; inland birds usually feed mainly on aquatic insects and their larvae, while coastal populations mostly eat other aquatic invertebrates. For feeding areas they prefer coastal estuaries, salt ponds, lakeshores, alkali flats and even flooded fields. For roosting and resting needs, this bird selects alkali flats (even flooded ones), lake shores, and islands surrounded by shallow water.” ~ Wikipedia

For this shoot I met photographer, and friend Marianne Bush out at Radio Road which is part of Redwood Shores Reserves. After we shot around the lagoon for a while we walked over to a channel that feeds the lagoon where Marianne had spied a Bufflehead while we were driving in. An aquatic bird in the Sea Duck family that has been on my list for sometime. The Bufflehead was no longer there, but we did see this little duck below. Both Marianne and I were very excited because neither one of us had seen this bird before. Marianne being the much more experienced birder had an idea of what breed it might be. When we left we were both anxious to get into our bird books to see if we could identify it.

Marianne was able to ID it faster than I did. She wrote to tell me we had seen a Blue Winged Teal! Very uncommon on the West Coast. You can image how thrilled we both were. A month later looking at this photo I can still feel that thrill of excitement one gets when seeing a new species for the first time.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 300mm f4 @ f5.6| 1/800 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| On a Tripod

In Cook’s Meadow

After an already great day in and out of Yosemite Valley we went to Cook’s meadow to try and get Half Dome lit up at sunset.

When I arrived down in the meadow after scaling a fallen tree, and crossing a little creek, and walking along the boggy grass to a nice spot with a great view of Half Dome it was covered in clouds. We all hoped the wind would shift and clear out the clouds before the sun set.

The top of the mountain was “hot” so I put on my 2 stop soft edge Singh-Ray Grad ND filter. It really didn’t help enough so I fooled around with different apertures-stopping it down and it was still too “hot’. So I took off the the 2 stop and put on my 3 Stop Hard Edge Grad ND filter. That did the trick! After awhile I was blessed with this shot.  It was a fantastic birthday!

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This is how Half Dome looked when I first got down in Cook’s Meadow.

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Yosemite National Park

California

Sierra Mountains

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 AF-S

Sea Life

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Mother of Pearl
Sea Shells
Pendant
Fish
Netting
Sand
Natural Light

A variation of the still life I did last year using a few added elements in the composition.
I used an 85mm f/1.8AF-D lens with a Kenko 20mm extension tube. No flash. I like this composition much better than the one I put together last year. I like the warmth and additional elements of the netting, sand, grass, and greenery.
Netting- saved from a turkey breast, and the greenery is from a package of California Rolls purchased “to go” from my favorite Japanese resto.

Exif: D300s/ 85mm f1.8AF-D with 20mm Kenko Ext. Tube/ f5  /  1/5sec / ISO 200/ Manual / No Flash/ Tripod used

PP- Vibrance, clarity, a bit of midtone contrast and resized