Monthly Archives: April 2013

Smoky Mountains – 2

On the last day, the fog was awesome so I captured a panorama – 10 images.  Combined and cropped the image is 14430 pixels.  Please click on the image for a better look.


Cades Cove Pano

The lush greenery in the Smoky Mountains is glorious.

White Water – Smokey Mountains


The Grist Mill – Cades Cove



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Canon EOS 5D Mk III Firmware Update

Canon has released the EOS 5D Mark III firmware update.  This update adds two highly useful features: a clean HDMI output option and cross-type AF at f/8.

Click here for the download.


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Smoky Mountain – Wild Flowers and Landscape Workshop

7 Days in the Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove – pure thrill.  The incredible light, superb lush green of fresh spring leaves, beautiful wild flowers and dogwood trees that were exceptional.  Rivers and streams flowing pristine water, moss covered rocks and the occasional mist made for some great photography.  The participants were fantastic and we all had a lot of fun.  Yes, days were long 4:30 AM wake-up and late evening bedtimes were worth it – every bit of it.

Here are a few comments (Audio) from some of the wonderful participants.  Click on the links to listen:




Many images were captured – this is one of my favorites.  Captured on the last day – Sparks Lane – all to ourselves and just two other photographers.  Most photographers are under the impression that Cades Cove is closed on Friday – not true, not in the spring.

Sparks Lane, Cades Cove on a beautiful misty morning


This image is from the night before.

Moonrise over the Smoky Mountains


Hoar Frost on Trees – Morton’s Overlook


Sunrise Morton’s Overlook


Sunrise and Fog – Cades Cove


Moonrise – Smoky Mountains – The Blue Hour


Greenbriar White Water


The Grist Mill – Roaring Fork


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Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Hunts Photo now has the Wacom Cintiq 13HD interactive pen display in stock. Use the link from this page to order yours and get free shipping.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta

Adobe has just released the Beta version of Lightroom 5.

Click here for the download site.

I will be posting mew feature reviews soon.

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Canon EOS 6D Firmware Update

Canon has updated the firmware for the EOS 6D DSLR. The latest version is 1.1.3 fixes date and time related issues. The updated firmware is available for download from the Canon website.

Click here for the download site

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The Genie Motion Control Device

Syrp, a New Zealand company, was very kind and shipped me one of their motion control devices, that I am featuring in my upcoming book.  The time-lapse sequence above, was captured using the Genie in Time-Lapse mode with the Clouds preset modified for my way of capturing.

I love the simplicity of this unit.  It is easy and a charm to use.

I also did a review of the Genie that you can read – click on this link GENIE Review.

Please contact me if you need more information or would like to get your and on one.

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The Impressive Feisol Carbon Fibre Ball-Head

I had done a review of the Feisol Carbon Fiber Tripod and the The FEISOL CB-50DC Carbon fiber Ball-Head a while back  Click here for the review. This lightweight ball-head continues to impress me. It is a light yet very well constructed Arca Swiss compatible ball head designed for general purpose use.

My unit is now mounted on my Dynamic Precession cart atop the 6 foot rail and performs really well. As most of these rails are belt and stepper motor driven it is best to keep the overall weight as low as possible. Here is where this head is perfect.

The Feisol Ball-Head supporting a Canon 7D with a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar lens on a Dynamic Precision Stage Zero Dolly and Rail

The carbon fibre construction is impressive. The locking mechanism is based on dual calipers. One dual caliper is used to lock the ball while the other is used to lock the base plate. Each caliper is operated by a rotating knob. A third flatter knob is used to maintain tension on the ball preventing any accidental flopping of mounted equipment.

Hunts Photo is conducting a one week “shiv verma | photography” special for all Feisol Products.  Discounts and free shipping  are available through April 14, 2013.


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Adobe releases Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera RAW and DNG Converter 7.4

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.4 update includes a number of significant enhancements and bug fixes.  Support for a number of new cameras and new lens profiles.

You can download the update by clicking here

Adobe Camera RAW and DNG 7.4 are available via the standard update procedure in Photoshop CS6 .

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Nikon – firmware updates

Nikon has has released a number of  firmware updates for their DSLRs. The D600 and D800, D4, D3, D3s, D3x, D7000 and D3200 are all upgradable. In addition to support for the 800mm lens the D600 and 800 cameras will realize improvements in continuous autofocus and tracking.  The D600 will now be able to provide 100% video scene coverage via HDMI output.

All firmware updates are available for download from http://



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