Think Tank – Sizzler

Think Tank Photo has just announced what they’re calling their “Sizzling Summer Savings.”  With it, you can save up to 30% on some of their most popular gear, including their Urban Approach and Perception shoulder bags and backpacks, Retrospective Leather and CityWalker shoulder bags, and the My 2nd Brain laptop bags.  And don’t forget, by using my special Web link, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders!


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Sail Boston 2017 – “Street Photography”

All images captured using the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and the Lumix Vario 35 – 100 f/2.8 lens.  

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New Hard Cases from Think Tank and SKB

Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases.  There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them.  Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

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The Pixel Connection

This weekend I will be at the Pixel Connection photography show and programs.  On Saturday June 3rd I will be leading a Macro photowalk – and would love to have you join.  The event is free and promises to be a great learning experience and a lot of fun too.  I addition, I will be at the local camera club and the store showing the fabulous Panasonic Lumix line-up.


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The GH5 continues to excel

With the exception of the last three years we typically go to Damariscotta Maine to photograph the Osprey fishing for alewives.  The main reason for not going was the decline in activity.  However we did spend this past weekend in a lovely B&B – The Mill Pond Inn in Nobleboro.  It is a great place and has two of the finest hosts.

My main purpose was to test out the GH5 for its tracking capability and the Dual IS 2 function.  Both these images were shot with the GH5  and the Leica 100 – 400 lens, hand-held.  Exposure was set to “Manual” and the ISO was set on Auto.  The focus was set to 1 Area and reduced to its smallest size.  All images processed using Capture One Pro, version 10

I intentionally left the shutter speed slow so as to get a lot of motion in the wings and to have the water droplets streak.  I panned this shot keeping the 1 Area on the bird’s eye.

Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO 200. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

As we waited for more action (that never happened) a Bald Eagle flew by in the distance and finally landed on a tree on the far bank.  I knew that the bird was just to far to get a decent shot but I wanted to see what I could get irrespective.  Once again this was hand held.  I did increase the shutter speed to 1/1600 sec and the lens was out at 800 mm (FF equivalent).

This next image is the un-cropped version.

No Crop applied. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 500. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

The next image is a crop at 1400 by 1050 pixels:

Cropped version. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 500. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

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Platypod Ultra (+ Multi-Accessory Kit) now on Kickstarter

The world’s most compact tripod and versatile photography accessory has a brand-new look! Get low-angle shots in unusual spots. 





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GH5 with Leica 12-60mm at Shutterfest

This was one of my very first images captured with the GH5 using the Leica 12 – 60 lens while the model was being prepped.  The image is a jpg capture in sRGB.  Click on the image to view it larger.

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Capture One Pro 10.1 released with support for the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Capture One Pro 10.1 offers new key features and general improvements.

New in this release:

  • Enhanced Styles workflow
  • Improved PSD Support
  • Improved Fuji X-Trans support
  • Temporary reset of adjustments
  • Vectorscope Color Wheels Layout
  • Tokenized watermarking
  • Apple Script Enhancements (Mac only)
  • Graphics Acceleration (OpenCL) improvements
  • New camera and lens support

Capture One Pro 10.1 is a free update for Capture One Pro 10 owners and subscribers.


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Panasonic Lumix GH5 – High ISO tests

These images were captured with the Lumix GH5 at ISO 6400 over the past few days during the Florida Birding and Photography Festival in St. Augustine.

No in camera or Lightroom noise reduction has been applied.  Images have been cropped for composition and white and black points set.

Snowy closeup – f/5, m1/500 sec.


Spoonbill ready to roost – f/4.6, 1/640 sec.


White Ibis late evening – f/5.1, 1/1000 sec.


Roseate Spoonbill preening – f/6.3, 1/500 sec.

Great Heron in flight – f/4.6, 1/1250 sec.


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Florida Birding Festival – St. Augustine – Day 3

With the Leica 100 – 400 mm broken and not sure of how the GH5 would perform I decided to take the G85 with the new Lumix 100 – 300 mm lens for this morning’s shoot.  A big thank you to Tom Curley, Panasonic for overnighting me tis lens – it is most appreciated.  I am very pleased with the performance of this lens and for the price it is truly worth it.

Here are some images all captured with this kit.

Roseate Spoonbill a bit confused with all the photographers so early in the AM.


Even the ugly Wood Stork must preen


Nest ready – its time for making babies.


Roseate Spoonbill Preening


Wood Stork with nesting material.


Great Egret with nesting material flies over.


Not sure who this twig is for.


Breeding Plumage – Snowy Egret


Tending its Nest – Snowy Egret


Large twigs for the Spoonbill’s nest


Ready to deliver – Roseate Spoonbill nest building


What’s that itch?

Courtship Stretch


A juvenile Galapagos Tortoise

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